…think about a term like “welfare queen” or “food stamp president.” On one level, like a dog whistle, it’s silent. Silent about race. It seems race-neutral. But on another, it also has a shrill blast, like a dog whistle, that can be heard by certain folks. And what the blast is is a warning about race and a warning, in particular about threatening minorities. And the idea that I’m trying to get across here is, racism has evolved. Or, in particular, public racism has evolved. The way in which racism, the way in which racial divisions are stoked in public discourse has changed. And now it operates on two levels. On one level, it allows plausible deniability. This isn’t really about race, it’s just about welfare. Just about food stamps. And on another, there’s a subtext, an underground message which can be piercingly loud, and that is: minorities are threatening us. And so when people dog whistle about criminals, welfare cheats, terrorists, Islam, Sharia law, ostensibly they’re talking about culture, behavior, religion, but underneath are these old stereotypes of degraded minorities, but also, and this is important, implicitly of whites who are trustworthy, hard-working, decent. — Ian Haney López (via azspot)
Paul Ryan is the epitome of thankless bastard. His whole life on the public teet, the little shit spreads disinformation about the ineffectiveness of the very government that provides him his entire income and employment.
(Source: christopherstreet, via randycwhite)
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We were not born critical of existing society. There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness-embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television. This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion: that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas. — Howard Zinn (via godlessrevolutionary)
Deficits don’t matter. —
Dick Cheney, when he was Vice President of the United States
#just gonna put this up for kicks and giggles (via politicalprof)
Dick Cheney’s classic line must have been chanted today during the Republican-led House vote on lending taxpayer-backed billions to Ukraine banks.
Note to conservatives: The House Republicans have voted to give ‘uncapped” billions in aid to a foreign country. Your party has run you over again.
Banks win, we lose.
The litany of right-wing dog whistles.
"The measure that cleared the House doesn’t set a cap on the loans that the U.S. can guarantee. Rather, it tweaks an existing program so Ukraine can swiftly qualify for U.S.-backed loan guarantees that would cover the risk of losses in case of default." - Politico
So if the Ukraine defaults, US taxpayers are there with guarantees? We take the risk?
Funny that. Republicans see the need to stabilize the Ukraine through government spending and investment, but not their own country. Why not let the free markets save the Ukraine. Or maybe tax cuts for the richest will trickle down the solutions to correct the country?
It seems House Republicans think massive government spending and the need to stabilize a country’s economy is only good for other countries.
Our deficit? Seems Republicans forgot all about that.
I’m so old I can remember the FIRST time the House GOP voted to repeal Obamacare. Happy 50th, guys!!! — (via teapartycat)