If You Aren't Wealthy - This Mistake Could Ruin You
October 21, 2010
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In 1980, those in the lowest taxable income bracket paid 0.1 percent (one tenth of one percent) of the nation's income tax. Those in the highest income bracket paid 64.8 percent of the bill.
Let's say the nation's income tax bill for 1980 was $100. The entire group of those who earned the least amount of income contributed $1 to the $100 owed, while the highest paid earners picked up almost $65 of the $100.
By 2005, the lowest wage earners contributed less than nothing to the $100 tax bill, and the group on the other end of the spectrum paid over $86 of the bill.
In case that sounds 'fair enough' given the income disparity of the two groups, let's look at it another way.
By combining the three groups of citizens making the least amount of income in 1980, which was 60 percent of the tax paying population, we see that this 60 percent – over half the tax-paying public – picked up only 15.1 percent of the bill.
The two highest wage-earning groups, which account for 40 percent of tax payers, picked up the remaining 85 percent of the bill.
Now let's look at 2005. The lowest three groups kick in only 0.6 percent of the tax bill, while the two highest groups pay over 99 percent of the bill.
That was 2005. It's now 2010, and the obvious question is, how can the top income-earning groups, who are also the groups providing employment, production and prosperity in this country, continue to afford this trend?
What Are GMOs?
From April 19th through April 25th we launch GMO Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to providing you with information on GMOs and labeling initiatives.
GMOs are a product of genetic engineering, meaning their genetic makeup has been altered to induce a variety of “unique” traits to crops, such as making them drought-resistant or giving them “more nutrients.” GMO proponents claim that genetic engineering is “safe and beneficial,” and that it advances the agricultural industry. They also say that GMOs help ensure the global food supply and sustainability. But is there any truth to these claims? I believe not. For years, I've stated the belief that GMOs pose one of the greatest threats to life on the planet. Genetic engineering is NOT the safe and beneficial technology that it is touted to be.
Help Support GMO Labeling
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)—Monsanto’s Evil Twin—is pulling out all the stops to keep you in the dark about what’s in your food. For nearly two decades, Monsanto and corporate agribusiness have exercised near-dictatorial control over American agriculture. For example, Monsanto has made many claims that glyphosate in Roundup is harmless to animals and humans. However, recently the World Health Organization (WHO) had their research team test glyphosate and have labeled it a probable carcinogen.
Public opinion around the biotech industry's contamination of our food supply and destruction of our environment has reached the tipping point. We're fighting back. That's why I was the first to push for GMO labeling. I donated a significant sum to the first ballot initiative in California in 2012, which inspired others to donate to the campaign as well. We technically "lost the vote, but we are winning the war, as these labeling initiatives have raised a considerable amount of public awareness.
The insanity has gone far enough, which is why I encourage you to boycott every single product owned by members of the GMA, including natural and organic brands. More than 80 percent of our support comes from individual consumers like you, who understand that real change comes from the grassroots.
Thankfully, we have organizations like the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to fight back against these junk food manufacturers, pesticide producers, and corporate giants.
Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More
Together, Let's Help OCA Get The Funding They Deserve
Let’s Help OCA get the funding it deserves. I have found very few organizations who are as effective and efficient as OCA. It’s a public interest organization dedicated to promoting health justice and sustainability. A central focus of the OCA is building a healthy, equitable, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. That's why I'm proud to announce I will be matching donations up to $250,000 this week.
Please make a donation to help OCA fight for GMO labeling.