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Happy Black Friday!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2011 by rottenart

Here’s Occupy OKC mic-checking Wal-Mart. Evidently, even though they were peaceably leaving the premises, Del City police decided that they were enough of a “threat” to start tackling and arresting. If you listen closely, you can hear on of the officers say, “get on the ground or get tased!”

Tased. For yelling in a Wal-Mart and then leaving when asked.

Remember, this is the message:

Let’s Talk About ‘Fair Share’

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2011 by rottenart

Steve Benen has a good post today about the persistent meme that’s been making the rounds since the deficit became the holy grail of national political discussion: it’s not fair to ask the wealthiest Americans to pay more in taxes because they already pay so much! John Boehner, ever the voice of the oppressed 1%, said this:

“Come on. The top 1% paid 38% of income taxes in America. How much more do you want them to pay?”

“We are not going to engage in class warfare,” Boehner said, adding: “The president’s clearly trying to do it, and it’s wrong.”

Well, let’s just parse that a bit, shall we? As Steve puts it:

“Just as important, while these very Americans are paying a larger percentage of the nation’s overall income taxes, they’re also paying a smaller share of their personal income in income taxes.”

As a percentage of their income, they’ve seen their tax rate drop significantly. While the top 20% do pay the majority of the income tax, they also control around 90% of the wealth and account for ~80% of the income.  In fact, while the middle and lower classes have seen their wages stagnate and even decline over the past 30 years, the uppermost 1%  have seen their incomes soar by 275% in the same period. And those vast majority who Boehner thinks aren’t paying enough? They’re already poor and don’t make enough money to have to pay!

Beware the Republican bearing statistics about taxes and who pays their ‘fair share’.

Big Government is Bad, Right?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2011 by rottenart

An interesting catch over at digby’s blog: did you know that Alabama has its own Dept. of Homeland Security? Not just a couple of officers, mind you, but a cabinet level agency on top of their state and local police forces, FBI offices, and Federal DHS offices. As digby notes, it’s not surprising that everyone went a little nuts in 2001, creating an entirely new government bureaucracy from whole cloth (with a 2010 budget of nearly $100 billion, by the by) but the extent to which this federal system was mimicked by the  states is staggering. As this WaPo special report lays out, this is a very lucrative and extremely comprehensive network that essentially does the work that the federal agency already does and still manages to find very little to do.

What’s even more striking is how little attention this receives and how it explains things like this:

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Consumers Lose, America Wins

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2011 by rottenart

Most of you have probably seen this video by now. The one-time nominee to head the Consumer Protection Bureau and current candidate for the senate from Massachusetts lays out the foundation for everything that is gripping the country’s current psyche in blunt words.  I would even argue that this video, going viral and galvanizing support for her campaign almost immediately upon release, was one of the primary catalysts for the first people heading down to Wall St. The fact that the GOP is trying to use that as an attack means she’s doing something right.

If you haven’t been paying attention, the sentiments in this speech aren’t exactly popular with the moneyed elite. Her willingness to articulate the ills of the country so honestly is what guaranteed that she would never be confirmed by a senate so beholden to that same elite. President Obama, in a move pilloried by his base as yet another capitulation, passed over Warren once it became clear the the GOP in the upper house weren’t going to sway, giving the post instead to Richard Cordray. The Left was furious at the time but as it turns out, it couldn’t have been a better move.

Consider this photo showing a volunteer meeting for the Warren campaign. Scott Brown, Cosmo centerfold, misogynist and documented Koch-sucker, must be shaking in his boots. That he’s an outlier Republican in one of the bluest states is worry enough but Warren has nearly erased any lead he once held and done so in only a few short weeks.

2012 is likely to be a topsy-turvy, nausea-inducing election year but there is one bright spot in the cycle. America may have lost a strong middle class advocate at the CFB but it seems that she has the potential now to be an even more powerful force for working people in the US senate.

Elizabeth Warren for Senate


It’s Easy to Understand.

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2011 by rottenart

Hell, even Calvin gets it.

The Occupy movement has been tough to pin down for a corporate media drunk on its own self-worth and slowly going the way of the dinosaur. They treat it as if it’s rowdy kids climbing the counter and pulling down cookies as opposed to a true populist uprising. That is, when they don’t scoff outright.

On the bright side, opinion seems to be shifting. Here’s Melissa Francis explaining to Joe Scarborough what he clearly doesn’t take seriously. That’s great, and I applaud Francis and any other outlet willing to actually talk about OWS and why they’re so mad. The big focus so far has been on why they don’t have any demands in sound-bite form. I don’t seem to remember the Tea Party discussing the finer details of “Take My Country Back” but I digress.

The point is that even as the media is shaking off the dust, the powers that be are not sleeping at all. In fact, they seem to be scared shitless of the power that the masses hold. That means that what we’re doing is working.

Keep pushing. Keep standing your ground. History is on our side.