You know how some people like to talk about how the top earners are just like you and me? And how, sure, they're paid more, but taking into consideration just percentages, they're not seeing that much of an increase, but starting with more they see more coming back? The average wage increase last year for the nation's bankers was 12%. You know, those people who tried their best to drag the economy down the sewer. 12%. SO, how big was your raise last year?
We are the true Americans.
"Why won’t the Fed act? My guess is that it’s intimidated by those Congressional Republicans, that it’s afraid to do anything that might be seen as providing political aid to President Obama, that is, anything that might help the economy." Paul Krugman on history rhyming strongly with the mistakes of the Great Depression.
"Most Americans oppose health law but like provisions." That headline pretty much nails the whole debate. While we can debate the individual mandate, most people love the provisions in Obamacare at the same time they say they hate the legislation. It's the classic definition of double think. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Fox New would lie to us about the use of drones to "spy" on cattlemen in the midwest? Shocked, shocked I am… (Grokked from the Slactivist)
While we're all waiting for the Supremes to hand out their decision and then skip town as fast as they can (any surprise the decision will come on the last day of the session?, not really), let us take a moment to reflect on the current system. So, you know, maybe the Supremes will only strike down the individual mandate and leave the rest intact. And maybe that will get us to the single-payer system so many of us really wanted (and would actually solve the problems) as Robert Reich thinks. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
"Catholic Relief Service… the bishop’s international relief and development agency, receives 80 percent of its funding from the federal government… It wins about half the government grants it competes for, said Carolyn Woo, the executive director… Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz asked about reports that the government was requiring CRS to distribute contraceptives. Dr. Woo confirmed that there had been such a proposal last summer, but after strong protests and high level negotiations, the government backed down." Hey, I'm seeing a budget line we can x-out. And in the same stroke we can help those poor Catholic Bishops keep the government out of their business. (Grokked from the Slactivist)