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Right-Wing Socialism Part 2
4 years ago  ::  Nov 09, 2019 - 5:44PM #1
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Richest 1% of Americans Close to Surpassing Wealth of Middle Class

  • Historic low interest rates boosting riches of top households
    Poorest have 35.7% of liabilities and just 6.1% of assets


I haven't been to read any recent posts on Part 1 for months now.

4 years ago  ::  Nov 10, 2019 - 1:50PM #2
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McDonald's ousted CEO will get 26 weeks of pay but forfeiting millions in stock options

Former McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook is getting 26 weeks of pay or about $670,000 as part of his severance plan.

However, Easterbrook, who was fired for violating company policy by having a consensual relationship with an employee, is forfeiting millions in unvested stock options, according to his separation agreement filed Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Easterbrook received $15.9 million in total compensation in 2018, which includes $1.34 million in salary and the rest in stock options and incentive payments. At the end of 2018, Easterbrook had unvested options worth $21.8 million.

According to the agreement, which Easterbrook signed Oct. 31, he cannot work for a fast-food competitor for two years, which is six months longer than his contract's prior noncompetition agreement.

And right-wing socialists will cry and cry over minimum wage.

4 years ago  ::  Nov 12, 2019 - 11:05AM #3
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But the anti-life right is more interested in wealth redistribution to the richest of the rich.

A Shocking Number Of Americans Know Someone Who Died Because They Couldn't Afford Health Care

The high costs of the U.S. health care system are killing people, a new survey concludes.

4 years ago  ::  Nov 12, 2019 - 11:07AM #4
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Federal health contract funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to Trump allies

At least eight former White House, presidential transition and campaign officials for President Donald Trump were hired as outside contractors to the federal health department at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, according to documents newly obtained by POLITICO.

They were among at least 40 consultants who worked on a one-year, $2.25 million contract directed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma. The contractors were hired to burnish Verma’s personal brand and provide “strategic communications” support. They charged up to $380 per hour for work traditionally handled by dozens of career civil servants in CMS's communications department.

The arrangement allowed the Trump allies to cycle through the federal government's opaque contracting system, charging hefty fees with little public oversight or accountability.

Over a four-and-a-half month stretch from September 2018 to January, the contractors collectively billed at least $744,000. The Department of Health and Human Services halted the contract in April in the face of widespread criticism after POLITICO reported on Verma's extensive use of communications consultants.

But under the terms hammered out last year, revealed for the first time, CMS agreed to allow at least four consultants to bill up to $204,000 over the length of the contract. That included one longtime Verma ally — Marcus Barlow, her spokesperson while she was an Indiana-based consultant to then-Gov. Mike Pence — who was greenlighted to bill as much as $425,000 for about a year’s worth of work.

Read more: www.politico.com/amp/news/2019/11/12/fed...

4 years ago  ::  Nov 23, 2019 - 10:30AM #5
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Facebook Helped Bill O'Reilly Shill For A Company Accused Of Scamming Customers

The former Fox News host boosted a get-rich-quick company that promised to make you a millionaire and stop cancer, too.

4 years ago  ::  Jan 22, 2020 - 1:22PM #6
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GM to spend $3.5B in Michigan under revised tax credit deal

Read more: apnews.com/534570f8551d3d1455ecdc434af5a...

4 years ago  ::  Mar 11, 2020 - 10:58AM #7
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Federal judge launches a blistering attack on Chief Justice John Roberts for ‘undermining democracy’

Conservatives are a bit miffed over Milwaukee U.S. district Judge Lynn S. Adelman, who’s taking the Supreme Court and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to task for past decisions that promote “economic inequality” in an article that’s scheduled to be published in an upcoming issue of the Harvard Law & Policy Review.

In the article, Adelman writes that Roberts’ promise to be a neutral arbiter on the Supreme Court was a “masterpiece of disingenuousness,” adding that the court under Roberts “has been anything but passive” as its “hard right majority” has actively participated in “undermining American democracy.”

“Indeed, the Roberts Court has contributed to insuring that the political system in the United States pays little attention to ordinary Americans and responds only to the wishes of a relatively small number of powerful corporations and individuals,” Adleman writes.

4 years ago  ::  Mar 13, 2020 - 8:35PM #8
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Former Judge Resigns From the Supreme Court Bar
In a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, he detailed why he’s lost faith in the court.

MARCH 13, 20203:22 PM

Letter from Judge Dannenberg to Justice Roberts

The Chief Justice of the United States

One First Street, N.E.

