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Morality of Pro-Life

Sister Joan ChittisterI do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is. — Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B.

Tax Havens 101

There has been a lot of interest in Wikileaks and the notorious and brave individuals who have risked it all to bring some of the secrecy of international politics out into the light, but have you heard of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists? Here is their website:  take a look and keep an open mind … ICIJ (Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze).

I ran into the ICIJ when an article online caught my eye and suggested that secret offshore tax havens and questionably legal tactics to avoid taxes might have been exposed by the ICIJ.

Here is the article from Slate:

The Secret World of Tax Havens Just Got a Whole Lot Less Secret
By Abby Ohlheiser | Posted Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 4:02 PM

Anyone who’s looking for an in-depth and more than a little disturbing look into how the rich and powerful use offshore tax havens need look no further than a new report from the Center for Public Integrity’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists out today. (That’s a long-name, but the nonpartisan group earned every letter for all the work they poured into the project over the last 15 months.)

The study—which will be updated with additional findings as reporters continue to dig in—centers around a trove of 2.5 million leaked financial documents from around the world. To put that in perspective, the leak is 160 times larger than Wikileaks’ State Department database that kept reporters busy for weeks. The offshore effort took one the biggest collaborations in journalism history to sort through: more than 80 journalists from more than 40 countries worked together for more than a year to extract meaning from the documents.

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Learn from Norway

Here’s an article that seems to put the conservative agenda in the spotlight …

US Fiscal Debate Could Learn From Norway

Friday, 08 February 2013
By Mark Provost, The Progressive Press | Op-Ed

NorwayIf Washington sincerely wants to reduce the budget deficit and national debt while protecting the broader economy, it should learn from other nations which have succeeded. One country stands out: Norway.

Norway has the largest budget surpluses in the developed world, no net national debt, citizens enjoy a robust safety net, and unemployment is below 3%.

What is Norway’s secret, other than refusing to join the European Union? …

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Groupthink

I was pondering the application of what has been termed “groupthink” to various disastrous events in history—the Bay of Pigs, the Iraq War, the Titanic, the Edsel—and by extrapolating I think I see one real danger for the Republican Party … one which is actually easy to rectify. I’m speaking of Grover Norquist’s Pledge which all Republicans have taken insisting that, under no circumstances, will they raise taxes on the Federal and even on the State level.

This pledge is a fine example of groupthink and it is leading to a disaster.

First, anyone taking a pledge to an individual who is totally outside of the government is clearly accepting a treasonous position. Our elected government is pledged to the support of the people and the Constitution of the United States. If, as it certainly appears, a government representative takes a pledge that overrules his governmental responsibilities, that representative is failing to uphold the Constitution and is by definition showing loyalty to someone outside of the government and therefore is committing what is defined as a disloyal, treasonous act.

When does “We the people” mean Grover Norquist?

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