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Fear of terrorism and obsessive patriotism created an America at war with itself; a totalitarian threat perpetrated by a Congress who have betrayed citizens, subverted the Constitution, and made an unacceptable allegiance with the military.

 Read article here: America’s New Totalitarianism

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10 U.S. SENATORS CO-SPONSOR A TIER 5 UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL TO HELP MILLIONS OF AMERICANS OUT OF WORK WHILE ALSO PROVIDING TAX INCENTIVES TO SMALL BUSINESSES WHO HIRE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED WORKERS.  Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Carl Levin (D-MI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

10 U.S. SENATORS CO-SPONSOR A TIER 5 UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL TO HELP MILLIONS OF AMERICANS OUT OF WORK WHILE ALSO PROVIDING TAX INCENTIVES TO SMALL BUSINESSES WHO HIRE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYED WORKERS. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Carl Levin (D-MI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

Republicans demonize the unemployed, calling for benefit reductions, drug test and reforms when the real reform needs to be their attitude. With unemployment benefits expiring and being once unemployed, I understand the anxiety they are causing.

On December 15, 2008, after a forty-four year management career, I experienced my first layoff. Granted I was an old guy, well into years when many my age would have been into retirement, nevertheless, I was dependant on that income and certainly was not prepared to retire.

I received unemployment benefits for the allowed ninety-nine weeks. I received the maximum weekly benefit, which was federal and state taxable. After taxes, it was not that much, but I also had been receiving Social Security benefits so the impact was not as great as it could have been. Often I have considered what unemployment would have been like when I was a younger man. With my wife, who does not work, and five children, we would not have economically survived for very long without income significantly greater than unemployment insurance.

Over the weeks, while collecting unemployment …

Read full article here: A Desperate Need for a Change of Attitude toward Unemployment

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The lure of the big win has thoroughly infected Massachusetts. It may or may not be a win for the taxman but it certainly will be a detriment to citizens who also think that big win can be theirs too.

Casino Gambling Chips

Across America, more and more states are turning to casino gambling as a way to increase tax revenues. They look at casino gambling as a way to stimulate the economy, create jobs with casino construction and building supporting infrastructures, creating jobs in the casinos themselves, and other jobs within the communities the casinos reside. Many claim that portions of tax revenues will be used to generate economic development to create other new jobs.

Last month Governor Deval Patrick signed into law legislation legalizing casino gambling in Massachusetts. The law permits one slots parlor and three resort-style casinos with full-scale table games in each of three geographic zones: east, west, and in the southeast.

With Patrick’s signature on the new legislation hardly dry, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft invited billionaire Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts Ltd …

Read full article here: Gambling Bug Has Reached Epidemic Proportions in Taxachusetts 

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Despite all appearances of authenticity, X Factor is a charade

X Factor showed its true colors when Executive Producer Simon Cowell let Melanie Amaro go, later called it a mistake, flew to her home to apologize and invite her back on the show. Her performances have been skillfully orchestrated.

Wow! Simon Cowell made a mistake … really. Well, I don’t believe it. Although these shows try very hard to convey it, live Reality TV, like Fox’s X Factor, is not about spontaneity. As with any live production, there are no chances taken that allow for risks associated with impulsive behavior or unplanned events, or, at least, the possibility of those contingencies occurring are minimized.

Nevertheless, X Factor’s Cowell said he made a mistake when he eliminated Melanie Amaro from those vying for the show’s first season five million dollar record deal with him and Sony Music. He said, “I think I’ve made a massive mistake, I do. An hour ago, I felt fine, in hindsight, I can feel it in my gut… I made a big mistake.” But, how could he have made such a mistake …

Read full article here: The Make-believe of Simon Cowell

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