Proper Tax vs. Iɯdɹodǝɹ ┴ɐx

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As the Tax Day is about to hit us over the head or under the belt line again, it makes sense to give a thought or two about how proper or improper our tax system is.

Clearly, lots of people across the political spectrum hate taxes, or at least their own taxes, or would like others to be taxed more, or – in some cases – gladly pay their taxes as a contribution to the society that grants them a civilized life. (I once belonged to the latter group.)

But how many of us have actually thought this through? What our taxes are for and what they could be used for instead?

Since many of us are busy meeting the deadline, I want to keep this article as short as possible, only throwing out a funny historic remembrance and some food-for-thought seeds for our future.   Continue reading “Proper Tax vs. Iɯdɹodǝɹ ┴ɐx”

The Smooth Way Out of Capitalism

When the rules of a game are bad, the obvious thing to do is to change the rules. Many people today realize that capitalism is working against them but aren’t sure what to do about it while others are still wavering in doubt. Let’s take a closer look then and discover a simple solution that would leave the markets intact but remove their oligarchs and our systemic corruption, harm, and suffering; healing our economy, democracy, and lives.   Continue reading “The Smooth Way Out of Capitalism”

Political Awakening Video Weekend 02-03-2019 (13 videos)

Stars: Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Jimmy Dore, Stef Zamorano, Ron Placone, Richard Wolff, Ralph Nader, Shoshana Zuboff, Jayar Jackson, John Iadarola, RJ Eskow, Max Blumenthal, Abby Martin, Mike Prysner, Ryan Cristián (The Last American Vagabond), Vanessa Beeley, Graham Elwood, Sam Seder, and others

  1. Neat Interview: Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, AOC, Venezuela, Corporate Media
  2. Brilliant Economic Update Episode: Yellow Vests, Bail-In Warning(!)…
  3. Surveillance Capitalism
  4. The Right-Wing Mockery of Poverty
  5. World: Venezuela, France, Global Oligarchy
  6. World: Yellow Vests, France’s Tyranny (on-the-ground info)
  7. Medicare Waterdown Details
  8. Tax Truth
  9. Predatory Crony Capitalism: Mortgage Crisis Revisited

 

I. Neat Interview: Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, AOC, Venezuela, Corporate Media

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for i24NEWS and the title: “Jimmy Dore on Bernie Sanders, AOC, Venezuela, Corporate Media”)

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Political Awakening Video Weekend 10-27-2018 (20 videos)

Once again, this weekend, we can do more for our minds than watching boys chase balls.

Stars: Ralph Nader, Michael Lighty, Richard Wolff, Bernie Sanders, Anya Parampil, George Galloway, Naomi Karavani, Lee Camp, Matt Orfalea, Thom Hartmann, Chris Hedges, Jimmy Dore, Niko House, Stef Zamorano, Nellie McKay, Kyle Kulinski, Steve Oh, Tim Canova, David Doel (The Rational National), Taya Graham, Morris Pearl (Patriotic Millionaires), Paul Jay, Ben Nortond.

Topics:

  1. Healthcare, Corporate, & Political Runaway Corruption & Organizing Against This
  2. Hope: The People’s Movement Surging
  3. Recent Bernie Speech (Pressing Forward)
  4. Economy (Market, Taxes, & ISMs)
  5. Right Wing (Debunking, Shift, & Media)
  6. Culture & Mentality: Life vs Profits
  7. Surprise: The Patriotic Millionaires Group
  8. Empire (U.S.-Saudi Collusion)
  9. Corporations Exceeding Nations
  10. Amazing Progressive Campaign Video
  11. DNC Lawsuit Update
  12. Whistleblowers
  13. Climate Change
  14. Humor: Jimmy Dore Confronting the Treacherous “Dem” Party

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Video Weekend 09-29-2018 (13 videos)

Stars: Jimmy Dore, Nomiki Konst, Ralph Nader, Abby Martin, RJ Eskow, Thomas Frank, Richard Wolff, Mike Figueredo, Andrea Witte, Mike Papantonio, Kaniela Ing, Frank Clemente, Thom Hartmann, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Kyle Kulinski. Content: Medicare for All financing, the current and next tax scam, important historic developments which got us into today’s mess, great new candidates, and much more. Categories:

  1. Medicare for All (esp. Costs & Funding)
  2. Taxes (Good & Bad)
  3. “Democratic” Party Analysis
  4. Bully Politics & War Crimes
  5. Past & Present (Ralph Nader & Abby Martin)
  6. Corrupt Corporate State & Tax System
  7. True vs Fake Progressives
  8. Corruptitian Lies
  9. History Shames Us
  10. Candidates: Nomiki Konst

 

I. Medicare for All (esp. Costs & Funding)

(Note: If the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for The Humanist Report, Mike Figueredo, and the title: “How We Pay for Medicare for All: An In-Depth Breakdown (w/ Andrea Witte)”) Continue reading “Video Weekend 09-29-2018 (13 videos)”

Political Awakening Video Weekend 07-28-2018 (16 videos)

