50% of Rand Paul’s income is from Medicare…but he doesn’t want to close that…just everything else regarding Medicare. Video is located here
Archive for May, 2010
Here is a weekend factoid for you: among all living politicians in the United States who have ever held elected office, Hillary Clinton [is] the most popular.
That’s right. Ever since she became Secretary of State, her favorables have soared into the mid-60’s, putting her well clear of any other statewide officeholder in the country. The only national figures who are viewed as favorably as Clinton are Michelle Obama, Colin Powell, and David Patraeus. However, they have never run for office, which invariably lowers your favorables. Story is located here
Tons of facts in tons of pictures. Story is located here
Palm Beach radio talker Rush Limbaugh swore off marriage after three ill-fated attempts at domestic bliss.
But that was before he met striking West Palm Beach resident Kathryn Rogers, a woman half his age and a direct descendant of founding father John Adams; Before she nursed him through a heart attack; And before she laid some balm on the Conservative firebrand’s bruised ego when the NFL rejected him as potential owner of the St. Louis Rams.
For once, El Rushbo is eating his words.
Limbaugh, 59, is set to marry the 33-year-old Rogers next week in an intimate ceremony at his beachfront compound.
Limbaugh didn’t confirm any details but asked for privacy in an email to Page2Live.
Fox is not news, nor is it entertaining. What FOX is, is reality TV gone wild. The cheap faux reality presented at ‘fair and balanced‘ FOX sounds more Orwellian than Orwell these days. All the expert pundits are just hired guns that follow the party line like good whore mongers. None of this is surprising as their conservative backers move more toward a fascism, politely called corporatism. The favorite media tool of corporatism is projection, accusing their potential opposition of what they are actually doing themselves. It is done preemptively at FOX lest anyone notice that Rupert Murdoch has no clothes. Story is located here
The definition of Carnival Geek is located here
Jesse Ventura is one of the good guys these days and he seems to often times bring the truth. These videos are from 2008 it seems. One of his main questions is…how have you benefited from the invasion of Iraq? Another centers around corporatism and religion directing our national politics and the nightmare that brings. Finally he asks why as a nation we can impeach a President for cheating on his wife yet not impeach one for lying us into a war where thousands die.
Video 1 is located here
Video 2 is located here
“It’s all because of George Bush, he’s the cause of all this. And you know what angers me even more about him? If you look at his life this is the pattern. Even in private life every business he’s run he’s screwed it up, he’s left it in turmoil and then he rides off into the sunset and now here he is with our country. He leaves our economy in shambles, he leaves us in a war and he’s gonna ride off into his retirement. It makes me sick.”
Here is a look at quantities and qualities of those emails that go around and around claiming this and that about Obama. You can see that Snopes.com has dealt with a lot more emails based on Obama in his 2 years in office than Bush had with 8 years in office and you can see with Bush the chances of them being true was about 50/50 but with Obama the lies far outnumber of the true emails. Basically you can get one of those forwarded emails about Obama and bet it is a lie and win almost all the time. And the lies are different for each in that the truth about Obama is innocuous however the lies reflect poorly on Obama while Bush had lies told BUT THEY REFLECTED WELL UPON HIM while the truth also reflected well on Bush. Basically the lies hurt Obama and helped Bush. This points to the authors of these emails supporting Republicans and wanting Republican politics in office as they tried to opposed Democrats. I think it is quite possible they come from the same source as the tactics and direction are the same. These have to be from the GOP aimed at Democrats in order to mis-inform everyone on topics. How clearer can this be? To add perspective in a past election the same types of emails reflecting the same way in elections with Kerry and McCain were the rule. This is an organized disinformation campaign benefiting Republicans by Republicans. Story and graph are located here
I think the result above goes to support the fact that FOX News is a partisan news source which does not provide true Fair and Balanced looks at politics as that is an extension of the email campaign. Story is located here
Cheney had secret meetings with oil executives which were never publicized. Story is located here
Many things Reagan did were just awful. Here is an interesting overview
At a teabagger forum in March, Rand Paul was asked about claims that Nazis were supporting his candidacy.
