Kansas’ experiment in concentrated conservatism keeps getting grimmer

Kansas is in the midst of a grim experiment putting crackpot supply-side economic theories into practice. While these economic anti-reforms will have devastating results for poor people in the state, in other respects Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his legislative allies have made the government more intrusive into the private lives of the state’s citizens. April has provided some particularly egregious examples of this disastrous turn.

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America’s labour market: The economy doesn’t matter | The Economist

America's labour market: The economy doesn’t matter | The Economist.

Meet the GOP’s Mega-Donors – NationalJournal.com

April 24, 2015 The top priority for Republican presidential candidates right now isn’t lining up voters—it’s locking down donors. The big-money men and women will determine how close each of the two dozen or so contenders can get to the White House. And as a result of court rulings that eliminated limits on contributions in support of candidates, one or two key mega-donors can turn a long-shot into a serious candidate. Just ask Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum. In 2012, the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson gave $15 million to a super PAC backing the former House speaker, while Foster Friess, a deep-pocketed investor, almost single-handedly propped up Santorum’s bid long enough for him to give Mitt Romney his most serious challenge for the GOP nomination.

Friess is backing Santorum again if he runs, but with Gingrich forgoing the race, Adelson is up for grabs. So are a number of other conservative billionaires whom GOP contenders are hoping to secure as their patrons. (Hillary Clinton, of course, already has all the deep-pocketed donors she’ll need to be competitive on the Democratic side; none of her prospective rivals appears to have secured a billionaire of their own.) Here’s a guide to the biggest Republican mega-donors and the candidates they are funding—or might fund—in the 2016 campaign.

via Meet the GOP's Mega-Donors – NationalJournal.com.

Elizabeth Warren for Senate

You can’t read this

April 22, 2015 | By Elizabeth Warren

Have you seen what’s in the new TPP trade deal?

Most likely, you haven’t – and don’t bother trying to Google it. The government doesn’t want you to read this massive new trade agreement. It’s top secret.

Why? Here’s the real answer people have given me: “We can’t make this deal public because if the American people saw what was in it, they would be opposed to it.”

If the American people would be opposed to a trade agreement if they saw it, then that agreement should not become the law of the United States.

Let’s send a loud message to our trade officials: No vote on a fast-track for trade agreements until the American people can see what’s in this TPP deal. Sign this petition right now to make the TPP agreement public.

The Administration says I’m wrong – that there’s nothing to worry about. They say the deal is nearly done, and they are making a lot of promises about how the deal will affect workers, the environment, and human rights. Promises – but people like you can’t see the actual deal.

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Taxation Without Representation | Josh Silver

Today, millions of Americans will begrudgingly pay their taxes to a government that does not inspire confidence. With public trust in government at near historic lows, many Americans believe that their elected representatives don’t care what the average citizen thinks.

Unfortunately, they’re right.

For the vast majority of Americans, “taxation without representation” isn’t just a relic of high school social studies — it’s a perfect description of their relationship with a political system that’s been thoroughly corrupted by money.

via Taxation Without Representation | Josh Silver.

House Votes To Repeal Tax On Richest 0.2 Percent Of Americans

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Thursday to give a tax break worth $269 billion to the richest few thousand estates in the country, and add that cost to the federal debt.

Called the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, the bill would end the nearly 100-year-old federal estate tax. All but three Republicans voted in favor, while all but seven Democrats voted against. The legislation passed 239 to 179.

via House Votes To Repeal Tax On Richest 0.2 Percent Of Americans.

ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Berates A Towing Company Employee [Updates]

A video has popped up on LiveLeak of a woman who appears to be ESPN reporter Britt McHenry dressing down a towing company employee, making fun of the woman’s features, and using the “do you know who I am?” argument.

via ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Berates A Towing Company Employee [Updates].