Archive for March, 2011



Marketing works. If you put a lot of money into repeating a marketing message over and over and over, eventually people’s brains absorb the message. Conservatives have put a lot of money and effort into convincing people that there is something wrong with Social Security, and that effort is paying off.

Today’s Social Security Propaganda Rebuttal Post | OurFuture.org.

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But there is something more sophisticated at work here than merely the efforts of talk-show hosts, demagogues and right-wing politicians to stir up or even just reflect, an angry, agitated and hostile populace. That is, there is a plan at work here – let’s call it, “the Plan” – and that plan is designed to accomplish the following goals:

Kill Public-Employee Unions; Erase the Middle Class.


Put simply, Republicans are conducting a radical attack on the Democratic Party, aimed at the roots of Democratic power and sustenance. The battle is occurring in Washington and around the country, and even if the right doesn’t succeed completely, the fight will almost certainly leave Democrats weakened and defensive.

Look at the targets conservatives have taken aim at in the last couple of years: access to the ballot box, unions, organizations representing the poor, organizations protecting reproductive rights, and more. The assault is not just on ideas or policies (though there’s plenty of that, too) but on the institutions that undergird the Democratic Party and the progressive movement.

Crushing the Democrats’ Base.


200 years that changed the world – Gapminder.org.


Joe Klein –a way to dramatize the complicated issues at the heart of regulatory reform. The President should appoint Warren. The Senate should be forced to vote on her, so the public will know who really wants to clean up Wall Street and who doesn’t.

Reality Check: Who’s Afraid of Reforming Wall Street? – TIME.


Let’s begin with a multiple choice test. The United States of America is:

a) a for-profit corporation;
b) a family, like the typical American family in a 1960’s sitcom;
c) a nation — with a national economy and nation-sized problems.

If you answered “c,” there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you answered the question correctly. The bad news is that you probably have no future as a pundit, where recycling bad metaphors is an essential job skill. (On second thought, that’s probably good news too. You undoubtedly have better things to do with your time.)

Two metaphors keep reappearing in our national debate like comets on a too-tight orbit. One says that the government’s finances are like a family budget, and the other says that the country needs to be run more “like a corporation.” Both are routinely used as “nonpartisan” illustrations of the need to cut spending.

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard these misleading analogies, I’d have enough money to buy Alan Simpson a cow.

Richard (RJ) Eskow: The United States Isn’t a Company and It Isn’t a Family — It’s a Country..


If pessimism is not creeping on little cat’s feet into Republicans’ thinking about their 2012 presidential prospects, that is another reason for pessimism. This is because it indicates they do not understand that sensible Americans, who pay scant attention to presidential politics at this point in the electoral cycle, must nevertheless be detecting vibrations of weirdness emanating from people associated with the party.

George F. Will – Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and the spotlight-chasing candidates of 2012.


Over the past few weeks, right-wing legislators have unleashed a torrent of radical legislation upon the American electorate designed to gut collective bargaining rights and attack the middle class. As these conservatives have launched their assault, a Main Street Movement consisting of ordinary Americans fed up with living in such an unequal country has fought back.

Conservatives have sought to malign this movement by claiming that it is simply defending the parochial interests of labor unions, who they claim are imposing huge costs on taxpayers with little benefit. Yet the truth is that America’s public and private unions have been one of the major forces in building a robust and vibrant middle class and have fought over the past century to improve the lives of all Americans in a variety of ways. ThinkProgress has assembled just five of the many things that Americans can thank the nation’s unions for giving us all:

ThinkProgress » REPORT: Five Things Unions Have Done For All Americans.


 

A doctor who treated wounded Al Qaida fighters in Afghanistan’s Tora Bora has said Osama Bin Laden was at the mountain as coalition troops attacked.

 

gulfnews : Yemeni describes bloody siege on Al Qaida.


“The president has made it a priority to reform government and make it more effective and efficient for the American people, which is why his budget reflects a commitment to streamlining government and saving taxpayer dollars,” White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said in response to the report.

Upon taking office, Obama quickly appointed a chief performance officer, a new position meant to tackle government organizational issues.

Federal Eye – Government overlap costs taxpayers billions, GAO reports.


If I hear one more person talk about the “liberal media” in America, I will probably vomit on them. It was a stupid and ridiculous thing to say last week – take a long look at which mega-corporations own which news networks, and you won’t find a “liberal” entity anywhere on the list – but the events in Wisconsin have further underscored the absurdity of the statement.

The Liberal Media Strikes Again.

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