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posted Friday, December 13 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 50
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TAX LOOP HOLE UNFAIR
This morning while listening to Amy Goodman on 'Democracy Now' I learned something very disturbing. There is a tax loop hole which allows companies such as McDonald's to write-off tens of millions of dollars paid to CEOs for performance, even when their performance results in losses for the company.

This, on top of those of us who are working for a living and those of us now retired but still paying top rates in taxes, make me very angry. This, on top of us in the middle having to subsidize low wage earners in the form of food stamps and housing subsidies is in deed another reason capitalism in its present form, has to go.

It has been obvious to me, starting with the presidency of Ronald Reagan, that none of our institutions, including the media, are working for the benefit of all the people, but are controlled by an elite who have only their best interest at heart. The fact that pensioners are now being asked to make major sacrifices, while those who made the decisions that have brought the country to the brink of financial melt down continue to accumulate more and more income and wealth for themselves, can only lead to a total break down of society.

There are many lessons in history to support this.

The latest polls showing that 52% of Americans now think we should mind our own business and stay out of the affairs of other countries give me some hope that people are finally coming to their senses and becoming aware that economic inequality is the major threat to our society and not social issues such as same sex marriage or abortion.

Common sense should tell us that any society which ignores fair treatment and economic security for all its people is eventually shooting itself in the foot.

One last point: History has clearly shown that violence including wars is no long term solution to any problem but only creates violent reactions which lead to more problems.

George Whitaker
Bellevue



THE HANDSHAKE

Regarding the handshake seen around the world:

I fully support President Obama's handshake with President Raul Castro of Cuba. It is a handshake President Mandela would have fully appreciated. It was a fitting addition to the tributes being afforded to the memory of the first black President of South Africa from the first black President of the United States. Any one having a problem with the gesture should take a good look in the mirror at him or herself.

I listened to the speeches given by President Obama, the President of Brazil and the President of Cuba and each pleased me very much. President Obama represented himself and this country quite well. He once again showed the world that he has a clear picture of the reality of the world as it is today. One can only hope that the media will use this opportunity to inform the public of why Cuba is held in such high esteem by the people of South Africa, that the media will report the other side of that fight.

I find it so hypocritical: [America's] blind support of truly repressive governments, like that found in Saudi Arabia, which has so many obvious laws restricting the rights of women, homosexuals, religious freedom, etc., while putting all kinds of restrictions on Cuba, which has done far more for its citizens since the overthrow of an oppressive dictator who was supported fully by the United States, a country that restricted the rights of its citizens of African decent.

America is very afraid of any country which puts the rights of people above that of corporations, any country that allows all of its citizens a say in government policies, etc.

George Whitaker
Bellevue

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