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Pay To Play Jan25

Pay To Play

Social Issues – The German city of Bonn is starting to reap the benefits of a new prostitution tax – one that’s paid by curbside “sex meters,” no less! These parking meter-like devices collected an impressive $20,000 since last August. It’s a trend that...

Chocolate Danish? Dec22

Chocolate Danish?

Social Issues – Denmark’s anti-fat crusaders are engineering their next economic assault on obesity, this time targeting sugar and chocolate consumption with a tax similar to one they recently placed on saturated fats. If the tax passes in parliament next week (as expected),...

Congressional Blow-Jobs Cost More Dec18

Congressional Blow-Jobs Cost More

Social Issues – According to the latest findings of Public Campaign, a non-partisan corporate watchdog organization, 30 massive U.S. corporations paid more money to Congressional lobbyists than they paid in taxes from 2008 – 2010. The report listed the profitable companies that had lobbying expenditures ranging from $710,000 to a whopping $84.4 million during the period analyzed. Only one of the companies paid federal corporate taxes. General Electric was classified as being the most prolific offender, spending over $39 million on lobbyists in 2010 alone to firms like Federal Policy Group and Capitol Tax Partners. While that might...