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  • This is the best explained GOP War on the poor.

    Republicans in leadership positions try to modulate their language a bit, but it’s a matter more of tone than substance. They’re still clearly passionate about making sure that the poor and unlucky get as little help as possible, that — as Representative Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, put it — the safety net is becoming “a hammock that lulls able-bodied people to lives of dependency and complacency.” And Mr. Ryan’s budget proposals involve savage cuts in safety-net programs such as food stamps and Medicaid.

  • $5 Billion in food stamp cuts occurred on Friday, yet it got at best marginal coverage.

    Given the likelihood of billions in cuts no matter which side wins, progressive Democrats seem limited to simply trying to blunt the damage. The only alternative would be to block the passage of a new Farm Bill, forcing Congress to pass another extension of the 2008 version of the legislation—a move which the White House’s Secretary of Agriculture firmly opposes.

  • Chris Hayes shows the reality of the hungry in this great rich country.

  • The plight of those affected by austerity has been ignored by the media. This article details that suffering by many.

    But sequestration—a series of across-the-board spending cuts that many Tea Party Republicans have come to embrace—and other austerity measures have accelerated the economic free fall. Unemployment benefits to laid-off miners are shrinking; fewer meals are getting delivered to homebound seniors; and there’s less money to help workers retool for new jobs. Beginning Friday, food stamps will be cut by an average of $36 per month for a family of four.

  • While sequestration has not been on the front page or the airwaves as it should, here is a list of articles with  the actual effects. While it affects  the poor disproportionately, it affects us all now and will affect us in the future.
  • This week’s attack on the poor at the same time that their real plight is ignored makes this prescient.

    I saw the article that follows below and it got me thinking. Folks, it is not about class envy. It is about the survival of the country. We have been programmed to believe that any commentary about the wealthy’s disproportionate share of our nation’s income, wealth, or political power is either class envy or class warfare. Fox News constantly pushes that line as well as Right Wing radio and practically every Right Wing Republican. This is a well-designed and poll tested attempt to give you pause.

  • Senator Bernie Sanders: The War on the Poor http://t.co/...
    @crooksandliars
  • Schumer gives Clinton early endorsement for 2016 http://t.co/...
    @HuffPostPol
  • Great article from the LA Times that helps debunk issues around the Affordable Care Act. http://t.co/...
    @CGHealthcare

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  •  I'm so tired of all this circling (15+ / 0-)

    and all these glimpses of the end . . .

    Sigh.
    I want to live in a country where we care about one another and are willing to lend a hand.

    "Where some see a system for encouraging discussion . . . others see an echo chamber of bad grammar, unchecked stupidity, and constructive interference . . . " -- Ars Technica

    by Rikon Snow on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:03:47 PM PST

    •  When is the end game? (5+ / 0-)

                                                                                       .
      The conservative movement is bankrupt, so when does it finally fall apart, when does it hit bottom? With all of the gerrymandered red congressional districts are we stuck with this situation until 2022? Or are there enough "latent"  Democratic and/or progressive voters hiding in some of these red districts that will finally register and vote? Will some conservative Republican voters finally give up on the movement themselves? When is the end game?

  •  I thought of a name for a Group if you need it. (4+ / 0-)
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    Just Kos
    seems general enough to suit a lot of topics

    maybe it's too generic, but I though it had a ring to it too good not to share.

    Righteousness is a wide path. Self-righteousness is a bullhorn and a blindfold.

    by Murphoney on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:05:52 PM PST

  •  Secular help (8+ / 0-)

    Conservatives are against secular entities helping the general population.  They have no problem with christian organization using government funds to push their dogma.  That is what they want.  For everyone to be dependent on few religious freaks.  Just look at the Bush administrations attempt to fund as many programs as possible through churches, and the current attempt to fund schools through vouchers. When the secular government helps you out of of poverty, you learn that there is change beyond what is taught in the church.  When you go to a public school, you learn that people can live together, and you don't have to be afraid.

