This is happening now!
This is happening now!
Right now in order to finance United States government, we take in billions of dollars in profits off student loans, but permit billionaires to have enough loopholes that they pay at tax rates that can be lower than those of their secretaries. It’s about values. Where, as a country, do we believe we should make our investments? Follow the money on this. Invest in billionaires or invest in students. Well I want to put my money on students.Elizabeth Warren (via thenationmagazine)
Election finance reform NOW. Citizens United ruling by the right-wing Roberts Court is a massive distortion of free speach and a green light for corporate influence.
Speach is not free when hundreds of millions of dollars by a few donors control an election.
Police believe that a Pennsylvania state trooper did not mean to shoot his pregnant wife to death when a gun that he was cleaning accidentally discharged.
According to WCAU, police responding to the East Norriton Township home at around 2:25 p.m. on Friday found 34-year-old JoAnna Miller with a gunshot wound to the head…
The trooper, who has not been named, told police that he was cleaning his .45-caliber handgun when it discharged. He said that he did not realize the gun was loaded.
The couple also had two other children who were at home at the time of the shooting.
Yet another example of a “responsible gun owner” acting irresponsbily and killing someone.(via smdxn)
Accidentally killing your pregnant wife while cleaning your gun is a truly American experience. No other modern country comes close.
The indifference from the gun crowd, which includes a lot of pro-lifers, sums up their morality: guns kill, guns kill women and children, but so what.
What else can we expect as long as we continue to rely on a 20th century education system to equip 21st century workers? When we allow crony capitalism to create an unequal playing field with special benefits for some? When businesses successfully lobby to create barriers to entry for future competition so that they can maintain their profits without having to compete? When we give tax benefits that help a relative few so that we are forced to tax those who are productive at ever higher rates? Instead of obsessing over the rising income inequality that has always accompanied great periods of innovation (it took decades for the first and second Industrial Revolutions to be reflected in productivity numbers as well as overall wages), Larry Summers, Paul Krugman, and other “big league” mainstream economists should be advising President Obama, the House, the Senate, and every voter who will listen about the importance of aggressive reforms in education, entitlements, and tax/regulatory policy.Mauldin Economics (via azspot)
You wonder why there was never an exit plan? Oil was always the reason, and the insurgencies kicked in when the locals realized it was the ONLY reason.
At CPAC, a Grand Old Free-for-all (via smdxn)
The notion of “civil war,” often used to describe the clash between the Republican establishment and the tea party, implies a conflict with identifiable sides. In reality, the GOP condition is more of a free-for-all…
The group’s much-celebrated straw poll of presidential candidates listed no fewer than 26 prospective contenders on the ballot this year — a sign of just how fractured the party is in advance of 2016…
[T]he “establishment” has gone so far to co-opt the tea party that the lines between them are blurry — as a lack of agreement on who should be leading the party and in which direction…
When you have 26 conservative combatants, you don’t have war; you have mayhem.
"If Voting DIDN’T Change Anything"
Author’s note: I am not at all implying here that voting alone is sufficient. This is my response to the shallow, societally-damaging, and completely non-historical and non-empirical phrase by anarchist Emma Goldman, “If voting changed anything, it would be illegal.”