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An Open Letter to Congressman John Boehner

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 2 Replies

Some days ago, Congressman John Boehner (R - Ohio) wrote an op-ed piece entitled, "…Continue

Tags: president, Barack Obama, sue, John Boehner

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Age of Impunity

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 5 Replies

TomDispatch  http://t.co/nKYjnph4Ke"For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity.  …Continue

Why we're headed for another Great Crash

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 2. 1 Reply

Thom Hartmann makes a case that we're driving the economy to another Great Crash.The denial of fundamental economic principles is setting the world up for another Great Crash.... corporate banks have ... discovered that instead of lending money to…Continue

Tags: financialization

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 14, 2012 at 11:35am

Comment by Steph S. on November 12, 2012 at 5:53am

Love that graphic Grinning Cat. 

I hope he accomplishes some real change Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2012 at 12:44am

Grinning Cat, great cartoon! Just imagine, not being to buy office with money!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2012 at 12:43am

 The 2012 election represents a profound mandate for change the president must not now squander. Franklin Roosevelt  became the true champion of the working people in his second term and it could salvage the historic legacy of this president as well.

In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, the single most knowledgeable and effective exponent of consumer protection from financial industry scams, soundly beat Sen. Scott Brown, a champion of financial deregulation.

In Ohio, Sherrod Brown, the Democratic senator from Ohio who sponsored legislation that would break up the too big to fail banks, also won decisively, defeating banker-backed Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.

Robert Scheer, editor in chief of Truthdig,

Here is a new beginning that hold the potential to turn this country around. If we continue with oligarchs running our country, we have no country. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 8, 2012 at 10:33pm

Apropos politics and economics, at least: Jeff Stahler on the election (Nov. 8 cartoon)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 7, 2012 at 10:28pm

The Nation is Divided, Not between Whites and Minorities, But betwe...

I like this woman's report. 

Among whites, Obama won 39% of the vote—down from 43 % four years ago.

Among women, Obama won 55%, with an 11% advantage.

Of ages 18 to 24, Obama won 60% of voters.

Among Latinos, Obama won with a 44-point advantage.

Among Latinos, Romney won 27 % of the Hispanic vote, down from the 31 % who voted for the Republican candidate four years ago.

Of African-Americans, Obama won 93%.

Of Asians, Obama won 73% (who now make up 3% of the electorate.)

In the rust belt, Obama carried that section with Democratic Party’s old blue-collar base, which is largely white

Romney carried two groups: Americans over 65 and white men.

Romney’s cohort is made up of the people who ran this country in the 1980s. His supporters represent the past.

Obama won among the young people, Latinos and women who will shape this nation’s future. They will be our leaders.

"We have reached an inflection point in our history."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2012 at 1:48pm

Human (thanks Tony Carroll)

Comment by Steph S. on November 5, 2012 at 9:42pm
Great posts here! Catching up! I'm enjoying all the links and graphics.
Comment by Grinning Cat on November 5, 2012 at 10:54am

That's one more reason for U.S. voters to try to put Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress tomorrow!

Perhaps the overwhelming issue is that Republicans are much more complicit in threatening human survival on this planet for the sake of short-term profits. This is not a "lesser of two weevils" choice, not a time to risk the presidency or the Senate or House for the sake of a third party!

[donkey from Pam's Clipart; weevil from Bay of Fundie]

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 5, 2012 at 10:43am

Thanks, Joan, for a "must-read" article!

Nonpartisan Tax Report Withdrawn After G.O.P. Protest

Some noteworthy bits from the NYTimes piece: (ellipses and emphases mine)

When their math doesn’t add up, Republicans claim that their vague version of economic growth will somehow magically make up the difference. And when that is refuted, they’re left with nothing more to lean on than charges of bias against nonpartisan experts,” said Representative Sander Levin of Michigan, ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Jared Bernstein, a former economist for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. ... said the analysis did examine policy time lags and controlled for several outside factors, including monetary policy.

“This sounds to me like a complete political hit job and another example of people who don’t like the results and try to use backdoor ways to suppress them,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like this, and frankly, it makes me worried.”

copy of the withdrawn report is available at the NYTimes' link. Its summary states:

... the reduction in the top tax rates have had little association with saving, investment, or productivity growth. However, the top tax rate reductions appear to be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of the income distribution.

 
 
 

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