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Raise The Wage – Why America Is Failing – ‘Broadcast News Networks Completely Ignore The Taxpayer Cost Of Low Wages’

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‘MediaMatters for America compiled several reports that show how raising the minimum wage would cut down on the number of people receiving certain types of government assistance’.

‘One of those is from Center for American Progress, which says that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would save $4.6 billion annually, simply because of the corresponding drop in enrollments’.

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‘According to UC Berkeley’s Labor Center, fast-food workers, whose average wages are below $10.10 per hour, cost taxpayers nearly $7 billion each year’.

‘Fast-food workers overwhelmingly rely on Medicaid, CHIP, food stamps, and the Earned Income Tax Credit to make ends meet’.

‘Ft. Myers, Florida’s local NBC affiliate reported on UC-Berkeley’s study, but the national NBC network appeared to ignore it’.

‘CBS has done many reports on various aspects of the minimum wage and of the social safety net, but not on the public cost of low wages’.

‘The top result on Google for “ABC + public cost of low wages” (below the news items) is their story on the CBO’s report that raising the minimum wage could cost 500,000 jobs’.

‘The Huffington Post reported on the cost of low wages to taxpayers. Businessweek did, too. So did other print and online media. But regular broadcast news? Either these stories are buried, or they’re ignoring it entirely’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/03/12/broadcast-news-networks-completely-ignore-the-taxpayer-cost-of-low-wages/

The Republican War On The Poor – ‘Paul Ryan Blames Poverty On Lazy ‘Inner City’ Men’

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‘House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) previewed his upcoming legislative proposals for reforming America’s poverty programs during an appearance on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America Wednesday’.

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”

‘Ryan also cited Charles Murray, a conservative social scientist who believes African-Americans are, as a population, less intelligent than whites due to genetic differences and that poverty remains a national problem because “a lot of poor people are born lazy.”
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/12/3394871/ryan-poverty-inner-city/#

 

A Republican World – The ‘Job Creators’ Edition – ‘Corporate America Is Hiding $2 Trillion In Profit From The IRS’

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Really all they need is just a few more tax cuts and those jobs will just come pouring into America

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‘The largest American multinational companies parked an additional $206 billion of profits in offshore accounts last year, according to Bloomberg, bringing the total amount of profits stashed where U.S. tax officials can’t touch them up to about two trillion dollars’.

‘The 307 companies that Bloomberg examined now hold a combined $1.95 trillion offshore, allowing them to avoid paying U.S. taxes on those earnings. The majority of the total is concentrated in just a few corporate hands’.

The largest 22 of those companies hold more offshore than the other 285 combined’.

  • ‘General Electric leads the pack, with $110 billion held offshore’.
  • ‘Tech companies like Microsoft ($76.4 billion)’
  • ‘Apple ($54.4 billion)’
  • ‘IBM ($52.3 billion)’
  • ‘And Google ($38.9 billion)’

‘Also dominate, along with drug companies like’

  • ‘Pfizer ($69 billion)’
  • ‘And Merck ($57.1)’.

‘The tech giants have drastically accelerated their offshore holdings in recent years, with Microsoft and Google more than doubling and Apple more than quadrupling offshore profit holdings from 2010 to 2013’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/12/3395331/offshore-profits-two-trillion/

But it’s NOT Republican Obstructionism – ‘Nuclear Revenge: GOP Now Obstructs Judges With Unanimous Support’

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Yes you’re going to read this correctly.

On Tuesday, almost all of the Republican Senators attempted to filibuster the approval of 3 judges.

They felt the judges weren’t qualified and wanted to stop them from being approved.

On Wednesday – ALL of the Republican Senators, having lost the filibuster attempt – voted to approve the judgesunanimously………..

??? You ask?

‘Welcome to a brave new era of trolling in the post-nuclear Senate’.

‘Senate Republicans voted unanimously to confirm three judicial nominees on Wednesday after nearly all of the Republican Senators attempted — and failed — to filibuster the nominees the previous day’.

‘The final votes were 98-0, 98-0 and 97-0, respectively, on Carolyn B. McHugh to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Matthew Leitman to be a Michigan district judge, and Judith Ellen Levy to be a Michigan district judge’.

  • ‘If Republicans hadn’t objected to up-or-down votes on the nominees on Tuesday, the Senate wouldn’t have had to waste a day to confirm the three picks’.

From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/senate-republicans-post-nuclear-trolling

A Republican World – The (pat on head)’We’ll Tell You What You Need To Know And THEN You Can Decide’ Edition – ‘Oklahoma Fox Station Cuts Evolution From ‘Cosmos’ By Editing Only 15 Seconds’

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I still have the original Carl Sagan Box Set Cosmos….in VHS no less.

The deGrasse Tyson remake was ok and I’ll continue to watch but it’s not a replacement for the original.

But to ‘just happen’ to cut out the only reference to evolution?

Gimme a break.

‘In what appeared to be an editing error, a Fox affiliate in Oklahoma managed to remove the only mention of evolution from Sunday night’s Cosmos science documentary by cutting only 15 seconds from the broadcast’.

‘The much-anticipated reboot of Carl Sagan’s legendary Cosmos premiered on Sunday with an overview of the history of the Universe, from the Big Bang to the advent of humans’.

‘It wasn’t until the last 10 minutes of the show that host Neil deGrasse Tyson hinted at human evolution’.

“We are newcomers to the Cosmos,” he explained. “Our own story only begins on the last night of the cosmic year.”

“Three and a half million years ago, our ancestors — your and mine left these traces,” Tyson said, pointing to footprints. “We stood up and parted ways from them. Once we were standing on two feet, our eyes were no longer fixated on the ground. Now, we were free to look up and wonder.”

‘But for viewers of KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City, that 15 second paragraph was replaced by an awkwardly-inserted commercial for the evening news’.

‘The edit was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube by Adam Bates’.
From : http://crooksandliars.com/2014/03/oklahoma-fox-station-cuts-evolution-cosmos

The Republican War On Women – ‘Missouri Lawmakers Are Pushing 32 Separate Abortion Restrictions To Regulate One Clinic’

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‘As state legislatures practically trip over each other to see which one can pass the most stringent abortion restrictions in first few months of 2014, Missouri is pulling into the lead’.

‘The state is currently considering 32 different anti-choice bills’.

‘And, since there’s only one abortion clinic left in Missouri, all of that legislation will end up targeting a single reproductive health facility’.

‘Missouri lawmakers are currently advancing several stringent measures that are capturing most of the media attention’.

  • ‘One bill would triple the mandatory waiting period for abortion, forcing women to wait 72 hours before proceeding with the legal medical procedure’.
  • ‘Another would require the state’s lone abortion clinic to undergo four inspections every year’.

‘But those are hardly the only abortion restrictions up before the legislature’.

‘According to the Guttmacher Institute, Missouri has introduced more anti-abortion bills than nearly every other state in the country so far this year’.

‘The majority of the proposed laws are specifically focused on restricting and regulating the abortion clinic remaining in St. Louis’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/12/3394531/missouri-abortion-restrictions/

A Republican World – The Religious Right – ‘Austin Ruse Says Left-Wing University Professors ‘Should All Be Taken Out And Shot’

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‘While filling in today for American Family Radio host Sandy Rios, Austin Ruse commented on the media frenzy surrounding a Duke University freshman who announced that she is a porn actress’.

‘Ruse, who leads the ultraconservative Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-Fam), promptly blamed the college’s women’s studies department and said that “the hard left, human-hating people that run modern universities” should “all be taken out and shot.”
From : http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/austin-ruse-says-left-wing-university-professors-should-all-be-taken-out-and-shot

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