Jan Haaken and Mike Snedecker, as part of an on-going series we call The Left and The Law, discussion Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Multnomah County. Specifically, a resolution was passed recently that calls on the ICE to exercise prosecutorial discretion in managing deportation cases. They talk about the kind of random, petty offenses that land undocumented workers in an unaccountable deportation system.
Also, in honor of Black history month, we will talk with Dr. Antonio (Jay) Pastrana, Jr. (Department of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York) about the interconnection between Race and LGBT Social Movement Organizing.
Economics Professor Richard Wolff discusses The Tax Code: Class Warfare
Richard Wolff: The Tax Code: Class Warfare (interview)
People dread taxes. The tax code is a labyrinth few citizens dare to enter save for the rich and powerful who hire lawyers and accountants to figure out ways to game the system. One corporation paid $26,000 a year to maintain a post office box in Bermuda as its legal HQs. That little trick saved them $40 million in corporate taxes. Not bad. Taxes on the wealthy used to be high. During the Eisenhower years in the 1950s, a fairly conservative period which saw tremendous economic growth, the tax rate for the haves was 91%. Today it’s a third of that and few actual pay that much. In true Orwellian fashion if you raise these issues you are accused of class warfare. There is class warfare all right.
Andrew Breitbart, lies and corporate rule. Radioactive iodine levels in Portland after Fukushima. Fukushima cesium levels. Radioactive sea water. Occupy Protests on 2/29 against American Legislative Exchange Council -- ALEC.
We have everything we need to create a decent world, so why do we need rich investors to get good things done? In his book Sacred Economics, Charles Eisenstein tells how money stands in the way of human fulfillment.
Government agencies everywhere are struggling to do more with less, and TriMet is no exception. Abe and Joe are joined in studio by TriMet's Mary Fetch and Kerry Ayers Palanuk to discuss the transit agency's forthcoming service cuts and rate increases.
One year after the launch of the Arab Spring, the people’s revolutions continue across the Arab world – from north Africa to the Persian Gulf, a generation of youth have risen up to challenge the entrenched rule of dictators and monarchies. Jenka Soderberg spoke about the origins of the uprising with Al Jazeera’s Marwan Bishara, author of The Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions.