To abolish slavery, abolish masters.
Revised Standard Version: May saw only 54,000 jobs added to the US economy (while another 39,000 were deducted from the March and April reports). Unemployment rose to 9.1%, but U-6 declined to 15.8% as discouraged job seekers left the labor pool. It would take 250,000 additional jobs every month for the next 66 months to get back to 2007 levels of unemployment. Today the average unemployed person is idle for 39.7 weeks and 1 out of 3 has been unemployed for over a year. Elsewhere, Greek workers have blockaded the Finance Ministry to protest the latest austerity measures.
Quoted: “He who warned, uh, the ... British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.” Sara Palin on Paul Revere's role in history.
Today In Rioting: Bahrainian police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters. After clashes in Yemen the government claims the president is still alive, which is more than can be said of many protesters. In Syria, security forces continue to kill protesters while the world looks on, 'concerned'.
Is Our Children Learning? Perhaps. A student yearbook in Arkansas lists George W. Bush and his VP as two of the 'worst people of all time'.
One For One: The House GOP is going to cut over $900 million from federal nutrition programs, removing about 500,000 women, children and seniors from the programs. That is about the amount of money the Bush tax cuts give the rich – every week.
Dry Spell: Over half of Texas is officially suffering from an “exceptional” drought. In Oklahoma it's 30%.
The Formula:The government continues to lend money to the banks at near zero interest rates and borrows it back at over 3%. In all, the Fed has given more than $3 trillion to financial institutions this way. Bonuses all 'round!
Getting There: Mitt Romney’s pledge to keep federal spending under 20% percent of GDP is a promise to make deep cuts on both Medicare and Social Security and call it progress.
Asked & Answered: Will we continue to repeat the economic mistakes of the past? Yes. For 2 years the GOP has insisted that the deficit is the problem, not unemployment. They're going to say it again tomorrow, demanding immediate spending cuts (and thus increased unemployment) as the price of raising the debt limit and avoiding a U.S. default. Then they'll run against Obama blaming the unemployment figures on him.
Pets R Us: There are 38 million households in the US with children and 43 million with dogs.
Commons Ground: Why are there not far more severe taxes on pollution and polluters? It would raise needed funds while encouraging more responsible behavior on the part of corporations. Oh, wait, the corporations would vote no and carry the day 1 to 0.
Houses Without Mirrors: When you see those fat people in tight clothes waddling down the mall do you sometimes wonder whether they have mirrors at home?' Ditto, Republicans who blame Obama and the Democrats for the wonders that Bush and the GOP achieved. There's plenty of blame to go around.
Only In America:Police and firemen in Alameda, California stood on shore and watched a man drown because they did not have proper certification to attempt a water rescue, leaving them open to possible lawsuits if they attempted to save him and failed. City officials said budget cuts did not permit them to pay for the required certifications. Wonder how they're set for liability insurance.
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