What we have here is a form of looting." So says George Akerlof, a Nobel laureate in economics, of the Bush administration's budget policies — and he's right. With startling speed, we've blown right through the usual concerns about budget deficits — about their effects on interest rates and economic growth — and into a range where the very solvency of the federal government is at stake. Almost every expert not on the administration's payroll now sees budget deficits equal to about a quarter of government spending for the next decade, and getting worse after that.
George W. Bush is like a man who tells you that he's bought you a fancy new TV set for Christmas, but neglects to tell you that he charged it to your credit card, and that while he was at it he also used the card to buy some stuff for himself. Eventually, the bill will come due — and it will be your problem, not his
From Black Box Recorder
Bush told his senior aides Tuesday that he "didn't want to see any stories" quoting unnamed administration officials in the media anymore, and that if he did, there would be consequences, said a senior administration official who asked that his name not be used.
And BBR on the rights defense of astronomic CEO salaries while cutting worker pay :
Following this logic, capitalism means installing companies with the BEST management, and the WORST labor. And by BEST we mean best-paid, hence, RICH. And by WORST we mean least-paid, and hence, POOREST. In other words, capitalism, in the words of its own advocates, is about impoverishing the working class, and enriching the upper class. Think prison labor, think perpetually impoverished and brutalized third-world labor. Think waving good-bye to the middle class. And say hello to neo-feudalism.
Its' really too bad very very Very few of the right even understand what Capitalism actually is. (And by that i mean the technical definition)
"It's all 9/11s' fault!" is the new screed from the right to defend Bush's incompetant handling (or perhaps i should say competant destruction) of the US Economy. The theory seems to be that 9/11 damaged our economy so deeply that we are still suffering economically because it. Of course.. it all make sense now. Our Half a Trillion dollar deficit, massive corruption of our financial institutions, huge tax cuts to the only group who wont use it to help the economy and Bushco's seeming total lack of a real economic plan.. those have nothing to do with it. Its the terrarists i tell ya! We gotta fight the Terra!
You know, people often ask if there's a God. Apparently there is a God, and He has a gambling debt to George Steinbrenner
I spit my coffee all over the place when i read that. Scroll down from there to see the hamster dissect REAMS of Coulter lies. Parsing Coulter is similar to monitoring Limbaugh. It requires large amounts of pepto bismol to fight the nausea and a fast pen to document the lies. By the way i just called Coulter and Limbaugh LIARS. If its not true thats Libel (or slander i forget which is which). I'd really.. really..really.. like to be sued. Pretty please?
The country's leading editorial pages are ignoring the Plame scandal
If you've been feeling that the Bush administration may be skating free of having to wrestle with the Valerie Plame controversy and are wondering why this is happening, let me submit one possible explanation: The major media are putting no pressure whatsoever on the administration, or the president, to do anything
Students, Nuns and Sailor-Mongers, Beware
Atty. Gen. Ashcroft is pulling out all the stops to prosecute protesters
Ashcroft has pulled out an obscure century old law against "sailor mongering" to attack GreenPeace for daring to protest against illegal logging.
That evil Liberal rag, Stars and Stripes :
"Many servicemembers say morale is low; leaders say job is getting done"
Looting the Economy: Bushs' economic policies
(Paul Krugman - NY Times)
What we have here is a form of looting." So says George Akerlof, a Nobel laureate in economics, of the Bush administration's budget policies — and he's right. With startling speed, we've blown right through the usual concerns about budget deficits — about their effects on interest rates and economic growth — and into a range where the very solvency of the federal government is at stake. Almost every expert not on the administration's payroll now sees budget deficits equal to about a quarter of government spending for the next decade, and getting worse after that
Paul Krugman in the Texas Observer :
“It’s America. Really bad things don’t happen here. You don’t really have drastic radical movements taking over the country.” It’s been apparent to me for some time we’re really talking about some radical anti-American people who are now running Congress and the administration. It isn’t even a case of there’s a conspiracy out there and you don’t see it. It’s out in the open, but you don’t want to see it because that’s not the way things are supposed to be. So when Tom DeLay says something really very extreme, liberals and moderates discount it and say, “He doesn’t really mean that. He doesn’t really intend to go through with what he’s talking about.”
Why is the Bush Administration fighting the 9/11 Investigation?
