Rule 9 of the House of Representatives clearly states that when a member has a question of privilege, the “integrity of its proceedings” and the “time allotted for debate” are protected. That didn’t happen, Chairman Issa — and Representative Cummings was NOT “actually slandering me at the moment that the mics did go off.” Were that true, you would have filed charges against him with the Ethics Committee.
Additionally, Rule 11 stipulates that “Whenever a hearing is con- ducted […] the minority members of the committee shall be entitled” and “each committee shall apply the five-minute rule during the questioning of witnesses in a hearing until such time as each member of the committee who so desires has had an opportunity to question each witness.” It’s pretty hard to misinterpret the intention of that rule, Darrell. Deciding, mid-sentence, to unilaterally adjourn, isn’t allowed.
Friday, March 7, 2014
An Open Letter To Darrell “Witch Hunter” Issa, By Tom Joad | The Everlasting GOP Stoppers
Posted by Robert at 9:03 AM
How corporate America is losing the debate on taxes
The trouble with the executives' complaints is that many companies don't pay nearly the 35 percent rate. GE, for instance, in its most recent annual filing said it paid an effective tax rate of 4.2 percent. (See this graphic we ran last year showing taxes paid by companies in the Dow 30.) These firms insist that the high rate is merely forcing them to find complex ways to lower their tax bills. But with this budget, it's clear the administration isn't buying it.
"The problem is not an international tax system that unacceptably handicaps U.S. businesses," said Ed Kleinbard, a professor at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law who has done extensive research on the way companies shuffle their income overseas to lower their tax bills. "Instead the problem is an international tax system both in the United States and other countries that U.S. multinational firms have demonstrated they are highly skilled at gaming."
Posted by Robert at 4:27 AM
Why America still fails to reform its horrible prisons - The Week
It has been nearly two years since officials in Hinds County, Mississippi, made a deal with prison reform advocates to fix the abusive and neglectful conditions at the Henley-Young Juvenile Center. The deal that the parties signed, and that a Republican-nominated federal trial judge approved, required local officials to act decisively to end the "unnecessary use of force, excessive cell confinement, and denial of rehabilitative treatment and services" that had deprived the inmates at this juvenile detention center of their constitutional rights to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.
Posted by Robert at 4:23 AM
Thursday, March 6, 2014
A Progressive Manifesto | The PCTC* Blog
Ironically, the vast majority of Americans agree with us on most issues. That is, they would, if they knew where we stood. But they don’t. How would they? The loudest of liberals spend all of their time helping the right wing GOP with their ultimate strategy, which is to depress turnout. Everything the Republicans do is with the express purpose of making people think the system is broken, or that their vote doesn’t count. There is a rational reason to do such a thing; they’re a minority, and their rabid followers will vote in huge numbers, no matter what. The more people they get to stay home, the more valuable their votes are. Got it? The more chaos they can engineer, the more disasters they can create, the more depressed and upset people will get. And – and this is very important to understand – the more pissed off they get at the process and the more hopeless they feel, the LESS likely they are to vote.From the linked manifesto
Consumers should receive at least as much protection from businesses as businesses receive from consumers. Since government is mandated by the Constitution to regulate commerce to make it fair for all players within that system, regardless of size, we should hold them to that mandate, including strict ethical requirements that put the public interest at a level equal to or above their stockholders’ interests.
Posted by Robert at 11:26 AM
Paul Ryan Says Democrats are the Bad Guys While Pushing to End Free School Lunches
That’s a shifty way of bad-mouthing policies that help people, sans facts. But of course, Paul Ryan doesn’t want to discuss actual policy. This is a guy who couldn’t do the math on his own budget, and couldn’t balance it. This is a guy whose budget caused the Nuns to protest publicly.
The real fear Republicans have of the current situation, which they have created by catering to corporate interests to such a degree as to be puppets for them, is that they are the villains in a morality play. So Ryan projected that Democrats would “run from their record” and make Republicans the villains:
Posted by Robert at 11:22 AM