March 19, 2017

Issue 12 – December 2008

By In Volume 5 2008

Recommended Reads

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Up Close: A Mother’s View
By Fiona Yaron-Field
A touching and meditative memoir of a mother and her disabled daughter told through pictures and commentary.

Secrets Revealed
By Sheshena Pledger
Gritty crime noir tale about a notorious crime family’s feud with its biggest rival.

A Case of Wild Justice
By Yvonne Jerrold
An intriguing story about a group of senior citizens who fight back against crime and vandalism in their neighborhood by becoming human booby traps.

What Can We Do Next? The
Adventures of Lexi and Lolly

By Toula Magi
Delightful children’s story about the adventures of a little girl and her imaginary friend.

The Survivors
By Derek Laurens
Fast-paced sci-fi adventure about the crew of a space cruiser that lands on a distant planet inhabited by savage humanoids.

Lizard’s Lair
By Derek Laurens
The novella prequel to the sci-fi adventure, The Survivors.

My Angels Are Come
By Art Stump
Insightful and candid day-to-day journal of how the author dealt with and survived prostate cancer.

Ghost Tango
By Janeen Ledford
Intriguing account of a female teacher in a male prison for violent felons.

The Declaration of White Independence: The Founding Documents of Transudationism
By Kyle McDermott
Controversial examination of race, religion, and spiritual evolution.

The Naked Earth
By Jonathan Adam DeCoteau
Award-winning story about an Iraqi-American photographer who seeks redemption after he commits a brutal crime against his fellow man in Basra.

Awaken and Arise!
By Arthur Earl Jones, Ph.D.
Fascinating, mystical life journey devoted to spirituality, self-discovery and planetary ascension.

One Time in Paris
By Wade Stevenson
&nbsp An engaging and passionate account of a young man’s adventures and romances in 1960s Paris.

The Prosecution of George W.
Bush for Murder

By Vincent Bugliosi
&nbsp A powerful and convincing case against George W. Bush and his inner circle of advisors for the murder of over 4,0000 U.S. service men and women in Iraq.

The Eye of Icarus
By Michael D’Ambrosio
(Science Fiction)
Exciting story of an ambitious young officer who embarks on his first space mission that sets off a chain of events that not only changes his life but much of the universe
as well.

Prodigal of the Pecos
By C.E. Edmonson
Gritty Western tale about a man who returns home after many years to find the land of his birth embroiled in a bitter and deadly
land war.

Dolphins Under My Bed
By Sandra Clayton
Inspirational memoir of how two baby boomers transform their lives by quitting their jobs and living on a sailboat.

By Paul Kiritsis
Thought provoking collection of personal myths, legends, and poems centered on Egyptian and classical mythology.

Stolen Fields
By Jean Boggio
Riveting account of a family that held out against the government’s eminent domain takeover of their farm and how it shattered their American Dream.

Eleven Roses

By Alexander Hernandez
Passion-filled story about a high-powered attorney who is forced to make a decision between a successful career and the woman
he loves.

What the Hell Is a Liberal?

By David Truskoff
Hard-hitting and insightful assortment of progressive essays and observations about politics and life.

The Trail

By Natalia Prentice
Thrilling, fast-paced tale about a young financial journalist who leaves Wall Street only to get sucked into a web of violence and intrigue set up by the world’s wealthiest power brokers.

The Shadow Factory
By Paul West

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An illuminating account of a stroke victim’s experience with global aphasia told through the perception of his own aphasic mind.

Soaring Soul
By Sonja D. Szimon
Personal meditation on life’s meaning and attaining spiritual perfection.

A Cross Estate
By William Thomas Kinsella
Heartfelt story of a young man who follows his parents’ wishes instead of his own dreams, which lead him to the Twin Towers and 9/11.  Read Review

The Woman Who Wrote
“King Lear”

By Louis Phillips
A great collection of strange and unconventional stories in the tradition of Borges, Barth, and Barthelme.


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• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics
• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues
• A compendium of TV news lies
• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America
• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media
• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information
• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism
• People for the American Way

Time to Tax Super Rich and
Corporations at 1950s Levels

If you’re on the side where all the
hotshots are, then (life’s) a game all
right– I’ll admit that. But if you’re on
the other side, where there aren’t any
hotshots, then what’s a game about it?

