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Archive for the day “May 20, 2011”

An NYT Article on the Oil Companies Tax Breaks

I just saw this article in the New York Times, which serves to highlight the disgraceful behavior of the oil companies and the politicians who let them get away with avoiding paying millions (billions?) of dollars back to the community coffers.

I can’t help wondering that if the Obama reelection team is serious about taking on these tax-dodgers, why not make this a single-issue campaign? These billions of dollars will immediately open economic options that can influence our lives and alieve much of the economic stress we are all feeling. Let’s focus on this very tangible and impactful issue.

Who knows? It might make it more difficult for the other side to focus their own campaign strategy on issues such as birth certificates.


Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/and on Twitter (#alonshalevsf).

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