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Paul Krugman at The New York Times writes—Health Care Horror Hooey:

Remember the “death tax”? The estate tax is quite literally a millionaire’s tax — a tax that affects only a tiny minority of the population, and is mostly paid by a handful of very wealthy heirs. Nonetheless, right-wingers have successfully convinced many voters that the tax is a cruel burden on ordinary Americans — that all across the nation small businesses and family farms are being broken up to pay crushing estate tax liabilities.

You might think that such heart-wrenching cases are actually quite rare, but you’d be wrong: they aren’t rare; they’re nonexistent. In particular, nobody has ever come up with a real modern example of a family farm sold to meet estate taxes. The whole “death tax” campaign has rested on eliciting human sympathy for purely imaginary victims.

And now they’re trying a similar campaign against health reform. [...]

Hey, I have a suggestion: Why not have ads in which actors play Americans who have both lost their insurance thanks to Obamacare and lost the family farm to the death tax? I mean, once you’re just making stuff up, anything goes.

E.J. Dionne Jr. at The Washington Post might have used blunter language in taking note that the only way to get anything worthwhile done in the face of this obstinately obstructionist Congress is for Obama [...] to do more, not less, on his own:
Republicans are unhappy that President Obama is invoking his executive powers to govern in the face of a do-nothing-in-2014 House of Representatives. To hear them talk, you would think our chief executive is modeling himself on the late Hugo Chávez and wants to seize dictatorial control.

This, of course, is nonsense. In fact, Obama has in many ways been less aggressive in his use of executive authority than his predecessors.

Take the matter of executive orders. According to the American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Obama issued 147 executive orders in his first term. This compares with 173 in George W. Bush’s first term, 200 in Bill Clinton’s, 213 in Ronald Reagan’s and 320 in Jimmy Carter’s single term in office. By this standard, Obama is not doing a very good job if he wants to be a tyrant.

Moreover, since getting major bills through the House is about as likely as an equatorial country dominating the Winter Olympics, Obama’s supposedly aggressive measures have been rather restrained initiatives to achieve widely shared goals. He has accomplished as much through the White House’s ability to convene and persuade as through command.

Additional pundit excerpts can be read below the fold.

Larry Harris, former chief economist of the Security and Exchange Commission, writes at the Los Angeles TimesRaise the minimum wage? No, subsidize wages instead:

What's a better way? Do away with minimum wages altogether and institute wage subsidies. The government should give vouchers to unemployed workers seeking low-income jobs. Those vouchers would provide wage subsidies to employers who hire them. The subsidies would be based on the wages that the employers offer, with the greatest subsidies going to the lowest-wage jobs.

The subsidies would lower labor costs, thereby increasing the number of jobs employers offer to low-income workers. Wages earned overall by the poor would increase, more young people would get jobs and gain valuable work experience, fewer people would be on the streets, fragile businesses could thrive and new companies would start up. More jobs also would reduce welfare grants and increase payroll taxes, which could help fund the subsidies. Everyone would be better off as the subsidies lowered product prices and increased production.

Riiiiiiiight. No legal minimum wage, and the lower wage you offer somebody, the more the government will pay you to hire them. But Mr. Harris doesn't suggest how wages will be set. Since the minimum wage will be out the window, will the government set wage levels so that it can determine how big vouchers will be? Maybe the Chamber of Commerce can provide a list of what the subsidy should be for janitors, store clerks and burger flippers. No business would, of course, seek to get more and bigger vouchers by lowering the low wages they already pay. Sounds like a super plan. $5 to the first person who can tell me without looking which school of economics Mr. Harris hails from.