— Holden Caulfield

By John F. Miglio

Back in the 1950s, when old Holden Caulfield was lambasting members of the establishment for being “phonies,” most Americans– even working-class Americans– could afford a house, two kids, a car, and a two-week vacation on one income. Yes, that’s right– one income!

But there was one big difference between then and now. Back then, we had strict corporate oversight and accountability, strong labor unions, and a fair tax system. A lot has already been written about the lack of corporate oversight and accountability in our current financial crisis, and everyone knows labor unions have lost much of their power and influence over the last few decades, but most individuals are not aware of how radically our tax system has shifted since the 1950s; how it has gone from being a very progressive system designed to spread the wealth to average Americans to a system that rewards the wealthiest, most well-connected investors and the largest, most powerful corporations.

Here are the facts. In the 1950s, the tax rate on top-bracket individuals was over 91%. Seems incredible, doesn’t it? But that’s what it was– check the tax tables if you don’t believe me.

Naturally there were loopholes in the system, and wealthy individuals did not effectively pay the entire 91%, but they did pay a high percentage of it because there weren’t as many loopholes as there are today. Today, top-bracket individuals pay taxes at a 35% rate, but with all the loopholes, they pay much less than that. Also, many wealthy individuals earn their livelihood from capital gains, which are taxed at 15%, compared to the 25-30% range most middle-class individuals pay on ordinary income. As a result, wealthy individuals are accumulating more and more net worth.

According to the most recent Federal Reserve figures, the top one percent of income earners in the United States today, those earning over $315,000 per year, own over 40% of the country’s net assets. Ironically, these upper bracket individuals, who seem quite well off to most people, are like minimum-wage workers compared to the upper half percent of the one percent, individuals in the billionaire class, like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet.

Forbes Magazine reported in 2006 there were 793 billionaires in the US with a combined net worth of $2.6 trillion. In March 2007 Forbes reported that the number had risen to 946 billionaires with a combined net worth of $3.5 trillion. That is a one-year increase of 19% in the number of billionaires and an increase of 35% in their net worth during a time of increasing poverty and stagnant wages for ordinary Americans.

Now you don’t need a PhD in economics to figure out that if the wealthiest individuals in society are being taxed at a rate of roughly 55% less than they were in the 1950s, there is a lot less money in the Treasury for social programs and job creation; hence a lower standard of living for average Americans– soon to be a much lower standard– one that will make the 1950s lifestyle of Ozzie and Harriet look more like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor–if our current financial crisis isn’t resolved.

But that’s only half the problem. Aside from middle-and-working-class Americans losing ground to the upper one percent on the personal side of the tax equation, they are also losing out on the corporate side. In the 1950s, large corporations were taxed at a rate of 50-52%. Today they are taxed at a 35% rate. And according to Robert Perrucci, author of The New Class Society, in the 1950s, large corporations paid 27% of the total tax load. Today, they only pay 10%.

In fact, many corporations pay no tax at all. According to the Government Accountability Office: “Seventy-two percent of all foreign corporations and about 57 percent of U.S. companies doing business in the United States paid no federal income taxes for at least one year between 1998 and 2005.” So who makes up the difference? We do, we all do.

Of course, conservatives and libertarians always make two arguments whenever anyone points out that the super rich and multinational corporations are benefiting at the expense of everyone else.

The first argument: raising taxes on individuals, especially during an economic downturn, only makes conditions worse. True, if you raise everyone’s taxes, but if you are only taxing the upper one percent, the additional funds in the treasury can be used for all kinds of social programs and job creation– not to mention balancing the budget.

The second argument is that raising taxes on corporations won’t work because they will only pass on the taxes in the form of higher prices to consumers. Not true. Corporations fiercely compete with other corporations for market share, especially during an economic downturn, and most large corporations, like Microsoft or Exxon Mobil, can well afford to cut their profits without increasing prices. And if other corporations, not as profitable as Microsoft or Exxon Mobil, operate on such a slim margin of profit that they can’t afford higher taxes, then tough luck– it’s time for them to get out of business since many of them are shipping American jobs overseas and not paying taxes anyway.

