Companies are given more and more power over the lives of people, yet those same people keep voting for politicians who give the power to the companies.
Social Media is allowing our enemies to weaken us by sowing discord.
Facebook started by making it possible to see what your friends were doing. But that was never going to make much money for the company.
Are people basically good? Trump has pulled aside the curtain allowing another side to show, but are there underlying reasons for that other side?
Capitalism is much better than communism. Except sometimes.
Or at least it should be Tax Day. But COVID-19, combined with our crazy, complicated system for filing our taxes, has caused Tax Day to be delayed for three months.
A great article about the miserable annual ritual of filing your taxes.
The NPR program from which I got this conversation.
The numbers about hours and dollars come from here.
Here’s an article about the 20-year effort by TurboTax (Intuit) to keep tax filing complicated.
It seems that many of the rich and famous have become tone deaf, out of touch with rest of us. Of course, they always were out of touch, but this pandemic is showing just how much.
We need to help people who are losing their income because of the coronavirus crisis.
People who claim to be free-market capitalists are always happy to get a taxpayer funded bailout.
Here are some links showing the buyback and bailout numbers: For the 2001 bailout, see https://edition.cnn.com/2001/US/09/21/rec.congress.airline.deal/
For the $45 billion stock buyback, see https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/18/america-airlines-bailout-shareholders-coronavirus
or this, which puts the buyback at $47 billion. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/airlines-and-boeing-want-a-bailout-but-look-how-much-theyve-spent-on-stock-buybacks-2020-03-18
I have no doubt that People will win the fight against the coronavirus Pandemic, but People will suffer some heavy blows before they finally triumph. Some of the blows will be inflicted by the pandemic, but others will be inflicted by leaders who are incompetent, uncaring, callous.