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Thursday, May 21, 2015

To Whom The Dollar Goes. Soldiers. Retirees on Social Security. Politicians, as in Elected Officials. Corporate CEOs.

Pay disparity and wage inequities are almost always a hot button topic.

The compensation of elected officials is often the target of disgruntled, ill-informed persons who denounce the compensation of those in the public service of the government of the United States of America.

For example, take a look at the following meme that has been circulating on the internet:

Far too many people see the above meme and accept it as being factually correct, which it is not. The fact is that the meme contains falsehoods concerning the elected officials it cites. For those persons who are open-minded to facts, as opposed to preconceived notions and opinions, I suggest taking a look and read very carefully that which is contained in:

While, many Americans decry the compensation of our elected officials, very few decry the compensation of America's CEOs.

Did you know that the 2014 compensation of David M. Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications, Inc., was $156,077,912? Now, tell me that he is worth more than the President of the United States!

"In 2013 the CEO-to-worker pay ratio was 331:1 and the CEO-to-minimum-wage-worker pay ratio was 774:1. America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, a country where hard work and playing by the rules would provide working families a middle-class standard of living. But in recent decades, corporate CEOs have been taking a greater share of the economic pie while wages have stagnated and unemployment remains high." ref: Executive Paywatch.

The 100 Highest Paid CEOs in the United States cost us Americans millions and millions of dollars. Take a look at the chart contained in the embedded link of the immediately preceding sentence.

The bottom line is that the source of funding the compensation to both elected officials and CEOs comes out of our pockets, whether the compensation is paid to elected officials through our tax dollars or the compensation is paid to corporate CEOs through the prices we pay on goods and services.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Taxpayer Assistance. Welfare. For Whom The Money Flows.

Facts are facts.

Opinions are opinions.

What is your opinion? Do you favor taxpayer assistance for the poor or taxpayer assistance for the rich?

Taxpayer assistance to public assistance programs, such as: TANF, food stamps (SNAP, EBT, etc.), Medicaid, SSI (for the blind,disabled, and elderly), extended unemployment benefits, etc. benefit low income persons in the lower economic bracket.

Taxpayer assistance in the form of tax credits, tax write-offs, a large variety of government grants, tax abatement, etc. to small businesses, small and big corporations and wealthy individuals benefit high income persons in the higher economic bracket.

What do you favor - welfare for less fortunate individuals or corporate welfare for the wealthy?

You might wish to read Government Spends More on Corporate Welfare Subsidies than Social Welfare Programs.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bill Clinton. President William Jefferson Clinton. The Clinton Foundation.

Ever so slightly paraphrased from Wikipedia:
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III; August 19, 1946) served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001, having previously served as Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992, and the state's Attorney General from 1977 to 1979. ... Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II.
Read more about Bill Clinton from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

More may be learned about President William Jefferson Clinton, one of the greatest Presidents of the United States of America in modern times over at Bill Clinton -

And if you head on over thisaway, you may learn about the Clinton Foundation.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hooray for Rahm Emanuel!

Mayor of Chicago (former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel won re-election this past week on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in a runoff election; and, he beat back a more progressive challenger in the process.

Read all about it in the story Rahm Emanuel wins runoff in Chicago by Kyle Cheney.

I still say:

Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Call Your Parents and Grandparents. I agree with J. K. Simmons.

This year, actor J. K. Simmons won his first Oscar for his role in the movie "Whiplash."

In an unusually moving personal moment at the Oscar ceremonies, during his acceptance speech, Mr. Simmons encouraged viewers to call their parents if they have any living ones remaining ("Don't text, don't email, call").

Check it out over thisaway:
J.K. Simmons Uses Oscar Win To Promote Calling Your Parents