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NEWS ALERT: Middle Class America finally wakes up and prepares for a War that was declared on them over 30 years ago by a small group of So-Called Conservative Right Republicans.    
 The so-called conservative right are not really conservative unless you are talking about the the top 1%'s  money. But when it comes to our money (The Tax Payer's) they are far from conservative. RepubliCONS give trillions of dollars of our money (The Tax Payer's Money) to their top executive friends at Multinational Corporations, The Big Oil Industry, Wall Street, Billionaire Sports Teams Owners and the Defense Industry. Basically most of the profit goes to a few rich fat cats all our expense (The Tax Payers). The top executives that run these firms pay an all time low effective tax rate and hide most of their money in Cayman Island and Swiss Bank accounts. They are not using the money they made on the backs of hardworking Americans to create jobs or to invest in America as they like to say they are. A lot of Multinational Corporations pay no Corporate Income Taxes. Yet they continue to hold our economy and our country hostage by not hiring Americans. They continue to build factories in FOREIGN countries, and hire FOREIGN WORKERS. Here's the real kicker! They seek to use our money(the Tax payers money) to build a Nazi like military industrial complex in America to protect their own FINANCIAL INTERESTS while they continue to throw the American Worker under the bus! 

Time For the American Middle Class to take back our country we built from these Corporate Foreign Invaders!


Economy grows despite Republican Obstruction!

posted Jul 7, 2014, 4:55 AM by Hank Gagnon   [ updated Jul 7, 2014, 4:59 AM ]

 

- You might be seeing a lot of news about the economy creating more jobs.

- We're continuing to produce more oil at home than we're importing from overseas.

- Our country hasn't seen this kind of job creation since the 1990s -- and we've been adding more than 200,000 jobs a month for five months straight.

That's because at the beginning of every month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on our country's general employment situation for the previous month -- and this month's showed good news.

What's it all mean, and why should you care?

There's still much more to do to keep moving forward, but we've put together a few key points about how our economy is doing generally. Take a look -- and if you learn something new, pass it on.

Our country hasn't seen this kind of job creation since the 1990s -- and we've been adding more than 200,000 jobs a month for five months straight.

The 1.4 million jobs added in the first half of this year are the most in any half since 1999. What's more, this is the first time since September 1999-January 2000 that we've seen total job growth above 200,000 for five straight months.

GIF: Here's what our jobs growth looks like.

Auto sales in June are also the highest they've been since mid-2006 -- before the financial crisis.

Let's not forget that the American auto industry is continuing to bounce back -- adding 18,000 jobs this past month for a total of 463,000 jobs added since Chrysler and GM came out of bankruptcy in June 2009.

Employment in Motor Vehicles and Parts Manufacturing and Sales

Meanwhile, we're continuing to produce more oil at home than we're importing from overseas.

In addition to doubling renewable electricity generation from sources like wind and solar, last October something big happened: For the first time in nearly two decades, we started importing less foreign oil than we were producing at home.

U.S. Crude Oil Production and Net Imports

It's progress -- but we've still got work to do.

Want a more in-depth look at what the jobs numbers mean, complete with more charts, numbers, and economist-speak?

Take a look at this post from Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

 


The Oil Factor behind the War on Terror - Iraq War was about Oil

posted May 4, 2014, 7:06 AM by Hank Gagnon   [ updated May 5, 2014, 6:14 AM ]

Friday, May 2, 2014   - The long Tail Pipe by Davi Heron @ www.longtailpipe.com 

Many of us are certain that the Iraq War was not about "fighting terrorism" but about the Need for Oil.  Specifically, liberating Iraq's oil fields from control by corrupt nationalized oil companies, and ensuring that Western oil companies have access to Iraq's oil fields.  While the story about the Iraq War is old, the invasion occurred over 11 years ago, the desperate need for oil is still with us because North America has not made any serious attempt to free itself from fossil fuel dependence.  

