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The true cost of gun violence

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from “What does gun violence really cost?” in Mother Jones, May. June 2015

Hard to read? Bubbles from left: Foreign aid, Apple’s annual revenue, cost of obesity, total cost of gun violence, Medicaid spending, Cost of smoking.

GOP passes massive tax break for millionaires, billionaires

By Steve Benen, msnbc, 4/16/15

In recent months, high-profile Republicans, sounding quite a bit like class warriors, have complained bitterly about the wealthy benefiting most from the recent economic recovery. Even House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), without a hint of irony, complained that recent trends point to “exacerbated inequality.” The far-right congressman added that only “the wealthy are doing really well.”

It’s genuinely impossible to reconcile Republican rhetoric and Republican priorities in light of votes like these.

The House voted Thursday to repeal the estate tax, a longtime priority of Republicans that also spurred Democratic charges that the GOP is in the pockets of the rich….

keep reading and see links at msnbc

The Political Roots of Widening Inequality

By Robert Reich, , 1 May 15

For the past quarter-century I’ve offered in articles, books, and lectures an explanation for why average working people in advanced nations like the United States have failed to gain ground and are under increasing economic stress: Put simply, globalization and technological change have made most of us less competitive. The tasks we used to do can now be done more cheaply by lower-paid workers abroad or by computer-driven machines.

My solution—and I’m hardly alone in suggesting this—has been an activist government that raises taxes on the wealthy, invests the proceeds in excellent schools and other means people need to become more productive, and redistributes to the needy. These recommendations have been vigorously opposed by those who believe the economy will function better for everyone if government is smaller and if taxes and redistributions are curtailed.

While the explanation I offered a quarter-century ago for what has happened is still relevant—indeed, it has become the standard, widely accepted explanation—I’ve come to believe it overlooks a critically important phenomenon: the increasing concentration of political power in a corporate and financial elite that has been able to influence the rules by which the economy runs….

keep reading at Robert Reich’s Blog

Gun Violence is Everywhere

Letter to the Editor, Daily Local News [not online there], April 28, 2015

We live in an unsafe world. While terrorism has captured all of the headlines since 9/11, the relentless drumbeat of gun violence has proven to be a far more dangerous part of living day to day in our communities.

A short list of recent high profile gun violence incidents locally and nationally:

*September, 2014 – Eric Frein ambushed state policemen, shooting 2 and killing one, lead to a month long manhunt in the Poconos. Continue reading

GOP Congress Gets Environmental ‘F’ Grade So Far

Public News Service – PA, April 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The 114th U.S. Congress gets a failing grade from conservation and environmental groups for the lawmakers’ first four months of the session.

The Climate Action Campaign, Defenders of Wildlife, The Wilderness Society, Clean Water Action – among others – have tallied a report card for the Republican-led Congress under Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner.

Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, says the lawmakers haven’t done much of anything to protect land, water or wildlife, or to fight climate change….

keep reading at Public News Service – PA