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Movies and Television / Re: Longmire
« Last post by Solon on November 17, 2017, 02:37:51 PM »
Longmire, Season Six, is ready for viewing!
Politics / The 1% in U.S Will Own 70% of Wealth by 2021
« Last post by Solon on November 17, 2017, 12:51:27 PM »
This study by the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, came BEFORE the tax give away to the rich passed by the House yesterday. If the Senate follows suit, we can expect the complete purchase of Congress by wealthy donors for the foreseeable future. In a democratic government, you expect the wishes of the people to command the elected members of government. That is hardly the case. The tax legislation passed by the House had the support of a whopping 24% of the population. That is true of much else Congress does. What, then, motivates them? I pointed that out in a previous post about the tax cut for the rich. A Congressman stated baldly that the tax plan had to be passed to please their wealthy donors. As long as political campaigns are funded by the rich, they will call the shots. That, more than any other factor, explains the rising and historically high inequality in the US.

Currently, an estimated 18 million households hold at least $1 million in assets –revealing the staggering rate at which the disparity between the rich and poor is widening.

The study also stated that an estimated 70 million people were found to control 45 percent of the world’s US$166.5 trillion in wealth, linking the skyrocketing gap to economic and political instability.

It noted that even though the rising inequality is a global phenomenon, it is especially pronounced in the United States.

...Over the past 30 years, the world's wealthiest people have occupied a growing share of the global economic pie. The combined share of the national income of the top 1 percent in the U.S. and the U.K. has doubled. The world's 1,200 billionaires hold economic firepower that is equivalent to a third of the size of the U.S. economy, the Guardian reported.

The U.S. is significantly more unequal than most other countries, with the nation’s elite currently holding 63 percent of the private wealth, while their share of national wealth is also growing much faster than the global average.

The wealth gap has soared but without wider economic progress. Excessive levels of inequality and economic crisis have been linked to the relationship between wages and productivity. The "wage-productivity gap" offsets the natural mechanisms that are required to achieve economic balance, the Guardian reported.
Politics / World, horrified at Trump, sends US Ranking Plummeting
« Last post by Solon on November 17, 2017, 12:32:55 PM »

Only Fox News junkies are surprised.

The US is usually number 1 in the German research firm Gfk’s rankings, headed up by political consultant Simon Anholt. They ask some 22,000 people around the world to rank countries on six scales.

This year it fell five full places to number 6. No such fall has taken place since 2004, when Americans elected George W. Bush to a second term. And in the past, falls only lasted for a year.

Angela Merkel is the leader of the free world, not Trump.

The Gfk’s poll doesn’t just measure favorability, but looks at 6 dimensions of a country, so that the US fall from grace is all the more surprising. The dimensions are governance, people, culture, exports, immigration-investment and tourism.

In governance, the US had been in 19th place. It is now in 23rd. Out of 50 countries. People think the US is worse governed than nearly half of the developed countries in the world. This dramatic fall in the governance score is pretty obviously caused by Trump.

...The finding about the US decline is alarming and could be a sign that Trump is dragging the country down. In turn, that is important because many US goals require international cooperation.
Politics / Re: Secret Witness In Uranium Probe Is Announced
« Last post by Steven on November 17, 2017, 08:59:23 AM »
Informant claims to have a video of Russian agents with suitcases of money as a bribe for the Clinton's. If he doesn't have a video with the Clinton's accepting the money I don't see how it proves bribery. Allegations and assumptions are not facts.
Politics / Re: Why Shepard Smith Debunked Clinton-Uranium One "Scandal"
« Last post by Steven on November 17, 2017, 08:20:07 AM »
Fox viewers demand Shepard Smith be fired after error filled Uranium One report. Who couldn't see this one coming?

He was wrong on several minor details - such as name pronunciations and the location Of Uranium One. To me these aren't major issues but when you are a news anchor on a major news station - you should do your homework.
Politics / Re: Secret Witness In Uranium Probe Is Announced
« Last post by Steven on November 17, 2017, 07:53:06 AM »
The Clinton Foundation did receive $145 million from people associated with Uranium One and UrASIA. One can say that there is no evidence of any money going to the Clinton family - but if they were republicans the democrats would say "Can't you see through this smoke screen?" I don't trust the Bush family and I don't trust the Clintons either.
Politics / Re: Senator Al Franken Apologizes To Woman For Sexual Abuse
« Last post by Common Sense on November 17, 2017, 07:45:18 AM »
Some in the left wing media are defending Franken.  Surprise, surprise!!!

On MSNBC tonight.

There is our little forum nuisance gopher here for his weekly check in! Actually, instead of spouting someone else's talking point you could see that Al Franken is getting deservedly bashed senseless by MSNBC and Mika on Morning Joe as we speak. As I, and Solon have said, he should resign. His time in this forum of public service should be done.

Still waiting for the Donald to speak about the man (using that word loosely with this character) to speak out AGAINST ROY MOORE. Sexual abuse and assault should not be tolerated by anyone in public service.
Politics / Re: Senator Al Franken Apologizes To Woman For Sexual Abuse
« Last post by Steven on November 17, 2017, 07:36:01 AM »
We've always known that the majority of left wing liberals overlook the sins of their own. I'm sure there are republicans that do the same.
Sports / Re: Nascar 2017
« Last post by LpMv2407 on November 17, 2017, 01:06:30 AM »
my heart says truex. my head says harvick.
Politics / Re: Half of Trump Tax Cuts Go To Top 1/2 of 1%
« Last post by Solon on November 17, 2017, 12:09:44 AM »
It's a fact that US multi-national corporations have been making huge profits since the Great Republican Recession. It has been reported repeatedly that virtually ALL of the profits since the recovery began have gone to the top 1%--the people with major stock holdings. So why, why does the Republican party believe that corporations and the people who are major share holders and the people who run them, need a tax cut. They are millionaires and billionaires. CEO's made clear to Cohn that they are NOT going to invest in new production or hire more workers. Indeed, they may cut production because the workers will have less money to spend since their taxes are going up!

What makes this even more incredible is that people in Henry County vote overwhelmingly for this policy and the people who pursue it. I guess it must be that the good people of HC are opposed to all that liberal social policy so much so that they would give up their health insurance, pay higher taxes, and strangle their future and that of their children to prevent gay marriage, abortions, and transgenders in the military. But, guess what? It's all for nothing. Gay marriage is constitutionally protected; abortions have been happening since women have been getting pregnant whether safely in hospitals and clinics or unsafely in backrooms and basements; and transgenders are still serving in the military in spite of Trump's tweets. The stern face of social probity has had absolutely no effect. Do you think maybe you have been snookered by Republicans? Even more astonishing is with all the tough talk about immigration, the Obama administration expelled more illegals on average than Trump during a similar time period.

They control both houses of Congress, the presidency, the Supreme Court and yet...the major effort of the party is to cut off health insurance for millions of average people and raise their taxes while cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthiest people in the country. Even more distressing is that Conservatives are supporting the legalization of marijuana in more and more states. It is a good source of tax revenue and it will ease the incredibly expensive cost of incarcerating millions of people. We currently have by far the highest incarceration rate of any major country in the world. 

Don't you think it is time to judge people by what they do rather than by what they say?

Nah, just go back to sleep.

There's an easy way to tell the Republican tax plan from the Republican health-care plan.

The first one would cut the corporate tax rate to help mostly wealthy investors, and pay for some of that by cutting health-care spending for the poor and the middle class. The second one, on the other hand, would cut health-care spending for the poor and the middle class to pay for the capital-gains tax cuts it would give to mostly wealthy investors. See the difference?

Now, there are a lot of ways to think about the GOP's latest tax bill, but the simplest one is this: It would temporarily cut taxes for the middle class the next 10 years (while actually raising them on a number of the working class), before turning into a permanent tax hike on them to help pay for its permanent cuts to corporate taxes. In all, the budget scorekeepers at the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate that the Republican plan would, on average, force households making $75,000 to start paying higher taxes by 2027 at the latest. Households making between $10,000 and $30,000 would actually face higher tax bills beginning in 2021.

Republicans only have one plan. Sometimes they call it “tax reform.” Other times “health-care reform.”
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