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Politics, Economics, and Religion

Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Capitalism's Boom and Bust

Started by Joan Denoo on Wednesday. 0 Replies

For the past 40 years, we have seen the erosion of safety nets for small business and wage workers. Income Gap between wealthy and poor grows, exponentially now.…Continue

Tags: wealth, poverty, bubble, WinCo, Walmart

It's Finally Official - Pope Francis Demotes Highest-Ranking US Cardinal Over LGBT Issues (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud on Monday. 23 Replies

It's been in the news. Now it has been confirmed. As of this past weekend, Raymond Leo Burke, America's highest-ranking cardinal at the Vatican, was officially removed from the Vatican's Supreme Court, and demoted to chaplain of the Knights of…Continue

Tags: cardinal, Raymond Leo Burke, LGBT, homosexuality, Pope Francis

The Obama Opposition (Charles M. Blow, NY Times)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Nov 11. 8 Replies

The president came to Washington thinking he could change Washington, make it better, unite it and the nation. He was wrong. As he ascended, the tone of political discourse descended, as much because of who he was as what he did. When Obama…Continue

Tags: John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, opposition, president, Barack Obama

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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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2012 at 8:48am

Nonpartisan Tax Report Withdrawn After G.O.P. Protest

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Research Service has withdrawn an economic report that found no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth, a central tenet of conservative economic theory, after Senate Republicans raised concerns about the paper’s findings and wording.

Alex Wong/Getty Images

Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, center, and other Republicans raised concerns with an economic report that questions a central tenet of conservative economic theory.

The decision, made in late September against the advice of the agency’s economic team leadership, drew almost no notice at the time. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, cited the study a week and a half after it was withdrawn in a speech on tax policy at the National Press Club.

But it could actually draw new attention to the report, which questions the premise that lowering the top marginal tax rate stimulates economic growth and job creation.

“This has hues of a banana republic,” Mr. Schumer said. “They didn’t like a report, and instead of rebutting it, they had them take it down.”

 
 
 

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