Sunday, 11/30/14, Public Square



by | November 30, 2014 · 6:00 am

6 responses to “Sunday, 11/30/14, Public Square

  1. Asher Bob White

    Yes, I’m sure, very sure. What pisses me off ….. is “big business”, i.e., corporate greed. Yes, jobs are important; very important. Still, that is not the corporate objective; it is a mere requirement in the business plan for the ultimate objective which is exploitation of the customer; big or small. One example? Big “Pharma”.

    • Big Pharma is also in bed with Big Hospitals and Big Doctors clinics.

      Let’s face it – our health care professionals are nothing more than corporate employees now – thanks to the wonderful world of corporatism.

      If you doubt that – just try to find a doctor’s office that is owned by the doctors themselves.

      There are very few of those doctors around anymore..

      BTW – Big Mega Churches are also nothing more than corporations making tax-free money.

  2. I don’t understand the ‘conservative’ viewpoint that our government is making people dependent on government. Such a tiny amount of our tax money goes to helping those who need our help the most. I’ve heard some justifications like food stamps don’t actually provide food for hungry children, that if fraud in the welfare system was under control poverty wouldn’t exist because there would be plenty to go around.

    I really can’t imagine what it’s like to ever think about the possibility that some person may be getting something they don’t deserve, or that my tax money is being wasted on helping people when so much is given to those who need it the least.

    Look at the figures above. Even added together all the others don’t come close to the amount given to ‘corporate subsidies.’

    You know what? I hope I am never able to understand that ‘conservative’ viewpoint. I’m sure I have little in common with the people who do understand it.

  3. “conservatives” want to end welfare, food stamps and Medicaid while privatizing education, yet don’t want to legislate a living wage, or guarantee veterans benefits. How do they ignore the high numbers of veterans who receive food stamps, welfare and Medicaid?

  4. Robert Reich says —

    Corporate tax “reform” is high on the Republican agenda because the GOP’s corporate patrons are demanding payoff from their investments in the 2014 election. Watch your wallets. Here are the four biggest right-wing whoppers about corporate taxes:

    1. The U.S. corporate tax rate of 35% is one of the highest among advanced countries. True but misleading. The effective corporate income-tax rate – what corporations actually pay after all deductions, credits, and loopholes – is 27.7%, close to the average of all rich countries (27.2%).

    2. Today’s corporate tax rate is high by historic standards. Baloney. In the 1950s it was over 50%.

    3. The corporate tax reduces corporate profits, which makes it harder for corporations to hire. Wrong. Corporate profits today are the highest they’ve been since World War II as a percentage of the economy.

    4. Lowering the corporate income-tax would spur economic growth. Baloney. There’s no relation between corporate tax rates and growth. In the 1950s and 60s, when the corporate tax was over 50%, the economy grew faster (at an annual average rate of 3.9%) than it has since the rate was reduced.

    Don’t let the right get away with their whoppers about corporate taxes. Spread the truth.

  5. “Supreme Court justice and pop culture icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg left the hospital yesterday after having a heart stent implanted and expects to be back at work Monday. Despite various health issues over the years, Ginsburg insists that she is still of sound body at age 81 (her mind isn’t in question) and has no plans to retire before the end of President Obama’s term to ensure a Democratic replacement. If she keeps to that pledge, and presuming there are no other retirements in the next two years, the makeup of the Supreme Court could be a bigger campaign issue in 2016 than ever before. It certainly ought to be.”

    Why the Supreme Court should be the biggest issue of the 2016 campaign