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A Map of Federal Spending vs. Federal Revenue for the 50 U.S. States in Fiscal Year 2014

This morning, someone passed me a Huffington Post article declaring that GOP States Are The Most Dependent On Government. Is this true? With Huffington Post’s record (1 | 2 | 3), that’s anyone’s guess. To check the accuracy of HuffPo’s claim, let’s turn to Wikipedia…

…”Wait a minute,” you may be saying to yourself, “if […]

Moral Mondays Return in North Carolina: Assemble in Raleigh on April 29

The Moral Monday movement in North Carolina is still rolling. With a nod of the hat to DocDawg for the tip, here’s an announcement of the latest demonstration:

WHEN: April 29, 2015 at 5pm – 6pm

WHERE: NC General Assembly 16 W Jones St Raleigh, NC 27601

“On the anniversary of the first Moral Monday […]

How Many Members of Congress voting to Repeal Taxes on Mega-Inheritance also support a Minimum Wage Hike?

Number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted for H.R. 1105, a bill to repeal all taxes on the inheritance of mega-estates worth $5.34 million or more: two hundred and forty.

Number of estate tax filings in 2013, the last year for which data is available: ten thousand, one hundred and thirty […]

Spring Black Friday, on Two Thursdays and a Sunday

I spotted this sign yesterday outside a Home Depot in Rockland, Maine:

You read that right: “Spring Black Friday” will be held on all days of the week, over eleven days beginning on a Thursday and ending on a Sunday. And whereas “Black Friday” refers to the traditional day after Thanksgiving when successful retailers […]

Roll Call: The Seven Democrats Who Both Voted To Kill The Estate Tax And Voted Against Tax Cuts For Working Americans

These seven congressional Democrats supported special tax loopholes for the wealthy leisure class, but opposed tax cuts for the majority of hard-working Americans. […]

Does Republican Presidential Candidate Jim Rundberg Owe Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Campaign Fines?

As the Federal Election Commission documents, Jim Rundberg is an officially-registered Republican Party candidate for President of the United States, having filed his papers on February 1 2015. Shortly after that declaration, Peregrin Wood wrote a brief review of Rundberg’s campaign announcement, also noting a January 1 2015 article by political reporter Charles Ashby of […]

House Republicans Vote To Revive Predatory Loans For Mobile Homes

The only real purpose of H.R. 650, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, is to help a small number of people make a great deal of money from exploiting people who live near the predatory loan. Just five corporations issue the majority of chattel loans. […]

The Maine Airport Coffee Economy

Maine has its faults, but this is one of the reasons I love living here:

 

This is how you get coffee at the local airport:

The tin-can economy is a great antidote to my gloomy cynicism.

Hedge Fund Hacks Confronted By Hedge Clippers

Activists from Hedge Clippers entered the Crowne Plaza, and for 20 minutes, spoke for the workers at the low-end restaurants run by the hedge funds. They demanded a 15 dollar per hour livable wage. The hedge fund managers threatened to have them arrested […]

WalMart and the Minimum Wage Bill

The election of 2014 is scarcely behind us, but according to the Federal Election Commission WalMart’s political action committee has already doled out more than a hundred thousand dollars to candidates in the next congressional election cycle.

Meanwhile, Rep. Elijah Cummings has introduced H.R. 122, the Original Living Wage Act. If passed, H.R. 122 would […]

Jim Rickards’ Strategy after Utterly Flopping in Predictions of Disaster: Make More Predictions

Jim Rickards predicted that a major economic collapse would begin by, at the latest, February 27 2015.

It’s April 8 2015, more than a month past the deadline, and the major economic collapse just hasn’t begun. Regardless of whether you like the current economic system, it hasn’t started to collapse like Jim Rickards insisted […]