In this weekend’s video compilation, stars like Claudia Stauber, active berners, Brian Becke (awesome!), Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Jimmy Dore, Brigida Santos, Mike Figueredo, Thom Hartmann, Jason Stanley (very informative!), The Rational National, Tim Canova, Melissa Schwartz (from DemocracyCounts), Kaniela ‍‍‍Saito Ing (from Hawaii), Sharmini Peries, Jen Senko (“The Brainwashing of my Dad”), Richard Hobbs, and America’s rising hero Nick Braña shine bright lights on the people’s awakening; the reality of Russia, the Middel East, our government budget, our (nonexistent) democracy, capitalism and socialism; on fascism, capitalism-neoliberalism; establishment lies & corruption; U.S. genocide and mass migrations; rigged U.S. elections; the public brainwash; and successes in political revolution.   Continue reading “Political Awakening Video Weekend 07-28-2018 (16 videos)”

Video Weekend 02-10-2018 (11 videos)

This weekend’s video compilation focuses on national politics and a wide array of economy-related topics, ranging from our oligarchy’s war on thinking, the Dempublican-Repucratic resistance against the will of the people, corporate deception, different segments of the public suffering from different economic changes, the unhealthy consequences of inequality and historic rise of inequality with the rising chance of violent revolutions.

 

I. National Politics:

Newsbroke: Anti-Intellectualism – The War on Thinking

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “The Rich Want To Keep You Dumb”)

 

Jimmy Dore: The Voter’s Will Keeps Getting Trampled by the Dempublicans

I reported on other ballot initiatives (such as laws against politician corruption) being trampled by state governments. Well, here is a new case once again:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Ranked Choice Voting Under Attack In Maine”)

 

HR: The “Dem” arm of the Dempublican Corporate Stooges:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Democratic Establishment Still Cheating Progressives, Shielding Corporatists “)

 

HR: The Manipulative Dishonesty of our Corporations

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “AT&T Caught Funding Fake Activism for Phony Net Neutrality “Protection” Law”)

 

II. Economics

Billionaire admits that tax gifts to the rich do nothing for us:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Have you gotten your $4,000 yet? “)

 

Richard Wolff – the abusiveness built into oligarchic power structures:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Richard Wolff On Hierarchies And Workplace Abuse“)

 

And now two talks on the consequences of inequality (you can skip the longer second if you are short on time since it overlaps with the first):

Inequality creates Unhealthy Societies by all Measures (17 min short):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How economic inequality harms societies | Richard Wilkinson”)

 

Social Science: The psychological and health effect of income inequality (56 min long):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Inequality is unsustainable | Richard Wilkinson”)

Note: At 20:17 minutes in you may note that the U.S. is an outlier with regard to prison population since here we don’t only have the direct effects of income inequality, but in the U.S. we additionally have a racket in the form of private prisons and prison-profiteering supply companies which put pressure on our legislature to create them more prisoners to profit from. We also have a high share of politically motivated legal persecution (the war on drugs really always having been a war on Blacks and dissidents (such as the hippies once were)).

 

Economists sorting out the types of our current problems and solutions at the World Economic Forum (in part interesting because that’s the place where our oligarchs meet to hobnob and pat themselves on the shoulders while heads of governments visit to kiss their feet) (I must warn you of the chortling moderator, though, who clearly has no clue about the suffering many of us go through nowadays):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “How Is Rentier Capitalism Aggravating Inequality?”)

 

Thom Hartmann’s very telling recent interview of Richard Wolff:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Prof. Richard Wolff Believes Extreme Poverty in America is only Going To Get Worse”)

 

III. Media

A very rare case of honesty and significance in corporate media reporting (telling stuff I have been writing about all along, very surprising for the Clinton “News” Network, probably as part of their anti-Trump menu of dishes):

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “U.S. May Soon Have Revolution”)

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All the GOP Has Done is Attack the Poor

It’s the gist of 2017, but it’s also been true for a very long time. The thing to add is that some thirty years ago the “Democratic” Party joined in this feeding frenzy of the rich upon the poor. The Dems try to save face by sometimes standing up for one or the other safety net program when the Reps are attacking it. However, in the long run, both political gangs are set to steal from the poor to give to the rich. It’s the millionaire minions working for kickbacks from the robber billionaires. And whenever we, the people, turn a blind eye because the current raiders are affiliated with the party we believe to be ours, we enable them.

The below video describes the current raids:

(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Donald Trump & Republicans Want to Cut Social Safety Net Programs in 2018 “)

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Tax Cuts as an Excuse for Government Spending Cuts on the People

People need to wake up to the game that has been played by the Republican and neoliberalized “Democratic” Party to defraud the American People.

To summarize, our founders intended to create a government which would ensure liberty, justice, and prosperity for all. Any other kind of government they considered subject to revolution. But our government has since then be bought up by our plutocratic and kleptocratic oligarchs to kill democracy and have government do the reverse of its duty to us.  Continue reading “Tax Cuts as an Excuse for Government Spending Cuts on the People”

The Estate Tax in the Big Picture

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A big part of the self-gifting buried in the GOP Tax Scam (that chimera they call a “tax reform” which I analyzed in great detail yesterday) is the elimination of the federal estate tax. And while this is so clearly a gift the rich are giving to themselves, the Republican Party and its allied corporate media amazingly manage to get a bulk of the people whom their actions harm to cheer and support them (as they have been able to do since Ronald Reagan who was an expert in making dastardly deeds sound good). What is really going on when a poor or middle-income person defends the rich against an estate tax? It boggles the mind of anyone who understands the estate tax. So, how does this abstruse behavior come to be?  Continue reading “The Estate Tax in the Big Picture”