Incomes of "elite" at record high as their tax rate drops to record low

Source: Carl Herman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, David Cay Johnston (click link for his blog, article at this link) writes: “The incomes of the top 400 American households soared to a new record high in dollars and as a share of all income in 2007, while the income tax rates they paid fell to […]

“Springtime for America (Again)”

When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election for president in 1984, he declared that it was “springtime for America”. He should have said it was “springtime for Corporate America.” Under his administration and those that followed, Corporate America and the world wide capitalist class increased its domination of the world, seemingly without an equivalent resistance from […]


Marysville: population: 12,268. 71% white; 18% Latino. Median household income: $28,494; 19% live below the poverty line. The 2000 Census. My wife and I, lost, stopped the car. The roadside sign had warned: “Gateway to The Gold Fields.” Two adolescents, arms around each other, bouncing and laughing, shouted instructions to the motel. “Tweakers,” I said. […]

Steve Champlin: Health Industry's Shadow Man

Apparently, Steven M. Champlin is a guy who shuns the spotlight and shies away from cameras. Which is why it comes as a surprise that he burst into the headlines last week with a controversial speech at  a national forum of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a health industry trade group. Champlin addressed a State […]