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An Open Letter to Congressman John Boehner

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

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

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Age of Impunity

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

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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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2012 at 10:19am

A Mysterious and Beautiful Woman Confronts Paul Krugman about Infla...

Pay particular attention starting at 2:58, "there have been people who did nothing wrong, be unemployed and have their lives destroyed, is just part of the way the capitalistic system is supposed to work."

~ Paul Krugman 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2012 at 3:28am

sk8eycat

A parody of "One Day More" from Les Miserables

http://www.onetermmore.com/video_subtitles.html

This piece is fantastic! A great piece to stir up electorate. 

Now, the question for me is, how can I vote for a man who brought into his cabinet men and women who hold values very different than my own and do not fit Obama's values that he espoused in his first campaign? Obviously, he didn't have Congressional support to put in place his programs, but with the people he brought in, 

Secretary Timothy F. Geithner mastermind of the bank bailouts, 

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., failed to prosecute; 

And then the Goldman Sachs crowd:

Ben Bernanke, 

Pete Peterson, 

Henry Paulson, leader of financial debacle;

Franklin Raines, of Fannie Mae has come under scrutiny; 

Rahm Emanel, 

Robert Rubin, a disgraced Citigroup executive;  

Alan Greenspan, didn't see bust coming. 

There is an interview I would like you to watch of a fellow I have been following for several years. I am interested in your reaction. 

Bill Black: Our System is So Flawed That Fraud is Mathematically Gu...

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2012 at 2:42am

Robert Brown, I agree that Obama's drone attacks commit horrible crimes against innocents, I also agree that Bush's adventure as Commander in Chief of a war presidency could be justified if there were a real threat he dampened. He didn't dampen anything, and a lot of people lost their lives and suffered wounds on both sides. I think presidents should be held accountable for the conduct of their presidencies, hopefully during their terms. I also think Obama's administration should have recognized the crony capitalism under previous administrations and during his that he could have, should have pursued. He bought into the war mongering of bankers, corporations and named people friendly to illegal transaction in this country and in other countries. Faux accounting shouldn't be hard to challenge if one wanted to. 

As to wages and numbers of jobs declining as productivity declines because of shipping production to cheap labor countries can only mean one thing, USA workers have fewer jobs and at lower pay. To punish workers for this trend doesn't ring true. If a country cares about its people, it will maintain and perpetuate living wages and the middle class. If the country cares about profits, that is just wonderful, if you are in the upper 1%. What about 80% or 90% or 99%? We don't have workers with wages that support families to buy the goods and services they need, thus spreading the gap between rich and poor.  It just makes sense. Well, what is the under-employed, underpaid skilled worker to do? Just roll up and die? Get depressed? Get drunk? Live in a tent under the railroad tracks? How is he to educate his kids? and care for his parents? and make provision for his/her retirement? 

We are loosing our middle class. Now what? Does it do any good to blame the worker? Of course they want cheap goods, they can't afford well-made, long lasting things. 

If we lived on a island with a population of 100 people but all the work and toil that was needed could be done by 50 people, we could leave 50 to live outside the cash or barter economy. Or we could divide the work so 100 people could work to get the jobs done and all live at a living wage. 

Comment by Robert Brown on September 11, 2012 at 9:43pm

I know it sucks that wages didn't keep up with productivity the way it used to, but isn't that because technology started replacing the need for highly skilled workers?  Advancements in robotics and computing replaced people in production work so of course salaries wouldn't keep up with production.  Machines produce more for less money than it takes to pay American workers.

If we want to blame anyone, we have to blame ourselves for wanting cheap goods.  That is what got American workers replaced by machines and machines replaced by cheaper foreign workers in China and other countries.

It isn't economics that is doing it.  It is our own desire to have eveything for a low price.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2012 at 9:18pm

Joan, re: trying to re-install "trickle-down economics"

I've been posting this quote all over the place because it's TRUE. 

"One definition of insanity is trying the same thing (or making the same mistakes) over and over and over, and expecting a different result."

Even Bush the First scornfully called it "Voodoo Economics" when he was Veep.  I guess he changed his tune when he needed Big Money for his own run for Prez.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 11, 2012 at 9:12pm

I don't usually get exccited about vocal music, but this is GLORIOUS!  And wonderfully snarky, too.

A parody of "One Day More" from Les Miserables

http://www.onetermmore.com/video_subtitles.html

Comment by Steph S. on September 11, 2012 at 8:36pm
Joan reading all the posts and looking at your graphics you posted. I will check out the links too. I got behind. : )
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 11, 2012 at 8:28pm

I know, you are sick of seeing this graph! Well, you need to pay attention to what it means. After all, you are a part of this Great Prosperity - Great Regression culture.
TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS DOES NOT WORK!!!!

Comment by James Kz on September 11, 2012 at 3:35pm

Back on the first page of this commentary, where the debate with the Irish president (who was foreign minister at the time) and the wingnut radio host (in a pub in Galway, only in Ireland), at the very bottom of the post is a note that the full interview can be heard at another link provided (the Irish radio station which carried the debate, twenty minutes). It puts the entire interview in context, with the American radio host tearing down all things American, and the Irish foreign minister (now President) standing up for all things American and America. That seems a bit inverted. . . .

Comment by Robert Brown on September 11, 2012 at 2:29pm

Obama doesn't want President Bush punished for what are perceived as assasinations for a reason. The 1 million deaths you mentioned occurred in the theatre of war. A war many don't approve of but consent for that war was obtained by Congress and the U.N.

Mr. Nobel peace prize Obama however commits assasinations by drone on a regular basis in countries with and without approval and thousands of innocent people have been murdered by these drone strikes along with the intended targets.

In terms of legality, what Bush did was sanctioned war, what Obama is doing is outright murder.  If what Bush did goes to court, than what Obama is doing will definitely end up in court.  And regardless of how much people like Obama, drone strike murders would put Obama away a long time.

 
 
 

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