This movie was aired in 2004, and goes over evidence around the Iraq War saying it was launched in order to get at the Oil.  Therefore the evidence is "old" by current standards, but it's still very illustrative of the entire problem we face regarding the desperate need for oil because "we" collectively refuse to take serious action to end fossil fuel dependence.

Geopolitical domination of the region (the Middle East).

In one segment the video claims that Western domestic oil supplies (Europe and North America) will "run dry" by 2010, that China's will run dry by 2018, etc.  It predicts Oil wars will erupt as a result.

While that result - oil wars - is a likely result of Peak Oil, history didn't quite play out as predicted by the video. 

Thanks to Fracking, North America is looking at an Oil renaissance.  But this is on the back of horrid environmental consequences, the risk of fracking-induced earthquakes, and continued dependence on fossil fuels.

A telling point about why Iraq is about access to Oil is Dick Cheney's National Energy Policy Development Group, also known as the Energy Task Force, set up in the first day's of the Bush Presidency.  That group was primarily concerned with Oil supplies in the Middle East because that's the primary remaining location for fossil oil.
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The GOP need to look in the mirror!

posted Feb 27, 2014, 6:40 AM by Hank Gagnon   [ updated Mar 23, 2014, 5:09 AM ]

They blamed the Unions, The Unions are gone, They blamed High taxes on the Rich, Reagan and the Bush's cut taxes on the rich by 75%, They Blamed regulations, Reagan and Bush Deregulated just about everything, Now they are blaming The affordable care act for all the problems in the country. For once would the GOP just look in the mirror and realize the facts every time they get control they crash the economy and more jobs head out of the country, and the rich get richer, poor get poorer, and the Middle class get poorer, Every time the Democrats get control they clean up the mess. The Democrats cleaned up the Republican mess of the great depression caused by Republican Wall Street thugs during the 30's, 40's and 50"s, Clinton cleaned up the Reagan/Bush debacle of the 80's, and Obama is cleaning up the Bush Jr devastating economic crash of 2008. Since the Bush/Cheney Crashing of the Economy Manufacturing is up, Wall Street is up, Jobs are on the rise, Housing sales are on the rise, The deficit is on it's way down,

Koutoujian For Congress

posted Oct 6, 2013, 7:35 AM by Hank Gagnon   [ updated Oct 6, 2013, 7:36 AM ]

Koutoujian For 5th Congressional District


Middle Class American Party Endorses Peter Koutoujian for Massachusetts 5th District Congressional seat!

posted Sep 11, 2013, 6:14 AM by Hank Gagnon   [ updated Sep 11, 2013, 1:44 PM ]

    Middle Class American Party is pleased endorse Peter Koutoujian in his bid to replace Ed Markey to represent the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in Washington. Peter is a person who doesn't just talk about getting things done he actually gets them done. Koutoujian is just the type of person we need representing Massachusetts in Washington. For 30 years, the extreme radical right has been pummeling the American middle class worker with policies that reward corporations that move jobs and factories out of the country and favor only the rich and powerful. We believe Koutoujian will work his hardest to reverse the 30 year trend and fuel the resurgence of the once great American Middle Class Worker!


    Peter Koutoujian has been a leader serving the people of his local district, Middlesex County and large parts of the 5th District for over 20 years. While the major issues of jobs and the local economy, reducing gun violence and protecting a woman’s right to choose, have been his focus, Peter has also stood with middle class voters who saw a need for specific reforms and legislation and stayed with them until the job was done.

    Cheryl Darisse saw a need for new laws on victims’ rights when her sister was failed by the justice system, and Peter helped change the stalking law to better protect women in danger. Rhonda Bourne needed a voice to stand strong for her in the gay marriage debate, and Peter helped make sure that in Massachusetts you can get married no matter whom you love. Fred Faugno saw a park that the disabled could not access and Peter opened it up. Fran Yerardi's nephew was bleeding to death on a hospital bed in Canada and he needed to get transferred home for treatment, and Peter got it done.  Eight children die from senseless gun.




