Sabotage: The Story Behind The Republican Party’s “Top Political Priority”… (by MediaMattersAction)
‘“It was his time,” Krugman explained. “The Republican base does not want Romney and they keep on looking for an alternative. And Newt, although — somebody said, ‘He’s a stupid man’s idea of what a smart person sounds like.’ But he is more plausible than the other guys they’ve been pushing up.”’
‘In One Sentence: We’re already teetering on the edge of another recession, and continuing down a conservative economic path is likely to take us right off the cliff.’
‘Highlights of Physicist Neil Degrasse Tyson’s appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher on 8/5/2011. He talks about our future and what’s left for the youth of today to have
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‘House Republicans continue to stonewall on revenues. But some Senate Republicans have signaled a willingness to cut special tax breaks and subsidies. And poll after poll has shown that vast majorities of Americans—in fact strong majorities of Republicans—support a balanced approach that includes cuts to spending programs and special tax breaks. It remains to be seen whether our political system will be able to produce the balanced result the American people clearly want.’
‘Republicans have retained control of the Wisconsin State Senate following a series of historic recall elections organized in response to their support of Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting bill this spring. Democrats needed to win three of the six Republican seats up for grabs in order to gain a majority, but four incumbents prevailed. Independent video producer Sam Mayfield spoke with voters at polling stations in the contested districts of Republican State Senators Alberta Darling and Luther Olsen in southern Wisconsin. She filed this report for Democracy Now!.’
Democracy NOW! - Headline News - August 9, 2011 (by ThisBoyTV)
The veteran broadcaster Tavis Smiley, and the author and Princeton University Professor Cornel West, are in the midst of a 15 city, cross-country trek they have dubbed, “The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience.” The tour comes on the heels of last week’s deficit agreement, which has been widely criticized for excluding a tax hike on the wealthy as well as any measures to tackle high unemployment. “Any legislation that doesn’t extend unemployment benefits, doesn’t close a single corporate loophole, doesn’t not raise one cent in terms of new revenue in terms of taxes on the rich or the lucky, allows corporate America to get away scot-free again, the banks and Wall Street getting away again, and all of these cuts ostensibly on the backs of everyday people,” says Smiley.
A new poll finds that less than 25 percent of Americans think most members of Congress deserve re-election, “the lowest number ever found in the 20-year history of Gallup/USAToday polling.” The low approval could spark the possibility that “2012 could be another wave election in Congress — similar [to] 1994 when the GOP seized the House.”
Breaking with the White House, “the Democratic leaders of Congress told the Supreme Court on Monday that President Obama was pursuing a misguided interpretation of federal Medicaid law that made it more difficult for low-income people to obtain health care.” The position they take is also opposite to Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA), who has sought to block Medicaid lawsuits.
Congressional Republicans have been “nearly silent” on new rules that will make health insurers cover birth control and other women’s health services without cost sharing. Republicans in leadership have declined to comment, likely because, as one expert put it, they “don’t want to be portrayed as anti-woman.”
Yesterday, the Justice Department and four states filed a lawsuit against the nation’s second-largest for-profit college company for falsely certifying that it was eligible for the $11 billion in state and federal financial aid it had received from July 2003 through June 2011. The expanding for-profit college industry is facing more scrutiny than ever, but this case against Education Management Corporation is the first in which the government is backing whistle-blowers’ claims that a company consistently violated federal law.
President Obama today will unveil the first federally-mandated fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks in an effort to cut dependence on foreign oil and reduce air pollution. Obama, who announced similar plans for cars and smaller trucks in July, will argue that the plan will provide major economic benefits to the struggling economy.
Over the 40-year history of the EPA, there’s simply no evidence of the kind of mass murdering of jobs that politicians claim. In fact, since the agency was created in the early 1970’s, GDP has grown by 200% and common pollutants have dropped by 63%. But the facts don’t seem to matter when it comes to environmental issues this campaign season.
The bottom line is that the United States continues to run 2+ wars and be policemen to the world while conservatives insist that we must not have millionaires spend a dollar more in taxes to pay for any of that. At the same time, the real long-term threat to US security – global warming and peak oil — get eviscerated in the debt deal while conservatives insist we must not have uber-profitable oil companies give of one dollar of their lush subsidies. Ah, but that is news, is it?
Reagan had been backed by Wall Street in his run for the White House and they, along with right-wing Christians, wanted to restructure America and turn back the tide that President Franklin D. Roosevelt started — a tide that was intended to make life better for the average working person. The rich hated paying better wages and providing benefits. They hated paying taxes even more. And they despised unions. The right-wing Christians hated anything that sounded like socialism or holding out a helping hand to minorities or women.
Reagan promised to end all that. So when the air traffic controllers went on strike, he seized the moment. In getting rid of every single last one of them and outlawing their union, he sent a clear and strong message: The days of everyone having a comfortable middle class life were over. America, from now on, would be run this way:
* The super-rich will make more, much much more, and the rest of you will scramble for the crumbs that are left.
We must remember history, so the future will be better than it is today ….
Many of the toughest sentencing laws responsible for the explosion of the U.S. prison population were drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which helps corporations write model legislation. Now a new exposé reveals ALEC has paved the way for states and corporations to replace unionized workers with prison labor. We speak with Mike Elk, contributing labor reporter at The Nation magazine. He says ALEC and private prison companies “put a mass amount of people in jail, and then they created a situation where they could exploit that.” Elk notes that in 2005 more than 14 million pounds of beef infected with rat feces processed by inmates were not recalled, in order to avoid drawing attention to how many products are made by prison labor.