March 26, 2018

Meanwhile. . .

Poll finds 62% percent of Americans think the US is headed in the wrong direction.

For the most recent twelve month period  IRS referred only 1,824 taxpayers for criminal prosecution, compared with the same twelve month period four years ago when it had referred more than twice that number (3,896).   Indeed, IRS referrals have not been this low since  tracking began in FY 1986.

The total bonus pool for 176,900 Wall Street employees was 2.5 times the combined annual earnings of all 884,000 U.S. full-time minimum wage workers.

A new Brennan Center for Justice report projects the predicted Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives is nearly out of reach, blaming Republican gerrymandering. “Even a strong blue wave would crash against a wall of gerrymandered maps," the report says.

A staggering 94 percent of all state convictions now come from plea deals. Frightened by the alternative, the question is rarely about guilt or innocence, but about whether or not someone will be in prison for their entire adult life or just a sliver of it. People are basically scared into these pleas.

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