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- Alan Simpson
- Bill Bradley
- Bill Moyers
- Center for Public Integrity
- Corporate Giants
- Dental Associations
- Dental Therapists
- Dodd-Frank Act
- Emergency rooms
- Financial Crisis
- George W. Bush
- Jeff Immelt
- John Reed
- June 25th
- Loan Modifications
- Michelle Shocked
- Occupy Bernal
- Occupy Wall Street
- Paul Volcker
- Sheila Bair
- Society of Automotive Enineers
- Systemic Risk Council
- Too Big to Fail
- Wall Street
- Wells Fargo
- attorney-general and Legislature
- banking system
- county recorder's offices
- dental deserts
- dental pain
- district attorney
- dual tracking
- health care crisis
- illegal foreclosures
- job cuts
- offshore accounts
- pew charitable trusts
- predatory lender
- predatory lending
- profits over people
- severe health problems
- sold off
- special interests
- state capitol
- tax dodger
- tax dodgers
- tax loopholes
- tooth decay
- union leaders
Bill talks with financial expert Sheila Bair about the lawlessness of our banking system and the prognosis for meaningful reform. Bair was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush to chair the FDIC. During the 2008 meltdown, she argued that in some cases banks were NOT too big to fail — that instead of bailouts, they should be sold off to healthier competitors. Now a senior adviser to the Pew Charitable Trusts, Bair has organized a private group of financial experts including former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, former Senators Bill Bradley and Alan Simpson, and John Reed, once the chairman of Citicorp, to explore ways to prevent the banking industry from scuttling reforms created by the Dodd-Frank Act.
“I worry that the public is getting cynical,” Bair tells Moyers. “One of the reasons I started the Systemic Risk Council is I feel the special interest lobbying is, in a calculated way, trying to slow down reform, complicate reform, water reform down. And the public loses interest — they become cynical about if the regulators in Washington can fix any of this, and they don’t exert counter political pressure to get meaningful reforms in place.”
Full transcript available here.
Dental care in America divides people into two camps: those who can afford regular preventive care and cleanings, and those who can’t.
In 2011, 33.3 million people in the U.S. lived in health professional shortage areas, which means that they have no access to dental care.
These so-called dental deserts contribute to a deep disparity in overall health. People who live in these places are more likely to get tooth decay and develop severe health problems. They also spend more money on care, and more time seeking health assistance in an emergency.
A full transcript of the Frontline report "Dollars and Dentists," is available here.
Thousands will be marching on the California State Capitol in in Sacramento on June 25th to ask the Legislature and governor to impose an immediate three-year foreclosure moratorium for California. Family Friendly-children encouraged to participate! We encourage everyone to make signs and banners that tell how foreclosure has affected you.
RALLY on the Capitol grounds. Speakers include homeowners, activists, union leaders, clergy, and others. Guest MC/musician: Michelle Shocked, Singer (Occupy Fights Foreclosure Activist).
MARCH in downtown Sacramento. Route to be announced.
LOBBYING TEACH-IN AND LOBBYING. We will lobby legislators and the Governor to stop the hemorrhaging of California home ownership.
TEACH-INS will be held throughout the afternoon.
The banks are foreclosing on families while at the same time promising loan modifications. We cannot trust the banks to do the right thing. The governor, attorney-general and Legislature must become involved. The San Francisco County Recorder’s Office has audited a sampling of foreclosures and found that 84 percent involved one or more clear violations – proof of illegal foreclosures is housed in recorder’s offices in every county.
We must halt foreclosures with a moratorium to allow for an audit of ALL home loan and foreclosure records. NO MORE THROWING FAMILIES OUT OF THEIR HOMES. We also demand investigation and prosecution of those who unfairly took advantage of homeowners. We call for cooperation between county recorder’s offices, district attorneys and the state to track down all those who illegally profited from stealing the homes of thousands of families, putting many more in precarious situations and wrecking the U.S. economy for years, if not decades to come.
Are you in foreclosure? Know someone in foreclosure?
Angry about predatory lending and dual tracking?
Angry about how the banks have sucked up our money and stolen our homes?
Angry about their refusal to reduce homeowner debt to current values instead of foreclosing and selling
to “investors” for even less?
Angry about how the banks are killing the proposed California Homeowner Bill of Rights legislation?
Want to ask your state assembly member and senator why?
STOP FORECLOSURE FRAUD! DO NOT ALLOW THE BANKS TO STEAL YOUR HOME! COME OUT TO SHOW YOUR RESISTANCE TO THE BANKS! DEMAND THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE IMPOSE AN IMMEDIATE FORECLOSURE MORATORIUM TO STOP THE BLEEDING!
More information at RallyforHomes.com
Guest-post by Aaron Kraeger, Cross-posted at AaronKraeger.com Photo and video footage by Aaron Kraeger.
Guest-post by Aaron Kraeger, Cross-posted at AaronKraeger.com
GE CEO Jeff Immelt heard the voices of the 99 percent this morning as he started his prepared remarks at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress Tuesday morning in Detroit. A half dozen people interrupted his speech to deliver a message of paying taxes and stop dodging them through tax loopholes. Outside in the hallway another two dozen people played a game of tax dodger ball.
Over the last decade GE paid an effective tax rate of just 2.3 percent while the marginal corporate tax rate is 35 percent. Shyquetta McElroy, a mother of two from Milwaukee attempted to present Immelt with a tax bill of $26.5 billion that the company managed to evade.
“Mr. Immelt, when are you going to pay the $26 billion in taxes,” asked McElroy at the beginning of his speech. “I pay my taxes year after year – why doesn’t GE?”
Immelt tried to continue his speech but could not resist saying the company paid 29 percent in taxes last year. While technically true the rate represents a global tax rate and GE actually paid 25 percent in federal taxes for 2011. The most the Fortune 100 company paid in the last ten years while making billions in profits, cutting 32,000 jobs since 2004, and holding more than $94 billion in offshore accounts.
Those questioning Immelt were escorted out of the room by security still wanting answers.
ACCE, Occupy Bernal and Occupy SF took a bus tour of the homes of two executives of Wells Fargo Bank. The bank has taken $43 billion in taxpayer bailout money. A tax dodger and predatory lender, Wells Fargo Bank has corrupted democracy by quadrupling spending on lobbying since they helped cause the financial crisis. Join us on April 23-24, 2012 as we takeover the Wells Fargo Shareholders meeting.