fritter commented on the blog post Pope Francis Slams Neoliberalism In First Major Writing Of Papacy
The cynic in me says this is a future hedge. After all the catholic church is one of the wealthiest institutions on the planet. Its good to see though, even if the cynic is right, it means some institution that has been around a long time and expects to survive has noticed the current situation is not sustainable.
If nothing else it will be nice to shakeup the hypocrites that populate religious venues. Nothing irks like the “Lord bought me a Hummer” crowd.
As an aside, or not, in the early 1900s one of the arguments against generous government social programs was that it would take money away from the charities run by the great philanthropists (robber barons) of the day. How can we feed the poor if Bill Gates can’t make more than 500x the lowest worker? Why that would just destroy the Gates foundation.
Woa, Bit of revisionist history isn’t it? The Russians outplayed us, and peace was the consequence. Now you want to give credit to Obama and Kerry?
Is this a sick joke? We are in what, 5 countries now, illegally killing who ever we feel like for Christs sake. The military has come out as saying that we don’t need another –for now– and a few weeks ago all options were on the table. Iran has signed the NPT and has every right to develop nulcear energy.
What kind of sick, twisted mind see’s peace as a victory for Obama? Even Dalmer stopped to digest occasionally. Stop the presses! Serial killer takes a break, is currently sipping a latte, reading the paper. Cannibalism is bad, we are so happy some children were spared today. The Nobel committee is currently investigating.
fritter commented on the blog post JFK, Secrecy & the Unspeakable Forces of the National Security State
Well they do have a mountain of evidence as to the general apathy of the previous generation. They just don’t have the foresight to know theirs won’t be any better. As far as blame goes though, the blue hairs are covered in it.
Karma ain’t quick, but it is inevitable. I forsee choosing between kibbles and fancy feast myself. Not my fault, but my generation got to witness the beginning of the fall and hasn’t done much besides shuffle crooks around. The next generation is well and truly hosed.
No More Excuses for President Obama
Is this your Sternly written letter? Every thing up till now was ok, but now you expect results. And by results I mean appointing people to essentially meaningless positions while the country goes to shit.
Oh yes, Banksters could not be prosecuted, Drones had to be used, Gitmo could not be close, Single Payer was off the table, all because Obama could not get his nominees approved.
You got it backwards. What is important is the bureaucratic minutia of everyday Washington processes. The Obamabots don’t care if Banksters get off Scott-free. That’s never really been a problem for them. Obama getting to do whatever the hell he wants, just cause, is the goal. