Greg Sargent looks at a new Pew poll showing major contradictions in the American public’s opinion on government spending. Half of the people think deficit reduction is a priority for economic recovery — until you get to specific programs — then more people favor spending increases or no reduction in spending:
“Socialite Arianna Huffington built a blog-empire on the backs of thousands of citizen journalists,” a post at Adbusters begins. “She exploited our idealism and let us labor under the illusion that the Huffington Post was different, independent and leftist. Now she’s cashed in and three thousand indie bloggers find themselves working for a megacorp.”
But the Huffington Post is not Arianna’s to sell. It is ours: the lefty writers and readers, environmentalism activists and anti-corporate organizers who flooded the site with 25 million visits a month. So we’re going to take it back.
We’ll stop going to her site. And we’ll stop blogging for her too. Then we’ll give birth to an alternative to AOL’s HuffPo by using the #huffpuff hash tag to tell the world about our favorite counter-culture websites and indie blogs.
“We are the ones who built the Huffington Post. And now we will be the ones who will huff & puff it down,” Adbusters concluded.
A quick search of the social network Twitter indicated that the hashtag #huffpuff was already being used to propose alternatives.
Arianna herself told Politico this week, “We don’t see ourselves as left. And I think it’s one area where news consumers are ahead of the media, because they know that continuing to see everything that’s happening as a right-left issue is missing what’s happening, and is also making it much harder for us to be properly informed.”
As Bill Maher said last night on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show, “…and Bill O’Reilly, who claims to be such a patriot — how unpatriotic, in my view, to treat a President that way. How does that look to other countries when you’re interrupting and belittling?”
“We can look at the history in this country. Early drug companies argued the bill creating the FDA would “practically destroy the sale of … remedies in the United States.” That didn’t happen. Auto executives predicted that having to install seatbelts would bring the downfall of their industry. It didn’t happen. The President of the American Bar Association denounced child labor laws as “a communistic effort to nationalize children.” That’s a quote.” — President Obama, in an address to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Obama’s reminder to business that they have a responsibility to America, that they can’t just worry about shareholders and the bottom line:
“Ask yourselves what you can do for America. Ask yourselves what you can do to hire American workers, to support the American economy, and to invest in this nation.”
Obama’s reminder to business that there are important regulations:
“For example, even as we work to eliminate burdensome regulations, America’s businesses have a responsibility to recognize that there are some safeguards and standards that are necessary to protect the American people from harm or exploitation.”
His reminder to business that changes in the tax code need to benefit everyone:
“If we’re fighting to reform the tax code and increase exports to help you compete, the benefits can’t just translate into greater profits and bonuses for those at the top. They should be shared by American workers, who need to know that expanding trade and opening markets will lift their standard of living as well as your bottom line. We cannot go back to the kind of economy — and culture — we saw in the years leading up to the recession, where growth and gains in productivity just didn’t translate into rising incomes and opportunity for the middle class.”
It was probably shocking for the CoC to hear that America might expect more of business than profit increases for their shareholders and huge bonus checks for their executives. Certainly it needed to be said.
But the idea of shifting the nuclear weapons program to the Pentagon ignores a carefully considered posture, adopted after World War II and carefully maintained, to keep nuclear weapons under the jurisdiction of scientists and other civilians.
There are other security reasons for keeping nuclear weapons in a separate agency. Every year, Energy and the Pentagon conduct separate reviews of the nuclear stockpile. “By having two separate entities involved, you increase the chance that you get an honest, rigorous evaluation,” said Linton Brooks, the Energy Department’s undersecretary for nuclear security and the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration under President George W. Bush.
His assessment is that the move is probably a bad idea, especially paired with slashing the science and research programs. Sparing from the ax the labs most closely affiliated with nuclear weapons development, such as Los Alamos, and putting them under Pentagon control wouldn’t be much better.
“The [Defense Department] as it existed in the second half of the Bush term would not have been a very good steward” for the nuclear weapons program, Brooks said. “DOD does not have a particularly good track record at running multipurpose research labs… If you want Sandia, Los Alamos, and [Lawrence] Livermore to continue to be great institutions, you’re taking a risk with moving them.”
Just hours after 22-year-old gunman Jared Loughner launched a shooting spree at a Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) constituent event in Tucson on Saturday that left six dead and 14 wounded, Legislative District chairman Anthony Miller, a Republican, announced that he would resign his position. In an email to the state’s GOP chair, Miller cited “constant verbal attacks” after his election last year “and Internet blog posts by some local members with Tea Party ties made him worry about his family’s safety.”
[…] The newly-elected Dist. 20 Republican secretary, Sophia Johnson of Ahwatukee, first vice chairman Roger Dickinson of Tempe and Jeff Kolb, the former district spokesman from Ahwatukee, also quit.
Yet another right wing hate crime. Where are all the supposed liberal hate crimes? Fox runs the same footage of a black man committing voter intimidation for two months straight, but not a word on the murders and hate crimes being committed by rightists.
The right-wing anti-immigration and “anchor baby” memes are really out of place in Lee’s manifesto given the left-wing positions found throughout the document. Makes me wonder if he’s really just some right-wing scam artist who’s been laying the groundwork to smear liberals for the last few years. — Ryking
And a sampling of blame from the conservatives (aka TCOT):