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Science and Congress

Started by Henry Brown. Last reply by Henry Brown May 2, 2013. 1 Reply

International Tax Rates

Started by Henry Brown Apr 9, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by Henry Brown on May 1, 2013 at 10:08am


from Governing View:
Sometimes just getting a job isn’t enough. For the thousands of American households struggling to get out of poverty, a steady paycheck isn’t the sole answer to financial stability -- and in some cases the cash flow can introduce more problems for those who don’t have access to traditional banking.

According to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 28 percent of U.S. households are "un-banked" (no one has a bank account through an insured institution) or are “under-banked,” meaning banking is done through non-traditional services such as payday lenders or check cashing services. When broken out by race or economic status, the numbers are even more glaring: 40 percent of low-income households are under-banked or don’t have an account at all. In Hispanic households, that stat bumps up to 50 percent and in African American households, it’s 55 percent.

Comment by Henry Brown on April 26, 2013 at 9:51am

couldn't say it better myself!

Editorial Cartoon from Pittsburg Post Gazette

Comment by Henry Brown on April 8, 2013 at 9:15am

Virginia Legislative report

These large amounts of money have proven irresistible to organized crime. Law enforcement intelligence reports have indicated that gangs and other organized crime rings have increasingly begun to focus their efforts on cigarette trafficking as a source of revenue. The profit margins on black market cigarettes are now greater than for cocaine, heroin, or illegal firearms. If organized crime continues to view Virginia as an ideal location to obtain cigarettes, their habitual presence may lead, in turn, to increases in attendant crimes—robberies, burglaries, credit card fraud, and money laundering.


Comment by Henry Brown on April 6, 2013 at 11:03am

From the Houston Chronicle

Comment by Henry Brown on February 26, 2013 at 5:32am

from the pittsburg gazette:

Comment by Henry Brown on January 7, 2013 at 4:52am

Couldn't say it any better myself!

Comment by Henry Brown on January 2, 2013 at 8:58am

IMO interesting read re Fiscal cliff

8 Huge Corporate Handouts in the Fiscal Cliff Bill 

What wasn’t mentioned is what these leaders wanted, which is what’s known as “tax extenders”, or roughly $205B of tax breaks for corporations.
1) Help out NASCAR
2) A hundred million or so for Railroads
3) Disney’s Gotta Eat
4) Help a brother mining company out
5) Subsidies for Goldman Sachs Headquarters
6) $9B Off-shore financing loophole for banks
7) Tax credits for foreign subsidiaries
8) Bonus Depreciation, R&D Tax Credit


Comment by Henry Brown on December 23, 2012 at 8:15am

Interesting Numbers regarding Gun Ownership

Demographics of Gun Ownership

Comment by Henry Brown on December 17, 2012 at 8:14am

Apparently has already prompted action, Yesterday California Senator announced submission of legislation which would reinstate ban on automatic weapons...

Not sure that we will see any RESULTS but....

Comment by Ed Albetski on December 16, 2012 at 5:37pm

I've been quiet lately...  Does anyone think the latest school massacre will prompt any action on gun policy?


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