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The Editorial Board of The New York Times states in Defense and the Sequester:

After 9/11, the Pentagon was handed a virtual blank check and its base budget soared from $397 billion in 2001 to $557 billion in 2013. Spending is expected to decline in real terms this year, but after that it will rise slightly, even if the sequester takes effect, experts say. By some calculations, President Obama will still spend more on defense than most postwar presidents. The Pentagon needs to focus on shaping the force for new threats. Now that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are ending, it also needs to make reforms and rein in spending.
Doyle McManus at the Los Angeles Times concludes in D.C. doubles down on the sequester that neither side wants it but each thinks it can benefit from it:
In the end, there will be some kind of compromise, probably around March 27, when Congress has to pass a law to keep the government operating for the rest of the year. It will probably include spending cuts that approach what the sequester demands, but with more flexibility—and, if Democrats have their way, a longer delay before the cuts kick in.
Joshua Holland at Alternet writes 4 Bogus Right-Wing Theories About Poverty, and the Real Reason Americans Can’t Make Ends Meet:
Nearly four years after economists tell us the “recovery” began, almost half of all American households lack enough savings to stay above the poverty line for three months or more if they should find themselves out of work. Another third are living paycheck to paycheck, teetering on the brink with no savings at all.

It would require a lengthy sociological treatise to fully explain why this isn't considered a huge national crisis. But one part of the equation is the existence of a long-standing and ideologically informed project by the right to portray the burden of living in or near poverty as a liberal delusion.

More pundits can be found below the fold.

Leonard Pitts Jr. at the Miami Herald writes in A baby, the N word and a slap for Jonah Bennett:

We are rightfully outraged that someone would call a baby by a racial slur and then strike him.

But it is a matter of statistical fact that [the baby, Jonah Bennett], from the moment he was born, stood an excellent chance of being struck in other ways. Of being failed by his school. Of being steered into the criminal injustice system as if prison was his natural habitat. Of being denied housing. Of being denied healthcare. Of being denied loans. Of being denied work. Of being denied his very individuality. There is also an excellent chance — indeed, a virtual certainty — most of us will respond to this with a collective shrug, assuming we see it at all; such things tend to become socio-cultural wallpaper when they are not happening to you.

It’s easier to get worked up about violence that is visceral and immediate, particularly when it is directed against a child. We will be a better country, though, when we are willing to expend some of that outrage upon the violence we commit against African-American children every day, systemic blows which are at once more subtle, more pervasive and more damaging.

Joel Bleifuss at In These Times writes in Before we can save the honeybees, we need to resuscitate the EPA that neonicotinoid pesticides—or “neonics”—are poisoning bees. One of the two most-sold of these pesticides is clothianidin:
In 2003, Bayer asked EPA officials to allow clothianidin on the market—before tests on the pesticide’s environmental impact had been completed. The EPA agreed. And thus began another chapter in the EPA’s sad history of protecting not the environment, but corporate interests.
Jane Mayer at The New Yorker asks Is Senator Ted Cruz Our New McCarthy?

E.J. Dionne at the Washington Post writes The miracle on guns:

A not-so-small miracle is unfolding before our eyes. After nearly two decades in which established opinion insisted that it would never again be possible to pass sensible regulations of firearms, the unthinkable is on the verge of happening.
James Ridgeway and Jean Casella at Mother Jones write at Big Labor's Lock 'Em Up Mentality—How otherwise progressive unions stand in the way of a more humane correctional system:
[W]hether prisons are public or private, preserving jobs generally means locking away as many people as possible for as long as possible—contrary to the goal of reducing mass incarceration. California's prison guards union, for example, was one of the primary sponsors of the proposition that brought about Three Strikes in the 1990s. In the aughts, the union opposed parole reform and vigorously campaigned to defeat politicians it regarded as soft on crime. It has also supported the death penalty, despite the staggering cost to state taxpayers.
Dave Zirin, at The Progressive notes in Florida Atlantic's Folly: Why GEO Group Should Not Have Naming Rights that Florida Atlantic University had sold the naming rights to its football field GEO Group Stadium:
Governments across the world, from South Africa to the United Kingdom to Australia, pay the GEO Group to take over their jails and run them as privatized, for-profit enterprises.

In the United States, where the prison population has more than doubled since 1992 and is now the highest in the world, this is known as a growth industry. In many communities, where people of color are victimized by callously punitive laws (promoted by the lobbying arms of for-profit prisons), it’s known as the New Jim Crow. The GEO group is the second largest for-profit prison company in the United States, behind only the Correctional Corporation of America.

Peggy Noonan, by relentlessly hammering the same point, is just like Paul Krugman—except that she is a dunce, as she proves once again at The Wall Street Journal (free link) in Government by Freakout:
Mr. Obama thrives in chaos. He flourishes in unsettled circumstances and grooves on his own calm. He spins an air of calamity, points fingers and garners support. His only opponent is a hapless, hydra-headed House.
Jill Filipovic at The Guardian writes :
It's hardly breaking news that junk food is bad for us. But just how bad – and just how much food companies know about the addictive components of certain foods, and just how much they deliberately target the most vulnerable consumers knowing they are doing damage – is still being discovered. [...]

Nearly everything written about food in the mainstream media relies on the same narrative: Obesity is bad. That kind of reporting is part of what's keeping us sick.

S.E. Cupp at the New York Daily News says in that she got blasted by the "dittoheads" for criticizing Rush Limbaugh as being harmful to the Republican Party:
Some demanded I apologize. Others implied I just committed career suicide. Others still politely suggested I commit actual suicide.
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  •  Democrats in Congress, and the Democrat in the WH (6+ / 0-)

    ...don't have the interests of poor and middle-class people at heart except in the most relative terms--compared to a bunch of sociopaths.  The sequester is more progressive than whatever last-minute bullshit compromise they will come up with.  Not for the first time, I'm hoping that Republican nihilism wins out over the Democratic desire to surrender.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 04:36:27 AM PST

    •  While on paper its better (4+ / 0-)

      Actually being able to take a major chunk out of defense spending is a good thing. The problem is taking a meat cleaver to federal spending right now is going to slow the whole economy down. Softening the blow of the spending cuts by decreasing them and increasing revenue else where is a better way. It just doesnt look like that is going to happen.

      •  GOP declared war on government revenue (6+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Rich in PA, quill, jck, Laconic Lib, drmah, zinger99

        EVERY LAST GODDAMMNED THING THEY DO is about shutting down the american government.

        It does not matter what the issue is all GOP policiies are about starving the government and ending its ability to function.

        These fuckers are the enemy - not some difficult co-workers.

        They intend to ruin the rest of your life and my life.

        Nothing less.

        We should act up before its too late.

        Act  up how?

        Occupying Washington DC would be a great start.

        Choke the area near Congress and the White House.

        Have cops riot against the people in front of the white house, invite foreign media.

        Start telling the Militias that republicans have a plan to confiscate guns.

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:37:27 AM PST

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        •  Back in January, right after the president's (10+ / 0-)

          State of the Union speech, Jeffrey Sachs wrote on the HuffPo blog an entry titled The Vision of the BudgetThe article compared Obama's vision for the future of the country as expressed in the speech and the reality of the budget he was proposing.

          By now, the non-defense discretionary budget of Obama is less than under Bush, measured relative to the size of the economy. It now stands at around 3.4 percent of GDP. (The stimulus package pushed it up temporarily, but then outlays on this budget category came right down again when the temporary stimulus expired). All of the great things that President Obama rightly would like to do are without budget funding. And that's because the Democrats have bought into the Republican tax model in order to win elections.

          Now here's the rub. President Obama seems intent now on a fiscal deal within the next few weeks that will make all of this permanent. All of the great vision and dreams will come to nothing if there is no budget to support them. And yet what is the White House championing?

          I kid you not: the White House is touting a budget based on a baseline in which the non-defense discretionary budget will fall sharply in the coming years, to just 2.4 percent of GDP by 2022. That would be the lowest level in decades. It would make impossible the realization of the vision in yesterday's great speech.

          And the truth is even worse. The 2.4 percent that would be left for all of the uplifting investments in his inaugural address also includes national security spending such as homeland security. If you strip out the national security spending from the 2.4 percent of GDP, we'd have just 1.7 percent of GDP available for all federal discretionary programs not related to national security and defense.

