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Tue Mar 17, 2015 at 09:22 PM PDT

What does AIPAC do now?

by oregonj

Netanyahu has broken with the main Israeli lobby in the U.S.  By unequivocally stating his opposition to a two-state solution, Netanyahu as leader of the Israeli government will be in direct oppostion to the official position of AIPAC.

From AIPAC.org

Two states for two people.
AIPAC strongly supports a two-state solution and works tirelessly to bring peace to the region. A two-state solution – a Jewish state of Israel living in peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state – with an end to all claims is the clear path to resolving this generations-old conflict.
Words have consequences, and now that Bibi has moved to new far right ground, what will AIPAC do? Or will AIPAC quickly capitulate and demonstrate that they truly are a tool of Likud and Sheldon Adelson?

And will Americans finally realize that AIPAC is a political machine with essential disregard for Americans, American interests, and Israel's long-term security?

This will be a test for AIPAC.  

And a test for those Americans who thought they were supporting a group that was anything more than the extension of right-wing politicians and their benefactors.

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Tue Mar 10, 2015 at 03:59 PM PDT

Socialism for Coal

by oregonj

This is brilliant.

Large coal companies, massive railroads such as Burlington Northern owned by Warren Buffett, and a slate of supporting businesses have been trying to come to market with a   terminal in the Pacific Northwest for shipping Wyoming coal to Asia for over a year. Nobody, absolutely nobody can come up with a way to make this a profitable business proposition.  And this is despite the fact that they get most of the subsidized coal off of federal lands for royalties that are far below the market value of the resource.

Yet, they still can't make it a viable business proposition.  So what do they do - they turn to socialism for the coal companies by making Wyoming taxpayers pay for coal terminals in Oregon and Washington. Sightline makes this all too clear.

You can’t make this stuff up. The Wyoming state legislature—ostensibly one of the most conservative deliberative bodies in North America—has embraced full-on socialism for the coal industry.
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The Koch Brothers are coming after Senator Jeff Merkley in the Oregon election this fall. A petrol-fueled boatload of cashis cruising into Oregon over the next few weeks.

Within days of the Koch's announcement, amazingly, George Will's error-filled screed attacking Senator Merkley simultaneously appeared on the op-ed pages of the state's largest newspaper, the Oregonian, and the Washington Post.

The funny thing is - much of what Wills wrote was not true.  The Oregonian did a Fact Check and found that the "research" group Wills relied upon for employment numbers  was not using actual facts.

Infogroup's Winner said "We obviously have counts that aren't correct........it looks like we double and triple counted".
I think George Will has never met a fact that he could be relied on for being truthful.  The amazing thing is that he is still at the core of the Republican consensus.
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Sat Jan 25, 2014 at 03:11 PM PST

AIPAC in Decline?

by oregonj

AIPAC is now one of the major threats to Israel's security by going all-out political in the US Congress on both:

1.  Blanket support for Israeli settlements, and
 2.  Opposition to negotiations with Iran.

AIPAC is damaging Israel's security and economic interests.  AIPAC's position on Iran would prevent the critical negotiated limit in Iranian fuel processing to 5% concentrations. And AIPAC's position would eliminate  the presence of new international inspectors in the plants.  These extreme positions are supporting the case for boycotts agaist Israeli economic interests.

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There are two important conclusions that need to be drawn from  the Keystone Pipeline Enivronmental Impact Statement released today:

ONE:  Keystone is all about finding a way to increase exports of oil for Texas speculators.

TWO:  There will be only 35 long-term permanent jobs if Keystone is built.

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The one chord that sounded most deeply today in the President's speech was that he  gets it.  It is the one part of the speech   that is "shocking" the CNN and MSNBC commentators.

We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.

The President understands...... there will be no economic prosperity without slowing the climate crisis spreading over  the planet.

... but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms
The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it

Read more: http://www.politico.com/...

The President understands...... there will be no national security in a world destabilized by dwindling arable lands and increasingly uninhabitable margins of sea and desert.

We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.

With urgency, the 44th President of the United States is leading.  We must act now......or the future will not provide a history we can endure.

The President's complete comments on climate, and developing responses to the climate initiative, are below the squiggle.

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The House and Senate Republicans who voted for this 'deal', voted for $3.9 trillion more federal debt. The CBO has scored this 'deal', and this is an enormous budget-buster.

So the budget situation more than ever requires a balanced plan.  The President   promised that a balanced plan includes $1.6 trillion in revenue over 10 years.

Carney said Tuesday that Obama would reprise his plan from earlier this year to raise $1.6 trillion in taxes by raising tax rates, imposing a new special tax on millionaires and scaling back deductions and loopholes.
This deal gets about $600 billion in new revenue.  The President and Democrats must ensure that future budget plans, spending AND revenue, includes at least $1 trillion in new revenue.  They must publicly state that there is a gap of $1 trillion in revenue.
Anything less than the bottom line $1 trillion in revenue......NO!. UNACCEPTABLE!

