Hunger Games USA

Mandeville, LA

#231 Jul 15, 2013

Hunger Games, U.S.A.

Something terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party. We’ve gone beyond bad economic doctrine. We’ve even gone beyond selfishness and special interests. At this point we’re talking about a state of mind that takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable.

The occasion for these observations is, as you may have guessed, the monstrous farm bill the House passed last week.

For decades, farm bills have had two major pieces. One piece offers subsidies to farmers; the other offers nutritional aid to Americans in distress, mainly in the form of food stamps (these days officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP). CLICK ON LINK FOR THE REST.

AFTER READING this, the first question should be:'why the heck would taxpayers give these big corporate farms subsidies and get nothing in return'? If they are AGAINST giving charity, why are they demanding it in Congress?

TO MIDDLE AGE people, do you have enough money to help your retired aging parents and your Underpaid children and also save for your retirement? Yes, this is why more and more are falling into poverty.

The 1%(corporate America) has several in Congress looking out for them, what about you? Are you giving money, campaigning and voting for the ones that will send you into poverty? Think about it!

Check and see which members of the Legislature and Congress belong to 'ALEC' and you will know who they are. Make an informed choice.

The ones that regard the 'Reagan years' as great must have gotten rich off of paying less taxes (unearned income); not working harder (higher tax on earned income).

Isn't it time we place a higher value on "EARNED INCOME"? Corporations will pay their employees more and provide better benefits if the tax rate goes higher. Past is my proof.

Living wage will reduce taxpayer paid welfare! Proven model.

Prisons vs Food Stamps

Hammond, LA

#232 Jul 19, 2013

Do We Spend More To Feed Americans Or Lock Them Up?

If you click on this link you will see that more taxpayer dollars go to prisons than food stamps. No wonder they want to turn the prison system over to For Profit; so much profits, so little time!

Makes more sense to put ankle bracelets on non-violent criminals (at their cost, limit their freedom) and make them get jobs! Way to get/keep them a contributing member of society.

I still think, if we turn the violent criminal prison system over to the For Profit, it should go to Mexican drug cartel. Maybe they would be willing to go legit (illegal drug market for prisons). With new technology, don't have to be local anymore for visits! Think of the savings!

Would take care of the border issue. If illegals are caught in the US, they are sent to Mexican jail! Issue solved!

Wouldn't it make more sense to spend taxpayer dollars on lifting people up rather than warehousing them? You know, education, healthcare...

No one wants a prison in their town/neighborhood, right?

Ponchatoula, LA

#233 Jul 22, 2013

Harley Rider Mitch Daniels Was Afraid of Howard Zinn

Mitch Daniels seems to be a good fiscal manager, but why is he afraid of Howard Zinn?

I know everyone knows that in marketing only the pretty things get showcased; and some people prefer it that way.

Smart people want to know the whole truth. I count myself in that group.

Can't wait to get the book.

Based on what I have heard in the news, Howard Zinn wrote about how working people banding together for the common good; good safe jobs with benefits. Told the whole truth about some of our Presidents.

As President of a major university in Indiana, why would M. Daniels be afraid of the truth? WHY would he want to censor? It is kinda like turning the university into a cult where you are told your opinion. Standing 5' 7", Daniels must have 'short man syndrome'. Seems to me like he OVERSTEPPED his authority.

Professors and students are banding together against this; taking a page from Zinn's book. After all, THIS IS AMERICA, right?

'A People's History of the United States' by Howard Zinn is fast on its way to the top of the best seller's list for sure!
Have Pity on The Wkg

Ponchatoula, LA

#235 Jul 24, 2013

Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man

Privatization advocates tell the public that outsourcing government jobs to the private sector is good business and an efficient use of taxpayer dollars. Policymakers argue that when private firms compete for public contracts, market forces will prevail, and the government will get the goods and services it needs at the best possible prices.

But in fact, this “free market” system leads to a bookkeeping sleight-of-hand: Low-road contractors pay poverty level wages and provide no benefits for their employees, who then rely on food, housing, healthcare, and childcare subsidies from government agencies. Thus, the real costs of goods and services purchased under federal contracts are hidden, as are the thousands of workers who are trapped within this broken system.

Worth the read of the entire article. Click the link if you care about your and your families' future.

My opinion, privatization will increase profits for Corporate America (investment/unearned income at a lower tax rate) and will end up costing the taxpayers HUGELY when it comes to INCREASE in WELFARE. It will hurt small businesses because there will be fewer consumers; less buying power. In the end, destroy the US economy. Kinda what is happening in Italy, Spain, Greece and other countries.

Money (like oil in an engine) needs to circulate or the economy will FREEZE UP. Too much US money is being sent to overseas banks.

Again, how is putting a layer of profit going to make education, healthcare and vital services (police and fire fighters) less expensive to the taxpayer? Fewer good teachers, police and fire fighters? Less affordable healthcare to go around? Does this NOT sound like CHINA to you?

You control people when you control money.

You control crime by limiting the bullet sales. You make HUGE profits by scaring the Public into buying the guns they may never need/use.
Check Your Receipts

Opelousas, LA

#236 Jul 26, 2013

Walmart Allegedly Overtaxing On 2-For-1 Coupon Purchases

Is this legal?

Covington, LA

#237 Jul 27, 2013
Sales tax on free items:

My neighbor told me if the store gives stuff away, they pay the tax.

If a mfg. coupon is used, you pay the tax.

Looks like Walmart is doing something right for a change.

They now need to work on a 'living wage w/benefits' for their workers!
Cut wages/benefits at the top!!!
HandThat RocksTheCradle

Ponchatoula, LA

#239 Jul 29, 2013
The hand that rocks the cradle should rule the world.

