The best actors in America are the business and government leaders who
impersonate job creators and makers of prosperity. For their stellar
performances over the past year, they deserve to be considered for the
special awards listed
Here are the nominees:
scored big-time, landing Mark Zuckerberg as a
roommate at Harvard, using American resources to score billions in
income, and then revoking his citizenship to avoid paying any
Thanks to a capital gains system that benefits the few over the many, the
twenty richest Americans
made more money in
than the entire
United States federal education budget
Double score! Wall Street bankers responsible for the financial crash not
only made it through another year
without a single
, but they continued to
score big bonuses
for their criminal behavior.
who are determined to cut Social Security built up their
personal retirement funds to an average of $9 million each.
AIG threatened to sue
the federal government for its own bailout
(because other companies got more money).
: "If capitalism is perceived to not be working in
America..it's because the system isn't capitalist enough."
: "Western-style private enterprise..will lead
the world out of the mess it led the world into."
WEDDING TUX: Former
Senator John Ensign
(R-NV) said "Marriage is the cornerstone on
which our society was founded." He later admitted that he had had an
extramarital affair with a former campaign staffer.
MOTHER GOOSE MASK:
Rep. Mark Foley
(R-FL) introduced a bill against child pornography
and supported sex offender laws. Then he was caught sending sexual
messages to underage male congressional pages.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais
(R-TN) said "All life should be cherished
and protected. We are pro-life." It was later learned that he had
encouraged both his lover and his wife to get abortions.
"I PAY TAXES" T-SHIRT:
Rep. Charlie Rangel
(D-NY) stepped down as chairman of the House Ways
and Means Committee after failing to pay income taxes. Later he said
"Governor Romney should come clean about the tax returns he's hiding
EARTH DAY SUIT:
won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change.
Utility bills for his 20-room Nashville mansion amounted to $30,000 in
Former Sen. Pete Domenici
kept secret that he fathered a child in the
1970s with the daughter of a Senate colleague. Then he voted to impeach
Bill Clinton and was quoted as saying "Truthfulness is the first
pillar of good character.."
BEST SELF-SUPPORTING ACTORS
: "We don't have an obligation to solve America's
: "Zero." (When asked what the corporate tax rate
: The wealthy "have an insufficient
influence" on politics today.
: "What's so terrible about the infusion of so
much money into the presidential campaign?"
(R-WI): "Some girls rape easy."
: "Rape victims should make the best of a bad
(R-MO): "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body
has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
(R-IN): "I think that even when life begins in
that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended
on Sandra Fluke defending contraception: "It makes
her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute..She's having so much sex
she can't afford the contraception."
BEST SONG (and dance, to the tune of "Fix the
of Goldman Sachs: "You're going to have to do
something, undoubtedly, to lower people's expectations of what they're
going to get."
: "Without much broader sacrifice..we will never
cure America's economic ills."
BEST ANIMATED SHORTS
: "I want my fair share - and that's ALL of
about Wall Street bonus cutbacks: "It's a
on the Financial Transaction Tax: "Thousands
of high-paying jobs would leave the U.S."
after laundering money through drug cartels: We are
1. 2012 was the
best year ever: Poverty and Inequality Down.
-- This documentary skillfully looks beyond the fact that the
half the people of the world
- three billion people - live on less
than $2.50 a day, with
between 1981 and 2008. As for inequality, if China is
global income gap
has risen dramatically, even though
has risen steadily.
2. The Verizon Story
-- An overview of the popular company over the past five years.
Verizon paid negative
from 2008 to 2010. A company spokesman said, "The fact is,
Verizon fully complies with all tax laws and pays its fair share of
taxes." Over approximately the same period, Verizon
laid off 30,000 workers
. Today, because of Verizon/AT&T market
dominance, users in South Korea, Hong Kong, and Europe get much
faster service at a much lower price
. Verizon is one of the
in Washington, using its money and muscle to
3. Sour Apple
-- Behind the scenes at the company with all our favorite gadgets.
Apple got its
down to 9.8% last year. About 2/3 of its profits remain
for tax avoidance purposes. For state avoidance purposes,
the Cupertino, California company claims residence in
. Apple claims to have added
to the U.S. economy, but it only has 47,000 U.S.
employees. It is
that the company makes $420,000 profit per employee while
paying an average of
$12 per hour
for its store workers.
The JOBS Act
: Removing Protections for Small Investors
Electricity Freedom Act
: Repealing Renewable Energy
Right To Work Act
: Weakening Unions
: The Super-Rich
BEST MAKE UP
: "One of the favorite tricks of the left [is] this
politicization of science called manmade global warming."
: "Report: Global Warming Stopped 16 Years
Senator James Inhofe
: "The arrogance of people to think that we,
human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is
to me outrageous."
(of Jobs in the Mind)
: "The iPod/Facebook generation [has] the means to
find work and create careers that build on their own personal talents and
: "..borrow money if you have to from your parents,
start a business."
: "Over five million new jobs." He didn't
4.3 million jobs
that were lost after he became President.
BEST SCREEN PLAY
by moving them through Ireland and the Netherlands
and Bermuda, and then screens them again
in U.S. banks
to keep the money safe (although still
American "Ultra High Net Worth Individuals" are using overseas
tax havens to screen up to
of income every year.
Hedge fund managers screen their billions in Bermuda with a strategy
, which allow taxes to be deferred for
BEST SOUND MIXING
"I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an
America that's the America millions of Americans believe
BEST VISUAL EFFECT
being taught by Coca Cola and Hershey's
sponsoring Habitat for Humanity
sponsoring London Olympics 2012
: Why Couldn't They Just Let Us Run Their Country In
: Why Isn't Frederick Douglass in My Movie?
: When He's Picked Up at School in a Private
Prison Drug Sweep
Zero Dot Thirty
: The Percentage Of Accurate Drone Strikes
And THE WINNER IS
... the Financial Industry.
I'd like to thank Congress and the SEC and the Glass-Steagall repealers
and the ratings agencies and all my friends at the Federal Reserve, and
everyone who came through the revolving door of my life.
And to you, America: You dislike me, you really dislike me!
Paul Buchheit is a college teacher, an active member of US Uncut
Chicago, founder and developer of social justice and educational websites
(UsAgainstGreed.org, PayUpNow.org, RappingHistory.org), and the editor
and main author of
American Wars: Illusions and Realities" (Clarity Press). He can
be reached at paul@UsAgainstGreed.org.