          We need more revenues. Period.

          I used to try to reason with people who claimed Obama was a liberal socialist who just kept thinking up ways to spend more money.  Now I just point and jeer at those people.  But I'm crying on the inside for the country described in the soaring rhetoric of Obama's speeches and the reality of what he's actually doing.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:04:53 AM PST

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        •  I'd rather the next action occur against the (6+ / 0-)

          mainstream media, which needs to be reformed and start an honest reporting of the facts. That would be a gamechanger.

          You can't make this stuff up.

          by David54 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:14:12 AM PST

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      •  Oh, that's certainly a better way. (0+ / 0-)

        It's just not going to happen because one side doesn't know how to negotiate.

        You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

        by Rich in PA on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:54:43 AM PST

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  •  Oh, someday please, (12+ / 0-)

    can we have the one-page, no-below-the-fold-click-to-continue pundit roundup back?

  •  Simpson/Bowles- a Grand Bargain in search of (10+ / 0-)

    relevancy as the deficit falls without any of their suggested actions and the national debt falls despite record high military spending.  The Grand Old Men cannot have this and have joined together to make sure their austerity plan is adopted, needed or not, harmful to the economy or not.

    The Catfood Commission was bad enough but now they have combined the worst of Obama's proposed compromise last year with Rand's very worst ideas to create a fiscal Frankenstein Monster that lurches over the economic landscape damaging and killing whatever recovery it encounters.  Even worse, they are now peddling this consortium of ideas that should have never seen birth to the Congress and Obama opponents, eager to damage Obama no matter the economic cost are beginning to embrace this worst of the worst

  •  Status of gun control (6+ / 0-)

    While I'm not sure much more than background checks and some lip service to mental health will be through congress, several blue states are on the verge of doing some real meaningful work on gun control.

    The Maryland gun control legislation was passed out of Senate committee yesterday on what I believe was a party line 7-4 vote more or less unchanged from what the governor had submitted.

    •  That's where the real laws (4+ / 0-)
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      tobendaro, annieli, Amber6541, codairem

      need to happen, in the states.
      Of course here in the red states, they're going in the opposite direction (like the two states that have had legislators bring up bills that makes it a felony to pass a gun control laws).

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:53:33 AM PST

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  •  the 1% pulled off a coup on the 99% (20+ / 0-)

    shifted taxes to us

    sent jobs overseas

    debt peonage in many areas (housing after crashing the economy, and college loans) Here is an article by Chris Hedges with that title

    war on drugs as part of the two tier justice system which absolves banksters, politicians and the 1% from the rule of law

    created levels of fear to justify obscene military spending

    it would not be polite to say that we have been reduced to slaves, so I will be nicer and say that we are all share croppers now - working for the master

    at any time, say a huge medical bill, could send us into a deep hole that may be permanent

    and the 1% is going after more and more and more

    just one indicator - when they have gotten so low as to declare a war on teachers, they have shown true colors

  •  Crazy Cruz & Communists (13+ / 0-)

    If there was any doubt that the right in this country has never gotten over the 4 decade masturbation session of the cold war, Ted Cruz has proved it once and for all.  Is this what our national politics have been reduced to? Allen West and Ted Cruz claiming to have lists of communist infiltrators? It's like a that episode of the Twilight Zone "He's Alive" about the spirit of Hitler living on, except this time it's Joe McCarthy. Rod Serling's closing monologue pretty much sums up our politics right now.

    Where will he go next, this phantom from another time, this resurrected ghost of a previous nightmare - Chicago? Los Angeles? Miami? Florida; Vincennes, Indiana; Syracuse, New York? Anyplace, everyplace, where there's hate, where there's prejudice, where there's bigotry. He's alive. He's alive so long as these evils exist. Remember that when he comes to your town. Remember it when you hear his voice speaking out through others. Remember it when you hear a name called, a minority attacked, any blind, unreasoning assault on a people or any human being. He's alive because through these things we keep him alive
  •  announcing a new group (29+ / 0-)


    On December 14, 2012 our town was traumatized by one of the worst mass murders in American history. In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, over 100 doctors from Newtown, CT have united as a professional voice for our grieving town. Although our specialties differ, our goal is the same—to stop this national epidemic that has taken our children. We believe this is a major public health issue and can be successfully addressed as with other previous United States epidemics including tobacco, alcohol and motor vehicle safety

    I am a member.

