Politicians love telling us that we can’t afford basic necessities like universal healthcare, debt-free college, infrastructure, and everything else, but when corporations come asking for money there always seems to be some lying around waiting for them. This is the case with Amazon, the multi-billion dollar company that is going to rake in more than $2.4 billion in tax subsidies with their new headquarters in Virginia and New York. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this corporate extortion and how it isn’t limited to Amazon.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced