How About the Progressive Budget?

April 23, 2011 | Comments Off

On Friday's show, Rachel Maddow asked two telling questions. First, why is it that the town hall meeting protests against the Rep. Paul Ryan House GOP budget plan are not getting the cable news coverage the Tea Partiers received two summers ago? Second, and perhaps most important, why isn't the Congressional Progressive Caucus' budget plan, [...]

Here's an interesting story from the Campaign Legal Center about how Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission over a regulation that narrows the scope of disclosure requirements and allowed nonprofit groups to spend millions while keeping their donors secret.  

The GOP’s Debt Hypocrisy

April 20, 2011 | Comments Off

Columnist Matt Miller wonders why the political media are overlooking an important point about the House Republicans' budget plan: Remember that great scene in the 1980 film classic, “The Shining,” when the wife comes upon the typewriter of the Jack Nicholson character, who’s supposed to have been working night and day for months on his [...]

Super Rich See Federal Taxes Drop Dramatically

April 20, 2011 | Comments Off

For how long are we going to continue to ignore this while cutting back the safety net, gutting education, and threatening cuts to Social Security and Medicare? The Associated Press' Stephen Ohlemacher reports: The Internal Revenue Service tracks the tax returns with the 400 highest adjusted gross incomes each year. The average income on those [...]

A Taxpayer Receipt

April 16, 2011 | Comments Off

An interesting new service helps to tell you exactly where your tax dollars go. Yahoo! Politics Jane Sasseen explains: To help U.S. taxpayers figure things out, a prominent centrist think tank called Third Way has come up a "taxpayer receipt" that allows you to see exactly where your tax dollars go. Plug the amount you [...]

Did you know that the ceiling on the national debt was increased seven times while George W. Bush was president?  That's right. The national debt limit was increased on June 28, 2002; May 27, 2003; November 19, 2004; March 20, 2006; September 29, 2007; July 30, 2008; and October 3, 2008. (Click here to see [...]

Save the date! Assemblymember Susan Bonilla will host her 2nd Annual Calamari Feed on Friday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road, Concord. For more information, please call 925-360-8053 or email luis@susanbonilla.com.

How Much Did You Pay for War This Year?

April 10, 2011 | Comments Off

Check out this calculator from the Brave New Foundation and find out.

The New York Times' Daniel Costello reports on how CEO pay at 200 major companies now stands at a median $9.6 million, a 12 percent increase over 2009. As Costello writes:  The disparity is especially stark as companies are swimming in cash. In the fourth quarter, profits at American businesses were up an astounding 29.2 percent, the [...]

Please join Congressman John Garamendi for his 34th Annual Traditional Basque BBQ on Saturday, May 21, from 4-8 p.m. at the Touch the Earth Ranch in Paloma. This annual event features live music, BBQ dinner, barn dance, petting farm, and more. Tickets are $35 per person. To buy tickets and contribute on-line, visitwww.garamendi.org/BBQ.

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