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Health Care & Environment

07.20 Until Emissions Drop, Nothing Has Been Accomplished: The Climate Resistance Handbook Is Here. [Trump can't be bothered as the world turns into a large cinder. His laser focus is on personal greed.]

07.20 Babies Born Near Oil and Gas Wells Are Up to 70% More Likely to Have Congenital Heart Defects, New Study Shows

07.20 Giving 'Upper Hand to Corporate Polluters,' EPA Drops Surprise Inspections

07.20 With Petition to Congress, 100,000+ People Demand Green New Deal 'That Fixes Our Food System' [Realtime proactive response to reality—now and threatening—doesn't get attention in this greed focused administration]

07.19 Trump administration won't ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage [There is no truth to the persistent rumor that chlorpyrifos pesticide was heavily used at Trump's childhood home in Queens]

07.19 'Unprecedented' Decline of Plants and Animals as Global 'Red List' Reveals Nearly One-Third of Assessed Species Under Threat

07.17 ‘Off-the-charts’ heat to affect millions in U.S. in coming decades

07.17 Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen forced out by board [Given that states have lost abortion rights on political grounds recently, Wen's philosophical approach to protect abortion rights based on ‘health care’ was smarter – therefore it was that smarter strategy that was killed at the secret meeting.]

07.17 Billions of air pollution particles found in hearts of city dwellers

07.17 What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil [Niggardly white government policies could change to produce better students, better jobs and net revenue instead of costs. But it seems they enjoy more cruelty—like Trump.]

07.16 US aid cuts to UN agency will hurt vulnerable women and children, critics say

07.16 Trump abortion restrictions in effect for taxpayer-funded clinics

07.15 The response to DRC’s Ebola crisis isn’t working. Here’s what we need to do

07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]

07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]

07.13 'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]

07.13 Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees [The worst government money can buy!]

07.12 These solar panels don’t just generate power—they produce drinking water

07.12 David Attenborough: polluting planet may become as reviled as slavery [1:34 video]

07.11 7,000+ Colleges and Universities Declare Climate Emergency and Unveil Three-Point Plan to Combat It [Fox News and Betsy DeVos never talk about this stuff so it must be Bull Shit, right?]

07.10 Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story [Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]

07.10 Molly Scott Cato: ‘It’s the wealthy who are causing climate change’

07.09 Judge reinstates Madrid's low emissions zone [Yeh!]

07.07 How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]

07.05 Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

News Media Matters

07.19 Fox News’s star names excuse the inexcusable after Trump's latest racist attack

07.18 In Sinclair's New 'Must-Run' Segment, Former Trump Adviser Tries to Defend Racist Attacks on 'the Squad'

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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'

07.20 Puerto Rico: top US politicians join chorus calling for governor's resignation

07.20 Fact check: Trump says Puerto Rico got $92 billion. They've seen only a fraction [If he opens his mouth, Trump's lying.]

07.20 "Trump Says Go Home, Ilhan's Community Says Welcome Home": Rep. Omar Greeted With Cheers of Love and Support in Return to Minnesota

07.20 WATCH: Amid Extreme Anti-Refugee Push, Trump Displays Neither Interest Nor Knowledge of Asylum Seekers' Plight in Oval Office Meeting

07.20 Trump Denies Being at North Carolina Rally [Not sure if Trump supporters 'get' satire, but here goes....]

07.19 Are progressives working on a climate plan for 2021? You bet.

07.19 House Democrats demand Hope Hicks clarify testimony after Cohen document dump

07.19 The 51 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump's repugnant North Carolina rally

07.19 The Real Meaning of ‘Send Her Back!’

07.18 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Breaking up Homeland Security

07.18 Deadly Delays in Jail Construction Cost Lives and Dollars Across California

07.18 Inside Trump's DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests [Also, too much ignored by media, the $millions "donated" corrupting moderate Democrats and Republicans every election cycle must stop]

07.18 This Republican's Case for Medicare for All [A well-informed Republican is rare, so let's hold him in the light so others may learn]

07.18 Trump rally crowd chants 'send her back' after president attacks Ilhan Omar [1:03 video shows Trump pandering to his ignorant idolaters, and together they're making America a greater shit-hole country]

07.18 "Can't Change a Corrupt System by Taking Its Money": Sanders Urges All 2020 Democrats to Reject Insurance, Big Pharma Cash [49:02 video w/ lousy sound]

Justice Matters

07.19 UN urged to act over 'purge' of Turkey's lawyers by Erdogan

07.19 DOJ Releases Strong Evidence of Trump’s Campaign Finance Violations But No Explanation of No Charges [The statement]

High Crimes vs. Human Rights

07.19 Conscientious objectors of first world war – their untold tales [The record proves they were morally right by avoiding violent early deaths of their cousins and themselves]

Economics & Corrupt Capitalism

07.18 Corporate tax cuts blocked at least 15,000 affordable homes in California. Here’s how

07.15 China’s Economic Growth Hits 27-Year Low as Trade War Stings

International & Futurism

07.20 US to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia in face of 'credible' regional threats [Working with Osama bin Laden's godfathers, Trump wants to profit like Erik Prince (for-profit education secretary Betsy DeVos' brother) of Blackwater infamy (hurriedly renamed ‘Academi’), the U.S. taxpayer to pay inflated costs while Trump siphons off long-term emolument largesse]

07.20 Iran on 'dangerous path' with seizure of Stena Impero, says UK [Which is this, a tit or a tat?]

07.20 'Dark satanic mills': Tony Abbott continues his crusade against wind turbines [Too much CO2 air pollution makes you stupid, and turns your country into an “Idiocracy” (1:36 video clip)]

07.20 Bolsonaro declares 'the Amazon is ours' and calls deforestation data 'lies' [Lazy and willfully stupid whenever it serves his purpose, just like Trump. “And the rest of you can all go to hell.” Again, just like Trump. Has your country turned into an “Idiocracy”? (1:36 video clip)]

07.19 U.N.'s Bachelet says Congresswomen opposing Trump are 'fantastic'

07.19 Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions [Was barbaric Saudi Arabia—whose citizens were more involved in the 9-11 attacks—the wrong ally all along?]

07.19 “The Task Ahead Is Enormous, and There Is Not Much Time” [Read this and learn. Or read Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) | Twitter and/or President Trump (@POTUS) | Twitter. Are you serious? Or are you in hideously criminal denial?]

07.18 Foreign purchases of American homes plunge 36% as Chinese buyers flee the market

07.18 There are 16 million slaves around the world making our stuff

07.18 ‘No rioters, only a tyrannical regime’: Thousands of Hong Kong seniors march in support of young extradition law protesters [Most people around the world have more in common with these Hong Kong Chinese protestors than with the ignorant people at Trump rallies]

07.18 Dozens Arrested as Over 1,000 Jewish Activists and Allies Shut Down Entrances to ICE Headquarters Demanding Closure of Trump Detention Camps [Obviously these are not the immoral and less educated right-wing jews who support Netanyahu, Trump and ICE, and who slowly exterminate Palestinians when no one is looking]

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  Thinking About Incentives

COMMENTARY:

Thinking About Incentives

by Fred Cederholm

Instead of tax credit "carrots" to stimulate jobs, the President and Congress could use the stick approach and levy added taxes on those who downsize or terminate employees here and replace them with cheaper workers abroad. If the “stuff makers” don’t reside here, slap ‘em with a tariff. These will generate revenue and reduce deficits.

I’ve been thinking about incentives. Actually I’ve been thinking about our troubled economy, real politics, budgets, sticks and carrots, jobs, and the debt/deficits. The political/economic and comic/tragedy epic that is unfolding before our eyes right now is something I never expected to see, or to live thru. So many things are linked together now that one must literally fly over the lower 48 states in a space shuttle to even begin to grasp the whole picture. We are witnessing the ultimate in soap operas. So curl up in a comfy chair with a large bowl of popcorn and a cold drink. This is gonna be interesting!

