Charles and David Koch, a/k/a The Koch Brothers, are billionaire industrialists who are using their money to buy and control our government. They act behind the scenes. Today, Herman Cain, who has received campaign donations from the Koch Brothers in his past, proudly declared, “I am a Koch brother by another mother!”
This blog has several post that cover the Koch Bros. Check out this one. I fear where Herman Cain or any of the Republican candidates for President would take this nation. Most are under-prepared for the office and none of them enjoy the respect of the American people.
WE MUSTRE-ELECT BARACK OBAMA AS PRESIDENT IN 2012.
When President Obama says that we can’t wait to put Americans back to work, he’s not just talking about the White House. He’s talking about all of us. That “we” is everyone.
The President has a proposal — the American Jobs Act — that economists say could put nearly two million Americans back to work. But some in Congress are determined to block that jobs plan, so we’re getting started with concrete actions that President Obama can take without waiting on lawmakers to debate legislation or pass a bill.
We are looking at everything that the government can do, and we know that some of the best ideas are going to come from people like you.
If you have an idea for something President Obama can do without the help of Congress, or know of a program in your community that needs to go nationwide, I want to hear from you.
G.E., yes that G.E. who is in the White House, not only hasn’t paid taxes for the last three years, our government actually paid them. From 2008-2010, G.E. received tax rebates of $4.737 billion, while earning a pretax profit of $10.46 billion. This is while they offshore outsource jobs to China and get bail outs for their financial branch, G.E. Capital.
Citizens for Tax Justice have published a new study, Corporate Taxpayers & Corporate Tax Dodgers, 2008-2010, which is simply a must read for every American. Some of the most notorious multinational corporations, complete with bail outs and offshore outsourcing your job, paid negative taxes for the last three years. In other words, we paid them.
The study covers 280 corporations. Some of what they found:
Seventy-eight of the 280 companies paid zero or less in federal income taxes in at least one year from 2008 to 2010.
Thirty corporations paid less than nothing in aggregate federal income taxes over the entire 2008-10 period.
2009 was a particularly banner year for non-payment of taxes. In that year, 49 companies paid zero or less in federal income taxes.
In 2008, 22 companies paid no federal income tax, and got $3.3 billion in tax rebates. In 2010, 37 companies paid no income tax, and got $7.8 billion in rebates.
Below is a table from the report, showing the top worst offenders, their pretax profits, their tax or rebate and their effective tax rate.
Yesterday, I saw video of Mitch McConnell on TV finally acknowledging that Republican leadership in Congress (and probably elsewhere), knows that the overwhelming majority of the American people want taxes raised on the top 1% of the population and super profitable corporations like those above. McConnell looks squarely into the camera and spouts his usual rhetoric about supposed Democratic motives. He is lying on the President of the United States. Barack Obama is trying to serve us with his best efforts in defiance of the Tea Party and the Republican leaders in the Congress who appear below:
SUPPORT THE OCCUPY WALL STREET GROUPS!
Every effort should be made to remove them men from positions of power. Our Forefathers gave us no vehicle to remove them from power for opposing the will of the people. IF THEY WERE ELECTED TO REPRESENT YOUR DISTRICT, FIGHT THEIR EVERY EFFORT AT RE-ELECTION! These men and Tea Party pledged a lifetime oath to a worldly god, Grover Norquist…and that allegiance is stronger than any obligation to you. The American people used to be served by returning those
we elect to The Congress because seniority equals power to help the district back home. Regrettably, we have created a new social class: The Legislative Elite! They represent their own agenda once in Washington. People, we have got to take our country back before they become stronger than the very government in which they labor not. Join your local protests against “the system.” Contribute $5, $10 to the various grassroots efforts to reclaim America.Participate in the Democratic Party which continues to fight for the common man. Give your Presidential vote to Barack Obama in November 2012!CONSIDER VOTING FOR DEMOCRATS ALL ACROSS YOUR BALLOT. YOU’LL BE BETTER SERVED!
Could it be? Republicans put democrats to shame when it comes to speaking as a group–with the same talking points–using the same phrasing. They have hoodwinked enough voters to turn so many state legislatures republican with republican governors. Gov. Walker (R-WI) is still in charge in spite of great efforts to dethrone him. As reported before, he seeks–or by now has–the power to dismantle local government and sell off public assets to his friends. Gov. Jan Brewer is so strapped for cash that she is selling off her prisons to a powerful prison industry. Republican governors do have budget problems, but, it is unconscionable that they are cutting education: schools as well as teachers et als. [Speaking of education, how can America hope to dominate the world–as it once did–in math, science, inventions and higher education with the schools we have today?] Think of Governor Christie (R-NJ) and intone “Dixie.” The saddest thing is that we
witness how republicans are using their new power to take the vote away from blacks and young adults. Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) has successfully instituted picture ID for voting knowing that older blacks in her state have few such means of identification. [Note: Governor Haley’s roots are from India, a country of brown people!] Can you believe this? Some republican congressmen are charging their constituents for personal audiences. Republican candidates for office run from reporters slipping out back doors and refuse to appear on TV and let the public see them be interviewed by the Fourth Estate (which will be redundant in the new society).
Republicans are quick to mouth that democrats want to fight class warfare. Well, republicans are doing something worse: They are dismantling our society. Little by little they are reducing our society into two classes: (1) The Royal Class of millionaires and billionaires who have all the land, real estate and money and (2) The peasants who work for them. We witness former tenants living in tent cities in this day and age. (Sounds like reverse history from our mother country, doesn’t it?) What promises of royal peerage have been made to the Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and Eric Cantor? Don’t the Tea Party and those earning under $200,000 realize that eventually they will be lumped in with us other peasants. Republicans already edit (read that censor) textbooks in Texas and then send them around the nation. [Note: The Governor in Texas is Rick Perry (R). One day public housing will consist of worker cottages…or, God, no: Slave quarters? For generations urban and rural blacks have been living in sub-standard housing and have depended on charity from the privileged class. Young blacks probably won’t go to see “The Help” because it shows how employment used to be for Negroes post slavery and Jim Crow. I shudder to think about an all republican dominated America. Will the royals accept rich blacks into their circle or will racism still persist? I expect that black and white serfs will get along. Any slaves will be black, of course!
The professional class will be obliterated. Little need for lawyers and stock brokers. Wealth will be concentrated into the few republicans who have grabbed the most power in America! We will probably revert to an agrarian society where peasants till the land, husband the crops and feed Miss Ann and Mr. Charlie. [Terms borrowed from the 1950s when my grandfather was a “yardman.” Who’d heard of landscaping?] Oh, there will be doctors, bankers and judges and a few other professionals, like estate managers…and slave drivers.
One good thing that might happen among the peasant class is a return to God. I remember reading about the importance of the church to slaves (when allowed) and which was used to keep them suppressed. The church gave hope and a reason for living. Ironically, reading The Bible led to education of the slave class in America which led to racial equality in society… so to speak.
Who knows, before our society collapses into backwardness, China and Japan may have foreclosed on everything or moved in and conquered us.