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ICE use of private prisons is another example of our make-a-buck Congress and WH losing public trust

Why do we put up with nearly 750,000 pending immigration cases, where many detainees are forced into private jails for months, awaiting a ponderous bureaucracy to decide their fate? Let’s follow the money… An entire industry has grown up around detainees, from employment for lawyers and judges, to nonprofits raising money for jazzy executive salaries. And the longer the review process, the more money sloshes about, enriching groups and individuals […]

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British want to fight inequality – it’s worse here!

British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbin is starting a campaign against inequality that should be emulated by all (five, ten?) American politicians not controlled by big business. “One proposal is pay ratios between top and bottom, so that the rewards don’t just accrue to those at the top,” he said. “Of the G7 nations only the US has greater income inequality than the UK, and pay inequality on this scale […]

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Rich look poorer, poor much richer – report distorted to make average Joe happy – despite Depression

It’s so very wonderful to learn this week that “median household income” in 2014 was $53,657, even if it was down from $57,843 in 1999. You can still buy a nice basket of goodies on $50 grand a year. If only it were true. Most jobs pay about $31k. Many families have just one parent or one spouse working. Something doesn’t add up. Welcome to the world of making statistics […]

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Lies about minimum wage – it’s not even a lousy $7.25 an hour

One of the least discussed provisions of the minimum wage law in this country is how we treat workers under the age of 20 – those high school and college students deprecated on FOX News, for example, as overpaid burger flippers, toilet cleaners, gardeners, and other manual workers. The concept of raising their wages to $15 an hour drives most of the GOP and some Democrats up the wall. If […]

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Trump card is the minimum wage. My bet: he just lost any chance of winning the Republican Presidential nomination

In the Middle Ages an average duke or earl’s property was about 38,000 acres, and the “little people” grew the food and paid taxes to these aristocrats of yore, and the humble were called serfs and lived like dogs to support the castles for the very few. The present crony capitalism is different. Our aristocrats elect public officials, set prices by corporations, and there are no serfs, just the “working […]

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Tax credit cuts will make Britains work much harder – like Chinese or Americans – British Health Secretary tells the poor

British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt thinks the British don’t work hard enough because they have too generous tax credits – a benefit similar to the U.S. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Hunt seemed like a money-grubbing rich person when he explained: “My wife is Chinese. We want this to be one of the most successful countries in the world in 20, 30, 40 years’ time. There’s a pretty difficult question […]

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Two political parties with same fiscal plan prey on middle class

The federal government elections are winner takes all, which means the tiniest majority insures the elected party powers, as though everyone voted one way. Many other nations use proportional representation. In those systems if one party gets 75% of the vote, it is awarded 3/4 of the delegates to the governing body, and the minority party or parties gain 1/4 of the representation. Proportional, or true democratic elections, insure that […]

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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a boon for corporations, blatant welfare for companies that underpay their workers

It’s budget season time again. The Washington Post and NYT have already published their obligatory stories on why we need to “reform” Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, because if not, we won’t have hardly any money left to spend on military and discretionary programs. Fox and NBC stations this week said we must “deal” with the budget deficit caused by “entitlement spending.” Paul Ryan has agreed, and so has the […]

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