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Bah, humbug! Wal-Mart Hikes Toy Prices Just as Congress Gives the Waltons Huge Tax Breaks

emptywheel, FireDogLake

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

If there was ever any illusion that the super-rich would start acting nicer after Congress gave them both income and estate tax breaks, I present Wal-Mart’s thanks for Congress’ willingness to make the Walton family even richer: (h/t Consumerist)

Wal-Mart managers in the U.S. received instructions to mark up an average of 1,800 types of toys per store, according to a company e-mail dated Nov. 30 obtained by Bloomberg News. The e- mail didn’t disclose specific increases.

“In previous years Wal-Mart has come out and hammered everyone with unbelievably low toy prices,” said Eric Johnson, director of the Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. “They stepped away from that this year, and after Thanksgiving their prices have crept back up.”

In a year when kids keep begging Santa for bare necessities for Christmas, the Walton family has been made even richer by Obama and Congress. And the thanks Congress and the American people get is higher prices for toys.

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Sad Santa Letters Tell of Economic Woes, USPS Says, Sarah Netter, ABC News
New York's Operation Santa Chief Says More Letters This Year Asking for Coats, Food

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Top 5 Problems with the Tax Deal

  • Problem #1: The deal is a stealth attack on Social Security.
  • Problem #2: For nearly one in three workers, it's a tax increase.
  • Problem #3: The deal has not one but TWO millionaire bailouts.
  • Problem #4: Unemployment help is insufficient and inadequate.
  • Problem #5: Tax giveaways to the rich are a terrible way to create jobs.

Nita Chaudhary, MoveOn.org Political Action

Everyone knows that the "deal" that President Obama agreed to with Republicans will extend George W. Bush's reckless millionaire tax bailout--but what a lot of folks don't realize is that there are lots of other terrible parts of it, too.

Unemployed Americans desperately need their benefits extended to get by in this economy—so Republicans held them hostage to force through a slew of horrible economic policies in this deal.

Share this list by posting it on facebook and twitter and forwarding to your friends and help make sure as many people as possible know exactly what the Republicans are getting in the tax deal by acting like hostage takers

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Special Report | Obama-GOP Tax Cut Deal

Mary Landrieu (D-LA): 'Obama-McConnell Plan' Is 'Almost Morally Corrupt'

4 Items including:

  • Top 5 Problems with the Tax Deal
  • Obama-Republican Deal Could Mean Tax Hike For One In Three  Workers

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Mike Thompson

Top 5 Problems with the Tax Deal, Nita Chaudhary, MoveOn.org Political Action
Problem #1: The deal is a stealth attack on Social Security.
Problem #2: For nearly one in three workers, it's a tax increase.
Problem #3: The deal has not one but TWO millionaire bailouts.
Problem #4: Unemployment help is insufficient and inadequate.
Problem #5: Tax giveaways to the rich are a terrible way to create jobs.

Obama-Republican Deal Could Mean Tax Hike For One In Three  Workers, Ryan Grim, Huffington Post

  • The tax deal reached between President Obama and congressional Republicans could mean a higher tax bill for roughly one in three workers as a result of the Social Security tax cut Republicans pushed as a replacement for the current Making Work Pay tax credit.
  • Olbermann Special Comment on the deal on the wealthiest Americans tax-cut extension

Obama’s Hostage Deal, Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY
The point is that by seeming angrier at worried supporters than he is at the hostage-takers, Mr. Obama is already signaling weakness, giving Republicans every reason to believe that they can extract another ransom. And they can be counted on to act accordingly.

Olbermann Special Comment on the deal on the wealthiest Americans tax-cut extension, Hissyspit, Democratic Underground

  • In exchange for this searing and transcendent capitulation the President got just 13 months of extended benefits for those unemployed for less than a hundred weeks, and they got nothing, absolutely nothing, for those unemployed for longer, the 99ers.
  • (It is) not disloyal to say Obama (is) 'Goddamned Wrong,' Republicans (are)  'Treasonous'.
  • Mary Landrieu (D-LA): 'Obama-McConnell Plan' Is 'Almost Morally Corrupt'

Mary Landrieu: 'Obama-McConnell Plan' Is 'Almost Morally Corrupt' Ryan Grim, Huffington Post
Sen. Mary Landrieu, a conservative Democratic from Louisiana, lashed out Tuesday (Dec 7) at President Obama's deal with congressional Republicans that allows tax cuts for the wealthy to be extended for two years.

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No Act of Rebellion Is Wasted

  • We may feel, in the face of the ruthless corporate destruction of our nation, our culture, and our ecosystem, powerless and weak. But we are not. We have a power that terrifies the corporate state. Any act of rebellion, no matter how few people show up or how heavily it is censored by a media that caters to the needs and profits of corporations, chips away at corporate power.
  • Veterans for Peace (VFP) to Take a Stand for Peace at the White House Dec 16
  • Stop These Wars Or We'll Fill Your Jails
  • The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell

Chris Hedges, TruthDig.com

Thousands of Czechs gather in Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Nov. 21, 1989, during the so-called Velvet Revolution that bought an end to decades of repressive Communist rule. AP / Peter Dejong

I stood with hundreds of thousands of rebellious Czechoslovakians in 1989 on a cold winter night in Prague’s Wenceslas Square as the singer Marta Kubišová approached the balcony of the Melantrich building. Kubišová had been banished from the airwaves in 1968 after the Soviet invasion for her anthem of defiance, “Prayer for Marta.” Her entire catalog, including more than 200 singles, had been confiscated and destroyed by the state. She had disappeared from public view. Her voice that night suddenly flooded the square. Pressing around me were throngs of students, most of whom had not been born when she vanished. They began to sing the words of the anthem. There were tears running down their faces. It was then that I understood the power of rebellion. It was then that I knew that no act of rebellion, however futile it appears in the moment, is wasted. It was then that I knew that the Communist regime was finished.

