6.27.2015

Same-Sex Marriage

Two good cartoons found at the always good Political Irony:

















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Government Regulation

Bill Maher Finds Perfect Slogan For The Republican Party | Crooks and Liars:
Regulations are supposed to protect people from corporations, not corporations from people.
A good rule of thumb for our leaders, anti-regulation types, and our media.

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Bernie

Bernie Sanders closes on Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Democrats poll | US news | The Guardian:

Fuck Democrats!
Fuck Republicans!
Go Bernie Go!

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Bubbles

Debt bubbles are worse than asset bubbles

A Dangerous Combination: Bubbles and Debt - Bloomberg View:
"One possible answer, not suggested by Jorda, Schularick and Taylor, is that housing bubbles hit a very different slice of people than equity bubbles. Stocks tend to loom larger in the portfolio of a rich person, while a middle-income or lower-income person's wealth is often almost entirely tied up in housing. Less wealthy people could be more likely to suffer from wealth effects -- the tendency to cut consumption when personal net worth declines. "
That makes sense, Equity/stock bubbles tend to hurt the very wealthy since they, or most, have enough cash to continue life as normal. The working class doesn't really have much skin in an equity bubble so aren't affected much. The housing bubble hits everyone so the economy falls more and takes longer to recover.

or shorter... Economically hurt the wealthy and the economy hits a bump. Economically hurt the working class and the economy takes an extended dump.

This sort of flies in the face of trickle-down economics or the recent job-creator myth. I mean,.. if economically hurting the wealthy (equity bubble) doesn't hurt the economy as badly as hurting the mass of working class then,  economically helping the wealthy (via tax cuts, deregulation) shouldn't help the economy as much as helping the mass of working class?

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Obamacare

CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Expanding Health Insurance in 2014: How Much Progress?:
"Those who favored the legislation will call this "success." Those who opposed the legislation will raise questions about the cost, emphasize that the law is nowhere near assuring health insurance for all, and point out that if the legislation had been sold as a moderate expansion of Medicaid and building up private insurance exchanges, the law could have been a lot shorter. But for either side, this relatively modest reduction in the number of uninsured shouldn't come as a big surprise. Even supporters of the 2010 legislation predicted that it would only solve about 60% of the problem of uninsured Americans, while nonpartisan sources predicted that it would solve about 40%. So far, reaching that lower prediction of reducing the share of uninsured by 40% is a goal not yet met."

So it sort of works, still the best and easiest reform would have been Medicare for all. Fuck the insurance companies.

tnb

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6.26.2015

Bristol Palin

The Bristol Palin post-of-the-day (from Wonkette)

Bristol Palin Living In Sin For Third Or Eighteenth Time, For Abstinence | Wonkette:

This is not the first time Bristol Palin, Ambassador for Abstinence to America’s Youth, has played house with a man who weren’t her husband, but let’s put that on hold for a second because we just saw this shit while we were looking up that thing we just said about “Ambassador for Abstinence”: 
Apparently, the organization [the Candie’s Foundation] was only able to find $35,000 to grant to charities from the $1,242,476 donated from the public. Meanwhile, the young Ms. Palin managed to pull in a $262,500 paycheck for her role as an ambassador for their teen pregnancy prevention campaign in 2009. 
HOLY FUCKBALLS. More than two hundred fifty large for an 18- or 19-year-old “ambassador” whose main qualification for telling girls to keep their dicks in their pants was NOT KEEPING HER DICK IN HER PANTS. We … we just … alskdfjlskdjflsdjflskdjflksdjflksdjflskdjflskdjfs!!1!11

Read more at http://wonkette.com/582744/bristol-palin-living-in-sin-for-third-or-eighteenth-time-for-abstinence#M34uZPL3OPEghpDP.99

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6.24.2015

Democrats 2016

Clinton - Bayh 2016 ?! Wow,... talk about a ticket designed to lose.



Found on the Indy Star website.

6.19.2015

Drugs

The most dangerous drugs are "legal"

Report: Drug overdose death rates increase in 26 states:
"Nearly 44,000 people die from drug overdoses each year, a figure that more than doubled from 1999 to 2013, and more than half of them stem from prescription pills."

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6.09.2015

The Estate Tax

Raise it.

from Hullabaloo:
Today the estate tax reaches only the richest two-tenths of one percent, and applies only to dollars in excess of $10.86 million for married couples or $5.43 million for individuals. 
That means if a couple leaves to their heirs $10,860,001, they now pay the estate tax on $1. The current estate tax rate is 40%, so that would be 40 cents. 
Yet according to these members of Congress, that's still too much

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6.07.2015

Inequality

This is what happens when government is run for the benefit of business, that is big, corporate, global business, instead of for the people.Government should be a nation's reins on big business.




The Political Roots of Widening Inequality:

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