Friday, 10/7/11, Public Square


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23 responses to “Friday, 10/7/11, Public Square

  1. Kind of quiet here this morning. Is everyone sleeping in? If so, I’m jealous.

    • Busy around here, but I’ve sat down for a break and some ‘net surfing.’

      So far I’ve been reading how Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 economic plan — a 9 percent business tax, 9 percent individual tax, and 9 percent national sales tax — is absolutely wonderful according to republicans. They call it fair.

      I call it bullshit! It would raise taxes on those at the bottom while, once again, cutting (drastically!) taxes on those at the top!

      According to IRS statistics —

      In 2009, 1,470 households filed tax returns with incomes above $1 million yet paid no federal income tax, according to the IRS. But that was less than 1 percent of returns with incomes above $1 million. On average, taxpayers who made $1 million or more paid 24.4 percent of their income in federal income taxes; those making $100,000 to $125,000 paid 9.9 percent; those making $50,000 to $60,000 paid 6.3 percent. The White House argues that when payroll taxes — paid only on the first $106,800 of wages — are factored in, more middle class workers wind up with a higher tax rate than millionaires.

      How many voters have annual incomes that would benefit in any way from these hefty tax increases? Very few actually and they are the ones who need another ‘benefit’ the least! I thought republicans were against tax increases, yet they’re praising this as a good plan. They just make shit up, say it overandover without facts to back it up and then they all fall in line and march lockstep with the latest lie that is the talking point they’ve been taught.

      When you hear a republican say they will cut taxes, remember they only intend to cut taxes for the wealthy, because those are the only people with enough money to buy them thus no one else has any value.

    • So if your family has an annual income of $50,000 your federal taxes would increase almost 3 full percent AND you’d have to cough up a bunch of extra sales taxes on everything you buy. Of course you wouldn’t be able to afford to buy anything, probably including food and clothing. That would slow the economy even more since nobody would be spending…

      Republicans are really stupid when it comes to things economic!

  2. Well, I’m up – got the grandson down for his nap. I must confess, I had Channel 12 on when I was giving him his bottle and rocking to coaxe him to sleep and The 700 Club came on (my remote was not close by).

    This time it was Pat’s son – Gordon – who was doing the show.

    There was a question about someone’s whose husband wanted to use a coupon at a health food store that was affiliated with a psychic and was that okay (God, please, where do they get these people from?)

    But I digress….

    The answer Gordon gave was not surprisingly – he stated emphatically to never go into that place because you will come into contact with all kinds of nonsense like Atlantis and such.

    Hmm, Atlantis is nonsense but when Gordon himself was hawking his father’s DVD’s on the Signs of the End Times is NOT nonsense?

    Sometimes, I just have to laugh at these people because if I didn’t, I would throw something through my television – and what good would that do me??

    BTW – That co-host that Pat and Gordon have on there (she is a young African American woman) needs to be told to lengthen her dresses and keep her knees together while the camera is on…

    • What happened to their faith? You know, “tho I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.”

      If I have faith I don’t worry about what I come in contact with.

      • Good point.

        But I am very cynical when it comes to these televangelists and I suspect i has more to do with the fact they don’t want anyone to spend money on something else when they SHOULD be spending their money on daddy’s DVD’s…..

        As I stated above – I am VERY cynical. I was in this Evangelical Christian Movement before Ronald Reagan gave Jerry Falwell the secret handshake to enter the inner sanctum of the Grand Old Party.

        And I can tell you one thing I learned – follow the money…….

      • P.S. – this was a health food store – so exactly why are these self–professing Christians against eating healthy?

        But remember all the heat Michelle Obama took from these same self-professing Christians when the First Lady encouraged school kids to eat healthy foods?

        Why – Sarah Palin even took some cookies – smore’s? – to some school to make her point.

    • Yes, you have to watch out for the wackos in the health food stores. I was in GNC not long ago and there was a raffle for a trip to Atlantis and other points unknown. I was disappointed when I didn’t win it.

