Perhaps politicians have reason to stop cowering in fear at the mere mention of the NRA. According to the NRA's tax forms, the organization lost money in 2014. Revenue was down $37 million from the previous year.
"Many of us go to dark places, sometimes for long periods, sometimes for short periods. But the darkness passes."
In February 2013, a year before Eddie Zee Holmes was killed, the NRA lobbied against a law that would have required Washington State residents to store their guns safely. If the bill had passed, Eddie might still be alive. But the NRA and gun company executives put profits ahead of safety.
Imagine what our lives would look like if for the last several decades, the snack food industry had put a portion of every bag of chips ever purchased into a fund set aside strictly to promote and preserve your personal right to crunch.
Because of something called carried interest, the top 25 hedge fund mangers paid a lower tax rate than the average kindergarten teacher in 2014. Billionaire hedge fund managers don't need a tax break, and there is no reason this loophole should exist.
A live stream of Hedge Fund Billionaires vs. Kindergarten Teachers: Whose Side Are You On?, a new video from Brave New Films on the carried interest tax loophole. A screening of this film will take place at Pace University in New York City on Thursday, September 10 at 4:30 p.m.
Not one of us would stand by idly while a foreign government killed American grandmothers, children, and other innocent civilians via remote-controlled weapons that rain down death from the skies.
This isn't rocket science. If you put people who are sick in jail instead of a hospital they don't get better; if someone bounces between a cell and the street for years, they'll never find a stable place to live.