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The Walmart Tax Every American Taxpayer Pays

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[Government give-aways to corporate welfare queens really need to be thought of as what they are: income taxes. *RON*]
Lonnie Sheppard, USA Today, 8 April 2017
Every year, hardworking men and women all across the country face the harsh reality of paying their taxes. While the average American family has less than $1,000 in savings and nearly half have no retirement savings, in 2015, the average household paid $13,000 in income taxes. For so many Americans, this time of year is met with anxiety, fear, and anger as too many people struggle to pay their day-to-day bills, let alone their taxes.

But what should fuel hard-working, tax-paying Americans’ anger, is the fact that so many of their tax dollars are being used year after year to support one of the nation’s largest welfare recipients – Walmart. A company with annual profits that averaged $15.5 billion over the last five years.

Simply put, every American taxpayer is paying a tax they never hea…

Wells Fargo’s Fake Accounts Grow to 3.5 Million in Suit

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[As usual no fraudulent banksters go to jail and the banks receive slap-on-the-wrist fines representing a cost of doing business to them; pennies on the dollar compared with the profits they make in return for their illegal activity. *RON*]

Kartikay Mehrotra and Laura J Keller, Bloomberg, 12 May 2017


Wells Fargo & Co. may have opened as many as 3.5 million fraudulent accounts in the last 15 years, according to consumers who are trying to beef up a settlement with the bank over abusive sales practices.

The bank reached a $110 million deal in late March to resolve a national class-action lawsuit over claims that employees may have opened more than 2 million deposit and credit-card accounts without customers’ permission since 2011. After the bank last month agreed to expand the accord to include dates as early as May 2002, lawyers for consumers on Thursday raised their estimate on the number of fake accounts.

“This number may well be over-inclusi…

Trudeau government close to breaking all-time record for per-capita federal spending: Fraser Institute

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[It's interesting how this is spun by both the (right wing) Fraser Institute and the National Post. The budget is "close to breaking all-time record" because the record was set by (right wing) Harper. And, of course, we have swallowed the neocapitalist agenda so fully by now that the article doesn't even find it necessary to remind us that this is a 'terrible' thing. No research shows a connection between Canada's levels of debt and any negative impact on national economic growth. *RON*]
Tristin Hopper, National Post, 11 May 2017
With the Liberals planning to spend $8,337 per person in 2017, the government of Justin Trudeau is close to breaking the all-time record for per-capita federal expenditures, according to a new report by the Fraser Institute.

The number one spot, however, remains Stephen Harper. The Conservative leader hit a per-Canadian total of $8,375 in 2009 when he was overseeing spending increases intend…

Torch-wielding mob stages rally to protest the removal of racist imagery

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[They also broke out into Nazi slogans and chants of "Russia is our friend." Not fake news, much as we might like it to be. See also: Protestors chant Nazi phrases, wield torches near Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Va.; Torch-wielding protesters gather at Charlottesville park. If you Google the story you'll find that the mainstream news outlets refer to them politely as 'protesters.' *RON*]

Adam Peck, ThinkProgress, 14 May 2017
White supremacists staged a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia late Saturday night, complete with torches and pro-Trump chants. The rally was ostensibly to protest the state’s decision to sell off a statue of treasonous general Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia against the United States during the Civil War.

But despite some attendees attempts to downplay the rally—one known white supremacist laughably described it as a candlelight protest—the images from the sce…

Motherhood and Marginalization: The Oppressive History of the Birth Industry

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[Quite something, the rising rate of infant mortality in the US, is unlike any other developed nation. The main article illustration implies the outcome differences are a matter of race (so, de facto, of racism), but the multiple, ramifying effects of race are hopelessly confounded with the effects of poverty and with cultural issues. *RON*]

Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez, Truthout, 14 May 2017

To say that the birth industry is mostly white would be an extreme understatement. Less than 4 percent of registered nurse midwives are African American, around 1 percent are of Asian descent and less than 1 percent are Latina according to a recent survey. A low level of representation is an issue in many industries, but in the birth world it is particularly problematic. The pervasive whiteness of the birth industry leads to culturally incompetent care that fuels the negative outcomes that women of color face both directly and indirectly. Low levels of cultura…