Author Archive: Fred Donaldson

Is Donald Trump correct about drug companies taking advantage of the poor and defenseless?

Who would expect this from the leader of a pro-business political party:

Pfizer & others should be ashamed that they have raised drug prices for no reason. They are merely taking advantage of the poor & others unable to defend themselves, while at the same time giving bargain basement prices to other countries in Europe & elsewhere. We will respond! – Donald Trump,  10:08 AM – 9 Jul 2018

It’s easy to agree that there are much cheaper drug prices in other countries. Trump didn’t mention that we now see medicine manufactured in China, as well as India – just to save a few pennies on a bottle of drugs that costs hundreds, or even thousands of dollars here.

nursingYet, the charge that drug firms take advantage of the weak and powerless would seem unfair, until we examine what appears to be callous behavior by drug execs.

The following tale of so-called success in reducing drug use among the elderly shows how drug firms can evade, avoid and continue to make billions from seniors’ prescriptions. Continue reading →

How GOOGLE misleads you to suck out your cash to their advertisers – it’s time for federal investigation!

If you own an auto in Pennsylvania, once a year you must pay PennDOT to renew your vehicle registration. This fee jumped from $37 last year to $42 this year, but Google and the state share a dirty little secret that can hike your price even higher – to $55.25.

It’s called bait and switch. What you see is not what you get. And it works in this case because the state approves the misdirection and is part of the scheme.

Aventador S

A real Aventador S

First, you need to realize that PennDOT – although staffed with smoldering asphalt clumps that are unable to adequately repair roads or plan highways  – does host a very efficient and easy to use website. You can do nearly everything but wash your car, using handy tools and credit card payments for state auto services. The site also allows you to print documents on the spot.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is what happened when I decided to register my Lamborghini Aventador S (nickname for my 2004 Hyundai Elantra). I went to Google and typed simply: renew pa auto registration. Continue reading →

Rebuilding America – the usual creeps just want to privatize public highways, add tolls and rip us off

Remember the promise by President Donald Trump to invest $1 trillion and create new jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure – roads, bridges and power grid?

To the inexperienced this sounded like good news. Fewer potholes, less traffic jams, who could ask for anything more?

But the devils wrote the details for the 2018 Budget Fact Sheet_Infrastructure Initiative.

Experts suggest about 3/4s of proposed funds will go to subsidizing corporations, including many firms, which will reap billions from new and increased road tolls, admission fees, bigger bills for water, gas and electricity. This is the gift that keeps giving to crony capitalists. First $750 billion, then guaranteed annual windfalls.

Named “public – private partnerships”, there is nothing public about them, except outcry wherever they have been instituted.

Drivers in the Washington D.C. area already have seen what increased road tolls mean, now that the so-called “fast lanes” for the wealthy vary in price from minute to minute. It must be nice to be rich enough to pay $38 on both your morning and evening commute – about $23,000. That toll total equals what the median American worker gets in annual take-home wages. Continue reading →

Trump keeps his enemies close, friends distant – the result confuses everyone, including his base voters

The average American could care less who is the President or which party has control of Congress, but everyone who watches the news is confused about what Donald Trump really believes.

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Trump should watch his back!

The only sure and consistent Trump initiative has been the 2018 Budget to cut taxes for big corporations – dropping their income tax support of public services from 35% to 21% of profits, and introducing a territorial system so that U.S. companies’ overseas earnings will be taxed at 0%. On the other hand, retirees will continue to pay income tax on their earned Social Security benefits.

Attribute that business subservience to the appointment of financiers Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, and Gary Cohn, National Economics Council Director. How could either of these fat cats promote campaign promises to rid us of Wall Street influence? Continue reading →

China steals 614 gigabytes of data from Navy contractor, while we probe Russian “collusion”

Just read another article about Russian collusion, this one on Monday in Vox about why there might, possibly, circumstantially be something dangerous or suspicious in past contacts between the Donald Trump Presidential campaign or its members or associates and anyone who ever knew or worked for Vladimir Putin.

Xi Jinping

He’s smiling now!

It’s tiring to read the same old litany about why Trump beat Hillary Clinton, and you might conclude “what difference, at this point, does it make,” as she once noted.

But it does make a big difference to the giant in the room – China!

Xi Jinping, anointed China’s lifelong leader, is suddenly smiling in his noodles, as America’s media seem to be continually chasing ghosts, while our country is burglarized. Continue reading →

We use medicines made in China, marketed in U.S. If you import same drugs: $100k fine + year in jail!

A popular blood thinner now costs U.S. Medicare patients and insurers more than $5,000 a year. This drug, which has amassed sales of more than $10 billion, uses Rivaroxaban as the main ingredient – a compound available from 26 manufacturers in China.

$13,50 a day!

When you check prices for Rivaroxaban for sale in the U.S., the cost of a 10, 15 or 20 mg tablet is virtually identical, so the product quantity is not an issue. Rivaroxaban tablets sold in America, by the way, are so small they are almost impossible to cut in half to make a 20 mg tablet into two tens. Wonder why?

Since the price of materials is obviously so low (two for the price of one), it would seem that where it is manufactured is not very important, but to pencil-poking plutocrats, a penny saved is a salivating savings event of graphite proportions.

But what is the danger from manufacturing our drugs in China?

Continue reading →

Federal Reserve is now big part of National Debt for bailing out banks; Social Security $$ not owed to us?

What government pretends to owe…

National DebtThe Social Security Trust Fund of some $2.8 trillion is often listed in charts – such as the one above – as part of the National Debt. This particular graphic, the latest available, is from the Federal Reserve, an institution that is part of the huge debt and is owed $2.465 trillion by taxpayers.

The difference between the Social Security “debt” and the Fed debt is an amazing accounting sleight of a sharp pencil. Continue reading →

Remember those 13 American colonies of Britain? Get ready for 50 American “colonies” under China

50 more stars?

The American Revolutionary War was really all about trade and the exploitation of colonies across the world by the British Empire. Nobody wanted to live under foreign subjugation, and you can’t blame them.

Today, we face a trade war with China that could set us back 214 years to colony status.

The British were the worst in trade with colonies. They even allowed a government-chartered corporation to build an army of 28,000 to rule India, so that nation’s conquered poor would supply cheap raw goods to Britain.

The London mills then turned cotton, for example, into expensive cloth, sold for top dollar. The people in India never shared in the wealth their country generated until freedom in 1947.

Another example of Britain’s avarice was the slave trade. While some 300,000 Africans were shipped to the American South, some 2.6 million were sent by the British to the Caribbean to harvest sugar. By the Civil War the 300,000 in America had grown in population to 3 million, but 2.3 million Caribbean slaves had died off, leaving just 300,000 survivors. Hell Britannia! Continue reading →

Trilateral Commission 2018 membership list of who runs politics in America and all around the world

The 2018 Trilateral Commission complete membership list is included in today’s blog. Each member’s current and past major affiliations are described.

This group meets annually in secret and participants are primarily from media, big business, think tanks, finance, education, lobbying and government. All major countries are represented, except Russia. The organization’s goal is a new world order without nationalist interests and a future dictated by elite technocrats.

Former North American Trilateral chairman Joseph Nye last month outlined the group’s opposition to President Trump’s populist trade policies, comparing him to Richard Nixon:

Will US leadership in Asia survive the Trump years?

History provides some perspective. In 1972, President Richard Nixon unilaterally imposed tariffs on America’s allies without warning, violated the framework of the International Monetary Fund, and pursued an unpopular war in Vietnam…The following year, David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski created the Trilateral Commission, which meets once a year to discuss such problems.

You can compare this year’s list to 2017, 2016 and 2015. Continue reading →

H-2A workers don’t pay Social Security (FICA) tax, neither do the millionaires who are exploiting them

Foreign agricultural workers temporarily admitted into the United States on H-2A visas are exempt from U.S. Social Security and Medicare taxes on compensation paid to them for services performed in connection with the H-2A visa. This is true whether they are resident aliens or nonresident aliens.

In addition, compensation paid to H-2A agricultural workers for services performed in connection with the H-2A visa is not considered to be “wages” for purposes of federal income tax withholding, and thus is not subject to mandatory withholding of U.S. federal income tax…Internal Revenue Service

More than 160,000 new temporary (up to three years extension allowed) workers were issued H-2A Visas last year, with about half of those going to Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Washington and California. Their employers did not pay the company share (6.2%) for FICA (Social Security) or Medicare tax (1.45%). Their bosses didn’t even withhold income taxes, making net pay almost the same same as gross pay. Continue reading →

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