Sunday, February 17, 2013

February 17

GOP Senator Would Take Away Health Coverage From 30 Million Americans To Avoid Military Cuts



Texas GOP state Rep. James White has introduced a bill that would allow public schools to offer an elective course on the use of firearms


I don't think it would be a stretch to say this statement from Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America sounds like a threat.

"When the colonists said you've become a tyrant, stop it, and when he wouldn't stop, we shot, and we got rid of your King," Pratt said, who went on to liken Obama to King George III.

Pratt said that President Obama "should remember King George III's experience" as he "seems to forget that he was democratically elected."

This is a ridiculous comparison because Larry Pratt and his cult of followers are represented by our democratically elected government, but merely being represented in government doesn't mean you are entitled to having it your way. And contrary to the example set by today's Republican party, the motto is majority rule, not minority rule.

I suppose if you're a patriarchal, privileged, paranoid, old white guy clinging to your guns and religion, "democracy" means something else entirely.




Carl Hiaasen: Rubio and the GOP's thirst for leadership


Joseph Stiglitz looks at the myth of social mobility.

The gap between aspiration and reality could hardly be wider. Today, the United States has less equality of opportunity than almost any other advanced industrial country. Study after study has exposed the myth that America is a land of opportunity. This is especially tragic: While Americans may differ on the desirability of equality of outcomes, there is near-universal consensus that inequality of opportunity is indefensible. The Pew Research Center has found that some 90 percent of Americans believe that the government should do everything it can to ensure equality of opportunity.

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