The Department of Don't Say You Weren't Warned
The Grand Bargain Fiscal Cliff deficit hysteria is the end game in a sophisticated, multi-year version of three-card monte.
For this illustration, we’ll use the shell game version where the slicks hide a ball under a nutshell. Under one shell you've got bank money. Under another shell you have the national budget money. Under the third shell you have social program money, let's call it Social Security.
The object of the game is to take all three balls without anyone noticing, and if the institutional legitimacy of the shells get destroyed, well . . . . Read more about The Grandest Bargain Ever, explained
I've never supported Obama and my friends know that. They also know I am out of electoral politics and gone independently left libertarian. Last night I tried to stay out of a political discussion at a small get together of friends. But I did say that I thought it was unacceptable when Obama said he "suspected" that his position on SS was similar to Romney's. Although, I added, it was the most truthful thing he said all night. And then added that IMHO, he looked uncomfortable because he had to pretend he had a different economic philosophy than Romney and that was tiring for him.
Then my friend said, "What does it get you to be a purist?"
I said I'd rather drop the subject especially when labels got attached. Read more about Last Night I was Called a Purist
Who else thinks the President's speech didn't include any plans to create the 29 million full-time jobs for the dis-employed? Please raise your hand!
About jobs he said:
”We can help big factories and small businesses double their exports, and if we choose this path, we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years.”
UPDATE: This post is simply a suggestion to educate yourself before getting a flu shot. I am NOT opposed to vaccines in general, but am questioning the wisdom of the flu shot for reasons explained below.
Flu shots are nowhere near 100% effective; in fact, even proponents admit that 69% is about the best effectiveness rate they can get in adults, and that’s in a very good year. The sources in the original post were called into question, though, and I agree -- they were not great. So here are new sources, including the CDC, a couple of flu experts, and a major medical journal.
First, here is what the CDC’s own website states in response to the question, “How well does the seasonal flu vaccine work?”: Read more about Flu Watch: UPDATED with Facts and Everything!
Craig Unger has written a new book "Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power" about the mastermind of George Bush’s two successful but crooked runs at the US Presidency.
Rove, as Unger explains, is at the center of two of the biggest scandals of the Bush administration. The Valerie Plame Wilson affair and the U.S. attorneys’ scandal. Rove was ALMOST indicted for the Plame affair but as we all know, the 13th commandment is not to get caught, and the 14th commandment is if you get caught not to get prosecuted. (Especially easy if you have gamed the judicial system with cronies who selectively prosecute only members of the other Party!) Read more about HE'S BACK!!! Karl Rove, King of Election Fraud!
From Mark Fiore. A simple, easy to understand cartoon explaining ALEC's influence on the legislative process.
Pass it on.
Read this and the phrase 'Freudian slip' came to mind:
“I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which, of course, we cannot,” Clinton said at the opening of the consulate."
"In Egypt" ? So the U.S. DOES choose winners and losers, just not in Egypt. Let's see, Haiti and Honduras come to mind easily. And like the withholding of aid or forgiveness of debt has nothing to do with whether the U.S. 'cannot'. Read more about Thoughtful quotes
It appears as though the conspiracy to change/do away with social Security has a friend in Ben Bernanke and the Fed:
Ben Bernanke Is Bankrupting The Social Security Trust Fund
"In June of each year the Social Security Trust Fund (SSTF) reinvests a significant portion of its investment portfolio in newly issued Special Issue Treasury Securities. The interest rates on these bonds is set by a formula that was established in 1960. The formula was designed to insulate the SSTF from transitory changes in interest rates by averaging market based bond yields over a three-year period. Read more about I'll give it a try
This is an introduction to a series of 16 posts I began in reply to a number of posts by John Carney at the CNBC blog and Cullen Roche at Pragmatic Capitalism, and discussions replying to them. The posts by Carney and Roche criticized the MMT Job Guarantee (JG) proposal. Read more about The Job Guarantee and the MMT Core Series
Is the JG a Price Anchor?
More on Cullen Roche's claims about the JG, this time a discussion of his price anchor vs. price buoy post.
Ashley F. Miller has eloquently pointed out why one should not vote for Ron Paul. She gets bonus points from me for not shilling for Obama in the process. Here are some snippets deconstructing the myth of the libertarian hero, exposing him as a dangerous hypocrite:
Ron Paul is Anti-Free Market
So, bureaucracy is good when it keeps the brown people out? Taxing the insanely rich is slavery! Letting foreign people work in America should be illegal!
‘Twas the week before extra-constitutional detention legalization and all through the House and Senate, hardly a rat-bastard, pimped-out-by-the-oligarchy, political or media creature was stirring, not even my own NY senators and rep!
I am away on vacation, despite remnants of the flu, lower back stress and a job that is thin-ice, one part-time day at a time precarious. I desperately needed a vacation since this bottom rung corporate job is as empathyless-ly and amorally run as our country. I am happy at long last to be around long-distance family. Nonetheless I am having fitful dreams along with bouts of insomnia about the deterioration of what used to be the American republic. Read more about Will I Spend My Retirement in a DHS Internment Facility?
This is a re-post from 1-10-11. Almost a year ago. With the ever-increassing militarization of our government Gitmo as of this month has become all the more profoundly entrenched and revitalized. Conveniently useful now for internment of our own most heroic citizens of conscience who can (and will) be declared "belligerent" on the "say so" of someone in the administration and then efficiently and unconstitutionally (but that doesn't matter to the President and the vast majority of Congress) "disappeared" there (or elsewhere) forever without right and access to legal support and protection.
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