    Religion gives food away in exchange for power.  Secular government gives away food in exchange for a better future.

    •  Oh They Favor Private Philanthropy Too. (4+ / 0-)
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      They don't like the government doing it because there's nobody to shame the recipients into going away soon.

      And 2,000 years of Christian charity and 10,000 years of philanthropy never upset the social order of a few aristocratic rich ruling the poor masses. 2 generations of mid 20th century liberalism completely screwed up the natural order across the developed world.

      To the Christian right "the poor will be with you always" is The Greatest Commandment.

      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 Nov 03, 2013 at 12:53:39 PM PST

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  •  asdf (4+ / 0-)
    Given the likelihood of billions in cuts no matter which side wins, progressive Democrats seem limited to simply trying to blunt the damage. The only alternative would be to block the passage of a new Farm Bill, forcing Congress to pass another extension of the 2008 version of the legislation—a move which the White House’s Secretary of Agriculture firmly opposes.
    So he opposes it, so what? Why should the poor care? Why should we care?

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:16:33 PM PST

  •  Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is right (4+ / 0-)

    to oppose another extension of the current farm bill. The Senate and House have agreed to cut direct and countercyclical payments to farm land owners. Ending that gift to the wealthy needs to happen. Vilsack supports and publicly defends SNAP funding and wants it included in the final bill.

  •  Tuesday is also local elections day (7+ / 0-)

    in many areas. Ours snuck up on me. Along with the plethora of City Council candidates, there are a couple of city measures of interest here in Sunnyvale.

    Measure A would actually eliminate many of the off-year elections by consolidating municipal elections with the current state and national elections in even-numbered years. The pros of course would be reduced cost with not having to open polling places for what turns out to be a low turnout election, and in addition increased voter turnout for local elections. Ironically, the opponents are pointing to the increased voter turnout as their reason for opposing the measure…they worry that there will be more uninformed voters. Personally, I think anything that increases voter turnout is a Good Thing, and maybe when people realize what they're voting for they'll be more apt to educate themselves…heck, maybe show up at a City Council meeting once in a while. (Mr. Scribe and I should do that ourselves -- we've been here long enough.)

    The other measure of interest is a gun safety measure, which I'll post here in full:

    Shall the City of Sunnyvale adopt a gun safety ordinance to require: 1) reporting to police, within 48 hours, known loss or theft of a firearm; 2) storing firearms in residences in a locked container or disabling them with a trigger lock when not in the owner's immediate possession; 3) prohibiting the possession of ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, with certain exceptions; and 4) logging and tracking of ammunition sales within the City of Sunnyvale?
    Not sure how much good part 4 will do because it doesn't address ammunition sales from neighboring cities, but it's a decent start.

    Anyway, if you've got a few extra minutes between NFL games, check to see if you have local elections this week, familiarize yourself with candidates and issues, and get your butt to the polls on Election Day. What happens in Washington is pretty damn important…but so is what's happening just around the corner at City Hall.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:20:30 PM PST

    •  More reasons to vote against NJ gov Chris Christie (0+ / 0-)
    •  The Biggest Pro of Moving Local elections to (3+ / 0-)
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      Presidential years is that it makes them much harder for the high energy rightwing to dominate.

      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 Nov 03, 2013 at 12:54:58 PM PST

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      •  Presidential, and to a lesser extent (0+ / 0-)

        Congressional years -- the change wouldn't take effect until the 2016 election, and would also add an extra year on Councilmembers who would normally be up for election in 2015. Don't remember if we have term limits for City Council here in town, but it would also give extra year to folks who would be termed out in 2015.

        Have to admit that I disagree with those who say that the loss of local newspapers is no big whoop; there is really no other option out there for local merchants trying to drum up business or for coverage of local politics and events. Sometimes I think we're so focused on what's going on in Washington DC or halfway around the world that we ignore what's happening in our own backyard to our peril.

