We don't want reform, we want revenge.
The Easy Button: Republicans are aghast at Harry Reid's claim that it is possible that Romney hadn't paid a penny in taxes for ten years in the 2000's. They say he's lying. Maybe. We won't know until The Mitten shows a little ankle.
No Other Possible Explanation: Climate Change guru Dr. Jim Hansen now admits he has been wrong all along with his predictions of disaster ahead if we keep burining fossil fuels. It is not going to be as bad as he said, it is going to be much, much worse. And he's got the statistics to prove it, if just stepping outside doesn't convince you. There is no other way to account for the continuing series of climate extremes. Climate change is here; it's the new normal. This is the world we have made. There was a time to act. It has nearly passed. We must stop burning coal. Today. “The future is now. And it is hot.”
Slab Flab: There are currently about 40 million excess McMansions in the US – houses that generations X and Y do not want, while we are short that many smaller homes that people actually want and might even be able to afford.
Scriptwriter: The Mitten says the US needs “dramatic” measures to spur economic growth, but not a stimulus that would “grow government.” He says he will add 12 million new jobs in four years, Naturally he did not want to reveal how he would do this, other than to have the government give lots of money to business.
Globalization: In Zambia, coal miners at a Chinese-owned mine have killed the Chinese manager in a riot over low pay. Take notes.
Disappeared: Over 4% of working age Americans have been permanently deleted from the US workforce. In July, nearly 200,000 fewer people had jobs than in June, while the BLS reported “163,000 new jobs”. From 2002 to 2008, over 62% of working-age Americans had jobs, today it's only 58.4%. Slackers.
Now It Can Be Told: Pakistani Ambassador Wajid Shamsul Hasan says the US prefers to deal with dictators, not democratic institutions. Wow, really?
Preview:Since Reagan’s deregulation of the electric industry, no one has taken care of the US power grid – there's no incentive to spend money on stuff that doesn't put money in the stockholder's pocket in a few months – much less the billion dollars a year the American Society of Civil Engineers says is needed. It will happen here.
Feature, Not Failure: Today half of Americans die with less than $10,000 in assets. Think how little they'll have after the Republicans get through chopping Social Security and Medicare. Without funds, they won't be able to pay for the medicine required to keep them around annoying Wall Street.
Facing Hunger: Nearly 50 million Americans – half of them children – depend on food stamps to pay for their basic necessities.
Capital Punishment: It's becoming popular to speculate on the possibility of clapping a few bankers in chains, but it seems most unlikely. And even if a few were strung up from lamposts, it wouldn't do much good. We've sporadically put financial miscreants to death for nearly 4,000 years, but the risk/reward calculation is still on the side of risk. Or greed.
Openness: During his six day big adventure overseas, The Mitten answered three – exactly three – unscripted questions from the media that traveled with him. No wonder they felt like they were trapped in a petting zoo.
Porn O'Graph: RecoveryTM!
The Parting Shot: