Yet Mr. Perry’s concerns about Social Security’s financing are widely shared among Republicans, and by younger Americans over all
I’d like to see that data that demonstrates that younger Americans want to be saddled with taking care of mom and pop in their golden years.
Yet Mr. Perry’s concerns about Social Security’s financing are widely shared among Republicans, and by younger Americans over all. Those concerns drove Mr. Bush in 2005 to propose a partial privatization of the program.
What complete and utter bullshit.
Good morning, pupses, and thank you, BT :)
The full extent of the demise of the housing industry is being ignored by everyone. With the building of new communities it creates a need for new shopping areas etc. This meant new grocery stores, dentist offices etc. – jobs. Additionally, the construction paid taxes on the material and some on the material and labor. A functioning municipality would then build new schools, firestations and etc. with this revenue thus adding jobs. All of this has ended.
Explosion at nuke plant in France.
In other news, Amy sez that there have more political arrests in Egypt since the “revolution” than there were in 10 years under Mubarak.
Guess the U.S. is finally getting its arms around the ME spring.
thanks, BT, and of course, the wish to privatize SS had nothing whatever to do with throwing more profit at the ‘base’. /snark
1) if Obama addresses housing, he’ll eventually get to the point where he realizes that BofA is basically insolvent and it ain’t alone. Thus, housing can’t be addressed.
2) Geermany better be careful. If Greece goes down, the hit will cream some German banks even if Portugal doesn’t follow.
3) I’m reserving my steam vent now, to avoid the rush. There’s a nice one right near where the Pine Club dumps it’s kitchen trash.
4) And we should vote for Obama over a GOPer because…? He’s Different? He’s Hopey-changey? He’ll spot us a rook when playing 11 dimensional chess?
5) I would rather have the Imam trying to set up that mosque as a neighbor than anyone involved with sending that lump of crap out.
Boxturtle (Re #5: You can make Obama look bad without resorting to racism)
Good morning, all!
eCAHN, your comments yesterday were stellar, especially on the Book Salon.
Your earlier comment on Krugman, essentially, too little, too late … and no suggestions as to what MIGHT be done to change anything … struck me quite forcefully, as I’ve considered Krugman for quite some time to be a Platonic Economist, that is, confined to words and empty theory, NOT, by intent … leading to “action”.
I’m reading Robin Wright’s book on the Iranian Revolution. You won’t be surprised to learned how often “hope” and “change” appear.
Loved the book salon. Author had read and relied on a lot of the books that were my faves, and agreed with almost every comment I typed. *g*
Key (but dead last) paragraph in WaPo capital gains tax article, on the last of six pages:
“Don’t forget,” he added, “that members of Congress themselves, particularly senators, are well off and they’re more likely to be sympathetic to the argument for low capital gains.”
(BT’s “plutocracy” link)
You actually led the debate. I am sorry I missed that Salon, being involved with daughter’s choir and its early season hoopla and suchlike thingies.
Reading your comments was a treat. You are becoming more Zinn-like by the day, which lends a marvelous focus to your always pithy and research-based comments. Your comment to the author, re Russian studies, was magnificent in its implications for all who profess to “know”.
Well done, altogether, and a blast to read!!!
Mornin’, BT, pups
Methinks watching the House and Senate are going to be very interesting for the next few months. Why am I reminded of someone fiddling while the countryside burned down?
The only way to “solve” the housing crisis is to write down toxic assets, nationalize the big banks and re-create them as utilities, and adjust every mortgage to align with current value of the home. We’re never going to have a housing industry like American had before; it was built on securitization fraud and lies.
We need to find another golden goose; housing will never be “it” again.
What did I say about Russian studies? I forget that one.
Gold is the new golden goose.
Wonder who got that right who Lewis will be writing a book about. Or maybe the MOTU who shorts the bubble at just the right time.
That election mailer the GOP sent out in NY is ugly.
Have you been following the work that ThiinkProgress has been doing on revealing who is behind the Islamaphobia lobby? I haven’t saved the links, and I think the full study was published somewhere else. But it’s a typical exercise in how the few control the many. Something like 5 “experts” and 7 financial supporters (usual suspects) are all it takes to drum up all that hysteria.
I think I need to walk around and pour coffee for everyone.
Housing and shares should never been the bases for the economy in the first place. Speculators, as we’ve seen, have a tendency to turn them into shit.
If we are going to allow that to continue, there needs at least to be a per transaction fee.
Storming of Attica, under Gov Rockefeller 40th anniversary tomorrow.
Fear Inc, a product of Stupidity Inc.
Maybe we need a new National Anthem, based on Lazarus’ The New Collosus.
Remind a few people what we’re supposed to stand for.
Dunno. You should have a vision of a bucket brigade of unpaid volunteers trying to put out a toxic chemical fire on an upper floor.
Boxturtle (Congress won’t be that interesting. Just bellowing trite insults across the asle)
Thanks for the link. I’ve been following it on ThinkProgress which had a particularly revealing summary right when the full article appeared.
As are Republicans in general.
Congress is the toxic chemical fire.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Didn’t I hear something about it on DN! last week? Matter o’ fack I did.
Don’t know at what point you cross the line from freedom of expression to hate speech, but they seem to be brushing elbows, at least.
I think I missed that one. Thanks again. You’re a treasure on links. I’m hopeless if what I saw was more than a couple of days ago.
Yeah, but if you pour water on congress, all you get is Nancy wailing “I’m melting, I’m melting”!
Boxturtle (It helps if you imagine that my delivery is as good as David Lettermans)
I can see you now. You are even better. :)
Off to swim in the great capitalist cesspool.
US KIA Afghanistan: 1,766
US KIA Irak: 4,474
Iraki, Afghan and Pakistani casualties: estimates vary to over 1.5M
US MBS 2011: 31,496 and counting
Atheists Don’t Have No Songs
No war but class war
Be good to yourselves, and all other living things
Never. Give. Up.
BTW, they sent a troll to FDL, who wrote a diary. S/he gave up after I pointed out that Kiryas Joel is under strict Jewish law. It was really a lame diary.
I was just imagining all the people who sang the Star Spangled Banner and Pledged the Alligiance yesterday. And, I was wondering if there were a better, more ideal thing that they could all recite, or sing together, that some people would learn more about our roots than by sitting through history classes and watching teebee news.
Obsessive-compulsive when it comes to research.
Yeah, maybe. But we are the people everyone comes and sits with at the party.
Also, on Islamaphobia, I read Spencer & Emerson when I was trying to learn about Islam. I also read the other side of the story which put jihad into context and watched for evidence of the “vast Islamic conspiracy” to take over the U.S. It quickly became apparent that the only charges the USG could trump up against Muslims here (despite huge efforts to do so I have no doubt) were pretty minor. So I took Islamaphobia off my screen as nutcases. Of course, nutcases never give up.
Oh, my. That’s hysterical. Okay, I’ve cried. I’ve laughed. Got me going. Thanks a heap! That’s one to share.
Buddha said life is suffering but he didn’t say ya had to wallow in it alla time.
I’m off to pack for farm-sitting.
Hope to see you all later.
The very best of mornings to all of you!
I just read your comments from yesterday’s book salon.Very illuminating.
I was particularly struck by your comment about the USA and Rome at the dictator empire stage. It’s been my pet theory since 1974.
Studs Terkel and Howard Zinn were two of my favorite historians.
Haven’t read Studs Terkel yet. He’s on my notional list, i.e. haven’t gotten around to actually putting one of his books in my shopping cart. Your fave?
WRT Rome, WTF do I know. I observe a lot of end of empire decay, looting, hubris, gratuitous wars in the U.S., so one is bound to speculate. I suppose my main behavioral point is that it takes a lot longer to defeat empires than you think.
Ottoman Empire is another one that went on for hundreds of years in varying states of decay, expanding for a lot of them (1529 was its peak geography as Suleiman failed to capture Vienna), but it took another 400 years, and a WW, to finally do it in.
Yep. it is disgusting. Thanks for referencing the TP work on the issue.
SD @ 23, thanks for the link. A worthwhile read.
Bt2- sadly, that reality seems to grow daily. The evidence is haunting and deeply concerning.
Sorry for the delay. I was finishing reading the book salon comments. Great thread.
My interest in Terkel came in a January term coure I took on the 1930s at my small liberal arts college. Hard Times was the Terkel book we read.
I read Terkel by opening it randomly and reading a few interviews of common folks and reflecting upon the wisdom and honesty of those folks.
Studs did thousands of interviews.
Have a great day.
Thanks for both the title & the suggestion of how to read it.
I’m thinking he didn’t say it quite like that, but you are a good translator :)
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