Category Archives: Inequality

GOP plan to end “Death Tax” means the billionaires will be overjoyed, while the rest of us pay the bills

Tuesday, 4/4/17: examining entire fake “Russian Dossier” on Donald Trump!

Estate tax percentages have varied in recent history, ranging from 55% in 2000 under George Bush #1 to 35% under Barack Obama and now 40% under Donald Trump. The GOP wants it to be zero.

300px-Estate_Tax_Returns_as_a_Percentage_of_Adult_Deaths,_1982_-_2010Currently, couples with less than about $11,000,000 pay no estate tax. On amounts above that, the government takes 40% for taxes. The history of the estate tax revolves around the desire for fair taxation of the richest Americans to pay for public programs.

Eliminating the estate tax will aid any couple who die with more than $11 million (current deduction), and the GOP argues that this would affect many small businesses, which would have to sell land or equipment to pay the tax.

I have an idea that should please the GOP and still maintain some sanity in our progressive tax system. This is in addition to the 123 Plan, which easily adds $54 billion in revenues to the federal budget this year.

Only apply the estate tax to those whose estates are $1 Billion or more, but raise the rate to Bush #1 rate of 55%.

That would generate $1,514,425,000,000, or $1.5 Trillion that the rest of us won’t have to pay in income and other taxes. This revenue is calculated by taking the total current Forbes wealth of all American billionaires and assuming they will die someday and have to pay the estate tax.

If there is no estate tax, they will avoid $1.5 trillion in taxes.

Who are these billionaires. Check the list Continue reading →

Musk and Zuck support plans for brain implants

The founders of Facebook and Tesla/SpaceX share a dangerous idea that would control what you think.

Both kings of inequality are promoting plans to implant monitors into your brain.

First, Zuckerberg.

In a recent manifesto released to the Associated Press (AP) “Zuck” said the following:

robot_beauty_1b8tm9i-1b8tmai“The long term promise of AI is that in addition to identifying risks more quickly and accurately than would have already happened, it may also identify risks that nobody would have flagged at all, including terrorists planning attacks using private channels, people bullying someone too afraid to report it themselves, and other issues both local and global,” he wrote on a version of the document given to Associated Press.

That was the original version, but what was released to the public seems to be watered down, hiding the real dangers of his plan. Continue reading →

Fake news portrays American Blacks as lower class, victims in desperate need of help from politicians

Are most American Blacks struggling to someday be as successful as the average White?

If you watch the mainstream media, listen to college professors or pay attention to politicians, you might conclude that Blacks in America are in deep trouble.

The most common fake news is that nearly all Blacks have been denied entry into the middle class for a variety of reasons, and experts (mostly White) are needed to solve this problem.

Endless hours are spent on talk shows and in classrooms arguing about what are the correct solutions to this alleged rampant inequality problem. White privilege is blamed. Slavery is cited. Reparations are urged. The whole country is in a frenzy about Blacks and the middle class. Continue reading →

Call Me “irresponsible, unreliable, throw in undependable”; but don’t call me “deplorable”

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary…can we still love you when you call us names? And for me, the question is: am I in the “desperate” bucket or the “deplorable” basket, just because I won’t vote for you?

A little background is in order. Continue reading →

Fracker’s friend frets that you might retire and get your Social Security, instead of working to death

When Libertarian Gary Johnson proclaimed that Americans should not get their Social Security until age 72, he was actually condemning many to death before receiving any of their “earned benefits.”

garygoofyThat’s because the average life expectancy of a Black male in the U.S. is 68 years, meaning death four years before Gary would grant retirement security. While the average life expectancy for men in general is 76.9 years, men in the middle and lower income levels die five years sooner, or at 71.9. With a 72 retirement age, most men would die before that first Social Security check.

As an aside, male life expectancy in this country, where we work so long and hard, is ranked 32d in the world, behind such places as Costa Rica, Chile, Greece, Slovenia and Korea, as well as most members of the EU. We did tie with Cuba – for what that’s worth.

David Barton, another Johnson/Tea Party type, personified the big business view of Continue reading →

Hillary Clinton earns millions as speaker for CEOs, but can’t fill a high school gymnasium in Omaha

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Hillary Clinton rally in Omaha yesterday

Warren Buffett is the best known man in Omaha, Nebraska – a hometown boy, fourth richest person in the world, and admirer of Hillary Clinton. That friendship, her speaking style and his popularity – combined – couldn’t fill the Omaha North High School auditorium, even after some of the stands were packed with too-young-to-vote schoolchildren.

There are times, such as yesterday in Nebraska, when even the wealthiest skinflint in the world must feel defeated.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is turning away thousands at some rallies, attracting record audiences for a Republican candidate, throngs comparable to the crowds produced for Bernie Sanders, who was also running against Hillary.

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Donald Trump rally outside of Harrisburg yesterday

What is going on here? How can a woman, who has earned millions of dollars in speeches authorized by CEOs of major corporations, not attract a crowd? You would think that anyone. who was paid $300,000 or more for a speech, must be a great speaker, and gee whiz, here’s a chance to hear her – no charge. Continue reading →

See you next Tuesday…

A family wedding beckoned and so I am experiencing the joys of the TSA and United Airlines, plus something called “cashless highways” in Southern California. Thoughts on those subjects next Tuesday.

There’s little love in Paris this Springtime, as French President uses executive power to crush labor rights

Best of times for very rich; worst for the working class!

France’s President Francois Hollande has learned many lessons on how to offer false promises from America’s President Barack Obama, who campaigned in 2008 with the following plans:

  • convince the working class you stand for better wages and stronger unions
  • say you will reduce  job competition by ending reckless import of foreign labor
  • suggest you will renegotiate current income-lowering trade deals that send factories overseas
  • pledge to cut outsourcing jobs to new trade “partners”
  • offer to increase social benefits for the middle class
  • bring taxes for the very rich back up to fair, historic levels

The day he took office, Obama began breaking promises:

  • The “goal” of passing card check for unions was forgotten.
  • The number of Visas was increased and illegal aliens were not stopped at the border.
  • He began negotiating for even more trade deals, didn’t touch NAFTA, and instead praised it.
  • A loss every month in total manufacturing jobs in America was ignored by the White House
  • Instead of increasing aid for workers, he formed a commission to cut Social Security benefits
  • When Bush tax cuts expired, Obama agreed to lowest tax rates for very rich since FDR.

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Facebook allows Blood Libel hate against Jews, despite Community Standards for everyone else

This Facebook page (open link) and website was still online today, despite protests to the social site’s Community Standards officials.

Jewish-Born Mark Zuckerberg owns Facebook. Indeed, he is the richest Jewish-born person in the world. Note that I use the term “Jewish-born.” You might think he would support less hatred of Jews.

According to Shurat HaDin (The Israel Law Center), a non-profit legal organization dedicated to the protection of Israel,

“One of the significant characteristics of the current terror wave is the incitement on the social media networks, headed by Facebook…This incitement consists of the Facebook pages of many young Palestinians who inflame their friends to embark on terrorist attacks, provocative videos glorifying and encouraging terrorist attacks, instructions for terrorists “How to Carry out a Terrorist Attack” – all on Facebook.” Read more here.

Pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon reported on Friday that a complaint he had lodged with Facebook about this Blood libel charge being an example of hate speech, was denied.blood fb2

What does Facebook consider “hate speech”?

The answer is on the policy pages of Facebook, where Community Standards are explained, and the definition seems very clear to this blogger.

Here’s what Facebook says about its standards for posting on its site:

Hate Speech

Facebook removes hate speech, which includes content that directly attacks people based on their:

  • Race,
  • Ethnicity,
  • National origin,
  • Religious affiliation,
  • Sexual orientation,
  • Sex, gender, or gender identity, or
  • Serious disabilities or diseases.

Organizations and people dedicated to promoting hatred against these protected groups are not allowed a presence on Facebook. As with all of our standards, we rely on our community to report this content to us.

People can use Facebook to challenge ideas, institutions, and practices. Such discussion can promote debate and greater understanding. Sometimes people share content containing someone else’s hate speech for the purpose of raising awareness or educating others about that hate speech. When this is the case, we expect people to clearly indicate their purpose, which helps us better understand why they shared that content.

You might look at the picture on the site and the strange writing. It can be translated in small part by visitors, but a full translation of this blood libel attack is not provided.

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CNN hands soapbox to racist thug and violent attacker of Presidential candidate Donald Trump

CNN5“I was thinking that I could get up on stage and take his podium away from him and take his mike away from him and send a message to all people out in the country who wouldn’t consider themselves racist, who wouldn’t consider themselves approving of what type of violence Donald Trump is allowing in his rallies, and send them a message that we can be strong, that we can find our strength and we can stand up against Donald Trump and against this new wave he’s ushering in of truly just violent white supremacist ideas,” Tommy DiMassimo told CNN in an exclusive (paid?) interview Sunday on the network. CNN’s Martin Savidge reported from Fairborn, Ohio, and Dana Ford wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Jeremy Diamond, Eugene Scott and Sarah Aarthun contributed to the report.

But DiMassimo, 22, didn’t make it to the podium. He was tackled by Secret Service officers, and members of Trump’s security detail rushed to cover the candidate.

“…I was thinking that Donald Trump is a bully, and he is nothing more than that. He is somebody who is just saying a lot of bold things, he’s making bold claims. But I can see right through that and I can see that he’s truly just a coward. And he’s opportunistic and he’s willing to destroy this country for power for himself,” DiMassimo said.

Why would CNN interview a thug who stormed the podium and was dragged out by the Secret Service? One reason is that Donald Trump might have gained sympathy for being unjustly attacked by a nut job. CNN was not going to let that happen.

Instead, the network portrayed DiMassimo as someone unhappy with “violent white supremacist ideas”, who wanted to “send a message to all people out in the country who wouldn’t consider themselves racist.” Continue reading →

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