So we don’t have a debt crisis, and never did. Why did everyone important seem to think otherwise? To be fair, there has been some real good news about the long-run fiscal prospect, mainly from health care. But it’s hard to escape the sense that debt panic was promoted because it served a political purpose — that many people were pushing the notion of a debt crisis as a way to attack Social Security and Medicare. And they did immense damage along the way, diverting the nation’s attention from its real problems — crippling unemployment, deteriorating infrastructure and more — for years on end. — The deficit crisis is fake. (via salon)
The surge of migrants coming to the U.S. from Central America is being fueled in part by the movement of guns heading in the other direction, from U.S. dealerships doing brisk business with the help of porous guns laws and a powerful gun lobby. — The NRA and Gun Trafficking are Adding Fuel to Border Migrant Crisis
Indiana Republican: 'No One Has the Guts' to Let the Poor 'Wither and Die' -
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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 .
Rick Perry can't explain what the National Guard is supposed to do at the border -
(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.
Regarding the highway bill, I think the current tea party obstructionists and others who oppose it are freeloaders. That’s right. Republicans like Eisenhower knew public infrastructure is an investment in the future. For the past few decades we have been enjoying the benefits of that without properly maintaining. That is freeloading on the “Greatest Generation” with little regard for the next generation. —
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.
America's Conservative Road to Destruction - A Brief History -
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…
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A few days after the NAFTA vote, the US Senate passed “the finest anticrime package in history” (Senator Orrin Hatch), calling for 100,000 new police, high-security regional prisons, boot camps for young offenders, extension of the death penalty and harsher sentencing, and other onerous conditions. Law enforcement experts interviewed by the press doubted that the legislation would have much effect on crime because it did not deal with the “causes of social disintegration that produce violent criminals.” Primary among those are the social and economic policies polarizing American society, carried another step forward by NAFTA. The concepts of “efficiency” and “health of the economy” preferred by wealth and privilege offer nothing to the growing sectors of the population that are useless for profit-making, driven to poverty and despair. If they cannot be confined to urban slums, they will have to be controlled in some other way. — Noam Chomsky, Profit Over People: Neoliberalism And Global Order (1997)
(Source: justinacuff, via iammyfather)
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.
Suicides accounted for 638 of the 910 gun deaths in Arizona in 2012, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Homicides came in a distant second at 246.
That same year, a total of 747 people died of motor-vehicle-related injuries.
Gun deaths have exceeded the number of motor-vehicle deaths in Arizona every year since 2009.
Firearm deaths by suicide have far exceeded gun homicides each year for the past decade.
This blows a big hole in the argument that gun ownership keeps people safer. — Arizona Republic, “Add these troubling facts to the gun-rights debate.” (via quickhits)