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September 16, 2013 9:23 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/61474653045/some-facts-about-weed-and-the-economy">Some facts about weed and the economy……

The government would save an estimated $13.7 billion on prohibition enforcement costs and tax revenue by legalizing marijuana, according to a paper endorsed by 300 economists.
Inmates incarcerated on marijuana-related charges cost U.S. prisons $1 billion annually, according to a 2007 study, AlterNet reports.
Including lost tax revenues, a 2007 study found that enforcing the marijuana prohibition costs tax payers $41.8 billion annually, Forbes reports.
Marijuana growers account for $14 billion a year in sales in California, making it the state’s most valuable cash crop, TIME reports.
It’s estimated that illegal marijuana is a $36 billion industry in the U.S., MadameNoire reports.
About one-third of Americans say they think legalizing marijuana would boost the economy, according to a 2010 poll by Associated Press-CNBC.
The Sacramento News and Review saw a big boost in ad revenue when it offered advertising space for more than 60 medical marijuana dispensaries, enabling the publication to hire three additional employees, according to News 10.
Mendocino County, California’s zip tie program aimed at regulating medical marijuana growing by charging permits for each plant raised $600,000 in revenue in for the Sheriff’s department in 2011.
The city of Oakland, California raised $1.3 million in tax revenue from medical marijuana dispensaries in 2011, 3 percent of the city’s total business tax revenue, according to The New York Times.
In 2011, Colorado pulled in $5 milllion in sales taxes from medical marijuana businesses, The New York Times reports
Economist Stephen Easton estimated in 2010 that legal marijuana could be a $45 to $100 billion industry, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
When hydroponic marijuana growing supply chain weGrow opens a new store it creates an estimated 75 jobs indirectly, according to AZBusiness Magazine.
More than 60 percent of states agree with taxing marijuana, according to a poll by Associated Press-CNBC.
A Norwegian study 25 years in the making came to the shocking conclusion that frequent marijuana use lowers employees’ motivation at work.
There could be more than 1,000 medical marijuana dispensaries operating in California, Pasadena Weekly reported in 2009.
As of July 2011, the city of Denver counted more medical marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks franchises.
September 23, 2012 7:01 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/32172171137/47-where-have-i-heard-that-number-before">47? Where have I heard that number before?

"When Romney was Governor of Massachusetts, his state ranked 47th in the rate of Jobs Growth from 2003-2007.”

~ Lawrence O’Donnell

May 20, 2012 1:46 pm
George Washington grew hemp.  In fact, it used to be ACCEPTED as SO IMPORTANT to the economy that every farmer was REQUIRED to grow HEMP, and could even PAY THEIR TAXES WITH IT!
So, when we talk about “Legalization”, the correct term would actually be “RE-Legalization”…
Just in case you didn’t know…here’s some more HEMP INFO…
(CLICK the PHOTO - it links to a different HEMP FACT site)

George Washington grew hemp.  In fact, it used to be ACCEPTED as SO IMPORTANT to the economy that every farmer was REQUIRED to grow HEMP, and could even PAY THEIR TAXES WITH IT!

So, when we talk about “Legalization”, the correct term would actually be “RE-Legalization”…

Just in case you didn’t know…here’s some more HEMP INFO…

(CLICK the PHOTO - it links to a different HEMP FACT site)

April 10, 2012 6:47 pm
Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day

VIA OurFuture.org

Here are eight of the biggest myths that are out there:

1) President Obama tripled the deficit.
Reality: Bush’s last budget had a $1.416 trillion deficit. Obama’s first budgetreduced that to $1.29 trillion.

2) President Obama raised taxes, which hurt the economy.
Reality: Obama cut taxes. 40% of the “stimulus” was wasted on tax cuts which only create debt, which is why it was so much less effective than it could have been.

3) President Obama bailed out the banks.
Reality: While many people conflate the “stimulus” with the bank bailouts, the bank bailouts were requested by President Bush and his Treasury Secretary, former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson. (Paulson also wanted the bailouts to be “non-reviewable by any court or any agency.”) The bailouts passed and began before the 2008 election of President Obama.

4) The stimulus didn’t work.
Reality: The stimulus worked, but was not enough. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs.

5) Businesses will hire if they get tax cuts.
Reality: A business hires the right number of employees to meet demand. Having extra cash does not cause a business to hire, but a business that has a demand for what it does will find the money to hire. Businesses want customers, not tax cuts.

6) Health care reform costs $1 trillion.
Reality: The health care reform reduces government deficits by $138 billion.

7) Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, is “going broke,” people live longer, fewer workers per retiree, etc.
Reality: Social Security has run a surplus since it began, has a trust fund in the trillions, is completely sound for at least 25 more years and cannot legally borrow so cannot contribute to the deficit (compare that to the military budget!) Life expectancy is only longer because fewer babies die; people who reach 65 live about the same number of years as they used to.

8) Government spending takes money out of the economy.
Reality: Government is We, the People and the money it spends is on We, the People. Many people do not know that it is government that builds the roads, airports, ports, courts, schools and other things that are the soil in which business thrives. Many people think that all government spending is on “welfare” and “foreign aid” when that is only a small part of the government’s budget.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE…

April 7, 2012 9:50 pm
40+ Organizations Join Together to train for The 99% Spring (Civil Disobedience Training in a City near you April 9-15)...The World Can't Wait!

Who We Are

The 99% Spring was launched February 15 with the following letter signed by over 40 movement leaders and organizations.


DATE: February 15, 2012
TO: America
RE: The 99% Spring

Things should never have reached this point.

Every day, the American Dream seems a little farther away. More of our grandparents are being thrown from their homes. Our mothers and fathers can’t retire because their pension funds tanked. Our brothers and sisters are burdened by student loan debt. For our children, budget cuts have resulted in crumbling schools, skyrocketing class sizes, and teachers being denied the supports they need to do their best. Our friends and family are being denied collective bargaining rights in their workplaces and are falling further and further behind. Our neighbors are being poisoned by pollution in our air and water.

The numbers are staggering: in recent years, millions of jobs have been destroyed, homes foreclosed, and an unconscionable number of children live in poverty.

And worst of all: this is no accident. It is a result of rampant greed—the deliberate manipulation of our democracy and our economy by a tiny minority in the 1%, by those who amass ever more wealth and power at our expense.

We are at a crossroads as a country. We have a choice to make. Greater wealth for a few or opportunity for many. Tax breaks for the richest or a fair shot for the rest of us. A government that can be bought by the highest bidder, or a democracy that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people.

The choice is in our hands. This spring, we will act on that choice and rise up in the tradition of our forefathers and foremothers. We will not be complicit with the suffering in our families for another year. We will prepare ourselves for sustained non-violent direct action.

From April 9-15 we will gather across America, 100,000 strong, in homes, places of worship, campuses and the streets to join together in the work of reclaiming our country. We will organize trainings to:

  1. Tell the story of our economy: how we got here, who’s responsible, what a different future could look like, and what we can do about it
  2. Learn the history of non-violent direct action, and
  3. Get into action on our own campaigns to win change.

This spring we rise! We will reshape our country with our own hands and feet, bodies and hearts. We will take non-violent action in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi to forge a new destiny one block, one neighborhood, one city, one state at a time.

We know great change is possible. We inherit a history of everyday people standing up for their own dignity, freedom, and self-determination, shaping our direction as a country. The seamstress in Alabama who launched a bus boycott. The farmers in New England and Virginia who imagined we could be a free nation. The workers in Flint, Michigan who occupied their plant to win collective bargaining rights. The farmworkers in California who liberated our fields. The women in New York who dreamed they could one day speak with equal voice. The mother who stood up in Love Canal to stop the poisoning of her community. And the students who risked their lives during Freedom Summer to register voters.

In the last year alone we watched the teachers and fire fighters of Wisconsin stand for the rights of workers. And we joined those who Occupied Wall Street, inspiring us to stand with the 99%.

