Republicans Call Instrastructure Spending “Extremism”

Just wow. The following are Republican reactions to this Contract for the American Dream video:

This headline is not the Onion, it’s a conservative outlet: Van Jones Forces Innocent Children to Advocate Infrastructure Spending, Oppose Corporate Personhood on YouTube

… cute kids mouth bizarrely sophisticated talking points, including words and phrases they almost certainly don’t understand, such as “infrastructure,” “living wage,” and “tax brackets.”

Go read the horrible, nasty comments left by the readers. The usual batch of “High tech Hitler Youth, imo.” and “Loving Uncle Sam has nothing but the childrens’ best interests at heart. Love The Fatherland.”
And this one. Van Jones and MoveOn.Org team up to brainwash children | Wizbang

We’re dealing with some radical folks here… radicals attempting to hide their extremism behind the smiles of unsuspecting and exploited children.
Sick stuff.
Made sicker when, as Michelle Malkin documents, you understand who it is that Van Jones is teaming with to further his agenda… not just MoveOn.Org as Greyhawk notes, but the Union thugs at SEIU and the AFL-CIO.
Jones’ use of children and his choice of thugs as partners in the carrying out of his ideas seems fitting.
… Leftists today will go to any length to advance the cause to include thuggery and the exploitation of children.
Sick stuff indeed.

Leafs and Volts

In the last week I have seen six (Nissan) Leafs and three (Chevy) Volts in my area. I’m in Redwood City/Menlo Park, in the Silicon Valley area, so you would expect more rapid adoption of electric cars. (The very first Leaf sold in the United States was in Redwood City.) But still, this is more than I expected and a lot of the Leafs still have the dealer plates. So they were probably back-ordered and a shipment just arrived.
My aunt is considering buying a Leaf. I’m thinking of getting the new Ford Focus Electric. We have a 2007 Focus, and we love it. My Honda Accord is 11 years old now… and the electric Focus comes out soon…
Here’s the thing about electric cars. Have you ever had to repair your refrigerator motor? Almost the only maintenance you’ll ever need on an electric car is replacing tires and lubricating bearings. There is no water pump. There is no timing belt. No valves to adjust. No fuel filter. No oil changes. No exhaust system…
One more thing: Ford and SunPower announce deal to bundle electric cars with rooftop solar power Ford has teamed up with our own SunPower to offer a special deal on a rooftop solar system. The system doesn’t directly charge the car — the system feeds power into the grid during the day and you charge the car at night from the grid. You could make a profit on the power, by the way, if you only count the car-charging, but it will knock down your electric bill enough to pay for itself either way. From the story,

The “Drive Green for Life” program is designed to provide the cars’ owners the opportunity to fuel their vehicles with clean energy and have a carbon-free driving experience.
SunPower will offer a 2.5-kilowatt rooftop system, which should provide enough electricity to fuel an electric car that travels about 1,000 miles per month, for less than $10,000, after the federal tax credit. Typically, SunPower charges at least $18,000 for a system of that size.
“This is a great opportunity to take solar mainstream,” said SunPower CEO Tom Werner. “We’re thrilled to provide electric car owners with a clean source of fuel.”

So here we are, finally getting away from being tied to the oil system and the (literally) centralized power structure.
Update – Saw two more Leafs just this evening.

Can’t Get Rid Of This Ad

As I wrote last month about the Google Ads that follow me around, everywhere I go online I see Hickey Freeman ads, because once I looked up a Hickey Freeman sport coat on Google. As I wrote,

I am really, really sorry I ever looked up “Hickey Freeman”on Google once, because now I can’t go to almost ANY websites without having to look at Hickey Freeman ads. It’s like they are chasing me around. I’ve been branded on the web as “The Hickey Freeman Guy” I guess.
It’s terrible. I watch a YouTube video and up on the screen pops “Hickey Freeman Sale” or something like that.

One thing for sure, it has made me decide I’ll never, ever buy a Hickey Freeman jacket, because of the creepiness. And that I hate Google now, even more than Facebook, because of the invasion.

