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The Editorial Board of The New York Times states in Echoes of the Superpredator:

Since the ruling in Miller [v. Alabama], five states have abolished juvenile life without parole in all cases. In March, West Virginia lawmakers passed a bipartisan bill that provides parole review for any juvenile who serves at least 15 years in adult prisons. Similar legislation is pending in Connecticut and Hawaii.

But other states keep fighting to prevent their juvenile offenders from ever having the chance to see the light of day. Michigan now gives judges the “choice” of imposing a minimum sentence of 25 to 60 years instead of life without parole. Courts in other states have refused to apply the Supreme Court’s ruling retroactively, stranding many of the more than 2,000 inmates who were sentenced before the Miller decision.

Paul Krugman at The New York Times writes that high-frequency stock trading comprises just one element of the financial industry's massive waste of hundreds of billions of dollars each year in his column titled Three Expensive Milliseconds:
In short, we’re giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing—maybe less than nothing in return. Mr. Philippon puts the waste at 2 percent of G.D.P. Yet even that figure, I’d argue, understates the true cost of our bloated financial industry. For there is a clear correlation between the rise of modern finance and America’s return to Gilded Age levels of inequality.

So never mind the debate about exactly how much damage high-frequency trading does. It’s the whole financial industry, not just that piece, that’s undermining our economy and our society.

Michael Hiltzik at The Los Angeles Times writes Low-wage workers pay the price of nickel-and-diming by employers:
The continuing push for higher minimum wages across the country has much to recommend it, but the campaign shouldn't keep us from recognizing a truly insidious practice that impoverishes low-wage workers all the more. It's known as wage theft.
Wage theft, as documented in surveys, regulatory actions and lawsuits from around the country, takes many forms: Forcing hourly employees off the clock by putting them to work before they can clock in or after they clock out. Manipulating their time cards to cheat them of overtime pay. Preventing them from taking legally mandated breaks or shaving down their lunch hours. Disciplining or firing them for filing lawful complaints.
Nickel-and-diming pays well, for the employer.
More pundit links and excerpts can be found below the fold.

Adam Matthews and Terry Townsend at The Independent write In contrast to the slow pace of international negotiations to combat climate change, national legislation is advancing at a startling rate:

Today's release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s final working report is a landmark moment. It highlights the case that there remains limited time to reduce global warming of some 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels—the level scientists say we must not breach if we are to avoid the worst risks of climate change. [...]

Here there is room for encouragement and optimism, although we cannot be complacent. For in contrast to the slow pace of international negotiations to combat climate change, national legislation is advancing at a startling rate, a surprise to those who ascribe to the conventional wisdom that progress has waned.

Remarkably, some 450 climate-related laws since 1997 have been passed in 66 countries covering around 88% of global greenhouse gases released by human activities. This legislative momentum is happening across all continents. Encouragingly, this progress is being led by the big emerging and developing countries, such as China and Mexico, that together will represent 8 billion of the projected 9 billion people on Earth in 2050.

William Hutton at The Guardian sums up the hottest new economic book in Capitalism simply isn't working and here are the reasons why:
Suddenly, there is a new economist making waves—and he is not on the right. At the conference of the Institute of New Economic Thinking in Toronto last week, Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the Twenty-First Century got at least one mention at every session I attended. You have to go back to the 1970s and Milton Friedman for a single economist to have had such an impact.

Like Friedman, Piketty is a man for the times. For 1970s anxieties about inflation substitute today's concerns about the emergence of the plutocratic rich and their impact on economy and society. Piketty is in no doubt, as he indicates in an interview in today's Observer New Review, that the current level of rising wealth inequality, set to grow still further, now imperils the very future of capitalism. He has proved it. [...]

The solutions—a top income tax rate of up to 80%, effective inheritance tax, proper property taxes and, because the issue is global, a global wealth tax—are currently inconceivable.

But as Piketty says, the task of economists is to make them more conceivable. Capital certainly does that.

Whether or not those solutions really are solutions can be argued (and some on the left argue that they aren't). But the problem with Piketty's view is that a vast number of economists today have worked in the opposite direction, helping hoi oligoi make what he sees as solutions to be inconceivable.

Moshe Marvit at In These Times The Paycheck Fairness Act Would Have Helped All Workers, Not Just Women:

Though the act was framed as a way to fight the enduring discrepancy in wages among genders, in reality, it would have helped work toward better conditions for all workers. [...]

