Sunday, April 29, 2012

Push Back Against the Republicans' Anti-Democracy Laws

Republicans' efforts to rollback democracy by restricting voting rights for Americans are well under way.  The heinous Republican efforts are disguised as preventing voting fraud of which there is virtually none.

Working indefatigably to push back against the Republicans' wicked efforts to restrict voting rights of Americans are several grass-root groups. These grass-root organizations are working to ensure the voting rights for the people targeted by voter-restriction laws enacted by Republican-controlled state legislatures.  To read more about the Republicans' anti-democracy laws and how you can help fight back against them, go here.

The irony of the Republicans' fight against voter fraud is that the one, recently criminally-proven case of voter fraud was committed by the Republican Secretary of State for Indiana, see here.

Quotation for Today: Disabusing Americans of Another Fantastic Lie (Updated)

The quotation for today, across the jump, introduces us to an excellent follow-on article to the piece about retirement that was introduced in the previous Quotation for Today.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Quotation for Today: Mitt Romney and Robert Bork, Severe Conservative Twins

The nightmarish administration that a Robert Bork-advised President Mitt Romney would bring to the United States was captured superbly in the quotation for today, across the jump.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Quotation for Today: The Extreme Candidate of the Extreme Party

Across the jump, the quotation for today introduces us to the Republican presidential wannabe, Mitt Romney, whose extreme political stunts insult the intelligence and honesty of the American people.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Quotation for Today: America's Income and Wealth Gap - A Republican Creation

The quotation for today -- across the jump -- captures the fact that Republican government, economic and monetary policies of the past 30-plus years have created the greatest income and wealth inequality in the United States since before the Great Depression.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Quotation for Today: Is The United States Tax Code a Thieves' Code?

The United States tax code is an abomination and it is destroying the financial well being of middle- and working-class Americans.

The quotation for today -- across the jump -- aims our attention at the principal, infamous attribute of the United States tax code; a tax code that is the upshot of 30 years of Republican government, economic and monetary policies. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Thousand Words, Vol.1, Issue 26.

Courtesy of a graph by Jared Bernstein (former Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden), a picture of the regressiveness of state and local taxes can be seen here.

To read Jared Bernstein's companion story to the graph go here.

It seems that should the federal government decide to obtain revenue via a sales tax or value-added tax (VAT), then federal taxes would be as regressive as present state and local taxes.

Quotation for Today: People Who Fill In Line Seven on the IRS Form 1040

Wages and salaries that are insufficient to support families, as represented by the Brookings-reported fact that 28 million American tax filers received the earned income tax credit (E.I.T.C.) in 2010, is an indictment of Wall Street-based capitalism and Republican economic and monetary policies.  

Across the jump, the quotation for today aims our attention at the problem of stagnant wages and salaries; wages too meager to support a family.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Quotation for Today: American Corporations: Once World-Class Producers, Now World-Class Predators

The quotation for today introduces a compilation of articles that discusses the behavior of corporations in American society. The articles review the historical behavior of corporations and contrasts that historical behavior with the way corporations conduct themselves nowadays; contemporary conduct resulting from corporations becoming "financialized."

Friday, April 13, 2012

Quotation for Today: Chris Christie's Tunnel Story and Mitt Romney's Tax Havens

The quotation for today shines a light on the hypocrisy of the Republicans' budget cuts; cuts that mainly harm middle- and working-class Americans while bestowing benefits on the ultra wealthy.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Thousand Words, Vol. 1, Issue 25.

Yesterday, Mitt Romney's tax return for the year 2010, with line seven (wages/salaries/tips income -- the main source of income for the 99%) on the 1040 left blank, was highlighted in this post. The tax form depicts Mitt Romney's tax information down to the adjusted gross income (AGI) figure on line 37. 

Today, an explanation of the Buffett Rule or what I refer to as the Fairness Tax Rule, which is a proposal to make the tax code more equitable and fair and is presently up for a vote in Congress, is presented here.  

As you watch the explanation of the Buffet Rule/Fairness Tax Rule, please keep in mind that news agencies, here and here, have reported that Romney's effective tax rate for 2010  -- when his AGI was more than $21.5 million -- was less than 14 percent. 

Quotation for Today: An Abuse of Power

The quotation for today and the story it introduces remind us of the old adage that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Please continue across the jump to read the quotation and a synopsis of the article.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Again, Why Medical Care Ain't Broccoli

The notion by a Supreme Court Associate Justice that the commercial medical care system of the United States is comparable to the commercial buying and selling of broccoli is a specious argument at best. Moreover, the comparison of the commercialized health care market to the broccoli market shows an inveterate indifference to human suffering and pain.  

To understand how different the commercialized health-care market is from the broccoli market, please continue reading this post on the other side of the break.

A Thousand Words, Vol.1, Issue 24.

To view the upshot of Republican economic policies and why Mitt Romney has a true problem understanding wage-earning, middle- and working-class Americans, then go here. Please note the lack of information on line seven.

As this picture shows, Mitt Romney is a true rentier, and of course the economic and monetary policies of the United States are guided by rentier principles.

To read the BuzzFeed companion article for this picture, then go here.

Quotation for Today: Mitt Romney's Welfare Policies (Updated)

Social Darwinism appears to be alive and well in the Republican Party and plutocracy is the ruling theory that guides the GOP. The plutocratic governance of the GOP is maintained, nourished and reinforced by its economic welfare policies for the One Percent. 

As the quotation for today highlights (across the jump), the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, is a strong advocate of welfare policies for the One Percent; policies that would continue the intense inequality that is now prevalent in the United States. This  inequality was created by 30 years of Republican economic policies that are embraced by Mitt Romney.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Quotation for Today: Is Mitt Romney A Paul Ryan Wannabe?

The quotation for today points the reader at the 'empathy gap' in the Romneyville Budget,also known as the Mitt Romney-embraced, Paul Ryan Republican Budget.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Quotation for Today: Celebrating Easter Weekend, American Style, With a Heinous Gun-Related Murder

Again, we appear to have a racially-based, hate-crime carried out against African-Americans.  The quotation for today highlights the logicalness of the theory that the shooting of five African-Americans by two white men was a racially-based hate-crime.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mitt Romney's Alternate Universe

In the alternate universe of Republican presidential wannabe, Mitt Romney, the truth is the opposite of what Mitt Romney declares is the truth.  To understand Mitt Romney's alternate universe, go here.

Quotation for Today: Start Spreading the "News"

The quotation for today is about conservative efforts to bash an American-made automobile.  The quotation for today also provides an opportunity to highlight articles on the myth-making machine of the Republicans and their unpatriotic right-wing adherents.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Quotation for Today: American Jobs and Republican Bullying

The employment report for today shows the economic policies of the Obama Administration  -- the stimulus established in March of 2009 -- are still creating a steady growth in jobs. According to an April 2012 article by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, four million private-sector jobs have been created over the last 25 months.  

Now, and as the quotation for today highlights, the Obama Administration has been "swimming" against a horrific and unpatriotic Republican current of obstructionism and bullying that has thwarted job creation. This Republican obstructionism and bullying are being done for the sake of political gain for the Republican Party.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Thousand Words, Vol.1, Issue 23.

Recently, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed the Romneyville budget.  To view who wins and loses in the GOP's Romneyville budget, go here.

Related information on the Republicans' Romneyville budget can be found here.

Quotation for Today: Putting America's Energy "Eggs" in One Basket

Big Oil and its bought-and-paid-for Republican politicians  -- via their Vote 4 Energy political campaign -- want you to believe that the only energy policy choices for the United States are greater energy independence on fossil fuels or more perilous energy insecurity.  The quotation of today, across the jump, reminds us of the cost of energy independence that relies solely on fossil fuels and their by-products and offers a different path to energy independence.  

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Quotation for Today: Rich Whites Only! (Not An April-Fool Joke)

The quotation for today focuses our attention on the 'Rich Whites Only' sign --  the new sign of American apartheid -- that is on "display" at the airlines' security checkpoints.