Wednesday, 1/7/15, Public Square



by | January 7, 2015 · 6:00 am

16 responses to “Wednesday, 1/7/15, Public Square

  1. The cartoon speaks the ugly truth.

    • Yes.

      When I read that the republicans took the first step toward taking away our Social Security on DAY ONE of being in the majority I wondered how any person could be so gullible to believe these crooks are doing anything for them personally. The stupid is strong. The selfish and greed are even stronger. Each one of those stupid selfish greedy voters who elected this batch of republicans seems sure they can invest their money better than the government and they absolutely do not give a rat’s patootie about anyone but themselves.

      Thanks to the willfully ignorant folks that voted GOP, the party of “fiscal responsibility” will be responsible for destroying any financial security that you worked for in your lifetime.

    • Asher Bob White

      Yes, money is the puppet-master. And, who has the money? Not the voters. Will big business, i.e., the corporations, be given “voter” status to go along with their relative new “person” status? As in evidence, they really do not need either. Corporations already control everything, income, government, the justice system, messaging, voters, etc.; and have, since about the 1960’s for at least the second era of corporate dominance. And the bottom-line is still — what the voters elect at the ballot. For all our intellect, we’re not very smart.

  2. “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” — Mark Twain

    Huelskamp: Chairmanship taken away after Boehner defection

  3. It is aggravating when Politics is not so much about us whom have beliefs we are willing to stand by. But rather between the Rich as if they are playing a game of Checkers!

  4. Another republican planning to take financial security away from workers. Their money is being used to cover his failed “experiment.” Republicans are bad, bad people! When was the last time the Democratic Party had majorities in the state of Kansas? This is a REPUBLICAN mess!

    “Brownback said he would cut $58 million from the state’s contribution of taxpayer revenues into KPERS in the current year. It’s an element of a desperate scheme to balance this year’s budget….Brownback and lawmakers might try to make major changes in state support for pensions as they stare at the need to slice $430 million or more from next fiscal year’s budget, starting July 1.” — The Kansas City Star

    Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan won’t help solve Kansas’ latest pension crisis

  5. Republicans formally adopt “cooking the books” as a House rule today —

    (from the link): It may be tempting to dismiss this change as just an accounting issue. But they are rigging the rules in favor of windfall tax breaks to the very wealthy and big corporations who can hire high-priced, well-funded lobbyists—once again choosing to leave behind working families. Their plan would further distort the nation’s fiscal outlook by applying this scoring model only to tax cuts—not the economic impact of investments in education, healthcare, infrastructure, and other areas. That means that the value of tax cuts to the economy would be exaggerated, and the value of investments in the middle class would be undercut.

    Instead of offering a responsible budget, they’re trying to cook the books.

    Put best by Bruce Bartlett, a former economic advisor to President Reagan, dynamic scoring “is not about honest revenue-estimating. It’s about using smoke and mirrors to institutionalize Republican ideology into the budget process.”

    ‘Dynamic Scoring’ Cooks the Books
    It’s trickle-down economics by another name.

    • trickle down – in my own improvised words (hat tip to R.D) – it is being told it is raining when the GOP elephant is pissing on you

      (sorry for being so blunt)

  6. 21 Heartbreaking Cartoons From Artists Responding To The Charlie Hebdo Shooting
    Cartoonists from all over the world mourn in the wake of a Paris shooting that killed as many as 12 people, many of whom are members of Charlie Hebdo.

  7. Sounds to me like congress critters — of both major parties — may be planning to screw average Americans. Watch to see what the democrats do! Will enough democrats go along with the republicans and give back to their donors? The 1% may have already won and I’m the last person to actually acknowledge it happened.

    Elizabeth Warren says — “One day into the new Congress, House Republicans are picking up right where they left off: trying to gut Wall Street reforms so that big banks can make more risky bets using taxpayer-backed money. This is yet another big bank giveaway that makes our economy and middle class families less safe.”

    (More from the link): After stuffing Wall Street’s stockings in December with subsidies for risky trading, the House of Representatives plans to wish big banks a happy New Year on Wednesday by hacking up and delaying the Volcker Rule.

    The Volcker Rule is a key reform adopted after the 2008 financial meltdown that bans banks from gambling in securities markets with taxpayer money — a tactic known as proprietary trading. But under legislation slated for a Wednesday vote, banks would be given a two-year reprieve from unloading some of their riskiest holdings — known as collateralized loan obligations.

    The deregulation measure is one of 11 changes to the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law that Republicans will bring to the floor under a single bill Wednesday. The legislation can only pass the House if dozens of Democrats support it, since the bill will be brought up under special rules that require a two-thirds majority for approval.

    Happy New Year, Wall Street: Congress Has Another Gift For You

    • This is when President Obama will show his true grit….

      I hope he vetoes every single one of these GOP bills – and let the Republicans have to fight to get their crappola passed through the White House.

      Republicans have been dancing naked in the streets since they won big in the midterms – but do these folks have any idea that people expect results?

      And if these Republicans have to justify why so many corporations and Too-Big-To-Fail Banks deserve all the tax breaks and government welfare – 2016 might just be a bloodbath for these GOP circus elephants.

      I wonder if any of these Republicans know of the old saying – win the battle but lose the war?

  8. It always kind of bewilders me, when ever I have the time I have been working on writing the story of my experience with the heart attack and the recovery. I have been so far with the time period in Tulsa and it has such a odd effect on me. When ever I re-read or “Proof read” what I have already written. Odd feelings overcome me, I suddenly am feeling much as I did during that time. Frightening feeling at times, I end up checking my blood pressure and blood sugars. Not so sure if I am just that good of a writer that I have been able to convey it well or just reliving it has such a effect on me?

    • R.D. – it has been 7 years since my cancer journey and I still wonder how me and my entire family made it through all that stuff.

      All I can say is – the human spirit can carry us through difficult times and sometimes we just have to let all the fear go and let the higher spirit take over.

      Sounds to me like you went through some very difficult times – and survived. You not only survived – you are thriving. You’re blessed with a great family and a lot of love.

      That love is the energy I call the higher spirit – I cannot see it, smell it or touch it – but I have certainly felt it’s power.

      • I can’t tell you how happy I am that both of you are strong and survived! I haven’t had to walk in your shoes but I am so proud of the way both of you came through tougher times than I can even imagine! I love you! I’m really proud of both of you!

      • love you too – fnord.

        I know you have not personally gone through anything like R.D. and I have – but you have been touched by such serious illness through your grandson.

        It’s hard to be the patient – but it sometimes harder for those loved ones to have to watch it all and know there is not a single thing they can do to change things – except keep hope alive and live one day at a time.

        The single most important lesson I learned from my cancer journey is that I am not in total control of my life. Sometimes – that is the hardest lesson to learn. Especially for someone who is as independent and cynical as me.

        When you’re flat on your back – it makes you look upwards and find the strength you need in those around you.

        That is why I think I survived – in spite of the dismal prognosis. That, and the fact that it was just not my time to go…