Category: Entitlements


Overpaid Federal Employees

 

 

 

 

 

” With the election only weeks away, pundits are visualizing how a Republican-controlled Senate would impact future policy decisions.  Today’s Washington Post highlights the supposed plight of federal workers under a Republican Congress.

  The piece discusses House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal:

  Under the Ryan budget, the contribution of most federal employees toward their retirement plan would increase by 5.5 percentage points with no increase in benefits — effectively a pay cut. Ryan emphasizes a “defined-contribution system” that centers on employee payments to their retirement program instead of the current system, which includes pensions from the U.S. government. He estimated his plan would save the government $125 billion over 10 years.

That $125 billion in savings, however, would come from the pockets of federal employees.

  The piece continues in a similar vein discussing Republican-supported legislation that would make it easier for federal employees to be disciplined, fired, and restricted in their conference expenditures–all  reasonable proposals. It cites federal employee union officials on the difficulties these policies would place on federal workers.

  But the piece fails to mention the elephant in the room: federal employees are compensated more generously than their private-sector counterparts.

  Using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the average wage for a federal civilian employee in 2013 was $81,076, compared to the average wage of $55,424 for private-sector employees. “

 

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War on Poverty Turns 50: Are We Winning Yet?

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” The War on Poverty is 50 years old. Over that time, federal and state governments have spent more than $19 trillion fighting poverty. But what have we really accomplished?

  Although far from conclusive, the evidence suggests that we have successfully reduced many of the deprivations of material poverty, especially in the early years of the War on Poverty. However, these efforts were more successful among socioeconomically stable groups such as the elderly than low-income groups facing other social problems. Moreover, other factors like the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the expansion of economic opportunities to African Americans and women, increased private charity, and general economic growth may all have played a role in whatever poverty reduction occurred. “

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Judge Judy Lays A Smackdown On Leeching Woman With 5 Kids

 

 

 

 

An all powerful government breeds an all dependent society .

Poorer Conservatives More Generous Than Wealthy Liberals

 

 

American Giving

 

 

 

” Less well-off families from red states donate a relatively higher – and growing – proportion of their money to charity, while those at the top have been giving a smaller share as their income has increased, a new extensive study has revealed.

  Respected non-government sector newspaper The Philanthropy Chronicle collated the itemized charity deductions on the tax returns of hundreds of millions of Americans between 2006 and 2012, the latest year available. While only about a third of all givers write off their charity expenses, the sums included about 80 percent of all donations in the country.

  The study noted that while the amount of charitable giving by the US as a nation has remained steady at 3 percent, the poorer people are, the greater amount they spend on charity. And this trend has been exacerbated in the years covered by the study, which showed that those earning $25,000 or less contributed 16.6 percent more of their income, while those with incomes of over $200,000 were spending 4.5 percent less of their money on charity in 2012 than in 2006. The study does not give the countrywide overall percentage of money donated by each group.”

 

 

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Record 92.6 Million Americans Not In Labor Force

 

 

 

 

 

” While by now everyone should know the answer, for those curious why the US unemployment rate just slid once more to a meager 5.9%, the lowest print since the summer of 2008, the answer is the same one we have shown every month since 2010: the collapse in the labor force participation rate, which in September slid from an already three decade low 62.8% to 62.7% – the lowest in over 36 years, matching the February 1978 lows. And while according to the Household Survey, 232,000 people found jobs, what is more disturbing is that the people not in the labor force, rose to a new record high, increasing by 315,000 to 92.6 million! “

 

Tyler Durden has more at Zero Hedge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By The Numbers: Surging Immigrant Population Sets Record

 

 

Infographic by Nicole Rusenko

 

 

 

” Nearly four times as many legal and illegal immigrants live in the United States as did in 1970, according to a report issued by the Center for Immigration Studies.

  According to the report, which is based on U.S. Census data, the number of immigrants coming from India, China, Latin America, and countries in the Caribbean and Middle East increased the most between 2010 and 2013. The number of immigrants coming to the United States from Europe steadily declined.

  Between 2010 and 2013, 4 million new immigrants settled in the United States; and since 2007, when the Great Recession began, at least 7.5 million immigrants have settled in this country, according to the report.”

 

Daily Signal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Handy Animated Infographic Shows What The U.S. Spends Our Taxpayer Money On Every Second

 

 

 

 

 

 

” PolicyMic came up with a handy infographic that shows how the U.S. spends of American taxpayer’s money: $15,700 every second.

