Contractors Ready To Cash In On ISIS War

Most of my readers know that I am NO fan of war….after living through one I cannot stand the thought of more Americans dying in far away lands for no other reason than geopolitics…..

In war there are usually winners and losers…..who will be the big winner in this newest war?  The saame people that are the big winners in ALL wars………

 

Contractors Ready To Cash In On ISIS War.

How American businessmen are ruining American business — and the U.S. economy – The Week

Many Americans have blamed business for the slow rate of jobs growth…..and for me they deserve all the criticism……it is all about their bottom line…..screw the country and especially screw the people……

Americans, all Americans, need to wake up to the fact they they, corporations, are NOT on the side of the people……they fund crap like the GOP and all the time they get corporate welfare….

we need to take this country back from sleazy politicians and fat cat bankers……who’s with me?

 

How American businessmen are ruining American business — and the U.S. economy – The Week.

American CEOs Should Learn A Lesson

I am not much one for keeping an eye on Asia….my international interests are more of the Middle East and North Africa……but a recent article I read made me stop and think…..

We take a step back…….our most recent economic crisis was caused by corporations and banks…..and as usual the CEOs went before Congress and blamed everyone and everything but themselves for the crash…..just once I would like to hear one of these thieves admit to bad decisions and take responsibility for their actions……of course that is a pipe dream of mine that will NEVER happen for the government is owned by these toads and they will be allowed to get away with wholesale thief….corporate money well spent, right?

But I read an article the other day and made me think…….

(Newser) – A decaying body found in a plum field is that of the fugitive billionaire who owned a ferry that sank in April, South Korean cops have confirmed. Yoo Byung-un, patriarch of the family that owned the ferry operator, went on the run soon after the Sewol sank and had been the subject of the country’s biggest-ever manhunt, reports the Guardian. Police say DNA and fingerprints have confirmed the identity of the body that was found last month, soon after police raided a compound belonging to a Christian splinter group, of which Yoo was a leading member.

The 73-year-old was wanted for questioning on charges including embezzlement and criminal negligence, and many of his family members have already been arrested, including his wife, the BBC reports. His eldest son is still on the run. The number of dead from the Sewol disaster stands at 294—most of them high school students—and 10 people are still listed as missing. After the sinking, investigators found that the ferry was routinely and severely overloaded. Company officials are now on trial—a separate trial than that of the ferry captain and crew members, who were charged with murder.

Not a bad idea…..if you f*ck up take responsibility and commit suicide……at least the Asian, for the most part, take responsibility for the disasters they cause…..maybe the CEOs should take a page out of this play book and do the honorable thing and fall on their sword.

Thoughts?

Why Do Right-Wing Christians Think ‘Religious Freedom’ Means Forcing Their Faith on You? | Alternet

Personally, I am sick and tired of all this ‘religious freedom’ crap!

It is more about running rough shod over peoples lives than some vague religious belief…..now corporations have the rights and humans do not……how much further are these twats going to go?

“Religious Freedom” has become a damn smoke screen for taking what few rights we Americans have away….they use this ‘religious persecution’ bullsh*t for all it is worth…..the truly sad part is they get away with it!

 

Why Do Right-Wing Christians Think ‘Religious Freedom’ Means Forcing Their Faith on You? | Alternet.

Corporations Are Better Than Humans!

SCOTUS has made it official!

The Supreme Court today dealt a decisive victory to Hobby Lobby, ruling in a 5-4 decision that closely held companies can refuse the ObamaCare mandate to provide birth control for employees. Chief Justice John Roberts, the swing vote that upheld ObamaCare two years ago, this time crossed over to side with the court’s conservative justices, notes the AP. But the justices stressed that the ruling applied only to contraceptives specifically, and only to companies under the control of just a few people. “Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs,” wrote Samuel Alito in the majority opinion.

“The Court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield,” countered Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the dissent. The justices had earlier appeared poised to rule in favor of Hobby Lobby. In a separate decision today, the court ruled that home health aides cannot be forced to pay union dues, reports the AP. That ruling was also a 5-4 split along ideological lines, and held that forcing the dues payments was a First Amendment violation.

Now all you have to do is claim some vague bullshit like “religious beliefs”……..this is the type of stuff that happens when you let conservatives make laws……corporations will always take the lead over humans.

Just makes me so proud to be an American!

IST Op-Ed: The Personhood Trap

Opinion from the desk of IST Editor

This could be a post about the issues that conservs tried to get on a couple of votes but were soundly defeated……but alas that is NOT what this one is all about…..