We will rise this spring, because we DO hold these truths to be self evident—that all men and women are created equal, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Will you rise with us? Can we count on you to join us April 9th to 15th to stand with the 99% for America?

Organizations from the AFL-CIO to Greenpeace, Color of Change to Rebuld the Dream, Move-On to the National Education Association have joined this movement to plan to actively and nonviolently protest this Spring and Summer.  See the list of participants here.

February 23, 2012 3:26 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/18153741107/last-night-in-that-debate-the-word-jobs-was">"Last night, in that debate, the word ‘jobs’ was uttered six times…by four men….over an hour and a half period…six times.

If the Number One problem in the country is that people don’t have jobs (what’s the Unemployment Rate in Ohio? I don’t know, but I bet it’s pretty damn high), and they said ‘jobs’ SIX TIMES?

I’m sorry! Your Uterus, or my Gay Civil Rights have nothing to do with JOBS!

So could they talk about jobs as opposed to your Uterus or my Gay Civil Rights?”

~ Jimmy Williams

February 18, 2012 9:26 am February 2, 2012 3:30 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/16943177062/chris-hedges-gets-it">"Chris Hedges gets it.

The real proof that the takeover by the corporate state is almost complete, is that their actions are so blatant and in your face now. The looting of the economy, and the total disconnect of government action from the will of the people, is so obvious that even the paId for media is having a hard time continuing the farce of representative government. We now have government by and for the Corporate State.”

Posted by iwonder

Jan 27 2012 - 4:28pm

September 27, 2011 1:45 pm September 20, 2011 6:17 pm
Remember the Good Ole Days when Gas was a mere $3.15 a Gallon? 
I paid $3.95 the other day, in the SF Bay Area.

Remember the Good Ole Days when Gas was a mere $3.15 a Gallon?

I paid $3.95 the other day, in the SF Bay Area.

2:53 pm September 19, 2011 9:22 pm
pantslessprogressive:

“As demonstrators converged on Wall Street — with police blocking them from reaching the New York Stock Exchange — much of the news media paid little attention to the protests. Meanwhile, much of the conservative punditry has taken to mocking the demonstrations, with conservative Twitter users lambasting the “hippies” in New York City. CNN contributor and RedState blogger Erick Erickson labeled the protesters as “profoundly dumb.”
 
Certainly, debates about the tactics and strategy behind an anti-Wall Street campaign are warranted. But in a country where much of the populist energy has been absorbed by a movement that compared expanding access to private insurance to “death panels,” it’s worth reviewing why Americans and others should be protesting against Wall Street.
While many of the conservative defenders of Wall Street may be quick to portray protests against the American financial establishment as driven by envy of its wealth or far-left ideologies, the truth is that people have a very simple reason to be angry — because Wall Street’s actions made tens of millions of people dramatically poorer through no fault of their own. In 2010, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank conducted studies of the effects of the global recession — caused largely by Wall Street financial instruments that were poorly regulated by government policies — and found that the recession threw 64 million people into extreme poverty:

The International Monetary Fund estimates that the global economy contracted by 0.6 per cent in 2009 and the implications of this have been severe for many. Economic growth in developing countries was only 1.7 per cent in 2009 compared with 8.1 per cent in 2007. However, if China and India are excluded, the economies of developing countries actually contracted by 1.8 per cent. The World Bank has estimated that an additional 64 million people will be living in extreme poverty on less than US$1.25 a day by the end of 2010 as a result of the global recession.

 
And nearly three years after the start of the global economic crisis — where taxpayers in multiple countries were called upon to save the financial industry — most of the banking elite’s top executives remain virtually untouched. There have been almost no high-profile convictions for fraud and related financial crimes, banking profits continue to soar, and unemployment not just in the U.S. but globally remains very high.
Given these facts, the question is not why more than a thousand people demonstrated on Wall Street yesterday. The question is, why aren’t even more people in the streets of the financial district in New York City?” - Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress
[Photo: Paul Weiskel]

pantslessprogressive:

As demonstrators converged on Wall Street — with police blocking them from reaching the New York Stock Exchange — much of the news media paid little attention to the protests. Meanwhile, much of the conservative punditry has taken to mocking the demonstrations, with conservative Twitter users lambasting the “hippies” in New York City. CNN contributor and RedState blogger Erick Erickson labeled the protesters as “profoundly dumb.”

