Sunday, 2/6/11, Public Square

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  1. Instead of the fake populism of the Tea Party, there is a movement based on real populism. It shows that there is an alternative to making the poor and the middle class pay for a crisis caused by the rich.

    How to Build a Progressive Tea Party

    http://www.thenation.com/article/158282/how-build-progressive-tea-party

    • CapnAmerica

      Whoa! That is the most kick-ass article I’ve read in a long time!

      It’s a great idea, and we can do it here.

      You should give this its own thread.

      I wonder how much the Koch Bros. pay in taxes . . .

    • wicked

      Very interesting article. It did raise a few questions in my mind. But let’s start with the first question I have for our little group here.

      Who of you has a Twitter account?

    • wicked

      Second question:

      Aren’t there laws here in the U.S. about obstructing the entrance to a business or facility? I’m thinking of the Summer of Mercy protests when protesters were told they couldn’t block the entrance to the clinic.

      While I like what UnCut is doing and think it could be done here, there would need to be some adjustments. We also have a much larger country, both in area and population. It might take a little longer and therefore a little more patience before any notice is taken. Then again, it would depend on how the entire thing is handled.

    • wicked

      This was interesting from the above article:

      But the GAO also named a number of major brands that are exploiting tax havens. They include Apple, Bank of America, Best Buy, ExxonMobil, FedEx (whose president, Frederick Smith, was named by Obama as the businessman he most admires), Kraft Foods, McDonald’s, Safeway and Target.

    • Zippy

      ““Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky…. Hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency.”

      That one is a keeper for the ages.

      And if you dissect the Tea Party anger, it originated from a feeling that someone else had stolen what had worked their lives to get. It was all too easy to cynically misdirect that anger against the usual targets of bigotry: the poor, the brown, the different.

      But the lip service the well-heeled funders have given to faux populism violently clashes with the utterly subservient support of the powerful. Buying the next election will require more than a 7-to-1 ratio, I think.

      So let’s join with thinking people in the UK and elsewhere who are committed to the actual purposes of government (i.e. of, by, and for the people, instead of for the few, by predatory collaboration), and learn from each other.

      And I offer my fervent hope that Egypt ends like the Orange Revolution instead of Tiananmen Square.

  2. Today would have been the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. We had our differences, he and I, but even he would have been grossed out by today’s GOP.

    • indypendent

      Didn’t you hear about Palin’s little speech at the Reagan ceremony this weekend? Everything is Obama’s fault.

      I wonder if any Republican bought Ron Reagan Jr’s new book? That is probably the truest picture of Reagan we will ever be able to read.

    • “Everything is Obama’s fault.”

      That is change! It used to all be Clinton’s fault! 😉

    • I don’t have a faulty memory and recall clearly what the GOP was and is. I also recall clearly other times and issues today’s GOP seems unable to remember.

    • wicked

      I recall AIDS being kept quiet during Reagan’s administration. How many people did he kill by keeping information secret?

      For that alone he will never have my respect.

  3. It ‘tickles me pink’ to see the Koch brothers get the attention they deserve!

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    Koch brothers now at heart of GOP power

    The billionaire brothers’ influence is most visible in the makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where members have vowed to undo restrictions on greenhouse gases.

    Wichita-based Koch Industries and its employees formed the largest single oil and gas donor to members of the panel, ahead of giants like Exxon Mobil, contributing $279,500 to 22 of the committee’s 31 Republicans, and $32,000 to five Democrats.

    Nine of the 12 new Republicans on the panel signed a pledge distributed by a Koch-founded advocacy group — Americans for Prosperity — to oppose the Obama administration’s proposal to regulate greenhouse gases. Of the six GOP freshman lawmakers on the panel, five benefited from the group’s separate advertising and grass-roots activity during the 2010 campaign.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-koch-brothers-20110206,0,1681069.story

    • indypendent

      It’s been reported that the Koch Brothers hate publicity and they never give interviews.

      Well, in this day and age of the Internet and 24/7 media, those golden days of silence may be coming to an end.

      While the Koch Brothers have every legal right to say what they want and to form any political group they want, the rest of us also have the right to do some research on these two billionaires and their political groups.

      And with a very much more divided Congress, don’t you think the money sources are going to have a brighter spotlight shown on them?

      But I do find it interesting that folks who profess to hate the evil government because they are intervening into our lives are so willing to let corporations intervene in their lives and they don’t seem to care.

      I just don’t get that logic. It’s like the health care debate. Government had heartless bureacrats on their death panels but the private insurance health insurance companies had their bureacrats on their panels denying coverage and/or payments for a needed procedure.

      The patient gets the same end result but the private health company makes a profit doing so – and I guess that’s okay with these fine morally superior folks that hate the evil government so much.

      I just don’t understand logic like that.

    • Always bear in mind that during the 18-month-long health-care debate the GOP was constantly there, constantly giving input and no matter what lies they tell today they were definitely involved and much of the reason for the watered-down less-than-effective than we deserve legislation we finally got. I know they say they were shut out, but that’s just a blatant lie.

      Three articles in today’s local newspaper that should be of interest —

      Congress spends little time at work

      Taking back stimulus would yield little

      Cuts don’t include much from Congress

  4. Too bad, so sad, bush the lesser isn’t safe outside America — safe from prosecution that is!

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    The 43rd president may have missed out on a fat speaker’s fee, but he’s safer for it: A planned trip to Switzerland by George W. Bush has been canceled, his spokesman says, due to security concerns. Bush was due to address a charity, the United Israel Appeal, in Geneva. His spokesman cited threats of left-wing protests against the former president as the cause, but several human rights group see it differently. They had pushed Switzerland to open a criminal investigation on torture allegations against Bush while he was on their soil. “Whatever Bush or his hosts say,” read one of their statements, “we have no doubt he canceled his trip to avoid our case.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/world/europe/06bush.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

  5. Zippy

    Check it out, folks: Genuine International activism, and you don’t even have to go thru Facebook! And the kind of causes bring to mind the International Declaration of Human Rights.

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/about.php

    P.P.S. Go Head Cheese! Er, I, mean, Cheese-its! Whatever.

    GO PACK GO!