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The Top Five Corporate Tax Cheats

Before pushing grandma down the stairs by ‘reforming’ her Medicare and Social Security benefits out of existence, why not go after these god-awful drains on our treasury? Here are five examples of profitable corporations that pay no or low federal income taxes, yet extract much of their profit margin from the American economy. It’s past time for them to pay, as a percentage of their income, at least as much as the average public school teacher or firefighter in Wisconsin.

Want to balance the budget? Start here:

1. General Electric has made over $26 billion in profits in the past five years, with $5 billion from the US market just last year, on which it paid zero federal income taxes. It’s also received a hefty $4.1 billion refund from the IRS. Despite this generosity on the part of the American taxpayer, over the last nine years GE has shipped one-fifth of its jobs overseas and used every trick available to avoid paying US taxes. This is bringing good things to life? (BTW, Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, is sometimes called the father of modern outsourcing.)

2. ExxonMobil. This oil giant paid no federal income taxes in 2009 on $19 billion in profit, and even received a tidy $156 million rebate from the IRS. How do you get a tax rebate when you haven’t paid any taxes? On what planet does this make any sense?

3. Goldman Sachs paid only 1.1 percent in taxes on a profit of $2.9 billion in 2008, on top of the $800 billion provided by US taxpayers to save them from extinction. Time for another bonus, boys?

4. Citigroup ‘earned’ more than $4 billion in profits last year, yet paid no federal income taxes. Incidentally, like Goldman Sachs, they’re only in business thanks to a generous bailout from the US taxpayer; for Citigroup, that came to a neat $2.5 trillion. Despite this, Citibank continues to raise its fees and specialize in providing poor service to its customers.

5. Bank of America racked up $4.4 billion in profits last year, and received a $1.9 billion refund from the IRS. Since US taxpayers saved BoA from extinction with a $1 trillion bailout, why are they getting a $1.9 billion refund? I’m tired of asking on what planet this makes any sense.

And this is only the tip of our economic Titanic’s iceberg. If we’re going to have any future that doesn’t include our citizens rooting through dumpsters for dinner, these profitable corporations, et al, and the wealthy people who run them, are going to have to pay their fair share in taxes. For some reason, Paul Ryan forgot to include this in his hilarious Republican ‘budget.’

(Figures adapted in part from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Guide to Corporate Freeloaders.”)

© 2011 RS Janes. LTSaloon.org.

AOL Buying Huffington Post; Arianna Goes Corporate

No wonder Huff Post has gotten rid of Michael Moore and other ‘fringe left’ writers. According to the story below, AOL, formerly of mega-corporation TimeWarnerAOL fame, and one of the worst, most crooked Internet service providers out there, is acquiring the top-rated Internet news site, and the services of founder Arianna Huffington, for $315 million. Does anyone really believe Huff Post will be any more progressive than new-hire Howard Fineman in the future? (Not that Fineman’s that bad, but he’s a classic DC Insider Liberal from the word ‘go.’) Appropriately, the fetid deal between Arianna and AOL boss Tim Armstrong was finalized at yesterday’s bizarre glitz-ridden corporate Super Bowl extravaganza in Dallas, Texas. As former GE CEO and father of job outsourcing Jack Welch knew: If you can’t run the liberals out of the business, just buy them off. But who suspected the already-wealthy Arianna was for sale? Coming on the heels of Keith Olbermann’s abrupt removal from the TV machine, if I were conspiracy-minded, I might detect one here to rid the Corporate Powers-That-Be of their most popular and potent critics.

AOL buying Huffington Post for $315 million

Co-founder Arianna Huffington to lead AOL content efforts

MSNBC and news services
Feb. 7, 2011

Online company AOL Inc. is buying online news hub Huffington Post in a $315 million deal that represents a bold bet on the future of online news.

The deal announced early Monday puts a high-profile exclamation mark on a series of acquisitions and strategic moves engineered by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong in an effort to reshape a fallen Internet icon. AOL was once the king of dial-up online access known for its ubiquitous CD-ROMs and “You’ve got mail” greeting in its inboxes.

Perhaps just as important as picking up a news site and ranks as one of the top 10 current events and global news sites, AOL will be adding Huffington Post co-founder and media star Arianna Huffington to its management team as part of the deal.

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