Certainly, debates about the tactics and strategy behind an anti-Wall Street campaign are warranted. But in a country where much of the populist energy has been absorbed by a movement that compared expanding access to private insurance to “death panels,” it’s worth reviewing why Americans and others should be protesting against Wall Street.

While many of the conservative defenders of Wall Street may be quick to portray protests against the American financial establishment as driven by envy of its wealth or far-left ideologies, the truth is that people have a very simple reason to be angry — because Wall Street’s actions made tens of millions of people dramatically poorer through no fault of their own. In 2010, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank conducted studies of the effects of the global recession — caused largely by Wall Street financial instruments that were poorly regulated by government policies — and found that the recession threw 64 million people into extreme poverty:

The International Monetary Fund estimates that the global economy contracted by 0.6 per cent in 2009 and the implications of this have been severe for many. Economic growth in developing countries was only 1.7 per cent in 2009 compared with 8.1 per cent in 2007. However, if China and India are excluded, the economies of developing countries actually contracted by 1.8 per cent. The World Bank has estimated that an additional 64 million people will be living in extreme poverty on less than US$1.25 a day by the end of 2010 as a result of the global recession.

And nearly three years after the start of the global economic crisis — where taxpayers in multiple countries were called upon to save the financial industry — most of the banking elite’s top executives remain virtually untouched. There have been almost no high-profile convictions for fraud and related financial crimes, banking profits continue to soar, and unemployment not just in the U.S. but globally remains very high.

Given these facts, the question is not why more than a thousand people demonstrated on Wall Street yesterday. The question is, why aren’t even more people in the streets of the financial district in New York City?” - Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress

[Photo: Paul Weiskel]

(via pantslessprogressive)

August 25, 2011 4:43 pm
"Capitalism in its raw form can’t pull us out of this hole."

Bill Gross, a billionaire Republican, and one of the chief investment officer of the giant bond fund Pimco.

He believes “the government needs to arrest America’s dangerous economic slide.” That sentiment is growing. Economists and the financial industry want policymakers to boost the economy.

The pushback against the Republican austerity agenda is arguably even more intense. Jamison Foser explained this week:

J.P. Morgan says “fiscal tightening” will worsen the “negative feedback loop” hindering economic growth. Greg Ip notes, “A shift toward fiscal and monetary austerity in the United States in 1937 helped prolong the depression. Fiscal tightening helped push Japan back into recession in 1997.” Jared Bernstein argues for more stimulus. Larry Summers, too. Bruce Bartlett, a policy advisor to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp, writes, “the important thing is for policy makers to stop obsessing about debt and focus instead on raising aggregate demand.”

(via liberalsarecool)

(Source: liberalsarecool, via other-stuff)

August 16, 2011 3:52 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/9014127005/some-folks-in-congress-would-rather-see-their-opponent">"Some folks in Congress would rather see their opponent lose than America win.

We can’t have patience with that kind of behavior any more. We have to focus on growing this economy, putting Americans back to work, and making sure that the American Dream is still there, not just for this generation, but for the next generations to come.”

~ President Obama

August 15, 2011 6:13 pm
"This notion of cuts as somehow being the "medicine" for our economy is exactly the WRONG medicine for a sick economy. Actually the kinds of cuts that the Republicans propose will INCREASE unemployment, NOT reduce it. They are proposing things that are going to make the economy worse in the hopes that they will defeat Barack Obama."
~ Rep. Jan Schakowsky, (D-IL)

"This notion of cuts as somehow being the "medicine" for our economy is exactly the WRONG medicine for a sick economy. Actually the kinds of cuts that the Republicans propose will INCREASE unemployment, NOT reduce it. They are proposing things that are going to make the economy worse in the hopes that they will defeat Barack Obama."

~ Rep. Jan Schakowsky, (D-IL)