        There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by Cali Scribe on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 01:06:28 PM PST

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  •  Healthcare .gov any better today? (0+ / 0-)

    Yesterday pollwatcher opined that the overnight maintenance shutdown made him hopeful of significant bug fixing having been queued up.  Anyone have a sense of improved response today?

    Almost nothing has a name.

    by johanus on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:20:42 PM PST

    •  toll-free for me. (2+ / 0-)
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      800-318-2596 was smokin' good !!

      but i also looked at the whitehouseinfopage:

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/...

      pretty. (reminiscent of deepwater horizon resource website, another 4-way logo.)

      whitehouse.gov ain't too shabby, neether.

      Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

      by greenbird on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:39:46 PM PST

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    •  the media narrative (0+ / 0-)

      is still on interviewing anyone they can find (or that the right-wing talking-points point them toward) whose life is being utterly ruined by the ACA, rather than some of the 1.5 million (per our own Brainwrap) who have already signed up and are grateful for the new program.

      I don't expect that to change anytime soon. And as we know, the propaganda is designed to discourage people from signing up, especially younger healthy people who live online.

      So if it's working well, or even "better," don't expect to see any headlines about it. That's not news, because there's no scandal, no controversy, and no right-wing noise machine pushing it.

  •  Ryan really needs to be targeted really really nt (6+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:23:50 PM PST

  •  The smug arrogance of wealth (8+ / 0-)

    Paul Ryan has no idea how hard the poor work and his "hammock" comment is truly disgusting condescension. He repeats it because it works.

    Americans can make our country better.

    by freelunch on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:24:50 PM PST

    •  Plus he's like the rest of them, a big fat evil (7+ / 0-)

      Hypocrite. He got benefits after his father died. How about he return them since they produced such a rotten product.

      I don't know what's wrong with him or them other than they are evil.

      nosotros no somos estúpidos

      by a2nite on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:32:25 PM PST

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      •  Lack of Empathy (5+ / 0-)
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        He does not understand what compassion is or why anyone would have any for others.

        Americans can make our country better.

        by freelunch on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:39:37 PM PST

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      •  When he was in college he swallowed hook, line, (1+ / 0-)
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        and sinker the fallacy that unfettered, unregulated, free market capitalism will lift people out of grinding, abject poverty. Regulated capitalism for the benefit of workers and consumers first and the benefit of shareholders second is the only system that will "lift all boats."

        Once you give in to the magic unfettered, unregulated, free market capitalist system that puts shareholders first, all empathic thought goes out the window.

        Knowledge is Power. Ignorance is not bliss, it is suffering. If you like hypocrite Obama, you'll love hypocrite Hillary.

        by harris stein on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 01:04:13 PM PST

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        •  It doesn't put shareholders first; it puts evil (0+ / 0-)

          Senior management & short term profits first especially when they come from cutting costs like lower wages & not investing in infrastructure. That is NOT a good return on investment for shareholders unless they are really stock traders.

          nosotros no somos estúpidos

          by a2nite on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 06:03:18 PM PST

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  •  Paul Ryan is consumed by head-in-ass disease (2+ / 0-)
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    The labor force in the US is a mature labor force. That doesn't mean that all the workers are over the hill. It means that all workers young and old have certain expectations. Ryan's talk about hammocks won't change that.

    Well regulated capitalism with strong worker and environmental protections is the only economic system that will lift everyone out of grinding abject poverty. The fact is that for a mature economy with a mature work force like the US the only thing that will enable capitalism to "lift all boats" is innovation. Corporate capitalism doesn't take well to innovation. In fact for the first 200 years of this nation it was the government that drove innovation by pressuring and then investing in the private sector. Any time someone in the private sector came up with an innovative idea they were summarily dismissed by the corporate capitalists. The prime example of this was Thomas Edison. http://en.wikipedia.org/...  In the late 19th Century he bet the house on Direct Current electricity http://en.wikipedia.org/... to electrify the US. In fact it was the innovative spirit of Nikola Tesla http://en.wikipedia.org/... who was dismissed by Edison as a crackpot, and his mentor George Westinghouse http://en.wikipedia.org/... who showed that Alternating Current was in fact the best way to transmit electricity.

