Posted by: cosmicgarden | July 30, 2012

Miracle Gro No No–Poison– (Why we will no longer buy Scott’s Miracle-Gro)

This guy is such a hypocrite. We can find better things to put on our plants.


James HagedornJames Hagedorn likes to fancy himself a CEO champion for common sense on health. A few years ago, his Scotts Miracle-Gro company started firing workers who smoked. People have to become responsible for their own risky behaviors, Hagedorn declared. But not apparently all people. Hagedorn has refused a request from his corporate board to quit piloting his own plane and even admits to catching up on his reading while flying, a real cockpit no-no. Hagedorn also hasn’t much minded putting others at risk. Scotts earlier this year had to pay $4.5 million in fines for two pesticide safety violations. Hagedorn’s response? Last month Scotts dumped $200,000 into an anti-regulation super PAC, becoming in the process one of the first publicly traded firms to take advantage of the 2010 court ruling that lets corporate cash go into political campaigns.

Stat of the Week

Could higher taxes on the rich erase the federal budget deficit? The Financial Times doesn’t think so. For taxes on the rich to cover the deficit, the prestigious journal notes, the top tax rate would have to rise to 91 percent. In the 1950s, the magazine fails to note, the top U.S. tax rate did run 91 percent.

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