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Moira Herbst at The Guardian writes Recession Forever? 10 Reasons American Workers Are Screwed:
More than five years after the great recession hit, the US economy is still sputtering. The government revised GDP growth figures down last month to a meager 1.8% for the first quarter of this year. It doesn't take a PhD in economics to understand why: we have a demand problem. And we have a demand problem because the vast majority of consumers – aka workers – are not earning enough to pay for healthcare, education and retirement, let alone all the other stuff stores and service providers have to sell.

The reality is that we're hollowing out the middle class by wiping out well-paid jobs with benefits and replacing them with low-wage ones that often lack them. That's damaging not only to people who are living on smaller paychecks – or who are indeed unemployed – but also to the health and viability of the overall economy.

No matter what New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and his followers say, we are not living in a "sharing economy". We are living in a zero-sum economy – in which a handful of investors and owners win at everyone else's expense.

But ultimately, it will catch up with investors, too. The US economy is engaged in a vicious cycle in which low-wage jobs and under-employment stimulate little demand, giving companies little reason to hire workers. Would-be workers then get discouraged and drop out of the workforce. They lack money to buy things, so consumer spending sags and companies don't hire or offer raises to workers they know they can keep. Repeat. [...]

Until we address the following 10 problems head-on, the idea that the economy is truly recovering will remain a fantasy:

Problem 1: wages are falling [...]

Problem 2: the middle class is losing ground and getting hollowed out [...]

Problem 3: McJobs are taking over [...]

Problem 4: capital is hammering labor [...]

Problem 5: unemployment is twice what they say [...]

Problem 6: America is going part-time – and not for fun [...]

Problem 7: workers aren't working [...]

Problem 8: union wages are harder to come by. Much [...]

Problem 9: the cost of college is skyrocketing [...]

Problem 10: inequality is getting worse [...]


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2010SB 1070 Largely Enjoined: The Opinion:

Today, federal district court Judge Susan Bolton ruled on the United States Department of Justice's motion for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of Arizona's SB 1070, largely granting the injunction against the bill's most noxious elements.

As legal opinions go, the 36-page opinion is as lucid as they come for lay readers — don't be afraid.  From the very beginning, the Court makes clear: (1) here's what wasn't challenged; (2) here's what parts of the statute were challenged where the challenge lacks merit; and (3) 
here's what I'm striking down.  From there, the Court goes on to explain why certain provisions of the Arizona law are invalid as encroachments on the federal prerogative to regulate immigration.


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  •  The Republican Party is the boulder in the (17+ / 0-)

    path of economic recovery.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:33:39 PM PDT

    •  The Democratic party also. How can we not (1+ / 0-)
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      see the relationship between importing and legalizing millions more workers and the lack for the legal workers already here.  

      Encouraging an "immigration reform" policy which adds more people and no jobs is just exacerbating a bad economic situation for the people already living legally here.  Yet Democrats champion this contradiction.

      •  if you're in IT, illegals are not your biggest (1+ / 0-)
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        biggest problem. What about all those good Republicans and Democrats (Hey, Bill Gates, how ya doin?) that say we just HAVE to have more H-1B visas lest we actually have to pay Americans good wages?

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 03:03:51 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Damn right workers are screwed (25+ / 0-)

    I'm appalled at the situation as it stands. Almost everyone I know is clinging to that cliff with the tips of their fingers, literally one paycheck away from plummeting.

    The talk at the uintas household has a lot of "well, we only have to hang on for four more years and we'll get to Social Security..." Meanwhile we haven't had a raise in income since forever and we are slowing eating at what was to be our retirement savings.

    I love it when I hear about "investing" and not wanting to be someone who didn't plan. How the hell can you plan against the insanity that is our current economic situation?

    Screwed is too mild a word.

    "Humidity built the snowman. Sunshine brought him down" John Prine

    by high uintas on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:39:11 PM PDT

    •  It is devastating (8+ / 0-)

      to see the opportunities that once may have been going right down the drain while shackled to a mountain of debt.  

      I am essentially a scab worker for nurses in direct care.  There is just no way for me to make it on what I have, and my other half can't find work.  We're lucky our family helps us out with the living situation, because with the way things are there's no way we could make it.  As it is one of ours had to come back out of retirement to work two Mcjobs just to make ends meet.

      "You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind." -Morpheus, The Matrix

      by Sarenth on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 09:39:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It stunned me to hear my mother in law talking (3+ / 0-)
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        about thieving CEOs taking huge bonuses while laying employees off.

