The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy instructs us that the richest Americans pay half the effective tax rate that the poorest Americans pay in state and local taxes, including income, property, sales and excise taxes. News ain't good for middle-class Americans, either. That shouldn't surprise you, given that you only pay sales taxes, for example, on things you buy, and the rich don't need to buy a hundred cheeseburgers for every one you buy because they're a hundred times richer.
For some reason, the Office of Advocacy within the Small Business Administration has criticized scientific assessments of chemical hazards, despite having no particular expertise in that area. And please understand that by "for some reason" I mean "because big corporate lobbyists told them to."
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke cuts radio spot claiming that, "with officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting" when you need help "is no longer your best option." Sheriff goes on to suggest that "(y)ou could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back." That won't backfire on anyone who tries it -- nor could it possibly backfire on Milwaukee County in the form of lawsuits! And he says "we're partners now," like they all do when they're about to abandon you.
Last but certainly not least, the JP Morgan/Chase Board of Directors slashes CEO Jamie Dimon's pay in half -- to "only" $11.5 million. Is hat what people talk about when they say CEOs should get paid all that money because they take risks? The only risk Mr. Dimon took when he presided over that $6 billion "bad bet" from London was that he was going to be slightly less rich. And $10 million of that was a bonus! If I can make "bonus" synonymous with "unearned pile of money," my life will be a success.