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FDR's Second Bill of Rights

Via Old-Fashioned Patriot:

  1. The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation.
  2. The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.
  3. The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living.
  4. The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad.
  5. The right of every family to a decent home.
  6. The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.

Afghan fraud

Bareback Andy takes responsibility

Not. Definitely put down your coffee before reading. This sentence is my favorite:

I do not think it's professional to air the specifics of internal battles after the fact...

Well, sure.

We all know Sully's a pro!

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Where the heck do we go to get news, and not Sully and the rest of Versailles? Read below the fold...

"Shoot the ducks and grab the bucks"

Say, wasn't that a line in Once Upon A Mattress? Read below the fold...

Neo-Broderism

I, too, have been irritated with the growing currency of the idea that (to translate) "the future lies ahead":

I'm not saying that this was Emanuel's plan all along. I think his strategy has been fairly sophisticated, but not here. He'll probably fight to see that the deal is honored. The mystery will be whether he does that for show, or he really means it.

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Food, glorious good

Anglachel points out what should be obvious: Read below the fold...

If you're a blogger who doesn't want to go on the teebee...

... and especially if you're not on the A list or you're old school, then go read this post at Wampum immediately.

NOTE And do read the final paragraph. Is there anyone we know who can help "put one's feet on the earth and push"?

UPDATE Jeebus, wrong link to Wampum's main page all day. Too little sleep. Well, you should read whatever Wampum writes anyhow. Read below the fold...

Grayson's anatomy lesson

Nice headline:

What Grayson gave the country and the news media was a much needed anatomy lesson in how to govern, how to make a point, how to stand up for what you believe is right, how to fight for it, and how to handle bullies. Which is smack them back and they stop. A teachable moment and anatomy lesson for everyone, not the least of which, hopefully was President Obama.

Policy aside, yes, that's what Grayson did. Read below the fold...

Shorter Warmongers

Stump Lane:

It’s going to become a pain in the ass to conquer the entire Middle East if we don’t act soon. “Soon” meaning immediately. If it isn’t too late already. The time for inspections and diplomacy is over. Et cetera.

Well, that's sorted.

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War is a force that gives us meaning

Or at least makes us rich and powerful. And it's bipartisan!

Some more rich and powerful than others, of course. Read below the fold...

Simple answers to simple questions

At Yves' place, George Washington asks a question:

The overwhelming majority of derivatives contracts are held by just 5 banks. So are we really basing our entire strategy on CDS on protecting those 5 banks?

Simple answers to simple questions:

Yes. Read below the fold...

Health Exchanges in TX, FL, NC, CA: FAIL, FAIL, FAIL, FAIL

Cappy McGarr in the Times, today:

Back in the 1990s, I was the founding chairman of Texas’ state-run purchasing alliance — an exchange, essentially — which ultimately failed. There are lessons to be learned from that experience, as well as the similar failures of other states to create useful exchanges.

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People get it

Bob Herbert in the Times:

The survey for the Economic Policy Institute was conducted in September by Hart Research Associates. Respondents said that they had more faith in President Obama’s ability to handle the economy than Congressional Republicans. The tally was 43 percent to 32 percent. But when asked who had been helped most by government stimulus efforts, substantial majorities said “large banks” and “Wall Street investment companies.”

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WellPoint sues the state of Maine to guarantee themselves a profit

Unbelievable? All too believable.

I'm so glad "progressives" are guaranteeing the health insurance companies a market with the mandate. What could go wrong?

NOTE Somebody should really ask Olympia Snowe what she thinks about this. Read below the fold...

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