Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Favorite song from Crazy Heart

Love this song....

Obama opens up offshore drilling, but he's investing in the future

Obama opens up offshore drilling, so what?

People, I was completely against offshore drilling during the Bush administration for a really good reason, Bush was hellbent on staying the course with 19th and 20th century energy technology and gave no thought to investing into 21st century energy technology.

Obama HAS started to invest into 21st century technology and I'll bet he'll continue to do so.

I became very resentful of the oil companies because George W. Bush was allowing oil and natural gas companies to drill and extract energy without paying royalties while gas prices were at peak levels, this was in short a $7 billion dollar give away to some of the world's wealthiest companies at the American citizen's expense. Things were out of control, go figure you put an oil man in the White House and he gives the oil companies free reign to make as much as they can at the expense of the consumers. We need fossil fuels until we develop something better, but we also need regulation to prevent price gouging and a fair price for the American people to keep our economy humming along. Somethings are too vital to benefit the stockholders over the consumers and energy is one of those things.



That being said, simply drilling for more oil isn't necessarily going to keep oil prices down. Remember back in 2008 when oil prices were through the roof, oil speculation was partly to blame. Congress needs to reenact some of the Great Depression era regulations that pipes down on commodity speculation. The Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 led not only to the Enron fiasco but also helped to drive the price of oil to record prices.

While oil is a useful evil, we need to be investing in oil alternatives.



Above there's a good NPR interview on the book 'The Tyranny of Oil' the book illustrates how oil binds our foreign policy and economy to the fossil fuels acquisition and refinement, we need some more "hopey changey" stuff President Obama, that's why we elected you in a landslide and I do believe you're looking ahead to what could be and not just what has been.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Krugman warns we need more inflation, not less

Krugman says it best, we've been experiencing a disinflation of our monetary supply for some time now, if we want to experience more growth we'd better figure out a way to bypass the mega-banks and get money into the hands of the American people.



I'm for bolstering the Small Business Administration, let's get people back to work! As Chris Matthews said: "I want to smell the construction!"

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Keep this in mind, if we have a smaller money supply, that means there are less American dollars in the world, and thus our debt for the treasury and individuals is greater, not smaller.

Disinflation is dangerous, the last time we saw disinflation was during The Great Depression.

A refund of say $1000 bucks to all taxpayers would be a good idea, we could use the same program that we saw in 2008.

It's time to rebuild our infrastructure, we should get to work on our highways, build highspeed rail, rebuild our sewer systems, make our homes energy efficient, build eco-friendly power plants, and install highspeed fiber optic lines to prepare for the next generation of internet access!

New desperation and lows for the right.....

And if conservatives couldn't scream "we have no class and we're really getting really desperate/scared about Novermber's prospects", well then there is this photo:



Ok people seriously, we live in the 21st century. Most people have wised up to race baiting, and what's the most vicious thing to a white racist? A black man raping someone. This is just tragic and uncalled for at best, horrendously evil at worst.

Monday, March 29, 2010

For any of you who wonder why I own guns, it's because of these idiots

Here are the Rand Paul fans, and if there's any question on why I have guns, it's because these idiots are so nuts they wear Kevlar and body armor to political rallies.

Yeah people, and this is Kentucky for you. I REALLY hope these idiots are silly enough to think their hand full of assault weapons are any match for a modern police force, the national guard or the United States Armed Forces. Cause guess what? When they feel this 'despotic government' has gone too far and they want to start trouble, I'll be siding with President Obama and his progressive/liberal agenda :-)

Via Democratic Underground:





































More Tea Party racism......

You know, they say a couple of bad apples spoils the bunch, but I've seen quite of bit of this.......

Via Politicalwire:

"These people could be anybody. I wouldn't put it past the Democrats to plant somebody there. They're trying to label the tea party, but I've never seen any racial slurs."

-- Dale Robertson, self-proclaimed founder of the Tea Party, quoted by the Washington Times.

The only problem? The Washington Independent caught Robertson at a Tea Party rally last month holding a sign with a racial slur.



If you're a non-racist teabagger you need to realize you people have a serious PR problem.

The source of American moral decay; Tommy Breyer (and tolerance towards gays)

That little jerkface........



God clearly hates Tommy for all the damage he's done. We should also tie our societies looser behavior/attitudes in regards to homosexuals to the increase in divorce rates.

What's even worse? A new poll came out today and "claims" that 51% of Americans are ok with an openly gay president.

And here's the crazy guy that threatened Eric Cantor and who hates the movie 'Babe'

God I love Wonkette! They found a bunch of videos of this guy Norman Leboon who got arrested for threatening to kill Eric Cantor.

Turns out he also threatened to kill Obama.

Here's Senor nutjob rambling on about how the movie 'Babe' is very evil and he wants that pig dead and wants that filthy movie removed from all the stores or he's going to burn all the movie theaters down and the malls too.



Here's the original post ragging on Cantor for looking for an actually person who threatened him.

And here's TMP's take on the story, this has to be my favorite part:

"When he was visited by federal agents on Saturday, he "stated that he is the 'son of the god of Enoch' and that his father speaks through him. Leboon stated that Eric Cantor is 'pure evil'; will be dead; and that Cantor's family is suffering because of his father's wrath."

George H.W. Bush supported Obamacare? Yeah, he really did.

Seriously, this political drama is just silly. I pulled this off of huffington.

Check out page 25.


Coverage of Preventive Services Provisions of Selected Current Health -

Yeah, this whole psycho Tea Bagging nonsense is just plain bizarre. Not to mention many of these people are receiving government benefits?

***UPDATE

A CNN poll just came out, the majority of Americans are against repealing the healthcare bill.

"50 percent are fine with the current law or want Congress to go back and pass something that would increase the government's involvement in health care even further.

The 47 percent who favor "repeal and replace" is significantly lower than the 56 percent who say they disapprove of the bill's passage last week."


Big surprise that the majority of the American people want more government involvement in the bill? I don't think so, after the way the healthcare companies have treated the American people no wonder the public trusts the government more.

The downside to limited government involvement? The healthcare companies are trying to squeeze out of the new laws that were just passed.


Yeah, and to make sure I put the nail in the coffin in terms of the GOPS/Tea Bagger arguments on the HC bill, here's GOP hopeful Romney trying to... well he's defending... no he's attacking... well I'm not really sure what he's getting at.

Let's review The Heritage Foundation's proposals back in March 2003, AGAIN:


"2. Provide support to people to obtain health care based on their need, not where they happen to work, or their eligibility for welfare, or their military record, or their age. Enable individuals and families to use this support to enroll in a seamless system of coverage according to their choice.

The central public policy objective of a health care system is to use public funds in an efficient and economical way to enable every household to obtain at least an acceptable level of health care services and protection from large financial burdens associated with ill health. Whether a US resident is able to count on that commitment should not depend on their current circumstances. Moreover, resources should be used as efficiently as possible to provide help those who need it most to obtain coverage. That requires us to overhaul current subsidy methods to target funds more efficiently and to achieve horizontal equity between similar people.

An important step towards that would be to overhaul the tax treatment of health care, gradually ending the regressive tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance and replacing it with a more progressive subsidy. That is the logic behind the various refundable tax credit proposals in numerous proposals for addressing uninsurance. These proposals would increase the subsidy to lower-income households relative to upper-income households."

Guys, this is some of the most genius political maneuvering I've ever seen, are Obama opponents going to run against their own platform in November 2010 and November 2012?

This reform isn't perfect, but we're certainly taking a step in the right direction! At least almost everyone gets covered!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Paul Krugman illustrates once again why the deficit/debt isn't that big of a deal

One of the smartest economists in the world breaks down the debt/deficit again, what's he conclude? Once again those screaming bloody murder are politically motivated, and are trying to eat at Obama's economic policy.

"Many independent sources are moderately more pessimistic; they think that on current policies we’d be looking at a deficit of 5-6 percent of GDP. So that makes it more like a 3 or 4 percent of GDP adjustment.

That’s not, in economic terms, a huge number. We could raise taxes that much and still be one of the lowest-tax nations in the advanced world. Or we could save a significant share of that total by not being totally prepared for the day when Soviet tanks sweep across the North German plain."


Hmmm, where could the United States make cuts in it's budget? Let's see, no more Soviet Union, Obama just signed a nuclear arms reduction with Russia. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are counterinsurgency wars, you can't really utilize stealth bombers, or battle tanks in urban areas.

Come to think of it.... since the bad guys don't have air forces you really don't need stealth fighters either. China is a trading partner, we don't need to fight them. Are we missing an area where we could be making smart, necessary budget cuts?

Are Kentucky State Employees Facing Catastrophic Health Care Insurance Reductions?