Austeridiocy: Budget Cuts Take Money Out Of The Economy

“The patient is sicker so we have to apply more leeches.” Countries that are trying to fix deficits with spending cuts are finding out that taking money out of their economies by cutting government is slowing their economies. Duh! Imagine that! So instead of cutting deficits the resulting slowdowns are making their deficits worse as tax revenues drop and joblessness goes up. So what are they proposing? More “austerity” spending cuts. I call them “austeridiots.”
It Didn’t Work So Do It More
See if you can find the logical flaw in this AP news report: French growth sputters to a halt in 2nd quarter,

The French government was put under further pressure to cut deeper into spending after figures Friday showed growth in Europe’s second biggest economy ground to a halt in the spring, in another sign that the global economy is facing rising recessionary threats.
With the worse-than-expected French growth figures suggesting a possible budget shortfall this year, government ministers may have to find additional savings…

Right, the cuts are slowing the economy, which means the deficits are worse, so they “have to find additional savings.” Cutting government – taking money out of the economy – slowed their economy, so they think they’ll solve the problem by taking more money out of their economy. Austeridiocy.
Austeridiocy Here, Too

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The Top 1%

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If you haven’t seen this yet, it is a must-see. “With 1% of Americans controlling 40% of the country’s wealth, we examine the gap between the rich and the rest.”
Fault Lines: The Top 1%

The richest one per cent of Americans earn nearly a quarter of the country’s income and control an astonishing 40 per cent of its wealth.
Inequality in the US is more extreme than it has been in almost a century – and the gap between the super-rich and the poor and middle class people has widened drastically over the last 30 years.
Meanwhile, in Washington, a bitter partisan debate over how to cut deficit spending and reduce the US’ $14.3 trillion debt is underway. As low and middle class wages stagnate and unemployment remains above nine per cent, Republicans and Democrats are tussling over whether to slash funding for the medical and retirement programmes that are the backbone of the US’ social safety net, and whether to raise taxes – or to cut them further.
The budget debate and the economy are the battleground on which the 2012 presidential election race will be fought. And the US has never seemed so divided – both politically and economically.
How did the gap grow so wide, and so quickly? And how are the convictions, campaign contributions and charitable donations of the top one per cent impacting the other 99 per cent of Americans? Fault Lines investigates the gap between the rich and the rest.

Listen To Susie And Dave

Susie Madrak and myself last night on Virtually Speaking turned out pretty good, except I got pretty heated at one point, talking about the “cuts.” Just click the following to listen:
Dave Johnson, Virtually Speaking Susie w/Susie Madrak

Recovering journalist and class warrior Susie Madrak explores the impact of current events on the daily lives of working class people. This week: Susie talks with Dave Johnson about the stock market and the Democratic leadership and the Congressional Super Committee.

Verizon’s Workers Strike Back At Corporate Greed — You Can Join Them!

The reason you see so many cell phone stores and ads everywhere is because this is a very lucrative businesses. They are pulling in billions and their executives are raking in the bucks. But they are also squeezing their workers, their customers, and our government. Right now Verizon is greedily trying to put the squeeze on its workers, cutting pensions, sick pay, health insurance, even disability for employees injured on the job. If this story sounds all too familiar, this part won’t: Their workers are fighting back with a strike! And you can join them!

Consumed By Greed

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Contract For The American Dream And The Emergency Jobs Bill

Rebuild The Dream
As I wrote earlier in Ten Years Ago We Were Paying Off The Nation’s Debt. But Then We Elected Obama., the The American Dream Movement is rolling out their Contract for the American Dream. The Tea-Party-fascinated press is largely ignoring this, but this movement represents the majority of the public, and can’t be ignored for long.

Today on a call with bloggers and the press to announce the The American Dream Movement Van Jones described the movement’s origins. He has been traveling around the country giving talks and talking to people, and found that it seemed that the American people had smarter solutions to our problems than our politicians seemed to. So he helped set up an “open source” process to gather ideas from regular people. 131,203 participated, held 3,600 house meeting, and came up with 29,000 ideas. These ideas have been distilled down to the ten most popular ideas, which are now the Contract for the American Dream.
No Help From FOX News
Unlike the Tea Party, they had “no help from FOX TV or the billionaire Koch brothers.” And unlike the Tea Party, which began with much smaller numbers, the American Dream movement is getting almost no press attention.
The Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act

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