Posts Tagged ‘ economy ’

Corruption At The Heart Of American Politics And Economic Inequality

June 30, 2013
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Corruption At The Heart Of American Politics And Economic Inequality

Lawrence Lessig talks about corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. Then Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even…

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The GOP is trying to distract us: The economy’s upswing is the second longest on record

June 10, 2013
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The GOP is trying to distract us: The economy’s upswing is the second longest on record

It’s hard hearing the good news due to all of the distractions with GOP created ‘scandals’ but it’s out there. I’ll leave a few excerpts on our economy — you know, that thing Republicans are trying to distract from — and it’s all good news. In fact, it’s better than good.        …

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Tea Party Senator suffers from Political Tourette Syndrome, says no ‘more compromise’ is needed

January 6, 2013
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Tea Party Senator suffers from Political Tourette Syndrome, says no ‘more compromise’ is needed

The 112th Congress will be remembered as the most unproductive session since the 1940s. Unrelenting tea partiers swept the House in 2010, giving not even an iota of compromise, but never mind those pesky facts; this tea partier believes they have compromised enough. Cruz hasn’t compromised so that rather negates his assertion. Freshman tea party Sen. Ted Cruz…

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This is rich: Fox Contributor & Economist claims Obama “put a pistol to the head of the middle class”

December 31, 2012
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Conservatives  continue to deny that we didn’t just have an election where the victor won by popular vote which puts this sort of rhetoric to rest. Fox News contributor and University of Maryland economics professor Peter Morici discussed the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ talks on America’s Newsroom Sunday. Mediaite reports, “Referring to the president’s “my way or the highway” approach…

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Obama in Detroit: “So called Right-to-work laws don’t have anything to do with economics. They have to do with politics.”

December 10, 2012
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Obama in Detroit: “So called Right-to-work laws don’t have anything to do with economics. They have to do with politics.”

This must have been awkward. President Obama flew in for a visit to Detroit, Michigan. One of the politicians meeting the President was Governor Rick Snyder, who has popped up in the news far too frequently in recent days after pursuing his party’s anti-union agenda. During his speech which was geared toward the economy and his administration’s…

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Fiscal Cliffing: GOPers push for Austerity in U.S. even though Austerity caused second recession in 4 years in Europe

December 7, 2012
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Fiscal Cliffing: GOPers push for Austerity in U.S. even though Austerity caused second recession in 4 years in Europe

While Republicans  are reportedly soul searching in an attempt to find out what could have possibly gone wrong after offering up one of the weakest candidates possible, then tossed him under the bus after they were defeated, perhaps learning from past mistakes would be the way to go. For example, Republicans do not want to…

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GOP implosion: 53 percent of Americans say GOPers would and should lose the fiscal cliff blame game

December 4, 2012
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GOP implosion: 53 percent of Americans say GOPers would and should lose the fiscal cliff blame game

Republicans have been seeking or claiming to have leverage in the ‘fiscal cliff’ talks but it just flew out the window. According to a Washington Post/Pew Poll released Tuesday 53 percent of Americans polled said Congressional Republicans are more to blame if GOP leaders failed to negotiate a deal. Only 27 percent would blame President Obama. Most…

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This just in: Republicans don’t realize they lost the election, still claim to have leverage

November 30, 2012
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This just in: Republicans don’t realize they lost the election, still claim to have leverage

The political discussion surrounding the ‘fiscal cliff’ is becoming even more absurd.  Let’s revisit 2011 for a moment, then compare it to 2012. Just after the 2011 debt ceiling deal was reached House Speaker John Boehner said: “When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of…

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Fox: Krauthammer urges GOPers to ‘walk away’ from fiscal cliff talks & threaten to push economy into a recession

November 30, 2012
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On Fox News, Charles Krauthammer weighed in on the ‘fiscal cliff’ debate stating that the deal proposed by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was ‘insulting,’ then went on to urge Republicans to threaten to push the economy into a recession by taking a dive off the fiscal cliff.  Krauthammer is echoing Newt Gingrich and other GOP mouthpieces by…

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Grover Norquist in days: No one is caving on tax pledge. 3 days later says he’ll go after pledge-breakers

November 26, 2012
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Grover Norquist in days: No one is caving on tax pledge. 3 days later says he’ll go after pledge-breakers

 Anti-tax crusader and all around partisan (and unelected) asshole, Grover Norquist said Monday that his group, Americans for Tax Reform, would work to unseat Republicans who break their pledge to never vote for higher taxes — even in the face of that oh so scary mythical fiscal cliff looming in the background.  But, just days…

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Romney spins the Neo-Con “Noble Lie”

October 28, 2012
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“…those in power must invent noble lies and pious frauds to keep the people in the stupor for which they are supremely fit..” (Leo Strauss and the Grand Inquisitor by Shadia B. Drury) As evidenced this week in the latest Romney lie made viral, Mitt Romney proves, again, to have no moral center nor respect for the…

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Oh the Irony: Romney Economic Speech Given at a Company that Received Stimulus Funds

October 26, 2012
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Oh the Irony: Romney Economic Speech Given at a Company that Received Stimulus Funds

The President’s stimulus plan was so bad, that Paul Ryan requested his state receive funds while the Congressman continued lambasting it, and now Republican candidate Mitt Romney is to give a speech at an Ames, Iowa construction company, which received millions from the stimulus.                     I…

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