Hello Logan County! I am so glad to be alive and here with you again this week. Every week that I live is a precious week for me. I love life and all the people around me. I seldom meet a stranger and usually find common ground to converse with everyone.
I met a fine young man today at the Bethel Dipper in Russellville. He was Landen Stahl. I thought he was about 10 or 11 years old but when I asked he proudly told me he was seven years old on December 4. His mother confirmed his age and told me he had a brother who was 18 years old. Landen’s mother is Tammie Delello and his father John Stahl.
Landen told me his favorite thing to do was playing. He loves cats and plays with his cat every day. He also likes arts and crafts and he has a girl friend.
I think this young man will grow up to be a fine upstanding citizen who will do good things in the future.
Did You Know? 1.4 Million Americans have died in all war since 1776. 1.4 Million Americans died via household guns since 1968. 400,000 Americans died fighting in World War Il. 400,000 Americans have died via household fire arms since 2001. 3,400 Americas died via terrorism since 2001. 3,400 Americans died via household firearms since five weeks ago.
In one year the average American taxpayer making $50,000 a year pays: $36 towards food stamps, $6 for other safety net programs, $870 for corporate tax loopholes and $1,231 to offset losses from corporate overseas tax havens. We can afford to help the poor, not corporate welfare.
Wondering about our money problems? Corporations that paid No Taxes but received a Refund: BANK OF AMERICA: $1.9 billion tax refund despite making $4.4 billion in profits in 2010 and a $1.3 trillion government bailout. VERIZON: $42.4 billion in profits from 2008 – 2013, total tax refund in this time $732 million. MERICK: $5.7 billion in profits in the USA in 2009. Total tax refund $55 million. $53.4 billion stashed offshore to avoid taxes in 2012. PFIZER: 43 billion in profits from 2010 – 2012. Total tax refund in this time $2.2 billion. Stashed $73 billion offshore to avoid taxes. FEDEX: $2.7 billion in profits in 2011. Total tax refund was $135 million. Receives $1 billion per year from the United States Postal Service for deliveries. GENERAL ELECTRIC: $33.9 billion in profits from 2008 – 2015. Total tax refund in this time $2.9 billion. The government gave $16 billion during financial crisis. These are just six out of several hundred companies that did not pay taxes and stashed money in foreign countries.
In the last 5 years, the 200 most politically active companies in the U.S. spent $5.8 billion influencing our government. Those same companies got $4.4 trillion in taxpayer support —- earning a return of 750 times their investment.
“America does not have a money problem; it has a priorities problem – We give tax cuts to the wealthy and budget cuts to the poor.” Todd Huffman
Time to go. Good night sweet people and good night Mrs. Calabash wherever you are!
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email [email protected]