Cover of the report
The corporate shills call it "tax optimization." It is better known to ordinary people as fraud.
European Union member state tax laws are largely constructed as dodges for corporate malefactors. We already know this about US tax law. Here, the public outrage cannot be translated into policy changes until Republican legislative dominance is ended. Even then, the Liberal Republican wing of the Democratic Party, so slimily exemplified by Rahm Emanuel and Tim Geithner, will have to be outmaneuvered by the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.
But for right now, the Europeans are giving us a good lesson in how to win the public debate over ending corporate tax evasion. Service Employees International Union (SEIU), together with three European labor federations and the British non-governmental organization War on Want, have just released Unhappy Meal: €1 Billion in Tax Avoidance on the Menu at McDonald's.
While McDonald’s poor working conditions are well-known, this report is the first to shed light on the company’s tax record. It relies on primary data drawn from the financial accounts of the company and its subsidiaries as well as press and research reports.
The first media critic I ever read was the Village Voice's "Dr. Pressclips" column in the 1980s, reported by Alex Cockburn. I think he went on to do the same for the Nation.
In the column he adopted a tactic taught him by his father, British anti-imperialist journalist Claud Cockburn (who also wrote the novel that became the 1953 John Huston-directed Bogart movie Beat the Devil). When contemplating an egregious example of establishment group-think, take the language and turn it inside out. If the writer's ideological bias is anti-Communist, take the same arguments and make them apply to capitalism.
Quite simple, quite effective, and frequently hilarious.
No Corporation Is An Island
after John Donne, as modified by Mr Justice Scalia
No corporation is an island,
Entire of itself.
[see below for completion]
crossposted from the Progressive Populist
Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann just has the worst luck. In the last few months Bachmann had smashed Sarah Palin's little red wagon by actually knowing how to campaign. (Of course Bachmann kept her Teahadist credibility by still being totally batshit insane.) Bachmann had become the chief alternative to Mitt Romney. Palin had hoped to be that choice, but disqualified herself by sheer laziness, incompetence and flakiness.
But now Rick Perry has done unto Bachmann what she did unto Palin. His entry into the race took all the meaning out of Bachmann's failure to self-implode in the first Iowa debate in August. She held her position as the anti-Romney, but only for one day after the debate.
Below is a little piece of snark, as ferocious as I can make it. It is designed to take a flat, uninspiring piece of Villager propaganda and turn it into a a more accurate, if slightly too hopeful, view of reality. If you run into a weirdly-distorted version of this story somewhere in your media browsing, put it down to its having passed through the rhetorical filter field that separates Kossack-land from the Village. Names have been changed to protect the guilty.
For those predisposed to disliking jovial old frauds of whatever persuasion, the 100th anniversary of Ronald Wilson Reagan's birth is an appropriate time to commemorate the death of a salesman.
When Reagan slipped his final grip on that consciousness he had infrequently graced and so long abandoned, it was certainly as historic an event as the introduction of a new soap powder product, or the retirement of an old one.
First elected Governor on a muted inclination to shoot student demonstrators, Reagan spent his political life as an apostle of reaction, repression and recklessness. Made President by the hostage-taking Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini, then reelected by a marketing program so meretricious it remains a marvel of its kind, Reagan only escaped impeachment over his unconstitutional Iran-financed war in Nicaragua by the lateness of its revelation.
Five years ago this week, Senator Gene McCarthy died on December 10, 2005. After 10 years in the House of Representatives and in his second term in the Senate, he stunned the American political and media establishment on March 12, 1968, by winning 42% of the New Hampshire primary vote -- and a majority of the Democratic convention delegates -- to incumbent President Lyndon Johnson's 49%.
Washington – In an act of complete chutzpah, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) has proposed legislation, H.R. 4705, to redesign the face of the $50 bill to include the likeness of the 40th President, Ronald Reagan.
Removing Ulysses S. Grant's image from the $50 bill is surely intended to help people forget that the Union won the Civil War and ended slavery. As the hero of the modern 'states rights' movement, which seems to favor imposition of the Confederate Constitution, Reagan has replaced Grant in the hearts of Republicans.
Short but pithy communication from my cousin in Houston.
This photo was taken last Sunday at the Perry-Palin rally in Cypress. Evidently spelling isn't particularly important in the homeschooler world... maybe dictionaries are just another socialist plot...
(For those who might be inclined to complain, kindly note this diary is actually worth 1,052 words, seasonally-adjusted.)
Pharisees Demand Better Defenses Against Extremism
Filed at 10:03 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON (Rerouters) -- A Pharisee committee on Wednesday told the Offensive Department to make its procedures stronger to combat the menace of Judeo-Christian extremism within the armed services, saying the current steps are insufficient to head off likely attacks.
The recommendations by leaders of the Homeland Perversity and Governmental Sludge Committee arrive just as the Offensive Department reviews various shootings by Judeo-Christian maniacs. That effort proposes ways to identify those within the ranks whose Judeo-Christian fanaticism may be a danger to others.
Media buffoon Tush Limppaw collapsed after an overdose of insight at an Hawaiian resort, his medical team said.
Rushed to the Faith Healer wing of Ancient Gods Hospital, the porcine blowhard was treated by emergency shamans for what they called 'an unprecendented attack of conscience.'
Negotiation is where you give up some substantive things to get other substantive things, not just appearances. (Somebody tell Rahm.)
If the public option has to be negotiated away, I would support giving it up if, and only if, it is in trade for all of the below: