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  •  ANYONE WHO HASN'T (16+ / 0-)

    read Matt Taibi's piece in Rolling Stone about Michelle Bachmann needs to do so ASAP.


    "Happiness isn't something you experience.... it's something you remember."

    by Sandy Berman on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 10:10:31 AM PDT

    •  Great line in there.... (16+ / 0-)
      Bachmann is a religious zealot whose brain is a raging electrical storm of divine visions and paranoid delusions.
      •  this is my favorite: (17+ / 0-)

        ...she's living completely inside her own mind, frenetically pacing the hallways of a vast sand castle she's built in there, unable to meaningfully communicate with the human beings on the other side of the moat, who are all presumed to be enemies.

        •  Mine is: (2+ / 0-)
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          She's trying to look like June Cleaver, but she actually looks like the T2 skeleton posing for a passport photo.

          We must use what we have
          to build what we need. -Adrienne Rich

          by Xapulin on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 10:48:47 AM PDT

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          •  Taibbi has some of the choicest (2+ / 0-)
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            one-liners in the recent history of political punditry:

            The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.
            Blount is a stocky, stubby-fingered Southerner with glasses and a pale, pinched face — if Norman Rockwell had ever done a painting titled "Small-Town Accountant Taking Enormous Dump," it would look just like Blount. LeCroy, his sugar daddy at JP Morgan, is a tall, bloodless, crisply dressed corporate operator with a shiny bald head and silver side patches — a cross between Skeletor and Michael Stipe.
            This [democracy] is a very different thing from shopping, which involves passively letting sitcoms melt your brain all day long and then jumping straight into the TV screen to buy a Southern-Style Chicken Sandwich because the slob singing "I'm Lovin' It!" during the commercial break looks just like you.

            And while the Great Derangement, published in 2008, has been overtaken by events -- Taibbi then thought that the insane political polarization of the Bush years had finally been laid to rest -- it's still an entertaining romp through the bizarreness of the religious right.

            Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

            by Dale on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 11:27:18 AM PDT

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    •  Sandy, thx for that link. Though my mind is now (2+ / 0-)
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      mush, from hearing  all her weirdness.

      •  1. She's Not Alone 2. Smith & Ford Disagree. (0+ / 0-)

        1.  All the comments here characterizing this statement as one so extreme as to be evidence of ignorance or insanity should reflect on the fact that Michele is not alone in thinking this way.

        While difficult for individual workers, lower wages can make U.S. industries and companies overall more competitive and allow employers to hire more workers than they would otherwise. In the long run, that may make the nation more prosperous.

        There were also conservative pundits singing of this same page of the Republican hymnal during the debate on the extension of unemployment.  Some wag made the argument that more unemployed without benefits is a good thing because it puts downward pressure on wages, which (he magically divined) creates jobs.

        Given the lack of rational already embedded in this line of "reasoning", it would seem just as likely that the inverse relationship would extend into infinity (and beyond.)  So every drop in wages would lead to a proportionate increase in jobs.

        Everywhere you hear or see this discussion there is one essential segment of the economic system that is left out, ignored, or imagined to exist by means of magic fairy dust - consumer earnings affect consumer demand without which there is no need for more 'jobs'.  

        This basic element of a free market economy is ignored in word and deed by the Not-Job-Creators whose supposed tax-related uncertainty keeps them from investing the billions currently sitting on the sideline.

        Two fairly authoritative sources would agree with us and disagree with Rep. Bachmann:  

        "Is this improvement in the circumstances of the lower ranks of the people to be regarded as an advantage or as an inconveniency to the society? . . . It is but equity . . . that they who feed, cloath and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the produce of their own labour as to be themselves tolerably well fed, cloathed and lodged."

        Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
        "An underpaid man is a customer reduced in purchasing power. He cannot buy. Business depression is caused by weakened purchasing power. Purchasing power is weakened by uncertainty or insufficiency of income. The cure of business depression is through purchasing power, and the source of purchasing power is wages."

        Henry Ford *

        (*Stipulated to be no friend of unions and anything but soft-hearted towards his workers - all the more powerful that he understood for his own selfish interests that paying his workers a better wage would work its way back around to his own benefit.)

        We'd rather dream the American Dream than fight to live it or to give it to our kids. What a shame. What an awful, awful shame.

        by Into The Woods on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 05:01:07 PM PDT

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    •  Faith and family value? (0+ / 0-)

      I think the Jesus that she is supposed to be following would have a problem with her "not taking care of the poor and the sick and the turn the other cheek by waging war".
      I swear for most of the religous nuts if He came back today with the same message, they would kill him again.
      I am so tired of them first shoving the religous ideas down my throat then having them be so wrong on the subject.
      My brother lost his son. They are Mormon. Someone drew a picture of my nephew with Jesus's hand around him while he was holding a sword. When I asked about it they say he is now a soldier for Christ. Sick.
      If we have to have religion thrown out all the time then get the fucking message right!  Christ was about peace and love and helping people. Not about screwing the poor and sick and bombing people.

      Why are we still paying for Congress's health insurance, their meals and all the other perks they get while they are gutting ours? They get all the perks while we get a pile of shit.

      by snoopydawg on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 03:41:42 PM PDT

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