The Young Turks Examine Trump’s Alternative to Obamacare; and How It’ll Hurt the Poor


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Donald Trump has been loudly proclaiming throughout his campaign that he’ll repeal Obamacare and replace it with his new, improved system. In this clip The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola and Jimmy Dore go through his proposals to show how some of his ideas, which superficially sound good, will leave for the poor and long-term sick much worse off.

First off, Trump intends to repeal the mandate obliging the insurance companies to provide insurance for everyone. They note that this is a policy that not even the other Republicans wanted to be seen endorsing. Indeed, they were all for the mandate when it was a Republican policy. As soon as it was adopted by Obama, a Democrat, they turned against it. And Trump was just as fickle. They argue that he never in fact knew what the mandate was when he telling everyone that he supported it. When he…

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The Young Turks on the Sheer Craziness of Michael Savage


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In my last blog post, I posted a piece from Secular Talk discussing Newt Gingrich’s statement to Fox & Friends that they had created the political Frankenstein’s monster that is Donald Trump, now currently rampaging across America. Kulinski stated that he thought Gingrich was slightly wrong in that it wasn’t just Fox & Friends who were responsible for Trump, but the entire Far Right milieu. For twenty years or so they have been pushing a very nationalist, anti-immigration agenda, very similar to Trump’s. All he has done is to make it absolutely blatant, without the coded language previous politicians and right-wing pundits have used to disguise it. They’ve loudly denounced ‘political correctness’, and the result is Donald Trump, who very loudly proclaims that he is not ‘politically correct’. Hence the misogyny and derogatory comments about women and immigrants, particularly Muslims and Mexicans.

In this clip, Cenk Uygur discusses one of…

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The economy isn’t working. This could be Labour’s chance | Stewart Wood | Opinion | The Guardian


Google, crony capitalism and zero-hour contracts are just some of the things fuelling public anger. We need to channel that rage into reform

Source: The economy isn’t working. This could be Labour’s chance | Stewart Wood | Opinion | The Guardian

What in Common Book, Coffee and Internet companies and MP’s


Starbucks, Amazon and Google

It is true Starbucks, Amazon and Google have done nothing illegal, but is it a right thing to do.  Where are the consistencies, it appears if you have the money you are going to look for ways to minimise the amount of tax you pay.

Then lets look at MP’s, you would think they are whiter than white, except you only have to look at the way they claim expenses and to put it mildly, some of those ways are not even legal. It is good the Houses of Parliament is not made of glass, then they would have to be careful what they throw about and look to the road cleaners of Westminster for help.

It is easy to say the Chancellor of the Exchequer should close all the loopholes, but once they are closed, you have the Chartered Accountants, who specialise in finding other ways to avoid paying tax.

Not paying tax is not good for the country and will mean that others will have to pay more tax to compensate for the tax lost by avoidance.