Friday, March 11, 2011

VIDEO: The Mountain Goats :: Wisconsin Rally Songs

Below the jump, a video of The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle covering a Billy Bragg song called "Power in a Union" in support of the labor unions in Wisconsin. By attempting to limit bargaining rights, the state's politican's aren't just trying to reduce salaries and pensions, but eliminate the union's ability to ever get them back again. Read more here.
A message from Darnielle:
"Everybody knows I don't generally do the acoustic guitar guy rocking political jams deal but as a former member of SEIU 660 & the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians & a kid who benefitted from great teachers I wanted to spend tonight saying WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE xo jd"
More videos at John Darnielle's Vimeo here.

If states are trying to reduce the deficit, maybe there's a better solution. Here's a  a quick list of multi-million dollar corporations who don't pay taxes (courtesy of 2009 Bank of America didn't pay a single penny in federal income taxes while it paid its top executives $6 million to $30 million.

...between 2008-2010 Boeing didn't pay a single cent of U.S. federal corporate income taxes despite receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer funded subsidies. 2009 Exxon-Mobil paid $15 billion in taxes but not a single cent went to the American Treasury due to offshore subsidiary tax loopholes. Later that year Exxon-Mobil paid its CEO $30 million. 2009 General Electric (the world's largest corporation, by the way) paid nothing to the U.S. government. CEO earned $9 million... 2009 Wells Fargo didn't pay a single cent in federal taxes.

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