I am sure that many of us know full well what the hoopla is all about in SCOTUS…..in case you do not….a couple of corporations are suing Obamacare because they do not want to pay for employees contraceptives on religious grounds.  It is a personhood question.  Are corporations the same as the person?

We know that SCOTUS has said that corporations are persons when it comes to political campaign contributions……that would have been the “Citizens United” ruling….and now a similar question is before the court…..can corporations violate a law on the grounds of the owners religious beliefs?

Before I begin….I would like to say that I may get some grief on what I think…..but I am willing to take it……my conclusion is logical and well thought out….at least I think so and since I am the author of this post….it must be true.

I have mixed emotions about the upcoming ruling by SCOTUS in June…….will they find that a corporation can dictate an individual’s choices or will they do the right thing and end all this speculation?

Like I said…I am torn….on the one hand I do not think corporations should be treated as a person…….and on the other…..I would like to see them rule in favor of Hobby Lobby and the other in the lawsuit…..I know….why on earth would I wish for that?

It would make the corporations on the same footing as a person and if so should be treated like a person when a crime is committed….instead of letting them off with impotent fines they would be sentenced as a person…..jail time and fines….restitution………etc………whatever the penalty is for us mere mortals they in turn would be charged and treated as such……..it is beyond time for these entities to be held responsible for their actions and crimes.

If I get that wish then many women will be screwed….that part I do not like……..and the fact that a corporation could force its employees to buy into their religious beliefs………. just sucks.

I wish I could venture a guess on the ruling……..but it is too close to call…..will women retain their right to personal decisions or will the corporation become a person?

June will hold the answer.

That Taxes Thing

The focus of the day is the economy and what is more controversial than taxes?

We can mark the day….taxes will be all over the web come 2014….it will be a major stepping stone for campaigns….the conservs will be all over this issue especially the need to lower taxes, especially for corporations……they will argue that the US has the highest corporate tax rate in the civilized world……but after they take all their deductions and special dispensations it is one of the lower…..(we can argue that later)…..I have a problem with the whole tax thing in general……the argument is that if we lower taxes we will create more jobs which in turn will increase revenue and make the skies blue and the angelic chorus sing……to me it is a total bullsh*t belief.

Jobs will be #1 issue for Dems……but will they follow Bubba Clinton and cave to the conservs on taxes?  BTW, we have been lowering taxes for 20+ years and how many jobs has it made?  How many good paying jobs?  I have been writing on politics and economics for 40 years and I have yet to see any benefit for the nation by lowering taxes……it does nothing to solve poverty…if anything it makes it worse……

But back to the con job…..lower corporate taxes…….from an op-ed written by Nathan Proctor…….

For years, business lobbyists have advanced the theory that lowering corporate tax rates would create jobs in the U.S. Their argument is that any effort to close corporate tax loopholes would have to be coupled with legislation to lower overall taxes for corporations. This argument, with the help of its powerful backers, has become the prevailing theory in Washington.

The report, released earlier this month by the Center for Effective Government (CEG), examined the tax rates paid and jobs created by 60 large, profitable companies. The companies were not cherry-picked. Rather, they came from a larger group of 280 corporations and CEG examined the 30 companies that paid the highest effective tax rate and the 30 companies that paid the lowest effective tax rate.

The report’s conclusion? The 30 companies that paid the highest tax rates created nearly 200,000 jobs over a five-year period. Conversely, the companies that paid little in taxes or no taxes whatsoever shed about 51,000 jobs during that same period.

But rather than avoiding taxes and lobbying for even lower rates, the report’s authors argue that corporations should pay their fair share for the national public structures that allow their businesses to be profitable in the first place. Their argument is that corporations enjoy a number of benefits that clearly are the result of taxes all of us pay: a workforce educated at public expense, roads and transit systems that allow employees to get to work and goods to reach customers, and consumer safety standards and inspections that give consumers confidence in products.

Closing loopholes is not the answer…….changing, not reforming, the tax code is the only way to be sure that equity is practiced in our method of taxation.  And there is the rub……Washington will reform, not change….and that will accomplish only one thing….make life for the middle class worse….maybe 2 things…..reform will make the wealthy pay less and make more profit and in the end…that is the job of Washington…protect the wealthy.

They, meaning the conservs, still cling rabidly to the notion that trickle down economics works…..that has been proven to be a mindless belief with no foot in reality.

Thinking about the taxes thing I have come to the realization……with tax cuts and the loss of revenue will make the deficit raise then they use that to drive the move to cut social programs to help the deficit….and then once they have that accomplished they return to the tax cut thing which they will get and the deficit will raise and then the programs are cut…..it is a vicious cycle……a cycle that the Dems allow to continue….looks like all the special interests money is well spent.