How Corporate Greed Is Starving Our Public School System

posted Jun 18, 2013, 9:23 AM by Hank Gagnon

The total cost of K-12 educational cutbacks in recent years is about equal to the amount of state taxes left unpaid by these companies.
June 16, 2013  |  

We hear a lot about corporations avoiding federal taxes. Less well known is their non-payment of state taxes, which along with local taxes make up 90% of U.S. education funding.
Pay Up Now just completed a review of 2011–12 tax data from the SEC filings of 155 of the largest U.S. corporations. The results show that the total cost of K-12 educational cutbacks in recent years is approximately equal to the amount of state taxes left unpaid by these companies.

Corporations Neglect Their State Tax Responsibilities
For 2011 and 2012, the 155 companies paid just 1.8 percent of their total income in state taxes, and 3.6 percent of their declared U.S. income. The averagerequired rate for the 50 states is 6.56 percent.

Similar results were found in a Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) report on 2008–10 state taxes. In their evaluation of 265 large companies, CTJ determined that an average of 3% was paid in state taxes, less than half the average state tax rate. The results are summarized at Pay Up Now.
How much money is this? The 2011–12 underpayment, for just 155 top-earning companies, is about $14 billion per year. In the 2008–10 study, CTJ noted that "these 265 companies avoided a total of $42.7 billion in state corporate income taxes over the three years." That's also about $14 billion per year.


Unpaid State Taxes Are More Than ALL the K-12 Cuts
A comparison of the above results with educational cutbacks shows the devastating impact of tax avoidance on our children. A Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) report revealed that total K-12 education cuts for fiscal 2012 were about $12.7 billion. A separate analysis of CBPP data shows total 2008–12 cutbacks of about $20 billion. According to the Census Bureau, K-12 funding rose about 5% a year from 1998 to 2008, after which it leveled off and began to decline.

More stunningly, higher education experienced a nearly $17 billion state appropriations cut in 2012–13, in comparison to 2007–8. Much of the shortfall was made up by tuition increases. As noted by the CBPP, "The entire increase in tuition at public colleges and universities over the last 25 years has gone to make up for declining state and local revenue." Tuition has risen almost 600% over those 25 years.


Games Corporations Play to Take Our State Funds

Maddening as this is, a look at behind-the-scenes corporate subterfuge makes it even worse. A Good Jobs First report describes how companies play one state against another, holding their home states hostage for tax breaks under the threat of bolting to other states, with the whole process masked in inspirational language: "business recruitment" and "retention incentives" instead of the more accurate description of transferring jobs to the state that offers the most generous subsidies. The report notes that "This is a net loss game, with footloose companies shrinking the tax base necessary for the education and infrastructure investments that benefit all employers."

Good Jobs First also reported on the personal income tax (PIT) subsidy, through which employers simply take the state tax paid by their workers. States are pressured into such agreements to keep corporations from moving out. Employees, as a result, are effectively "paying taxes to their boss."

The Impact on All of Us
The end result of this hostage-taking is a breakdown in public services, most notably in education. Schools are deemed to be "not working," and a frantic rush toward privatization leads to even more tax cuts for the business interests charged with the responsibility of "fixing" the broken system. But rarely are we informed that it's our self-serving business and political leaders who broke the system.

http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/how-corporate-greed-starving-our-public-school-system?page=0%2C0&akid=10579.1118395.iwpxGP&rd=1&src=newsletter856065&t=9&paging=off

Paul Buchheit teaches economic inequality at DePaul University. He is the founder and developer of the Web sites UsAgainstGreed.org,PayUpNow.org and RappingHistory.org, and the editor and main author of "American Wars: Illusions and Realities" (Clarity Press). He can be reached atpaul@UsAgainstGreed.org.