        I am a token conservative on this site, but she's about as far right of me as China is east (or west) of the US.

        And Texan, besides.

        It gives me a greater appreciation for all of the Tea Party folks -- not the ones on TV or radio, but the ordinary people who showed up and local rallies, etc.

        Conservatives believe that you ahould be able to work hard and get ahead to the extent that your talent and desire will take you.  If more and more come to believe that the big boys have reneged on the deal and screwed over people trying to do the right thing, well -- let's just say that the big boys are mighty happy that progressives don't have the first clue about rank and file conservatives.  Keep the people divided, keep yourself on top.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 03:09:56 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  If the teabaggers (0+ / 0-)

          would let go of their hate and racism and realize that they are getting just as fucked as we are then we could make common cause. But, I'm afraid they can't, they are wedded to it and continue to vote to make things worse.

          "Humidity built the snowman. Sunshine brought him down" John Prine

          by high uintas on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 07:19:47 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Hmmm. Yeah, it's just the tea party types. (0+ / 0-)

            Not.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 08:16:20 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Ummm (1+ / 0-)
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              Yes it is. If a bunch of tea party people got together to address the causes of income inequality rather than the effects only I believe they would quickly be joined by centrists and people on the left.

              The problem is that the tea party believes that the actions that only a government can take aren't valid. I live in one of the reddest states out there and I know their thinking. they don't understand that it's not enough to just point at the problem, you have to deal with the cause.

              Do they think that the "big boys" are going to regulate themselves? They sure as hell don't want a government with enough power to force regulation and they are happiest when there is none at all.

              Most of them resent it if anyone who is comparable to them on the social scale gets any breaks. They don't believe that the government can do anything efficiently and are bound to prove it by making that government as weak as possible.

              And, I have yet to see a tea party rally that doesn't have at least one reference to the race of our President. So yeah, I believe it is "just the tea party types".

              "Humidity built the snowman. Sunshine brought him down" John Prine

              by high uintas on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 06:21:15 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

      •  Such a terrible place to be Sarenth (2+ / 0-)
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        I find more and more of the people I know are relying on family to keep afloat. My next door neighbor is on SSI, she has RA, Fibro, and a whole host of other autoimmune illnesses.

        Her daughter is a single mother of two, her bladder and kidneys began to act weird a couple of years ago. She got one staph infection after another and other symptom began to appear. She worked at Walmart and was canned from missing too much work

        Now she is living with her mother, still sick and waiting for a decision on SSI herself. She has developed brittle diabetes on top of everything, so now we have 4 people living in a two bedroom single wide trailer.

        Last month my neighbors brother drove their mother up from Wyoming and dropped her with my neighbor for a visit then called and said he isn't coming to get her. She also has RA along with all the autoimmune stuff (I swear if it weren't for modern medicine this family wouldn't be here, they are an example of a tainted gene pool relating to illnesses).

        Five people in a two bedroom single wide living on two SSI incomes and food stamps. WTF is going to happen to them?? What about their children? Sometimes I feel like lighting my hair on fire and screaming. This isn't a society it's a well appointed jungle.

        "Humidity built the snowman. Sunshine brought him down" John Prine

        by high uintas on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 07:18:03 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Yet we have no problem bringing in (3+ / 0-)
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      more workers from abroad for the pleasure of the 1%.

  •  SFKossacks Meet BeadLady & See the Okiciyap Quilt (15+ / 0-)
    Sunday, August 4th
    TIME: 1:00 PM

    LOCATION: Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

    1475 Shattuck Ave (at Vine)  • Berkeley, CA

    ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

    navajo's page:
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  •  number one reason holding back the recovery (19+ / 0-)

    Republicons are willing to sink the ship of state in order to drown the captain

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:43:23 PM PDT

    •  The captain is busy appointing supply-side wall (3+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Zinman, congenitalefty

      streeters to his administration, so there's that.  Nothing like punching holes in the ship while the enemy is trying to drown you.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 09:55:03 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  This is not a brand new thing. It's been (0+ / 0-)

      happening for at least 30 years and both parties are accomplices to this mess.

      Democrats have been in the White house for more than a third of that time, and controlled both houses of Congress for a third of that time.

      I still remember Al Gore debating Ross Perot on NAFTA.  Ross Perot talked about a giant sucking sound for jobs.  Gore told him he was wrong.

      Wonder how that all turned out?

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 03:20:05 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Just Ran Across Discovery Channel's "Naked and (6+ / 0-)

    Afraid Uncensored" wilderness show where participants are naked.

    Uncensored means all the naughty bits are blurred out. Maybe they're allowed to say they voted for Obama.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:44:40 PM PDT

  •  Oh dear. (5+ / 0-)
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    Rioting in Huntington Beach after the US Surfing open.

    livestream from KTLA: http://ktla.com/...

  •  11. Domestic outsourcing. (16+ / 0-)

    http://www.discountfoundation.org/...

    Domestic outsourcing is on the rise across key U.S. industries: Contracting out is becoming increasingly common in many of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing industries, including construction, day labor, janitorial and building services, home health care, warehousing and retail, agriculture, poultry and meat processing, high-tech, delivery, trucking, home-based work, and the public sectors. Even hotels have begun to outsource traditional functions, including cleaning services. Often relying on the use of temporary and staffing agencies, outsourcing in these industries has also resulted in comparatively lower wages for work similar to the jobs previously performed in-house.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:51:00 PM PDT

    •  Please diary this if you get time! (6+ / 0-)

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      by divineorder on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 09:34:42 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Tree trade zones, deindustrialization of America.. (7+ / 0-)

      ...Detroit being a recent example of the destruction here at home with low wage unregulated  (no workers rights or safety - OSHA eg.)'Maquiladeros' in FTZ's taking place

      I'm thinking it's the 21st century version of colonialism - of sorts.

      And that is a very good issue for a Diary as divineorder has suggested - imo

      Bernie Sanders: Detroit may be a template..
      ..used to shed workers pensions and privatize public assets for pennies on the dollar to private interests

      Bernie Sanders:
      “It’s not only the road to privatization. I’ll tell you what else it is Ed. If in Detroit, as a result of the bankruptcy process you see massive cuts in the pensions that workers there worked for, were promised,; If you think that other cities and other states throughout this country will not be saying: ‘hey .. see that?..see what Detroit did?..We can also make massive cuts in the pensions that we promised out workers . Another attack on the workers of this country.

      Furthermore I think what you’re seeing in Detroit is the result of horrendous trade policies that have gone on for decades which have resulted in the shutdown of tens of thousands of factories in America..”


      Bernie Sanders  begins @ minute 3:34 – (short commercial – sorry)
      Transcript @ link:   http://www.nbcnews.com/...

      De-industrialization of America and the loss of good paying  jobs with pensions for a secure retirement.
      Maquiladeros : the “Millers Portion”

       

      A maquiladora (Spanish pronunciation: or maquila (IPA: is the Mexican name for manufacturing operations in a  free trade zone (FTZ), where factories import material and equipment on a  duty-free and  tariff-free basis for assembly, processing, or manufacturing and then export the assembled, processed and/or manufactured products, sometimes back to the raw materials' country of origin.
      Off-shoring that hurts all workers globally. So when republicans say "free trade" what they really mean is literally getting workers to work for as close to - for free - as possible.  And avoid paying taxes .

      "creative destruction" - republican style

      So Rick Snyder’s plan is no accident that just happened and was always inevitable, as he said this weekend on one of the MSM shows.  

      Plus all this following the emergency manager takeover of democracy. The right wing rural population that surrounds the more Democratic urban locations, along with ALEC give Snyder his marching orders it sure looks like to me.

      P.S. Bankruptcy is being challenged

      Sorry that this is a repeat comment@ Daily Kos Open Thread for Nightowls, but it seems to fit right in with Domestic out-sourcing
      http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  I'll add problem #11 to the above list. (7+ / 0-)

    Capitalism is hitting the skids. That 50-year boom after World War II (and not for everybody) is over and there's no other boom on the horizon.

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:57:21 PM PDT

  •  What I find really fascinating about the 10 (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, LeftHandedMan, dinotrac

    reasons above is that 9 of them should argue against going into deep debt for higher education; yet, it continues.
    Why? Does hope really spring that eternal?
    These are intelligent people. They yearn for even more intelligence. They must realize that, because of the other 9 truths, even more education is unlikely to get them where they want to be anytime soon. They still try.
    This really is one of those fascinating little questions about humanity.

    Betchu REALLY wanna vote, now.

    by franklyn on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 08:59:41 PM PDT

    •  People are desperate. They're constantly told (5+ / 0-)

      that a college education and "retraining" are the way to make it in an economy that the rich are purposely screwing for their own benefit.

