On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges sits down with David Cay Johnson, author of “The Making of Donald Trump” to examine how the Republican presidential nominee and the rich are benefiting from a rigged tax system. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil further explores how the U.S. tax code has been rewritten to benefit the wealthy.
There was something missing from the release of a tape showing Mitt Romney pandering to fat cats in Boca Raton, Florida with these very inflammatory words: “There are 47 percent who are with him, (Obama) who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. These are people who pay no income tax.” Romney said his job “is not to worry about those people.”
Sometimes I become more than just a little bit angry when I read what passes for news in America. What makes me even angrier is what passes for opinion on the left side of the blogosphere. Don’t get me wrong, some of the articles and op-ed pieces are nothing less than astounding. In fact, most of what I read on lefty sites are the only thing that keeps me from slitting my throat on days when it seems that the people in America have just forgotten how to think for themselves. Still, I don’t believe that most people understand what our biggest problems are. I may be wrong and I’m open to the thoughts of others, but these are, I believe, the most pressing problems that Americans face. Continue reading →
“Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You with the Bill)”
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston joins us to talk about his new book, “Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (And Stick You with the Bill).” Johnston reveals how government subsidies and new regulations have quietly funneled money from the poor and the middle class to the rich and politically connected. Continue reading →