You see in the tradition of classical Greek drama, a comedy is when the protagonist, or lead character (TH*NK Uncle $ugar here), succeeds in his quest or mission. In the alternative, a tragedy is when the lead character fails. We had better hope that in this theatre that is Washington DC, Uncle $ugar succeeds in turning things around and we can all enjoy a good laugh when it is over. Let’s face it... laughter is always better than tears. There is so much potential for plot/story lines when politics goes head to head with economics. Political maneuvering that was money driven got us into these messes, now it will be further political maneuvering that will get us out of our dilemmas? Or... will it?

We have seen the Obama Administration and the Democratic controlled majorities in Congress go from being the drivers of change to double talking (not-so-slick anymore) salesmen in the space of one year. They claim the turn around has begun, but the public just isn’t buying the sale. We are only thru one third of the housing real estate crisis. We should see the unfolding of the commercial real estate crisis in 2010. Estimates of losses in commercial real estate in 2010 now exceed $300 BILLION on $1.4 TRILLION of loans! The employment facts and statistics being reported are laughable. Everyone knows a jobless recovery won’t cut it. The “fix” will be years away WITHOUT their fictional jobs tossed in.

The budgeted numbers for the present fiscal year are bracing US/us for a $1.6 TRILLION deficit. This is for one year! It should be noted that it took the US from January of 1791 to September of 1984 for the US to accumulate $1.6 TRILLION of debt. This, by the way, includes all the war debt from the Civil War, the Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. We will now add that much just in fiscal 2010. War is expensive and we will spend ONE TRILLION on IRAQ and Afghanistan in 2010. The other $600 BILLION of debt/deficit relates to other stuff, bailouts, and stimuli. As our President and Congress tell US/us it is all needed for “the recovery.”

Washington DC operates on the principle of the “rule of the stick or the carrot.” As the Thomas Nast cartoons depict: “you get the mule to move by beating it with a stick, or luring it with a carrot.” Our problems run so deep... it will take one heck of a big stick and/or a lot of carrots to get the mule moving in any direction. Hence, we will see a $1.6 TRILLION deficit in 2010. I’ve included all the $1 TRILLION in war expenses as part of the solution, because without the mobilization our unemployment levels would probably double and our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would shrink accordingly.

Jobs are a hot button issue for 2010 and the mid term elections. Our fearless leaders will be talking a lot about jobs and what they are doing to get America working (or at least on the payrolls) again. Uncle $ugar can “create” the new jobs, but just how many “assistant vice deputy directors in charge of paper clips” do we need? Federal payrolls have skyrocketed and we still have 10% not working presently according to Uncle. Jobs will come from existing business and start ups. These must be real jobs paying living wages and have decent benefits or it isn’t going to work (pun intended).

The President and the Congress would prefer the carrot approach and lavish on tax credits to anyone who adds an employee. The “bribe” will come in the form of so many dollars in reduced tax liability for each new hire or position created. In our current situation, every dollar of tax credit will mean an additional dollar of deficit; which will men an additional dollar of debt. There is no way around this. They forget the old rule of thumb where each and every employee should generate at least TWO times the costs of wages and benefits in added revenues.

The President and Congress could use the stick approach and levy added taxes on those who fire, downsize, can, or terminate, anyone here and replace them with cheaper workers abroad. If the “stuff makers” don’t reside here, slap ‘em with a tariff. These will generate revenue and reduce deficits. Then Presidential advisor Dick Cheney once said: “The deficits don’t, matter.” Well... the deficits DON”T matter... until they matter!!!

I’m Fred Cederholm and I’ve been thinking. You should be thinking, too.


Copyright 2009 Questions, Inc. All rights reserved. Fred Cederholm is a CPA/CFE, a forensic accountant, and writer. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.A., M.A. and M.A.S.). He can be reached at asklet@rochelle.net.




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This story was published on February 15, 2010.

 

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