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(CNN) -- The world's super-rich had between $21 trillion and $32 trillion of wealth hidden in tax havens by the end of 2010, a new study says.
The size of these unreported financial assets is equivalent to, or even larger than, the combined GDPs of the United States and Japan, representing up to $280 billion in lost tax revenues.
Written by James Henry, former chief economist at McKinsey & Co., the study drew data from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations and central banks.
Romney is the best thing that ever happened for those who want to keep this greed festival going and Brownback is right there with them.
Anyone else imagine the outrage from the rightwing nutsos in Kansas if a Democratic Governor had done the same when W was President? It would be outright civil war. Brownback is just simply an incompetent buffoon.
At this point I'd be OK with the Koch's taking their act somewhere else. Just get out of this state.
If you don't like something don't obey the law. It's simple it's called civil disobedience.. Only problem is the SUPREME COURT ruled on subject with all conservative members agreeing with law, get over it . Mitt this applies to you too.
Brownback has cost Kansas more than we will ever know.
Worst governor ever!!!
Will rocks be able to get health care now?
Even after we got hitched they wouldn't let me put him on my coverage.
Indyan has a few dark spots he needs looked at.
Where can I get a copy of these new rules?
Sammie better get to work pronto on the Kansas Health Plan or those US Highway 59 completion funds from the Federales will dry up real fast, especially with this hot weather.
what if we quit catering to insurance and pharmaceutical corporations, as well as Wall Street and focused more on advancing the quality of life for Americans. Medical treatment doesn't cost anywhere near what they're charging for it. Most of the cost is wrapped up in big shiny buildings, extravagant CEO bonuses and dividends to stock holders. How about we quit making our laws around benefiting these corporations under the guise of growing the economy. Good companies can grow around good government policy, but government policy should not be made to work around corporate necessity.
From what I understand, it is too late for Kansas to participate in the insurance exchange. Kansas dragged its feet.
In other news, Kansas has accepted the bids of three companies to manage its Medicaid administration. This seems idealogically opposed to the Republican stance.....private companies in joint venture with a governmental entity. I guess there is an exception if it benefits corporations. I actually like this partnership.....just pointing out a bit of hypocrisy
The SCOTUS ruling does permit states to opt-out of the huge MEDICARE expansion needed to implement ObamaCare. If a state decides not to pony-up it's share of the increase in MEDICARE, it doesn't have to. If so, ObamaCare simply won't happen in that state.....like Kansas. After all, our state joined the lawsuite against ObamaCare.
All you that are against corporate welfare remember you position when they drop your quality plans you have now, pay the fine and kick you to the socialist system, and with out hesitation, keep the extra money. Go just about anywhere in Europe and look at the people.
How much money did Brownback cost Kansas on this one?
Brownback gambled and lost.
Onward to the next step:
Woo hoo!! Now all you deadbeats who expect us to foot your bills when you get sick and go to the emergency room for treatment will have to get insurance. Boo hoo. Although I wish we could still have a single payer plan, instead of making the stupid insurance companies richer.
On the Medicaid issue, a majority of the Court holds that the Medicaid expansion is constitutional but that it w/b unconstitutional for the federal government to withhold Medicaid funds for non-compliance with the expansion provisions.
The money quote from the section on the mandate: "Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it."
Looks like Brownback and the conservative legislature rolled the dice and it came up snake eyes. Kansas taxpayers lose again.
Here it is folks. The entire ACA is upheld, with the exception that the federal government's power to terminate states' Medicaid funds is narrowly read. The mandate is uphelp as a tax.
I also personally think that Clarence Thomas should have recused himself from this. Not only did he fully admit that he didn't even READ the law (he said, "that's what law clerks are for"), his wife stands to make millions of dollars. If this law gets struck down, I think Clarence Thomas should be impeached. No Supreme Court justice has ever been impeached in the history of this country. It's about damned time we did.
If this goes down to SCOTUS, there may be a silver lining. The vast majority of people in this country want single payer health care. Maybe next time they would do it right.
Brownback is like an umpire in a baseball game that has been bought off by one side. His strikezone just does not make any sense.
NO, I JUST CAN NOT SUPPORT ANYTHING BROWNBACK IS FOR. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH DEMOCRAT OR REPULICAN, HAS TO DO WITH BROWNBACK.
If they spent all that money to set it up and it gets struck down today, then it was a waste. It can still be set up if the law is upheld. Gezzzz! What a question.
When the mandate is stuck down today, are you going to laud the savings?
and a good example for the youth -- if you don't like a law, just don't follow it. That's what the Governor Sam Brownback says. Do it kids. Just do it.
The GOP doesn't want any success given to Obama because he might get relected. Oh My!!
Instead of coming up with their own plan, they put down the plan that was passed by both houses. Come up with something new before you knock down a plan that you say won't work.
Uh...O my I dont think I will cut off my nose to spite my face. Jeebus Christos what do they think? WE need the same plan the Swedes or the French use.....it ain't rocket science but those insurance companies that pay for those elections won't make so much money.....but the people will be better off.......it it that complicated?
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