Thursday, September 20, 2012

The content of his character

Hunter connects the dots:
Willard Mitt Romney is quite convinced that the contents of a person's tax returns are defining evidence of their character. He is equally insistent that he does not want anyone to see his own. It would be remiss to assume there is no connection between the two beliefs.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Selfish people vs. citizens

The best thing Obama ever said:
[A] freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.... 
America is not about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Countering Frank Luntz

We need some extremely plain talk to counter Frank Luntz's latest salvo, in which he instructs Republicans to say the Ryan budget "strengthens," "preserves," and "protects" Medicare and Social Security. 

Karoli at Crooks & Liars obliges:
Here it is, plain and simple. Paul Ryan is a fervent believer in killing social insurance by privatizing it for profit. To that end, his budget proposal ends Medicare. It ends it. Period. There is no "choice" involved. It ends Medicare and shifts the burden for medical costs onto senior citizens. Similarly, his scheme for Social Security ends it. Period. It takes our retirement funds and gives them to Wall Street, where all the risk then shifts over to the retiree and all the profit heads into Wall Street's pocket. 
Wall Street and health insurers benefit from Paul Ryan's plan, but people don't. They can paint that pig with all kinds of different shades of lipstick but everyone needs to know that Paul Ryan aims to destroy the social safety nets by shifting all costs and risks from the government to individuals, terminating the agreement that has worked so well for so many years, and handing our retirement to profit-driven enterprise.
Emphasis added. And another thing: we have to stop saying "entitlements," with its horrible something-for-nothing framing. We paid into those programs for years. We earn those benefits. They are insurance programs, shared-risk programs. What Ryan proposes is to strip out the profits and saddle us with the risk.

UPDATE: Even shorter and more to the point, via the Overpass Light Brigade:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Progressive values

Progressive values, around which we frame every argument:
Responsibility. Fairness. Character. Shared sacrifice. Love of Country. Honoring the sacredness of American shared identity and purpose.
'Nuff said.

Monday, April 23, 2012

R.I.P. Facts

I'm a week late getting to this tear-inducing obit written by Rex Huppke at the Chicago Tribune:
To the shock of most sentient beings, Facts died Wednesday, April 18, after a long battle for relevancy with the 24-hour news cycle, blogs and the Internet. Though few expected Facts to pull out of its years-long downward spiral, the official cause of death was from injuries suffered last week when Florida Republican Rep. Allen West steadfastly declared that as many as 81 of his fellow members of the U.S. House of Representatives are communists. 
Facts held on for several days after that assault — brought on without a scrap of evidence or reason — before expiring peacefully at its home in a high school physics book. Facts was 2,372.
Read it and weep.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The "View from Nowhere"

Sarah Jaffe has a great piece up on NPR's new code favoring "truth" over "balance." It includes this quote from media critic Jay Rosen:
Something happened in our press over the last 40 years or so that never got acknowledged and to this day would be denied by a majority of newsroom professionals. Somewhere along the way, truthtelling was surpassed by other priorities the mainstream press felt a stronger duty to. These include such things as “maintaining objectivity,” “not imposing a judgment,” “refusing to take sides” and sticking to what I have called the View from Nowhere.
Please, please, please let this mark the turning back from the insanity of our national discourse... a/k/a the Age of Ignorance.

Monday, March 05, 2012

"Stupid doesn't begin to describe it"

A European loses patience with American whining about outsourced jobs:
China isn't taking your jobs, you are giving them away. There is no great conspiracy here, all that is happening is that the great God of Capitalism is working precisely as intended. You wanted it, you voted for it, quit moaning about it.
Someone sold you the Brooklyn Bridge when they convinced you that Capitalism works better, is more efficient, more profitable, more American when unfettered by regulation. Well yes, it is, for the Capitalists. For you ... nope, not so much because now you have no job and are left to live in the filth and pollution they left behind when they sent your job to India. 
And you sit on your great Oklahoman ass and blame the very people who were trying to protect you from that. Stupid doesn't begin to describe it. "Low Information" is not an excuse. You have no excuse for not knowing what your Representatives are doing. There can be no finger-pointing, no blaming, no apology. You got exactly what you deserve. You got what you voted for when you weren't paying attention.