The Arkansas legislature is pressing through HB 1402, the second bill this year which allows billionaires to evade, in essence, all taxes. Currently, the first $10 million of long-term capital gains (investment income) is taxable in Arkansas. However, anything earned beyond that is tax-free. Of that first $10 million, 40% (or the first $4 million) … Continue reading
The following are highlights from an article on the Arkansas Times web-site regarding the attempt to place public schools under corporate control (School privatization bill pulled for this session, by Max Brantley, March 17, 2015, http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2015/03/17/breaking-school-privatization-bill-pulled-for-this-session): … Representative Bruce Cozart has pulled House bill 1733 to allow privatization of, among others, the Little Rock School … Continue reading
The following few paragraphs are from an article in the Arkansas Times (March 5, The Changeable Absolutist), written by Ernest Dumas. Mr. Dumas attended a recent event at the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas, where Supreme Court Justice Scalia spoke: To loud applause, Justice Scalia expounded on his famous originalist doctrine for interpreting the … Continue reading
By now, I had planned to post all of my photographs from Burma. However, my own country has been seized by anti-democratic oligarchs, whose activities have escalated. Their assaults are so many, that it is now difficult to keep up. It has come to the point that we, as a people, can no longer afford … Continue reading
Social Media Bill (1) Here in Arkansas, Nate Bell (note that I refuse to call anyone Representative who does not, in fact, represent the people) has proposed changes to a social media bill passed in 2013. These changes effectively scrap the protections that bill afforded. Under the proposed legislation, employers can require employees to connect with them … Continue reading
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I am halfway through this book, and am finding it difficult to put down. It’s an important work, and Russell Brand has voiced what many of us are thinking. Unfortunately, here in the U.S., the politicians have worked to divide us into team Republican and team Democrat (both possessed by the same owners, by the … Continue reading