Rather than explain that, no, Nazis are racist skinheads, what’s he do? He says it’s a ridiculous assertion because Nazism was “big government.” He went on to say, “there’s nothing about Nazism that would even appeal remotely to people who like what I stand for because I’m for limited constitutional government.” Story is located here
If it is Sunday it is questionable facts which go unchallenged…er rather…if it is Sunday it is Meet the Press. Check here for the facts which they do not check.
Many of the meters are on fire…liar liar…meter on fire I guess. Story is located here
Paul, who canceled a planned appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” after a week of tough coverage, seems to have switched to a more disciplined approach: get off national TV, focus on Kentucky and stay on message.
That’s in part because senior Republicans have told him to do so.
Karl Rove, the former top adviser to George W Bush, called Paul’s campaign manager this week and said the candidate was hurting himself with all the exposure, according to a source familiar with the conversation (In an email, Rove only said “no comment” when asked about the matter) Story is located here
I’m sure Paul’s defenders will dismiss this interview as a lefty hit-job. But Maddow gave him every opportunity to correct the record, or defend it, and Paul answered with a series of feints and dodges. Not once did he stand up and throw a real punch. You’re left wondering how he came to his position and what, precisely, is really at work here. I chose ignorance because it gives him as much credit as intelligently possible. Anything more, in 2010, in the United States Senate, is disgraceful. Story is located here
This video of Lawrence O’Donnell shows Lawrence brings facts. Video is located here
The specific reason why Rand Paul and Teabagger thought is wrong; Black/White wealth gap quadruples from 1984 to 2007Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Research conducted by Thomas Shapiro, director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University, showed that while the median net assets of white families, excluding home equity, rose nearly $80,000 from 1984 to 2007, the assets of African-Americans barely budged, with the median rising from $2,000 in 1984 to $5,000 in 2007 (all figures in inflation-adjusted dollars). As a result, the wealth gap rose fourfold over the period, from $20,000 in 1984 to $95,000 in 2007. Story is located here
When the Teabaggers say they are not wanting the government to do anything there is a place for them to go to get their wish fulfilled. Here is video of that Free Market dream vacation come true.
Lest we be accused of misrepresenting their views, actual Libertarians have been kicking around this take on Somalia with a straight face for some time now. No shit:
A more nuanced completely insane view is that Somalia has been awesome-ized by Anarchism, not Libertarianism.
Fair ’nuff, but as far as we can tell the difference between a Libertarian and an Anarchist usually seems to be a bachelor’s degree.
So, it’s fun to see folks like Glenn Beck eagerly veering into freaky yee-hah populist Libertarian zone. Go for it, guys. That’s rebuilding the ol’ brand.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is posted here
Rand Paul discussed his views with Rachel Maddow and really dug himself into a hole as far as the reality he sees as good for America and Americans. Video is located here. Afterwards Rand Paul said the interview was a mistake but he DID have 50 different opportunities to get his view out there so he cannot complain about being given too little time to discuss his views. The fallout for Rachel Maddow happened almost immediately. He does miss several things in his assessment of why he believes what he does. How many racist things can Rand Paul say before he is universally labeled a bigot? The next day Rand Paul spoke with Wolf Blitzer on CNN and backpedaled a bit on the way government should intervene or not when it comes to big issues. Video for CNN is located here. As you can see Rand softened his position in government intervention in major issues.
The government setting racial/social parameters at such a high level sets the table for the nation to be racially diverse and integrated. With this that nation will see the benefits all can bring to the nation’s economy. To allow systematic segregation in the nation is to keep telling the segregated group they are Second Class citizens. Are we ALL equal or not? Rand says that should be up to the business to decide for itself…which of course is how segregationist/racist thought was explained back in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s. This is where Rand Paul is from.
FOX News actually had a discussion on whether racism is ok. What country to we live in?? Video is located here. Check out the definition of RED LINING to see why private corporations cannot be allowed to be racist.
This is the non-reality these people deal in. This is State’s Rights. Allowing states to decide if they would keep African-Americans as second class citizens. This is what Rand Paul wants. Story and audio located here
State’s Rights was the argument FOR SLAVERY and Segregation.
