The Maltreatment of Bowe Bergdahl

Here is the American Way, or at least it used to be before extremist Republicans came on the scene:

Why now is this concept of justice for difficult for too many people to understand?

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“Phoney Anger” They Say

Yes, “phoney anger”, they say, in which case the “they” represent the extreme right wing of the Republican Party, otherwise known as the Tea Party.

These angry people represent the extremely negative mantra with which they have surrounded themselves, whereas indeed they are about as anti-American a faction which I have experienced in my lifetime which began in the Great Depression. Yet of course they view themselves as patriots. In this they deceive themselves.

Look at what they support:

* Majority control of the House of Representative, adamantly prohibiting the passage of any meaningful legislation;

* Over fifty separate votes to kill the affordable care law;

* Minority control of the Senate by engaging in the largest number of filibusters in the history of our nation;

* Deregulation to the point of generating our Great Recession;

* Favoring policies which have created the largest income inequality in the developed world;

* Creating voting restrictions at the state level aimed at disenfranchising minorities and the poor;

* Cutting program that disproportionately impact the poor, like food stamps;

* Disregarding the jobless by cutting unemployment insurance;

* Racist policies;

* Cuts to the education budget;

* Anti-union policies including right-to-work laws;

* Pro-universal gun ownership without restriction on weapon type;

* Abject and unadulterated hatred for President Obama.

The above is the tip of the iceberg.

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Income Inequality in America

We Americans, before the upcoming mid-term election, face up to the worsening repercussions to our nation by the growing inequality in income and wealth. Senator Bernie Sanders articulates this very well, and our new Federal Reserve Chairwomen responds with uncharacteristic candor for one in her position:

In order to firm up their position in support of income inequality, we find that Republicans either out-and-out lie, or state opinions unsubstantiated by either fact or recent history. Look here:

What voter of right mind would for one second cast a vote in favor of a representative who consistently votes in favor of maintaining poverty level wages? Well there are plenty of them, all Republicans:

The XL pipeline, backed by mostly Republicans, will generate only about 35 permanent jobs, yet you would never know it judging by the pro-job arguments they give in support of it. Forget the potential for serious spills over the greatest underground reservoir in the country; forget the fact that tar sands oil is the dirtiest and most toxic; and forget that to capture the oil from the tar sands requires significantly energy than other recovery methods. The truth is that this is an ill-considered project and should be rejected for once and for all.

The demise of the unions over decades, nurtured by Republicans, has vastly reduced the bargaining power of American workers, a trend which has added to income inequality, a fact which only Republicans would dispute, falsely.

As usual, context is important. Here Paul Krugman gives the true context for the class warfare being conducted by the Republican party on behalf of their wealthy benefactors. Do the Koch brothers ring a bell for you?

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Telling the Real Truth Right Here

Jesus was a Socialist:

Jesus and Fox News:

What about gay marriage?

On bending the Constitution:

Really, who are the lazy people?

On House Republicans:

The minimum wage in perspective:

Yes, the truth does hurt. Isn’t it about time that we treat this pain? Vote Democratic in 2014!

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Can’t Argue With The Facts!

It’s as simple as this:

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And then we have the dysfunctional House of Representatives:

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These facts speak for themselves about our modern outrageously cruel and evil Republican Party!

Addendum: And then we have this statement of truth:

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About the Economy: Pope Francis, Thomas Piketty, Senator Warren, Senator Sanders, et al

Pope Francis:

Senator Sanders:

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Elizabeth Warren:

We don’t know who is going to have the next big idea in this country, but we’re pretty sure they’re going to need to get online to do it. Reports that the FCC may gut net neutrality are disturbing, and would be just one more way the playing field is tilted for the rich and powerful who have already made it. Our regulators already have all the tools they need to protect a free and open Internet – where a handful of companies cannot block or filter or charge access fees for what we do online. They should stand up and use them.

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Thomas Piketty:

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.

Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II. The main driver of inequality–the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth–today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past, Piketty says, and may do so again.

A work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigor, Capital in the Twenty-First Century reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.

This is worth a read about Piketty.

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God’s Gift to Dems: Cliven Bundy and Sean Hannity/Fox News, and Obamacare Too

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s bold anti-Americanism, with the support of Sean Hannity and his Fox News political collectivists, has come home to roost along with other right-wing anti-establishment Republicans who flocked in support of their shenanigans. And then, as if that is not enough, to top it all off we have the same Cliven Bundy ranting loudly as an out-and-out racist”

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

And speaking of being on government subsidy, poor blacks and others are not subsidized anywhere nearly as much as our Corporations with their avoidance of taxes and outright subsidies. How does $154 billion in corporate subsidies in 2013 strike you?

How much do you think the average American family with an income of $50k pays pays per year for the social safety net compared to subsidizing corporations?

For the social safety net: $36 per year

For corporate welfare: $6,000 per year!!!

So stop griping Conservatives, because you have nothing to gripe about, but the poor folks certainly do.

And on Obamacare, successes increase to the consternation of its Republican opponents. Through this Affordable Care Act, approximately 14 million Americans now have health insurance which they did not have prior. Eight million have now signed up for insurance through the exchanges, three million under age 26 are covered on their parents insurance, and three million more are covered by the Medicaid expansion, adding up to about 14 million of the 45 million uninsured, thus about 30% now insured. Pretty impressive, and it will only get better.

And just think how much better it would have been had the red states opted to accept the medicaid expansion funded completely for the next three years by that hated federal government.

The prediction now is that the Dems will hold the Senate in 2014, and have a good chance at taking back the House in 2016 in addition to holding on to the Presidency. Republicans have noone to blame but themselves for the ultra-radical policies and utter obstruction they have attempted to carry out. It is coming home to roost for them. Three cheers!!!

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Site attack

While I do not support capital punishment, I would be willing to make an exception for spammers and hackers. This site was hit by a fairly serious hacking attack, which showed up as a known virus on Norton. It has been fixed. Apologies are extended to anyone who had a concern when checking this site.

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That’s Not the Voice of God You’re Hearing!

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To those on the radical Right, God’s will is whatever they deem it to be for their own self-aggrandizement, to hell with those who are harmed by their mischief and greed. Take the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson as examples. And you might want to throw into the mix the five Republican Roman Catholic activists on the US Supreme Court who use the Constitution to extract power from the common man and give more to the corporations, the rich and the powerful.

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Who Are The Takers? Certainly Not the Red States!

These hypocritical red states not only are takers from the Fed, they also are takers from the poorest of their poor, by denying Medicaid expansion to these folks in dire need of medical care. Then they have the gall to call themselves Christians. These people deceive themselves, but they don’t fool the rest of us!

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