Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice. — Henry Ford
A day late, always timely:
Sadly, this is true:
One closing remark that I want to make: It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election. There may be complaints about us not having gotten certain things done, not fast enough, making certain legislative compromises. But right now, we’ve got a choice between a Republican Party that has moved to the right of George Bush and is looking to lock in the same policies that got us into these disasters in the first place, versus an administration that, with some admitted warts, has been the most successful administration in a generation in moving progressive agendas forward.
The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands complaining, is just irresponsible.
Everybody out there has to be thinking about what’s at stake in this election and if they want to move forward over the next two years or six years or 10 years on key issues like climate change, key issues like how we restore a sense of equity and optimism to middle-class families who have seen their incomes decline by five percent over the last decade. If we want the kind of country that respects civil rights and civil liberties, we’d better fight in this election. And right now, we are getting outspent eight to one by these 527s that the Roberts court says can spend with impunity without disclosing where their money’s coming from. In every single one of these congressional districts, you are seeing these independent organizations outspend political parties and the candidates by, as I said, factors of four to one, five to one, eight to one, 10 to one.
We have to get folks off the sidelines. People need to shake off this lethargy, people need to buck up. Bringing about change is hard — that’s what I said during the campaign. It has been hard, and we’ve got some lumps to show for it. But if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren’t serious in the first place.
If you’re serious, now’s exactly the time that people have to step up. (Link.) [P.S. Christie’s reason is a complete lie, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. He’s against using federal, not New Jersey, money to do something good for his state, then thinks he can keep the targeted money.]
Doomed! Because the Big Banks really do set policy.
Doug Rushkoff thinks the future will be even worse than I do, but we’re in agreement that the middle class will die. He offers no reason, I blame it on murder by the greed of the nation’s wealthiest — “doesn’t share well with others” indeed.
Doomed! An obituary for America, killed by the modern conservatives. Bob Herbert mourns:
We can go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and threaten to blow Iran off the face of the planet. We can conduct a nonstop campaign of drone and helicopter attacks in Pakistan and run a network of secret prisons around the world. We are the mightiest nation mankind has ever seen.
But we can’t seem to build a railroad tunnel to carry commuters between New Jersey and New York.
The United States is not just losing its capacity to do great things. It’s losing its soul. It’s speeding down an increasingly rubble-strewn path to a region where being second rate is good enough.
Doomed! Because outsourcing jobs to other nations doesn’t appear to create jobs back here.
May be a rerun but can’t link to this too often: The lie that is the Teabagger Party.
Proven: Yes, it is a Contract on America.
You know the Rule of Law is nearly as dead in America as in China.
Doomed! Big Banks cook their books, engage in irresponsible lending then fraudulent foreclosures, clogging the court system, and break and enter into homes. Really. And our leaders are all fine with this.
In case anyone still doubts that the Republican party isn’t the party of little more than hate, there’s this. Shameful.
American Justice: Busted for defecting from Scientology.
Another day, and Rick Sanchez is still a retard. Question is: Is he typical of the modern Elite Media journalist?
Who in their right mind didn’t think Shirley Sherrod wasn’t lynched? Now they discover the truth? The Elite Media: Finding the obvious long after it’s obvious.
What inane horsehit, what a dishonest reason not to do what’s needed:
There is a whole generation of macroeconomic reasoning that in fact casts doubt on this Keynesian faith, based on the insight that adverse expectations about the future can weigh heavily on the impacts of current policies. (Link.)
Before bothering with the non-problem of tort reform (doesn’t actually exist), how about dealing with abuse of the legal system by litigious Big Business and their meritless lawsuits?
Do stupons explain things?
We were there Saturday and saw this and it’s awesome. Loved it!
It gets worse: