Arianna Huffington rocks.
This woman's courage and accuracies are breath
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War is cancelled, CORPORATE RAPE is next up
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Sweet Greetings from Good Works On Earth
We share with you directly, a message just received
from Arianna Huffington. When the war was cancelled,
I knew in my heart that the attention must be turned onto
the corporate executive rape, including that of Dick Cheney,
Mr. Rumsfield, our chief warmonger, and so many otherr,
including the horrible crimes of John Ashcroft against
Mother Nature and her children. This christian right, isn't
They are in fact the nuclear republican clan, and that
is all they are, liars to a T, every one of them.
Show me a truthful republican, and I will show you an oxymoron.
The following writing by Arianna gets better and better as you read.
It is well worth reading past parts that might not interest you.
Freedom takes courage beyond the normal psychological
programming our schools deliver.
Competition is rife.
Corporate rape is much worse.
Cooperation is a missing child.
Our heart's thank you's to Arianna for her piercing truths.
Will I AM @ Good Works On Earth
Subject: Arianna's Latest Column
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 08:44:55 -0800
From arianna@ariannaonline, now at the huffingtonpost.com
To see the tax haven video segment that illustrates this column,
please go to www.ariannaonline.com/pigs/videos/
All the best,
Tax Havens: Are You With Us Or Against Us?
By Arianna Huffington
As President Bush's vaunted 'coalition of the willing' continues
to shrivel -- who's left, Bulgaria, Latvia, and Tony Blair? --
the coalition of those Americans willing to challenge his
obsession with invading Iraq continues to grow.
Galvanized by this growing army for peace, many of the leaders of
the antiwar movement are now searching for ways to build on the
renewed commitment to dissent and direct the newly mobilized
energy toward protesting the president's equally misguided
policies here at home.
And no issue is more emblematic of this administration's
perverted domestic priorities than its scandalous refusal, in a
time of soaring deficits, to stop corporations and wealthy
individuals from cheating the public out of billions of dollars a
year by either reincorporating offshore or simply hiding their
profits in offshore subsidiaries. While our young men and women
are ready to lay down their lives on the sands of Iraq, these
companies are allowed to avoid paying their fair share by
hightailing it to the sands of Bermuda.
'We get e-mails all the time,' Wes Boyd, cofounder of MoveOn.org,
told me, 'from MoveOn members who rightly worry about the special
interests lining up at the trough while we're not looking. And
they're very ready to take them on. Nothing makes people angrier
than the sense that some morality-impaired businesses are buying
favors from Congress and the White House, while the rest of us
are being asked to sacrifice.'
Boyd's group has been at the heart of the antiwar movement. With
over 1.2 million members, MoveOn.org has become the Internet hub
for political activists all across the country. It was
responsible for, among many other things, the hugely successful
'virtual march' on Washington, a lot of the newspaper and TV
anti-war advertising, and a petition with a million signatures
collected within five days and delivered to the UN Security
'Off-shore tax havens,' says Boyd, 'are the financial equivalent
of desertion under fire. And these corporate deserters are
protected by politicians in Washington ostensibly elected to
serve the public interest. This really gets people steamed.'
This accounting sleight-of-hand is no small matter: It's
depriving the U.S. Treasury of around $70 billion a year. Even
more galling, these companies are being rewarded for ripping off
taxpayers with massive federal contracts. Scandal-tainted Tyco,
for instance, pocketed $1 billion in public money in 2001 while
evading $400 million in taxes by opening up a P.O. Box in sunny
And it's not like we can't use the money.
In Oregon, dead-broke public schools are being forced to shut
down a month early; in Illinois, child care for welfare families
is being cut in half; and nationwide, over a million poor
Americans are facing the loss of their publicly funded medical
benefits. Even the president's signature No Child Left Behind Act
has been slashed -- his new budget allocates it $6.2 billion less
than was originally called for, transforming it into the 'A Few
Million Children But Hopefully Not Yours Left Behind Act.'
Every populist movement needs a catalytic issue and a
crystallizing response that come to symbolize the greater
struggle at hand. Think of Rosa Parks refusing to move to the
back of the bus or the Greensboro Four taking a seat at that
Whites Only Woolworth's lunch counter.
The revolt against antipatriotic tax havens may be the spark that
ignites a far-ranging movement for basic fairness and economic
justice. What could be more unfair, after all, than asking
hard-working Americans to dig deeper into their wallets,
retirement funds, and savings accounts so corporate execs rolling
in an overflowing wallow of tax-free profits won't have to?
