Majority of Americans: Please raise taxes on billionaires. Congress: Herp derp screw the middle class! Majority: #fuckyouwashington
Senator Bernie Sanders (one of the few Senators I respect) says essentially the same thing, but more eloquently than I did:
The rich are getting richer. Their effective tax rate, in recent years, has been reduced to the lowest in modern history. Nurses, teachers and firemen actually pay a higher tax rate than some billionaires. It’s no wonder the American people are angry.
Many corporations, including General Electric and Exxon-Mobil, have made billions in profits while using loopholes to avoid paying any federal income taxes. We lose $100 billion every year in federal revenue from companies and individuals who stash their wealth in tax havens off-shore like the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. The sum of all the revenue collected by the Treasury today totals just 14.8% of our gross domestic product, the lowest in about 50 years.
In the midst of this, Republicans in Congress have been fanatically determined to protect the interests of the wealthy and large multinational corporations so that they do not contribute a single penny toward deficit reduction.
If the Republicans have their way, the entire burden of deficit reduction will be placed on the elderly, the sick, children and working families. In the midst of a horrendous recession that is already causing severe pain for average Americans, this approach is morally grotesque. It’s also bad economic policy.
The whole thing isn’t very long, and it’s worth your time to give it a read.
Agreed; it’s good - well-written and compelling, but I still like yours because of its brevity (<140char). ;)
It’s just a fact that the GOP caused this “crisis”, and the lunatic fringe in the House is entirely responsible for it … but the White House and Democrat response to it has been pathetic. Even though public opinion is overwhelmingly against the GOP position, Obama and the White House have allowed the GOP to control the “debate” — which is really little more than stupid kabuki, anyway.
The way I see it, there are two options to explain the behavior from Obama and Senate Democrats: 1) They really are that incompetent, and completely got themselves rolled or 2) They want to slash federal spending that helps the poor and the middle class, and the lunatic fringe of the GOP is giving them the cover they need to please their corporate masters.
I’m not sure which it is, to be honest, though it seems that Obama wants his base to be furious with him (so he can go after the ever-changing “center” that will never support him the way his base did until he sold us out over and over again) and he seems more interested in presiding over some huge “compromise” with the lunatic fringe of the GOP than he is in protecting the people he supposedly serves.
I think it’s just an unavoidable truth: Barack Obama isn’t the great Hope he lead us to believe he was.
Hang on just a second; let me fix that for you:
Barack Obama isn’t the great Hope you lead yourself to believe he was.
Because all through 2008 I was sayin’ “Yeah, he’s a cool guy, and it’ll be nice to have someone in the Oval Office who doesn’t have to roll a Concentration check every time he utters a word longer than two syllables…but calm down with the ‘Messiah’ stuff - he’s just a dude; he can’t turn water into beer.” (seriously, you can go back three years and check)
He’s actually accomplished more than I thought he would, especially with the state of affairs he’d inherited from the last two weasels that had been in office.
He’s a weak negotiator, he’s a corporate tool, he doesn’t care at all about the least among us, and he isn’t willing to fight for anything. This president isn’t the guy I supported during the election, and he is a tragic failure for progressives.
I’m angry because the government of my country has abandoned its people, and I don’t think there’s anything we can do to take it back.
Correction; you’re angry that what was in the box turned out to not be what you thought, but was still exactly what was written on the box. Take a closer look at the hand you’re pointing accusingly and check where the other three fingers are aimed…
“When someone is overextended and broke they don’t continue paying for expensive automobiles, they sell the expensive automobiles and buy a cheaper one. They don’t continue paying for country club dues, they drop out of the country club,” Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said Wednesday on MSNBC.
Dear Rep. Paul Brown: Go fuck yourself.
Well, Rep. Broun? You know what?
GOOD. That’s what is SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN; the luxuries dry up and blow away while people worry about SURVIVAL.
(but seriously, sounds like someone owns a country club or two and is worried about declining revenue…)
As soon as the entertainment industry provides an alternative to bit-torrent — or an alternative to piracy — that makes it easy for honest people to get access to the program, then the piracy dries up.
Gabe Newell [CEO of Valve] says that pirates provide better customer service. How many times have you paid for a DRM license for something and the server goes down, or you travel across the border? I rented some episodes on Amazon of Doctor Who: when I went to Canada — I paid for them in America; I live in America — they say “you can’t watch it anymore because you’re not in America anymore.” That made me angry because I was being honest; I was an honest person. If I had stolen it, I would be watching it.
I love that Syfy puts episodes of Eureka online for people to watch; I love that TNT puts episodes of Leverage online for people to watch.
This is a straight-up lie. Not the everyday, casual fudging that politicians do, but a straight up lie. As the Government Accountability Office explains: “The debt limit does not control or limit the ability of the federal government to run deficits or incur obligations. Rather, it is a limit on the ability to pay obligations already incurred.”
This isn’t a perfect metaphor, but not raising the debt ceiling is more like refusing to pay your credit card bill than it is akin to asking for a blank check. Congress appropriates funds; if they don’t want Obama to spend more, it’s within Congress’s power to withhold that money. That’s you know, in the Constitution. I believe the GOP insisted on it being read at the beginning of the 112th Congress, but they don’t seem to have been paying attention.
I’m confident that our responsible, objective, national political media will call out this lie for what it is before it — AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Sorry, I tried my best to get through it with a straight face.
Nigga? We’re in some dire straits up here with “The Harper Government” (the obsolete term “Canada” soon to be phased out of ALL gov’t documents) washin’ our democracy away like some li’l kiddy’s sand castle with the tide comin’ in, but y’all with your debt creepin’ up on 98% of your GDP and hell, you got less than a week before you default and lose a century-long AAA status.
I have the answer. For intentions both good and bad, Google wants Google Plus to be “clean” and free of anonymity. On the good side, they want to eliminate the “wild west” attitude that permeates so much of the World Wide Web and make people responsible for their words and actions. On the bad side, they can’t fully target their advertising to somebody using a nom de plume as it then cannot be tied with all of the other data Google has on damn near everybody that has ever gone online.
Now that all Google Profiles will be public whether or not one uses Google Plus, I can easily see the day when they start weeding out even more of their users with names like Jack Mehoff, Hugh Jass, and, of course, Porn O’Graphicus. This is why it is always a good idea to have a backup e-mail account kept up to date with all of one’s contacts and a list of all of one’s subscriptions. As one who has been paying attention to this type of stuff for over 13 years now and has seen it happen on all of the free major online services out there, the next witch hunt against anonymity and true freedom of expression is always just around the corner. Be wise in who you choose to trust with your online accounts and, as always, be prepared to go elsewhere at a moment’s notice.
And…no, you won’t ever find me on Google Plus under any name. Just like Facebook, if I can’t openly post a pair of titties on it without getting in trouble, it ain’t worth my time.