Friday, December 10, 2010

On global climate change

This Economy's Winners and Losers

Via DailyKos: Coburn: We don't need to pay for tax cuts. You do.

by Jed Lewison

Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 01:30:04 PM PST

Apparently saying things like this gets you elected to the United States Senate -- at least if you're Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn:
I'd issue this challenge: anyone who thinks we oughta pay for tax cuts, oughta have to put up a list of programs that we oughta eliminate to pay for them.
Uh, isn't it supposed to be the other way around? I mean, Coburn is the one who wants to spend $700 billion on tax cuts for the wealthy. Shouldn't he explain how he's going to pay for it?
I mean, we're not opposing these tax cuts for shits and giggles. We oppose them precisely because we don't want to offset the lost revenue with spending cuts or massive borrowing. We don't think it makes sense to make the rich richer while simultaneously cutting back on programs that benefit all Americans or adding to our national debt. And it's kind of weird that he doesn't understand that.

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Via Truthout: Michael Moore | An Open Letter to the Left Establishment

Michael Moore et. al., Truthout: "A Call for Active Support of Protest from Michael Moore, Norman Solomon, Katrina van den Heuvel, Michael Eric Dyson, Barbara Ehrenreich, Thomas Frank, Tom Hayden, Bill Fletcher Jr., Jesse Jackson Jr. and other high profile progressive supporters of the Obama electoral campaign. With the Obama administration beginning its third year, it is by now painfully obvious that the predictions of even the most sober Obama supporters were overly optimistic. Rather than an ally, the administration has shown itself to be an implacable enemy of reform."

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Via Beond the Chron:

The Day Obama Became a Republican


Rush Limbaugh once said he “wanted” this President to fail, but now it’s as if Obama actively wants progressives to hate him. You know that the White House capitulated on Bush tax cuts for the rich when even Senator Mary Landrieu – the right-wing Democrat from Louisiana – calls the move “almost morally corrupt.” Landrieu was the same Senator who opposed a public option for health care, because it was “unfair competition” to private insurance companies. Now even she can’t stomach this latest outrage. Obama’s press conference yesterday was painful to watch, as the President acknowledged the public wants the Bush tax cuts to expire – but he won’t do it, because the Republicans simply “won’t budge” in negotiations. Don’t worry, Obama assured us. He only agreed to continue the irresponsible tax cuts for two years, and promised to “fight” later in 2012. It reminded me of how Bill Clinton threw poor people under a bus in 1996 with Welfare Repeal, but told us that we should re-elect him anyway so he could “fix” it later. That was the last time I completely lost faith in a Democratic President -- and yesterday, it happened again. 

Via Belirico: Nothing for the 99ers (And Not Much for Anyone Else)

The deal is done – regarding tax cuts and unemployment benefits extensions — and while we all have a stake in it, most of us won’t get anything of long-term value out of it. Least of all the 99ers — the people who have 99ers_logo.jpgreceived benefits for 99 weeks, or more.  I’ve read at least one bit of analysis that the 99ers are basically hung out to dry because there is no extension beyond 99 weeks.
Just to outline this framework: under the deal, the Bush tax cuts for all rate levels would be extended for two years. The estate tax, in a monstrous deal, will be lowered from 2009 levels, with a $5 million dollar exemption and a 35% rate, for two years as well. And, the deal adds what is now an annual patch to the alternative minimum class so it doesn’t hit people in the middle class. In exchange, extended unemployment benefits between 26 and 99 weeks will be continued for 13 months, to the end of December 2011 (costing around $65 billion). …
Given the rate of job creation, it looks like a significant number of Americans will be in the same boat as the 6 million current 99ers.

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Via 365gay: Bigotry Watch: Sarah Palin's moose murdering is killing America


By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement 12.09.2010

Sarah Palin kills a moose, while the American people let her kill America. Read more...

Via The Human Rights Campaign:

Human Rights Campaign


Dear Daniel,
The Senate has failed to lead.
President Obama still can.
The United States Senate has failed our military and failed the American people.
Despite hundreds of thousands of calls and emails demanding an end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" – and despite military leaders imploring the Senate to repeal the law this year instead of leaving it to the courts – the Senate today voted to leave prejudice and bigotry on the books.
Since it appears Congress won't repeal the law this year, the fate of lesbian and gay service members now rests in President Obama's hands. To make good on his commitment to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in 2010, President Obama needs to immediately issue a stop-loss order halting military discharges. At the same time, the Administration must immediately cease defending DADT in federal court.
In his State of the Union address last January, President Obama said he would work with Congress to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" this year. But despite the House successfully voting to repeal the law, the Senate continued its filibuster.
Now it's up to President Obama to clean up Congress's mess. And the first step is for his administration to stop defending the law in court and embroiling "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in seemingly endless legal wrangling.
Also, as Commander in Chief, the President can issue an executive order to retain any soldier deemed necessary in a time of war – even though Congress has failed to remove the law from the books. President Obama must issue that order and end the discharges now.
Send your email to President Obama and remind him that millions of Americans will stand with him when he asserts his leadership on this issue. And taking action today will add crucial pressure for President Obama to act before 2010 ends in just a few weeks.
We need President Obama to take immediate action to end this law that has hurt our families, our soldiers, and our national security by costing us thousands of the best and brightest service members who should be defending our nation.
I'm not giving up,
Eric Alva
Joe Solmonese
President

Zeitgeist 2010: Year in Review

Via Democracy for America:

Our pressure on Congress to reject the President's tax cut deal with the Republicans is working. From CNN only hours ago:
Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form.

