The EPA Changed the Way it Makes Scientific Decisions to "Sustainable"
In January 2012, the EPA announced it was "realigning its entire research enterprise around the concept of sustainability." The new initiative is titled, "The Path Forward." Agency scientists and managers agreed to base their process on "the widely used definition of sustainability as outlined by the Brundtland Commission in 1987..."
The 1987 Brundtland Commission report, also known as "Our Common Future," stated that the earth was in danger, there was too much poverty and industrialized nations like the US were the cause. According to Brundtland, the only way to protect earth was for powerful central authorites to control all of society, the economy and the environment in an initiative it coined as "sustainable development."
Union Founder's Words on Socialism
"Socialism has no place in the hearts of those who would secure the fight for freedom and secure democracy." Samuel Gompers 1918
Samuel Gompers was the founder and longest serving president of the American Federation of Labor. (AFL)
"Deja vu All Over Again?"
FDR won his first two terms by attacking the wealthy and pitting them against poor Americans. In 1932 he promised to "cut government operations by 25% and lower taxes", but did neither.
In 1936, he overwhelmingly won by raising taxes on the rich then redistributing the money to larger voting blocks in swing states using the WPA, Silver Purchase Act and the Agricultural Act.
By 1940, needing businesspeople to win the war, he called for unity among the same people he divided and won another decisive victory.
In 1944, FDR sidestepped laws prohibiting union money in elections by forming the nation's first Political Action Committee. This provided urban labor support. Fearing a backlash by Japanese prisoners if released from internment camps, he created an executive order to keep them imprisoned until 3 days after the elections. To gain the Polish American vote, FDR promised special treatment for Poland after the war. He won nearly 90% of their vote, and then betrayed the group by failing to offer the promised "self-determination" for Poland at the Yalta conference. Still, he won a fourth slim victory.
Upon his death, the NYT wrote, "Men will thank God on their knees 100 years from now FDR was in the White House."!
Between budget battles and elections, politicians and media supporters spin wildly to advance their own positions, leaving the public misinformed. In this column we will attempt to unravel some of the worst spins.
Worst Economy, I think!
In 2008, now Pres. Obama said "we are in the worst economy since the Great Depression."
During the Healthcare Summit and his 2010 State of the Union message, Pres. Obama declared the healthcare bill would cut the federal deficit.
Budget, Spending and Taxes
The third reading on the Q2 GDP just came out and the report was ugly.
Morgan Stanley Rather Invest in Spain Than in Socialist France
Ever wonder why you feel bad, yet the government says the economy is improving? There is a reason. In the movie Risky Business, when mom and dad, (in this case the taxpayers,) were away, the kids broke loose. Get ready, because Washington is about to drive the new Porsch you paid for into the Potomac.
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has given a warning to the US government that it may downgrade its rating by 2013 if nothing is done to address the debt and deficit. What’s the real impact of this announcement?
British shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, is calling for an emergency temporary cut in the VAT to put more money directly into people's pockets and boost consumers feeling the squeeze from rising prices and taxes.
Think life is not as good as it used to be, at least in terms of your wallet? You'd be right about that. The standard of living for Americans has fallen longer and more steeply over the past three years than at any time since the US government began recording it five decades ago.
Most payroll systems cannot meet requirements in that short timeframe.
What is Fair Share?
How Good Are the Government's Deficit and Debt Projections and Should We Care?
U.S. Households Getting More from Uncle Sam than They Pay In
West in Political Crisis has Echoes of 1930's
The US Government Accountability Office released a February 2011 study making it clear that failure to raise the debt ceiling by a specific date would create "debt and cash management challenges," but would not force the US to default on debts.
According to page four of the CBO's March 2011 Medicare Baseline Medicare will run out of money in nine years.
Many Americans are wondering if Washington is even capable of being truthful. The President recently touted the success of the auto bailouts and Motor Trend agreed, assuring us all was legitimate. In spite of laudatory speeches, the bailout is more shell game than success story.
Mortgage deductions may be out with the trash. A recent Bloomberg National Poll shows that 49% of respondents are ready to lose their mortgage deduction if it will mean lower overall tax rates. 45% opposed the switch. This varies sharply from prior years when the public showed a 2-1 support for the mortgage deduction.
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