“The people will once again decide their own fate,” the crowd sang in unison with Kubišová.

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Veterans for Peace (VFP) to Take a Stand for Peace at the White House Dec 16, Tarak Kauff and Leah Bolger, Veterans For Peace<>

  • On Dec. 16th, 2010, veterans and others will stage what will be the largest veteran-led civil resistance to U.S. wars in recent history. All of us in Veterans For Peace need to pull together to make sure those will not be empty words.
  • Come to DC on December 16! VFP led action at the White House

Stop These Wars Or We'll Fill Your Jails, David Swanson, OpEdNews.com

  • You may not die for the Pentagon, but if you do not it will be your children or grandchildren. Would you rather go to jail for a few hours with a bunch of friends or see your grandchildren killed?
  • Veterans for Peace (VFP) to Take a Stand for Peace at the White House Dec 16

The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell, chelseaGreen
If we want that change, the kind that polls show 60 percent of Americans believe in, we need to do more than vote every two to four years or wait for a new president to learn the tactics of confrontation. The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell is a road map filled with concrete tips and rules of the road that average people can use to force change between elections.

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Wikileaks, Julian Assange and Corporate Media

  • What makes this most ironic is that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks has been
doing that which the local and corporate media have not. Real investigative 
journalism.
Rather than expose the guilty, the media in this country have chosen an
attempt to attack and smear the whistle-blower.
  • WikiLeaks Cables Reveal "Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership"
  • The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange

MichaelCavlan, Twin Cities Daily Plant | MN

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

For weeks now, we here in Minnesota and the broader United States
have been exposed to the corporate media and it's take on WikiLeaks
and founder Julian Assange.

Their position could have been taken from the Pentagon playbook. It 
very well may have. From MPR to Fox News, CNN, NBC, Minneapolis Star
Tribune it has been the basic same narrative. Julian Assange may 
have "harmed US credibility and risked American lives." To one degree
or another, Julian Assange is the villain.

Not the US government, military, diplomats or other officials.



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Special Report | Wikileaks, David Culver<evergreenedigest@earthlink.net>, ed., Evergreene Digest

  • WikiLeaks Cables Reveal "Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership"
  • Wikileaks Exposes Complicity of the Press

Special Report | Wikileaks II, David Culver<evergreenedigest@earthlink.net>, ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange
  • The WikiLeaks Cables And U.S. Foreign Policy


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The FCC's Guide to Losing Net Neutrality Without Really Trying

  • Apparently FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski expects the millions of Americans who have spoken out for Net Neutrality to buy this lemon when the FCC meets to vote on his rules on Dec. 21.
  • Reactions To FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Mixed

Craig Aaron, Huffington Post

If you like reading this article, consider contributing a cuppa jove to Evergreene Digest--using the donation button in the above right-hand corner—so we can bring you more just like it.

Ever have to negotiate a contract or try to sell a used car?

Would you start the give-and-take by naming the lowest price you're willing to accept and then try to get a better deal?

Of course not. Yet somehow, that's the exact "strategy" the Obama administration seems intent on pursuing -- and not just on tax cuts for the richest Americans.

The Washington Post's Greg Sargent described this pathology among Democrats in a post last week.

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Reactions To FCC Net Neutrality Proposal Mixed, Amy Lee, Huffington Post

  • Response to the proposal as it stands has been far from unanimous praise. Initial excitement that the matter had been officially introduced at all was quickly subsumed by wariness over ambiguities in the proposal that seemed to allow broadband carriers to continue their old practices under the cover of a false openness.
  • Why The Federal Trade Commission' s (FTC's) Online Privacy Plan Won't Stop The Information Free-For-All


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Happy as a Hangman

  • Those who do not carry out acts of rebellion, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, are guilty of solidifying and perpetuating these crimes. Those who do not act delude themselves into believing they are innocent. They are not.
  • Stop These Wars Or We'll Fill Your Jails
  • Real Hope Is About Doing Something

Chris Hedges, TruthDig.com

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Paul Rozycki

Two Iraqi men detained by Americans in 2006. AP / Jacob Silberberg

Innocence, as defined by law, makes us complicit with the crimes of the state. To do nothing, to be judged by the state as an innocent, is to be guilty. It is to sanction, through passivity and obedience, the array of crimes carried out by the state.

To be innocent in America means we passively permit offshore penal colonies where we torture human beings, some of whom are children. To be innocent in America is to acquiesce to the relentless corporate destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species. To be innocent in America is to permit the continued theft of hundreds of billions of dollars from the state by Wall Street swindlers and speculators. To be innocent in America is to stand by as insurance and pharmaceutical companies, in the name of profit, condemn ill people, including children, to die. To be innocent in America is refusing to resist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that are not only illegal under international law but responsible for the murder of hundreds of thousands of people. This is the odd age we live in. Innocence is complicity.

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Stop These Wars Or We'll Fill Your Jails, David Swanson, OpEdNews.com

  • You may not die for the Pentagon, but if you do not it will be your children or grandchildren. Would you rather go to jail for a few hours with a bunch of friends or see your grandchildren killed?
  • Veterans for Peace (VFP) to Take a Stand for Peace at the White House Dec 16


Real Hope Is About Doing Something, Chris Hedges, TruthDig

Faces along the bar cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out, the music must always play,
All the conventions conspire to make this fort assume the furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are, lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night who have never been happy or good. - W. H. Auden

Stop These Wars Or We'll Fill Your Jails

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