    Ryan should heed stories like this. Instead he is dismissive of true innovation because he takes his marching orders from extreme right wing energy sector corporatists like the Koch Brothers and Exxon-Mobile. If he listened to the other side of the economic story it would go a long way towards curing him of head-in-ass disease.

    Knowledge is Power. Ignorance is not bliss, it is suffering. If you like hypocrite Obama, you'll love hypocrite Hillary.

    by harris stein on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:50:31 PM PST

  •  Back during the Reagan recession in the '80's (2+ / 0-)
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    I worked for the state welfare department.  What we saw happen was that families broke up in order to survive; that is, the fathers left the homes which allowed the mothers and children to be eligible for AFDC, food stamps and Medicaid.  It was what parents did so their children would not starve or go without medical care.  The same may happen again because it's the least unpopular way to keep ones family from going foodless short of engaging in crime.  If the rightwing, those so-called family values folks, don't see that one way or another the nation will pay for the poverty that is increasing.  They can choose which way they want to pay via food benefits or fractured families and crime, but be assured, they will pay.

    The worst part of what's happening is that people who supported the safety net and the elected officials for years and who are now in need of the same for the first times in their lives will find the Ryans of this world snatching the bread from their hands.  Remember that soup kitchen where Ryan showed up late to help with the dishes?  He wasn't late.  The folks there knew to throw down their soup early and disappear before Ryan showed up to take it away from them.  

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 12:56:57 PM PST

  •  Block the farm Bill until the republican.. (3+ / 0-)
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    ..amendments are eliminated completely.

    From an earlier comment:  

    The Farm Bill died but still Robert Greenstein from CBPP points out some things republicans probably would rather that people didn't know about them

     Why republicans are eager to cut off food aid to families.

    They get to keep ½ the money    

    Which links to another fact about republican agenda:

    Why the failure of the farm bill is a good thing

    And why I hope we Dems block it again until..

    Given the likelihood of billions in cuts no matter which side wins, progressive Democrats seem limited to simply trying to blunt the damage. The only alternative would be to block the passage of a new Farm Bill, forcing Congress to pass another extension of the 2008 version of the legislation—a move which the White House’s Secretary of Agriculture firmly opposes (Tom Vilsack)
    ..The many options that are real solutions
    ♦ Reform current income tax rates, create additional brackets for top earners, and tax capital gains as ordinary income ($1.6 trillion). These reforms would raise substantial sums of revenue and make the tax code fairer and more progressive, without unduly restraining economic growth.
      ♦ Tax carried interest as ordinary income ($21 billion). This would close a loophole that almost exclusively benefits the very wealthy and that lowers the effective tax rates of millionaires and billionaires below those of middle-class households.

     ♦ Eliminate the loophole allowing the wealthy to avoid paying taxes on inherited stocks and bonds ($452 billion). Closing this loophole would raise substantial sums of revenue and pave the way for capital gains to be taxed at a higher, revenue-maximizing rate.

     ♦ Cap the marginal tax rate on itemized deductions ($513 billion). Limiting the rate at which itemized deductions reduce filers’ tax liability would raise revenue, increase fairness and progressivity in the tax code, help mitigate income inequality, and improve efficiency.

     ♦ Pursue international corporate income tax reform, including repealing deferral of foreign profits ($606 billion). This would target U.S. multinational corporations that engage in convoluted transactions to avoid paying corporate income tax. Such reforms would raise revenue as well as reduce incentives for firms to move and keep operations and profits offshore.

     ♦ Enact a progressive estate tax ($160 billion). The estate tax, which targets large transfers of wealth bequeathed to heirs, is the most progressive element of the federal tax code. This reform would instate a more-progressive rate structure closer to what existed prior to the Bush-era tax cuts.