      So, they try to get through college by any means possible, hoping to use that scrap of paper to snatch a chance at being secure and stable in their future lives.  

      Meanwhile, the people running the country really don't give a damn about that, because we've got to help those on Wall Street avoid prosecution, keep their positions in banks after proving vastly incompetent and criminal, and get them richer and richer as quickly as possible.

      What could go wrong with that scenario?

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 09:58:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I think the rail-thin blond lady'll win TNFNS... (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Eric Nelson, LeftHandedMan

    She's probably the best on-air personality but it's a shame cause I doubt she can cook.

    I wish they'd hire someone who could cook Indian food(Goan, North Indian, etc). Or even Asian cooking style for home cooks.

    Mix it up.
    They had a Vietnamese guy, and he would've been great.
    Pho @ home...

  •  remarkable, can't find a single issue on this list (9+ / 0-)

    ..that is not part of the republican platform:

    Problem 1: wages are falling [] union busting, anti-minumum wage agenda

    Problem 2: the middle class is losing ground and getting hollowed out [] bail outs for banks but vehemently against investment in "Back to work" or similar proposals

    Problem 3: McJobs are taking over [] eg. Rick Perry gov. of Texas - and touts it too

    Problem 4: capital is hammering labor [] eg. wall street

    Problem 5: unemployment is twice what they say [] "excess labor pool" - considered an asset not a liability

    Problem 6: America is going part-time – and not for fun [] see above

    Problem 7: workers aren't working [] see below

    Problem 8: union wages are harder to come by. Much [] "right to work laws" for less

    Problem 9: the cost of college is skyrocketing [] privatization gouging public education - stated GOP goal to close down Dept.of Education too  

    Problem 10: inequality is getting worse [] VRA gutted - affirmative action next on the republican 'to do' list

    And that just covers the fiscal stuff. Austerity except for war making.
    The republican platfrom. And some people still believe in this voo-doo, trickle down fairy dust crap
  •  I have a question regarding shopping.... (5+ / 0-)

    Recently there was a series of diaries regarding DKos members who offered items and services...shopping progressively sort of thing.

    I reviewed one of the diaries and went into several shops that had items I loved, unfortunately I didn't bookmark any of them.

    I can't recall what the series was called in order to do a search. Does anyone remember?

    Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

    by Morgan Sandlin on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 09:28:13 PM PDT

  •  Well, Obama mentioned number 10 in a nice (8+ / 0-)

    speech, so everything's going to be OK. Nothing to worry about.  Meanwhile, Jack Lew & Penny Pritzker sit in their jobs. And all their buddies. So, yeah, no problem.

    (if the sarcasm doesn't come through, well, here's notice that it is sarcasm)

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 09:53:21 PM PDT

  •  Friend is traveling in Turkey and has run into (3+ / 0-)
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    fellow Americans  eaten up with exceptionalism thinking.

    Reminded me of , via Wiki

    The Ugly American is a 1958 political novel by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer upon which a 1963 movie starring Marlon Brando was based. The novel became a bestseller, was influential at the time, and is still in print. The book is a quasi-roman à clef; that is, it presents, in a fictionalized guise, the experience of Americans in Southeast Asia (Vietnam) and allegedly portrays several real people who are represented by pseudonyms.
    Contents

        1 1958 novel
        2 1963 film
            2.1 Cast
        3 Notes
        4 External links

    1958 novel

    The novel takes place in a fictional nation called Sarkhan (an imaginary country in Southeast Asia that somewhat resembles Burma or Thailand, but which is meant to allude to Vietnam) and includes several real people, most of whose names have been changed. The book describes the United States's losing struggle against Communism—what was later to be called the battle for hearts and minds in Southeast Asia—because of innate arrogance and the failure to understand the local culture. The title is actually a double entendre, referring both to the physically unattractive hero, Homer Atkins, and to the ugly behavior of the American government employees.

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    by divineorder on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 09:53:39 PM PDT

  •  Business Ethics Are Out The Window (3+ / 0-)
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    Steal, cheat, lie, sleep with the employees, fire everyone, rinse, lather, and repeat.

    "Ethics" only matter when you care if someone complains. Now you just fire the whole department.

    The character assassins are in charge, and anyone that doesn't want to play ball with the bosses financial shenannigans will get taken down.

