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#42 Jul 1, 2010
The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That's the only difference.
#43 Jul 1, 2010
• Exxon Mobile made billions in profits, and yet paid not one dime in federal income taxes in 2009.
• The 2005 energy bill had a little known provision, commonly called the Halliburton Loophole, which exempted natural gas drilling from the Clean Water Act. The result? Water so contaminated that you can light it on fire.
• Massey Energy was cited more than 2400 times for safety violations in their mines, but chose not to fix potentially lethal problems because watered-down penalties meant it was cheaper to simply keep paying the fines. This spring, 29 miners were killed in an underground explosion at a Massey mine in West Virginia.
• Michael Taylor was the FDA official who approved the use of Monsanto's Bovine Growth Hormone in dairy cows (even though it's banned in most countries and linked to cancer). After approving it, he left the FDA--to work for Monsanto. Until last year, when he moved back to the government--as President Obama's "Food Safety Czar." No joke.
• Internal Toyota documents outlines how the company was successful in limiting regulators actions in the recalls last year--saving themselves hundreds of million while the death toll continued to climb.
• GE and it's lobbyists - including 33 former government employees - have successfully lobbied Congress to override Defense Department requests to cancel a GE contract to work on a new engine for the strike fighter jet. GE will need $2.9 billion to finish the project.
• Top executives at 9 top banks including Citibank, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley paid themselves over $20 billion dollars in bonuses just weeks after tax payers bailed them out to the tune of 700 billion dollars.
• During the waning days of the Bush administration officials responded to a long-term lobbying campaign by pre-empting product liability lawsuits for dozens of whole industries. They bypassed congress entirely and rewrote rules ranging from seatbelt manufacturing regulations to prescription drug safety.
• Sunscreen manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson and Schering-Plough, in the interest of profits, are opposing an FDA proposal requiring full reporting on sunscreen labels. The New York Times just confirmed that current SPF ratings don't even measure sun rays that cause cancer.
• BP—a company with a record of 760 drilling safety and environmental violations—was granted safety waivers in order to operate the deepwater drilling rig that ultimately created the worst environmental disaster in US history.
#44 Jul 1, 2010
somebody deleted my poll for lowell and adrian to put on the gloves.
one of you guys did it. put them gloves on and settle it like men. hell i would drive the 320 miles and pay for a ticket.winner takes all
Since: Nov 08
#45 Jul 2, 2010
I also put up a post here and it vanished. Dagwood is playing dirty.
#46 Jul 2, 2010
does he work for record bee?
#47 Jul 6, 2010
Another corporate leak.
#48 Jul 9, 2010
The President has signed Executive Orders that can require businesses that want to contract with the federal government to unionize. And his appointed Secretary of Labor (a former executive with the Service Employees International Union-SEIU) has written rules to make it standard practice.
#49 Jul 9, 2010
Didn't you know Rupert Murdoch himself reads and removes all the flagged posts.
#50 Jul 9, 2010
From today's news regarding CVS pay for their CEO and a few others vs. the average employee at each...It used to be considered obscene to earn more than 20x the average worker's pay for the boss, check out these #s and ask yourself if one person can be worth it...
CVS Caremark (CVS)
Thomas M. Ryan:$30.4 million (2009 Compensation)
One CEO = 1,461 entry-level employees
Randall Stephenson:$29.2 million (2009 Compensation)
Starting Sales Associate:$10/hour,$26,000/yea r
One CEO = 1,123 entry-level employees
The Walt Disney Co.(DIS)
Robert Iger:$29 million (2009 Compensation)
Disneyland Hotel Housekeeper:$10/hour,$26,000/y ear
One CEO = 1,115 entry-level employees
James A. Skinner:$17.6 million (2009 Compensation)
Starting Cashier:$7.25/hour,$18,850/yea r
One CEO = 933 entry-level employees
Gregg W. Steinhafel:$16.1 million (2009 Compensation)
Starting Cashier:$8.50/hour,$22,100/yea r
One CEO = 728 entry-level employees
Founder and Chairman Charles F. Dolan:$15 million (2009 Compensation)
James L. Dolan:$17 million (2009 Compensation)
Customer Service Representative:$13/hour,$33,80 0/year
One CEO = 505 entry-level employees
BTW...Carly Fiorina laid off over 38,000 Americans and sent those jobs overseas (what she proudly calls "right shoring" instead of "offshoring" and this saved HP $120 million. She took a 291% pay increase and was compensated $90 million for herself while doing it!!!!
#51 Jul 10, 2010
It's the corporate way.
#52 Nov 6, 2010
Dusty's Adult Used Toys
Employee:$8/hour (free trial use of adult toys),$20,800/year
#53 Nov 7, 2010
I'm curious...when arguing the pay for a CEO, is it righteous indignation or class warfare and envy that drives most folks? My CEO gets paid one helluva lot more than me too. Ticks me off.
#54 Nov 7, 2010
Corporations operate under the premise that the people to whom they are held accountable (the shareholders) must receive a fair return for their investment. And if they do not perform, or if I do not like the return, I can show my displeasure and invest somewhere else. It works for me as I like the idea of accountability.
If only our government(s) would return something other than excuses, bad news, and incompetence in return for our ever rising investment of taxes.
#55 Jul 10, 2011
My new oven is dead again. Read about it here:
Why was my oven made in Mexico? Nobody in Michigan know how to make a freaking oven?
Mexico makes mexicans, not ovens. Next time I buy an oven it's coming from Japan.
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