WASHINGTON - Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., Wednesday issued the following statement in response to the statement released by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States regarding its intention to subpoena the Federal Aviation Administration and perhaps other agencies.
“The message from the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States is clear: This Administration is standing in the way of a thorough and searching inquiry into the worst attack upon our nation in its 227 year history.
“It’s time for the Administration to be held accountable for its promises of support. The American public and the families of the September 11th victims have waited a long time for answers. President Bush must now show his leadership and demand that all relevant agencies cooperate with this essential inquiry.
Maxspeak is calmly and rationally pointing out yet another area Bushco is nailing the so called 'conservatives' claims to love less regulation.
May i mention here that he supports the Assault weapons ban, hired a felon to come up with the very Big Brother Total Information Awareness program, gutted the bill of rights with the patriot act, is holding both American and foreign citizens in a military base in cuba without trial, access to counsel, or any of the other rights the SC used to claim were universal rights, has run up a 500 billion a year deficit, has us involved in occupations in Two nations with no exit strategy, apparently has a Traitor in his cabinet (and is protecting him), has close ties to and recieved funds from Ken lay.. and lies every time he opens his mouth?
Sure sounds like "conservative ideology" to me eh?
By the way the next target is Syria. People are hinting Iran and Cuba but i have psychic powers. Shhhhh dont tell anyone.
Brad Delong : "Yet another science experiment that would never have been undertaken if the scientists involved had watched a normal number of late-night movies"
(im dyin over here!)
This is something Every leftist and conservative in america should read. I have many conservative friends whom i respect and like and disagree with. This says openly what they and i have said in private a thousand times
Can you, as a defender of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, support the Patriot Act, and the fact that under its provisions, at least three of your fellow citizens are today incarcerated without charge, without access to counsel, with no prospect of a trial and release – all this in violation of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth articles of the Bill of Rights?
Can you support an Administration that assumed power through election fraud, the disfranchisement of thousands of our fellow citizens, the violent disruption of official vote counting, and an arbitrary and incoherent ruling by five partisan judges?
Can you, as an opponent of “foreign entanglements” support a war of aggression, launched under demonstrably false pretenses, and provoking a world-wide hostility toward the United States administration?
Can you, as a conservative, sanction a federal deficit this year of half a trillion dollars and several trillion dollars over the next several years, causing an unbearable financial burden upon the generations that follow?
If conservatives believe in limited government, then can you, as a conservative, accept without protest, government surveillance of your book purchases and your e-mail? ...."
Apparently only Republican Senators are allowed to tour Iraq.
"On returning from a trip to Iraq and Afghanistan, a group of Senate Republicans said yesterday that the Bush administration deserves a lot more credit for successful reconstruction efforts in those war-torn nations.
Meanwhile, several Senate Democrats complained that they were denied access to a plane for a inspection tour of their own"
I wonder when the Military became an arm of the Republican party?
Uggabugga has the best documentation of BUSH LYING ive seen yet.. with documentation.
A brilliant plan to save the human race
(O'Reilly) "The far left has a jihad against Fox News Channel, and I'm pretty much the standard-bearer," O'Reilly said. "They don't like the fact that I'm powerful and that I speak my mind."
Well, if by "speak my mind," O'Reilly means "run away like a sissy when the questions get tough," then yes, he does speak his mind. Maybe it's time for O'Reilly to retire the tough-guy act.
I think i just gave myself a concussion i was laughing so hard.
The Future of Citizenship
Currently citizenship is geocentric. You are born, or live somewhere for a certain length of time and are then granted the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in that place. One of those rights being the right to hold a job in that location. But that may not be true for very long.
One of Americas biggest problems, from the point of view of the lower and middle classes, is illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants allow businesses to hire people at a radically lower wage scale, and even threaten to have them deported if they object. It is sortof a reverse serfdom. Opponents of illegal immigration also cite the burden on social and civic systems, though a rational analysis shows that illegal immigrants actually put much more into the system than they get out. Its hard to claim social security, unemployment or welfare benefits when doing so would get you deported. Even if you did pay into these systems.