Blue Bluegrass illustrates how Obama came to save Kentucky, again.

"There is a horrible irony that at the exact time that the United States just passed historic progress in health care reform, Kentucky apparently is eliminating wellness care protections by requiring employees to pay entirely for doctor’s office visits and emergency room visits until they hit their deductible and also apparently imposing co-insurance extra payments on employees."

So, the stimulus package saved our tails from an imminent shutdown of our state government (state workers should all be voting Obama in 2012), and now Obama is saving our healthcare system. Now that's change you can believe in!

Kentucky, we take in far more federal funds than we put out, WAKE UP! The Republican Party isn't watching out for you!

NPR: Southern Poverty Law Center highlights extremism on the right, scary stuff

The Southern Poverty Law Center highlights extremism on the right, scary stuff, here's their Intelligence Report, Spring 2010, Issue Number: 137.

NPR had a great piece on yesterday highlighting the return of rightwing extremism, the piece is certainly worth a listen, if you're not disturbed you should be!

Some scary polling on the Republican Party:

-Angry anti-immigrant vigilante groups soared by nearly 80 percent last year.

-In 2009, militias and the larger Patriot movement grew with 363 new militias and related groups, an increase of 244 percent.

-Two-thirds of Republicans think Obama is a socialist.

-57 percent think he's a Muslim.

-40 percent of Republicans agree with the birthers in their belief that Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore not eligible to be president.

-38 percent of Republicans say President Obama is doing many of the things that Hitler did.

-24 percent of Republicans say Obama may be the anti-Christ.




Here's a tidbit of some extremist ideology:

"One of the interesting things about the meeting was how kind of non-denominational it was. I mean, there were Holocaust deniers there. There were anti-Semites. There were also people who have none of those feelings, who are all about the idea that the federal income tax is unconstitutional.

Many people in tax protest world believe that they are so-called sovereign citizens. This was an idea that was very much a part of the militia movement in the 1990s as well. Well, that idea of sovereign citizenship really comes directly from racist groups in the 1980s and 1970s, which came up with this idea basically that essentially God has handed America to the white man.

So white people are the organic citizens of this country. We're the ones who are connected by God to the land. Then that means that no one can tell us what to do. It's God who gave us this country. There's no government that can tell us to pay taxes or to have drivers licenses or car registrations or any of those things.

The other piece of this idea is that the other people are so-called 14th Amendment citizens - that is, people who were made citizens by the 14th Amendment, which of course made citizens of former slaves. So you know, it has this fundamental racist idea at its base, or at least much of the tax protest movement does."

Republicans playing politics for the sake of playing politics, Romney supports Obamacare



Wait... Isn't this Obamacare?

And this is what our battlehyme should be going into November. Who are they going to run in 2012? Palin, Cheney?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Passage of healthcare gives Obama a bump in the polls

"Those who [advocate] reformation of institutions pari passu with the progress of science [maintain] that no definite limits [can] be assigned to that progress. The enemies of reform, on the other hand, [deny] improvement and [advocate] steady adherence to the principles, practices and institutions of our fathers, which they [represent] as the consummation of wisdom and acme of excellence, beyond which the human mind could never advance." --Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1813. ME 13:254

Yeah, who saw this coming? A new poll has Obama in favorable territory again. The Republican Party, Tea Baggers, and special interests drug a conservative influenced reform through the mud for an entire year. Of course people were upset with the way Obama was handling the situation, but to his credit he tried to reach a bi-partisan consensus.


PRESIDENT OBAMA

FAVORABLE 56 (53)

UNFAVORABLE 39 (41)

DON'T KNOW 5 (6)

NET CHANGE 5

But you won't hear that out of the right side of the isle, they're too busy issuing death threats, breaking windows and talking about Marxist Revolution.

This reform isn't socialist, not even liberal! The Heritage Foundation advocated for it!

"I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accomodate ourselves to them and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also and keep pace with the times." --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816. ME 15:40

Paul Krugman brought an interesting point up in his latest blog post:
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In discussing the Frum firing, Bruce Bartlett asserts that AEI has muzzled its health-care experts, because the truth is that they agree with a lot of what Obama is proposing. I find this quite believable; back in 2003 Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation, which is supposedly harder-right than AEI, proposed a health care reform consisting of … drumroll … an individual mandate coupled with subsidies to make insurance affordable. In short, Obamacare.

