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1 percent now owns more than at any time in the past 50 years

The top 20 percent of households own 90 percent of the stuff in America Their average net worth? $3 million. That leaves just 10 percent of the pie for the remaining 80 percent of the populace. The American top 1 percent gobble up twice as much (40 percent) as the top 1 percent in France, the U.K., or Canada, and more than three times as much as the top 1 percent in Finland.

Letter from Texas

By Jim Schutze http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/letter-from-texas-listen-america-trump-is-just-embarrassing-cruz-is-scary-8095715“… you don’t live in Texas, so you haven’t had a lot of opportunity to hear Cruz’s father speak or pay close attention to his behavior. Please. […]

A major party gone mad?

There was never any evidence to support strong supply-side claims about the marvels of tax cuts and the horrors of tax increases; even freshwater macroeconomists, despite their willingness to believe foolish things, never went down that road.
Since the 1970s there have been four big changes in the effective tax rate on the top 1 percent: the Reagan cut, the Clinton hike, the Bush cut, and the Obama hike.  they predicted dire effects from the Clinton hike; instead we had a boom that eclipsed Reagan’s.

Great Quotes

“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” John Steinbeck

Glenn Beck’s Suggestion.

July 11 2014
Some selected extracts I made from comments on:
“Glenn Beck suggests immigrants are humans, right wingers lose their minds” at DailyKos.com
(Glenn Beck Pledges to Help Illegal Immigrant Children at Border; They Are Here ‘Through No Fault of Their Own
Following selected from comments at “Glenn Beck suggests immigrants are humans, right wingers lose their minds” at DailyKos.com
“Patriotism is the FIRST refuge of the scoundrel.
There is a very sad tendency for some folks to lightly skim that part of the Bible that says repeatedly to be kind to foreigners.

HOBBY LOBBY

“In the Hobby Lobby cases, five male Justices of the Supreme Court, who are all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a President who hailed from the Republican party, decided that a huge corporation, with thousands of employees and gargantuan revenues, was a ‘person’ entitled to assert a religious objection to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate because that corporation was ‘closely held’ by family members.

IN THE NAME OF RELIGION

September 11, 2003.

IN THE NAME OF RELIGION

Three years ago today a group of men flew planes into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.
Why? Religion.

Thomas Jefferson on Private Property

This may come as a shock to a lot of conservatives. Just one more example of the “Socialist” tendencies of the founding fathers.  Thomas Jefferson ranked Locke, (http://www.constitution.org/jl/2ndtreat.htm) along with Locke’s compatriot Algernon Sidney, as the most important thinkers on liberty. (http://www.thefreemanonline.org/features/john-locke-natural-rights-to-life-liberty-and-property/) But he changed Locks words (“Life, Liberty, and Property”) to “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” when he wrote the Declaration of Independence. These letters to Isaac McPherson and James Madison explains why.

The Bill of Rights

James Madison’s draft of the Bill of Rights was prepared and introduced shortly after the First Congress convened in 1789.
Quoted from:
 http://ratify.constitutioncenter.org/constitution/index_no_flash.php
“The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending

Doing too much good.

The Mars Candy decision to reduce the size of their candy bars is a farce!  The First Lady’s desire to improve the health of the nations children is laudable but this is ridiculous.  Does Mars expect to sell less product? NO!  They expect you continue to buy the same or even more!  Instead of 1 large Mars bar they expect you will buy 3 or more small Mars bars!  Do they expect to decrease their profit? NO!

Separation of Church and State

“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary not with-standing.”