11 10 / 2011
"President Barack Obama’s jobs bill, facing a critical test in the Senate, appears likely to die at the hands of Republicans opposed to stimulus spending and a tax surcharge on millionaires. Obama has been waging a campaign-style effort seeking to rally public support behind the $447 billion measure, which will be the subject of a Senate vote Tuesday. The plan combines payroll tax cuts for workers and businesses with $175 billion in spending on roads, school repairs and other infrastructure, as well as unemployment assistance and help to local governments to avoid layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers."
11 10 / 2011
The greatest hoax of the last couple of decades has been the ability of the right wing to co-opt members of the struggling lower middle class and lower class and pretend they speak for them while enacting policies that enable the super-rich. They’ve used wedge issues like gay marriage and abortion and the baby Jeebus to alienate folks from their own economic interests, feeding them a steady diet of hatred of minorites, the educated, science, and, well, reality to create a voting block of people so guided by hatred of the “other” that they would crawl over broken glass to cut their nose off to spite their face…
[…]And so, because the message of the #OWS crowd has an organic message that resonates, one that surpasses the fraudulent tea party nonsense of the Koch brothers funded Tea Party, the money boys strike back. And who else to lead the pushback than two folks who owe their entire existence to the wingnut wurlitzer. Red State is a fully funded operation of Eagle Publishing, the owner of Human events and Regnery Publishing. The members of the money party are scared, so they’ve sent out their astroturf specialists to meet it head on. It will fail."
07 10 / 2011
"These protestors are trying to destroy the jobs of working people in this city, it’s not productive. If you want jobs you have to assist companies and give them confidence to go and hire people"
NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg on Occupy Wallstreet
He was speaking Republican, let me translate this for people who don’t speak that strange language….
“Destroy jobs”- Try to create a level playing field so 1% doesn’t control the majority of the country’s wealth.
“Not productive”- It’s scary how many people are showing up, we must label them as slackers to discredit their cause.
“Assist companies”- Keep quiet while they reap in more wealth by standing with their foot on the neck of the working class.
“Give them confidence”- Give them more corporate tax cuts now or else.
“Hire people”- Layoff Americans and outsource the jobs to other countries because those people will work for peanuts and they don’t have silly laws against things like child labor sweatshops.
All of this.