The following comment can be seen here in full
Paul’s comments echo the arguments made for segregation in his state before the turn of the 20th century. In 1891 it was State Senator Tipton Miller from rural Calloway County, Kentucky who proposed a new law requiring railroads “to furnish separate coaches or cars for the travel or transportation of the white and colored passengers.” It detailed an efficient and cost effective means for privately owned railroad lines to divide passengers that left blacks jammed behind uncomfortable partitions marked with “appropriate words in plain letters indicating the race for which it is set apart.” Segregation was favored by businesses in Kentucky and the new law was a way to codify the preferences of white passengers throughout the state.
In response, a group of black educators, ministers, and businesspeople from Kentucky organized the Anti-Separate Coach movement. They attempted to halt the passage of the separate coach law, organizing mass meetings, drawing up protest documents, and presenting petitions to the governor and the state legislators. They called their campaign “moral warfare” and insisted that they deserved “true and just recognition” in every part of their society. Their battle continued even after the law was passed, and they organized a test case to challenge the new law. However the federal court upheld Kentucky’s segregation law as constitutional, arguing integration would make African Americans “the special favorite of the laws.”
Based on the idea that businesses should have a right to chose whom they would serve, within the next two decades there would be no places for black travelers to ride without unjust treatment, no places where they could eat while traveling, and no hotels where they could stay overnight. The first law that offered substantive relief to millions of black southerners was the hard fought for 1964 Civil Rights Act, which defined public accommodations as hotels, stores, gas stations, and restaurants that serve the general public. Paul’s argument that he is “for civil rights” yet against this “intrusion” in private business, strikes at the heart of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and attacks the legacy of protest in his state and our nation.
The MySpace page of one of Rand’s closest advisers is here. This explains the views of the people surrounding the Republican candidate for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
A great article from MotherJones centering on Beck and Goldline working together is found here.
Tune in to Glenn Beck’s Fox News show or his syndicated radio program, and you’ll soon learn about the evils of the US dollar, a currency on the verge of collapse due to runaway government spending, a ballooning national debt, and imminent Zimbabwe-style hyperinflation. To defend yourself against the coming financial holocaust, as Beck explained on his radio show last November, you need to “think like a German Jew in 1934, maybe 1931.” And that means thinking about buying some gold.
Conveniently, Beck made that suggestion as he was in the midst of interviewing his own “gold guy,” Mark Albarian, the president and CEO of Goldline International, a Santa Monica, California-based precious metals company that is a major sponsor of Beck’s radio and cable shows—and now the target of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). In a seamless intertwining of anxiety and entrepreneurship, Beck and Albarian amicably debated whether we’ve already hit “peak gold” or whether the price of gold, then at $1,100 an ounce, might yet hit the inflation-adjusted high of $2,200 it saw back in 1980. Beck speculated that gold could go as high as $2,500 an ounce: “I think people are running out of options on what, you know, could be worth something at all.” Story is here
Dylan Ratigan highlights more about the Beck/Goldline deal here
Weinerfacts.com is owned by Mercury Radio Arts which is Beck’s company.
Keith Olbermann had a report on the interests of Beck and Goldline and how it works to benefit them.
MediaMatters shows Beck defending his defenseless gold issue here.
And Beck responded to his gold shilling with more gold shilling.
For the second time in less than a week, a Republican senator has blocked efforts by Democratic leadership to raise the cap on the economic damages that oil companies pay in the wake of a damaging spill.
On Tuesday morning, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okl.) blocked a unanimous consent measure to increase the liability faced by companies like BP from $75 million to $10 billion. The Oklahoma Republican said he wanted to raise the cap as well but thought that the figure introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) was arbitrary.
“I don’t often agree with President Obama,” Inhofe said from the floor. “Right now he is unsure of what that level should be. I’m unsure of what it should be. Maybe it should be the level that we’re talking about right now. Maybe it will be. We don’t know that… Certainly we need to raise these limits. Now, where it should be raised, I don’t know.”
Story is located here
It was a scene Saudi women’s rights activists have dreamt of for years.
