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We are at a pivotal moment in American history. … When large corporations and a few wealthy families can spend unlimited sums of money to buy and sell politicians, it is now clear to most Americans that the foundation of American democracy is under severe attack.”
From “Democracy or Oligarchy?” by , in the July/August 2014 special issue of .
(Steve Benen) The Texas governor’s National Guard plan seems unlikely to have much of an effect. Then again, the move may not have anything to do with public policy.
Guardsmen can’t arrest anyone, they definitely can’t fire on civilians, all they can do is wave to anyone crossing the border. So it’s not extremely clear what Perry expects them to do. Of course, this means that someone’s going to ask him what he expects, so someone did.
"I]f these children who’ve undergone these harrowing journeys, to escape the most desperate conditions in their home countries, have gotten this far, are they really going to be deterred by the presence of troops along the border who won’t shoot them and can’t arrest them?" Fox’s Chris Wallace asked Perry.
Rick didn’t have an answer. But all the ‘baggers and bigots — apparently completely ignorant of the fact that the Guard can’t actually do anything but soak up taxpayer money to pose for Perry’s grandstanding photo-op — are cheering it wildy. And that’s the point. This isn’t about Texas or America, it’s about Rick Perry ‘16.
“Once again, Texas taxpayers are being forced to pay for Governor Perry’s grandiose political ambitions,” Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) said in a statement. ”It is a costly misuse of our highly skilled National Guard to demand its service as a mere referral agent for children seeking refuge from abuse. Doing its job effectively, our Border Patrol does not need interference from either Governor Perry or vigilantes. We deserve Texas tough, but today we get only Texas Governor weak – weak on any bipartisan solutions, weak on any meaningful action.”
Take a break. Read about the western Roman empire. Seems that in order to generate income, they made the wealthy exempt from Taxes, you see how well it worked.
Scott Oakes (via moreleftthannot)
Yes we are living off the capital investment of the 50s and 60s. Without this investment Reaganomics would have collapsed immediately. The entire modern Conservative economic concept requires squeezing out all they can without reinvesting and then moving on to somewhere else without looking back.
I was born in the early 50′s, spent 8 years in the Air Force, and had the chance to raise two great kids and enjoy a prosperous America before the right wing tentacles grabbed two thirds of our government. I’ve watched this happen in my lifetime as have many of you. Please take a few…
It cut off, but here is the entire article:
These two are the best.
Nearly one in every 100 adults in America is in prison or jail.
Or, as John Oliver so helpfully points out, America has more prisoners at the moment than China. And we don’t have more of anything than China, ‘other than, of course, debt to China.’
Overcrowding in America’s prisons has become so pervasive that Sesame Street is now stepping in to explain just how we got here (2:30 minute mark)
"And of course, it’s tricky to know how to feel about all this because on the one hand, the war on drugs has completely solved our nation’s drug problem. So that’s good," Oliver jokes. "But on the other hand, our drug laws do seem to be a little draconian and a lot racist."
And Oliver isn’t wrong.
Drug offenders make up a shocking amount of prisoners in America’s penitentiary system.
Drug offenders account for more inmates than those being held on immigration-related charges, The Huffington Post reports:
"People convicted of two broad categories of nonviolent crimes — drugs and immigration — make up over 60 percent of the U.S. prison population,” The Huffington Post reported in March.”
No wonder we need John Oliver and Sesame Street to explain this system to us.
I mean not only do I have a bachelors and masters degree, but I also have 3 years of professional work experience. I’m willing to work holidays, nights, weekends; hell I’m even willing to pick up my life and move to another state (I’m in CA) so long as I get a professional job.
I’m quick on my feet, get things done with little to no supervision, have experience with ordering and invoices, customer service, cash management, organization, and a whole host of other things I’ve picked up on the way.
I mean really, whose a girl got to talk to get a job in this economy? It shouldn’t be this hard.