Saturday, 11/17/12, Public Square



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11 responses to “Saturday, 11/17/12, Public Square

  1. We do have good things to celebrate!

    Remember today at six a group of eval libruhls are getting together to celebrate President Obama’s victory and toast to a great next four years! Mary said she was going to the place early and said “look for the balloons.” Will is driving down and bringing that lady that took his heart, and ultimately him, to KC.

    email me. Do drop by or come and stay if you can. Hugs all around!

  2. Senator Harry Reid sent a letter to the “honorable” John McCain yesterday regarding his ridiculous partisan attacks surrounding the ongoing, Faux “News” led, Benghazi saga. You can read it here:

    I think Senator McCain needs a nap!

  3. You know, from what I’m reading I’m beginning to think Willard Mitt Romney may not speak at the next Republican National Convention. 🙂

  4. They’ve been through bankruptcy twice, the unions took concessions already. “But the new private equity backers loaded the company with debt, making it difficult to invest in new equipment. Earlier this year, Hostess had more than $860 million of debt.”

    While Hostess management wants to blame BCTGM International Union members for its demise, the truth is that had it not been for the valiant efforts of BCTGM members over the last 8 years, including accepting significant wage and benefit concessions after the first bankruptcy, this company would have gone out of business long ago.

    For those that want more than just political talking points, this is a good article on the fall of an 82 year old company. There are not white hat or black hats – just poor decisions all around – and greed (read hedge fund).

  5. Police report says break-in at Dem HQ not random

    SEATTLE – A preliminary police report suggests an Election Day burglary at the headquarters of the state Democratic Party might be something other than a routine break-in.

    Workers arriving about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 6 found the front door smashed. Police secured the building and found offices ransacked. In addition to the Democratic Party, the building held offices for Jay Inslee’s campaign for governor and Organizing for America, the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama.

    A window had been broken to get into a director’s office and confidential files were rifled through and moved. Other offices that were hit included the media coordinator and fundraising section. A trash can was dumped and used to haul away the stolen property.

    The majority of items taken belonged to people who “were of major importance to the campaigns,” the report states.

    Several computers and alcoholic beverages were left untouched, according to the report.

    “The suspect/s were there to collect specific items but attempted to make it look like a random burglary,” according to the report.

    Read more here:

  6. Bazinga should be the word of the year. 🙂 Smile every time you get a chance, and laugh as often as possible!

    This is one of my grand daughters and her friend —

  7. The 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team stopped by the White House Thursday to visit with President Barack Obama. McKayla Maroney did the “I’m not impressed” face with President Obama.

    Don’t you get a kick out of having a president who relates, knows what’s going on, and is so cool!?

  8. Democratic Senator Introduces Bill To Lift Social Security’s Tax Cap, Extend Its Solvency For Decades

    (from the link): Social Security, the government entitlement that provides support to seniors in retirement, the disabled, and other Americans, has long been in the cross-hairs of budget reformers. The program’s trust fund currently won’t be spent out until 2033, and after that it would still pay 75 percent of scheduled benefits.

    Most of the proposed solutions to the shortfall involve cutting back benefits and raising the minimum retirement age. Both are deeply problematic; at its current level of benefits Social Security kept over 20 million people out of poverty in 2011, many Americans in demanding manual labor jobs already take early retirement and thus reduced benefits as it is, and lower-income Americans have not particularly benefited from the average rise in lifespans .

    This week, however, Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) put forward a reform package that goes in the opposite direction, while still financially securing the program’s trust fund for roughly the next seven decades. The Washington Post’s Dylan Matthews laid out the details:

  9. 5-Point Guide To The Fiscal Showdown

    1. The “Fiscal Cliff” Is A Myth. As Paul Krugman put it, “The looming prospect of spending cuts and tax increases isn’t a fiscal crisis. It is, instead, a political crisis brought on by the G.O.P.’s attempt to take the economy hostage.”[1] Republicans are manufacturing this crisis to pressure Democrats to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and accept painful cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

    2. The Bush Tax Cuts Finally End December 31. If Congress does nothing, the ax will fall on all the Bush tax cuts on New Year’s Eve.[2] Then, on January 1, the public pressure on John Boehner and House Republicans to extend the middle-class tax cuts (already passed by the Senate and waiting to be signed by President Obama) will become irresistible.[3] So the middle-class tax cut will eventually get renewed, and we’ll have $823 billion more revenue from the top 2% to do great things with.[4]

    3. The Sequester. The sequester is another political creation, forced on Democrats by Republicans in exchange for lifting the debt ceiling last year to avoid crashing our economy.[5] It’s a set of cuts (50% to a bloated military budget and 50% to important domestic programs) designed to make both Republicans and Democrats hate it so much that they’d never let it happen.[6] And the cuts can be reversed weeks or months into 2013 without causing damage.[7]

    4. The Big Three. Nothing happens to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits on January 1—unless Republicans force painful cuts to beneficiaries in exchange for tax increases on the wealthy, which are going to happen anyway if Congress does NOTHING.[8] So, there’s literally no reason benefits cuts should be part of the discussion right now.

    5. We Should Be Talking About Jobs. The real crisis Americans want Congress to fix is getting people back to work. And with just a fraction of that $823 billion from the wealthiest 2%, we could create jobs for more than 20,000 veterans and pay for the 300,000 teachers and 52,000 first responders, which our communities so desperately need.[9] That’s not to mention jobs from investing in clean energy and our national infrastructure.