Sunday, April 25, 2010

Some Headlines You Should go Beyond.... and Some Answers for Tea Partiers

I am happy that Huffington Post caught up with the right answer to give any tea partier who ask what do the government do with his tax money:

It gives almost  50% of it to the Army to make war and gives the rest to Wall Street just for the hell of it.
Give my regard to all the Bushes for me.

Or give it to them in another language:
Dept. of Defence Spending Budget :           663,700,000,000
Dept. of Small Business Spending Budget:        700,000,000
Dept. of Education Spending Budget:            46,700,000,000
Dept. of Social Securities Spending Budget:11,600,000,000

And that doesn't take into account the Stimulus bill - or Recovery Act - that I like to call the New Deal Extra Light and that tries, timidly, to correct the wrongs done over the years in our messed-up-priorities case of a democracy.

But AlterNet have some startling headlines and keen analysis that always makes me want to dig deeper.

Here's some that should warrant your attention:

* Moyers: Six Banks Control 60% of Gross National Product -- Is the U.S. at the Mercy of an Unstoppable Oligarchy?
Moyers and economists James Kwak and Simon Johnson wonder whether the financial powers are more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. 
* The Financial Terrorists Who Destroyed Our Economy Will Pay Zero in Taxes -- and Get $33 Billion in Refunds
You and I are working our asses off, paying 30% of our limited income in taxes. Not the banks that triggered the financial crisis. 
* An American Phenomenon: The Widespread Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers
The United States has become the psychiatric drugging capital of the world, medicating children at a younger and younger age. 
* Facing the Threat from the Far Right, Noam Chomsky Says He 'Has Never Seen Anything Like This'
"The mood of the country is frightening. The level of anger, frustration and hatred of institutions is not organized in a constructive way." 
* Five Ways the Wall St. Reform Bill Needs to Be Fixed
The Wall Street reform bill in Congress won't live up to President Obama's goals -- unless we can push them to change it. 
 Have fun digging!

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