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Here's Where The $$$ Went: Bush Tax Cuts Robbed---Each American Taxpayer---$48,000 Of Pre-Tax Income

Mark Karlin:

Advocates of so-called trickle-down economics have grounded their thinking in the idea that the entire pool of US wage earners benefits financially when the rich get increased tax cuts. According to Johnston, however, this is disproven by actual IRS statistics. Quite the opposite has happened to US workers; more than $6.5 trillion has gone missing from the incomes of those who are not wealthy. Meanwhile, the rich are getting richer because of enormous tax cuts and a record-breaking stock market.

Think about what you could have done with that extra $48,000 every time you hear the word "Bush."



According to an analysis by Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter David Cay Johnston, formerly of the New York Times, the Bush tax cuts, touted as a harbinger of prosperity by the Republican Party, actually robbed each American taxpayer of $48,000 in pre-tax personal income during the twelve years of their existence, for a total of approximately 6.6 trillion dollars.

In 10 of the 12 years when the Bush tax cuts were in effect, the average income shown on tax returns was lower than in 2000. In the two upside years, average income rose modestly, up $504 for 2006 and $1,744 for 2007.

Total those 12 years and the net shortfall per taxpayer comes to $48,010.

He notes that after twelve years of tax cut mania average real hourly wages are now 6% less than they were in 1972-1973.
Less than they were forty years ago. Where did the money go?

Of the total national increase in income in 2012 over 2009, an astonishing one-third went to just 16,000 households, and almost 95 cents of each dollar went to the top 1 percent, while the bottom 90 percent lost ground.


it might....make you cry...


i did....

Have You Heard About The Muslim Prayer Rug At The AZ Border That Turned Out To Be An Adidas T-Shirt?

Anyway, to Arizona:

Breitbart.com Is Sure This Adidas Shirt's an Islamo-Mexican Terror Rug


Matthew Leber spokesman for the American Patriot, Three Percent, sent Breitbart News photos of what American security contractors on the ground believe is a Muslim prayer rug found near the border in Arizona last week.

A member of the security team spoke with Breitbart News on Monday night saying they were on patrol right along the border came down into a wash and the area were working in just south of Sierra Vista in Coronado national forest.

“That’s when I saw this thing laying around. And I was like, ‘What the hell is that?’ We walked over there and I didn’t really want to pull at it not knowing what was on it. I poked a bit at it with a stick and noticed some of the Arabic writing and was just like, ‘Oh boy.’ I snapped a couple of photos and then went on our patrol.”


Sadly, Breitbart only shared one of those photos, so let's suss it out, shall we?


1. Here we see a waist hemline on the Muslim prayer rug.

2. This would be a sleeve opening on the Muslim prayer rug, just above the diamond-hatch red-and-white pattern so popular among lower-tier football clubs and militant Muslim prayer-rug salesmen.

3. Islamic scholars and Arsenal fans will immediately recognize "die marke mit den 3 streifen" here on the Muslim prayer rug.

I don't want to alarm you, fellow Americans, but... if Breitbart's goon squad is correct in its analysis, we are in for a whole new brand of Islamic terror sleeper cell on the homeland. If these invisible jihadis can cleverly disguise their prayer rugs as fading and torn Adidas soccer jerseys, what else can they do?

sorry, can't seem to get pics:

Yet I am sure his innocent victim would gladly trade places.

more disgust:

"He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." -Martin Luther King, Jr.


"Disturbingly Perfect"


This REALLY pisses me off: Americans Are Too Stupid For GMO Labeling, Congressional Panel Says

!!!"Scientific Ignorance"? An anti GMO conspiranoid talks about Scientific ignorance!!!!

I, the consumer, need to be protected from myself and my presumed ignorance of the wonderful products that benevolent corporate interests have created for me to put inside my body.

]Americans Are Too Stupid For GMO Labeling, Congressional Panel Says

WASHINGTON -- It's pretty rare that members of Congress and all the witnesses they've called will declare out loud that Americans are just too ignorant to be given a piece of information, but that was a key conclusion of a session of the House Agriculture Committee this week.

The issue was genetically modified organisms, or GMOs as they're often known in the food industry. And members of the subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, as well as their four experts, agreed that the genetic engineering of food crops has been a thorough success responsible for feeding the hungry, improving nutrition and reducing the use of pesticides.

People who oppose GMOs or want them labeled so that consumers can know what they're eating are alarmists who thrive on fear and ignorance, the panel agreed. Labeling GMO foods would only stoke those fears, and harm a beneficial thing, so it should not be allowed, the lawmakers and witnesses agreed.

"I really worry that labeling does more harm than good, that it leads too many people away from it and it diminishes the market for GMOs that are the solution to a lot of the problems we face," said David Just, a professor at Cornell University and co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs.

grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, more:

2 AMERICAs-School Illegally Uses Parking Spots for Students' Chauffeurs, Locals Say

School Illegally Uses Parking Spots for Students' Chauffeurs, Locals Say By Emily Frost UPPER WEST SIDE

— Residents claim that Bentley-driving chauffeurs for private school students have illegally taken over parking spaces on their block — and they're pushing to reclaim the spots before the beginning of next school year. Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School had the the Department of Transportation quietly convert three spaces on West 93rd Street from alternate-side parking to "no standing during school hours" last August without any input from locals, residents said. The spaces are used extensively for student drop-offs, pickups and even full parking, locals said, including by hired drivers that the school has acknowledged regularly chauffeur students to and from campus. The spots are also used for delivery vehicles without getting ticketed, while those with no school affiliation receive citations, they claimed.

"We really, really don’t think the school is just entitled to do whatever they want," said West 93rd Street resident Matt Dixon, who said he had a petition signed by 75 people calling on the DOT to return the spots to the public by next school year.

- See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/#sthash.fIPJEkC2.dpuf

John Oliver: 'Corporations Should Only Get A 79 Year Life Span, 75 If They're Based In Mississippi'

What these companies are arguing is that the sincerity of their beliefs should allow them a line item veto over federal law. But government is not an à la carte system where you can pick and choose based on your beliefs. Taxation is more of an all you can eat salad bar.

If you really want to be treated like a person, corporations, then guess what? Paying for things you don't like is what it feels like to be one. In fact, if corporations want to be people, they should have to take the rough with the smooth. For a start, companies should only get to have the average lifespan of a person, 79 years. 75 if they're based in Mississippi.

And for GM, who've admitted some responsibility for the deaths of a minimum of 13 people, I've got some bad news for you. People who do that generally don't get off with a fucking fine.


A response to the Hobby Lobby decision was written in 1925—in Tennessee!

Clarence Darrow said it best below:

If today you can take a thing like evolution and make it a crime to teach it in the public school, tomorrow you can make it a crime to teach it in the private schools, and the next year you can make it a crime to teach it to the hustings or in the church. At the next session you may ban books and the newspapers. Soon you may set Catholic against Protestant and Protestant against Protestant, and try to foist your own religion upon the minds of men. If you can do one you can do the other. Ignorance and fanaticism is ever busy and needs feeding. Always it is feeding and gloating for more. Today it is the public school teachers, tomorrow the private. The next day the preachers and the lectures, the magazines, the books, the newspapers. After a while, your honor, it is the setting of man against man and creed against creed until with flying banners and beating drums we are marching backward to the glorious ages of the sixteenth century when bigots lighted fagots to burn the men who dared to bring any intelligence and enlightenment and culture to the human mind.

via: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/10/1312619/-A-response-to-the-Hobby-Lobby-decision-was-written-in-1925-in-Tennessee
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