Submitted by Alexa on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 11:29am
I'm sure that some liberals would consider this outcome too close for comfort. We are not among those. Anything which "kills a mandate," is what we hope for.
Along with a split Congress, this may be the best RX to delay the implementation of Bowles-Simpson.
[BTW, we'll be casting our 'early votes' for Jill Stein tomorrow.]
“If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson Read below the fold...
Submitted by letsgetitdone on Fri, 01/20/2012 - 6:12pm
In a piece called “More Questions About the Job Guarantee,” John Carney provides some links to the continuing debate on the Job Guarantee (JG). All the links are to posts critical of the JG idea except a link to one of my four posts critical of Carney's earlier work and supportive of the JG. Read below the fold...
Submitted by Alcuin on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 9:15pm
I followed a link in Tom Atlee's latest e-mail and ended up at the Reform Party website. Is anyone familiar with Robert Steele? He seems to have his head screwed on pretty straight, from a casual perusal of his website. Read below the fold...
Submitted by Alcuin on Wed, 12/21/2011 - 9:47pm
I don't know that signing statements makes a whole lot of difference, but if you are into that kind of thing, you might want to go the First Amendment Pledge site and sign up. David Swanson, Margaret Flowers, and Kevin Zeese are among the signers, so you'd be in good company. Read below the fold...
Submitted by Tony Wikrent on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 11:57pm
The quick summary is that the German equivalent of our Supreme Court has ruled against Deutsche Bank in a crucial case related to the ongoing financial collapse. DB is the largest German bank, and is also a prime dealer for the U.S. Federal Reserve, a recipient of bailout funds from U.S. authorities, and just as nasty a predator as J.P. Morgan Chase or Goldman Sachs. Speigel Online reports: Read below the fold...
Submitted by Tony Wikrent on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 2:58pm
Cross-posted from Real Economics.
The cover of a recent issue of Barron's magazine was presented in a recent post on Financial Armageddon. Please note the text on the cover at the top right of the globe (above the red arrow):
"The dollar's swoon is drawing more investors to the $4 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market." Read below the fold...
Submitted by Tony Wikrent on Fri, 01/07/2011 - 10:41pm
by Mike Kimel
Cross posted at the Presimetrics blog.
To maximize real economic growth in the United States, the top marginal income tax rate should be about 65%, give or take about ten percent. Preposterous, right? Well, it turns out that’s what the data tells us, or would, if we had the ears to listen.
Read more. Read below the fold...
Submitted by chicago dyke on Mon, 10/25/2010 - 3:53am
This is for Joe. Whom I love, and respect, deeply, always.
This is the very first thing I learned about Barak Obama, back in the day. It's really simple. Maybe I'll be killed for saying this, but it's utterly and completely true. The first thing he did, on his road to becoming preznit? Take a guess. Heh, it's sort of funny, even. But the Big O's first executive decision? Let me tell you: firing a gay man. A black gay man. Who is taller than he is. Mon chere, and fellow employee, Claude. For being too gay. Read below the fold...
Submitted by chicago dyke on Thu, 10/14/2010 - 11:00am
Green Party Candidate Excluded from California Governor’s Debate Read below the fold...
While governor hopefuls Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman debated on Tuesday night in San Rafael, the Green Party candidate for governor was being arrested outside the hall. Police charged Laura Wells with trespassing after she tried to get into the debate that she was not allowed to participate in.
Submitted by chicago dyke on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 6:33pm
So my gf du jour won't be by until Sunday, and I'm stuck with a Working Friday Night anyway, due to...well, that doesn't matter. But I was reading one of Corrente's fabulous blogroll links, and the author was talking about the perils of dating online as an older woman. I guess that's me too, now! I'm a bit of an, um, well, [fill in your grandmother's favorite naughty word for bad grrls here]. Just out of silliness and curiosity, what dating sites do you use, and why? Read below the fold...
Submitted by letsgetitdone on Thu, 07/15/2010 - 1:26pm
These days the chattering classes often converse about how the Democrats can get their base charged up and working for the fall elections. For example, Greg Sargent at the Plum Line blog says:
”As you know, over the weekend Robert Gibbs dropped a political bomb, saying that Republicans just may take back the House. His comments are being widely interpreted as an urgent warning designed to get rank and file Dems to grasp the stakes of the midterms once and for all.
”But here's the question: Will rank and file Democrats care? The thinking among Dem strategists appears to be that once Dems realize the midterms are a "choice" election, rather than merely a referendum on Dems, they'll go out and vote. But what if Dems do see this as a referendum on their party's rule, and base their enthusiasm solely on whether they are energized by the Dem performance?”
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Submitted by letsgetitdone on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 10:15pm
It looks like the Democratic Leadership will get its wish, a sprawling “health care reform” bill, mostly focused on changes to the health insurance system that deliver many millions of new customers to the health insurance industry. The Democrats are making many upbeat claims about this bill, calling it historic and claiming that it will produce affordable “universal” health care coverage for Americans, and for 32 million more than are covered by insurance today, while blithely ignoring the contradiction between these two statements. Read below the fold...
Submitted by WRhouse on Mon, 01/25/2010 - 12:52pm
Submitted by madamab on Wed, 01/06/2010 - 11:21pm
More horrors from MadamaB's mailbox: NOW has weighed in on the Health Insurance Reform Bill. Here's the action they're pushing:
Please send a message to your senators and House member asking them to assure that restrictive abortion language in health care reform legislation be withdrawn, that a strong public plan is included, that age discrimination is removed, that better cost control measures are included and insurance is made truly more affordable for everyone.
Or what, NOW? You're going to cuddle them to death? You're going to stop saying "pretty please?"
I am so tired of these women's organizations not having the ovaries to say, Read below the fold...
Submitted by captain nemo (not verified) on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 4:02pm
The top subprime lenders whose loans are largely blamed for triggering the global economic meltdown were owned or bankrolled by banks now collecting billions of dollars in bailout money — including several that have paid huge fines to settle predatory lending charges.
These big institutions were not only unwitting victims of an unforeseen financial collapse, as they have sometimes portrayed themselves, but enablers that bankrolled the type of lending that has threatened the financial system.
Annuity Rates Read below the fold...