Another day, another post about corporate tax inversions that blames everyone but the corporations themselves. Seriously, if this guy thinks dishing out better punishments won't solve the problem, I'd hate to see how he raises his kids. And American corporations aren't at a "disadvantage," because they routinely buy massive tax breaks from Congress. And why is "tax reform" mainly about getting rid of the mortgage interest deduction? I really dislike people who think "reform" is all about taking tax breaks from people and giving more handouts to corporations.
Robert O'Harrow, Jr., and Steven Rich investigate the relationship between asset seizures and police spending. Police departments originally seized assets as a way of stopping drug dealers' activities, but now they'll seize property on, ah, a wider pallette of pretexts -- and four out of every five dollars police departments seize now come from folks who never get indicted. Sounds like a damn unconstitutional racket to me, and the article's details only get more harrowing. Personal to those who wonder how our police will ever pay for anything without this power: tax the rich!
Hard to believe, Harry! after collecting nearly $9 billion (over 27 years) in tax breaks from the state of Washington, the Boeing corporation still plans to ship over 2,000 jobs to other states. Boeing's sole defense, in the article, is that they employ a lot more people in Washington now than they did 10 years ago, but even if they actually employ a lot fewer people there than they did during the 1960s, that defense hardly justifies the massive government handouts they got.
Cable industry trade organization creates a stealth "grassroots" organization called Onward Internet that actually opposes net neutrality, despite giving the impression that they're "pro-freedom." And they're not the only one -- CALinnovates, which has tied to AT&T, asks "(w)ould Twitter be fomenting revolution if Jack Dorsey needed to check with regulators about what kind of data can be shared online and by whom?" As if Twitter didn't come about under a net neutrality regime in the first place!
Microsoft's CEO gets caught on stage telling women who are feeling apprehensive about asking for a raise that not asking for a raise is a "superpower" and that another apparent superpower is "knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along." When he realized how all that sounded, of course he backtracked, and good for him that he did, but let's remember that women still make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes and that women still have a harder time climbing the corporate ladder than men do, no matter how much rubbish executives spout about developing "good karma."
Former Arkansas Governor/2008 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says he'll quit the Republican Party if it becomes too accepting of gay marriage. Huck's been absolutely insufferable since Barack Obama became President, but I remember what he was like before that -- not just his charm and wit, but also his willingness to break with Republican orthodoxy about corporate power -- and it might be profoundly beneficial to have a wedge between the Religious Right and the corporatist right.