We would have fewer wars.
We would have more compassion for our fellow citizens.
We would have good jobs w/benefits.
We would have affordable healthcare.
We would have affordable housing.
We would have affordable education.
We would have a better world to live in.
NaturalizationSe lfTest

United States

#240 Jul 30, 2013
Farm Subsidy Fraud

Vacherie, LA

#241 Aug 2, 2013

Millions Paid to Dead Farmers

My first questions, who cashed the checks?

Second, have they been arrested and put in jail (made to pay the money back)?

Isn't it a crime? If not, should be.

Farmers scream about all the red tape and hoops they have to jump through and this happens and we see that there are NOT enough regs. to police the Farm Bill subsidies program. SHAMEFUL!
Happiest States

Opelousas, LA

#242 Aug 3, 2013

The Happiest States In America In One Map

See how Louisiana rates.
Fed Stimulus

Opelousas, LA

#243 Aug 3, 2013

July Jobs Report Masks Real Problems In U.S. Labor Market

The Fed has promised to keep its target interest rate near zero at least until unemployment is below 6.5 percent. But Bernanke, aware of the loss of workers from the labor force, suggested in a speech recently that he'll have to keep the jobless rate in context, saying it "probably understates the weakness of the labor market."

Average hourly wages fell 0.1 percent in July and are up just 1.9 percent in the past year, barely enough to keep up with inflation. The majority of the jobs that have been created during the recovery have been low-paying jobs, worsening income inequality and keeping the economy sluggish.

"Really we have become a nation of hamburger flippers, Wal-Mart sales associates, barmaids, checkout people and other people working at very low wages," Daniel Alpert, managing partner of New York investment bank Westwood Capital, told Yahoo Finance's Daily Ticker. That's why job growth is "not increasing consumption or the ability to go out and buy stuff."

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE. See why this may impact your job down the road.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#244 Aug 3, 2013
Anyone here, notice that President Obama has managed lower the National Debt by a Trillion Dollars....?
Mortgage News

Opelousas, LA

#248 Aug 6, 2013
see above post
Messing With My Beer

Opelousas, LA

#249 Aug 7, 2013

JPMorgan Chase Artificially Inflated Aluminium Prices, Lawsuit Claims
B Tauzin Rides Again

United States

#250 Aug 13, 2013

Billy Tauzin Rides Again, This Time Battling Against Big Pharma

A must read article.

WASHINGTON -- When Billy Tauzin stepped down as the high-profile head of the pharmaceutical lobby in 2010, The New York Times penned his political obituary, highlighting the deal he had made with the White House that helped ease the passage of Obamacare.

Now, Tauzin is weighing in against his old allies. In July, he quietly announced he had become co-chair of a new lobby group squaring off with the pharmaceutical industry, called the Medicine Access and Compliance Coalition (MACC). It's a collection of health care providers advocating for lower drug prices through what's known as the 340B program.

The federal program, established in 1992, is intended to give a financial boost to hospitals and clinics that serve poor populations, by requiring drug companies to sell them discounted drugs, which are then provided to indigent patients but can also be sold at a markup to privately insured patients. Drugmakers have never been wild about the program, which costs them $7 billion to $10 billion a year (a relative drop in the bucket for them -- overall drug spending is north of $300 billion a year in the U.S.). But an obscure new rule has had a far-reaching impact on that program, touched off an intense battle between Big Pharma and the hospitals, and attracted the scrutiny of Congress. It's the sort of environment made for Billy Tauzin.

Tauzin rejects the idea that his new coalition is pitted against the drug lobby. "There are a couple of companies who are working to get rid of the [340B] program. Most of the companies and PhRMA take the view that it's the law. They don't oppose it. They do oppose some of the abuses in the program, which is exactly what MACC was created to reform," he told HuffPost. "MACC is designed to hopefully get the support of PhRMA in establishing standards, best practices, integrity in the program."
I Am Sorry

Hammond, LA

#251 Aug 17, 2013

An Open Apology to All of My Weight Loss Clients

Anyone who has ever been on a diet needs to read this apology letter.

Very eye opening!
Prosperity Gospel

Jennings, LA

#252 Aug 24, 2013

The False Promise of the Prosperity Gospel: Why I Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer
Faux News Exposed

United States

#253 Aug 27, 2013

Attorney Of Brian Lewis, Fired Fox News Executive, Warns Roger Ailes

The attorney of Brian Lewis, the former Fox News executive recently fired by Roger Ailes, had some words of warning for Ailes and the network on Tuesday.

In a statement to Gawker, attorney Judd Burstein said that Lewis is no longer bound by confidentiality and that "Roger Ailes and Newscorp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis." Click over for the complete statement.

Corporate Welfare

Covington, LA

#254 Aug 28, 2013

Taxpayer Dollars Paid A Third Of Richest Corporate CEOs: Report

WASHINGTON -- More than one-third of the nation's highest-paid CEOs from the past two decades led companies that were subsidized by American taxpayers, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for Policy Studies, a liberal think tank.

"Financial bailouts offer just one example of how a significant number of America's CEO pay leaders owe much of their good fortune to America's taxpayers," reads the report. "Government contracts offer another."

IPS has been publishing annual reports on executive compensation since 1993, tracking the 25 highest-paid CEOs each year and analyzing trends in payouts. Of the 500 total company listings, 103 were banks that received government bailouts under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, while another 62 were among the nation's most prolific government contractors.

THIS IS WHAT you should be "screaming" about!!!

Jena, LA

#255 Aug 28, 2013
Nah, there's No voter fraud:
This has been done over and over. Texas needs to highlight these stories in their fight against the admin. of dear leader!

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