This comes on the eve of the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, that moment in history when the destruction of civil liberties and the rule of law flipped into high gear. What has been Obama's impact?
There has been a lot of talk about fact checking the statements of politicians lately. Reading the articles, it is very difficult to tell who is telling the truth. And that is the problem.
I stumbled across a cute little page, courtesy of BarackObama.com that allows you to compare your tax savings at any income level for the Obama 2013 Tax Plan, under Obama's first term and for Romney's 2013 Tax Plan.
So being the data wonk that I am, I started punching in numbers to see how it rolls.
The right wing war on women is certainly no new development. Like many, if not most of the primitivist planks in the right wing cultural platform, their fear and loathing of anything sexual (outside of the act of procreation) is tied to their bond with the church. The right wing war on women has been gaining steam and media attention in recent months largely as a result of zealot majorities in many statehouses around the country who have been using their political muscle to put through an historic number of new laws that are repressive to women's sexual freedom rights. But that is simply the current incarnation of a long and glorious history of the church's (read that, men's) repression of women's (but not men's) sexual rights and practices.
As much as I like Obama and all that he appears to stand for, I am not sure I like the Wall Street insiders he is palling around with.
Dr. Jonathan Haidt discusses the differences in the moral foundations of liberals and conservatives at TED.
The London Times is reporting that Republican supporter Robert Fox, who is also brother-in-law of Congressman Chris Cannon (R-Utah) has offered $10,000 to Oxford scholar Dr. Peter Millican to run a computerized comparison of Obama's bestseller "Dreams of My Father" against William Ayers' memoir "Fugitive Days" to determine is Ayers might be the ghostwriter of Dreams.
A headline earlier this week hit me right in the gut. It read "Fed to Provide Up to $540 Billion to Aid Money Funds" and it got me to wondering what has come of the Fed's fiscal largesse over the last several months.
I sent the following message to my Congressional Representative and Senators today. I can only hope that they rise to the challenge.
As the country attempts to deal with the financial strife that buffets us on an almost daily basis, it is so easy for the press and the politicians to say this is a "subprime crisis." Unfortunately, "subprime crisis" is a gross oversimplification that masks the issue at heart: a quadrillion dollars in derivatives (1) that threatens to melt down the entire worldwide economy. As Congress and the Fed rush to plug increasingly large holes in the dike with hundreds of billions of dollars per plug, those remedies pale in comparison to the gigantic scale of potential liabilities waiting to crash down upon us. Until the Congress, the Fed and the world's central banks get serious about applying meaningful regulation to the out of control practice of engaging in financial derivatives transactions we will continue to standby and watch a slow train wreck that threatens to consume all of our financial assets.
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