Washington, D.C. 20543

March 11, 2020

Dear Chief Justice Roberts:

I hereby resign my membership in the Supreme Court Bar.

This was not an easy decision. I have been a member of the Supreme Court Bar since 1972, far longer than you have, and appeared before the Court, both in person and on briefs, on several occasions as Deputy and First Deputy Attorney General of Hawaii before being appointed as a Hawaii District Court judge in 1986. I have a high regard for the work of the Federal Judiciary and taught the Federal Courts course at the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law for a decade in the 1980s and 1990s. This due regard spanned the tenures of Chief Justices Warren, Burger, and Rehnquist before your appointment and confirmation in 2005. I have not always agreed with the Court’s decisions, but until recently I have generally seen them as products of mainstream legal reasoning, whether liberal or conservative. The legal conservatism I have respected– that of, for example, Justice Lewis Powell, Alexander Bickel or Paul Bator– at a minimum enshrined the idea of stare decisis and eschewed the idea of radical change in legal doctrine for political ends.

I can no longer say that with any confidence. You are doing far more— and far worse– than “calling balls and strikes.” You are allowing the Court to become an “errand boy” for an administration that has little respect for the rule of law.

The Court, under your leadership and with your votes, has wantonly flouted established precedent. Your “conservative” majority has cynically undermined basic freedoms by hypocritically weaponizing others. The ideas of free speech and religious liberty have been transmogrified to allow officially sanctioned bigotry and discrimination, as well as to elevate the grossest forms of political bribery beyond the ability of the federal government or states to rationally regulate it. More than a score of decisions during your tenure have overturned established precedents—some more than forty years old– and you voted with the majority in most. There is nothing “conservative” about this trend. This is radical “legal activism” at its worst.

Without trying to write a law review article, I believe that the Court majority, under your leadership, has become little more than a result-oriented extension of the right wing of the Republican Party, as vetted by the Federalist Society. Yes, politics has always been a factor in the Court’s history, but not to today’s extent. Even routine rules of statutory construction get subverted or ignored to achieve transparently political goals. The rationales of “textualism” and “originalism” are mere fig leaves masking right wing political goals; sheer casuistry.

Your public pronouncements suggest that you seem concerned about the legitimacy of the Court in today’s polarized environment. We all should be. Yet your actions, despite a few bromides about objectivity, say otherwise.

It is clear to me that your Court is willfully hurtling back to the cruel days of Lochner and even Plessy. The only constitutional freedoms ultimately recognized may soon be limited to those useful to wealthy, Republican, White, straight, Christian, and armed males— and the corporations they control. This is wrong. Period. This is not America.

predict that your legacy will ultimately be as diminished as that of Chief Justice Melville Fuller, who presided over both Plessy and Lochner. It still could become that of his revered fellow Justice John Harlan the elder, an honest conservative, but I doubt that it will. Feel free to prove me wrong.

The Supreme Court of the United States is respected when it wields authority and not mere power. As has often been said, you are infallible because you are final, but not the other way around.

I no longer have respect for you or your majority, and I have little hope for change. I can’t vote you out of office because you have life tenure, but I can withdraw whatever insignificant support my Bar membership might seem to provide.

Please remove my name from the rolls.

With deepest regret,

James Dannenberg

4 years ago  ::  Mar 13, 2020 - 9:07PM #9
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‘Grotesque level of greed’: Jeff Bezos’ Whole Foods wants workers to pay colleagues’ sick leave during coronavirus

In a letter sent to employees earlier this week, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey explained that one of the options available to workers was for them to “donate” their “paid time off” (pto) days to a pool that other workers could draw from.

Journalist Lauren Kaori Gurley, who broke the story with reporting for Motherboard, notes that “as a subsidiary of Amazon, the world’s biggest company, Whole Foods could easily afford to pay its hourly employees for sick days taken during the coronavirus outbreak without breaking the bank. Instead, the company has put the onus back on workers, and they’re not happy about it.”

3 years ago  ::  Apr 13, 2020 - 2:31PM #10
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Alabama chicken plant makes employees pay for masks as they work ‘elbow to elbow’ during pandemic: report

A Wayne Farms chicken processing plant in Alabama is taking heavy criticism from some of its employees who say they’re being forced to work in unsafe conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Reuters reports that workers at the Wayne Farms plant “recently had to pay the company 10 cents a day to buy masks to protect themselves” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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