Monday, 11/25/13, Public Square

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by | November 25, 2013 · 6:00 am

13 responses to “Monday, 11/25/13, Public Square

  1. R.D. Liebst

    Part is apathy and part is the feeling it does no good since the money and the power has more sway. People who do not have the money to make a difference against the likes of a Donald Trump. Often feels like why bother to even vote.

    Also with propaganda put out it reinforces that feeling of being power less.
    It can lead people even if they are seeing a positive effect in their own life’s to believe the fear monger’s when they say it does not make a difference in the average person’s life.

    I am finding quite a few in my every day encounters who lambast the President and I ask simple questions about what Is the effect in their lives they are seeing? Only to have to say it does not effect them or that the Fox News reality is not what they actually see.

    They point to some abstract example with out any proof that it is true only something they have heard.

    • Fox “News” viewers make this choice to be ignorant.

      Fox “News” does a great job of stirring the pot. Sad, isn’t it? Your purpose is to keep people angry and dissatisfied… With government. With Obama. Damnit. Because, Obama.

  2. 1) If Republicans are so fiscally responsible, why was President Eisenhower (in the 1950′s) the last Republican president to balance the budget?

    2) If President Reagan was such a fiscally conservative hero, why did he quadruple our national debt during his eight years in the White House?

    3) If tax breaks are the main driving force behind job creation, how would we create jobs once tax rates were reduced to practically zero?

    4) If socialized health care is so awful, why does every country that leads the world in life expectancy have socialized health care?

    5) If you support the freedom of religion (as per our Constitution), and my church recognizes gay marriage, isn’t your support for the banning of same-sex marriage an attack on my religion’s First Amendment rights?

    6) What’s more realistic? 1) That an entire region of the United States that supported slavery in the late-1800′s and support segregation in the 1950′s and 60′s suddenly stopped being racist, or 2) The racist southern Democrats in the south became Republicans during the 50′s and 60′s when the Republican party shifted toward an idea called the “Southern Strategy,” where the GOP appealed to the racism in southern whites who didn’t like African Americans voting for Democrats.

    7) If taxes are at some of their lowest levels in history, and the wealthiest in this country are richer than ever, why hasn’t the growth in the wealth of the middle class matched that of the top 2%?

    8) If our Founding Fathers wanted this nation to be based on Christianity, why don’t the words “Christian” or “Christianity” appear even once in our Constitution?

    9) If a Republican president reduced massive job losses in the midst of the worst recession in nearly a century by more than 50% in his first 4 months in office; presided over 44 consecutive months of private-sector job growth creating nearly 8 million jobs; killed Osama bin Ladin; saw stock markets reach all-time highs; saved the American auto industry; increased domestic oil production to highs not seen since the late-90′s and championed the largest year-to-year deficit reductions since World War II, would your party not be calling him a hero and a legend?

    10) If Jesus spent his life helping the poor and the needy, how does it make sense that a party which claims to be for “Christian values” continues to cut funding for programs that help the poor and the needy?

  3. I see Kansas continues it’s losing ways. No wonder my out of state friends call Kansas the Big Empty.

    Maybe if we wait long enough, all the wingnuts will leave? Naaaawwwww. Probably all the sane people will leave and only the crazies will remain.

    Keep in mind the population out migration is just that. Migration. Has nothing to do with Kansas having more deaths than births. But, add that to the mix, and I think the Big Empty is going to get even emptier. Especially out here.

  4. I think this also describes Brownbackistan, the state formerly known as Dumbfuckistan.

    Timothy Egan argues today in a New York Times op-ed:

    “By refusing to expand health care for the working poor through Medicaid, which is paid for by the federal government under Obamacare, most of the old Confederacy is committed to keeping millions of its own fellow citizens in poverty and poor health. They are dooming themselves, further, as the Left-Behind States.

    And they are doing it out of spite. Elsewhere, the expansion of Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, has been one of the few success stories of Obamacare. It may be too complicated for the one-dimensional Beltway press. Either that, or it doesn’t fit the narrative of failure.”