The solution to this problem might actually be exactly the opposite of what one expects. A shocking one in fact. That is allowing anyone to work anywhere.. without regard to citizenship. Though counterintuitive, the advantages of this system are actually many. First it is no longer necessary to spend huge sums of money arresting and transporting illegal immigrants. There is simply no reason for them to attempt to settle here in the numbers they do. They can, in border states, keep their homes in their native countries and simpy commute to the US. In fact saving themselves a lot of money. Employers can no longer use them as a form of serf-slave labor, because they can, and most likely will, report those attempting to break labor laws to the authorities. As for taking jobs.. illegal immigrants would in fact take fewer jobs as it became harder and harder for employers to force incredibly low wages on them. Americans could compete evenly, and for a fairer wage.
In addition there would likely be some huge political benefits. The US would be much more interested in improving the Mexican economy and allowing mexicans control of their own government once it is in our economic interest to do so (Note: the US has interfered with the mexican political system covertly and overtly for over a hundred years). Racism would likely subside as the worst problems of immigration went away. And the standard of living in mexico would rise. Which in and of itself helps America and americans in the long run.
But what stops this from happening? First is the very fact its so counterintuitive. People will expect waves of commuting workers to flood america. The argument shooting this down is that we already have that. Secondly racism. A certain amount of those so strongly critical of illegal immigration are indeed racists. And thirdly, while this would strongly benefit the lower and middle classes in america in time, it would have just the opposite effect on the upper class.. who arent as some wise people have noted.. even slightly opposed to illegal immigration. Cheap labor puts money in the pockets of the upper class and business owners. And getting rid of this cheap labor means they have to compete on the open market for labor.. and provide fair wages and working conditions.
Of course the last argument is probably the telling one in the US. But one can always hope that at least the argument gets a hearing.
As Joe Conason notes in Salon the originator of the "Letters from home" was none other than Battalion commander Lt. Col. Dominic Caraccilo , who was also prominent in one of the reports of wmd discoveries that turned out to be false
For those who dont know, in the Army having your Battalion or Brigade commander suggest something might be a good idea is akin to the CEO of the company you work for suggest something. Of course your CEO cant have you digging trenches in antarctica for the next year. Which actually says a lot considering only a few letters were actually sent.. and one of those was a forgery.
Black Box Recorder on Palestein, Bush, the Neocons and whats Really going on in the middle east.
Bush would only lose slightly against an unnamed democrat if the election were held today
Net result: If the 2004 presidential election were today, 46 percent of Americans say they would vote to re-elect Bush, while 47 percent would favor the Democratic candidate — the president's weakest showing to date in this so-called generic horse race. (It's 44 percent to 49 percent among registered voters). Bush's lead in this test is down from +13 in April, +8 in August and +5 last month
Whats strange about this (ok actually not strange at all.. more like...normal) is that the press is touting polls claiming "everything is OK and isnt His Divine Self Wonderful"
If you believe the liberal press myth i really REALLY have this GREAT business plan i think youd be interested in...
Safire tries to revive Dean media myth (10/14)
By Bryan Keefer(Spinsanity)
In what has now become an all-too-common occurrence, a lazy press corps, combined with intellectually dishonest partisan pundits, have once again combined to invent a story about a presidential candidate. New York Times columnist William Safire took Democratic presidential candidate and former Vermont governor Howard Dean to task yesterday for supposedly attempting to deny a comment he made disparaging the killing of Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay. Safire and a number of other reporters are the ones who should be taken to task, however, for spinning another media myth.
Ex-Aide: Powell Misled Americans
Greg Thielmann tells Correspondent Scott Pelley that at the time of Powell’s speech, Iraq didn’t pose an imminent threat to anyone – not even its own neighbors. “…I think my conclusion [about Powell’s speech] now is that it’s probably one of the low points in his long distinguished service to the nation,” says Thielmann.
Pelley’s report will be broadcast on 60 Minutes II, Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Thielmann also tells Pelley that he believes the decision to go to war was made first and then the intelligence was interpreted to fit that conclusion. “…The main problem was that the senior administration officials have what I call faith-based intelligence,” says Thielmann.
Frank Rich has the best description of Post Coup American democracy
"that vision of a hermetically sealed simulation of democracy"
Israel deploys nuclear arms in submarines (The London Observer)
Israeli and American officials have admitted collaborating to deploy US-supplied Harpoon cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads in Israel's fleet of Dolphin-class submarines, giving the Middle East's only nuclear power the ability to strike at any of its Arab neighbours.
Apparently its acceptable for the Bush administration to aid the proliferation of WMD's. Just not anyone else. The administration just turned the middle east from a tinderbox into a powderkeg. Before this if an enemy attacked Israel there was a risk of a middle east wide war. Now there is a risk of nuclear war. Good job Bushco.
Ashcroft is using the "patrot act" to do exactly what the neofascists in office always planned .. to sidestep the Bill of Rights.
Two business owners, legal residents have apparently committed two of the most
hideous crimes the right knows of.. excercising the First Amendment and daring to be critical of Isreali's (increasingly genocidal) policies.
A gold miner came to an environmental awakening when his dog was nearly killed by the very chemicals his job poured into the environment daily.
Many in DC and the bigger cities.. which includes most big media, seem to think environmentalists are all liberals in california, new york and the upper class suburbs of america. They dont seem to understand that many of us who truely grew up in and around the woods simply arent willing to sacrifice nature to corporate greed.. or even our own greed. It's hard to argue with a DC based republican who's total involvement with nature consists of perhaps a visit to yosemite on a weeks vacation once or perhaps his interaction with his landscaper as he has his estate reworked. To those of us who have spent a lot of time wandering the woods, fishing, hiking, and even hunters and sportsmen nature is one of the things we love most about life. No square megalith building can compete with the site of morning dew on a jack in the pulpit in some far off valley. No maze of concrete pathways can compete with a trail built by deer or rabbit over years for beauty.
From Bill Moyers and Common Dreams : Tom Delay wont allow congress to overturn the FCC's attempt to stop limits on media ownership
Now the most powerful Republican in Congress, Tom Delay, the House Majority Leader, won't let a vote happen. The effort to reverse the FCC is dead in the water, sinking the democratic process with it.
The effort to return the astoundingly corrupt media grab by the big media corporations was widely supported by both parties.
Security Around U.S. Embassy Strains Relations With Berlin
By REUTERS (NY Times)
BERLIN, Oct. 11 (Reuters) — The tight security that has sealed off the American Embassy here from the rest of Berlin and brought a once bustling block in the heart of the German capital to a standstill has an eerie cold war feel to it.
To make this comparable.. imagine the German embassy in DC surrounded by barbed wire and (presumably) german military officers armed with machine guns cutting off traffic through Washingtons major arteries. Perhaps its time the worlds nations made an "embassy row" located out of the main traffic areas in their capitols where extremely high security wouldnt be a hardship.
Is America building its very own Palestine?
An Anti-American Iraqi Cleric Declares His Own Government
By IAN FISHER (NY Times)
Published: October 12, 2003
AGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 11 — An anti-American cleric, whose forces clashed on Thursday with American soldiers and killed two of them, has proclaimed his own government in Iraq.
Eric Margolis has an amazing analysis of not the effects.. but the cause of Turkey's desire to send troops to Iraq. Quite simply.. cash. Turkey has the second largest army in nato.. and one of the worst economies.
Pat Robertson as usual practices his so called "christian values".
VIRGINIA BEACH, Oct. 11 -- The State Department has condemned an on-air suggestion by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson that the agency ought to be blown up with a nuclear device.
If a muslim said that he'd be spirited off to the Guantanamo Ghulag for life in the dead of night. And by the way Mister Robertson.. you might want to try actually reading that little book youve made so much money on. It has a lot to say about false prophets and those who harm.. rather than help.. the weakest among us.
The Washington Post : Probe Focuses on Month Before Leak to Reporters
FBI Agents Tracing Linkage of Envoy to CIA Operative
Rice the wondergirl...isnt?
Rice has proved to be a poised and articulate defender of President Bush's policies. But her management of the National Security Council -- the principal coordinator and enforcer of presidential decision making -- has come under fire from former and current administration officials and a range of foreign policy experts.
From the start, the administration has been riven by ideological disputes on foreign policy. But both neoconservative hawks and mainstream Republican foreign-policy realists say many of the administration's foreign policy headaches are directly related to the interagency process Rice oversees.
A senior State Department official -- voicing an opinion that few in the government disputed -- said: "If you want a one-word description of the NSC since January 21, 2001: dysfunctional."