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Shocking finding in the so-called "American Tax Relief Act of 2012"!!!

From efile.com: "If your tax bracket is 10% or 15%, then your capital gains tax rate is 0% (this provision was made permanent by the American Tax Relief Act of 2012)."

What this means: If you are wealthy and you keep you wages below $37,500, ie, if you are a capitalist and make your income from investments, instead of working, YOU PAY NO INCOME TAXES!

Someone talk me down from this, tell me I'm wrong.......

And the brainiacs told us this Syria thing wouldn't escalate. ROFL. Worse, they

continue to push their failed policies, strategies, and candidates.

Have they no humanity at all?

We are staring into the abyss of WWIII, and we started it with the invasion of Iraq over oil.

Can I just say that the endless war in the Middle East is destroying our country? Much like

the Afghan war bankrupted the Soviet Union, these current wars of ours are bankrupting us.

Worse, it's being done on the backs of students, the elderly, our children and the poor.

Worse still, it is killing innocents in the middle east; and every escalation we take elevates our enemies stature and strength.

15 years we've been at this and the situation worsens daily.

Our latest escapade - 50 boots on the ground in Syria - comes with a 30 billion dollar price tag - half the cost of free higher education for all. There is no discussion of taxing the wealthiest to help pay for the war. No discussion at all of deficit spending when it's done for war. No discussion of the morality of continuing a war that was started by lies.

In my view, our military isn't destroying our enemies, it's destroying us.


War Costs to Date

Total War Funding: $1.64 trillion has been allocated through the Overseas Contingency Operations (war) fund, including $73.3 billion in fiscal year 2015.

Iraq: $817.8 billion has been allocated for the war in Iraq since 2003, including an estimated $1.0 billion in fiscal year 2015.

Afghanistan: $714.8 billion has been allocated for the war in Afghanistan since 2001, including $35.1 billion in fiscal year 2015.

ISIS: $6.2 billion has been allocated to fight the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), including $5.4 billion in fiscal year 2015.

Pentagon Slush Fund: Overseas Contingency Operations has been used to funnel a conservatively estimated $100.9 billion in non-war spending to the Pentagon to avoid legislated budget caps, including an estimated $30 billion in fiscal year 2015.

Visualizing Our Severe income Disparity


Twice in One Day, Ban Ki-Moon Condemned Obama’s Actions on Syria


I earlier reported that in an interview with Spanish newspapers published October 31st, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned U.S. President Barack Obama’s demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be removed from office, and Moon said: “The future of Assad must be determined by the Syrian people.” However, it turns out (and I didn’t know this at that time) that he also said the same thing in a separate forum on October 31st: a news conference at the U.N. in Geneva, held jointly with the head of the ICRC, the International Committee of the Red Cross. The present news-report integrates both of those statements from Ban. (This has not been done before, but should be; so, part of this article will repeat from that earlier one.)

The U.N. headlined, “Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary-General) and Peter Maurer (ICRC) on the world’s humanitarian crises – Media Stakeout (Geneva, 31 October 2015).” The 23-minute news-conference video there included him saying (13:50): “I believe that the future of Syria, or the future of the peace talks, … should not be held up by an issue of the future of one man. I believe that it is up to the Syrian people who have to decide the future of President Assad.”

This assertion by the U.N. Secretary General directly contradicts the repeatedly stated position of U.S. President Barack Obama, who insists that Assad must be removed from office and promptly be replaced by someone whom the President of the United States finds to be acceptable to serve as Syria’s leader — that this be done even before the war against ISIS is won. (Is Obama perhaps hoping that ISIS will help Obama to take down Assad? Is he perhaps actually viewing ISIS as being an ally?)

Here is the entire quotation of the similar statement that Mr. Ban made that day to Spanish newspapers and which was quoted at El Pais (as translated by me): “The future of President Assad must be decided by the Syrian people. Now, I do not want to interfere in the process of Vienna, but I think it is totally unfair and unreasonable that the fate of a person to paralyze all this political negotiation. This is not acceptable. It’s not fair. The Syrian government insists that Assad should be part of the transition. Many Western countries oppose the Syrian government’s position. Meanwhile, we lost years. 250,000 people have been killed. There are 13 million refugees or internally displaced. Over 50% of hospitals, schools and infrastructure has been destroyed in Syria. You must not lose more time. This crisis goes beyond Syria, beyond the region. It affects Europe. It is a global crisis.”
Posted by grahamhgreen | Tue Nov 3, 2015, 12:18 PM (0 replies)

30 Billion Dollars More for a War we've already lost. Who will pay?

Let's put this in perspective.

Bernie Sanders plan for free college tuition for all is estimated at 60 billion.

It's paid for with a sales tax on stock transactions.

Who will pay for this new ground war in Syria?

Can we not have a special tax on the wealthiest to pay for this incredibly stupid decision??
Posted by grahamhgreen | Mon Nov 2, 2015, 02:53 PM (5 replies)

Tulsi Gabbard (D): US must stop illegal war to overthrow Assad in Syria

16 times Obama said there would be no boots on the ground in Syria

"Many of you have asked, won't this put us on a slippery slope to another war? One man wrote to me that we are 'still recovering from our involvement in Iraq.' A veteran put it more bluntly: 'This nation is sick and tired of war.' My answer is simple: I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria. I will not pursue an open-ended action like Iraq or Afghanistan. I will not pursue a prolonged air campaign like Libya or Kosovo. This would be a targeted strike to achieve a clear objective: deterring the use of chemical weapons and degrading Assad's capabilities."

More of his misleading statements here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2015/10/30/16-times-obama-said-there-would-no-boots-ground-syria/74869884/

Those who would involve the US in a perpetual war for profit must be jumping for joy.

In the tradition of Bush: Obama putting boots on the ground in Syria!!! Wee Hee!

In the end, I imagine we will be aligning ourselves with ISIS to defeat Assad - as, in my view, the defeat of Assad has been the goal since GWB's Axis of Evil speech.

Another win for the neocon dream of endless war.

"Defense secretary: US to begin ‘direct action on the ground’ in Iraq, Syria"

"Defense Secretary Ash Carter today revealed that the U.S. will openly begin “direct action on the ground” against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria." - http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/defense-secretary-us-begin-direct-action-the-ground-iraq-syria

Most asinine thing I've heard this week. Not only can we "not win it" as GWB ,Glorious Leader and founding CEO of The War on Terror, inc., told us. BUT WE CAN'T AFFORD IT.

Now just one of you war hawks step up and tell me where this money is gonna come from..... And then volunteer to go fight.

Here is the cost of the war, in case you forgot:

Over 370,000 people have died due to direct war violence, and many more indirectly
210,000 civilians have been killed as a result of the fighting at the hands of all parties to the conflict
7.6 million — the number of war refugees and displaced persons
The US federal price tag for the Iraq war is about 4.4 trillion dollars
The wars have been accompanied by violations of human rights and civil liberties, in the US and abroad
The wars did not result in inclusive, transparent, and democratic governments in Iraq or Afghanistan

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