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Third Way Op-Ed Writer Says Elizabeth Warren's Backing Of Social Security Plan Was The 'Final Moment'

Third Way Op-Ed Writer Says Elizabeth Warren's Backing Of Social Security Plan Was The 'Final Moment'

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 16:05:28 in Politics

“"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?

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304337404579213923151169790

MJ Reynolds on Dec 7, 2013 at 17:32:46

“Groups like Third Way are inspiring Midterm 2014 GET OUT THE VOTE DEMOCRATS!”
Third Way Op-Ed Writer Says Elizabeth Warren's Backing Of Social Security Plan Was The 'Final Moment'

Third Way Op-Ed Writer Says Elizabeth Warren's Backing Of Social Security Plan Was The 'Final Moment'

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 13:12:50 in Politics

“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.”
Bill Clinton Calls For Better Rules On Intelligence Gathering

Bill Clinton Calls For Better Rules On Intelligence Gathering

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 21:01:44 in Politics

“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."

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/authoritarianism-and-the-nsa-why-mass-surveillance-is-a-natural-product-of-modern-society/

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.”
Unemployment Extension Would Boost Employment By 200,000 Jobs Next Year: CBO

Unemployment Extension Would Boost Employment By 200,000 Jobs Next Year: CBO

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 20:42:20 in Politics

“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.”
With Seven Workdays Left, House Committee Holds Hearing On Space Aliens

With Seven Workdays Left, House Committee Holds Hearing On Space Aliens

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 20:36:18 in Politics

“Don't complain, Americans. They finally hit on something they can agree to compromise on. Under the sorry circumstances, that's progress.”

readinamazement on Dec 3, 2013 at 20:57:21

“you haven't seen the repeal ACA rider.”
Bill Clinton: 'I Never Denied That I Used Marijuana'

Bill Clinton: 'I Never Denied That I Used Marijuana'

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 20:32:03 in Politics

“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.”
This 1 Quote Explains America's Biggest Problem Perfectly

This 1 Quote Explains America's Biggest Problem Perfectly

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 19:56:26 in Business

“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."”
This 1 Quote Explains America's Biggest Problem Perfectly

This 1 Quote Explains America's Biggest Problem Perfectly

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 19:52:17 in Business

“Gee, I wonder where Blankfein got that idea from. (Social democrats have been saying that for decades.)”
Supreme Court Declines To Take Liberty University's Obamacare Lawsuit

Supreme Court Declines To Take Liberty University's Obamacare Lawsuit

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 14:25:41 in Politics

“And most Canadian companies do not offer these extras.  Ask anyone who works in the service industry.”
Supreme Court Declines To Take Liberty University's Obamacare Lawsuit

Supreme Court Declines To Take Liberty University's Obamacare Lawsuit

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 17:58:26 in Politics

“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.”
Edward Snowden revelations prompt UN investigation into surveillance

Edward Snowden revelations prompt UN investigation into surveillance

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 17:52:43 in World

“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.”
House Only Working 8 More Days This Year [UPDATE]

House Only Working 8 More Days This Year [UPDATE]

Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 13:57:21 in Politics

“Well, what did you expect? There's still all that dialing for dollars that needs to be done for next year's election.”
China Sends Fighter Planes To Investigate U.S., Japanese Flights

China Sends Fighter Planes To Investigate U.S., Japanese Flights

Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 14:28:26 in World

“American Cold War nostalgics are desperate for another arms race to get their economy back on track. Thus the macho posturing. This article at Asia Times says it all:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-03-271113.html
Barton Gellman Hits Back At Bob Woodward For 'Insult' About Snowden Coverage

Barton Gellman Hits Back At Bob Woodward For 'Insult' About Snowden Coverage

Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 15:12:10 in Media

“Woodward, back in the newsroom? That doesn't sound good for the Post in the Bezos era.”
Senate Votes For Nuclear Option

Senate Votes For Nuclear Option

Commented Nov 21, 2013 at 13:49:10 in Politics

“It's about time.”
Bob Woodward: Edward Snowden Should Have Come To Me Instead

Bob Woodward: Edward Snowden Should Have Come To Me Instead

Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 23:11:25 in Media

“It’s hard to believe that even the establishment journal *Foreign Policy* is today far more radical than the great American icon of lie-busting journalism. E.g., see Foreign Policy’s exclusive:

“Exclusive: Inside America's Plan to Kill Online Privacy Rights Everywhere”

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/11/20/exclusive_inside_americas_plan_to_kill_online_privacy_rights_everywhere#.Uo1UnH0sHow.twitter

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?”

http://www.opednews.com/populum/pagem.php?f=Feeding-the-Flame-of-Revol-by-Chris-Hedges-Anonymous_Corporations_Jeremy-Hammond_Occupy-131118-907.html

So, where are you, Bob Woodward?”
Here's Why Hillary Clinton Shouldn't Be Threatened By Elizabeth Warren

Here's Why Hillary Clinton Shouldn't Be Threatened By Elizabeth Warren

Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 16:10:01 in Politics

“Agreed -- except for that "left" part. American politics have been flying exclusively on one wing since at least the Reagan era -- and maybe even earlier.”
Here's Why Hillary Clinton Shouldn't Be Threatened By Elizabeth Warren

Here's Why Hillary Clinton Shouldn't Be Threatened By Elizabeth Warren

Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 16:06:56 in Politics

“All this poll suggests is that people aren't paying attention yet -- unlike the media, which begin campaigns earlier and earlier in order to fill up some journalistic spacetime.”

Barry JJ Binks on Nov 20, 2013 at 16:17:30

“She sexy and I want to fill her up.”
Voters In Key States Really Don't Want Social Security Cut: Poll

Voters In Key States Really Don't Want Social Security Cut: Poll

Commented Nov 20, 2013 at 01:39:36 in Politics

“Cut the NSA budget in half and use the savings to expand SS, shift everyone into Medicare, and raise the minimum wage to $20, which can be done with some transition help to small businesses.”
House Republicans' Many Excuses For Inaction On Immigration Reform

House Republicans' Many Excuses For Inaction On Immigration Reform

Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 14:52:40 in Politics

“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.”
Elizabeth Warren: Expand Social Security

Elizabeth Warren: Expand Social Security

Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 20:09:22 in Politics

“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?”

mrtimmaulden on Nov 18, 2013 at 20:11:31

“Fanned.”
Trans-Pacific Partnership Chapter Released By WikiLeaks

Trans-Pacific Partnership Chapter Released By WikiLeaks

Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 19:30:10 in Canada Business

“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?”

Jump4joy on Nov 13, 2013 at 19:47:13

“God that's a depressing thought.”
Elizabeth Warren Condemns Senate Republicans For Blocking Obama Nominee

Elizabeth Warren Condemns Senate Republicans For Blocking Obama Nominee

Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 15:35:11 in Politics

“Good on you, Senator. Keep up the good work.”
Everyone In America Is Even More Broke Than You Think

Everyone In America Is Even More Broke Than You Think

Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 15:52:11 in Business

“That infographic is a stunner. Makes me feel like part of the problem, not the solution.”
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