seen and heard about town

Here’s a comment from a Columbia Spy post; don’t know if it’s true or not. May make sense for some.

“Kleen-rite bought the Vigies fire hall!! Lets go CEDC!!!”

Here’s the county’s info on parcel No. 1104063800000 – the Vigilant Steam Fire.

Heard this: An ambulance transport company was directed, “Don’t take the Ironville Pike out of town; it’s too uneven and bumpy.”

 Seen around the Internet this afternoon

Isn’t it a wonderful world?

It is if you’re a big bank and you write checks to those “guv’ment elected public servants”: Bank of America $1.27 billion U.S. mortgage penalty is voided.

B of A’s gifts, er, ah, contributions in the 2014 election:

Contributions to candidates: $1,846,108
Contributions to Leadership PACs: $418,020
Contributions to parties: $512,986
Contributions to 527 committees: $27,438
Contributions to outside spending groups: $168,642

It is if you’re the president of one of them “big banks” as well.

Public Citizen writes in an email:

“$27 million.

:That’s how much JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States, paid Jamie Dimon — its controversial CEO, who recently called a representative of community banks a “jerk” — last year.

It would take 1,790 people working 40 hours a week at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to match that.

“But it gets worse.

“Wall Street’s two highest-paid hedge fund managers pocketed $1.7 billion each in 2015.

“Combined, that’s 225,464 full-time minimum-wage workers. That’s more than the entire population of Richmond, Virginia, or Boise, Idaho, or Rochester, New York. (And it’s 126 Jamie Dimons — maybe that’s why he seems a little, uh, grumpy.)

“As Public Citizen President Robert Weissman noted to the media:

People are furious with a rigged system. They are furious with a financial system that lets so few make so much, when so many are making so little. And they can’t begin to comprehend how people making more than $1 billion a year pay a lower tax rate than people struggling to get by.

“But it gets worse still.

What do these obscenely wealthy people do with all that money?

“Well, surprise — or not — they spend some of it bankrolling political candidates to do their bidding, lobbying for even more deregulation and tax breaks, and pumping tens of millions into super PACs.

“For example, one of those top two hedge fund managers has given more than $3 million total to Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and the Republican National Committee. The other has poured $7 million into Hillary Clinton’s super PAC.

“Those amounts are a drop in the bucket to them.

“But — in the wake of Citizens United and other U.S. Supreme Court atrocities — this kind of spending is enough to undermine the basic democratic system on which our nation is founded.”

Still think the elected public servants are working for us?

One comment

  1. My elderly father was in the hospital ER on Easter Sunday of this year due to back pain. Upon discharge, he instructed me not to take him home via Ironville Pike. He said the same thing, it’s too bumpy. I had to go all out around in order to avoid that new road.

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