Who’s Up and Who’s Down


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Corporations Are Doing Great. Workers, Not So Much.

Burger King is the latest American-born company that is ditching corporate patriotism in favor of exploiting a tax loophole by moving its headquarters abroad. Companies like this and others insist that they make these decisions because America’s corporate tax rate is too much of a burden for them to be competitive. But the reality is that America’s corporations have never done better. It is America’s workers, with wages stagnating and prices increasing, that are having a harder and harder time to make ends meet.

Let’s look at corporations first. Corporations are capturing a greater share of the national income overall. In 1946, corporate profits accounted for 4.5 percent of all the money earned over the course of the year. Now they have more than doubled that share to 11.2 percent.

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Meanwhile, corporate tax obligations make up a smaller share of federal revenue. In 1946, 30.2 percent of all taxes collected by the federal government came from corporations; now corporate income taxes only cover 9.9 percent of federal revenue.

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Center for American Progress fiscal policy expert Harry Stein explains the backward logic of corporations complaining that taxes are too high: “The claim that taxes are somehow ‘crushing’ corporations gets it backward—corporations could not survive without taxes. To list just a few examples, federal taxes fund education and training for the American workforce, a national transportation network to deliver products to market, a navy to keep shipping lanes safe from piracy around the world, and a legal system to protect copyrights and patents.”

While corporations have been doing better than ever, workers have not been capturing their fair share of these profits. Simply put, trickle-down isn’t trickling. In 2013, the share of corporate income that went to workers hit its lowest point since 1950, according to an analysis from the Economic Policy Institute.

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Workers aren’t earning less because they’re working less. Oppositely, their productivity increased 8 percent between 2007 and 2012 while their wages actually fell.

BOTTOM LINE: These new economic numbers are more proof that our economy is not working for most Americans. Companies may point to the tax code as a reason for their corporate desertion, but the fact is they are doing better than ever. It’s middle and working class families, the real engines of the economy, that are left with less. We need an economy that works for them.

Dave Reichert: Why won’t you debate


After opposing equal pay for women, marriage equality, and a fair minimum wage, and after wasting 24 billion taxpayer dollars shutting down the government, is it any wonder he is shying away from the public eye?

He should be afraid to debate that record. That’s why I’m challenging Dave Reichert for Congress.

I believe it is the responsibility of any person seeking elected office to stand up and debate the issues. If you can’t explain your positions then you haven’t earned your seat.

Instead, Reichert chooses to ignore constituents and marches in lockstep with Tea Party extremists. The people of the 8th Congressional District deserve answers. Click here to add your voice and demand Dave Reichert debate. 

I’ll debate Dave anywhere, anytime. I’m not afraid to talk about the values I believe in: equality, economic fairness, and an end to gridlock.

Our district is one of only 17 districts in the entire country where President Obama won and a Republican congressman holds office. We can turn this district blue with your help. We can make sure our country has a congress that wants to work, not obstruct.

I need you, my fellow Democrat, to support our campaign by signing our petition demanding that Reichert participate in a debate this fall.

The people of the 8th district need your help and I know we can count on you.

Jason

PS – This is going to be a close election and we need your help. Please consider contributing to our campaign to turn the 8th CD blue!

meet mike rounds, Republican South Dakota


running against the Democratic Party, Rick Weiland ~ South Dakota

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Rounds for U.S. Senate Pierre, SD May 13, 2014- Gov. Mike Rounds announced today that he has received an endorsement letter from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce supporting his bid to become South Dakota’s next U.S. Senator. Read More

  2 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.    

  • Marriage should be between a man and a woman. (Nov 2006)
  • No affirmative action in state contracts nor colleges. (Nov 1998)

 

  • Opposed to Personal Income Tax. (Nov 2006)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)

 

 

 

Tea Party Express Interviews Mike Rounds About U.S. Senate Race

Posted 11.8.13

During a recent interview with the Tea Party Express, Mike Rounds talked about the upcoming U.S. Senate Race. With record-low approval ratings for the President and Congress, Rounds discussed his plan for getting

On February 22, 2006, the state legislature of South Dakota passed an act banning all medical abortions except those necessary to save the mother’s life (see double effect). Rounds signed the act on March 6 and the ban was to have taken effect on July 1, 2006, but never did because of a court challenge. A referendum for a potential repeal of H.B. 1215 was placed on the ballot for the November 2006 statewide election due to a successful petition.[12] On May 30, over 38,000 signatures were filed, more than twice the 17,000 required to qualify. The law was ultimately repealed by voters on November 7, 2006, the day of Rounds’ re-election.[13]

2 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.

  • Abortion is wrong; reconsider Roe v. Wade. (Nov 2006)
  • Protect life under all circumstances; no embryo research. (Oct 2002)

 

 Resources: his website wiki

meet Bruce Braley, Democratic Party ~ Iowa


http://youtu.be/0oO7MeN_kgM

Lots of Democrats are facing tough challenges in this year’s elections — including my friend Bruce Braley in Iowa.

He’s running in a dead heat with his Tea Party-backed opponent and facing millions in outside spending in the state. But I know Bruce, and he’s not one to back down from a fight. No matter what the odds.

As a Congressman, he has been on the front lines of the battle to make college more affordable, he’s advocated for raising the federal minimum wage, and no one has been a stronger champion for our veterans than Bruce.

Bruce and his team need to hit a $65,000 goal before their FEC deadline in 7 days — and they could use our help. Can you give $5 or more today?

Bruce is on the front lines in the battle for control of the Senate. And the Tea Party and the Koch brothers are backing one of the most radical candidates of the election cycle — Bruce’s GOP opponent.

We cannot let the Tea Party take over Iowa. We need to back Bruce because he’ll help us keep control of the Senate.

Help me give Bruce and his grassroots team a leg up. Contribute $5 or more to make sure they reach their $65,000 before the FEC deadline.

Thank you.

Harry Reid

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Resource: his website

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Climate March … Join the Largest Climate March in History


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This Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people and over 1,400 organizations will come together for the largest climate rally in human history.

Please join Earth Day Network at the People’s Climate March to make your voice be heard!

We are done waiting! We’ve reached a tipping point in the struggle to fight climate change. Immediate, aggressive international action must be taken or the entire world will face grave consequences. That is why UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called together world leaders for a climate summit this September. While they are debating, we will march in historic numbers demanding that they make aggressive commitments to fight climate change now.

As a major partner of the People’s Climate March, Earth Day Network will be there en force. Join us to take a stand and change the course of history by demanding a world with an economy that works for people and planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. Beyond the march, there are dozens of events planned for the weekend of the People’s Climate March, to plan your climate action weekend, the the schedule of events here.

The march will begin at 11:30 am in Central Park on Sunday September 21st. The route of the march and staging information can be found at the March’s website. Join the largest climate rally in history and help to ensure history moves in the right direction. Show up, bring your best sign and change the future!

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