  5. To me this is exceptionally good advice!

    At least a dozen U.S. mega-retailers are opening for the first time this Thanksgiving Day. It’s the latest example of the race to the bottom led by Walmart, the nation’s largest employer, which for years has scheduled work on Thanksgiving. The expansion of hours will take more than a million employees away from their families during the holiday. The big retailers say it’s their employees’ choice, but it’s hardly a choice: If they’re scheduled but don’t work, it’s counted as a missed day, and too many missed days mean they’re fired. If they’re working part-time (as an increasing number are) they can’t afford not to work when they’re scheduled to.

    Last week the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board found Walmart had “unlawfully threatened, disciplined and/or terminated employees” at stores in 13 states, for protesting pay and working conditions in the last year’s “Black Friday” walkouts. Please support Walmart workers – and, by extension, low-wage workers across America – by boycotting Walmart this Friday. You might go a step further: Don’t shop in any big retailer Thanksgiving Day. Spread the word. — Robert Reich

  6. Fifty years ago today President Kennedy was laid to rest while the public watched. I remember being too glued to the television and crying too much. It was a sad time.

    Today’s “conservatives” are, once again, rewriting history and trying to convince themselves Kennedy was also a conservative, definitely not a liberal. I say convince themselves because they certainly aren’t going to convince anyone who understands reality without their rewrite.

    Consider how William F Buckley Jr.’s National Review — which despised unionized workers, civil rights marchers, and every other liberal constituency — assessed JFK. Having berated his “crazy administration” from the beginning, here’s how the leading conservative journal responded to his assassination:

    The editors of National Review judged John Fitzgerald Kennedy to be a consummate technician of mass politics. His programs and policies – often chosen, by the evidence, in opportunistic furtherance of technical manipulations – we judged to be, for the most part, dangerous to the nation’s well-being and security, and to the survival of our perilously threatened Western civilization. Neither his death nor the fearful manner of it provides any reason to change these judgments.

    Following his election, Kennedy’s effort to create Medicare — defeated in 1962 but passed posthumously in 1965 — provoked the same hysteria on the right that the far more moderate Obamacare inflames today. The Conservative Society of America, run by a “peppery” pair of wingnuts named Ken and Phoebe Courtney, published “Medicare: A Socialist Fraud,” urging action against JFK’s proposal for medical security in retirement — lest the nation and the West should fall.

    Of course Kennedy was no more a socialist than Obama, as actual socialists would be the first to explain. But like Obama, Kennedy did much to earn that intended indictment from the right. And it is far too late to rescind the compliment now.

    Read more of what “right-wingers of 1963” said before today’s conservatives began their latest rewrite of history:

  7. bobwhitenks

    Here’s my observation regarding today’s post: “hopefully”! And I’m worried because so many of the 99% who could “rule”, yes, vote their preferences instead of their interests. They are uninformed, misinformed and ill-informed.

    • I know you’ve summed it up accurately, Bob. I’m ever the optimist and since it’s so easy to see who has bought our government I remain hopeful.

      • Bob’s summation is indeed most accurate. For better or worse, regardless of the existence of any empirical evidence supporting or rebutting the same, preferences win out over interests. It has been interesting to correspond with a number of my high school classmates who still believe they have a chance (separate and apart from winning a lottery) to “make it big” even though, at age 63, it would have happened already if it was ever was going to happen. Many of them have worked earnestly and hard at their occupations, but find themselves in worse financial condition than their parents.

        As always, there exists a plethora of boogeymen to blame, but the bottom line for most is that barely eking out a high school education was not enough to qualify them for advancement, especially as technology advanced. Bluntly, they were dumb asses in high school, and nothing has changed since then.

        As I am sure you all can surmise, I’m an “elitist”, a “socialist”, or a general pox on productive society due to my opinions on matters economic and personal. The most personally gratifying thing of the recent reunion was when those of us who are veterans were recognized. Those who somehow got lost on their way to the recruiting office while now urging various military action by the U.S. in the world sat there mouths agape when I was included. To no thinking person’s surprise, these included my most vociferous critics. F**k them; they have soiled their nest, now let them continue inhabiting it.

  8. Speaker John Boehner’s health insurance premiums are paid for up to 75% by the taxpayers and now his wife is going on Medicare.