You know how corporations should be hiring people to make stuff instead of sitting on trillions of dollars in profits? Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) writes a more fully-developed version of that argument here. He reminds us, also, that the Government Accountability Office found that corporations were paying an effective tax rate of 12.6% -- "low enough to make Mitt Romney jealous"! -- versus the nominal 35% rate that right-wingers constantly talk about lowering so we can "compete" with other corporations in other countries. Now you know what to say when right-wingers screech WHAT ABOUT TEH JOB CREATURZ!!!!!
Dean Baker reminds us that Heritage Foundation President (and former U.S. Senator) Jim DeMint makes $1 million annually -- but also reminds us that Heritage is a tax-exempt organization, meaning that we-the-people subsidize Mr. DeMint's salary. He now makes about six times what he made as a U.S. Senator, by the way. Mr. Baker deftly demolishes right-wing strawmen -- of course "they have the right to pay their president whatever they feel like," but why should taxpayers subsidize it? And all you need to do to refute complaints "that they can’t get good help for such low pay" is look at your paycheck and think about how hard you work for it.
Confused by the many NSA data-vacuuming reform proposals (which is probably the idea, anyway)? ProPublica helps you sort them out. All claim to end the NSA's bulk data-collecting, but the Obama and Rogers/Ruppersberger proposals would still allow our government to access corporate data-collecting rather easily (though the Obama proposal, unlike Rogers/Ruppersberger, would require a court order) and none of them would touch, say, the FISA Amendments Act, which "incidentally" sweeps up the communications of American citizens without a warrant. The Leahy/Sensenbrenner bill would do the most good; we've urged our Congressfolk to support it here before -- and John Boehner, of course, prefers the worst of the three bills.
Mitch McConnell's primary challenger in the 2014 Kentucky U.S. Senate race, Matt Bevin, gets caught attending a cockfighting rally. Because TEH SOUTH!!!!! Mr. Bevin quickly denied, via spokeshack, that it was a cockfighting rally, claiming that it was actually a "states' rights" rally. Oh, well, that clears everything up -- it's not like the phrase "states' rights" has ever been code for "oppressing blacks" or anything. Also, did you know something called the American Gamefowl Defense Network exists? Imagine that, "defense" of a chicken's "right" to be forced to fight another chicken to the death! Like they have trading cards or something! Let's never speak of this organization again.
Comcast lobbyist/asshole says he's heard no "rational, knowledgable voices" opposing the Comcast/Time-Warner merger. Well, if you only talk to other stupid, venal elites (the kind who, for example, posit Hulu as a "competitor" to Comcast when Comcast owns Hulu), I guess you don't hear the voices of reason and knowledge very often. Also, n.b. that he suggests that the real "competition" is between broadband cable and wireless. There's no competition there -- wireless cuts out and takes forever to load all the damn time. I don't use wireless for important work.
Finally, Bill O'Reilly says he wants to "beat up" New York's mayor for wanting to raise taxes on the rich. He said this at a fundraiser for a K-12 Catholic school in New York City. I'm old enough to remember when issuing threats, even "tongue-in-cheek" ones, at a Catholic school fundraiser was a career-ending move; of course, back then, our government taxed millionaire income at 70%. Hmm, high taxes on the rich, better behavior from media stars -- coincidence? And don't miss the part where Bill O'Reilly's "proof" of "liberal bias" in the media is non-coverage of his latest book, proving only that he still thinks everything is all about him.