     ♦  Enact a financial transactions tax ($830 billion). A small levy on Wall Street trading of financial instruments would raise significant revenue and dampen high-speed trading, while also encouraging more-productive investment.
      ♦  Enact a carbon tax ($943 billion). Pricing carbon through either a carbon tax or the auctioning of pollution permits would lead to the reduction of greenhouse gases and yield significant revenue.

    If the progressive caucus was the 'go to' caucus this could go from being set aside as a wish list to being the stated/standard that Dems pursued. The baseline for negotiations

    With a tax rate schedule looking more like this:

    45 percent bracket starting at taxable income above $1 million;
    a 46 percent bracket at taxable income above $10 million;

    a 47 percent bracket at taxable income above $20 million;

    a 48 percent bracket at taxable income above $100 million; and

    a 49 percent bracket at taxable income above $1 billion.22 Across this modified rate structure, the budget would also tax all capital gains and dividends as ordinary income.

    The collective impact of these policies—raising taxes on households with AGI above $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers), extending refundable credits, adding five additional high-income brackets, and equalizing treatment of investment and labor income—would generate $1.2 trillion over FY2014–2023 relative to current law.23

    But start any negotiations with an even more progressive rate schedule - another ~15% at the top marginal rates to begin with. Then if absolutely necessary, work back to the progressive caucus as a the minimum base line for rates.

    Make republican/teabagger heads explode. Maybe that will burst their bubble of delusion (although I couldn't really care less on that).

    Pull the center to the left and reestablish sanity/reality.  

    Wealth disparity is real. Let's start there. With reality

    Thx Egberto Willies

    •  About that Ryan hammock myth (1+ / 0-)
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      Paul Ryan advocates Keynesian economics hypocrisy on government spending stimulus video from UP Chris Hayes  

      “You have to spend a little to grow a little…What we’re trying to do is stimulate that part of the economy that is on its back”

      Democrats supported stimulus under GWB but republicans refuse under Obama. Republicans have proven they will wreck the economy to gain power. They don’t  deserve are unqualified to lead the country in any office top to bottom.

      Up with Chris Hayes version (with commercial from website with video) and further discussion of why it matters that Ryan once supported stimulus spending.


       http://www.msnbc.msn.com/...

      And from mediaite web site
       http://www.mediaite.com/...

      Paul RYan needs to be taken to the wood shed - imo - along with all republicans corpo shills.

      •  Simpler response: (3+ / 0-)
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        Many of the people on food stamps are working way harder, way more days per year, than members of Congress. If you want to talk about people lying idly in hammocks. . . . pot, meet kettle.

        •  I used a similar (1+ / 0-)
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          argument on a newspaper commenter who was pushing the idea that people who get food stamps are all lazy. (I pointed out that man y are minimum-wage workers who need the help just to make ends meet.)

          There are so damned many people who seem to believe whatever they hear on TV or radio.

          (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

          by PJEvans on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 02:32:44 PM PST

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  •  Cuts in Food Stamp Program: (0+ / 0-)

    For those who would like to dig a little deeper into the Food Stamp Cuts, George Zornick has an excellent article up on Common Dreams.

    This article delves into the history, how we got here and provides an actual analysis of depth.

    The 1% are Purists: They only support Candidates that Deliver Results They Can Bank On. Don't they know they should compromise? /sarcasm

    by Johnathan Ivan on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 01:15:55 PM PST

  •  They turn my stomach (4+ / 0-)
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    Last week as all these families were being pushed closer to hunger what was one of our local Seaatle stations investigating? How people were going to manage? Which kids get to go without?

    Nope.  They were undercover catching some couple selling their snap benefits for cash because we all know what frauds poor people are.

    The media cannot see poor people any better than politicians.

  •  click to defend newsweek from Bachmann (0+ / 0-)

    by voting in this online poll

    http://www.nydailynews.com/...