I was struck, by the way, by Butler’s recommendation that we

Provide support to people to obtain health care based on their need, not where they happen to work, or their eligibility for welfare, or their military record, or their age.
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need?

*I’m informed, by family members, that Frum is a distant cousin of yours truly.
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Ok, got it? So the next time some uninformed ideologue starts telling you about a government takeover remind them of this.


Oh yeah, and this:

"Some of my libertarian friends balk at what looks like an individual mandate. But remember, someone has to pay for the health care that must, by law, be provided: Either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride on government is not libertarian."
-- Mitt Romney, defending the individual mandate to buy health care in the Wall Street Journal back in 2006.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Keynesian economics, a better choice for Democracy

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group,”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

The American economy in the last 30 years has been dominated by corporate power and rich men. The American people saw their voices drowned out as rich institutions and entities bought influence in our government as if it was a stock. The Guilded Age was returning once again. Woodrow Wilson said "If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States, they are going to own it." This concentration of wealth was and is a direct threat to our Democratic-Republic.

But, with the passage of healthcare reform, if you're alive and reading this in March of 2010 you just witnessed a monumental moment in American History, you've actually witnessed an economic revolution. The Reagan revolution is dead, Bush '43 put the final nail in the coffin.

For those of us who're old enough to remember Reagan or know what his policies advocated we know that The Gipper did his best to destroy protections that unions offered, and campaigned for a government that took a hands off approach to market forces. Emphasizing the Austrian School of economic theory Reagan went a step beyond just advocating a government that was hands off, he demonised government and played on some of the worst emotions in mankind, greed and selfishness.

It was government intervention into the market place and progressive tax structure that gave us the largest middle class the world had ever known, it was called the great compression and it wasn't a gradual creation, it took only 8 years. As my favorite economist Paul Krugman illustrates this transformation below.



For those of us who thought there was no alternative to the supply-side Austrian doctrine that every college teaches as gospel in ECON101, we only need to dust off a book (or read it for free here!) known as 'The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money' written by John Maynard Keynes a British economist. Keynes' book was the guiding economic theory that built America's strong middle class and it was Reagan and the Austrian School of economics that began to dissolve it as seen below.



For those of you curious, we've also just witnessed a political revolution as well, this was a Republican Waterloo “This health care bill is forever.” so said Bush's speech writer. This is a major recommitment of government and for those of us who know that a government has a place in the economy, as well as a role to defend American freedoms and rights. We have a hands on government once again that's willing to roll it's sleeves back and get to work for the American people.

We can breath a sigh of relief, we must not let our guard down but we've helped to add another security in an otherwise insecure world. Never again will Americans have to worry about their child, spouse or loved one being dropped from coverage, or being denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition. And this is the change that President Barack Obama has brought to our country.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Obama, Democrats: Yes you did! Remember FDR




In honor of the greatest American President of the 20th century who gave us the wealthiest middle class.

Democrats, we need to follow this man's lessons.

"For twelve years this Nation was afflicted with hear-nothing, see-nothing, do-nothing Government. The Nation looked to Government but the Government looked away. Nine mocking years with the golden calf and three long years of the scourge! Nine crazy years at the ticker and three long years in the breadlines! Nine mad years of mirage and three long years of despair! Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that that Government is best which is most indifferent.

For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.

For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.

We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.


Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.

I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match. I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces met their master."

-FDR Madison Garden 1936


Let them come to hate us, let them fear a populous that demands more protections, better wages, healthier lives and brighter futures.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tea Party compassion

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bunning puts GOP in quite a conundrum.


This Jim Bunning thing would be really funny if it weren't so serious (people are being hurt right now because of Sen. Bunning)

Jim Bunning has effectively done what Saddam Hussein attempted to do in the '91 Gulf War, he's launched a metaphorical scud missile into the heart of the bi-partisan 'coalition' support that was in favor of extending the unemployment benefits.

He's fractured something that held the Rep's in a pretty decent light in terms of unemployed Americans. What will be interesting to watch now is how the GOP divides into 2 camps, those who support passing the extension and those who are not in favor of passing the extension.

Rand Paul who has been the front runner in the KY Senate race so far has unexpectedly backed Bunning and so has Trey Grayson.

Bunning puts GOP in quite a conundrum.

Sit back and watch the public backlash ;-)

****UPDATE****

Bunning surrenders, now onto a healthcare vote.

****UPDATE 2****

Barefoot and Progressive threw some video up of the protest outside of Bunning's office today: