Archive for March, 2012

Cheating America- 25 CEOs who make more than their companies pay in taxes

March 19, 2012

This is unbelievable, folks!

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Orlando Liberal Examiner
August  2011

The growing gap between the rich and the poor in the United States is at an all time high. Over the last thirty years, since the destructive Reagan Administration, the once proud middle class that helped build the country from the ground up has taken a beating. As big business has bought its way into the pockets of our elected officials, the “average Joe” has been the one who has really been paying the price. Since the 1980s, the rate of CEO pay has sky rocketed while the rate of the worker has stayed stagnant. More Americans have lost their jobs as companies have taken full advantage of the free trade agreements we have and have created jobs in other countries where workers will accept pathetically low wages.

According to a new study by the Institute for Policy Studies has come to find that 25 of the top CEO’s, including from companies like Verizon, Coca-Cola & General Electric, were paid more money than their companies paid the government in taxes. This should not come as a surprise, the laws that give these companies the ability to weasel their way into not paying their fair share got their on purpose. These big companies spend big money lobbying in Washington to pay off politicians so they can enact the laws that let them get away with this. Verizon alone paid nearly $17 million towards lobbying and almost another $19 million towards campaign contributions for their favorite Republican friends. The politicians that are bought off need to be voted out, and replaced with people who will represent real Americans. The corporate loop holes and tax cuts that do nothing but add to the bank accounts of the big wigs of the companies should be replaced by a fair tax that benefits everyone and not just a select few. Real reform in trade and the tax code has to happen to get the country back on track.
Americans need to get together to unite as a single voice for the middle class. As the rich get richer and the rest of the country continues to struggle, something clearly needs to be done. The average American worker might not be able to buy their way to a true democracy, but together their voice can be heard, it might be their only chance left.
1. GENERAL ELECTRIC CEO. : Jeff Immelt
2010 Pay: $15,199,762
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$3.2 billion
2. ALLEGHENY TECHNOLOGIES CEO: Patrick Hassey
2010 Pay: $14,978,587
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$47 million
3. MYLAN LABORATORIES CEO: Robert Coury
2010 Pay: $14,975,235
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$73 million
4. WYNN RESORTS LTD CEO: Steve Wynn
2010 Pay: $14,615,779
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $0
5. CAPITAL ONE FINANCIAL CEO: Richard Fairbank
2010 Pay: $14,850,675
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$152 million
6. MARSH & MCLENNAN CEO: Brian Duperreault
2010 Pay: $14,038,187
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$90 million
7. BOEING CEO: Jim McNerney
2010 Pay: $13,768,019
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $13 million
8. MOTOROLA SYSTEMS CEO: Gregory Q. Brown
2010 Pay: $13,732,802
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $7 million
9. NABORS INDUSTRIES CEO: Eugene Isenberg
2010 Pay: $13,537,486
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$138 million
10. QWEST COMMUNICATIONS CEO: Edward Mueller
2010 Pay: $13,446,399
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$14 million
11. CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CEO: James Dolan
2010 Pay: $13,320,691
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$3 million
12. MOTOROLA MOBILITY CEO: Sanjay Jha
2010 Pay: $13,016,126
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $12 million
13. EBAYCEO: John J. Donahoe
2010 Pay: $12,382,486
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$131 millio
14. INTERNATIONAL PAPER CEO: John Faraci
2010 Pay: $12,303,423
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$249 million
15. STANLEY BLACK & DECKER CEO: John Lundgren
2010 Pay: $32,570,596
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$183 million
16. FORDCEO: Alan Mulally
2010 Pay: $26,520,515
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$69 million
17. CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CEO: Aubrey McClendon
2010 Pay: $21,044,952
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $0
18. AON CEO: Gregory Case
2010 Pay: $20,783,301
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $16 million
19. BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CEO: Robert Kelly
2010 Pay: $19,379,257
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$670 million
20. COCA-COLA CEO: John F. Brock
2010 Pay: $19,114,318
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $8 million
21. VERIZON CEO: Ivan Seidenberg
2010 Pay: $18,126,854
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $-705 million
22. DOW CHEMICAL CEO: Andrew Liveris
2010 Pay: $17,739,490
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$576 million
23. PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL CEO: John Strangfeld
2010 Pay: $17,187,028
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$722 million
24. AMERIPRISE CEO: James Cracchiolo
2010 Pay: $16,252,851
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$224 million
25. HONEYWELL CEO: David Cote
2010 Pay: $15,216,953
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$471 million

This may have been written in August, but this is NOT OLD or UNIMPORTANT NEWS!

There you have it..please contact the White House, your senators and your representatives.

Please pass this on….

This is MeddlingMom…this is YOUR COUNTRY. Have a good evening….

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Medication Shortages–What’s Going On?