    The position statement is at the link.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 04:57:50 AM PST

  •  Vietnam Vet Gun Owner vs. McConnell (20+ / 0-)

    Feb 25, 2013 - This gun owner makes the most obvious case in the world: Hunters don't need assault weapons! (And Mitch McConnell is in the pocket of big gun makers as he opposes reform.)

    “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

    by jimstaro on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:00:59 AM PST

    •  This is what a serious challenge looks like (5+ / 0-)

      The ad is good, but the best part is the target and the timing.  By getting out early and defining the terms of the campaign in ways that turn one of his perceived positives into a negative, it puts down a foundation on which a Democratic nominee can build.  It takes more than a couple of months of campaigning to unseat an incumbent like McConnell.

    •  Excellent ad. Simple, direct, not an actor (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      salmo, Amber6541, SoCalSal

      playing a real person, but a real person talking in full sentences.  I think that could leave a mark.

      "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

      by SottoVoce on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:10:46 AM PST

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    •  I have a lever-action rifle like that, but it's... (0+ / 0-)

      ...a Winchester hand-me-down from my grandfather, not what appears to be a recently made Marlin.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 10:27:07 AM PST

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  •  Oh no! Georgia GOP may lose senate seat. new PPP (12+ / 0-)

    poll, commented on in National Sentinel (article mostly on another anti-voter inititative (Republicans don't seem to like all amendments- esp. 17th):
    ...the timing of the move is interesting. Coincidentally, on the same day that the Sentinel reported on the Republicans’ repeal plans, Public Policy Polling released a new poll showing that the GOP is in real danger of losing another Senate seat in 2014.

    Despite the fact that Democrats have not won a major election in Georgia in 13 years, PPP finds that the race for the seat currently held by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss is a complete toss-up. Democratic congressman John Barrow trails five likely Republican candidates — U.S. Representatives Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Tom Price, and Jack Kingston, and right-wing activist Karen Handel — by an average of just 0.4 percent.

    If former senator Max Cleland (D) jumped into the race, he’d start out with a lead over all five Republicans.

    Republicans should be deeply troubled by their weak numbers in Georgia, ostensibly a deep-red state. If they lose Chambliss’ seat, it would all but end their hopes of capturing a Senate majority in 2014. The six Georgia lawmakers’ solution to the problem appears to be taking the decision out of voters’ hands, which fits a broad pattern of Republican behavior since the 2012 election. Once again, the party’s prevailing strategy appears to be “If you can’t beat them, change the rules.”

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:10:32 AM PST

  •  Pentagon Pork (12+ / 0-)

    There are undoubtably hundreds or thousands of places the Pentagon can cut. Two that are easy to understand: Generals and Outdated weapons.

    There are many more generals than needed, each with his/her own staff of hundreds. Hagel will face down that internal bureacracy and they are scared of him for it.

    And then, of course, there are the old-fashioned weapons we are building in 20 congressional districts instead of exploring cyber-attacks. My brother works for one of those firms, and I can assure you there is no love for Obama there.

  •  ECONOMY (17+ / 0-)

    I am going on having the same decent job X 3 years, as of April. That is the longest I have been able to keep a job since I got laid off in 2002 and since I got married.

    The Old Truck is turning 18 and has 245000+ miles on it and, honestly, has seen better days. It's continued reliablity is legitiamately in question and the day is coming it might actually strand me.

    So that means time to buy another vehicle so I can continue to arrive at work and earn my paycheck which lets me buy a car to get to work and a home where I can stay in between times I am at work.

    Terrified of buying another car because of the economy: I remain shell-shocked by the number of times I have been laid off in the past 12 years.

    Oh, yeah - and we JUST got our cards for our new BC/BS insurance that we are paying for entirely out of our pockets. $450 a month with a $7000 deductible for the two of us combined. Like buying a BMW or worse. But we are now actually covered and if one of us does lose a job, our healthcare is not affected.

    Paying for it might be.....

    2013 is the Year of the Second Job.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:15:08 AM PST

  •  Cruz / McCarthy (7+ / 0-)

    Seems only appropriate to cite Marx on this one: 'Hegel said history repeats itself. He neglected to mention, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.'

    Cruz seems to support this observation rather well, as does the hyperventilating about him.

  •  Thanks for the roundup, MB! (7+ / 0-)

    That's interesting about Georgia.  Republican state legislatures and govs play to the ALEC playbook.  I just read in The WaPo that the governor of my state, Bob ("Roboguv") McDonnell is thought to harbor presidential aspirations.

    Wonder who he thinks would vote for President Transvaginal?

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:16:21 AM PST

    •  There was all kinds of outrage (5+ / 0-)

      over at Redstate, because McDonnell folded to reality and raised taxes. The Tea Party has declared war.
      I expect the same will happen to our governor next year, when he realizes all the tax cuts he passed in 2011 are going to bankrupt the state if he doesn't do something.
      People are already pissed at him for trying to eliminate very popular deductions to raise revenues, and for backing off the "temporary" sales tax hike (decided that he likes that extra revenue).
      Kansas will be $700 million in the hold by 2014 if he doesn't do something.
      Please proceed, governor.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:21:06 AM PST

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      •  Does KA have a BBA? (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        judyms9, skohayes, Amber6541

        Is the governor required to balance the budget every year? Alot of these GOP governors are going to soon realize that balancing the budget isn't just cutting spending. You can get by for a few years on accounting tricks, but eventually they're going to have to actually balance their budgets. And its not going to be pretty.

        •  No, they don't have one now (0+ / 0-)

          2/3rd majority required to pass it, though they may get it passed with the whackos we have in office this year.
          But of course the double-edged sword is that Brownback would then have to raise taxes!

          “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

          by skohayes on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:25:22 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Exactly (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Amber6541, skohayes

            Sooner or later they are going to figure out that cutting all income taxes to 0 and raising the sales tax from 5% to 6% isn't going to pay for the government. And then they are going to have to convince their own rubes that taxes have to go up again. Good luck in your primaries.

  •  Kind of annoyed that no one's considering (7+ / 0-)

    doing a mulligan on the sequester in Congress. This is a totally fake crisis that doesn't need to happen.

    •  Get off your sorry asses and Do Something.... (0+ / 0-)
    •  Our government LOVES fake issues. (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Don midwest, Laconic Lib, zinger99

      It beats actually working.

      Plus you now every last scam is about robbing the tax payer.

      This goobernment is outstanding at creating fake issues that suck the air out of real issues.

      Guns are killing thousands but we're blowing billions chasiong HARMLESS pot smokers.

      Wall Street has its dick completely up America's ass - cops are diligently saving us from pot smokers.

      The Sequester, the Fiscal Cliff.

      The American Gooberment is nothing but a scam.

      Long Live KABUKI!

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:30:12 AM PST

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  •  "Big Labor" is a big misnomer (13+ / 0-)

    The phrase is used by the right along with "union boss" and "union thug" to disparage unions and collective bargaining, the only institutions that give ordinary working people any voice in their work/economic lives.

    There is no "big" labor any more. With less than 7% of the private sector organized and the public sector under vicious attack from the Walkers, Snyders, Brownbacks, Kasichs, etc....the Labor Movement is on life support.

    Unions aren't perfect. No institutions are. They make tactical mistakes and are sometimes wrong on policy. The "uniforms" tend to be more conservative than most unions. But they have a right to their own voice. By all means, Mother Jones, disagree with them, but leave the right's terminology to the union busters.

  •  Sequester.....Let the fingerpointing commence..n/t (0+ / 0-)
    •  The sequester exempts all or part (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      skohayes, tb mare, skillet, tobendaro

      of federal spending on some discretionary programs and some parts of DOD spending - the cuts do not exactly comport to the "across the board" descriptions being thrown around by the press and D.C. politicians; neither do they fit the "meat axe" approach taken by the pundits.

      The best description I've found are contained in a paper published by the Congressional Research Service titled Budget "Sequestration" and Selected Program Exemptions and Special Rules.  It may not be as bad as either side claims - although it will cause real pain and suffering to those already living on the edge and the country's ability to invest in its future.  It will also cost jobs and an income reduction for many of those jobs now funded by federal spending, which sets up the possibility of bringing on another recession.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:44:59 AM PST

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  •  I love Joshua Holland (2+ / 0-)
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    tb mare, judyms9

    Thanks for linking to his article, MB.
    The fact that poor people have color TVs, air conditioning and cell phones doesn't say anything about their income levels, but Republicans think they're living high on the hog.
    They haven't gotten past the "Welfare queen in her cadillac" days of Reagan.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:27:41 AM PST

    •  In the NYT this weekend (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      zinger99, skohayes

      was a photo of some Syrian refugees in Lebanon.  What was most prominent in the room was a big ass television on the dresser.  The whole idea that somehow having a tv means you're not suffering enough just chaps my ass.  The world has changed.  The right wing just hasn't caught up.

      That and the fact that they have no compassion for anyone not them or theirs.

  •  S.E. Cupp is such a hack ... (5+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, judyms9, salmo, milkbone, zinger99

    The only reason she's considered a 'pundit' is because of her stupidly spelled name, glasses, and because she's pretty to most people (not me- I don't find Republican women attractive). Most importantly, she offers nothing in new political thought.

    On the same note - I cannot stand Luke Russert either. He's the PEFECT example of nepotism.

    /Rant over.

    ; )

    Returned Peace Corps Volunteer 2005-2007, The Gambia ... A Liberal Defense Contractor (Wha?!) ...

    by AfricanLived on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:37:28 AM PST

  •  Re: poverty being a "liberal delusion". (5+ / 0-)

    Cheers for the accomplishment of a recovery in which a) 121% of the recovery has gone to the 1%, hence b) the 99% are forced to trade down in wages when "recovering" employment only obscures the fact that we 1) we continue to lose the Class War and b) yes, this is a crisis. In this regard, it is not just the Right which is painting liberals as delusional -- the moderates do so as well by insisting that we are "making progress" when we are continuing to fall behind. As in the Climate War and "emissions have gone down each year under Obama", they create this false sense of security, which undermines the fierce urgency of now, that we aren't nevertheless rapidly approaching dangerous limits...

    An infinite number of more and better Democratic legislators will make little substantive difference in the Class and Climate Wars.

    by Words In Action on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:08:12 AM PST

  •  The fact of the matter is that no one, make that (1+ / 0-)
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    no one in government really cares about our children or grandchildren.  Anyone can blow holes in any proposed policy that politicians point to that really addresses the needs of our children.  
    Gun control?  Children or opportunism?  
    Race to the Top?  International PR or another move to privatization?
    Climate change?  HA!  Our stewardship of the planet has been based on there being no tomorrow, just our desires for the day.
    Preserving democracy?  If there is a tomorrow and if kids grow up literate and without bullets lodged in their bodies somewhere, they will have no need to vote because it will be done for them via polling, gerrymandering, constrictive voting laws and the hacking abilities of both major parties.  
    We've squandered the opportunities the Greatest Generation bestowed on us.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:52:59 AM PST

  •  sequester? (1+ / 0-)
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    So Boehner and company is putting us all up in a nice hotel till it's all over? I live in a homeless shelter.. Sequestration sounds almost appealing..

  •  Cutting defense will also be (0+ / 0-)

    good for climate change because fewer planes and ships will be out burning fossil fuel.

  •  Mr. Pitts (0+ / 0-)

    who made the comment about Jonah Bennett, seems to be ignorant of the fact that Jonah was adopted by a couple (white, as it happens) who seem to be reasonably well-off. (FWIW, Jonah looks like he might be multiracial anyway.) He will probably live comfortably with parents who are deeply involved with him, go to decent schools, and probably live a fairly unremarkable good life. He may have been born with some strikes against him, but these appear to have been removed. Not to negate his point at all, but he needs a better example.

    Being "pro-life" means believing that every child born has a right to food, education, and access to health care.

    by Jilly W on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 11:20:42 AM PST

  •  SE Cupp: what happens to all who criticize rush (0+ / 0-)

    in media and politics all he has to do is mention a name a few times or with a particular tone and that happens.

    if its a network or show the producers and staff hear it.

    very effective bullying only because the left doesn't hear it and seldom talks back

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 09:29:43 PM PST

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