Sunday, 11/06/11, Public Square


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14 responses to “Sunday, 11/06/11, Public Square

  1. This is the trouble some are saying is being kept quiet with all the news of sexual harassment claims —

    A major conservative advocacy group, funded by Koch family oil interests, says it is reviewing its “financial dealings” with a Wisconsin charity headed by Herman Cain’s campaign manager, raising fresh questions about the source of tens of thousands of dollars in funds that were used to pay expenses for Cain’s presidential campaign.

    The Center for Public Integrity reported late Thursday that Americans for Prosperity, one of the largest and most prominent of conservative political groups, has confirmed unspecified financial transactions with two closely linked Wisconsin non-profits — Prosperity USA and Wisconsin Prosperity Network — that were founded by Mark Block, Cain’s campaign manager.
    One of those groups, Prosperity USA, paid for $37,000 in expenses, including iPads, charter flights and items, for Cain’s presidential campaign, according to financial documents disclosed this week by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

    Non-profits are barred by law from paying for campaign expenses, and when the allegations first surfaced this week — at the same time as the sexual harassment charges against the presidential candidate — Cain said he would order an investigation of whether there were improper campaign violations.

  2. Candidates the GOP Deserves

    The problem with the GOP candidates is the party they’re in, and what they have to do, say, and stand for to have a chance to become its nominee.

    I hope we all agree now, even those of you on the Koch brothers’ payroll, that the current crop of Republican candidates leaves a bit to be desired. This week Joe Klein came up with “the Republican Romper Room,” which is about as apt as anything I’ve seen. What I haven’t seen yet is a theory of why they’re so lame. So here it is: they’re lousy candidates with no ideas because they’re in a party that doesn’t care about ideas. Indeed, actual ideas about actually solving the country’s actual problems would constitute sedition in today’s GOP. Fortunately for the candidates, none of them are in remote danger of being hauled before the bench.

    All these candidates have to do is speak in billboards. Low taxes. No regulation. Cut spending. Death to the EPA. Build a fence. Build a higher fence. Build an electric fence. Stop apologizing for America. The audiences have been, as we’ve seen, worse than the candidates, boors and jackals and garment-rending vulgarians, booing a soldier in Iraq, cheering lustily at Rick Perry’s death-row body count, shouting “let him die!” about the poor hypothetical fellow with no health coverage.

    There used to be such a thing as conservative policies. They included… well, for starters, they included the individual mandate and cap-and-trade. Those were once Republican ideas. But even beyond that, conservatism used to be amenable to talking rationally about immigration, poverty programs, even taxes. Now these things cannot be spoken of. Just repeat the slogan. And if the other guy beat you to it, just repeat it again, at greater volume and with a lacerating adjective or two.

  3. Be brave, everyone. We can get through this!

    • FDR knew this!

      The Second Bill of Rights was a list of rights proposed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, the then President of the United States, during his State of the Union Address on January 11, 1944. In his address Roosevelt suggested that the nation had come to recognize, and should now implement, a second “bill of rights.” Roosevelt’s argument was that the “political rights” guaranteed by the constitution and the Bill of Rights had “proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.” Roosevelt’s remedy was to declare an “economic bill of rights” which would guarantee:

      Employment, with a living wage,
      Freedom from unfair competition and monopolies,
      Medical care,
      Education, and,
      Social security

  4. Here’s what the 99% represent in our country today —