Financial Security for All — Yes, we can afford it!

December 28, 2017 Dirk Droll 0

One of the main arguments made against keeping alive our welfare programs, and also against creating such wonderful things as job creation programs (like under FDR) and a universal basic income (UBI), is the claim that our government doesn’t have enough money to pay for them, or that to pay for them, the government would have to steal from hard-working people by raising their taxes. This is a very popular argument a lot of people firmly believe in. It is also completely and utterly wrong! I have long wanted to show this in a simple way. The most simple way […]

The GOP’s Christmas Gift to the Billionaires

December 23, 2017 Dirk Droll 0

We hear a lot of talk about the GOP Tax “Reform.” Talk is cheap, though. Let’s take a look at the facts on the ground. According to the politically neutral Tax Policy Center’s analysis, the top 1% of earners would receive about 80% of the tax benefit. That’s pretty grim and leads me to ask: who is financially struggling in our country? Is it the 1%? 

Is Sessions appointing special counsel to investigate Clinton allegations?

November 14, 2017 Carlos Barberena 0

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering appointing a second special counsel to investigate a raft of allegations connected to Hillary Clinton, a move that would fulfill long-standing demands from President Donald Trump and the Republican base. A Justice Department lawyer informed the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that senior prosecutors were looking into whether…

Alabama Evangelicals More Likely To Support Roy Moore

November 13, 2017 Carlos Barberena 0

Talk about loving the sinner! Nearly 40 percent of Evangelical Christians in Alabama say they’re now more likely to vote for Roy Moore after multiple allegations that he molested children, even as voters across the historically red state now seem to be punishing Moore for his past actions, a new poll shows. A plurality of evangelicals…

Paradise Papers or Paper Paradise? — Two Sets of Rules for Rich and Poor

November 8, 2017 Dirk Droll 1

So, after the Panama Papers, the latest leak, called Paradise Papers, once again reveal how the rich “legally” (but not legitimately!) avoid paying their taxes and make play with their money in even illegal ways, well hidden behind aiding and abetting global institutions. Meanwhile, working Americans are getting squeezed out of their last drop of blood and persecuted like criminals when they have any foreign income, for instance when our jobless economy drives them out of the country or they are married to a foreign spouse. ~ I. Intro First, in case you haven’t heard about the recently published Paradise […]

Joe Arpaio With Big Plans in Fresno, California

September 30, 2017 Carlos Barberena 0

On a speech on Friday in Fresno, California, Joseph M. Arpaio, billed on the evening’s program as “America’s toughest sheriff,” delighted local Republicans with his pronouncements. He promised to restart his investigation into the veracity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, suggested he might run for a congressional seat, perhaps the one held by Arizona’s Senator…

Associate of the Man Who Hired Michael Flynn as a Lobbyist Subpoenaed by Robert Mueller

September 30, 2017 Carlos Barberena 0

The special prosecutor investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election has subpoenaed an associate of Gen. Michael Flynn’s Turkish lobbying client. The subpoena, a copy of which was obtained by ProPublica, ordered Sezgin Baran Korkmaz to testify before a grand jury in Washington on Sept. 22. “The grand jury is conducting an investigation of possible…

UN to send war crimes investigators to Yemen

September 30, 2017 Carlos Barberena 0

The UN Human Rights Council agreed Friday to send war crimes investigators to Yemen, overcoming resistance from Saudi Arabia which sought to fend off an independent international probe. In a resolution adopted by consensus, the council mandated UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to send a group of “eminent experts” to Yemen, where a Saudi-led…

New Poll Americans blame Facebook for fake news,

September 29, 2017 Carlos Barberena 0

WASHINGTON — The public has a tough message for Facebook: The social media giant needs to stop fake news — especially when it’s funded by Russia. According to a new poll commissioned by the Factual Democracy Project, a group trying to fight the spread of intentionally fabricated news stories on social media, 73 percent of voters…

Trump Admin To Puerto Ricans, Pay Full Flight Prices

September 29, 2017 Carlos Barberena 0

President Donald Trump’s administration is requiring impoverished Puerto Rican hurricane victims to pay full price to evacuate — and will even holding their passports as collateral until the government receives payment. The administration is reportedly sticking with a State Department policy that forces evacuees to sign a promissory note before leaving, according to MarketWatch Thursday morning.…