2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Sens. John Kyl, R-Ariz., and Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., are set to introduce a controversial amendment to the Senate budget resolution that would cut estate taxes for the wealthy and could cost the government an additional $250 billion between 2012 and 2021.
Proponents of that Kyl-Lincoln proposal — which would raise the estate tax exemption from $7 million per couple to $10 million and reduce the rate from 45 to 35 percent — claim that the amendment is in the best interests of small businesses and farm owners. But two liberal-leaning think tanks, the Center for Budget and Policy Alternatives and the Tax Policy Center have numbers that seriously undercut that argument.
The changes to the estate tax that were passed under former President Bush included a gradual phase-out of the tax, with a completely untaxed year in 2010. President Obama wants to eliminate that untaxed year, and keep the tax at this year’s levels, under which 997 out of 1,000 people have absolutely no taxes levied on their estates. What’s more, Tax Policy Center research found that only 5 of every 100,000 taxable estates consist primarily of small businesses and farms. It goes without saying, then, that Lincoln and Kyl’s amendement will benefit a tiny portion of the country.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.
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