Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Loony Republicans

The Republicans always whine about government being the problem. But they happily used the government to transfer obscene amounts of public wealth to a small sliver of the population and completely trash our economy.

The Republicans have controlled our government for a long, long time. The problem isn't government, it's Republican government - and everyone knows it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Atheist? Can't Hold Public Office in NC

I had no idea, but apparently in North Carolina, you cannot hold public office if you are an atheist:

North Carolina State Constitution, Article VI, Section 8:

Sec. 8. Disqualifications for office. The following persons shall be disqualified for office:
First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God

This is also true in Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Yeah, Its Just What You Thought

How about just a minute or two of perspective?
Amount to bailout AIG - at least $85 billion
Amount to bailout Citibank - at least $45 billion
Amount to bailout Bank of America - at least $45 billion, with guarantees on $118 billion in loans
Amount the Bush administration overpaid for bailed-out bank assets - $78 billion

Proposed cuts to President Obama's economic stimulus bill by 20 "centrist" senators:
$1.1 billion to Head Start
$24.8 billion to states for budget shortfalls in education programs
$15 billion to states for additional education funding
$2 billion to Child Care Development Block Grants
$150 million to funding for programs in the Violence Against Women Act

Oh, and, hell, let's just throw this in:
Amount of just two years of George W. Bush's tax cuts: roughly $500 billion (adjusting for interest). Two-thirds of that came from tax cuts on the top 20% of wage earners.

(Note: this leaves out the cost of operations in Iraq because, well, does it need to be said?)

Friday, February 06, 2009



For over a year the one point that I and others have been trying make is that the polite fiction that masters of the universe of Wall Street and their defenders in the media and Congress have been trying maintain, that this is liquidity crisis not an insolvency crisis, is utter horseshit. They made bad leveraged bets and lost immense amounts of money, and now they, and their buddies Geithner and Summers, want taxpayers to bail them out so they can go on living their opulent life styles while some of my neighbors wonder if their next food stamp card is going to show up.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Bipartisianship -- NOT!

"I really don’t understand how bipartisanship is ever going to work when one of the parties is insane."

John Cole

True dat...


This headline is racist:

"Holder seen as a chance to right racial wrongs"

It assumes that a black attorney general's priority would be black issues. This is crap. Truly annoying.