March 17, 2012

The truth about medications in this country is that many Americans take too many drugs, over-the-counter, prescription and “street drugs”. Putting that concept aside for a moment, I  am very concerned over what I have heard in recent months about a “shortage of medications“.  As I understand it, as prescription medications become available as “generics”, major pharmaceutical manufacturers find that the profit has gone out of the product and choose to not continue to offer these drugs. There may be other reasons, but it seems to me that “the bottom line” being paramount is a concept that has way too much license in our country. When did profit become the only reason for manufacturing a product that may be life-changing or that actually may save lives?  What happened to a concern for the quality of life of total strangers or doing good for the sake of helping? I know that may sound archaic to some, but it seems that people may have lost sight of what it means to be decent. When did it become accepted to simply care about no one except yourself or your own little circle?  I heard recently about an infant who could not be treated for leukemia because there was a shortage of the medication required.  The American Dream certainly includes the idea of the opportunity to earn a decent wage; that does not mean we should subsidize or support those who “gouge” people or who are not at all interested in the common good. These companies are actually doing damage by cutting off the production of these medications. Corporations do have a responsibility to this country, the country that allowed their CEO’s to have wildly inflated salaries, bonuses and life styles. Many Americans have a fine standard of living; plenty do not. The drug companies have long taken advantage of the American public which is why senior citizens on limited incomes have found themselves on buses headed toward Canada (where they can purchase their medications at a fraction of the prices to us).  The pharmaceutical companies provide the same drugs we use to nations all over the world for pennies. We Americans are the only people who do not have these deep discounts offered to us.

My concern here is that I don’t understand what our government is doing to change the impact the pharmaceutical companies have on the American public.  What is being done, how can we possibly allow people to die because a particular antibiotic is not available in the quantity needed at a given time? How can we possibly allow people to die because a specifc medication is not available when 20 years ago we spent the money to find out what would work for that condition or disease?  Aren’t we going backwards? In an age where we save the banks and don’t allow the automobile industry to go under, what about the people?  We simply must have some commitment to the people and to health and wellness.

It is disgusting what has happened in this country in recent years, the nasty attitudes that speak only to “profits” and not what is good for the country and its inhabitants. It is really incomprehensible ….that the standards keep lowering…we are the frogs dropped in the boiling water…we seem to not even notice that we are being killed…

The problem here is that you think this can’t happen to you…well, it can…and you won’t know about it maybe ever…but when you go to a hospital and they either don’t give you the best medicine for your situation…you may not be told…or maybe what they have on hand will be given to you in a lesser dosage. You will not be told probably…you simply may not have the recovery needed…

And of course we all know, hospitals in neighborhoods where the poor or indigent live probably won’t be given priority in terms of stocking everything that is needed…what kind of society do we want ot live in?

WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?  A number if years ago, I was working in my community to try to have a homeless shelter built (we were eventually successful). A very wise woman who also worked hard for this cause said to me, “What kind of communities do we want to have? What kind of country do we want. If I own a Mercedes, what good is it if I can’t stop at a traffic light without being pulled out of my car and have my car stolen?”  Indeed, she was better informed and more experienced in life than I was. No one is safe unless we are all safe. No one really has ANYTHING unless ALL have opportunity to a quality life.

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE…when you walk past someone who cannot afford food or medication, do you have peace? probably not…

This is MeddlingMom…I have no easy answers….stretch a little if you can, reach out, start a conversation, get involved, contact your senators and representatives, whatever you do helps to make necessary change….have a good weekend!

CANCER- pass along a candle….

March 9, 2012

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A small request.. Just one line.

Dear God,  I pray for a cure for cancer.  Amen
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All  you are asked to do is keep this circulating, even if it’s   Only to one more person.

In memory of anyone you know who has been  struck down by cancer or is still living with  it. Cancer Survivors (and I am one) and their loved ones are also a piece of this. Seemingly everyone is impacted. A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.. Please Keep This  Candle  Going  – 

This is MeddlingMom…in peace and love….have a good weekend.

 

 

The 4 Most Annoying Things I Love About My Family

March 3, 2012
I just came across this in an old e-mail from last year. I just love it…I have been a fan of Donna Brazile for many years.  My won family is very entertaining…interesting…full of drama…always there when they are truly needed…my niece says, “I love my Crazy Family!” I, too, love my crazy family!
The 4 Most  Annoying Things I Love About My Family
By Donna  Brazile O, The Oprah  Magazine  |  From the July 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Big Family Photo: Thinkstock
1. They’ve got kids. My  eight siblings have produced 15 nieces and nephews, and let me tell you: They’re  a lot of work. Every time we solve a crisis over one’s schooling or boyfriend,  something else erupts. But I couldn’t love them more if they were my own.
2. They can laugh at anything. My parents taught us to crack  jokes through the hardest of times. I sometimes doubt my family would have  survived Hurricane Katrina—which scattered us to eight states—if we hadn’t been  able to find humor in the little things. Like when my dad, a 75-year-old  widower, ended up in a shelter in San Antonio, reading palms and chatting up  women. When he came home with one, you can bet we laughed at that,  too.
3. They knew me back when. I get embarrassed when my siblings  remind me that I ran our family like a dictatorship by the time I was 10. But at  least I never have to explain myself. My habits of hoarding pens and obsessively  checking the weather? We grew up poor in hurricane alley; they get it.
4. They’re the life of the party. When I invited my sisters to a  Motown bash at the White House, I was a little mortified to see them shaking  their tail feathers all over the Rose Garden. But okay, I joined in. Let’s just  say the Braziles shut that thing down.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/relationships/Donna-Brazile-Loving-Your-Family-Annoying-Family-Habits#ixzz1o4VRBcBy

The older and wiser I become, the more important my family becomes to me…each person is special, unique, worthwhile…no matter what our challenges, foibles, flaws…that’s just the way it is when you love people, isn’t it?

This is MeddlingMom…I hope you have  a wonderful weekend and if you have some family or friends who you love, pass this along to them…share the sentiment of what you feel and their importance to you…


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