  As you can see, there’s a lot of blinking going on, but not much ado about the U.S.’ burgeoning welfare state – and the over $17 trillion in national debt that comes with it (not to mention the roughly $100 trillion in debt liabilities). “

 

 

Read more from Kyle Becker at IJR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NY Democrats Seek Citizen Rights For Illegal Immigrants

Illegal aliens in New York could score billions in Medicaid and college-tuition money — along with driver’s licenses, voting rights and even the ability to run for office — if Democrats win control of the state Senate in November, the Post has learned.

  A little-known bill, dubbed “New York is Home,” would offer the most sweeping amnesty available anywhere in the country to nearly 3 million noncitizens living in the Empire State.

  It would bar police from releasing any information about them to the feds, unless it involves a criminal warrant unrelated to their immigration status.

  Under the proposed legislation, undocumented immigrants could also apply for professional licenses and serve on juries.

  The plan hinges on Democrats — who now control both the governorship and the state Assembly — wresting control of the Senate from Republicans, who oppose immigration amnesty.”

From the text of the bill itself here is it’s stated purpose:

” PURPOSE: To establish New York State citizenship, regardless of immigration status, and providing certain rights and benefits to persons with such citizenship. “

   As usual the co-sponsors of this proposed piece of legislation have absolutely no idea of the monetary implications to the taxpayers of the state they are sworn to represent . Buried at the very bottom of the bill is this important tidbit of information :

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined

  LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined. “

   Read the whole bill . It is not overly long , nor is it filled with an excess of legalese . The implications are plain for all to see .

    Vote buying and pandering pure and simple … all to be paid for by the sweat and toil of the very people these shameful politicians are supposed to be representing . Read more at the NY Post

At $286K, Members Of Congress Earn A Lot for How Little They Accomplish

 

 

 

 

 

” Congress has just returned from a 5-week recess to a lot of unfinished business—it has yet to send even one of the 12 spending bills due on Sept. 30 to the president’s desk.

  A new report by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and Our Generation reveals that members of Congress take home a big paycheck for meager results in Washington. At $174,000, members of Congress make more than 95 percent of American income earners. Once generous benefits are added, members’ compensation totals $286,000 per year. And at least one member of Congress argued recently even this generous compensation package wasn’t enough—that Congress also should get a housing stipend.

  Congress’s main job is to budget. But when it comes to passing annual spending bills, members of Congress have not accomplished that in full and on time since 1997. Many were hopeful Congress would use this year’s head start into the appropriations process (Congress agreed on the spending level in December 2013, instead of April 2014) to actually meet the deadlines, but such hope has long given way to resignation. There is simply not enough time left in this fiscal year. “

 

 

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The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 On Welfare

 

 

 

 

 

” 109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

  The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014.

  But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

  When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs — such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and veterans benefits — were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012.

  Subtract the 3,297,000 who were receiving veterans’ benefits from the total, and that leaves 150,026,000 people receiving non-veterans’ benefits.

  The 153,323,000 total benefit-takers at the end of 2012, said the Census Bureau, equaled 49.5 percent of the population. The 150,026,000 taking benefits other than veterans’ benefits equaled about 48.5 percent of the population. “

 

CNS News has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Government Has No Receipts For Thousands Of Unaccompanied Alien Children

 

 

 

 

” The Department of Justice does not have receipts for more than half of the unaccompanied alien children apprehended at the southwest border by Border Patrol since the start of fiscal year 2013, government records show.  

  U.S. Customs and Border Protection data show more than 85,000 total apprehensions of unaccompanied alien children during fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014 through June. Information from the same time period provided toNational Review Online by the DOJ’s Executive Office for Immigration Review shows 41,592 total receipts marked as juvenile in immigration courts. Kathryn Mattingly, spokesperson for EOIR, tells NRO the receipts refer to new Notices to Appear (NTA) — the document the Department of Homeland Security uses to charge an illegal immigrant with being removable from the United States.”

 

National Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Census Bureau: One New Migrant Enters U.S. Every 40 Seconds

 

 

Populous Nations

 

 

 

” The Census Bureau calculates that one person enters the United States legally, on net, every 40 seconds.

  The Census Bureau’s U.S. and World Population Clock lists  “components of population change” on the website: “one birth every 7 seconds;” “one death every 13 seconds;” “one international migrant (net) every 40 seconds;” making for a “net gain of one person every 12 seconds.”