Firmin Debrabander at The New York Times writes—Locke and Load: The Fatal Error of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ Philosophy:

Gun rights advocates argue that we must arm more people, and empower them to wield their guns confidently and boldly if we would achieve greater law and order. They have it wrong. More guns, and more emboldened gun owners, lead to more travesties of justice, more chaos, vendettas, a state of war, Locke would say. Ironically, this also defeats the other cause célèbre of the gun rights movement: autonomy. For gun rights advocates, the gun is the premier mark of individual sovereignty. I believe this is what makes the gun rights movement especially intoxicating for millions of Americans, and resistant to reform and regulation. However, autonomy is doomed in a Stand Your Ground world. It makes no sense to speak of autonomy, freedom, or self-determination in a state of war. As Locke knew too well, the sovereignty of the individual is intolerably tenuous where all are sovereign. Of course, this suits the N.R.A. just fine, and the industry whose interests it represents.
Dean Baker at Beat the Press at The Center for Economic and Policy Research writes—The Decision to Let Lehman Fail:
Gretchen Morgensen picks up an important point in the Fed transcripts from 2008. The discussion around the decision to allow Lehman to go bankrupt makes it very clear that it was a decision. In other words the Fed did not rescue Lehman because it chose not to.

This is important because the key regulators involved in this decision, Ben Bernanke, Hank Paulson, and Timothy Geithner, have been allowed to rewrite history and claim that they didn't rescue Lehman because they lacked the legal authority to rescue it. This is transparent tripe, which should be evident to any knowledgeable observer. (Who has legal standing to stop a bailout?)

Anyhow, in retrospect the choice not to rescue Lehman in a context where the Fed was unprepared to deal with the consequences certainly was disastrous. We all make mistakes, but this gang of three made a whopper. And reporters have an obligation to make this clear to the public, not to assist in the cover-up.

Juan Cole at Informed Comment writes—The Iran Breakthrough TV News is Ignoring: Uranium Stockpile falls below amount Needed for Bomb:
There has been a rash of articles about how difficult the negotiations of the UN Security Council permanent members plus Germany are and how unlikely they are to succeed.

But these pieces are burying the lede. The [International Atomic Energy Agency], which has been hostile to Iran under the leadership of Yukiya Amano, is saying that Iran is fulfilling its side of the bargain so far and that a key source of anxiety, the stockpile of 19.25% [low-enriched uranium], is no longer worrisome.

David Moberg, veteran labor reporter at In These Times writes that at the start of the winter meeting of the executive council of the AFL-CIO Labor Leaders React to Volkswagen Loss; Some Express Frustration with Democrats:
Though organizing strategies were a small part of the formal agenda in Houston, the loss at Volkswagen prompted much discussion of what lessons to learn going forward. Most union leaders seem to agree that the defeat represents, as Communications Workers of America (CWA) president Larry Cohen said, “a turning point for the right wing in this country.” Unions will have to counter such tactics more effectively in the future. “What works is inside organizing and links to the community,” Cohen said, citing the experience of the CWA, UAW and other unions in successful campaigns. “The key is that organizing is part of a democracy movement and not separate, as the Corkers of the world would like it to be.

On the sidelines, organizers debated other possible contributors to the UAW loss, such as its neutrality agreement with Volkswagen, which gave up house visits to workers (except by worker request), but opened the plant to union representatives. Faced with a choice between employer neutrality and house visits, veteran organizers did not agree on which alternative they would pick. The favored answer seemed to be ”both.”

Amid the disappointment, union organizers took note of other wins, and Trumka urged them to act more aggressively and collegially.

Others lamented the absence of Democrats, supposed allies of labor, from the fight. National Nurses United executive director RoseAann DeMoro, whose union has organized 7,000 nurses in southern states like Texas and Florida in the past three years, asked why Democratic politicians did not forcefully challenge Corker and the right. “Why aren’t Democrats 100 percent for labor?” she asked. “Where are our allies? Who’s standing with us visibly, forcibly? Democrats know the value of organized labor. They might say it sometime.”

Ruth Conniff at The Progressive writes—Walker's Denials No Longer Hold Up:
Governor Scott Walker has repeatedly denied knowing about the illegal campaign work going on while he was County Executive of Milwaukee. But the emails released on Wednesday by a court of appeals show that those denials don't hold up.

Again and again, Walker appears in the emails talking to his "inner circle," all of whom used a private email network set up in his office.

A map of that office, Exhibit A in the original criminal complaint against Kelly Rindfleisch, shows that Walker sat within 25 feet of Rindfleisch and the other "inner circle" staff who were tapping away on their secret laptops.

Lee Fang at the Republic Report writes—Chevron’s Lobbyist Now Runs the Congressional Science Committee:
For Chevron, the second largest oil company in the country with $26.2 billion in annual profits, it helps to have friends in high places. With little fanfare, one of Chevron’s top lobbyists, Stephen Sayle, has become a senior staff member of the House Committee on Science, the standing congressional committee charged with “maintaining our scientific and technical leadership in the world.”

Throughout much of 2013, Sayle was the chief executive officer of Dow Lohnes Government Strategies, a lobbying firm retained by Chevron to influence Congress. For fees that total $320,000 a year, Sayle and his team lobbied on a range of energy-related issues, including implementation of EPA rules under the Clean Air Act, regulation of ozone standards, as well as “Congressional and agency oversight related to offshore oil, natural gas development and oil spills.”

Chris Mooney at Mother Jones writes—Is the Arctic Really Drunk, or Does It Just Act Like This Sometimes?:
Just when weather weary Americans thought they'd found a reprieve, the latest forecasts suggest that the polar vortex will, again, descend into the heart of the country next week, bringing with it staggering cold. If so, it will be just the latest weather extreme in a winter that has seen so many of them. California has been extremely dry, while the flood-soaked UK has been extremely wet. Alaska has been extremely hot (as has Sochi), while the snow-pummeled US East Coast has been extremely cold. They're all different, and yet on a deeper level, perhaps, they're all the same.

This weather now serves as the backdrop—and perhaps, as the inspiration—for an increasingly epic debate within the field of climate research. You see, one climate researcher, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University, has advanced an influential theory suggesting that winters like this one may be growing more likely to occur. The hypothesis is that by rapidly melting the Arctic, global warming is slowing down the fast-moving river of air far above us known as the jet stream—in turn causing weather patterns to get stuck in place for longer, and leading to more extremes of the sort that we've all been experiencing. "There is a lot of pretty tantalizing evidence that our hypothesis seems to be bearing some fruit," Francis explained on the latest installment of the Inquiring Minds podcast. The current winter is a "perfect example" of the kind of jet stream pattern that her research predicts, Francis added (although she emphasized that no one atmospheric event can be directly blamed on climate change).

But some other scientists who agree that global warming is changing some aspects of the weather aren't yet ready to buy Francis's thesis.
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  •  The revolving door is going to hit Sayle (3+ / 0-)
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    in the ass one of these days.

  •  Medicare Claw Back Is The Real Death Tax (7+ / 0-)

    Robs the poor and middle class of what little inheritance they might get and contributes to the problem of families of modest means being unable to accumulate more wealth from one generation to the next.

    •  What is "Medicare claw back"? (0+ / 0-)

      "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 24, 2014 at 06:06:03 AM PST

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      •  Evidently some states have passed laws (2+ / 0-)
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        that allow the state to recover money spent on Medicaid for people 55 and over from that person's estate.
        The diary I link to below seems to blame it on the expansion of Medicaid in the ACA:
        Estate Recovery - It's Worse Than You Thought.

        Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

        by skohayes on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:35:41 AM PST

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        •  Oh, Medicaid - not Medicare. (2+ / 0-)
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          Medicaid has been requiring money spent on nursing home care to be repaid from the patient's estate after he dies for years now.  I don't think this requirement has anything to do with the ACA, unless the ACA requires every state to institute this policy, which I doubt.  Medicaid is a state-administered program.  If the ACA can't force states to expand Medicaid, I don't see how it would be possible for the ACA to legally require every state to institute a claw back of benefit costs.

          "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 24, 2014 at 07:08:09 AM PST

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          •  Okay, thanks for the clarification (0+ / 0-)

            I didn't have time to delve into the links in the diary, and the author was getting some push back in the comments, so wasn't sure how accurate it was.

            Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

            by skohayes on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 09:33:33 AM PST

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        •  It long predates the ACA -- scrap that myth (3+ / 0-)
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          NH has done this for decades, since at least 1980. Most Medicaid spending is for nursing homes for poor elders (not, as the politicos would have you think, poor children of color or drug addicts on SSI). The state would pay for the nursing home, and read the probate notices and file a claim against the estate to recoup the money. It actually made more sense than the alternative, which would be to disqualify people for Medicaid just because they owned a house or a small life insurance policy or something.

          As I understand it, what the ACA does is brings more people into Medicaid, and I believe without the kind of stringent asset test that traditional Medicaid had -- only an income test. So the number of people who may get assets taken when they die has gone up. And there is an argument that this is unfair, when people earning a few dollars more get subsidized private insurance that does NOT have a "claw-back" for the subsidies.

  •  Wage subsidies (10+ / 0-)

    Wage subsidies for for-profits always, to me, seem little different from writing checks to shareholders. Offload your labor costs onto the government and keep your profits the same (or higher)!

  •  How screwed up is the GOP?.....This screwed up.... (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Governors agreeing that "Obamacare (1+ / 0-)
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      is Here to Stay" doesn't sound screwed up to me, although Republican governors will never stop trying to "fix" it.

      "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 24, 2014 at 07:10:00 AM PST

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  •  Restraint in August 2009 was fatal (5+ / 0-)
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    Rightwing agitators disrupted healthcare-focused townhalls all over the country. Widely reported in the news. No audible pushback from WH (at least to my ears). Allowing rightwing propaganda to go unanswered set up the electoral bloodbath of 2010. Where was WH? On vacation, apparently.

    Because it happened in 2010, coincident with the census & subsequent redistricting, we lost a whole freaking decade. We'll have heartburn over it until 2020.

    Yes! Do more! Yell louder!

    “Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs shouldn't be left in poverty.” -- Elizabeth Warren

    by Positronicus on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:02:20 AM PST

    •  The 2010 election (1+ / 0-)
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      was unfortunately mostly due to the terrible horrible truly awful economic mess that deregulation (a decade earlier) created. While healthcare reform added another voice to the chorus, the electorate would have punished whatever party was unfortunate enough to be in power.

      You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.

      by mstep on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:49:39 AM PST

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      •  I don't quite get that (0+ / 0-)

        The crash of October 2008 happened in October, 2008. It was before the November election. If you were going to blame any politician or party, you'd have to blame Bush and the Republicans. If you were thinking about economics at all, you'd have to blame Bush and the Republicans.

        I suppose we'd have to go back to the exit polls to find out what voters were thinking in 2010. What I remember is a solid year of propogandizing against Obamacare.

        “Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs shouldn't be left in poverty.” -- Elizabeth Warren

        by Positronicus on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 02:03:05 PM PST

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        •  Logic (0+ / 0-)

          is not a motivating force for the public electorate. As an aggregate body, if the voting public is angry, it doesn't conduct a factfinding inquiry to assign blame. The party in power gets the blame, irrespective of timeframes.

          You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.

          by mstep on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:15:49 PM PST

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  •  High Drama Obama (3+ / 0-)
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    Obama is very well positioned to break the chains of his first term and to become far more aggressive with executive orders and in his rhetoric. Sure the right will go crazy (even more than they already are). But they'll further expose themselves as the emotional, fact-deficient reactionaries that they are. And most in the middle will respect Obama for working to move things forward.

    "One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses." ― Pope Francis

    by GoodGod on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:02:34 AM PST

  •  U Chicago Econ School. Didn't look. $5 please? (5+ / 0-)

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:04:42 AM PST

  •  In local climate punditry (8+ / 0-)

    glancing at the snowtel in the Mountain West most basins are 80% of normal (some as low as 60%) - which translates to not enough water & continued drought conditions. Which probably means we will be on fire (literally) again this summer. Plus, I saw blooming crocus while walking around the hood yesterday - in Idaho, in February. Scary.

