“In 2004, Ohio was ground zero for the Swift Boat smear campaign. In 2008 Ohio was ground zero for all things related to Joe the Plumber. In 2012 it’s already been ground zero for Mitt Romney’s fraudulent welfare ad and is now ground zero for a flatly dishonest ad about Jeep assembly being moved to China. At some point, you’d think that Ohio voters would get tired of Republicans treating them like chumps. Maybe this is the year.” — One can always dream… (via motherjones)
Record Heat Wave Greets GOP Climate Deniers In Illinois Primary - The planet is putting the lie to the climate deniers vying for the Republican presidential nomination today in the Illinois primary. Today may mark the seventh straight day of 80 degree temperatures at O’Hare, something that’s never happened before in March,” writes Bill McKibben. “Or in April, for that matter. For 25 years climatologists have been telling us to expect exactly this kind of weather — such extremes become ever more likely as we warm the planet.”
In fact, the last time Chicago had an 80-degree temperature during the month of March prior to this year was over 22 years ago back on March 12, 1990. The high temperature that day was 81.
[...] Keep in mind, average daily high temperatures this time of year are in the upper 40s. Overnight lows the past several nights looked more like Chicago’s normal daily highs.
With the current pattern setup across the eastern United States, it is likely that the Windy City will shatter their current record warmest Marches.
John Cole highlights the following Washington Post article (below) and ends with the comment: “The most amazing thing the Republican party has done is turn the people they are screwing the most into their most ardent supporters.”
They’d rather be Tammy Wynette than agree, even a little, with the evil socialists who say maybe the wealthy don’t need MORE tax cuts at the expense of programs and services the rest of us depend on — and maybe the richest don’t need MORE of the nation’s wealth that’s been steadily distributed to them for the past 30 years.
Here’s that article. Kiss the middle-class goodbye:
Nearly one in three Americans who grew up middle-class has slipped down the income ladder as an adult, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Downward mobility is most common among middle-class people who are divorced or separated from their spouses, did not attend college, scored poorly on standardized tests, or used hard drugs, the report says.
“A middle-class upbringing does not guarantee the same status over the course of a lifetime,” the report says.
The study focused on people who were middle-class teenagers in 1979 and who were between 39 and 44 years old in 2004 and 2006. It defines people as middle-class if they fall between the 30th and 70th percentiles in income distribution, which for a family of four is between $32,900 and $64,000 a year in 2010 dollars.
People were deemed downwardly mobile if they fell below the 30th percentile in income, if their income rank was 20 or more percentiles below their parents’ rank, or if they earn at least 20 percent less than their parents. The findings do not cover the difficult times that the nation has endured since 2007.
Pew researchers said the study’s structure did not permit an analysis of whether upward mobility has become more difficult through the years. Nonetheless, some economists point to growing income inequality and widely stagnating wages as evidence that the American Dream is slipping out of reach for many people.
You know which GOP presidential candidate is most anxious to pull the plug on the middle-class? All of them, but these 3 have spelled it out most recently:
Mitt Romney: He’d deliver a massive $6.6 trillion tax cut that would primarily benefit the very wealthy and corporations. After accounting for the added interest costs that we’ll have to pay, the total cost of Romney’s plan grows to $7.8 trillion over the next 10 years. Romney lays out several tax policies, all of which primarily benefit the super wealthy: extend Bush’s tax cuts, eliminate capital gains taxes, cut corporate taxes, and eliminate estate taxes. Read on.
Michele Bachmann: She’d like to end corporate income tax. Bachmann has previously called for cutting the 35 percent corporate tax rate down to nine percent, a move that would cost more than $2 trillion over ten years. This call for reducing or even eliminating corporate taxes comes at a time when corporate after tax profits are the highest they’ve been since 1947. She’d also like to give a second ‘one-time’ tax holiday to corporations who want to bring money back to the U.S. to create jobs. Even though corporations didn’t do that with the extra money the first time. Read on.
Jon Huntsman: He released an economic plan that is as bad for the middle-class — and as nutty — as any proposed by his rivals. It would pay for a half-million-dollar tax break for the richest 0.1 percent of Americans with tax increases on the middle-class and new taxes on seniors, veterans, and poor families. [...] on the whole, middle-class families would be forced to pay $1,890 in higher taxes under the no-tax expenditure plan compared to what they pay now. The richest one percent, meanwhile, would get an average tax cut of more than $7,000, because they benefit the most from the lower rates. Read on.
