Thursday, 4/16/15, Public Square



by | April 16, 2015 · 6:00 am

8 responses to “Thursday, 4/16/15, Public Square

  1. Stephen King via Twitter:

    “Cruz, Paul and Rubio, all running for President. Hey, I thought I was supposed to write the horror stories.”

  2. (from the link): Joan Cheever, a Good Samaritan, author, lawyer, and chef, has turned the tables and has found an inspiring use for the Texas ‘religious freedom’ law- to defend her efforts to help others. She has made it her mission to give out meals to the homeless, operating a food truck, the Chow Train, in the city of San Antonio, where she serves three-course meals to the needy every Tuesday and lunches on Sunday. When disaster strikes, be it hurricane or tornado, and towns are devastated in the wake of nature’s wrath, she travels around the country to wherever she is needed most and cooks delicious food for those of us could really use a pick-me up.

    Texas Woman to Police: Stop Fining Me For Feeding the Homeless, It’s My ‘Religious Freedom’ To Do So!

  3. Each year TIME Magazine names the 100 Most Influential People. Understandably, the list is made up of famous folks, leaders of state, and zillionaires. Each profile is written by someone interesting who knows the person well. House Speaker John Boehner did the one for Senate Leader Mitch McConnell etc… etc…

    This year Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made the cut. Perhaps, for inspiring a pop-culture movement that has made the law and justice a little more hip. One of Justice Ginsburg’s fans is her colleague on the court, Antonin Scalia.

    So, it’s fitting he wrote her profile,and here’s what he had to say:

    The high Court’s counterweight

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had two distinguished legal careers, either one of which would alone entitle her to be one of TIME’s 100. When she was a law professor at Rutgers and later Columbia, she became the leading (and very successful) litigator on behalf of women’s rights—the Thurgood Marshall of that cause, so to speak. President Carter appointed her to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980, and President Clinton to a seat on the Supreme Court in 1993.

    Having had the good fortune to serve beside her on both courts, I can attest that her opinions are always thoroughly considered, always carefully crafted and almost always correct (which is to say we sometimes disagree). That much is apparent for all to see.

    What only her colleagues know is that her suggestions improve the opinions the rest of us write, and that she is a source of collegiality and good judgment in all our work.

  4. Elizabeth Warren also made TIME Magazines’ 100 Most Influential People and Hillary Clinton wrote her profile:

    Elizabeth Warren
    By Hillary Clinton

    Progressive champion

    It was always going to take a special kind of leader to pick up Ted Kennedy’s mantle as senior Senator from Massachusetts—champion of working families and scourge of special interests. Elizabeth Warren never lets us forget that the work of taming Wall Street’s irresponsible risk taking and reforming our financial system is far from finished. And she never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants.

    Elizabeth Warren’s journey from janitor’s daughter to Harvard professor to public watchdog to U.S. Senator has been driven by an unflagging determination to level the playing field for hardworking American families like the one she grew up with in Oklahoma. She fights so hard for others to share in the American Dream because she lived it herself.

    • btw, the Koch brothers made the list too and their profile was written by Rand Paul. Wonder if he ‘borrowed’ some the words?

  5. The thing about republicans is that they tend to be vewy, vewy quiet when they’re adding hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit. You remember the deficit? The thing republicans say that they don’t your kids and grandkids to pay for? That deficit.

    • Duane A Daugherty‎ with Kansans United for Change through Civility says —

      Today the House voted to eliminate the estate tax. They claim that it harms small businesses and farms. Of course, by now you should be used to having politicians lie to you. Thankfully it has zero chance of getting through the senate, presidential veto and override attempt. Here are the facts about the estate tax —

      If you have an estate that is worth $10.86 million or less (for a married couple), you have no tax obligation. If yours is greater, you only owe on the amount over $10.86 million, and you owe at a much lesser rate than the income tax rate, and there are hundreds of exemptions, exceptions and loopholes, that allow many even larger estates to avoid most or all taxes. You will hear that this is “double taxation”, and yet the fact is most of these estates are mostly “unrealized” gains. Which means increase in value due to inflation or appreciation of assets that have never been taxed.

      But I’m open minded. If they want to eliminate the estate tax, which basically only impacts the top 0.02% of wealth in America, let’s have a fair trade. Let’s call all compensation for work, including stock, options, perquisites and anything else “income” for the purposes of taxation. And let’s remove the cap on FICA contributions. Neither of these things would impact 95% of America. And it would nearly balance the budget and make Social Security solvent forever. And without going as far as Eisenhower did by setting the top marginal tax rate at 92%.

      Fair trade?

      • Something else that was so brazen beyond belief:

        George W. Bush and Gang actually put the Iraq War and Afghanistan ‘off budget’ – and this was AFTER being told by George W. that the Iraq War would be paid for by the sale of the Iraqi oil.

        Does anyone else remember this???

        And what do we continue to hear about the Iraq War and how great George W. Bush and Gang were for invading that country?

        These are the same folks who actively seek to take money away from hungry Americans and start another damn War or two or three..

        I used to think Republicans were basically decent and good folks. Not any more.

        Ronald Reagan let Jerry Falwell and his Immorality Boys into the inner sanctum of the GOP and all Holy Hell has broken loose since.