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Red Herring Alert: Subsidies in Place Before Obamacare, But Now Poor People Get 'Em, Too

Red Herring Alert: Subsidies in Place Before Obamacare, But Now Poor People Get 'Em, Too
People love to complain that Obamacare is a free handout. But subsidies (i.e. "free stuff") were in place for health care before we ever had the law. Only difference? Now poorer people get the discounts, too. Apparently that makes certain people very angry.
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REPORT: Of Discouraging $110B in Corporate Welfare, $88M Goes to Koch Industries

REPORT: Of Discouraging $110B in Corporate Welfare, $88M Goes to Koch Industries
A new report provides detail on our ‘corporate welfare state’ and the way large corporations benefit from programs being sold to the public as beneficial to American citizens. In total, state and local governments have handed out $110 billion in corporate welfare. If that's not bad enough, $88 million has been siphoned off by the free market championing Koch Brothers.
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TX Drunk-Driving Teen Who Killed 4 People Highlights America's 'Affluenza' Affliction

TX Drunk-Driving Teen Who Killed 4 People Highlights America's 'Affluenza' Affliction
Two weeks ago, Ethan Couch, a TX teen, killed four Texans. He got behind the wheel of his car with three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood, mowed down several pedestrians, and now four families are without their children. The judge let Ethan off with 10 years probation and prescribed therapy. The defense argued that Ethan has "affluenza," a condition by which rich people don't understand and are thus not responsible for the consequences of their actions.
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Tax Exemption for Churches Ruled Unconstitutional in Federal Court

Tax Exemption for Churches Ruled Unconstitutional in Federal Court
Last week, the Freedom From Religion Foundation won a decision in the United States District Court in Wisconsin in their case that challenged a little-known law established specifically to provide government subsidies to churches. The parsonage exemption was passed at the height of the Red Scare and is estimated to save "ministers of the gospel" billions of dollars in taxes every year.
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Austin City Council Passes Landmark Wage Requirements for Development Incentives

Austin City Council Passes Landmark Wage Requirements for Development Incentives
Last week, the Austin City Council voted 6-1 to require that construction workers be paid the prevailing wage by companies who seek economic development incentives from the city. Austin is now the second and largest city in Texas to have such requirements.
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