    •  I was reading an article (3+ / 0-)
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      on a climate site this morning, that if the changes in the jet stream we're seeing this winter and last summer become common, then we will see a lot more "false springs"- a normal warming in February and early March, then BAM, get hit with a 12 inch snow fall and below normal temperatures.
      Last year, we had snow on May 2nd (western Kansas), which broke a lot of old records.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:42:34 AM PST

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    •  We had the same thing in the Mid-Atlantic (3+ / 0-)
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      a couple of years ago. Spring in mid-February. For the global warming deniers, this (like virtually anything) is proof that climate change is not happening.

      You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.

      by mstep on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:53:46 AM PST

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  •  Thanks for the excellent roundup, MB! (11+ / 0-)

    Is Larry Harris growing it in the backyard and smoking it or brewing it over a Bunsen burner and drinking it?  The guy's on something.  "Wage subsidies" to employers, my foot!  Corporations are already sitting on piles of cash and refusing to hire. They need less cash, not more.

    There are two things that seem to have a 100 percent non-probability of ever happening in this country:  (1) that corporations will return to their previous business model, which put the company and its employees first; and (2) that someone will invent a camera that subtracts 10 pounds from the subject when her photo is taken.

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

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:27:27 AM PST

  •  thanks, mr. blades. krugman !! (0+ / 0-)

    too good not to steal, and post a link:
    my 'status' was the last ppg of your exerpt.

    wild wild waste (never was no west, anyhow. right?)

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:29:04 AM PST

  •  Obama is very popular in Tennessee... (0+ / 0-)

    ...I'm sure his injection into the race could only have helped /snark.

    Seriously, why is it Obama's problem if people are too stupid to know how to vote?

    ODS results in Obama's amazing ability to humiliate his biggest critics, on the right and the left.

    by NoFortunateSon on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:31:24 AM PST

    •  I don't think national Democrats (2+ / 0-)
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      needed to get into that fight either- it would have just pissed off more rednecks.
      Even Corker got a lot of heat for getting involved in that fight, can you imagine the reaction if Nancy Pelosi had spoken out?
      And by the way, that vote was very close.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:44:55 AM PST

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      •  Would have been nice for local Dems (0+ / 0-)

        to grow a fucking spine.  Maybe then the Dem Party in TN would been seen as something more than a punchline.

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 09:06:46 AM PST

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  •  Subsidized wages (3+ / 0-)
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    Subsidized wages is a ridiculous idea.

    How about we bill back the cost of welfare due to starvation wages to those companies? Corporations like Walmart that use welfare as a part of their low-cost business model would lose the incentive to pay these slave wages, a natural consequence. But I can see employers hiring only teens that live at home bc they don't receive welfare, but is there really a good justification to paying anyone so badly?

    In the end raising min wage is really the best solution.

    •  Vote for me and I'll raise your salary a gazillion (0+ / 0-)


    •  Not to mention the EITC (2+ / 0-)
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      Yes some of the wage deniers say it's better policy to give gov't $$ directly to low income people. As if. In a million years that were going to happen. And others make the case to expand the Earned income tax credit, that being better policy.

      But the EITC is what conservatives hate most about the tax structure, because it allows millions of low income Americans to skate through without paying federal income tax. They campaign against it every election.

      Minimum wage increase is the only politically feasible way to help the low wage earners.

      You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.

      by mstep on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:08:04 AM PST

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  •  UAW's challenge before the NLRB (3+ / 0-)
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    "Before the NLRB were to find that politicians or groups interfered with the conditions of the election, it would typically have to establish that the politicians or groups were acting as agents of the employer," Cohen says. "Without establishing that an agency relationship existed--which would require evidence--it is highly unlikely that an election would be overturned and rerun.