If the latest economic meltdown has taught Americans anything, it’s that they were fools to ever put any credence in the idea of trickle-down, free market economics, much less trust their financial destiny to the so-called “smartest guys in the room” and “the masters of the universe.” In reality these bright boys of corporate America and Wall Street, mindlessly praised and idolized by the mainstream media, were just scam artists and white-collar criminals who leveraged their way into billions while bankrupting the financial system in the process. And George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were their shills, their stooges, their front men who paved the way for them to bilk the system.

And now that our economy is in freefall, and Americans are losing their homes, their jobs, and their pensions, somebody has to pay the price. Unfortunately, there are only two groups left with any money: the super rich and the large corporations. So let’s hope President-elect Obama goes after them as soon as he gets into office, although as of this writing, it’s been reported that he’s “reconsidering” his pledge to increase their taxes. Perhaps this is a result of listening to the likes of Robert Rubin and Larry Summers, the same bright boys who got us into this financial mess by convincing Bill Clinton to deregulate the banking industry in 1999.

If true, this would be a big mistake. It would send a message to average Americans that Obama is already selling out to the moneyed class. What’s more, without placing higher taxes on upper bracket individuals and corporate America, the deficit will continue to balloon out of control. Some economists say this may be necessary for the short term, but add that it could be catastrophic for the long term. The question is, why add to the deficit when the government can get much of the money it needs by taxing the same super rich individuals and companies that made a killing in the last eight years under Bush?

If they had any sense of decency or honor, these individuals and companies would give up some of their loot voluntarily. But even Warren Buffet, considered to be one of the good guys, has no intention of doing that. For example, when he told the media that his secretary paid a higher percentage of income tax than he did, reporters praised him for his integrity and honesty. But I didn’t hear Buffet say to her: “And starting tomorrow, honey, I’m going to pay you the difference!”

So the probability that the super rich themselves, or the super rich financial advisors who comprise Obama’s inner circle, are going to voluntarily come up with a plan to tax a higher percentage of their income is nil; they’ll have to be forced to pay more, just as they were in the 1950s. And Obama will have to be the guy to force them; otherwise, he will be accused of selling out and becoming– in the words of Holden Caulfield– just another establishment phony.




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A bone-chilling political
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— Midwest Book Review

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio


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Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2007)

OR Book of the year 2007
Fooled Again
By Mark Crispin Miller

Every American should read this well-documented and comprehensive account of the nationwide election fraud that handed George W. Bush a second presidential election.


Book of the Year
(Fiction 2007)

OR Book of the Year 2007
Dream of the Dragon Pool
A Daoist Quest

By Albert A. Dalia

An unforgettable tale about China’s best-loved poet-adventurer that blends magic, myth, and occult powers with
fast-paced action.


Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2006)

OR Book of the year 2006
Your Daily Walk with the Great
Minds of the Past and Present

By Richard A. Singer Jr.

A terrific inspirational guide to personal transformation and spiritual development that uses quotes of famous people and insightful advice for every day of the year.


Book of the Year
(Fiction 2006)

OR Book of the Year 2006
Hollywood and Sunset
By Luke Salisbury

Witty and well written story about a writer from the East who takes a life-altering tour of 1916 Hollywood– in the company of D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, and Howard Gaye, an actor who likes to dress up as Jesus Christ.


Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

OR Book of the Year 2005
Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.

A compelling and insightful look into George W. Bush’s psyche, and how his deep-seeded fears, insecurities, and megalomania have undermined the safety of our country.


Book of the Year
(Fiction 2005)

OR Books of the Year 2005
Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan

A sinister, yet amusing tale of an ex-hippie owner of a small, struggling Latin American imports store who joins with her friends to fight corrupt custom officials whose harassment threatens to put her out of business.


Books of the Year
(Nonfiction 2004)

OR Books of the Year 2004
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti

Award-winning author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

OR Books of the Year 2004
The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed

Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

OR Books of the Year 2004
Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert

Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.


Books of the Year
(Fiction 2004)

OR Books of the Year 2004
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart

Compelling, emotionally charged story of how a Danish woman risks her life to save Jews from Nazis during World War II.

OR Books of the Year 2004
My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller

Innovative and provocative story of the life of Jesus Christ told as a first person narrative.

OR Books of the 2004
The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin

Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.

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