"This message today is very simple: That in the form that it was negotiated, it is not acceptable to the House Democratic caucus. It's as simple as that," said Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen.
Following the non-binding vote of the Democratic Caucus, Reuters newswire just reported this breaking news:
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not bring President Barack Obama's current proposed tax plan up for a vote in her chamber, an aide said on Thursday.

The aide said Pelosi would require changes be made to the measure that most of her fellow House Democrats formally opposed by approving a resolution of opposition to it. The aide said: "She (Pelosi) will honor the resolution."
It has never been more important for us to quickly back up Speaker Pelosi and the House Democratic Caucus than it is right now. Please sign our "Thank You and Stand Strong" statement and let them know you have their back.

ADD YOUR NAME NOW

We will update the Speaker's office throughout the day as signatures come in and will deliver the petitions to each House Democrat by Monday.

Our pressure is working. It's vital we don't back down now. Thank you for everything you're doing to move America forward.

-Charles

Charles Chamberlain, Political Director
Democracy for America

P.S. After you sign the "Thank you and Stand Strong" statement to Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats, you can still help Bernie Sanders rally other Senators to join him in rejecting this bad deal.

Via UTNE: Solid Citizens, Drunk on Language


B.H. Fairchild is afflicted with logophilia, a love
for language.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Via Rethink Afghanistan

Rethink Afghanistan

 
 
Please share this Note with your friends and invite them to join us at http://facebook.com/RethinkAfghanistan.   With millions of Americans out of work, you'd hope that our elected officials would be focused on putting people back to work instead of wasting money on war. If only....

San Francisco - Treasure Island @ Nite


A Message from Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator

President Obama is right about one thing -- Republicans in Congress are holding the middle class hostage.

We have a $13.8 trillion national debt, a collapsing middle class and the most unequal distribution of wealth of any major country. With all this in mind, Republicans in Congress say they will block tax cuts to the middle class and block unemployment benefits to more than two million families unless the President gives huge tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.

Their behavior is morally bankrupt. It is reprehensible.

But instead of challenging the Republicans for their absurd demands and their outrageous tactics, the President gave them virtually everything they wanted.

I cannot and will not support this deal. I will do everything I can to uphold the promise made to the American people to end the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

Join me and my friends at Democracy for America today and sign our pledge calling on Congress to reject this deal.

One of the most underreported parts of this deal is a cut to the Social Security payroll tax. In just one year, over $120 billion of revenue will be cut from Social Security under the President's compromise plan, weakening the program and virtually guaranteeing benefit cuts in the future.

Make no mistake about it. Social Security has not added one dime to the national debt and this cut will only embolden Republican attempts to privatize the program and increase the age of retirement. Social Security is a vital safety net for all Americans and a cornerstone of our commitment to protect the middle class.

We are not alone in standing against this compromise. Republicans are holding the middle class hostage and the American people know it. I come from a small state and yesterday my office received more than 1,000 calls on this issue, with over 90% of them in opposition to this deal.

Last night, thousands of DFA members joined me on DFA Live where we had a lively discussion on this issue. One thing was clear to me during that call -- DFA members nationwide want Democrats to stop this deal and fight for the middle class, working people, senior citizens and the unemployed while making sure that millionaires and billionaires are not given massive tax breaks.

Make sure Congress gets the message -- Join the fight now and sign the petition opposing this so-called "compromise."

Thank you,

-Bernie

Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senator

Monday, December 6, 2010

Backyard leaves on the Ponderosa





Via Truthout: Thom Hartmann | An Informed and Educated Electorate

Thom Hartmann, Berrett-Koehler Publishers: Today we present the next chapter in our series of installments of Thom Hartmann's book, "Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country." Hartmann recalls: "After Reagan blew up the Fairness Doctrine in 1987, two very interesting things happened. The first was the rise of rightwing hate-speech talk radio, starting with Rush Limbaugh that very year. The second, which really stepped up fast after President Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which further deregulated the broadcast industry, was that the money losing news divisions of the Big Three TV networks were taken under the wings of their entertainment divisions - and wrung dry. Foreign bureaus were closed. Reporters were fired. Stories that promoted the wonders of advertisers or other companies (like movie production houses) owned by the same mega-corporations that owned the networks began to appear. And investigative journalism that cast a bright light on corporate malfeasance vanished."

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus - Must See!

Via Truthout: 9.8 Percent: The Number That the Deficit Commission Left Out

9.8 Percent: The Number That the Deficit Commission Left Out ?
(Photo: Nataraj Metz)



9.8%! It’s still all about jobs. It's still an emergency. And the DC elite still don’t get it -- or don't care. They give us a "deficit commission" not a jobs commission. They've got it nice while the rest of us have it not-so-nice. Maybe we should move the Congress out of DC so they can see for themselves what is happening to America.

If you visit DC (and don’t go to the “wrong” areas) you see nice buildings, nice stores, nice houses, nice hotels, nice trains, nice cars and lots and lots of nice and very expensive restaurants. You see lots of nice nicely-dressed people walking in a hurry to their nice jobs. Lots of nice jobs. Nice, very expensive houses. Nice cars. Nice life. Nice fantasy.

But if you leave DC you see something very, very different. Congress clearly doesn't see what the rest of us see. If they did, how could they possibly do the things they are doing? There is an absolute emergency going on in the country and Congress refuses to even see it. With 9.8% of us jobless -- that is the official rate, not counting the people who have given up or are "under"employed or took pay cuts or whatever -- Congress is debating tax cuts for the rich and cutting back on programs for the rest of us.

Congress actually did act on jobs last week: with unemployment near 10% they killed unemployment benefits for people out of work more than 26 weeks!

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