And here’s the abusive relationship between the Republican party and the supporters, illustrated…
“This isn’t a children’s game despite the efforts of these idiotic Villagers who are determined to pretend that there is an easy answer to the huge ideological gulf between the left and right in this country. These aren’t two “extremes” of some mythical middle. They are the two competing American political belief systems, period. People who vote for Republicans know very well that they are voting for low taxes for everyone, including the wealthy, and they believe sincerely that everyone would be better off if they fended for themselves and let capitalism sort it all out. (How that plays out in their own lives is different,of course, but they are persuaded that most of their tax dollars are wasted on people who don’t deserve it and they aren’t going to change their minds.) Democrats believe that taxes are a price you pay for a secure, upwardly mobile society and that the wealthy can easily afford to pay more for the privilege of of living in a stable country with a strong middle class. Republicans are hostile to social security, medicare and all government programs designed to help the less fortunate. They simply do not believe it’s an appropriate or moral thing to do because it makes people dependent and lazy. Democrats believe in egalitarianism, social justice and social welfare. However hypocritical these people are as individuals (and they most certainly are) they vote on the basis of competing worldviews that are not reconcilable by a bunch of accountants hashing out a compromise. Those differences are real and they’re not “childish.”* These are very distinct ideas about what government should do and how it should do it. What’s childish is pretending that isn’t so and insisting on some kumbaaya magical thinking that we can work it all out if “the extremes” would just stop being so unreasonable.”
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Basically, the 65-and-older crowd rode their rascal scooters to polling places while the under-30 crowd couldn’t be bothered:
Only about one in five people under the age of 30 voted in the mid-term elections Tuesday, says a study based on exit polls… Around one million fewer Americans under the age of 30 cast ballots in the 2010 mid-term elections compared to the 2006 vote. [Rawstory]
What’s there to say? You didn’t vote because you’re so disillusioned? Whatevs, right? You might say, What have the Democrats and President Obama done for me lately. There’s no difference between the GOP and Democrats anyway. Well… enjoy your new GOP-Teaparty House of Representatives. I’m sure they’ll get right on all the things you claim you care about: environment, gay rights, health care, the wars, etc.
Also keep in mind that one of the reasons that your demographic (the youth vote) isn’t as ‘pandered’ to as, say, the 65-and-older crowd is that YOU’RE unreliable. Always. Politicians can’t count on you to show up — as we clearly see above. There’s all this energy expended to GOTV, to beg you to exercise your right to vote and / or fulfill your duty to vote, and what happens? You still don’t show up. But remember: the older crowd, the unhappy crowd, the loudest and most unreasonable crowd always shows up. Always.
So, well done!
Love this video.
Fox News asks its viewers if Americans who paid no income taxes should lose their ‘right’ to vote. Meanwhile — thanks to the Citizen United decision — corporations are about to begin a shopping spree for the politicians they’re looking to buy in the next election.
The coal industry is very excited about what they see as the clearance sale on Republican candidates and the potential for less regulation in DC — or as they put it, “allowing our voices to be heard.“
Here we see Fox News implying that perhaps Americans who didn’t earn enough to pay federal income taxes last year should — yes — lose their voting rights.
… And then, of course, there’s the racial component in this.
And finally, there’s the lie. 47 percent didn’t have to pay federal income taxes because they didn’t earn enough, or they received a tax cut. But they paid other taxes — state, local, sales, property, fees, etc.
The Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky reports that several coal executives, including Blankenship, are pooling their money to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision loosening corporate campaign finance laws by forming a 527 group to help elect coal-friendly Republicans. Why a 527? Because according to the IRS, they can hide their activities until “next year, long after the Nov. 2 election.” From the report:
“With the recent Supreme Court ruling, we are in a position to be able to take corporate positions that were not previously available in allowing our voices to be heard,” wrote Roger Nicholson, senior vice president and general counsel at International Coal Group of Scott Depot, W.Va., in an undated letter he sent to other coal companies. [...]
“A number of coal industry representatives recently have been considering developing a 527 entity with the purpose of attempting to defeat anti-coal incumbents in select races, as well as elect pro-coal candidates running for certain open seats,” Nicholson wrote. “We’re requesting your consideration as to whether your company would be willing to meet to discuss a significant commitment to such an effort.”