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Immigrants & Revolutionists


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The United States Has Very Low Taxes When Compared To Other Market-Economy Countries


The mantra of right-wing Republicans has been for decades now that taxes in the United States are too high -- especially the corporate taxes. They say this is hurting American corporations in their effort to compete with corporations based in other nations. To put it mildly, that's a lot of horse manure.

While the top corporate income tax rate is 35%, there is something the Republicans won't tell you -- that no American corporation pays that rate. In fact, the General Accounting Office (GAO) says that the effective tax rate for American corporations is a shockingly low 12.6% (lower than most middle class workers have to pay) -- and even when foreign, state, and local taxes are added in, the total effective tax rate is only 16.9% (still far ...
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Blind

Political Cartoon is by Stuart Carlson at carlsontoons.com.
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Prospect Of GOP Taking The Senate Growing Dimmer




Last year, there was a lot of talk among Republicans and Beltway pundits that the Republicans would do so well in the 2014 off-year election that they might even take control of the U.S. Senate (currently controlled by Democrats). The thinking was that they would be able to fairly easily take several Southern Senate seats held by Democrats, while holding the seats they now have in that legislative body. Among the seats they expected to take were seats in Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

But seizing those seats has turned out to be more problematic than was believed. Recent polls have shown the Democrats have a good chance of holding on to those seats, and that is now verified by a new poll -- the New York Times / Kaiser Family ...
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Hole In The Wall

Political Cartoon is by John Branch in the San Antonio Express-News.
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U.S. Is Still The Richest Nation In The World - But Its Middle Class Is Falling Behind


There was a time when the United States was not only the richest nation in the world, but it also had the richest middle class in the world. But the "trickle-down" policies put into place by the Republicans has changed that. The U.S. is still the richest nation in the world, but its middle class is shrinking -- and those still in the middle class are struggling to stay up with the growing middle class income in other nations. In today's United States the rich are getting incredibly richer, but everyone else (middle class and poor alike) are falling further and further behind.

The New York Times has written an excellent article about this (and I urge all of you to read it in its entirety), and I am posting here part of that important ...
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Resistance

Political Cartoon is by David Horsey in the Los Angeles Times.
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Wall Street


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Can #Hamas and the #PLO really kiss and make up?

Well, they say they can, the New York Times reports, noting that they've talked about it before and failed.

Related: should they? (That of course depends in part on who's asking that question.)

That said, politics, and political enemies, make strange bedfellows.

Given that Israeli prime minster Bibi Netanyahu is in bed with people in his cabinet that make him look halfway sane, it's no wonder that the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have renewed unity government talks. And, this shouldn't have surprised either Israel or the US. Things like the PA (PLO) working to get officially accepted into more United Nations-affiliate organizations should have been a sign that the PA was tired of getting the back of the hand from the US as well as Israel.

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So Now We Have Boots On The Ground

While the President has been dining on $600 Sushi in Japan, 600 U.S. troops have been dispersed to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia plus a frigate is on it's way to the Black Sea.

The troops are supposedly engaging in military exercises.  The ship is "to promote peace and stability in the region."

With some 40,000 troops massed along the Ukrainian border, I'm sure Putin is quaking in his boots.

Is it reasonable to think these few troops under the pretext of military exercises will deter Russia from continuing it's aggression?

It is now apparent negotiations haven't had any impact.  Russia has just spun the language of the so called agreements to serve it's own purposes.  So now what happens?  If we're trying to make a ...