When you sell the farm, the farm’s gone.
Is it already too late for America? I’m starting to think that the anti-tax, anti-government conservative movement that started in the mid-70s, elected Reagan and led [...]
You have probably been hearing about “the debt crisis.” I can’t open a newspaper or turn on the radio or TV without hearing about “the debt crisis.” Well stop calling it that, because that isn’t what is going on. There is no debt crisis; the only crisis going on is the threat of several members [...]
In the middle of the DC frenzy over a contrived “debt crisis” a new, major poll shows what other polls have shown: voters want Washington to act on jobs (and jobs fix deficits), especially in manufacturing, but don’t think that our elected officials are paying attention. By more than two-to-one, voters want Washington [...]
Teen suicides are sweeping Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Minnesota district, particularly among gay and bullied teens. The epidemic has alarmed residents as well as state public-health officials, and is leading critics to blame the Republican congresswoman and her antigay allies.
“I feel if I hadn’t moved to this district my daughter wouldn’t have died,” said [...]
WISE, VA: A pregnant woman’s water broke as she awaited free dental care at the Wise County, VA fairgrounds on Saturday. She had stood in line in hot and muggy weather with over a thousand others to get a numbered ticket at the 12th annual Remote Area Medical (RAM) Health Expedition. According to RAM staffer, [...]
I am coming late to the reporting and analysis of the Norway bombing, but allow me to connect current events with some of the themes I have been writing about in recent years.
The Norway bombing in all of its dimensions — the initial false assumption and reporting that it was Islamic terrorism; media [...]
Step back from the day-to-day, hour-to-hour details of the debt-ceiling negotiations for a minute and look at the bigger picture. Look what we’re in the middle of. Our legislators are being stampeded by a manufactured “crisis” into profoundly changing the nature of our country and who our economy is “for,” on extremely short [...]
The conservatives are following up on their decades-old plan to use tax cuts to create terrible deficits, and then use the resulting “debt crisis” to cut government. But cutting government doesn’t mean the costs go away, it means that we each have to bear those costs ourselves, [...]
One of New York City’s largest retail developers, Related, is reportedly in talks to help Walmart build its first of many stores in NYC. Despite vocal opposition from residents of the East New York section of Brooklyn (in which the store would be built), Related has declined repeated invitations to participate in public forums to [...]
Today’s GOP has bet the proverbial farm on Grover Norquist’s ‘No New Taxes’ mantra above and beyond everything else going on with our nation today.
Aside from supporting state’s with new and continued GOP majorities on attacking women’s healthcare, and any attempt to grant LGBT’s equal human rights (All causes that only [...]
Our deficit and debt came from cutting taxes on the rich and big corporations, increasing military spending and sweetheart deals with big pharma and health insurance companies. Elite “solutions” always involve cutting back what We, the People do for each other while keeping taxes low for the rich and big corporations. The latest “Gang of [...]
In the UK the News-Of-The-World/News Corp/Murdoch scandal seems to be reawakening democracy. A big, powerful corporation has been found to be engaged in criminal activity, manipulating news, paying off police and politicians, and generally getting its way. The people, press and politicians are rising up, holding the company and its executives legally accountable [...]
The massive amounts of money America’s rich spend to keep from paying taxes seems as irrational as it is obsessively ideological. There’s something creepily cultish about it. This week’s massive leak of corporate-written model legislation from the Koch brothers-financed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has further exposed the depth and breadth of the [...]
Krugman has a good column today looking at the insanity inherent in the GOP’s new and extreme adherence to ideological purity-tests. In the middle of it, however, the following passage jumped out at me:
Supply-side voodoo — which claims that tax cuts pay for themselves and/or that any rise in taxes would lead to [...]
(Cross-posted from The New York Communities for Change blog)
Maribel Toure was hit by a taxi on her way to work as an X-Ray Technician in 2009. Because of her injuries, she was unable to work for four months.
Just a few weeks before Maribel’s accident, her husband was laid off from his [...]
Ohio’s Capitol building is adding a bar that will sell beer, wine, and liquor, and feature “private happy hours” for Ohio lawmakers.
There will be no guns allowed in this bar, even though Ohio’s GOP Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law this week that allows Ohio gun owners to carry concealed [...]
"The world is a rigged game"
Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone: “Word has leaked out that the London-based firm ICAP, the world’s largest broker of interest-rate swaps, is being investigated by American authorities for behavior that sounds eerily reminiscent of the Libor mess. Regulators are looking into whether or not a small group of brokers at ICAP may have worked with up to 15 of the world’s largest banks to manipulate ISDAfix, a benchmark number used around the world to calculate the prices of interest-rate swaps.”
On winning and values
So, right-wingers, you want a society where families are stable, where everybody looks like you and shares your Christian faith, and where the government pretty much stays out of your business? It’s not in some Randian fantasy, it’s right here in the USA.
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