    "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

    by agoldnyc on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 01:45:47 PM PST

  •  ~DK Quilt Guild~ (0+ / 0-)

    Sideyard Garden

    Sideyard Garden

    The DK Quilt Guild is having a Quilt-A-Thon this weekend. Lots of good tutorials and recipes are within the diaries. Come & join us.
  •  Good news on the post-shutdown pay (4+ / 0-)
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    I stopped in at the National Park visitor center on my way downtown yesterday -- I walk through the park almost every day -- and asked the ranger how they were doing, as I'd been worrying about them during the shutdown. She said they're all caught up on pay -- that the missing paycheck was sent out very quickly, not even waiting until the next regular payday.

    I assume the President sent out a directive to agency heads saying "get that back pay out ASAP!"

    She did mention, as we all know, that the people who will never get caught up are the businesses that depend on Federal agency dollars, like contractors who clean Federal buildings, the cafeteria workers who are employed by Sodexo or whoever, and the motels and restaurants near many national parks.

  •  per guardian-uk: no Snowden clemency. (1+ / 0-)
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       *  White House rejects clemency for Snowden  *

    sure, just go on ahead and do it totally wrong.

    Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes. @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.

    by greenbird on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 02:33:21 PM PST

  •  The Inquisition, what a show (1+ / 0-)
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    Wealth and its accrual, display and disposition as resources has, effectively, become the ruling religious belief system of Earth. If you look at what people actually do vs. the piety that comes out of their mouths, you see that the vast, vast majority of human activity is dispatched in the pursuit of resources and money. This is the side of the bread on which survival -- increasingly a difficult proposition as the resource base of the planet has dwindled and specialized itself over the last 160+ years of Industrial Civilization (yes its an oxymoron) -- is buttered.

    If you look at the things that divide people and cause them to negatively and assiduously judge each other, socioeconomic status is pretty much well atop the list. You could argue that even a lot of the racial animus we see is derived or motivated by such negative judgments... so much of our public discourse seems driven by some people expressing the desire that "those lazy ____s aren't getting any of my hard-earned tax money". Reagan (yes he's a sociopath) forever created an image of racial minorities on a spending bender, with Cadillacs and steak dinners abounding, that based itself not just on racial specifications but on socioeconomic ones that have become, sadly, synonymous for many people with the racial aspects. Propaganda often works when it tells people it has reduced to fawning slaves and sycophants that there are others even further down the totem pole than they are.

    What we have is a religion which can tolerate no dissent and no contravention of its proscribed laws. The poor are infidels whose existence denies the perfection of the Money God and they and their poverty must be stricken from the record as if it and they never happened, lest the mighty deity of Capital become perturbed and take from us our largesse. Essentially, the poor -- just by existing -- deny what the acolytes of wealth and power deem absolute, and therefore must be eliminated by any means necessary.

    The initiatives -- legislative and otherwise -- we see to dehumanize the poor and eradicate the social safety net upon which they often rely are nothing less than an Inquisition undertaken by the forces of the commodity system that rules this world with ever-increasing totality, and this sort of assault-with-intent-to-kill is just their next step in solidifying absolute power over this planet, its resources and in the colonization of its consciousness.

    "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

    by emperor nobody on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 02:38:39 PM PST

  •  "We must destroy the country in order to save it!" (2+ / 0-)
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    That's the Republican's motto.

  •  Reddit Politics Forum Publisher Blacklist (0+ / 0-)

    About a week ago I wrote a well received diary, Reddit Politics Forum Announces Publisher Blacklist. That diary has garnered 421 recs so far. Thank you!

    Since then I've continued following the story and working on a new approach to give it more visibility. There are some people too pressed for time to read. But I'm not sure if it would be appropriate for a diary, because it's not text. And diaries are... well... text by definition.

    Comments and criticisms welcome. I'm no pro. But I did it with Adobe Premiere and it represents the best of my meager ability.

    Thanks!
    -M

  •  Heads Up: Rachel s/b on FOX's SIMPSONS (0+ / 0-)

    I say 'should be' because maybe some FOX stations might decide not to broadcast the show.

    From FOX's schedule:

    A FUNERAL CAUSES SPRINGFIELD RESIDENTS TO RECONSIDER PAST DECISIONS ON "THE SIMPSONS" SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, ON FOX

    Four Springfielders are prompted to try to right past regrets following the funeral of a beloved neighbor. Homer regrets selling his Apple stock to buy a bowling ball, Marge worries she caused Bart's rebellious streak, Mr. Burns reminisces about a romance he gave up with a beautiful Parisian woman and Kent Brockman admits he was too afraid to leave local news and follow his former partner Rachel Maddow (guest appearing as herself) to cable news

    From Rachel's show on Friday, Kent Brockman has a bumper sticker:
    Ask Me About My Bitterness
    Which Rachel points to.  

    And his car's license plate reads:
    I H8 LIFE
    Schedule showed 8:00 pm/7:00 central.
  •  Outstanding LA Times article by the way. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, Treetrunk

    It's the kind of analysis that we need to use for all impacted individual policyholders.  The deal the woman in the article will get from Covered CA is a lot better than her current junk insurance plan.  She may pay a little more in premiums (actually not if she chooses bronze...she'll pay less), but it will save her tons of money if she ever has to use the healthcare system for anything more than 2 doctor's visits.

    Global Shakedown - Alternative rock with something to say. Check out their latest release, "A Time to Recognize": Available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and other major online music sites. Visit http://www.globalshakedown.com.

    by khyber900 on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 04:56:15 PM PST

  •  Fuck Snowden, don't give a shit about him, (0+ / 0-)

    Welcome to being a POC in America since there is a file on us, now there's a file on you.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 05:48:50 PM PST

  •  EW, pls read The Automatic Earth ff: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Treetrunk
    "Winter In America Gets Colder : Why We Choose Poverty
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013 1:53 PM

    "...the only way the upper echelons of our societies can achieve some level of growth is to take it away from everyone else. And those upper echelons, mind you, demand exponential growth, which means, in a society that cannot grow, that the numbers of poor people will rise exponentially as well...."

    I think I finally grasp it: There is a concerted effort by Republicans on behalf of the oligarchs & their wealthiest campaign contributors to drastically shift discretionary annual spending into a pool that returns money to them either through privatization schemes, tax loopholes, preferential investment offsets or other and the like.  In the high debt, low growth economies throughout the world, there is no other way to extract profit for the heady clients who demand it.  Everything else that Republican politicians argue to support such heinous and deadly misanthropic policies as they have advanced is a smokescreen.  All they're trying to do is reward their big money donors.  It's pure pay to play.  And it may well be a RICO statute violation.  This is the very essence of racketeering.

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House. ~ expatjourno

    by ezdidit on Sun Nov 03, 2013 at 10:10:26 PM PST

    •  Also poverty makes the workforce desparate. (0+ / 0-)

      That's the other link in the concerted effort chain.

      Why pay people when they are so desparate for a job that they are willing to work for pay in pizzas for a year when promised a job at the end of the rainbow.

      There was a time when internships were educational in nature and getting a job wasn't dangled like a carrot at the end of them. Times have changed.

  •  If the safety net is a "hammock", what's charity? (0+ / 0-)

    It's hypocritical and intellectually inconsistent for conservatives to deride government "safety net" programs as creating dependence, while praising "private" charity efforts almost in the same breath.

    Is dependence not dependence no matter what its source?

    If government programs hurt the poor, then don't private charity efforts equally hurt the poor by fostering "dependence"?

    Ayn Rand seemed to think so, as Atlas Shrugged illustrated in that magical Galt-land beyond the mountains where nobody gives anyone anything for free.

    So why do the rest of the conservatives/Republicans think that "charity" is so wonderful, but not government programs that essentially do the same thing?

    That is a question I suspect I have already have answers to, but I just wanted to put it out there.

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