There’s nothing “normal” about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a society has to make, and it’s a choice we need to make again in this generation, if we want to stop the destruction of the remnants of the last generation’s middle class.
Despite what you might read in the Wall Street Journal or see on Fox News, capitalism is not an economic system that produces a middle class. In fact, if left to its own devices, capitalism tends towards vast levels of inequality and monopoly. The natural and most stable state of capitalism actually looks a lot like the Victorian England depicted in Charles Dickens’ novels...
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Reaganomics killed America’s middle class - Salon.com:
Video at the link. Limbaugh Defends Indiana's RFRA By Comparing Gay Marriage To Bestiality | Video | Media Matters for America
Monday, March 30, 2015
Students upset they had to attend Ted Cruz's Liberty University event or face a fine:
..."At our school everyone is a Republican," she said. "You aren't allowed to have any Democratic groups. That's why I'm doing this anonymously because people will come after you. He told people what they wanted to hear and they are endorsing him, that’s what they are doing."
One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other: Why Elizabeth Warren Is Not Ted Cruz:
...Elizabeth Warren's primary mission during her time in the Senate is the re-establishment of an economic order with which most people were happy from 1945 until the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. There's nothing radical about the Glass-Steagall Act. There's nothing extreme about supporting both Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in their traditional forms...
Sunday, March 29, 2015
N0, not the Governor. ABC's Stephanopoulos Grills Gov. Mike Pence On Anti-LGBT Discrimination After Indiana "Religious Freedom" Law Passes | Video | Media Matters for America
Addicting Info – Chilling Audio With Student’s Last Words To Cop Released: ‘So You Are Going To Shoot Me?’ (VIDEOS):
In December 2013 a campus cop, shot honor student Cameron Redus dead in front of his Alamo Heights, Texas apartment at around 2:00 in the morning. Redus was a 23-year-old senior who would have graduated from Roman Catholic University of the Incarnate Word in the spring of 2014.
The details of the case remain murky, because of course Cpl. Chris Carter didn’t have his dash cam turned on. He claimed he stopped Redus for speeding and driving erratically, and that he had to shoot because Redus acted drunk and belligerent. Apparently, white privilege doesn’t go as far as it used to. Still, five shots seems rather excessive....
Saturday, March 28, 2015
By a 22-10 vote March 25, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee passed H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015.
Introduced Feb. 26 by Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, H.R. 1105 would repeal estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes permanently upon enactment...
The Long Run: Gingrich Stuck to Caustic Path in Ethics Battles - NYTimes.com:
...Mr. Gingrich, Democrats and Republicans here agree, emerged as one of Washington’s most aggressive practitioners of slash-and-burn politics; many fault him for erasing whatever civility once existed in the capital. He believed, and preached, that harsh language could win elections; in 1990, the political action committee he ran, Gopac, instructed Republican candidates to learn to “speak like Newt,” and offered a list of words to describe Democrats — like decay, traitors, radical, sick, destroy, pathetic, corrupt and shame...
Let’s Be Serious About Ted Cruz From The Start: He’s Too Extreme And Too Disliked To Win | FiveThirtyEight:
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s newly minted presidential campaign is the media equivalent of a juicy rib-eye that robbers use to distract a guard dog during a heist. He’ll get a ton of media attention, and he’ll get to spread his message — which may be all that Cruz is after — but Cruz almost certainly has no shot of winning the nomination, according to every indicator that predicts success in presidential primaries...
The Warren Effect: Here Is A Bluff That Needs To Be Called:
...This is a fight the Democratic party must have, if it's going to be worth a damn as a political entity. If some Democratic politicians line up on the wrong side, and they go down, so be it. The rest of the country has sacrificed enough for the plague-ridden benefits of its investor class.
Friday, March 27, 2015
The Pay-To-Play Allegation Walker's Watchdog Isn't Defending | Blog | Media Matters for America:
...At issue is over $1.5 million in donations made in 2012 to the Wisconsin Club for Growth (WCG), a group that defended the Governor during his 2012 recall election and is directed by Walker's campaign advisor, Yahoo News' Michael Isikoff reported on March 23. The donations were made by hardware store franchise owner John Menard Jr. According to Isikoff, in the years after Walker survived that recall election, Menard's business has benefited from "up to $1.8 million in special tax credits from a state economic development corporation that Walker chairs..."
Indianapolis looks to limit 'religious freedom' damage:
The reviews are in.
From institutions such as the NCAA to major employers such as Eli Lilly and Co. to the city's Republican mayor, Indiana's new "religious freedom" law is almost universally loathed by Indianapolis' political and economic elite...
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid Won't Seek Reelection in 2016 — The Atlantic:
Harry Reid, the longtime Democratic leader in the Senate, won't run for reelection in 2016, he announced on Friday. His departure will end an era marked equally by significant achievements—passage of the 2010 healthcare law being foremost—and long periods of gridlock that frustrated lawmakers and the public alike...
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The Kochs take millions in subsidies in Montana, then try to block Medicaid expansion - Salon.com:
In every red state where they’ve spent big, the Koch brothers have defeated Medicaid expansion, the piece of the Affordable Care Act that is optional for states and gives relief to the working poor. But in Montana — by some measurements the reddest state in the country — the Kochs are hitting the skids. Their monster political group, Americans for Prosperity, or AFP, has laid an egg. And Medicaid expansion now has a real chance of happening.
What’s gone wrong?...
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Male nurses scarce but still make more money than women RNs: study - Washington Times:
Even in an occupation that women overwhelmingly dominate, they still earn less than men, a study of nurses found.
The gender gap for registered nurses’ salaries amounts to a little over $5,000 yearly on average and it hasn’t budged in more than 20 years...
Exclusive: Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border - U.S. officials | Reuters:
Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict.
The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi'ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of U.S.-supported President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi...