…And you would find this surprising why…?

…And you would find this surprising why…?


 GOP Unveils Plan to Gut Food Stamp Program

04-18-2012  •  http://www.commondreams.org, Common Dreams staff

House Republicans have passed their budget that includes slashing food stamps in an effort to save billions in cuts to the Pentagon.

..IF… you are buying this crap

..IF… you are buying this crap … call me quickly as I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you … You really believe the gangster-banksters are going to automatically end their domination over our money …  can you spell … STUPID …


Big Brother America: Government Preparing for the End of the Federal Reserve Charter in 2013

04-18-2012  •  Occupy Corporatism dot com via e-mail

In December of 2013, the Federal Reserve Charter will come to an end. The monetary enslavement created by Woodrow Wilson and the Central Bankers will come to a close.






IRS Travel Ban: Revoking Citizenship By Stealth


4-16-2012  •  www.prisonplanet.com 

Efforts to pass a bill that would allow the IRS to deny travel rights to U.S. citizens who the feds merely claim owe $50,000 or more in delinquent taxes represents a de facto move to revoke the citizenship of Americans without due process and in comp

…It’s Time to Stop the Nuclear Energy Welfare Program…

It’s Time to Stop the Nuclear Energy Welfare Program

By Sen. Bernie Sanders and Ryan Alexander, Comment Is Free …Posted on April 15, 2012, Printed on April 18, 2012 … http://www.alternet.org/story/154982/it%27s_time_to_stop_the_nuclear_energy_welfare_program

The US is facing a $15 trillion national debt, and there is no shortage of opinions about how to move toward deficit reduction in the federal budget. One topic you will not hear discussed very often on Capitol Hill is the idea of ending one of the oldest American welfare programmes – the extraordinary amount of corporate welfare going to the nuclear energy industry.

Many in Congress talk of getting "big government off the back of private industry". Here’s an industry we’d like to get off the backs of the taxpayers.

As, respectively, a senator who is the longest-serving independent in Congress and the president of an independent and non-partisan budget watchdog organisation, we do not necessarily agree on everything when it comes to energy and budget policy in the US. But one thing we strongly agree on is the need to end wasteful subsidies that prop up the nuclear industry. After 60 years, this industry should not require continued and massive corporate welfare. It is time for the nuclear power industry to stand on its own two feet.

Nuclear welfare started with research and development. According to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, since 1948 the federal government has spent more than $95bn (in 2011 dollars) on nuclear energy research and development (R&D). That is more than four times the amount spent on solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biofuels, and hydropower combined. But federal R&D was not enough; the industry also wanted federal liability insurance too, which it got back in 1957 with the Price-Anderson Act. This federal liability insurance programme for nuclear plants was meant to be temporary, but Congress repeatedly extended it, most recently through 2025. Price-Anderson puts taxpayers on the hook for losses that exceed $12. 6bn if there is a nuclear plant disaster. When government estimates show the cost for such a disaster could reach $720bn in property damage alone, that’s one sweetheart deal for the nuclear industry!

R&D and Price-Anderson insurance are still just the tip of the iceberg. From tax breaks for uranium mining and loan guarantees for uranium enrichment to special depreciation benefits and lucrative federal tax breaks for every kilowatt hour from new plants, nuclear is heavily subsidised at every phase. The industry also bilks taxpayers when plants close down with tax breaks for decommissioning plants. Further, it is estimated that the cost to taxpayers for the disposal of radioactive nuclear waste could be as much as $100bn.

Even with all of those subsidies, the private sector still will not agree to finance a new nuclear plant, so wealthy nuclear corporations recently secured access to $18.5bn in taxpayer-backed loan guarantees. Maybe the Wall Street banks agree with the Congressional Budget Office, which estimated the risk of default on nuclear loans at above 50%. The nuclear industry’s financial troubles are not new. In the 1960s and 1970s, 100 reactors were cancelled because of cost overruns. Things were so bad Forbes called it "the largest managerial disaster in business history". Despite this history, some want to dramatically increase federal loan guarantees for nuclear plants.

It is shocking that the nuclear industry continues to receive so much federal support at a time of record debt. Of course nuclear subsidies benefit some of the wealthiest and most powerful energy corporations in America, which may explain the persistence of nuclear welfare. For example, Exelon, which takes in $33bn in revenue annually, is the leading operator/owner of nuclear reactors in the US. Entergy, with revenues of more than $11bn annually, is the second largest. Together, these two companies own or operate almost one-third of US reactors, and based on their revenue they are doing pretty well. Why do they need endless federal welfare for their industry year after year? Will it ever end?

Well, as secretary of energy Steven Chu confirmed at a recent Senate hearing, without federal liability insurance and loan guarantees, no one would ever build a new nuclear plant. Whether you support nuclear energy or not, we should all be able to agree that with record debt, we cannot afford to continue to subsidise this mature industry and its multibillion-dollar corporations. If the nuclear industry believes so fervently in its technology, then it and Wall Street investors can put their money where their mouth is. Let’s let them finance it, insure it, and pay for it themselves.


Brewer vetoes bill allowing guns in buildings

THANK YOU … perhaps there is light at the end of a long tunnel…

 Brewer vetoes bill allowing guns in buildings


clip_image001By TERRY TANG … Associated Press .. PHOENIX (AP) —


Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed guns in public buildings.
The governor’s office announced the veto Tuesday. The bill proposed permitting gun owners to carry firearms into government facilities that lacked security.

The bill would have required the use of law enforcement officers or armed security guards with metal detectors or X-ray machines. Signs and storage lockers would also be needed.

In her veto letter, Brewer said the decision to allow guns into "sensitive places such as schools and government buildings" should be a decision reached cooperatively by citizens, law enforcement officials and local government leaders.

Supporters of the bill say citizens have a right to defend themselves. Charles Heller, a spokesman for the Arizona Citizens Defense League which pushed for the legislation, said the governor had failed Arizona gun owners. Although Brewer may be a supporter of Second Amendment rights, she failed to demonstrate that for Arizonans, Heller said.

"She’s denying others the security that she has on the 9th floor," Heller said.  Heller said allowing buildings to ban weapons with just a sign doesn’t enhance public safety. "If they want to protect the building, then they need to have security," Heller said. "If they don’t want to protect the building, then let people protect themselves."

ALEC’s private prison corporate $ponsors own Arizona’s Governor and our State Legislature

ALEC’s private prison corporate $ponsors own Arizona’s Governor and our State Legislature


ALEC Disbands Most Insidious Task Force After Public Pressure and Loss of Sponsors

Brendan Fischer, PR Watch: "Under growing public pressure and the departure of multiple corporate members, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has announced it is disbanding the Task Force that has been responsible for some of the organization’s most controversial pieces of legislation…. For at least three decades, the corporations, special interest groups, and legislators on the ALEC Public Safety & Elections Task Force (known as the Criminal Justice Task Force until 2009) have approved model bills that promote for-profit prisons and lengthen prison sentences, criminalize immigrants, expand the ‘war on drugs,’ thwart evidence-based pre-trial release programs in favor of for-profit bail-bonding, and many other policies."

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