Monthly Archives: April 2011

Rally to Save Education

by Joy Sorrentino at Change Is Possible, 4/29/11

Nothing gets you pumped like a political rally! The passion radiating from supporters was intoxicating. Senator Andy Dinniman was the conductor of this wonderful political orchestra. He spoke with drive and conviction! He mentioned how we all want to stabilize the bill, Republic and Democratic, we just can’t agree on how. Dinniman stated how hindering education would only increase our problems. This, I agree.

Each speaker presented their reasons for keeping education a top priority for our country. A local West Chester University student showed his appreciation for all those who rallied to keep college affordable so far. He expressed the importance of affordable higher education, which will not be the case if Corbett’s Budget is passed. State universities will have their funding cut by 53%. If you get annoyed by alumni letters requesting donations now, imagine how many more you will get if this goes through.

It was stressed for people to understand that even though state taxes will not go up, local property taxes will. This is all a method of how you view it. In the end, you will have to pay money. If college funding is cut, you will have higher tuition rates. If programs are eliminated, you will have to pay for extra help for your child. The question is, which direction will help us grow and which will set us back?…

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Fox: The Liars’ Network

by Eric Alterman, The Nation, 4/25/11

…the problem with Fox is not that it’s conservative. It’s that it lies. Any discussion of its role in American political life is itself a lie if it rests on that foundation. When a “real” journalist … lends his name to Fox, he is simply empowering these lies. When journalists from media enterprises that profess to value truth defend Fox … they are enabling its lies. And when politicians, pundits and anyone else not formally employed by Rupert Murdoch or Roger Ailes appear on Fox without pointing out that they are there to tell the truth for once, then they, too, are participating in a scam at the bottom of which is not only the comforting of the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us but also the undermining of our democracy under the weight of a teetering tower of lies….

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Fight for Education

by Joy Sorrentino at Change Is Possible, 4/26/11

Now more than people need to work together to help repair the damages from this economic storm. The legislatures elected to lead the people, for the people, are not cutting it. Education is in dangerous water right now which should NOT be the case. It’s up to the people to fight for what we need!

Governor Corbett is proposing a budget cut that will create an array of issues. There is little money available, this is not news. People are unwilling to take tax increases and as promised, Corbett is proposing a plan to ensure that does not occur. The problem with this is we WILL be moving backwards. We have to stop listening to money and start paying attention to our children.

Below lists what Corbett’s Budget Cut will do and how it will affect us. Please read and follow up with research from your local school district website….

Please get out and help fight for education!

This budget cut will affect lower education as well as higher. Overall, we will all pay the price over time.

On Wednesday, April 27th, at 7 p.m., there is a rally in West Chester, on the steps of the Historic Chester County Courthouse at High and Market streets. This rally is promoted by State Senator, Andy Dinniman. Please come out! Numbers do count, your voice does matter. Our future generation matters.

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Pay Up Now, Corporations: We’re Organized, Aware of Your Tax Havens and Ready to Boycott

Paul Bucheit, Truthout, 4/23/11

PayUpNow.org is an online effort to “uncut” the cutbacks by promoting boycotts of corporations who pay little or no federal income tax.

According to a US Senate subcommittee report, eliminating tax havens could save $100 billion a year. That’s a conservative estimate. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) calculated that companies and individuals are holding up to $5 trillion in foreign tax havens.

Some of the worst offenders include General Electric (GE), which had $10 billion in profits and received a tax rebate; Bank of America, whose financial statements, according to a Bloomberg report, were “so delusional that they invite laughter”; oil giant Exxon, which paid no US taxes; and Citigroup, with an astounding 427 foreign tax havens.

The list goes on and on. In scanning the Government Accountability Office’s list of tax abusers, one is struck by the absence of companies WITHOUT tax havens, euphemistically referred to as “financial privacy jurisdictions.” Indeed, only 17 of the 100 largest US companies were listed as tax-haven-free.

The $100 billion per year lost to the taxpayers would cover most of the $140 billion budget deficit faced by the 50 states.

Several of the tax evaders are featured at PayUpNow.org, with brief summaries of their recent tax escapades, products to avoid and links to online forms or email addresses to corporate management….

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