  The Census provides some background on the immigration debate in the United States on August 3rd, apropos of the 131st anniversary of the law banning people from immigrating to the United States if they were likely to need government assistance. “

 

The Corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swiss To Vote On $25 An Hour Minimum Wage

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A vote on Sunday to establish a minimum wage of $25 an hour would make mostly immigrants here in agriculture, housekeeping, and catering among the world’s highest paid unskilled workforce.

  The vote comes after hundreds of fast-food workers walked off their jobs in many U.S. cities and in more than 30 countries on Thursday in a protest for higher wages. If the Swiss proposal passes, the country would have the highest minimum wage in the world.

  But some who would be eligible for the higher wage worry that it may do more harm than good.

  Luisa Almeida is an immigrant from Portugal who works in Switzerland as a housekeeper and nanny. Almeida’s earnings of $3,250 a month are below the proposed minimum wage but still much more than she’d make in Portugal.

  Since she is not a Swiss citizen, she cannot vote but if she could, “I would vote ‘no’,” she says.

If my employer had to pay me more money, he wouldn’t be able to keep me on and I’d lose the job.” “

 

 

    If this minimum wage law passes get ready to see Switzerland’s low unemployment rate skyrocket as all wages will necessarily have to rise . If your average laborer is making a grand a week where does that leave the tradesmen and civil servants ?

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Meet The Poster Child For ‘White Privilege’ – Then Have Your Mind Blown

 

 

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” He’s 20, he’s white, and he’s a freshman at Princeton University.

  According to the ethnic and feminist studies college students and professors who frequently and vehemently complain that this country is steeped in racism and sexism and is only fair and just and equal for white, heterosexual males – he is the poster child for so-called “White Privilege.”

  His name is Tal Fortgang, and just eight months into his Ivy League experience, he’s been told on numerous occasions to “check his privilege” – a phrase that has taken social media social justice campaigning by storm.

   It is meant to remind white, heterosexual males that they have it so good because they’re white, heterosexual males. They haven’t faced tough times, they don’t know what it’s like to be judged by the color of their skin.

  Oh, but they do.

  Those sick of being labeled are the very same ones doing it to others, and Tal Fortgang has a powerful message for them:

  There is a phrase that floats around college campuses, Princeton being no exception, that threatens to strike down opinions without regard for their merits, but rather solely on the basis of the person that voiced them. “Check your privilege,” the saying goes, and I have been reprimanded by it several times this year. The phrase, handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laser-like at my pinkish-peach complexion, my maleness, and the nerve I displayed in offering an opinion rooted in a personal Weltanschauung. “Check your privilege,” they tell me in a command that teeters between an imposition to actually explore how I got where I am, and a reminder that I ought to feel personally apologetic because white males seem to pull most of the strings in the world.

  I do not accuse those who “check” me and my perspective of overt racism, although the phrase, which assumes that simply because I belong to a certain ethnic group I should be judged collectively with it, toes that line. But I do condemn them for diminishing everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life, and for ascribing all the fruit I reap not to the seeds I sow but to some invisible patron saint of white maleness who places it out for me before I even arrive. Furthermore, I condemn them for casting the equal protection clause, indeed the very idea of a meritocracy, as a myth, and for declaring that we are all governed by invisible forces (some would call them “stigmas” or “societal norms”), that our nation runs on racist and sexist conspiracies. Forget “you didn’t build that;” check your privilege and realize that nothing you have accomplished is real.”

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Desert Rescue Beacons Let Immigrants Call For Help

 

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” Thorn-coated bushes, rock-covered terrain, scorching temperatures. A hissing rattlesnake.

  These are just few of the many perils Mexican migrants crossing the Southern Arizona desert encounter every day. And far more of them will attempt to cross this summer, the U.S. Border Patrol predicts.

  The agency unveiled its plans Wednesday for dealing with the problem of immigrants dying in the desert, including 10 new beacons that allow migrants to call for help at the push of a red button. The agency is also adding new hoisting systems on helicopters to rescue immigrants.

  The beacons are 30-feet-tall and solar powered. They have sun reflectors and blue lights on top that are visible for 10 miles. The beacons have signs in three languages that direct users to push a red button that sends out a signal for help. Response times vary from 10 minutes to an hour depending on where the nearest agents are located. “

 

 

 

    Wouldn’t it be cheaper if we just let them take the g*d-damned train ? J*sus H Ch*ist , WTF is wrong with this government’s priorities ? 

