Rage Against The Machine:
Russia Today covers the U.S. media blackout on Wisconsin protests:
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Our American Indian neighbors living in South Dakota, and Wyoming are in dire need of warm clothing.
Huge snowdrifts, and especially prolonged freezing weather has put people’s health, and lives at risk.
The Native American Heritage Association is a charity that delivers warm clothing, and food to isolated families on reservations all over the states of South Dakota and Wyoming. Please help their heroic efforts.
Women’s, children’s, and men’s clean warm clothing is a priority. Thank you for caring.
Pass this on to your friends and maybe some could team up and do a yard or bake sale and pull the funds together to send a nice bundle.
The mailing address is:
Lakota Oyate Wakaneya Owikaiyapa
East Highway 18 – Box 604
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770
Than Bank of America pays in taxes!
Think Progress features this piece on USUncut, the U.S. version of the United Kingdom grassroots movement that dares to ask the impertinent question, “Why should our public services be slashed when we have huge corporations who don’t even pay any taxes?” I think this movement has real potential — its success in Great Britain is grounded in its broadbased appeal. After all, not many people agree corporations should pay less in taxes than they do.
Anyway, I hope you’ll check them out. The website has some good tips for organizing an action:
In an interview with In These Times, Carl Gibson, the founder of US Uncut, which is organizing some of today’s UK-inspired massive demonstrations against tax dodgers, explains that while ordinary Americans are being asked to sacrifice, major corporations continue to use the rigged tax code to avoid paying any federal taxes at all. As he says, if you have “one dollar” in your wallet, you’re paying more than the “combined income tax liability of GE, ExxonMobil, Citibank, and the Bank of America“:
[Gibson] explains, “I have one dollar in my wallet. That’s more than the combined income tax liability of GE, ExxonMobil, Citibank, and the Bank of America. That means somebody is gaming the system.”
Indeed, as politicians are asking ordinary Americans to sacrifice their education, their health, their labor rights, and their wellbeing to tackle budget deficits, some of the world’s richest multinational corporations are getting away with shirking their responsibility and paying nothing. ThinkProgress has assembled a short but far from comprehensive list of these tax dodgers — corporations which have rigged the tax system to their advantage so they can reap huge profits and avoid paying taxes:
- BANK OF AMERICA: In 2009, Bank of America didn’t pay a single penny in federal income taxes, exploiting the tax code so as to avoid paying its fair share. “Oh, yeah, this happens all the time,” said Robert Willens, a tax accounting expert interviewed by McClatchy. “If you go out and try to make money and you don’t do it, why should the government pay you for your losses?” asked Bob McIntyre of Citizens for Tax Justice. The same year, the mega-bank’s top executives received pay “ranging from $6 million to nearly $30 million.”
- BOEING: Despite receiving billions of dollars from the federal government every single year in taxpayer subsidies from the U.S. government, Boeing didn’t “pay a dime of U.S. federal corporate income taxes” between 2008 and 2010.
- CITIGROUP: Citigroup’s deferred income taxes for the third quarter of 2010 amounted to a grand total of $0.00. At the same time, Citigroup has continued to pay its staff lavishly. “John Havens, the head of Citigroup’s investment bank, is expected to be the bank’s highest paid executive for the second year in a row, with a compensation package worth $9.5 million.”
- EXXON-MOBIL: The oil giant uses offshore subsidiaries in the Caribbean to avoid paying taxes in the United States. Although Exxon-Mobil paid $15 billion in taxes in 2009, not a penny of those taxes went to the American Treasury. This was the same year that the companyovertook Wal-Mart in the Fortune 500. Meanwhile the total compensation of Exxon-Mobil’s CEO the same year was over $29,000,000.
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Closets full of cash and jewels in Ben Ali’s palace in Sidi Bou Said, via Tunisia TV:
My problems with the death penalty have much more to do with its uneven application by race, leaning heavily on coerced testimony and shaky evidence and depending on the actions of politically ambitious prosecutors. Far too often, this leads to the conviction of the wrong person.
But this one? I think we have it nailed, and if anyone deserves to die, it’s her.