      And I’m fairly certain that Jesus was totally against organic food.

      (removing tongue from cheek)

  3. House GOP Leader Eric Cantor decried the protests that started several weeks ago in New York, and have spread to major cities across the country. Cantor said in a speech at the Values Voters Summit in Washington that he is “increasingly concerned” about the “growing mobs” represented at the protests.

    I’ll bet he is! He’s scared too! Mobs? Those words aren’t going to taste so good when he has to eat them. 🙂

  4. 🙂 This doesn’t displease me in any way! In fact, I like it a lot! Harry Reid caused Mitch McConnell to have his panties in a bunch!


    Harry Reid Blows Up Time And Space With Voting Procedure Change Thing

    “We are fundamentally turning the Senate into the House,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), pacing on the floor, with his voice rising, referring to the other body’s rules that can limit floor debate.

    • The comments at the wonkette link are entertaining. I really liked this one:

      The US Constitution states that the Senate (and, of course, the House) shall make the rules governing it. That’s pretty simple – even for a member of the GNoP.

      I remember the Republicans called this the “nuclear” option until it became obvious President Bush couldn’t pronounce it, so the focus groups told the reactionaries to change the name to the “constitutional” option.

      Now that the Democrats believe it’s a good idea the GNoP is back to calling it the nuclear option. I guess because Mr. Bush is no longer President, and Mr. Obama can handle big words.

      What other explanation could there be?

    • Congress has breached the gap and is now certifiably insane.

      Our lives have become a crooked chess game to give these people something to do while collecting wads of money.

      • I’m sure the author of this piece wouldn’t mind if we added congress to places one could study psychopaths.

        The CEO as psychopath

        Psychopaths are people who are amoral, ruthless, pathologically selfish and utterly unburdened by qualms of conscience. You find a lot of these folks in prisons. You can also find them in corporate boardrooms, the magazine reports.

        “I always said that if I wasn’t studying psychopaths in prison, I’d do it at the stock exchange,” Canadian psychologist Robert Hare told Fast Company.

  5. WSClark

    Memo to Eric Can’tor: STFU. Please.

  6. President Obama is taking it directly to Americans and it seems to be working!


    Barack Obama has jumped to a 15-point lead over the Republicans in Congress in trust to handle job creation, a sign the beleaguered president’s $450 billion jobs package has hit its mark in public opinion. Fifty-two percent support the plan – and most say it just might work.

    Overall approval of the U.S. Congress, meanwhile, has dropped to its lowest in polls dating back to the mid-1970s. And of the eight in 10 Americans who are dissatisfied with the way the country’s political system is working, more blame the Republicans in Washington than the president.

    For all of Obama’s well-documented woes, these and other results in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll underscore that politics are comparative, the public’s economic ire is omnidirectional – and it’s possible to move the bar.

    A month ago, Americans divided evenly, 40-40 percent, on whom they trusted more to handle job creation, Obama or the congressional Republicans. Now, after his jobs proposal and ongoing promotion of his plan, it’s 49-34 percent, Obama’s first significant advantage over the GOP on jobs in ABC/Post polling since early 2010.

    The president’s also maintained a large advantage over the Republicans in Congress in being seen as more concerned with the interests of middle-class Americans, now 52-32 percent. And the GOP, by a vast 70-17 percent, is seen as being more concerned than Obama with protecting the interests of the wealthy, a sentiment on which Obama has capitalized with his proposed millionaires’ tax.

  7. CapnAmerica

    Went to the Occupy Wichita this afternoon. A great group of people, and they ran a good meeting following the event.

    Tomorrow is Chester Lewis Reflecting pool at 202 E. Douglas at noon.

    Our local CONs are wetting their pants over at the “other Blog.” The Occupiers are “violent thugs,” “paid Soros and ACORN protestors,” and “don’t want a job, just a handout.”

    I guess that what Fox Limbaugh is telling them to think these days.

    To quote Bob Dylan, “there’s something happening here and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?”