When a Saudi religious policeman sauntered about an amusement park in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Al-Mubarraz looking for unmarried couples illegally socializing, he probably wasn’t expecting much opposition.
But when he approached a young, 20-something couple meandering through the park together, he received an unprecedented whooping.
A member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the Saudi religious police known locally as the Hai’a, asked the couple to confirm their identities and relationship to one another, as it is a crime in Saudi Arabia for unmarried men and women to mix.
For unknown reasons, the young man collapsed upon being questioned by the cop.
According to the Saudi daily Okaz, the woman then allegedly laid into the religious policeman, punching him repeatedly, and leaving him to be taken to the hospital with bruises across his body and face.
“To see resistance from a woman means a lot,” Wajiha Al-Huwaidar, a Saudi women’s rights activist, told The Media Line news agency. “People are fed up with these religious police, and now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years. This is just the beginning and there will be more resistance.” Story is located here
It was the hottest April on record in the NASA dataset. More significantly, following fast on the heels of the hottest March and hottest Jan-Feb-March on record, it’s also the hottest Jan-Feb-March-April on record [click on figure to enlarge].
The record temperatures we’re seeing now are especially impressive because we’ve been in “the deepest solar minimum in nearly a century.” It now appears to be over. It’s just hard to stop the march of manmade global warming, well, other than by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, that is.
Most significantly, NASA’s March prediction has come true: “It is nearly certain that a new record 12-month global temperature will be set in 2010.?
Story is located here
Alaska’s Exxon-Veldez spill has 20th anniversary and there is still a lot of oil left on the beaches of AlaskaTuesday, May 18th, 2010
Two decades after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, huge quantities of oil still coat Alaska‘s shores with a toxic glaze, experts say. More than 21,000 gallons of crude oil remain of the 11 million gallons of crude oil that bled from the stranded tanker Exxon Valdez on the night of March 23, 1989.
The oil—which has been detected as far as 450 miles (724 kilometers) away from the spill site in Prince William Sound—continues to harm wildlife and the livelihoods of local people, according to conservation groups. (See an Alaska map.)
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso, who was on the ground at the Exxon Valdez disaster as Alaska’s commissioner of environmental conservation, remembers wading through knee-deep pools of bubbling, thick oil. The smell of the pure oil was intense and pungent, he said.
When he returned to the same beaches years later, he found “surprisingly fresh” oil just below the sand. Story is located here.
Don’t Drunk Dial Freedomworks!!! Video is located here
Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the “significant contributions” of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war.
The new curriculum asserts that “the right to keep and bear arms” is an important element of a democratic society. Study of Sir Isaac Newton is dropped in favour of examining scientific advances through military technology.
There is also a suggestion that the anti-communist witch-hunt by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s may have been justified.
The education board has dropped references to the slave trade in favour of calling it the more innocuous “Atlantic triangular trade”, and recasts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as driven by Islamic fundamentalism.
“There is a battle for the soul of education,” said Mavis Knight, a liberal member of the Texas education board. “They’re trying to indoctrinate with American exceptionalism, the Christian founding of this country, the free enterprise system. There are strands where the free enterprise system fits appropriately but they have stretched the concept of the free enterprise system back to medieval times. The president of the Texas historical association could not find any documentation to support the stretching of the free enterprise system to ancient times but it made no difference.”
Story is located here
Shepard Smith takes BP CEO to task. AGAIN Shep shows he does not tow FOX News line…from time to time.Monday, May 17th, 2010
Fox News anchor (and Mississippi native) Shep Smith ripped the BP CEO over his comments on the Gulf oil spill Friday on his Fox News show.
BP CEO Tony Hayward told a British newspaper that the oil spill was a relatively small leak in the scheme of the Gulf of Mexico, and that he expected many frivolous lawsuits over the spill. Video is located here
This just might be the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen … well, at least since Christian the Lion.
The Aspinall Foundation is a charity that promotes wildlife conservation and reintroduces captive gorillas back into the wild in West Africa. Five years ago, conservationist Damian Aspinall released a gorilla, Kwibi, into the jungles of Gabon. Aspinall returned recently to reunite with a now ten-year-old Kwibi.
