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The pollution industry spent 721 million influencing US elections this year

As seen at

The 2014 midterm elections saw a wave of Republican candidates elected and re-elected to federal office, many of whom are now rearing to make the environment their first casualty of the 114th Congress. As it turns out, the fossil fuel industry may have had something to do with that.

Taking into account direct contributions to individuals and groups, spending on television ads and lobbying, the energy industry spent more than $721 million during the 2014 election cycle, according to an analysis released Monday by the Center for American Progress.

Walmart and McDonalds Subsidies

Likely behind only the fossil fuel industry in terms of being welfare qeens are McDonalds and Walmart.

Each are subsidized billions of dollars per year – a rough estimate being 8-10 billion dollars for each company.

How much does that mean to the average american taxpayer?
122 million americans pay federal income tax.

10 billion / 122 million = nearly $82 / year.

Did you know you give McDonalds and Walmart $82 per year, each?
What do you get in return?  Good food?  hahaha.

You get the knowledge that your taxpayer subsidies for these welfare queens goes directly to the walton family (a few people with more wealth than 40% of the country combined) and mcdonalds investors.

Nearly all of the national debt is the result of policies signed into law by Republican presidents.

The calculation behind this number is shown on this page.

I’ve explained my own calculations previously, coming to the same conclusion.  Although it looks like that post may have been eaten in the switch to a new web server.

Short answer:

$1 trillion in debt prior to reagan
$0 debt added from clinton policies
roughly $200 billion from obama policies

Even if you wrongly claim all debt prior to reagan was (D) policy, that means (D)’s are at 1.2 trillion of the 18 trillion in debt, or 6.67% of the total debt.

Leaving (R)’s total at a minimum of 93%+.

About Gun Nuts

gun nuts:
– think 30,000 gun deaths per year is not a problem worth trying to solve, no matter what the solution is.
– think they are in a militia by virtue of having a gun, regardless of what militia meant at the time of the bill of rights
– use NRA propaganda to justify their idiocy, without thought.
– think any attempts to solve the problem of gun deaths is an attempt to take away their guns
– equate guns with freedom, while ignoring the freedom taken from the victims of gun violence
– pretend all gun suicides would happen with or without easy access to guns (@19,000 gun suicides per year)
– think that any method to reduce gun thefts harms their “freedom”
– think smart guns are bad, hurts their “freedom”
– parrot a discredited study by lott.  yay stupidity
– think that more guns = less gun violence, ignoring all statistics showing the exact opposite.
– think that one of the 3 commas in the 2nd amendment is a magic comma, so they can ignore the first half of the 2nd amendment.
– many gun nuts consider themselves “pro-life”, while ignoring the thousands of gun victims every year, who have life taken from them.
– many are so dumb, they think the fascist koch brothers are on their “team”.

In short, gun nuts are extremely mentally challenged – dumber than your standard conservative idiot that votes against himself based on right wing lies; which is already dumb as fuck.

The right wing fiction blaming poor people for the bush housing crisis

No, Marco Rubio, government did not cause the housing crisis

Private sector loans, not Fannie or Freddie, triggered crisis

Debunking Conservative Myths About Mortgage Crisis

The right blames the credit crisis on poor minority homeowners. This is not merely offensive, but entirely wrong.

It Wasn’t Fannie, Freddie, or the CRA

The Big Lie of the Crisis, Called Out By the Press

Still Wrong: Crowley Revives Myth That Community Reinvestment Act Caused Financial Crisis

Elizabeth Warren Destroys Financial Crisis Myth

Your anti-american conservative supreme court justices

take a moment to reflect on all the good done by the right wing dominated supreme court (who is SUPPOSED to be impartial).

– selected our previous president, george bush – who gave us a 1.2 trillion dollar deficit and an economy losing nearly a million jobs per month when he left office.

– citizens united, allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money in our elections. This allows even foreign governments and corporations to anonymously fund the candidate of their choice by way of superpacs.

– and now these same jackasses have the ability to fuck the country again with their decision on health reform.

Has any small group of nutjobs ever held such sway over the country in so short a time?
Even saint reagan didn’t do this much damage to the USA.

Are we ok with unrepresented taxes now?

Or is it only ok because its corporations who are taxing us?

“Therefore, if today’s oil markets were based on supply and demand fundamentals, drivers would be paying about a dollar-and-a-half less per gallon, or around $20 less each time they fill up their gas tanks.”

In other words speculators (hedge funds, banks, oil producers like the Kochs) get a buck fifty for every gallon you purchase.

If you drive 10,000 miles at 25 mpg, that equals 400 gallons.
400 x $1.50 = $600

25,000 miles per year at 25 mpg?

If you have an older car or a truck?
It gets ugly quick.

at 15 mpg, assuming you only drive 10,000 miles = $1,000

Again – you did not elect the speculators.
Your speculator money is not going to a noble cause.

Instead we have propagandists for those same speculators trying to blame the president for high gas prices.