March 30, 2015

Why do people often vote against their own interests? #p2 #politics

  The Republicans' shock victory in the election for the US Senate seat in Massachusetts meant the Democrats lost their supermajority in the Senate. This makes it even harder for the Obama administration to get healthcare reform passed in the US. Political scientist Dr David Runciman looks at why is there often such deep opposition to reforms that appear to be of obvious benefit to voters. Last year, in a series of "town-hall meetings" across the country, Americans got the chance to debate President Obama's proposed healthcare reforms. What happened was an explosion of rage and barely suppressed violence. Polling evidence suggests that the numbers who think the reforms go too far are nearly matched by those who think they do not go far enough. But it is striking that the people who most dislike the whole idea of healthcare reform - the ones who think it is socialist, godless, a step on the road to a police state - are often the ones it seems designed to help. In … [Read more...]

Obama at GOP House Conf. He taught them that truth ultimately prevails #p2 #politics #hcr

This video is a must watch especially the questions and answers. Obama had the facts the Republicans had the GOP false talking points. … [Read more...]

Filmmaker O’Keefe Tweets on Pending Charges Despite Gag Order #p2

  It appears that conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe is continuing to comment on his case despite the gag order of the court. Raw Story and other sites are reporting that O’Keefe tweeted shortly around midnight last night that “Govt official concedes no attempt to wiretap.” It is certainly an important development if true, but O’Keefe may be accused of violating the court order though it could raise constitutional objections from O’Keefe. In the meantime, it appears that the stunt in New Orleans may have been an effort to cut off the telephones as opposed to wiretapping calls. As noted in the segment below from Countdown, the affidavit accompanying the charges was curious in two respects. First, the government was charging a higher category of trespass by alleging intent to commit a felony. However, the prosecutors failed to state what that felony was. The clear suggestion of the affidavit was that the “malicious” interference with the telephone system was to wiretap Sen. Mary Landrieu’s … [Read more...]

President Obama Scolds Supreme Court Justices For Campaign Spending Reversal #p2 #SOTU #politics

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Is anybody listening? Wall Street’s Power Grab #p2 #politics

  The Revelations of Sheila Bair: Wall Street's Power Grab By Michael Hudson January 20, 2010 You almost could hear the bankers heave a sigh of relief when Haiti’s earthquake knocked the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission hearings off the front pages and evening news broadcasts last week. At stake is Wall Street’s power grab seeking to centralize policy control firmly in its own hands by neutralizing the government’s regulatory agencies.   Their strategy certainly made money for themselves–and they made it off those for whom the financial crisis “didn’t work out well,” whose bad bets ended up paying Wall Street’s bonuses. So when Paul Krugman poked fun at the four leading “Bankers without a clue” in his New York Times kcolumn,  he was lending credence to their pretense at innocent gullibility. Recipients of such enormous bonuses cannot be deemed all that clueless. They blamed the problem on natural cycles–what Mr. Blankfein called a “100-year storm.” Jamie Dimon of … [Read more...]

James O’Keefe, ACORN Foe, Arrested for New Stunt #p2 #politics

The moral police strike again. This time they’ve become the subject. James O'Keefe was riding high last year when he released a series of videos showing employees of community-organizing group ACORN offering advice to O'Keefe and a friend that seemed to endorse trafficking in children, among other illegal activities. The undercover videos made O'Keefe a star in conservative circles and presumably helped him muster the courage for another high profile stunt – though this time, it seems, things went badly for the 25-year-old. O'Keefe and three others – including the son of an acting U.S. Attorney, are accused of trying to manipulate the phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's office in New Orleans. According to an release from the United States Attorney's Office, witnesses say O'Keefe was in Landrieu's office when two co-conspirators came in "dressed in blue denim pants, a blue work shirt, a light green fluorescent vest, a tool belt and a construction-style hard hat" and … [Read more...]

Tea Party Another Way To Rip Off The misinformed #p2 #politics

Conservative leaders always find a way to extort from the ones that least can afford to be ripped off whether it is though tax policies, employment policies, or social policies.  Now they are co-opting a grass root movement that though misinformed as to what the administration had been attempting are for the most part decent people. Tea Party Disputes Take Toll on Convention By KATE ZERNIKE Published: January 25, 2010 A Tea Party convention billed as the coming together of the grass-roots groups that began sprouting up around the country a year ago is unraveling as sponsors and participants pull out to protest its expense and express concerns about “profiteering.” The latest on President Obama, his administration and other news from Washington and around the nation. Join the discussion. The convention’s difficulties highlight the fractiousness of the Tea Party groups, and the considerable suspicions among their members of anything that suggests the establishment. The convention, … [Read more...]

RNC ‘census’ mailer draws fire #p2 #politics #GOP

The GOP are the masters of misleading. Below is another example. They’ve done this with healthcare reform, cap and trade, and just about every policy that benefits the average American. Officials of both parties are sharply criticizing a fundraising mailing from Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele they say could be confused with official correspondence regarding this year’s census. The fundraising letter comes in the form of a “survey,” a frequently used device for partisan fundraising, but this one has a twist: Calling itself the “Congressional District Census,” the letter comes in an envelope starkly printed with the words, “DO NOT DESTROY OFFICIAL DOCUMENT” and describes itself, on the outside of the envelope, as a “census document.” “Strengthening our party for the 2010 elections is going to take a massive grass-roots effort all across America,” Steele writes in a letter that blends official-sounding language, partisan calls to arms, and requests for between $25 and $500. … [Read more...]

Poll Confirms Massachusetts Election Was Not A Rejection Of Health Care Reform #p2 #politics

It is imperative that we do not allow the GOP and their insurance company cohorts to change the true narrative. Keep getting the truth out. Following the surprise victory of Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) in last week’s special election, conservatives have attempted to paint the election as a rejection of healthcare reform and progressive policies more generally. Appearing on ABC’s This Week yesterday, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said, “what happened in Massachusetts” shows that “people are alarmed and angry about the spending, the debt, the government takeovers [including health care].” Conservative Washington Post columnist George Will said on This Week that Massachusetts “really was a health care election.” “This was a referendum on a particular piece of legislation that is the signature legislation of the administration, and the people of Massachusetts and the country are hotly angered over its substance,” Will said. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), on Meet the Press yesterday, said, … [Read more...]

Microsoft’s Bill Gates supports Obama’s economic policies #p2 #politics

Bill Gates made some interesting assessments that every thinking person would. Specifically, he states Support for fees on banks. Taxes need to be increased and entitlements moderated otherwise we cannot get into balance. Now even the richest person in world is willing to do his patriotic duties and pay a fair tax. … [Read more...]