    Men are so necessarily mad that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:34:16 PM PDT

  •  Two who might lose their jobs... (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, jan4insight, Eric Nelson, sunbro

    ... at some point in the next year... maybe...?  One could hope...?  Well, if they did, at least it might be reasonably "safe" to tune in to some talk radio stations then.  Maybe.  Those chomping at the bit to take over conservative radio aren't any better.  [Oh, heck.  What do I know?  I don't listen to radio as is (I just cannot abide the friggin' ads), so whether they're on or off the radio makes no difference to me, but it might make a difference in noise pollution to the rest of the world.]

    More Than 40 Radio Stations Might Drop Limbaugh and Hannity - Abby Ohlheiser; 28 July 2013
    [More at link.]
    So what's all this have to do with Sandra Fluke, the woman Limbaugh insulted in early 2012 during a heated national debate on access to contraceptives? The company isn't saying directly at this point. But last May, Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey complained publicly about their lost revenue following Limbaugh's remarks, with other reports indicating that both Limbaugh and Hannity are on some sort of advertising blacklist for almost all of the top 50 advertisers. Limbaugh has pushed back hard against those assertions. But in the first quarter of this year, Cumulus lost over $2 million in revenue related to talk radio.

    Cumulus, however, doesn't really look interested in shaking off conservative talk radio anytime soon. The Politico report indicates Mike Huckabee, Mark Levin, and Michael Savage (along with other local and regional hosts on Cumulus stations) are all in the running to take over Limbaugh and Hannity's airtime, should the shakeup pan out. While Cumulus wouldn't comment to Politico about the rumors, Dickey is slated to hold another earnings call this week.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:36:31 PM PDT

  •  That's either a new Night Owls banner (0+ / 0-)

    or one I can't recall ever seeing before.

    Either way, I love it. :)




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. ~ J. Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:40:25 PM PDT

  •  The 10 Problems Why We're Fucked... (2+ / 0-)
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    are exactly correct. However, it could be boiled down to one.

    The Obscenely Rich. Just nakedly, lasciviously, incestously, fucking obsessively fucking rich.

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:44:26 PM PDT

  •  The President... (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    Really needs to continue pushing for both immigration reform AND nationwide infrastructure investments. These are two things that the American people can easily understand which also makes them great election year issues.

    President Obama should make the case over the next year that these two projects will improve the economy, shrink the deficit, and help the middle class overall. If he can do that, the Dems can hold the Senate and with any luck, win back the House.

    Filibuster? I hardly know her!

    by grich01 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:56:52 PM PDT

  •  Ginsburg: told you so (2+ / 0-)
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    http://ccoaler.com/...

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    “I didn’t want to be right,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says about her prediction that striking a key prong of the Voting Rights Act will lead to a wave of minority voter suppression, “but sadly I am.” In an interview with the Associated Press’ Mark Sherman, Ginsburg reiterated one of the core points of her dissent from the five Republican justices’ voting rights decision — “The notion that because the Voting Rights Act had been so tremendously effective we had to stop it didn’t make any sense to me,” Ginsburg said. “And one really could have predicted what was going to happen” once the law was struck down.

  •  Since year 2009, (1+ / 0-)
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    George W. Bush has had plenty of time to play for hours with his favorite toy at home. Poor Laura.

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 12:18:41 AM PDT

  •  what ms. herbst has written about (1+ / 0-)
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    is econ 101, basic economic theory: demand drives the whole capitalist economy. the republicans who aren't socially conservatively driven know this. their hope is that, by continuing to strangle economic growth, the general electorate will blame Obama and the democrats, providing the GOP with an opening for re-taking the white house and the senate, where they'll continue to do nothing for the vast majority of americans.

    this is not new, it was the GOP plan all along, since the 2008 elections. are their actually people who are still blissfully unaware of this?

  •  it will not hurt the investor class (1+ / 0-)
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    They will just move their money out of the country.

    The investor class no longer has any special interest in the success of the US economy. They don't need it.

  •  You'd think that with consumerism driving 70% of (1+ / 0-)
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    the economy, where the point is Joe Schmoe has to keep buying stuff to keep the economy going, that the geniuses who set up the system this way would have pointed out to their successors that they'd have to give the consumers lots of money for spending to keep it from all collapsing. Apparently the current controllers of America's economy only heard  "You can make obscene amounts of money this way..." and none of the "...IF you..."
    And there's nowhere for the "investor class" to go once America's consumer class dies. China is thriving only because America buys most of the shit it makes. Brazil? Where 90% of the people are peasants and about to burn the country down? India? Europe, caught in a spending-cuts spiral?  If you or they think they can just pack up and move to another country and reap trillions there like they did here, both are seriously, seriously deluded.
    P.S.  And the super-rich in other countries (drug lords, despots, military dictators, mafia-like ruling families) are not going to be very accomodating to Americans coming in and trying to horn in on their turf. No sir.

    Ash-sha'b yurid isqat an-nizzam!

    by fourthcornerman on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 03:13:33 AM PDT

    •  The investor class is international (0+ / 0-)

      They already have large portions of their fortunes invested overseas. As the U.S. becomes less attractive, they will invest less and less in it until it becomes completely irrelevant to them.

      By the way, there's only one "z'"in "an-nizam".

      Proletarier aller Länder, vereinigt Euch!

  •  Just makes my poor little conservative self more (0+ / 0-)

    convinced than ever that the government of this country needs to take a keen interest in millionaires.

    More specifically, millionaires over billionaires, to wit:

    1. A climate where people who are not millionaires can become millionaires by definition improves the state of those people.

    2.  In the process of becoming millionaires, jobs tend to be created

    3. Innovation is far more likely to come from small business than huge corporations.  Huge corporations hire lawyers to fight innovation via patent threats and litigation.  True innovation from a large corpration is possible, but more likely came from a small company that either licensed the technology, was bought out, or was tromped on by somebody with supreme faith in their lawyers.

    4. Billionaires have plenty of resources. They can take care of themselves.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 03:31:16 AM PDT

  •  Problems 1-10 sound like (1+ / 0-)
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    a BUNCH of Missions Accomplished for repubs and those they represent, other than #7 - workers who are working need to be doing the work of 3.

    The GOP and those they represent have worked hard to get us where we are.

    Add to this the recent damage of the VRA, the utter bumrushing of damaging legislation -a lot of it making life harder on women - through a variety of states I am tired of re-typing (Tx/NC/FL/Oh/Wis/Mich) and add the sequester - you have a GOP that IS enjoying the fruits of its labor.

    I know this is very unpopular and many want to cheer the "mobilization fo theior robust democratic base' and see the GOP as "privately anxious about ACA" but really I see the GOP getting a load more of what it wants that we are getting what we want.

  •  Causes, or symptoms ? (0+ / 0-)

    Problem 1: wages are falling .. Supply/demand .. workers/jobs

    Problem 2: the middle class is losing ground and getting hollowed out .. wiping out of propery equity, and an effective NEGATIVE return on savings/CDs

    Problem 3: McJobs are taking over .. check the contrasting wages in North Dakota (even for "McJobs)

    Problem 4: capital is hammering labor .. fewer jobs = less capital spent (labor is a company's best-spent dollar)

    Problem 5: unemployment is twice what they say .. "excess labor pool" - See problem 4

    Problem 6: America is going part-time – and not for fun ..see 'Obamacare'

    Problem 7: workers aren't working .. see below

    Problem 8: union wages are harder to come by. . Wages are a variable, not an immune constant

    Problem 9: the cost of college is skyrocketing .. 25 years of subsidized/guaranteed loans = artificially high demand = higher and higher cost

    Problem 10: inequality is getting worse ... lost opportunuties hurt in inverse proportion to wealth

    So.. these are symptoms of a burst-bubble economy, being propped up by massive government borrowing, and waves of 'printed' money..

  •  Blame teh Gays (0+ / 0-)

    Conservatives readily let us know that when tragedy strikes we must blame gays, right? I mean, when Maine had its potato blight in 2009 or so, Cons were at the forefront blaming marriage equality for the lack of spuds!

    So when this inevitable Beyond-The-Depression-Era hits, we mustn't blame the greed of the bankers, the endless special (self) interest pockets of the politicians, or the revolving door politicians-turn-lobbyists who run the joint, we must obviously blame gays.

    Oh, America will have a colorful flag to show for its trouble, but just as Pat Robertson predicted from high atop his ill gotten diamond mine, gays will be the ruination of this great land.

    Let them eat beefcake!

    Strange but not a stranger.

    by jnww on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 05:37:55 AM PDT

  •  And it trickles down (1+ / 0-)
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    I am a program manager - and one of our more reliable clients has cut off spending on anything except those related directly to their clients (no training, no travel, etc).  That leaves us with a big hole in revenues, plus we had to pull out of deals with some of our vendors, and those vendors will take a hit and then they will pull out of deals with their vendors, etc.   Sequestration is having the classic snowball affect, starting out slow but getting bigger and ever widening as it picks up steam.

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