How did the reunion go? Story is located here.
One of the most severe blows to citizen authority arose out of the 1886 Supreme Court case of Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad. Though the court did not make a ruling on the question of “corporate personhood,” thanks to misleading notes of a clerk, the decision subsequently was used as precedent to hold that a corporation was a “natural person.”
From that point on, the 14th Amendment, enacted to protect rights of freed slaves, was used routinely to grant corporations constitutional “personhood.” Justices have since struck down hundreds of local, state and federal laws enacted to protect people from corporate harm based on this illegitimate premise. Armed with these “rights,” corporations increased control over resources, jobs, commerce, politicians, even judges and the law. Story is located here
This chart comes from Glen Sweetnam of the Department of Energy (he’s the director of the EIA’s International, Economic and Greenhouse Gas division). The line represents the year 2011. After that, oil production diverges sharply from projected demand, and no one knows how we’re going to make up the difference. Story is located here
For many months now, every time a racist, Nazi or Hitler sign has appeared at a tea party rally, all we hear from the Right is that it’s a “Liberal Plant” or just a “Fringey Few” spoiling what Sarah Palin has called “A Beautiful Movement”. Well, in this case, I guess beauty really IS in the eye of the beholder.
At the bookstore today, displayed prominently, was an oversized pictorial book DON’T TREAD ON US: SIGNS OF A 21st CENTURY POLITICAL AWAKENING. As I looked as these sick photos, the only wakening I saw was White Hate. It didn’t take very long to see that this book was just a scrapbook of Jerry Springer’s old audience looking for a new thrill by rallying around the flag of phony victimhood.
This coffee table book of hate also features a stirring forward by “great American” Chuck Norris. Surprise! Surprise! Story is located here
Could you imagine living like Glenn Beck and everyone has a conspiracy against you? What if Glenn Beck really meant what he said other than just to make $23 million per year. WOW! Imagine how much his anti-psychosis drugs would cost his insurance company. So much that the other members of his insurance company would have to cover him…which is Socialistically supporting him medically of course. HA
AGAIN…it takes comedians to highlight the insanity of what is going around us. Lewis Black highlighted how Glenn Beck has, “Nazi Tourette’s Syndrome.” Video is located here
Conservatives would claim that the Republican Party can only regain power by “returning to its roots” and banishing heretics. But a funny thing happened on the way to winning national elections again: the GOP has drifted so far right that it’s retroactively disqualified the only Republicans since 1960 who’ve actually managed to, you know, win national elections. Based on their public statements, policy proposals, and accomplishments while in office, none of the modern Republican presidents—not Richard Nixon, not Gerald Ford, not George H.W. Bush, not even Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush—would come close to satisfying the Republican base if they were seeking election today.
The point is not that these guys were liberals. It’s that the GOP is at risk of becoming so dogmatic that it would exclude even its most iconic members. Preemptively ruling out the sort of pragmatic policies that have worked in the past is a novel strategy, and it clearly plays to the passions of the moment. But unless the demographic evidence is wildly inaccurate and the country is, in fact, growing more and more right wing over time, it’s probably not a strategy that’s going to work particularly well in the future. Story is located here
This article was originally posted here
I was watching C-SPAN today when I heard something I couldn’t hep but comment on. During an interview with the chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, a conservative African-American woman called in and stated “the Democrats have done nothing for me.”
The problem here is that statement is completely wrong–throughout American history, Democrats have done some exceptional things for this country, and we deserve recognition our accomplishments. So, if you’ve benefited from Democratic policies, make sure to thank a Democrat.
If you’re not a wealthy landowner and you vote, thank a Democrat: Andrew Jackson got rid of laws that discriminated against working-class Americans by restricting voting to wealthy landholders.
If you’re a woman and you vote, thank a Democrat: Woodrow Wilson supported the 19th Amendment, which was passed and ratified during his Presidency.
If you have ever voted while between the ages of 18 and 21, thank a Democrat: Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Congress passed the 26th Amendment.
If you never experienced racial segregation, thank a Democrat: Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial segregation in public schools and public places.
