ROI of corporate lobbying

June 17, 2013

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The Influence Peddlers

January 28, 2013

Via Face the Facts USA   Article

Influence Peddlers

“Which organization do you think spends the most to gain influence? And what industry overall outspends all others to shape legislation? It’s all at our website.  See more


The New National Emblem; The Ostrich

December 3, 2012

By Dexter Wright via American Thinker Blog   Article


“As we approach the ‘fiscal cliff’ of punitive taxation and draconian spending cuts it might be time to suggest that Congress consider that we change our National Emblem to the Ostrich. … a lack of leadership seems to indicate that neither political party has the will to find a totem to make the hard decisions that loom before us in either spending or taxation. So many politicians either seem confused or scared to the point of paralysis on this impending doom.

The results of the recent election are to blame, some say. The voters left in place a Republican House and a Democrat in the Presidency. …  one in either party is stepping up to take a stand on the numbers game which we call the budget process …. The head in the sand mentality had taken hold of so many in Washington, so clearly the solution is to adopt the Ostrich as our national emblem. We can’t seem to face our fiscal problems at home nor our foreign problems of a nuclear Iran. We would rather pretend that none of these problems exist and just stick our heads in the sand.  So it seems that the Ostrich is perfect for the new national emblem.”

The 99%

November 21, 2011


Are the rich taxed less than secretaries?

October 3, 2011

By NCPA   Article

“… makes it sound as if there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries.  The data tell a different story, says the Associated Press.

  • On average, the wealthiest people in America pay a lot more taxes than the middle class or the poor, according to private and government data.
  • They pay at a higher rate, and as a group they contribute a much larger share of the overall taxes collected by the federal government.
  • This year, households making more than $1 million will pay an average of 29.1 percent of their income in federal taxes, including income taxes and payroll taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank.
  • Households making between $50,000 and $75,000 will pay 15 percent of their income in federal taxes.

Lower-income households will pay less.

  • For example, households making between $40,000 and $50,000 will pay an average of 12.5 percent of their income in federal taxes.
  • Households making between $20,000 and $30,000 will pay 5.7 percent.”

Source: Steven Ohlemacher, “Fact Check: Are the Rich Taxed Less than Secretaries?” Associated Press, September 20, 2011.

10 myths that politicians want you to believe

August 29, 2011

From John DeFeo at    Article

“10. Quantitative Easing Helps the Economy

Yes, quantitative easing is “printing” money. No, it won’t help the economy. Make no mistake, quantitative easing is a gift to bankers and nothing else. The Federal Reserve is giving bankers risk-free trading profits and causing food and gas prices to surge (making it even harder for Americans to get out of debt).

9. Republicans Are Fiscal Conservatives

From 1946-2010:

Democratic President
* Total Years: 29
* Average Inflation Adjusted Deficit: $150.73 billion

Republican President
* Total Years: 36
* Average Inflation Adjusted Deficit: $202.28 billion

8. President Obama Is an Enemy of Wall Street

* The two men who served as principal negotiators for banking deregulation: Gene Sperling and Larry Summers.

* The two men who President Obama appointed to become his top economic advisers: Gene Sperling and Larry Summers.

* Two guys who happen to be paid millions of dollars in consulting and speaking fees by “too big to fail” banks: Gene Sperling and Larry Summers.

7. The Financial System Is Safer Today Than in 2008

The majority of “too big to fail” banks are even bigger. Meanwhile, high-frequency trading is alive and well and the causes of the Flash Crash have not been addressed.

6. The ‘Bush Tax Cuts’ Increased Tax Revenue

Washington has always had a spending problem, but since the “Bush Tax Cuts,” we have a revenue problem as well. From 1990 to 2000, U.S. tax revenue had a period of exceptional growth. Following the 2001 tax cuts, revenue plummeted — then recovered — then plummeted again.

5. ‘No One’ Could Have Seen the Financial Crisis Coming

No one — except for everyone who did. TheStreet has interviewed numerous economists and money managers who have been pounding the table for years.

4. If You Support Capitalism, You Support Big Business

Can a corporation be socialist? Corporations and governments are very similar entities, and both can have capitalist or socialist leanings. If a politician praises big business while chastising big government, or the other way around, be skeptical.

3. Republicans Are a Bunch of Fat-Cat Millionaires

The average congressperson is a millionaire, and if you break down the 50 richest members of Congress by political party, here’s the split:

Republican: 22
Democrat: 28

2. The U.S. Has the Highest Standard of Living in the World

According to the United Nations’ most recent Human Poverty Index (from 2008), the U.S. standard of living ranks 17 of 19 among developed countries.  The ranking is a composite of life expectancy, literacy, long-term unemployment and income equality — while this data is over three years old, it’s not unthinkable that our situation has worsened in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

1. U.S. GDP Is Growing

U.S. GDP has increased by 4.26% from 2007 to 2010, according to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the same period of time, the U.S. national debt has increased by 61.6%, according to the U.S. Treasury. Looking at these numbers, you don’t need to be an economist to see that something is very, very wrong.

We’ve lost our way, misled by Republicans and Democrats alike.

Go read the full article here.”

The Duel

August 22, 2011