Excerpts from Op-Ed:Why has America forgotten the three most important economic lessons we learned in the thirty years following World War II?Before I answer that question, let me remind you what those lessons were:First, America’s real job creators are consumers, whose rising wages generate jobs and growth.Second, the rich do better with a smaller share of a rapidly-growing economy than they do with a large share of an economy that’s barely growing at all.Third, higher taxes on the wealthy to finance public investments — better roads, bridges, public transportation, basic research, world-class K-12 education, and affordable higher education – improve the future productivity of America. All of us gain from these investments, including the wealthy.What happened?For starters, too many of us bought the snake oil of “supply-side” economics,…big corporations were allowed to bust labor unions, whose membership dropped from over a third of all private-sector workers in the 1950s to under 7 percent today…And Wall Street was deregulated — creating a casino capitalism that caused a near meltdown of the economy six years ago and continues to burden millions of homeownersBut why didn’t they remember the lessons learned in the thirty years after World War II – that widely-shared prosperity is good for everyone, including them?Perhaps because they didn’t care to remember. They discovered that wealth is also relative: How rich they feel depends not just on how much money they have, but also how they live in comparison to most other people.As the gap between America’s wealthy and the middle has widened, those at the top have felt even richer by comparison. Although a rising tide would lift all boats, many of America’s richest prefer a lower tide
Want to go to Planned Parenthood in D.C.? You’ll have to run the anti-choice gauntlet first.
This is what it looks like when clinics don’t have buffer zones.They’re sidewalk harassers, sidewalk bullies, whatever else, but they are no where near counselors. Counselors are non-judgmental, non-biased, empathetic listeners, that is NOT what those people are. - Paige
If the clinic employees begin exercising their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and carried AR-15’s or AK-47’s along with them, on public streets, that would present an interesting conundrum to the gun loving right wing, would it not? I bet it would stop all the harassment cold too.
There are some abortion providers that do carry guns at all times, wear bulletproof vests to work, hire bodyguards, wear masks into the clinic so protesters can’t identify them, go in the back door, change up their driving routes every day, check under their cars daily for bombs, etc. That’s how serious this is, and that’s why it’s dangerous to take the protesters at face value, even if they seem peaceful. You don’t know who they’re hiding in the crowd.
And doctors who work at abortion clinics have been murdered by pro-life activists, in what has to be one of the biggest ironies in existence. Clinics have also been bombed.
Doctors like Dr. Tiller that saved my sister’s life.
Dr. Tiller was shot and killed in his own church, in front of his own family and community.
They’re not pro-life. They’re pro-controlling YOUR life.
While the situation in Russia is dire, it’s hardly the only place to have instituted a law banning “gay propaganda.” In fact, as a map from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Networkillustrates, eight U.S. states — Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah — have laws banning the promotion of homosexuality in schools.
Reblog this because everyone needs to fucking see this.
The guy who is the reason I turned off anon sure seems to be obsessed with me…
Considering the fact that he wished physical harm on me, you’ll have to forgive the label I gave him. He’s too much of a chickenshit to come forward and own his comment.
As much as he whines about anything that infringes upon free speech (even when that speech is hate speech), he doesn’t have the guts to speak up when he has to attach his name to it — as evidenced by the times he’s been to my ask box since the 30th when I turned off anon and then backed off when he saw that he couldn’t send a message unless he actually signed his user name to it.
Freedom of speech is wonderful, dude, unless you’re spreading hate. In that case, you need to just shut the fuck up. And if you’re too much of a coward to own what you say, or if you don’t have anything to say except wishes of physical harm like your last message that you didn’t have the guts to own, you are not welcome here.
California is why Republicans are terrified of free and fair elections.
Change the California GOP’s mascot from the elephant to the mastodon.
Raw Story: With only five months remaining before the primaries, the increasingly moribund California Republican Party finds itself without any viable candidates for many of the top statewide contests, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Four years after having been swept by the Democrats in all eight statewide contests, the California GOP has had trouble recruiting candidates in a state where fewer than 30 percent of voters are registered as Republican. As it stands now there are no Republican candidates for the offices of California attorney general, lieutenant governor, treasurer, and controller.
“This is a real challenge in that we are two steps away from a nightmare scenario where the statewide ticket appears so weak that some Republicans simply give up and throw in with Jerry Brown, creating chaos for Republicans running in competitive seats around the state,” warned former chairman of the California Republican Party Ron Nehring.
"Complicating matters for the state GOP is California’s voter-approved primary system, in which the top two vote-getters regardless of party advance to the fall election, which could result in two Democrats facing each other in November," the story goes on. "This would leave the approximately 1.7 million to 1.8 million California Republican voters without party representation on the ballot for statewide offices driving down voter participation and affecting California US House Republicans electoral prospects."
But that’s not the only handicap that California Republicans face going into the future — if you can call leveling the playing field “handicapping.” In 2005, the state put the task of redistricting in the hands of a bipartisan board, effectively eliminating the problem of gerrymandering. In California, voters truly choose their elected officials — while in most other places in America the elected officials choose their voters, drawing district lines around the people most likely to vote for them and turning democracy into a sham.
The result of making Republicans compete on a field with no advantages? Pretty much what you’d expect for a party that only makes up 30% of the electorate: doom.
This is why Republicans everywhere resist redistricting reform and this is why they try to give themselves every advantage through voter suppression laws and gerrymandering. This is why they cheered the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act. Without the cheats, the GOP is over with.
Doubt me? At 30% GOP, hippy-dippy loony liberal California is actually more Republican than America as a whole. Recent polling by Gallup shows that only 25% of Americans identify as Republican.
In a real contest, Republicans would be ruined — which is why they try to lock Democrats’ and third party candidates’ ankles to an anvil before every race.
I love educating people. Especially when it flies in the face of their jingoistic views.
Q:"Whining about the first amendment?" Go get raped in a gulag you massive fagboat
And this is why anon is no longer an option.
You don’t get to say shit to me if you’re so much of a coward that you’re scared to attach your identity to it.
I’m sorry that you are too chickenshit to come forward publicly with your support of the MP’s statement that Hitler should have killed more gypsies. My guess is that it’s because you understand that there ARE limits to first amendment rights, and that it does not shield you from suffering the consequences (including public ridicule) of your dumb-ass opinions.
Now either grow the fuck up and discuss this like a fucking human being, or get lost and never come back.
But oh, since you like free speech so much, I will publish what I do know about you, so that anyone else getting asks or visits from your IP address knows that you’re an ass. In fact, if any of you know who this is, I’d be more than happy to explain my passions to them privately. If they had the guts to take it.
But there’s a solution: The Women’s Health Protection Act will stop these outrageous laws that are undermining women’s health and rights in state after state. In today’s political climate, Roe isn’t enough—and we’re not done fighting for women’s health and rights. Tell Congress to support the Women’s Health Protection Act now.
If this had happened in America there’d be a bunch of guys in Confederate flag t-shirts whining about first amendment rights and political correctness. Thankfully, Bourdouleix lives in a country that has more common sense than we do.