Bartcop said last issue, "What we need to do is make the tax system less friendly to the super-rich. If you're going to plug the loopholes, why not plug the GIANT ones?"
America voted to have Grandma eat dog food twice a week so Warren Buffet could add another $100K to his $40B empire?
"We must meet the GOP in the middle - that's what America wants."
This bit of nonsense brought to us by the obviously "liberal" Washington Post:
The president, whose middle name is "Hussein," was born in Hawaii and moved to Indonesia at age 6 to live with his mother and stepfather, who was Muslim. While there, he attended Catholic school and Muslim school. He also attended Muslim prayer services with his Indonesian stepfather. According to an interview he did in 2007 with the New York Times, he said that the Muslim call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset." [...]
...his demeanor and his approach to religion is the cause of most of the problems.
This is so shockingly dumb. Imagine, if you will, the Washington Post publishing an article about how the Clintons were to blame for Vince Foster's suicide. We're through the looking glass now.
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), one of DeMint's anti-earmark supporters, appears to have been playing "Santa Claus" by demanding money from the Affordable Care Act, Obama's health care reform law enacted early this year. Over the summer, Ensign sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting grant money authorized by the law for the University of Nevada School of Medicine for "Primary Care Residency Expansion."
The upside is that they will never repeal ARRA. They need it too much.
We live in a country where we take money away from the old and the sick to fund tax breaks for the super rich. Robin Hood must be spinning in his grave. Marc Perkel###
Nate has some info on the TSA backlash, including this poll:
Just as we were posting this item, a new poll came in from CBS News showing 81 percent of Americans supporting the full body scans. So, it does not appear that the high levels of support were an artifact of the timing of the previous surveys, most of which had been conducted shortly after the Christmas Day bombing attempt.
Nevertheless, I would guess that only somewhere between 1 and 5 percent of Americans have so far traveled through a security line where such machines were in use; it will probably take some time before we know where public opinion settles in on this topic.
Another issue is that most of these surveys are asking about the full-body machines in a vacuum. I'd be curious to see what the results were if respondents were asked to pick between full-body machines and traditional metal detectors.
I guarantee that 81% of the people who have had to go through one do not support the use of the machines.
Dude, where's my healthcare?
Newly minted Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md), defeated his Democratic opponent by railing against Obamacare and championing the brilliant idea that is Republikanz 4 Repealin' Healthkare.
Guess what Congressman Harris wanted to know after he showed up on Capitol Hill today, attended orientation, registered for class, got his Trapper Keeper, and went to his first period class?
"How come it takes so long for me to get my government-subsidized heaaalth insuuuurance! I want it now! NOW NOW NOW."
Activist judge Alito raising money for right-wing magazine.
$33 million per day. Fuck that.
Tonight, I went gone down the Michael Chertoff rabbit hole about how the RWNJs are destroying the country by subjecting us to humiliation by being fingered or microwaved before we board the aluminum tubes of death to fly to wherever, without thinking about it – or at least far enough:
"So… who do you think is responsible for this outrage," my interlocutor pressed.
"Follow the money," I started. "Chertoff's company makes these goddamn machines and…"
"Yes, all true. But who is making the choice to be groped or be radiated?"
"I blame Congress for buying those things…"
"That's not the answer," was the reply. And suddenly I saw my civics teacher from 7th grade standing before me, I saw the trophy that has my name on it — the first person in my school district who won the Civics prize each year from 7th through 12th grades– and I knew the answer: The Executive Branch enforces all laws.
So… direct your complaints to the White House. The Executive Branch alone is responsible for gawking at your junk and/or fingering your privates. The whole paranoid police state that started off with Chimpy McStagger continues, unabated with President Carebear.
We allow our privacy to be invaded, from monitoring our phone calls and emails, to our library habits, to what we watch on Cable TeeVee, what we Google, yes, we have given all of it away, no search warrant required. Think about the RFID chips in our passports, credit cards, cell phones and ask yourself who really wants to know where we are at all times… and why. We gave it all away during the Bush years and no, we do not have it back now that there is a Dim in office. Once you lose a right, it is lost forever until someone fights to have it restored.
It may sound strange that I'm kind of grateful that being groped, or radiated has finally woken us up to fighting for our rights, but in a way, I really am glad.
You can contact the White House here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact Let them know what you think.
Oh, and F**K YOU, Obama. Bite me.