“...impatience can make it impossible for anything to happen.” Tony Kushner
Always the Low Morals, Always: Walmart says that taking the minimal, legally required steps to provide workers a clean and safe place to work is "not financially feasible." That's why they refused, in 2011, to provide funding for needed safety improvements in, among others, the factory that burned down killing over 100 underpaid young women. Their customers - you and me, kiddo - won't care as long as we get the cheap goods.
Put Tab GS In Any Available Slot: Canada, which stole him from the US, has lost their Goldman Sachs overseer to the UK, where a thorough search failed to turn up a single person capable of running the Bank of England to Goldman Sach's approval.
Blaming the Victims: The continuing push by anti-labor conservatives- today it's the 'right to work' laws in Michigan - will eventually backfire on them, just as the idiocy of 'no
new taxes' has. The country is not as conservative as they hope and the workers are slowly beginning to realize that daddy (or more likely granddaddy) made a decent living - or at least survived going to work - because of unions. Just as Walmart's indentured servants are learning that the customers are not their friends, workers are learning that they will get only what they wrest from the grips of the overlords. In Michigan it means facing pepper-spray and arrest. So be it.
Without Comment: The US Senate took a break from figuring out how to impoverish seniors and cut Medicaid long enough to pass a $631 billion defense budget.
UnEarnings: Because they are afraid their shareholders might have to pay (more) taxes next year, corporations are paying out at least $22 billion in 'early' dividends before year end, which will result in saving at least $9.5 billion in taxes.
Exhibit A: Before she took the job of overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy, Elizabeth Fowler,drew up the legislation while working for Senator Max Baucus, and before that was Vice President for Public Policy and External Affairs for WellPoint (that is, she was chief informal lobbyist for the nation's largest health insurance provider). She has now left the White House to for Johnson & Johnson. Sleazy doesn't quite cover it.
Far Beyond Wrong: There is something infinitely sad about forcing Indians to buy back their Sacred Lands that were stolen from them. Treaties? We don't honor no stinking treaties..
Statistical Mumbo Jumbo: Conservatives take glee in claiming that the US has over $86 trillion in 'unfunded liabilities. Actually, their source says it is only(?) $38 trillion and is arrived at by calculating " the present value of future unfunded liabilities." Which means that if you add up all the expected payouts (for Social Security and Medicare and all that) and deduct all the expected income (payroll taxes, etc) the result is how much - over the next 75 years, the government will be short, assuming assuming, assuming. Mostly it is a scare story. If the economy picks up, it'll be less. If we get medical costs under control it'll be a lot less. If we tax the rich a bit more it will be quite manageable.
Claim: Obamacare saved Americans $1.5 billion in 2011. Dirty socialists.
Hip Hip Hypocrisy: Last week when it warned about the destruction soon to be wrought by climate change, the World Bank did not mention its continued support and financing of coal-fired power plants, the single largest culprit in emitting greenhouse gases.
Porn O'Graph: The 'Nays' have it.
The Parting Shot: