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Politics, Economics, and Religion

Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Welfare? Who pays into the pot more than they get out? Who takes out more ?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck 11 hours ago. 1 Reply

Welfare? Who benefits? Who pays? “Residents of “blue” states send more tax money to Washington than they get back in federal help, while residents of “red” states send less money to Washington than they get back in federal help.”  For  every tax…Continue

Tags: Reich, Robert, spending, taxes, welfare

Democrat vs. Republican

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 5. 0 Replies

The central U.S. opened like a fissure, threatening a volcanic eruption spewing out hate clothed in white supremacist ideology, spreading its deadly gases over the land. Officials tossed out legitimate voter registrations, closed down voting places,…Continue

Trump capitalizes on the tensions of the declining middle class

Started by Joan Denoo Oct 31. 0 Replies

Germany, after WW I, economically devastated, and overwhelmed by the Versailles treaty, was forced to pay incredibly heavy reparations to France and Great Britain. The political strains and conflicts made Germany particularly vulnerable. They built…Continue

Tags: exploit, manipulate, dominate, class, middle

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Comment by Tom Sarbeck on December 5, 2017 at 7:12pm

Ruth, in 1787 a bunch of rich men wrote a constitution and made a government of, by, and for investors.

Whoever said it was of, by, and for the people lied.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on December 5, 2017 at 7:05pm

Bert, Jack Holmes is looking down more than he’s looking up. You gotta stop always looking down.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 5, 2017 at 6:11pm

Truly, there is no bottom to the depravity. Moore will likely win the election, and McConnell will seat him in the Senate. His Republican colleagues will probably welcome him as another vote for plutocratic tax "reform," and for conservative judges nominated for the federal bench. They might think twice about next year's Bring Your Daughter to Work Day, though.

--Jack Holmes

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 4, 2017 at 9:19pm

from cheezburger

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2017 at 4:02am

Tax breaks for corporations who (remember, a corporation is a person), build in a community usually means a need for more services. More schools, medical facilities, more traffic, need for more housing and roads, more police and fire to serve the increases. The corporation (he or she) may not be contributing a fair share of the costs of maintaining a civil community. If that is the case, the people are responsible for making a loud protest and keep going until changes occur. 

Comment by Chris on December 4, 2017 at 3:51am

No wonder Fresno was in Bankruptcy.  

In Amazon HQ Frenzy Fresno offeres the nost inovative deal of all

NOTHING.

As was expected by everyone in the entire world, Amazon’s request for bids for a new headquarters location set off a feeding frenzy among municipal and state leaders all across North America.

Upon the tolling of the Oct. 19 deadline, proposals had come in from 238 cities, states, and regions in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Many of these offered unimaginably lavish tax incentives — let’s face it, the equivalent of bribes. New Jersey offered $7 billion. Chicago and Illinois, $2 billion, with a broad hint that lots more could be had for the asking. That’s not counting the more childish bids for attention, such as Tucson’s shipping a 21-foot cactus to Amazon’s existing headquarters in Seattle, or the offer by Stonecrest, Ga., to rename itself “Amazon.”

In this parade of municipalities draping themselves in their most alluring swimsuits, however, one city stood apart with what may be a uniquely intelligent and innovative proposal for what Amazon labels its “HQ2.” The city is Fresno, which proposed to make Amazon a partner in financing and managing the benefits and challenges presented by the wholesale importation of 50,000 well-paid professionals into a community.

Rather than the money disappearing into a civic black hole, Amazon would have a say on where it will go.

Larry Westerlund, Fresno economic development director

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Comment by Chris on December 4, 2017 at 3:28am

I disagree with some of the following article - that 'Citizens" don't like to subsidize corporations.  

In some big cities Citizens willingly subsidize sport stadiums for corporate football and baseball teams.

Trading Tax Breaks For Amazon’s New HQ Is Just Another Form Of Corp...

Voters hate corporate welfare. A 2016 Rasmussen poll found that nearly 70 percent of voters think “government and big business often work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors.” Americans also overwhelmingly think that corporations don’t pay their “fair share”—a September ABC News/Washington Post poll discovered that nearly two-thirds of Americans think large corporations don’t pay enough in taxes.

In this climate, Amazon’s success in recruiting targeted tax breaks to fund its second headquarters is remarkable. Amazon’s ability to secure special incentives provides a useful case study in how corporations can change the framing of the issue in their favor. Unfortunately, the end result is local residents, businesses, and government budgets harmed in the name of “job creation.”

Over the course of a month, Amazon solicited bids from localities, urging the passage of “special incentive legislation” to make bids more competitive. Cities immediately began falling over themselves to submit offers. Amazon claims it received 238 bids by the end of the solicitation period.

Not all of these cities publicly expressed their interest, but many did. Inhabitants of the Twittersphere were subjected to a deluge of corny videos that invariably included a forced “Alexa, where should Amazon establish its new headquarters?” line. Localities also offered predictably massive tax breaks. Newark, New Jersey, for example, offered Amazon a cool $7 billion—and that’s just the largest bid that’s been made public.


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It gets even worse. The city of Fresno offered a deal where the corporation Amazon to put back  some of the tax breaks into the city coffiers as Amazon chose fit. 

In Amazon HQ frenzy, Fresno offers the most innovative deal of all:...
Comment by Tom Sarbeck on December 3, 2017 at 5:22am
Joan, one meatless day a week will become two, two will become three, three become four, et cetera until they are seven days.

We humans populate the planet far more efficiently than we process plant protein.
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2017 at 2:46am

There is proof in the pudding: 

"$10 billion in just the past month to now more than $90 billion"

Bezos, head of the online retail behemoth Amazon, saw his wealth jump in one month. 

America’s Wealth Inequality Has Reached Staggering New Levels

How much did your wealth grow in the past month?

It is policy and practices that create the wealth gap, not wealthy people work hard and poor people are not willing to work. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2017 at 2:38am

Jared Kushner Could Be The Next Domino To Fall In Mueller’s Russia ...

"Flynn said “a very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team” directed him to call officials from foreign governments in an attempt to block the vote, according to court records. Sources told several news outlets that Kushner is that senior official. "

The plot thickens! 

 
 
 

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