Prohibiting employer retaliation against workers for discussing their wages is an important protection, and it’s one that is already enshrined in federal law. Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), it is a violation to retaliate against employees for discussing their wages. The core section of the NLRA, Section 7, states that “employees shall have the right … to engage in other concerted activity for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.” And there is perhaps no more basic form of concerted activity than discussing one’s wages and terms of employment.

The problem is that employees’ labor rights, as articulated in the NLRA, have notoriously weak penalties.

Mike Konczal at The New Republic  Don't Be Fooled: The Fed's New Rule Lets Banks Off Easy—The hike in capital requirements isn't nearly enough:
Officials at the Federal Reserve released a new requirement for banks to hold more capital this week. From the headlines and coverage, you’d think the regulators punished the beleaguered financial industry with serious reform. The banks “just can’t catch a break” according to Marketwatch. “Steep Leverage Ratio Requirements Will Force Banks To Rethink Their Capital Plans” warned Fortune.

Though a step in the right direction, we should be careful about taking a victory lap or declaring Mission Accomplished when it comes to these capital rules. The new rule, while important, isn’t where it needs to be in order to work properly. And there are still two major battles coming up this year when it comes to capital requirements, which is the amount of money regulators require a bank to hold. These battles will prove equally consequential, and ultimately determine whether or not the problem of Too Big To Fail is fixed.

Amy Goodman at TruthDig writesFrom Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues:
Journalism is not a crime. This is the rallying cry in demanding the release of four Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt. Three of them—Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed—have just passed their hundredth day of incarceration. The fourth, Abdullah al-Shami, has been in jail for more than six months. They have been charged with “spreading lies harmful to state security and joining a terrorist organization.” Of course, the only thing they were doing was their job.

Anja Niedringhaus also was doing her job as a photographer for The Associated Press when she was murdered last week in Khost, Afghanistan. She was covering the preparations for Afghanistan’s national election, and was sitting in her car with AP reporter Kathy Gannon when an Afghan police officer opened fire, killing Niedringhaus and wounding Gannon. [...]

Niedringhaus is one of too many journalists killed while performing a critical public service: journalism.

Leonard Pitts Jr. at The Miami Herald says what half the world must be thinking in About that missing plane: Give it a rest!:
Please, for the love of Cronkite: Give us a break from the missing plane. Yes, we all wonder what happened to it. Yes, our hearts go out to the families seeking resolution. But really, CNN ... enough. Put your hands up and step away from the story.

I’m in the doctor’s office the other day, right? I’m waiting for my missus and the TV is on and I’m half watching, half reading and you’re covering the plane. And time passes. And you’re covering the plane. And commercials intervene and you come back and you’re covering the plane. And my wife comes out and it’s time to go and it’s been a solid hour and you’re still covering the plane. Nothing but the plane.

Tim Barker at The Nation has some problems with the Cesar Chavez biopic, as he writes in The new film turns decades of organized struggle into the inspiring tale of one man.:
Some aspects of the film’s politics are commendable. It’s gratifying to see a pro-labor film that does not flinch at vilifying the rich or portraying their deadly violence against striking workers. In a few respects the film is admirably nuanced, managing, for example, to concisely present the arcana of labor law and secondary boycotts. Against the reduction of the UFW to its Mexican-American majority, the film reminds viewers that Chavez was drawn into his first big strike by Filipino workers and organizers, rather than vice versa. [...]

The problem is that the producers, eager for a hero and obeisant to the Cesar Chavez estate (which controls the rights to his “name, voice, image, and likeness, speeches and writings”), transform the collective struggle of tens of thousands of workers (and, to a lesser degree, millions of boycotters) into the moral journey of a single man. Such telescoping is endemic to the genre, and it would be unfair to expect a film to capture decades of history and thousands of lives in a hundred minutes. Yet the objection is worth stressing in the case of Cesar Chavez. The film’s hagiography is not just generic but a carbon copy of Chavez’s own press strategy, which was so dependent on messianic tropes and visual media that it almost constituted the rough draft of a biopic. Thus, the film does not even aspire to create a mythology but only to entrench a familiar one.

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  •  Thank you for this excellent roundup, MB! (30+ / 0-)

    It provides much food for thought. Particularly pleased to see that the self-destructive nature of untrammeled capitalism is finally getting noticed.

    As for Cesar Chavez--Hollywood is always oversimplifying history. As someone remarked, Americans have to have a hero or a villain. Too bad we seem as a nation to be incapable of more nuanced views. Still, it's excellent that there is now a film about the man and his life. The labor movement in this country owes him a great deal.

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

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 04:38:14 AM PDT

  •  Nothing here is new. (3+ / 0-)
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    And nothing will change. Too many will still vote for their guns and keeping same sex people from marrying.

    •  Yeah, in that base you are probably right. But on (16+ / 0-)

      a national basis things might change if we learn to turn out more than once every four years for the "big one" and get out there where it really counts—those state and local and House seat elections.

      First, Justice Stevens' piece in the Washington Post show that the Supreme Court's recent interpretations might face the same fate as pro-slavery ones of the early 19th century did if the court changes composition. Better, if the large national majorities favoring reasonable control on firearms really got cranked up and our voters turned out in enough state elections to swing a few states we just might see an amendment along the lines he suggests to clarify the wording to what was originally meant by that (to me) governing prerequisite "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State" that is ignored by today's court.

      Second, the "moralistic" crusades of the religious right are probably going to be the ruin, sooner rather than later, of the riders of that "horse" in the form of powerful economic interests funding today's TP/GOP drives. "Conservatives aren’t just fighting same-sex marriage. They’re also trying to stop divorce" demonstrates that even as they are losing the same sex argument they are reopening other fronts on which to bleed. We are already seeing those riders of the bucking horse, the "establishment" Republicans beginning to get worried enough to fight back with their success in the battle against the bat shit crazy retrogrades of the party on these matters being in some doubt.

      Combined with actual turn out by our side this fall and 2016 that governance—at least the uniform thwarting of governance—by the rump 25-30% hard core may crumble. It all depends on our GOTV now.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 05:22:26 AM PDT

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      •  Divorce? (5+ / 0-)

        Wasn't that a moral battle from the '70s that the Religious Right forgot or lost interest in back then?

        "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 Apr 14, 2014 at 06:19:48 AM PDT

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        •  Yup. Talk about riding a dead horse. (5+ / 0-)

          Then it seems to be a habit, probably rooted deep in the "conservative" mind that resists adapting to new realities.

          "Va. Republicans aren’t blinking in showdown over Medicaid expansion" shows a possible dying horse they are beating hard:

          Virginia Republicans were supposed to be squirming by now. For months, their opposition to expanding Medi­caid under the Affordable Care Act has put them at odds with some traditional allies in the business world.

          Hospitals, the state chamber of commerce and corporate leaders have been calling, writing, visiting and buttonholing, pushing what they call “the business case” for expanding coverage to thousands of uninsured under the health-care law, with the federal government promising to pay most of the cost. Gov. Terry McAuliffe and other Democrats who favor expansion have been betting on that pressure to sway Republicans, particularly in rural areas where hospitals are often the largest employer and are ­eager for the financial girding that the coverage expansion would provide.

          and, after noting the one changed vote was a weak supporter of expansion backsliding and that the party can ill afford to lose any support after two Obama turnouts and even losing statewide offices in a Democratic sweep last year:
          Republicans may not have a choice. Opposition to the health-care law — and to the subcategory of Medicaid expansion — has unified the party like no other issue in recent memory. Just a year ago, the Virginia GOP splintered over a transportation-funding deal that imposed a huge tax increase. Rifts between the GOP’s establishment and tea party wings were on full display then, when nearly half of House Republicans bucked their own governor and speaker to vote against the plan.
          May they be seeking unification by all jumping into a big pot of boiling oil. They may be if we GOTV this fall.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 06:52:28 AM PDT

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      •  Their attempts to stop divorce (8+ / 0-)

        have met with solid opposition from the right.
        In Kansas, they've tried 3 times to pass "covenant marriage" which sets up all kinds of roadblocks to a quick and easy divorce. Even with the extreme right winger majority we have in the KS legislature, they couldn't muster enough votes to move it out of committee.
        Christians love their divorce, don't let them fool you.

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

        by skohayes on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 06:34:03 AM PDT

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        •  Oh yes, and the heart of the religious right, (2+ / 0-)
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          fundie bunch, particularly the TV "minister" crowd, truly love the sin and redemption skit to the point of Yogi's "Déjà vu all over again" being applicable.

          How many times have we seen that play out among the core of the preachers and politicians of that core? I've lost count.

          For another hopeful sign, even for this pessimist about our side's ability to get serious and turn out over the long term necessary to bring that CHANGE so many were excited about, but would not support by actually turning out to do the grunt work after the gesture of 2008, see above about the Virginia TP/GOP's unifying effort.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 07:01:09 AM PDT

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    •  Thomas Piketty is definitely something new. (8+ / 0-)

      I first heard about him on an NPR's Planet Money podcast last week. They did 3 short segments and the last one is about his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

      Here is an economist, whom they also mentioned is becoming a superstar in economic circles, who says that after looking at many nations growing economic inequality comes about when more money is made on investments than on labor. In other words, when the plutocrats are benefiting the most, everyone else suffers. He cites that, for instance, when the US economy and fairness was growing by leaps and bounds in the 1950's & 60's, we had a huge labor force with lots of expendable income. At that time returns on financial investments were weak and the wealthy who always enjoy the majority of returns on those only had modest profits. The same is shown to be true in other countries as well.

      It's really encouraging to see a strong economic argument taking root everywhere that demonstrates that what benefits the wealthy the most puts everyone else at a disadvantage and puts the brakes on healthy economies.

      Expect to see Picketty ravaged on Fox News any day now. And that's a good thing. We're long overdue for the old economic 'common wisdom' we've been suffering under for the last 40 years to be put to rest, and he may be the guy to finally do it.

      •  Picketty, Picketty...rhymes with Alinsky! (1+ / 0-)
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        And Benghazi!!!™

        Expect to see Picketty ravaged on Fox News any day now.
        From your mouth to God's ear. I'm sure it's already happening.

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

        by TerryDarc on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 09:20:39 AM PDT

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  •  It's past time to tax the financial transactions. (28+ / 0-)

    Every financial transaction on Wall Street goes untaxed. Yet, we consumers pay sales tax on all the goods that we purchase.

    A little fairness, please!

    A modest tax on these transactions would work wonders for out debt and our economy.  Other countries are doing it.  Time for the US to step up and do the same.

    Krugman used a perfect metaphor for our failing economy.
    The high-frequency trading industry managed to build a tunnel through a Pennsylvania mountian to benefit a miniscule few, while a much needed rail tunnel under the Hudson River that would have benefitted millions of people was deemed unaffordable.  Just think what we could do with the revenue!

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 05:00:48 AM PDT

  •  Thoughts inspired by Paul Krugman (10+ / 0-)

    starting w/notion that financial sector wastes at least 2% of GDP.

    in this post which I invite you to read

    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

    by teacherken on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 05:05:09 AM PDT

    •  This is particularly infuriating, because (1+ / 0-)
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      ...starting w/notion that financial sector wastes at least 2% of GDP.
      solving climate change would cost a lot less.  
      ...the “cost” of doing so [cutting carbon emissions to a safe level] is to reduce the median annual growth of consumption over this century by a mere 0.06%.

      "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

      by Calamity Jean on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 12:32:03 PM PDT

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  •   Capital in the Twenty-First Century (6+ / 0-)

    Discussing it at an economics conference is one thing . . . when it starts getting coverage in the mainstream media . . . .
     . . .
    oh.  yeeah.  That's never gonna happen.

    Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

    by Rikon Snow on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 05:09:04 AM PDT

    •  I think financial pundits are constitutionally (2+ / 0-)
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      incapable of talking about financial matters without getting so deep in the weeds that the average person can't understand what they're trying to say without getting lost, and finally just tuning out.  

      Sometimes experts, armed with industry jargon and a duty to explain things, regardless of political bias, are the worst explainers of all.  This goes for any industry, not just the financial industry.  Just an understandable explanation of how the industry works is too much for them, never mind the ramifications on regular folks.  

      "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

      by SueDe on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 08:20:08 AM PDT

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      •  It's a failure of civic and economic educacation (1+ / 0-)
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        Which should be required by the 7th or 8th grade and followed up on in depth later in high school. Many people are also afraid of teaching critical thinking skills in schools as their kids will start questioning all the beliefs their parents and society at large hold on to which may be largely unexamined and simply assumed to be true.

        With that kind of education, pundits might be required to get into the weeds when people understand the stuff and find it interesting and challenge conventional wisdom.

    •  If economists everywhere start citing it, it might (2+ / 0-)
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      Even if some of them cite it to argue against it, once the evidence takes root, it's going to be hard to deny. For an economist to be making everyone in the field pay attention to their point of view requires that they have some solid data.

      Do you really think that Milton Friedman's failed economic theory is going to last forever? It's already demonstrably failed for the last two decades. Something has to give. There is a growing consensus in all quarters of our society that the rich have grown too rich, and once that takes root, the propaganda for the old economic norms spouted by the media will be ever more ignored by everyone.

      And when that trust continues to degrade, eventually ratings slip and a new guard has room to bring them back by insisting that the truth be told. These things are cyclical and so is this. We are nearer to that tipping point every day.  

      •  Good points. My concern though . . . what if the (0+ / 0-)

        political/civic processes have become so corrupted by money that there's no way a "a new guard has room."  Revolution?  Is that what they are playing with?

        Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

        by Rikon Snow on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 02:18:10 PM PDT

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        •  We have new modern communication tools (0+ / 0-)

          The internet, cell phones, a new Geo-political landscape, all of which give us many more options than we ever had before. We've used progressive taxation, strong regulations,unions, raising capital gains taxes to equal payroll taxes for over $2 million dollars... lots of stuff we've done in the past. They've worked without any revolutions.

          We have those tools and they've been used by our party before. Take the money out of the hands of politicians and parties with a demand for public funding (which lots of conservative citizens would also be fine with) and their money doesn't amount to much. Start demanding campaign reform from our political system and you'll shake the rafters.

  •  Goodman's comments re the al-Jazeera journalists (2+ / 0-)
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    jailed in Egypt are too vague. Their detention was/is an expression of two broader phenomena: 1) the Egyptian junta's "war on terror" against the Ikhwan and 2) the inter-GCC struggle between the Saudis and the Qataris, reflected in the media struggle between al-Arabiya (KSA mouthpiece, allied to the Egyptian junta) and al-Jazeera (Qataria mouthpiece, not explicitly allied to but rather broadly supportive of the Ikhwan.) While the four certainly ought not to have been detained and imprisoned, the situation is much more complicated than a simple "they were doing their job."

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 05:20:17 AM PDT

  •  Sigh. (15+ / 0-)

    Looks like one of those mornings when the roundup's not enough, but the articles themselves, and the links therein, must be read as well.

    Lot of meat on the bones here. Thanks for the roadsigns, MB.

    From the Hiltzik:

    In Los Angeles, where the survey was conducted by UCLA's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the respondents lost an average of 12.5% of their pay — $2,070 annually out of average pay of $16,500.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 05:47:52 AM PDT

    •  I've been blessed by working for good employers (3+ / 0-)

      in my career, mostly. They've never asked me to work off the clock (except when when you're salaried,  then you're never off the clock), or failed to pay overtime.
      I would have a hard time going back to retail, probably get fired for arguing with the boss about working without getting paid for it.

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

      by skohayes on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 06:42:47 AM PDT

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  •  Weird Weekend (4+ / 0-)

    With the Bundy situation and the shootings in Kansas. On a personal level, the thunder and rain in Omaha turned into insane winds and an unseasonably late snow . I think my garage can got blown two houses down.

    I wonder if Bundy is going to get quietly garnished when he sells the cattle. A paper or computer transaction is much harder to stop by armed rednecks.

    So where was the Conservative outrage when people like Art and Blair were losing their farms and McBurney was losing the dealership, along with hundreds of others, over bad government and presidental policy back in the '80s?

    Would my Babbitt Republican maternal grandparents, pillars of the community and church elders that didn't smoke drink, cuss, or smoke, recognitize the Bundy bunch as fellow Conservatives or think of them as hooligans?

    OTOH, I'm still sore at the '80s Left (outside of the  Rainbow Coalltion) for being conveniently absent during the Farm Crisis.

    "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 Apr 14, 2014 at 06:41:30 AM PDT

    •  People are too far away from (4+ / 0-)

      where their food comes from these days, and thus either have the view that anyone who raises livestock for food is the devil or that they should be enshrined as some sort of god on a pedestal (like Bundy). Of course, Bundy is nothing but a welfare cheat, his own property wouldn't be worth a plug nickel without all those public grazing allotments around him (he only owns 160 acres, which in Nevada, supports 4 cows per year).  If this guy was caught stealing food stamps instead of grass, the right would want to hang him.

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

      by skohayes on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 06:49:01 AM PDT

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  •  LA Times and (2+ / 0-)
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    Michael Hiltzik on issuing photo Social Security cards as a national ID:

    To sum up, their proposal would saddle the Social Security Administration, whose customer service budget already is under relentless pressure from Congress, with a new administrative burden. They propose to transform the Social Security card, which today is largely informational, into the equivalent of a national ID, which will make the Social Security Administration an enormously unpopular national Big Brother. Their plan would do almost nothing to make photo IDs more easily available to anyone, because Social Security field offices, where people would have to report in person to obtain their IDs, are already vanishing from the landscape.
    And they would do this in a way that actually would validate an indescribably deceitful attack on your voting rights and mine.

    http://www.latimes.com/...

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

    by skohayes on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 06:53:35 AM PDT

    •  It might work if Democrats pointed out (3+ / 0-)
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      that the budget was X billion dollars a year, necessary expenditure to prevent 7 cases of voter fraud every decade according to Republicans.  "Republicans demand it, taxpayers will pay X billion a year to fix a problem that doesn't exist.  Vote Blue!"

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 07:13:29 AM PDT

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