Category Archives: Politics

The New “Arab Street”?

Although history is full of unintended consequences, I think we should give thanks that the “Arab Street” has finally turned its wrath on their real oppressors, the autocratic, quasi-monarchical and religio-demagogic oligarchs and dictators who rule their own countries.

Let’s just hope that the United States doesn’t reflexively come out in support of these reprehensible Middle Eatern regimes, as we have more often than not in the past, merely in the name of “stability.”

“Newt-anasia”

Speaker of the House John Boner. (Photomontage: thinkprogress.org.)

N. Def. Act of political suicide that  John Boner and the 112th Congress are going to commit by shutting down the Federal government, not raising the debt ceiling, and seeking meaningless impeachment indictments against President Obama.

As the saying goes, first time as tragedy…

The Senate was only created to perpetuate slavery.

It was designed to be the “conservative institution” by the same Constitution that deemed African-Americans were 3/5ths of a person.

It might be time to rethink. Along with the anti-monarchical movement in England, there is also an anti-House of Lords movement.

What exactly was the purpose of the “House of Lords” in America? For surely, that is what the “Senate” is.

The Romans did no better job relying on their “Senators.” It was in their name the “Republic” was founded, and it was they who also betrayed it.

So maybe the real reason the Senate is “dysfunctional,” in the eyes of so many, is because it is time to say ‘bye-‘bye.

I welcome any so-called “Constitutional Conservatives” to reply.

Just a little reminder of the true meaning of “Nixonian liberalism.”

“The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy,” Mr. Kissinger said. “And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern.”

In Tapes, Nixon Rails About Jews and Blacks

By ADAM NAGOURNEY
Published: December 10, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/11/us/politics/11nixon.html

Progressive taxation, social peace, and Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall

I have long argued — it seems once to have been a canon of American political belief — that what the wealthy “buy” with their taxes is social peace.

I hope our fellow Americans will take away at least some of the right lessons from the “unexpected” and “unprovoked” attack on Prince Charles and his wife, as they rode in their Rolls, swathed in their £10,000 topcoats, on their way to the theater through the midst of mass student protests over the overnight TRIPLING of English university tuition fees.

Oh yes — tuition must be TRIPLED — we have no choice say the Tories and their coalition partners the Lib Dems — because, because, well… because the rich and their bankers and the occasional lucky footballer have made off with simply everything — all the money! Poof, gone! Well fancy that. How’d that ever happen? Guess we’ll never know. And now we simply have no choice but to make it back somehow. No more university for you, Mr. Chav, or you, Ms. Brown. “Peaceful protests only, please,” they say, “we’re civilized people.” Well, one of the first rules of civilization is that the criminal should be held accountable for his crime. And if the typical English university student sees the Prince of York and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall as perfect symbols of the new haute bourgeois master thieves who have succeeded in turning the Western world into the best semblance of their banana republic dreams — where them’s thats got deserve everything and the rest deserve their lot — who can blame them?

So as the fasco-Marxist GOP — those mealy mouthed southern gentlemen of true faith who reduce all succor to the measure of “the economy” and its rightful domain over all — who daily practice their distinctive style of “class warfare” (for the “other” side, of course, but isn’t that just as their G*d ordains?) — continue their project of dismantling the petit-bourgeois state that was the economic and political glory of 20th century America — well we certainly can’t do anything about this Treasury problem until we dismantle Social Security, Medicare, public education and all these other “luxuries” (after all, we got rid of welfare during the Clinton administration, so the really low hanging fruit’s been picked) — they should ask themselves this question:

Would you rather give up a few more dollars in taxes on your ill-gotten gains, or stop driving your Bentley to that hip show downtown? ‘Cause the lesson of Charles and Camilla is, in the end, that you can’t have it both ways. Your choice, boys. Seems the rest of us don’t really have much say in the matter.

Prince Charles and Camilla caught up in London violence after student fees vote

Attack on royal car as tumult grips capital city’s centre following MPs’ vote for measure trebling English university fees

Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt
The Guardian, Friday 10 December 2010

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Irresistible!

Derek Jeter wants to thank Mitch McConnel for the $600,00 tax cut; meanwhile another Arizona transplant patient gets a death sentence

Guess that’s just life in wartime.

Arizona ‘death panel’? State Medicaid cuts poised to let some poor patients die

By Sahil Kapur
Friday, December 3rd, 2010 — 12:53 pm

Extending the Bush Tax Cuts.

We’ve come to the point in this country where we seem to be very comfortable talking, economically, about “the bottom 90%.”

And here’s the kind of bargain the ruling 10% and their Republican allies call fair: $10 billion in unemployment insurance in exchange for $600 billion+ in tax cuts for the already wealthy.

Until such day as these seem once again, on the one hand, an absurd formulation, and on the other, a ridiculous bargain, the Democratic response to Boner’s demands should be simply and unequivocally, “over my dead body!”

George Packer (The New Yorker), on “Decision Points”

Bush ends “Decision Points” with the sanguine thought that history’s verdict on his Presidency will come only after his death. During his years in office, two wars turned into needless disasters, and the freedom agenda created such deep cynicism around the world that the word itself was spoiled. In America, the gap between the rich few and the vast majority widened dramatically, contributing to a historic financial crisis and an ongoing recession; the poisoning of the atmosphere continued unabated; and the Constitution had less and less say over the exercise of executive power. Whatever the judgments of historians, these will remain foregone conclusions.

Read the whole thing here.

Why is the U.S. Just Like North Korea?

Because we prefer to starve a significant part of our population while we continue to build unnecessary weapons, and maintain a more-than-likely useless traditional military capability, in the continuing delusion of controlling part, or all, of the world by force.

Republicans, especially, would rather build more bombs than extend unemployment insurance. Well, after all, the big money’s to be made in military contracts; those social programs don’t do squat for our loyal Republican entrepreneurs.

Democrats are certainly not without blame, too. But the mad Republican recalcitrance over ratifying new START is beyond the pale.

If Mitch McConnel needs a new windbreaker, I think this style would rather suit him.