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Dick and Betsy DeVos avoided paying school taxes on summer home

Dick and Betsy DeVos avoided paying school taxes on summer home

Incoming Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos doesn’t just want to expand school choice, provide (unconstitutional) school vouchers so parents can use state tax dollars to send their children to private and religious schools, and privatize our public schools. She’d rather not pay school taxes at all, and was nabbed in a tax dragnet by the state of Michigan for trying to avoid paying […]

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More new sponsors for the 3rd Annual Eclectablog fundraiser + the 2016 Eclectagrog glass!

More new sponsors for the 3rd Annual Eclectablog fundraiser + the 2016 Eclectagrog glass!

The 2016 Eclectagrog souvenir beer glass! The new 2016 Eclectagrog beer glasses have arrived. If you come to our party on this Tuesday, May 17th, you’ll get to take one home as a souvenir! Tickets to the party are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. You can buy them now by clicking HERE. (If you aren’t able to […]

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Good news, GOP! You have no African-American outreach to piss away

Good news, GOP! You have no African-American outreach to piss away

Let’s begin with a tweet. This is honestly the most delusional thing I’ve ever read pic.twitter.com/H4DBai7xmy — Matt O’Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) March 2, 2016 Your delusion of the day comes from Republican consultant Rick Wilson. Wilson is one of the funnier, smarter and more honest Republicans I follow on Twitter — and I say that knowing my compliments can only hurt […]

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Aubrey McClendon, oil company magnate developing sensitive Lake Michigan dune area, indicted for bid rigging (UPDATED)

Aubrey McClendon, oil company magnate developing sensitive Lake Michigan dune area, indicted for bid rigging (UPDATED)

It’s been awhile since I have written about Aubrey McClendon, the wealth oil magnate working to develop a sensitive Lake Michigan dune area in Saugatuck. Back in 2011, I shared his close ties to Congressman Fred Upton and other very wealthy, very powerful men HERE and HERE. Well, McClendon is back in the news today, this time after being indicted […]

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This Holiday Season, Shop Responsibly

This Holiday Season, Shop Responsibly

It’s Thanksgiving week, the start of America’s favorite month­-long festival of capitalism. It starts this week with three of the biggest shopping days of the year, and no doubt many of you will be out there trying to score some bargains this weekend. If you’re headed out into the crowds or just planning on sitting at home and clicking your […]

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I want to thank Jeb Bush for running for president and for being so terrible at it

I want to thank Jeb Bush for running for president and for being so terrible at it

We live in an time when it often feels as if there are no consequences. After losing two wars, a financial crisis and a concerted effort to prevent a recovery, Republicans now hold more elected state and federal offices than any time since the Great Depression. Instead of preventing gun deaths, the gun industry profits off them by raising the […]

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I’d personally like to thank Dr. Walter J. Palmer, killer of Cecil the lion

I’d personally like to thank Dr. Walter J. Palmer, killer of Cecil the lion

My Facebook feed has been an endless stream of diatribes against Dr. Walter J. Palmer, DDS, the American dentist who paid over $50,000 to murder a lion lured out of a wildlife sanctuary. With the help of some guides, Palmer shot Cecil, a human-friendly animal, with a crossbow and then “hunted” him for the next 40+ hours as the animal […]

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One way to help correct radical income inequality

One way to help correct radical income inequality

Federal Communications Commission chairman Thomas Wheeler has proposed increasing the current Lifeline telephone subsidy to help the poor get Internet service. Such access is good for the economy, good for job and service searches, and good for connecting poor children and their families to their schools, churches, health care providers, and governmental institutions. Most of us know the Lifeline program […]

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Proportional fines: A way for the wealthy to give back to the society that has given them so much

Proportional fines: A way for the wealthy to give back to the society that has given them so much

A couple of weeks ago New York Times writer Neil Irwin wrote a piece in the Business Section about why a nation with our wealth is reluctant to ask for more from its richest citizens. Some of the reasons given included: low taxes encourage greater investment and entrepreneurship; the rich have grown accustomed to their income and have built their […]

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Athiests win victory in Warren, Michigan, allowed to have “Reason Station” in City Hall

Athiests win victory in Warren, Michigan, allowed to have “Reason Station” in City Hall

Last summer, Warren mayor James Fouts denied an athiest group the right to have a “Reason Station” in the Michigan city’s City Hall. The Reason Station was athiest Douglas Marshall’s response to a “Prayer Station” the mayor had allowed to set up shop in the City Hall atrium. When denying the permit to Marshall, Fouts compared athiests to the KKK […]

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Pope Francis and the Christmas Miracle

A few days ago I posted an article on my Facebook page about a speech Catholic Pope Francis gave, a speech the Washington Post described as “roughly the equivalent of a CEO sending his or her top executives off to Christmas vacation with a cleverly-worded list of everything they do wrong at the company.” The speech makes it clear that […]

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