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“Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes.” –Tom DeLay, Republican House Majority Leader, March 12, 2003
From the Education Opportunity Network:
“…the real story of how one campaign behind parent trigger laws misled parents and fractured the community. The video tells the story of Adelanto, California where a well-funded, outside group “Parent Revolution” came to town and instead of working to improve the schools tricked parents with false promises, bitterly divided the community, and disrupted the education of young children.
“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.”
Well, he didn’t know he was talking about economists, but…
I highly recommend reading this (long) diary at Daily Kos, The Big Picture: Putting the Sequester in Context.
This seems to capture and articulate what we have been seeing on the national stage.
It is encouraging to me that more and more people are “getting it” about what is going on, that this really is a 1% vs 99% war going on, what the Republicans really are, etc.
(This diarist even uses the same Trouble In River City idea that I did… (I think I used a different video clip.)
There is this thick veil of propaganda around the things that happen in our economy, and it is enjoyable to read a post like this one, as someone discovers what can be seen as the veil lifts…
And if you have a day or two to actually follow the links in the post, it just gets better and better.
I was on Huffington Post Live today, talking about the story behind the recent news that the Postal Service is going to end Saturday deliver in August. I wrote about this recently in my post, The Postal Service Outrage.*
This post outlines what is really going on with the Postal Service, and how it is one more “manufactured crisis” that is part of a larger strategy to privatize government so that it serves a wealthy few instead of We, the People. The Postal Service is a service, not a business, yet it is required to “break even.” (The Pentagon doesn’t have to break even.) It is required to pre-fund 75 years of retiree health benefits — paying now for people who are not even born yet! It is hobbled, kept from adjusting rates and kept from offering different services that “compete” with private companies. And then when it runs short of money we are told there is a “crisis” and the agency is “obsolete” and should just be privatized. Privatization is the process of tking public property out of OUR hands, so that it will be run for the benefit of those with money, with the profits going to a few at the top.
Aside from the points in this post, I made one point that I think is very important: In a democracy government is us, and by definition government spending is We, the People doing things to make our lives better. Plutocracy is government only run for the benefit of a wealthy few. So when you hear people demanding “less government” and cuts in “government spending” you should think about what they are really pushing for.
With no further ado, here is the Huffington Post Live segment Postcards At The Edge:
BIG correction, I said the first largest employer is Amazon and I meant Walmart!!
* Note: This post was titled You Should Be Outraged by What Is Being Done to Our Postal Service at most other outlets.
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I have no idea who did this:
There has been a ‘massive cover-up’ on Benghazi.
What are they covering up? We don’t know because it has been covered up.
How do we know it has been covered up? Because there is no evidence whatsoever that anyone, anywhere, did anything wrong! Obviously that means there has been a massive cover-up!!!!!
So obviously this is bigger than Watergate. This is bigger than all of the Clinton murders. This is bigger than 9/11.
I use Chrome as my browser. I typed in “Tivo” because I wanted to schedule a show… forgot the “.com” Now every website I go to I have to look at Tivo ads.
Any time I search for something on Google I have to look at ads for whatever it was, until I search for something else.
WTF? I mean, What. The. Fuck. ??? Really? Seriously?
I really, really, really, really, really, really don’t care if Marco Rubio took a sip of water during his speech. So what? Maybe his throat got dry. (He did a good job of looking at the camera the whole time…)