If you never had to take a literacy test or pay a poll tax to vote, thank a Democrat: Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed literacy tests as a requirement for voting, as well as the 24th Amendment, which outlawed poll taxes.
If you earn a fair wage, get paid overtime and/or was never subjected to child labor, thank a Democrat: Franklin Roosevelt and the Democratic Congress passed the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, which set the first national minimum wage, created requirements for overtime compensation and outlawed child labor.
If you have ever received benefits through Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, thank a Democrat: Franklin Roosevelt and the Democratic Congress passed the Social Security Act, while Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Congress passed Medicare and Medicaid.
If you or your child has ever benefited from Head Start or SCHIP, thank a Democrat: Head Start was passed by Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Congress, while SCHIP was championed by Ted Kennedy and signed into law by Bill Clinton.
If you have ever worked in a clean, safe workplace, thank a Democrat: in 1970, the Democratic Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which created national standards for workplace cleanliness and safety.
If you or anyone in your family has taken time off work due to a serious illness, accident, or birth of a child, thank a Democrat: Chris Dodd championed the Family and Medical Leave Act, which required employers to provide paid time off for their employees due to sickness, injury or to care for a newborn child. The Democratic Congress passed FMLA, which was signed into law by Bill Clinton.
If you, your parents or your grandparents were helped by the G.I. Bill, thank a Democrat: the G.I. Bill granted veterans loans to pursue higher education and purchase houses, as well as providing unemployment benefits. It was one of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal initiatives, and it was passed by a Democratic Congress.
If you’re a woman who is paid as much as your male coworkers, thank a Democrat: Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Congress passed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, guaranteeing equal pay for workers regardless of their gender.
If you’ve never been discriminated against due to your age or physical disability, thank a Democrat: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act was passed by Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Congress, while the Americans with Disabilities Act was also passed by a Democratic Congress.
If you enjoy clean air and water, thank a Democrat: the Clean Air Act was passed by the Democratic Congress in 1963 and signed into law by Lyndon Johnson; the Clean Water Act was passed by the Democratic Congress in 1977 and signed into law by Jimmy Carter.
If you enjoy freedom and security, thank a Democrat: James Monroe established the Monroe Doctrine, which kept Europe interfering with the free Western Hemisphere. Andrew Jackson fought against the British in the War of 1812, engineering the American victory at New Orleans. James K. Polk rebuffed an invasion from Mexico and acquired the entire American southwest in the Mexican-American War. Franklin Roosevelt mobilized America to defeat fascism, turning the U.S. into a world superpower. Harry Truman created the Marshall Plan–which stopped the spread of Communism in Europe– and he took the initiative in establishing NATO. John Kennedy stood up to the USSR during the Cuban Missile Crisis and in Southeast Asia. Bill Clinton negotiated the historic Oslo Accords between Israel and Palestine, and he helped to both end the violence in Northern Ireland and the genocide in Kosovo.
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg. And, of course, this isn’t to say that other political parties haven’t helped people or made this country better. But I doubt there is anyone in this country who can reasonably claim that the Democratic Party has not made their lives better in some way, and I wanted to take some time to point that out.
I’m posting THIS just to annoy the Obamaphobes (and the Reaganites among them) and to elicit silly claims that Gallup is biased.
Obama’s job-approval rating stands at 51 percent, with 42 percent disapproving. The numbers for Ronald Reagan, at the same juncture in his presidency, were 45 percent to the good and 44 percent to the bad. Story is located here.
I am sure Teabaggers will be happy with Obama considering their taxes this past year were the lowest since 1950Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
I am sure Teabaggers will have a big protest to thank Obama for the lowest tax rate since 1950. HA yeah right…that would only make sense.
Why the tax bite has eased:
•Stimulus law. One-third of last year’s $862 billion economic stimulus went for tax cuts. Biggest reduction: The Making Work Pay tax credit reduced income taxes $800 for married couples earning up to $150,000.
•Progressive tax rates. Presidents Clinton and Bush pushed through a series of tax changes — credits, lower rates, higher exemptions — that slashed income taxes for poor and middle-class families. A drop in income now can trigger big tax breaks and sharply lower rates, sometimes falling to zero.
