From what I have read, Greek income takes on high income earners run as high as 45%. The Value Added Tax on goods run an additional 4.5% - 23%. Social Security contribution paid by employer is 28% and individuals contribution is 16%. If high taxes are a good thing. How could the Greek government possibly spend more than that? Why are they going to default?
Uniquely American denial of Climate Change increasingly Political and Suicidal - "God is burning us up."
Quote from economist-ethicist Clive Hamilton.: "The desire to disbelieve deepens as the scale of the threat grows."
I appreciate Thom's response to my request for time-saving tips for activists (in my case, writing a book). Here is a summary:
We have according to most recent inventory 7 trillion dollars worth of Gold in Fort Knox. Every year we, the citizens of the USA, spend millions maintaining and gaurding this Gold. Unlike Oil, Gold is not being consumed by the United States government, nor is it of military importance. In fact I don't know of any consequence of eliminating Fort Knox and the Gold except a reduction in our government expenses. In addition it would eliminate our entire foreign debt to sell it off.
Is a recession named by the person that was at the end or the beginning of the recession? I think it should be called the great Regan recession. Isn't that more discriptive? I mean Bush was just following in Regans footsteps right? Not to light Bush's incompitence!!!
H.R. 2852, “The Action Plan for Public Lands and Education Act of 2011,” introduced in the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee. This hearing comes during Great Outdoors America Week, in the heart of National Wilderness Month, and just days before Public Lands Day on September 24.
Good to see we have our priorities right. A puff of medicine that could save a human life? Nothing compared to the microscopic damage it could do to our very-fragile ecosystem.
Now, this isn't a ban on asthma inhalers per se. Just the current crop of them. Alternate forms of propulsion are available.
To paraphrase the last paragraph in Thom Hartmann's essay tonight; The Republican Debate fallout is a sad glimpse into the bigotry and fear that have infected America since the days of the KKK and apparently is still alive and well. We do need to revisit another period in american history for historical perspective though. Again I refer to the Committee on Public Information, the first nationally sanctioned propaganda organization.
I came across this chart in my local Democratic newsletter. It illistrates perfectly how conservative lawmakers kill any job gains under President Obama with their austerity measures (i.e. by firing government employees) and are destroying any chance for a recovery by offsetting private sector job creation with public sector layoffs..