    The UAW, though, is aiming to prove something different: Not simply that politicians made statements about the union drive either way, but that they actively threatened to cause trouble for the company if its employees went union, and had the authority to back it up. That's the substance of the Tennessee GOP's prediction that tax incentives for further expansion at Volkswagen would be jeopardized if the UAW successfully organized it. In addition, the UAW claims, Sen. Bob Corker's (R) "assurance" that Volkswagen would make its new line of SUVs in Chattanooga if the union were rejected created a situation in which voting for the union put future growth at the plant -- and, to a certain degree, a worker's job security -- at risk.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:10:25 AM PST

  •  Agree with "In these Times" (3+ / 0-)
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    the right-wing politicians scared workers with their lies of cutting off incentives and losing the SUV altogether, if UAW won in Chattanooga.  

    I wish there would have been  more Democrats to enter the fray.  State Rep. Joanne Favors was pretty active, but that's about it.  It was strange and troubling to witness this.  

    As Dr. King, Jr. said:  In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.  
    Just a few days before the election, I heard the vote count was 65-35 in favor of UAW.  Corker came to town (on the taxpayer dime) and he along with the State Republicans insulted and lied to VW and the people.  The Times Free Press printed everything he said and more, they never printed the other side.  TFP were just as complicit in the anti-union hit job on VW.  

    I don't blame VW if they are so disgusted with this area, that they chose Mexico for the SUV.  They may even go elsewhere in the USA for future work.  

    The whole thing has left me utterly despondent.

    "The war was expensive to the South as well as to the North, both in blood and treasure, but it was worth all it cost."- General U.S. Grant, Chattanooga campaign

    by Sandy on Signal on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:10:59 AM PST

  •  I wonder how long it will take (3+ / 0-)
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    the MSM to release the news that Iran's uranium stockpile is now below the volume necessary for making a bomb.  Something tells me it will be a cold day in hell before the warmongers in both congress and the press let this slip out, while giving the president no credit at all for this result of his negotiations.  No one expects any credit for Obama or the EU countries for accomplishing this milestone, but any news of a change in Iran's nuclear capability seems to be completely off limits in our 24/7 news cycle.

    "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 24, 2014 at 06:16:51 AM PST

  •  I wonder if Walker is going to walk.... (2+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, wintergreen8694

    And run out the clock of the public's attention span with the snow emergency, the week end, being out of state for a long while, etc.

    Plus there's the distracting shiny object, (it also doubles as a dog whistle!) that a Soros connected group is envolved.  

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:24:45 AM PST

  •  Lock and Load (1+ / 0-)
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    Debrabander has it right. If progressives really want to defang the NRA, they need to join. The NRA is filled with southern gun owners who imagine they're part of a special club. But if the club started filling up with black people and gay people, those conservatives would bolt the organization lickety split.

    You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger.

    by mstep on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:25:21 AM PST

    •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

      the NRA's money backers are the manufacturers, not the rank and file membership. They couldn't care less who pays them the measly $100 a year membership (or whatever it is).

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:50:14 AM PST

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  •  So the president of Ukrane has fled (0+ / 0-)

    the country, and the speaker of the Ukranian Parliament has been installed as interim President.  The former president has also been charged (in absentia) with mass murder.  We live in interesting times.

    "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 24, 2014 at 06:32:27 AM PST

  •  John Dingell, (2+ / 0-)
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    SueDe, wintergreen8694

    longest serving member of Congress, is retiring. We are losing a lot of good Dems in the House this year (thinking of Henry Waxman in particular).

    Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

    by skohayes on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:51:18 AM PST

  •  ANY exercise of power by a black man (1+ / 0-)
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    is considered illegitimate, not staying in your place, etc. Objective numbers of Executive Orders will never change that narrative; only confronting the inherent racism double-standard has a chance of cracking it.

    It is just like women and speech -- in a group that is mostly men, any woman who opens her mouth, even briefly, is often perceived of as (and criticized for) "talking too much." What that decodes as is: "talking more than women should, which is not at all."

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