“"Jim Kessler, senior vice president for policy and a co-founder of Third Way, said Friday morning that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) backing of a plan to expand Social Security compelled him and the president of the group to hit back with a Wall Street Journal op-ed lambasting the plan and economic populism."
Read the article for an excellent lesson in free-market fundamentalism. And these guys call themselves centrists?
“But what does this group actually think about the policy, rather than the Independent voters it may or may not attract? Let's hear from some group that's actually interested in policy rather than power.
The US has become famous for its inability to identify its real priorities.”
Edwin Cohen on Dec 7, 2013 at 13:46:01
“Independent votes are Republicans that just can't stand the title any more because the party has just become too rotten even for them.”
“Clinton is only making sense. There are better ways to conduct surveillance but only 53 percent of Americans (according to Pew Center opinion polls) are of a mindset to consider them. The rest think that the state should be doing even more to make them safe.
I am fond of the American nation (if fearful of the American state). I think that more Americans would be in favour of a restoration of the republic and the forfeiture of American imperialism if so many generations of them had not been traumatized from birth:
"History has shown us that the best way to exercise institutionally legitimising processes of domination and control is through fear. As with most forms of right-wing populism, the best way to simultaneously present the image of democracy and the erosion of civil rights and liberties is to actively mobilise people through fear (i.e., fear of the Other, fear of ‘terror’, fear of crime, fear of impending economic scarcity). By coercing and persuading the will of the people through fear, Western democratic governments can justify and administer through institutional means their movement toward a system of increasing authoritarianism."
Americans face a future in which more of their resources are poured into their military and surveillance while education, infrastructure, social institutions, and the alleviation of widespread poverty go wanting. The country is already a banana republic. People watch silently while "their" Congress debates sacrificing social programs in order to spare its military.”
asturgeonz on Dec 4, 2013 at 00:05:46
“those who have more words to say are usually the most dangerous to
believe. c'mon, dmr, you can' seriously believe what you said.”
“Look, it's not local- and national-based businesses that play the rent-a-pol game every two and four years. It's the multinational corporations -- the one that couldn't give a damn about the unemployment rate. So it's gonna be a struggle to pass a bill extending unemployment subsidies.”
john kling on Dec 4, 2013 at 11:10:27
“These are the same selfish institutions that support immigration increases and amnesty for illegals to build a pool of unemployed to assure an employer friendly weak labor market.”
“Clinton is quite correct. He said he tried it but didn't inhale -- which makes perfect sense for someone who isn't a smoker of cigarettes. If you've seen Clinton sucking on a cigar you might have noticed that he doesn't inhale them either.”
“Whose wealth? The wealth that corporations make on the backs of its workers. How much? About 97 percent of the wealth created since the so-called "recovery" began. To whom? To the social programs and the state-sponsored infrastructure without which corporations could not have sucked up 97 percent of the wealth created since the onset of the so-called "recovery."”
“Good. It is unintelligible to me that a country run almost exclusively by its corporate sector has such a problem with a healthcare law that removes the healthcare burden from corporations. Canadian companies have a distinct advantage, since they don't have to offer any kind of healthcare benefits to be competitive.”
1greatscot1 on Dec 2, 2013 at 20:22:47
“Can I ask where you got your information from? The majority of Canadian companies offer healthcare benefits, over and above government healthcare, and are very competitive in that area.”
“Emmerson's heroic -- even before he begins his investigation. What a treat to read of someone who actually understands what's at stake.
Americans and Canadians -- actually, everyone in the Western democracies -- fail to understand what the rest of the world does, i.e., that democracy as we purport to practice it is a load of rubbish. We had better wake up.”
Add to that, Chris Hedges on the 10-year sentence of hacker Jeremy Hammond:
“This draconian sentence, like the draconian sentences of other whistle-blowers, will fan revolt. History bears this out. It will solidify the growing understanding that we must resort, if we want to effect real change, to unconventional tactics to thwart the mounting abuses by the corporate state. There is no hope, this sentencing shows, for redress from the judicial system, elected officials or the executive branch. Why should we respect a court system, or a governmental system, that shows no respect to us? Why should we abide by laws that serve only to protect criminals such as Wall Street thieves while leaving the rest of us exposed to abuse? Why should we continue to have faith in structures of power that deny us our most basic rights and civil liberties? Why should we be impoverished so the profits of big banks, corporations and hedge funds can swell?”
“Face it, Boehner: the GOP is driven by the Angry White Man syndrome. The party wants to take back its country -- the GOP owns it, doncha know -- from the inferior races, such as those who will benefit from immigration legislation. So stop making excuses.”
“They continue arguing about how expensive it is to fund the vulnerable yet keep lavishing the oil industry with subsidies. They cut foodstamps yet continue to lavish millionaire corporate farming and paying them not to raise crops for fear of lowering the price of food.
Why aren't there million citizen marches on Washington?”
Neither Party on Nov 18, 2013 at 20:39:36
“lavishing the oil industry with subsidies.
The oil companies pay hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes to federal, state, and local government every single year.”
mistykane on Nov 18, 2013 at 20:15:12
“The govt doesn't give oil companies anything. The oil industry pays $86 Million per day in taxes and royalties. They are entitled to the manufacturer's tax deductions. That's what's in the tax code and I wouldn't count on Obama accomplishing tax reform.”
mrpell on Nov 18, 2013 at 20:14:16
“You mean like the ethanol subsidies pushed by the corn state Democrats?”
Nov 13, 2013 at 19:30:10
“Harper has been waiting a long time to deep-six Medicare -- he's already abandoned it to the provinces (which, I think, is a challenge to the Medicare Act). And those superior Canadian banks? Kiss them goodbye. We will have too-big-to-fail banks just like Big Brother south of 49.”
Runs from Scissors on Nov 14, 2013 at 08:56:47
“In that case, BC is in big trouble, especially since stupid people in large numbers voted in the BC Liberals and Premier Christy Cakes. Well, those who voted to 'keep the socialists out' are going to find out that when those raising families don't have anything extra to spare, they're not going to care about the healthcare of those who voted against it.”
ibivi on Nov 13, 2013 at 19:54:54
“We've just started. England has sold its power generating plants to France and Germany. Can you imagine? Chicago sold its parking meters to the Saudis I think. I can't believe that governments are getting away with this!!! Where is the outrage from their citizens?”