As HoundDog diaried earlier today,  With-tax-revenues-of-only-18%-of-GDP-we-can-not-sustain-government-spending-of-23%  !!
 
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Don't you just hate it when someone puts words in your mouth?  Twice.

And what if that person was runnig to be the most powerful person on the planet?  

Yes, Romney lied about Senator Wyden's position on Medicare.    Again.   From the debate transcript(italics addded):

And, by the way the idea came not even from Paul Ryan or -- or Senator Wyden, who's the co-author of the bill with -- with Paul Ryan in the Senate, but also it came from Bill -- Bill Clinton's chief of staff. This is an idea that's been around a long time, which is saying, hey, let's see if we can't get competition into the Medicare world so that people can get the choice of different plans at lower cost, better quality. I believe in competition.
Of Course, Senator Wyden is not the co-author of ANY bill with Ryan. Never was. In fact, Senators CANNOT co-sponsor House bills.

Romney straight-out lied about that. Senator Wyden's tweet in response:

There he goes again. Romney whitewashes his plan to end Medicare guarantee by saying that I support the Republican bill
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Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 09:10 AM PDT

Wyden, Useful Idiot

by oregonj

This was the headline.

This was Krugman's headline on December 17, 2011:

Ron Wyden, Useful Idiot
And, once again,   Krugman was absolutely spot-on.  Wyden gives the "bipartisan" cover to the Ryan "End Medicare" plan.

Paul Gigot, Peggy Noonan, Tim Pawlenty.....all are citing Wyden's asinine support of  the Ryan Plan on today's Talking Heads Circuit. "Bipartisan, blah, blah blah..."

Bipartisan fairy dust................Ezra Klein always cites the evidence:

When I asked Sen. Ron Wyden to give me examples of programs that made him confident that competition could work, he mentioned the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Rep. Paul Ryan has also pointed towards the FEHBP as a model for his plans. The only problem? Neither system controls costs — a fact that poses difficulties for both conservative efforts to reform Medicare
Oregon Democrats know Wyden is wrong here and have told him to repudiate Ryan.

Wyden is home this month touring Oregon.  Make sure he knows that being the Useful Idiot of the 2012 campaign  is not what Oregonians want from their Senator.

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Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 04:15 PM PST

Labor-Enviro Solidarity on Keystone XL

by oregonj

This is a beautiful moment in the progressive movement...which seems to be on a roll as of late.   This is a day to kick the Republicans while they are down...put big oil in its place...gain strength from the utter weakness of the Republican presidential field.

TODAY, Labor and Environmental leaders from:

Natural Resources Defense Council,
Communication Workers of America,
Service Employees International Union,
United Auto Workers,
Transportation Workers Union,
Sierra Club,
United Steel Workers

 have joined together, to proclaim in solidarity:

PRESIDENT OBAMA, YOU HAVE TAKEN THE INITIATIVE ON JOB CREATION BUT HAVE BEEN BLOCKED BY REPUBLICANS, AND WE HAVE YOUR BACK IN CONDUCTING PROPER REVIEW OF THIS PROJECT DESPITE REPUBLICAN ATTEMPTS AT BLACKMAIL

The Press Release is below the fold.

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Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 03:34 PM PDT

BS, More BS, Nothing but BS

by oregonj

"We have to have a deal by the time Asian stock markets open."

I think we heard that from every Republican on the Sunday Talking Headfest this morning.

The "DEAL" has utterly  collapsed because the Republican party is too divided to say 'yes'.  But as of 6:00 PM ET Sunday (New York) 3:00 PM Monday (Tokyo), all of the Asian markets are up.

Way up.

Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/715506 10,132 +122 +1.22%

Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475 22,445 +458 +2.08%

Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859106 2,902 +5 +0.17%

S&P ASX
/quotes/zigman/1652099 4,674 +48 +1.04%  

WHY DOES ANYONE LISTEN TO THESE B_LLSH_TT_RS!
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THIS IS AN INTERESTING TWIST TO THE OCTOBER SURPRISE:

FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES EVERY TRANSACTION OVER $10000 IN NEGOTIABLE MONETARY INSTRUMENTS TO BE REPORTED TO THE IRS ON A FORM 104. THIS IS TO PREVENT MONEY LAUNDERING, PARTICULARLY FROM FOREIGN AGENTS. THE BANK SECRECY ACT of 1970 WAS OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE CURRENCY and FOREIGN TRANSACTIONS REPORTING ACT.

Why do campaigns not have money laundering rules that banks do?  Any 'cash' transaction at a bank over $10000 must be reported on a Form 104 to the Internal Revenue Service. The Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 imposed these conditions to prevent money laundering. Yet, the Republicans unanimously voted on September 24, 2010 to prevent the DISCLOSE ACT of 2010 from coming to a vote in the Senate. The DISCLOSE ACT would have imposed  reporting requirements on the unlimited 'donations' we now see flowing into political campaigns.

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