One of our nation's richest men, billionaire Nick Hanauer, just destroyed the GOP's economic talking points!

posted Jun 11, 2013, 6:30 AM by Hank Gagnon

Billionaire says the rich are not job creators!

Submitted by louisehartmann on 10. June 2013 - 9:12

One of our nation's richest men, billionaire Nick Hanauer, just destroyed the GOP's economic talking points.  In a testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, Hanauer explained why rich people like him are not, in fact, the real job creators.  He said, “In the same way that it's a fact that the sun, not earth, is the center of the solar system, it's also a fact that the middle class, not rich business people like me, are the center of America's economy.”  

Hanauer talked about a “virtuous cycle,” where middle class consumers have enough money to buy things, which stimulates the economy and creates more jobs.  Nick Hanauer was an original investor in Amazon.com, and he founded the company that became Overstock.com.  He said that as an investor, he helped start dozens of businesses, but he added, “if no one could have afforded to buy what we had to sell, my businesses would have all failed, and all those jobs would have evaporated.”  

During his testimony, Mr. Hanauer called for higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations, and said that money should be used to invest in our middle class.  He said, “Prosperity is built from the middle out.”  Nick Hanauer understands that we must invest in our nation to get our economy growing again... hopefully, our lawmakers were listening.

http://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2013/06/billionaire-says-rich-are-not-job-creators


TESLA pays back Government loan 9 YEARS EARLY!

posted May 25, 2013, 7:25 PM by Hank Gagnon   [ updated May 25, 2013, 7:28 PM ]

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1084346_tesla-pays-back-government-loan--nine-years-early

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Tesla has confirmed it has paid off the entire loan awarded to it by the Department of Energy back in 2010--a full nine years ahead of schedule. The Californian startup wired the remaining $451 million amount yesterday.

The original loan stood at $465 million, though with Tesla’s latest repayment, plus two previous payments made in 2012 and in the first quarter of this year, the government has received the original amount loaned to Tesla [NSDQ:TSLA] plus some interest.  

The final loan repayment was made using a portion of the automaker's approximate $1 billion in funds raised during last week’s concurrent offerings of common stock andconvertible senior notes.

For the first seven years since its founding in 2003, Tesla was funded entirely withprivate funds, led by co-founder and current CEO Elon Musk.

The DOE loan, provided under the government’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program, was used by Tesla to build two manufacturing facilities: one plant for the award-winning Model S and another for battery, motor and electrical equipment assembly. Both facilities are located in California.

In line with similar mandates applied to other DOE loan beneficiaries, such as Fisker Automotive, Tesla needed to hit certain production milestones to receive the loan funding in full as well as raise matching amounts in private funding. Tesla says repaying the loan early is not only a sign of its success and viability, but it will also help save millions in interest payments.

The latest news comes just weeks after Tesla reported its first profit in the company’s history. Tesla earned a respectable $11 million during the first quarter of 2013.  

Tesla is now in the process of ramping up production of its Model S and will soon begin preparations for its next model, the Model X electric crossover.

National Geographic-TESLA Electric Vehicle Mega-Factory

posted Jan 30, 2013, 5:30 AM by Hank Gagnon   [ updated Jan 30, 2013, 5:32 AM ]

Let's Go over the SO-CALLED "CLIFF"

posted Dec 3, 2012, 10:12 AM by Hank Gagnon   [ updated Dec 3, 2012, 10:19 AM ]

One Americans plea for President Obama to let us go over proverbial "CLIFF" and return to the Clinton era (A prosperous one, I may add) tax rates. Then we will and see if the so-called low tax champions "The RepubliCONS" are OUR side, or Multi-National/Foreign RICH CON MEN who have ZERO allegiance to America unless they need our military to protect their cowardly butts and greedy financial Interests! Then we will see the REAL RepubliCONS! Tax breaks for us(THE 99%) or tax breaks for the 1% who have been robbing the United States Treasury since for 30 some odd years now!

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