•Sales tax. Consumers cut spending sharply in this downturn, thereby paying less in sales taxes.
A Gallup Poll last month found that 48% thought taxes were “too high” and 45% thought they were “about right.” Those saying taxes are “too high” remain near a 50-year low.
The lower tax burden should last at least through 2010, says Roberton Williams of the Tax Policy Center, a think tank in Washington, D.C. “Virtually all the stimulus tax cuts expire at the end of the year,” he says. “So the key decision is whether to extend them into 2011.” Story is located here
Why is Federal spending so high? Look in the rear view mirror and there is your reason. Story is located here
Get ready to fork it all over in cleanup and hopefully more BP. Story is located here
In the aftermath of last month’s explosion of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, all the survivors wanted to do was get to dry land and call their loved ones. Yet for more than 24 hours, they were told to stay on ships on the water.
One reason was that the Coast Guard wanted to get information about the explosions on the rig and what caused them. And the company that owned the oil rig Deepwater Horizon also wanted answers.
Coast Guard officers boarded the supply boat, the Damon Bankston, soon after it picked up survivors, including Deepwater Horizon crew member Christopher Choy, from the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard wanted to know what caused the explosion, and the officers wanted witness statements. Story is located here
In this Fox News segment about the recent U.S. District Court decision banning the National Day of Prayer, Dan Barker (author of Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America’s Leading Atheists) handily parries a Fox News announcer’s clumsy blows.
Unless the Fox News character learns how to devour his prey like the Ayperobos and Ghargatulas who command the prime slots on Fox News, he won’t be long for the network. Video is located here
Fox News declared it would not air an ad by the progressive group, VoteVets, reportedly because it found the ad “too confusing.” That got us to thinking: What ads doesn’t Fox News consider “confusing,” as made self-evident by their appearance on the channel? So we rummaged through Media Matters‘ expansive Fox News archives and found a few examples. Story is located here
It is huge… map of spill on your town is located here
Original post is here
Check out this analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities showing what caused the current high deficits. Look at Table 1 near the bottom of the article.
The deficit for fiscal year 2009 (which began Oct. 1, 2008, Bush’s last fiscal year) was $1.4 trillion. CBPP broke it down into five basic components. Obama is responsible for only one of those five components: economic recovery.
Economic downturn —– $418 billion
Tarp, Fannie, Freddie — $245 billion
Economic recovery —— $200 billion
Bush era tax cuts ——– $364 billion
War costs —————— $178 billion
And here’s how CBPP breaks down their estimated $1.35 trillion deficit for fiscal year 2010 (Obama’s first fiscal year):
Economic downturn —– $457 billion
Tarp, Fannie, Freddie — $-28 billion
Economic recovery —— $385 billion
Bush era tax cuts ——– $335 billion
War costs —————— $191 billion
So, if you believe CBPP, the combined deficits for fiscal years 2009 and 2010 will be $2.75 trillion. Obama’s contribution will be about $600 billion. The remaining $2.15 trillion belong to Bush.
Sarah Palin joined Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly recently to condemn the critics of the National Day of Prayer, saying that the Judeo-Christian belief was the basis for American law and should continue to be used as a guiding force for creating future legislation.
According to Palin, the recent backlash against the National Day of Prayer is proof that some people are trying to enact a “fundamental transformation of America” and to “revisit and rewrite history” in order to shift the Christian nation away from its spiritual roots.
Palins’s advice: “Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant — they’re quite clear — that we would create law based on the God of the bible and the ten commandments.
“What in hell scares people about talking about America’s foundation of faith?” Palin continued. “It is that world view that involves some people being afraid of being able to discuss our foundation, being able to discuss God in the public square, that’s the only thing I can attribute it to.” Story is located here
Sarah said we base our laws on the God of the Old and New Testament. Did she really mean that?
TOO funny!!! Bumper Sticker is here
The lies that right wing media came up almost instantly concerning the Times Square bomber were amazingly paper thin and lacking any truth…but reported far and wide of course. Story is located here.