Rep. Barbara Lee speaking on the floor of the House Thursday in opposition to cuts for social programs that uniquely affect women.
The woman is insane. What a nutjob. The only thing shameful is what she sees in the mirror.Manuel
No argument on the issue, "Manuel"? Bring your acute analytical skills to the fact that your political party wants to take away irreplaceable health care services for millions of women and men.
Sorry "Sarah", but you're full of crap. You and your ilk act as those there are no other places to go for health care. All a big lie and only another fatass idiot like Big Babs Lee would believe such idiocy, but then I don't have high expectations for welfare queens anyway. This fatass windbag, emphasis on "bag" should be relagated to the corner of the nearest nut house, which in this case is....Oakland.Manuel
Manuel/Paul Var gas--Instead of going into idiotic rants, try posting some facts--talk about welfare!Is your tax refund going to be anywhere close to $1.9 billion? That's how much Bank of America got from the Internal Revenue Service last year.Bank of America wasn't alone, either. Check out this list of the top five tax avoiders:ExxonMobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings.Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS.Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009.Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year.Imagine what those billions of dollars in refunds to corporate giants could have done if they were used for job creation or invested in our communities. Instead, GE's 975-person tax (avoidance) department and millions of dollars in tax lobbyists have ensured that the burden falls on working people. All the while, GE was eliminating 20 percent of its American workforce.
Why did those companies receive a "refund"? Well, obviously they followed the tax code as it applied to their business operations. Once agains simplistic aruguments by the simple minded. Compare that to some welfare queen who produces NOTHING, who contributes NOTHING to society, and once again we're contributing those who contribute to society versus those who parasite off those who contribute. Those corporations who demonize contribute a hell of a lot more to society than any welfare supporter of Barbara Lee.Manuel
I dislike Paul Vargas on many levels but he is right. if every person who is on welfare but is able to work got offf of their lazy ass and paid taxes by working legitamate jobs at companies that follow the rules and pay taxes, the people who collect welfare because they actualy need it wouldn't affect the economy so drasticaly
When the corporations and the uber-rich start paying their fair share, then we can talk about the aged, blind, and disabled. 25% of the fortune 500 companies paid no taxes. They hire lawyers that help them set up off shore accounts to evade taxes, and now the richest 400 Americans have more wealth than the bottom 155 million Americans. Shame on us for allowing the "robber barons" to take over our country again! Do you and Manuel think it's right for the billionaires and fortune 500 companies to pay NO taxes? Bringing back the tax rates for the super rich when Reagan was in office and closing the tax loop-holes would save us trillions. If you don't believe in WELFARE FOR THE RICH, then start going after them. People like Paul only pick on the working poor and those that have the least ability to defend themselves.
You've got to be kidding me! I dislike Paul Vargas' views, and he is wrong. The rich are hoodwinking you and lots of other people, Anonymous. Some people who have Masters' degrees have been looking for jobs for YEARS! We'd be OK if it wasn't for all the lazy people? Bull****! The national unemployment rate is near 9%, and the unemployment rate in the Bay Area is over 10%, because of the huge financial crash of the late summer and fall of 2008. The chief cause of the crash was years and years of lax regulation of financial institutions. Anonymous, did you read the April 15th 11:25 pm posting? The biggest companies AREN'T PAYING TAXES! They may be "following the rules", but the rules have often been written by them and delivered by their lobbyists to the politicians. The rules weren't always like this, and they need to be changed. Corporations have become the parasites of the public commons.
Ray you are full of bullshit, so STFU, get off your Commie Pinko trip. "public commons" WTF kinda of bullshit is that? People with Master's looking for jobs for years??? They aint looking hard enough or they won't take a job "below" them. The unemployment rate is high because of bad loans made to people who had no intention nor ability to repay the loans. You must be an idiot if you don't think companies are not paying taxes. They're paying up the nose, but then again going into an intelligent discussion of tax policy is way beyond your mental intellect. The only thing you know is; "work bad, lazy good".Manuel
"Manuel" yesterday: "Why did those companies receive a "refund"? Well, obviously they followed the tax code as it applied to their business operations." "Manuel" today: "You must be an idiot if you don't think companies are not paying taxes. They're paying up the nose..."."Manuel", I would like our government to return to the top marginal tax rate we had during the first six years of Reagan's Presidency. Would you agree we should return to a policy that Reagan supported for six years?
Enough about Manuel, thats not the point of the thread.Apparently there is a war on women. Did the Congress approve this war?What is wrong with this dumb woman? What an insult.She sets her sex and race back a couple hundred years for sounding like a pathetic fear mongering moron.Women, time for you to shut this broad up!Nancy
Planned parenthood does save lives. If you are opposed to abortion you should support planned parenthood. 98% of it's money goes to prevent pregnancies and counseling. If you prevent pregnancies you prevent abortions.
"Manuel" just wrote a comment masquerading as "Nancy". It's quite transparent. Steve, at some point you've got to moderate the comments. The nasty rhetoric is turning people away from The Citizen.
"Sarah" you're the biggest instigator there is you dimwitted twit.An HELL NO would I support raising the tax rates up to pre 1986 levels. You don't understand taxes nor economics that's why you have a simplistic broken record.Manuel
Manuel, if you had a brain, you'd be dangerous--thank God you don't !!!
Reagan raised taxes 11 times. The top marginal tax rate for most of Reagan's Presidency was 50%. He pulled our Marines out of Lebanon after a terrorist bombing killed hundreds of them. The radicalism of "Manuel" and many of his Tea Party friends is exposed by this: the real Ronald Reagan, not the legend they have created, would be unable to win a Republioan Party primary these days, as he would be tarred as a commie pinko and a woman, pejoratives in their world.