    On second thought , if the State is so bloody concerned with the law-breaker’s welfare why don’t we let them stay in their own country and the Feds can just mail them their checks at home ? We’ll just pay them to stay in their own countries and then we needn’t worry that they might get hurt making the journey .

 

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Obama Family Sets All-Time Record For Travel Expenses

 

 

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” Judicial Watch reported that the Obamas have set a new record for vacations on the backs of Americans taxpayers. Remember, this included an extended stay in Hawaii for one Michele Obama, who wished to celebrate her 50th b-day at Oprah’s home there.

  The conservative action group had to file a lawsuit to obtain the records from the US Air Force, marking a new low for US politics. The Obamas spent over $7.4 million during 2013, merely for flight expenses

Via JW:

  Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in August 2013, after being repeatedly beat back by the White House. The group reported:

* The outbound flight to Honolulu for the Obamas’ 2012-13 Christmas vacation cost taxpayers $2, 214, 393.60. The return flight to Washington cost $1,871,961.60. Flight expenditures alone came to $4,086,355.20.

* The outbound flight to California in August, 2013 for Obama to dine with Katzenberg and appear on the “The Tonight Show” cost taxpayers $1,209,926.40. The return flight to Washington cost $935,980.80. Flight expenditures alone came to $2,145,907.20.

* The outbound flight to Martha’s Vineyard for the Obama family’s August vacation cost taxpayers $890,323.20. The return flight to Washington cost $273,945.60. Flight expenditures alone came to $1,164,268.80.

* The grand total of $7,396,531.20, Judicial Watch pointed out, only accounted for flight expenses for the three trips.

“The fact is, the Obamas are abusing the public trust and the taxpayers with unnecessary luxurious vacations and travel,” Judicial Watch said. “These staggering costs show why these documents were covered-up and we had to sue in federal court to get them. Another transparency fail for the Obama gang, but thanks to our federal lawsuit it is another accountability win for the American taxpayer.”

 

Thanks to Rand Paul Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video: Toyota Bailing On California

 

 

 

Toyota Is Dallas Bound

 

 

 

” The world’s leading automotive maker will follow the lead of its competitors and other large businesses, and leave California for better business climates elsewhere. Toyota had its US headquarters in Torrance for more than three decades, but now nearly 5,000 jobs will shift to Texas:

  Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker’s plans. …

The automaker won’t be the first big company Texas has poached from California.

  Occidental Petroleum Corp. said in February that it was relocating from Los Angeles to Houston, making it one of around 60 companies that have moved to Texas since July 2012, according to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.”

 

 

Hot Air has more on the ongoing California business exodus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Marine Says Clive Bundy Is NOT A Racist

 

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Charlie Delta
The media distorts information to the point of social division. This is a photo of myself and the resilient, often charismatic, and maybe not so tactful Cliven Bundy. He’s a cowboy and a helluva family man, not an orator. One thing he definitely isn’t – a racist. I found his comments to not only be NOT racist, but his own view of his experiences.”

 

 

   While Kevin Jackson of The BlackSphere has the entire letter from Charlie Delta , other black spokesmen have also stepped up to the plate in defense of Cliven Bundy’s ill-phrased but ultimately correct statement regarding the culture of government dependency that has managed to keep the black community from “fleeing the plantation” for over two generations .

 While personalities like Glenn  Beck and Sean Hannity have fled in terror from the Bundy remarks others with stronger spines have stepped up to explain Bundy’s poor choice of words and to re-iterate the important point that he was attempting to make , albeit in a decidedly insensitive way . Kyra Ann Davis went so far as to create a video that explains the import of Bundy’s point regardless of his ignorant , foot-in-mouth choice of words .

   Remember , Cliven Bundy is a simple rancher not a polished public speaker and Lord knows we’ve heard plenty of ignorant , racist statements from those who do have plenty of public speaking experience … Joe Biden , Al Sharpton , Jesse Jackson and others immediately leap to mind . 

Watch Ms Davis’s video below and make up your own mind . Remember that the MSM has a vested interest in protecting the powers that be and in no way reflect the interests of the public at large . They are to all appearances now nothing more than mouthpieces of the State .

 

 

 

    This is just another attempt to shout “Squirrel” and deflect attention from the larger point that the Federal government becomes more burdensome and overbearing by the day and the average citizen is becoming wise to that fact despite the MSM’s Herculean attempts to preserve the status quo .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Allen Calls California Socialist State

 

 

 

 

    Come to California , you can sleep on the streets and if you stay long enough the State will give you free stuff . Phones , Birkenstocks , cargo shorts … even a Tesla … LOL

Niger Innis: Cliven Bundy ‘Clumsily’ Stated An Important Point

 

 

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” After a lengthy conversation, embattled Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy finally understood the racist tone of his remarks and apologized privately, according to Niger Innis, the national spokesman for the Congress of Racial Equality.

  Many of those who came to the support of the 67-year-old fled for cover when The New York Times quoted him as saying he was “wondering” if blacks are better off now than they were under slavery.

  Innis, who is running for Congress in Nevada, told J.D. Hayworth on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV that he spoke with Bundy for about an hour on Thursday and finally got him to realize the repugnant nature of his comments.

  Innis said that he does not believe Bundy to be inherently racist but said that he “clumsily” used a bad metaphor to try and make an important point.

” What would’ve been better is if Cliven had said, ‘Look, there are a number of blacks and Latinos and poor whites now that are involved in a real slavery which is the slavery of government dependence,'” Innis said. “I’m up here in Tonopah, which is part of my district, and I was just talking with a local businesswoman who pointed across the street and talked to me about low income housing or free government subsidized housing and how the people there do not work because they don’t have to.

They may not even know that they are slaves, but there is in fact a neoslavery that exists. When you take out individual initiative, individual responsibility and the hope that every individual is born with, to better their lives, to climb the economic ladder, to pursue happiness, that is in fact a neoslavery.”

 

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War On Free Speech: Starkville, Mississippi Aldermen Want Twitter Parodist Arrested

 

 

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” The War on Free Speech marches into Starkville, Mississippi, where police are seeking the master criminals who lampooned Starkville Aldermen David Little and Ben Carver using the Twitter accounts @DavidLittleBOA and @BenCarverPray.

The Daily Dolt notes:

  The two aldermen came under fire recently after instigating the removal of Starkville’s highly popular Chief Administration Officer Lynn Spruill without providing any reason for the coup other than Carver’s comment that he “prayed” about it and God told him to kick her to the curb (hence the parody handle @BenCarverPrays).”

 

 

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   The other day we reported on the mayor of Peoria using the police to stifle dissent and in just a matter of days the tactic has reared it’s ugly head again , this time in Mississippi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers

 

 

Entitlement Nation

 

 

 

 

” Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.
 
  That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.

  These are the people who built America, and these are the people who can sustain it as a free country. The liberal media have not made them famous like the polar bear, but they are truly a threatened species.”

 

 

Have a look at the numbers …

 

 

” In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 103,087,000 people worked full-time, year-round in the United States. “A full-time, year-round worker is a person who worked 35 or more hours per week (full time) and 50 or more weeks during the previous calendar year (year round),” said the Census Bureau. “For school personnel, summer vacation is counted as weeks worked if they are scheduled to return to their job in the fall.”

  Of the 103,087,000 full-time, year-round workers, 16,606,000 worked for the government. That included 12,597,000 who worked for state and local government and 4,009,000 who worked for the federal government.

  In the last quarter of 2011, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 82,457,000 people lived in households where one or more people were on Medicaid. 49,073,000 lived in households were someone got food stamps. 23,228,000 lived in households where one or more got WIC. 20,223,000 lived in households where one or more got SSI. 13,433,000 lived in public or government-subsidized housing.”

 

   Anyone can do this math , the system is unsustainable … The question is , ” By accident or by design ? ”

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‘Hucksters Rely On Us As Their Welfare’

 

 

 

“ See, my theory of government is really simple. It’s all about the street. Government should keep things off the street – thugs, the insane, invading armies – and keep things on the street – like cement and lamp posts. Everything else, we can handle, which is why I’m bummed that 110 days of my salary goes directly into the mouth of a blob that turns my efforts into useless poop.” “

More here

Do You Know Where Your 2014 Taxes Will Go? Well, Here’s An Amazing Infographic Which Breaks It Out Beautifully

 

 

Death and Taxes 2014: US Federal Budget
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By jess. Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

HT/Against Crony Capitalism

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