By: Paul Buchheit Her lips, like unblossomed orchid petals, pink and still, resting on a glossy bed of fabrics that reflect glittery specks of silver as lilac-drenched air settles around […]
By: Paul Craig Roberts, Ph.D In his report on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest jobs and unemployment report, statistician John Williams (shadowstats.com) writes: “The July employment and unemployment numbers […]
By: Paul Buchheit The privatization of public goods and services turns basic human needs into products to buy and sell. That’s more than a joke, it’s an insult, it’s a […]
By: Paul Buchheit My own generation faced the Vietnam War. We were at risk of getting drafted, and then maimed or killed in an unwinnable battle against imagined evils. Today’s […]
By: Paul Buchheit Studying inequality in America reveals some facts that are truly hard to believe. Amidst all the absurdity a few stand out. 1. U.S. companies in total pay […]
By: Paul Buchheit When Charles Dickens wrote “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” to begin “A Tale of Two Cities,” he compared the years […]
By: Paul Buchheit We hear these claims often, even though they’re entirely false. An analysis of the facts should make that clear. (1) The Rich Pay Almost All the Taxes […]
This is tax time, or in the case of many big businesses, just another time without taxes. These companies deserve to be recognized. With the help of SEC data and the results of several excellent research studies, PayUpNow.org has selected the ‘winners’ of the 2011 Tax Avoidance Awards. First a review of last year’s results. The top spot went to General Electric, which made pre-tax profits of $44 billion from 2008 to 2010 but received almost $5 billion in refunds. A GE spokesperson added, “We are committed to acting with integrity in relation to our tax obligations.”
With the mainstream media in the hands of the mostly conservative wealthy, it’s difficult for average Americans to learn the truth about critical issues. The following five conservative claims are examples of mythical beliefs that fall apart in the presence of inconvenient facts.
Beyond the fact that we’re ‘entitled’ to Social Security and Medicare because we pay for them, these two government-run programs have been largely self-sustaining while supporting the needs of millions of Americans.
Unfortunately, a little well-placed progressive sarcasm can’t compete with the ongoing 40-year right-wing campaign to capture the sympathies of an impressionable public. It’s a remarkable accomplishment on their part. Even […]