It should be a political no-brainer, an issue that transcends
right-left divisions. And, indeed, politicians from both parties
-- including Sens. Evan Bayh, Charles Grassley, Max Baucus, Harry
Reid, and Carl Levin and Rep. Richard Neal -- have introduced or
are preparing to introduce legislation that would crack down on
offshore tax evaders. Even President Bush is on record saying:
'We ought to look at people who are trying to avoid U.S. taxes as
a problemâ€¦ American companies ought to pay taxes and be good
citizens.' Yes, gee, they ought to. If only there was some public
body that could, say, pass a law and force them to do it.
Yet for all the public posturing, behind closed doors our leaders
continue to protect their corporate sponsors, allowing profits to
trump patriotism -- even in this time of war.
'I now have 120 co-sponsors for my bill,' Rep. Neal, author of
the Corporate Patriot Enforcement Act, told me, 'and I know that
I would have at least 300 members supporting it if only we could
bring it to the House floor for a vote. But the Republican
leadership won't even let it out of committee.'
The main roadblock to Neal's bill is House Majority Leader Tom
DeLay, a politician who never hesitates to drape himself in the
flag, but who is now actively protecting companies and tycoons
that are selling their countries short in a time of war.
Demanding that DeLay bring Neal's bill to a vote would be a good
first step for the anti-tax haven movement. It would take only
one phone call from the president, which he's, apparently,
unwilling to make. So concerned citizens should do it for him and
inundate DeLay's office with phone calls, faxes, and emails. And
if that doesn't work, then the same people who filled the streets
of cities all across America to protest the war might want to see
if they can squeeze into the Majority Leader's office.
Meanwhile, in the Senate, Democrats should attach an
anti-corporate tax cheat rider to every single piece of
legislation and force Republicans to vote on it ad nauseum until
the House leadership relents.
As for the White House, Bush, and especially Vice President Cheney --
who was CEO when Halliburton increased its offshore
subsidiaries from nine to 44 -- are a lost cause. Their
conversion will only come about at the deathbed of the tax
For a case study in how our leaders manage to get away with
allowing the public interest to be shipped offshore, look no
further than an amendment initially introduced by the late Sen. Paul Wellstone
and now championed by his fellow Minnesotan Sen. Mark Dayton.
Twice the measure -- a red, white, and blue slam-dunk banning
government contracts for corporate expatriates -- was
resoundingly approved in public. And twice the measure was gutted
in the shadowy realm of behind-the-scenes conference committee
The reason for this legislative skullduggery is obvious: no one
wants to publicly defend the indefensible. Those daring to try
risk looking as moronic as former
Congressman-turned-corporate-flack Bob Livingston did when
claiming that his client, Accenture, didn't move offshore to
avoid taxes, but only because the company's American and European
partners couldn't agree on where to set up shop. 'So they picked
a nice island, Bermuda,' asserted lobbyist Livingston while
miraculously resisting the urge to burst out laughing.
Of course, this lame 'we didn't do it for the money' explanation
is the same one the White House offered up last August when it
came to light that companies connected to President Bush and Vice
President Cheney had created shell companies in offshore tax
havens. The truth is, when corporations move offshore, the
biggest beneficiaries are almost always the companies' CEOs,
whose pay is tied to profits. Think of them as turncoat Robin
Hoods in Bermuda shorts: they steal billions from the rest of us,
then keep the lion's share for themselves. Chew on that while
you're cutting the IRS that check next month.
Reeling from the most severe state fiscal crisis since the Great
Depression -- it's a toss-up whether 47 states will be able to
balance their books next year -- state officials across America
are also taking up the anti-tax haven charge. North Carolina has
already passed legislation banning government contracts for
expatriated companies. Similar bills are currently pending in
Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and California -- where treasurer
Phil Angelides is refusing to invest any of the state's money in
companies incorporated in tax havens.
Now it's up to us.
With our national April 15 date with the taxman fast approaching,
the time is ripe for a popular uprising that will hold our
representatives accountable for their refusal to pull the plug on
offshore tax cheats. We need to force them to come out of the
shadows and go on record one way or another. As the president
likes to say about the UN, 'It's time for people to show their
cards, let the world know where they stand.'
Let's have a straight up or down vote: Are you in favor of
allowing corporations to continue bilking American taxpayers --
even while we are facing severe budget cuts and our soldiers are
ready to make the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq?
To paraphrase a certain wartime president: When it comes to
everyone paying his fair share, you're either with us or you're
Arianna Huffington is the author of 'Pigs at the Trough: How
Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining
America.' For information on the book, visit
Note added 2007 : To see the current writings of Arianna, and her blogger's sharings, visit the Huff Post : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
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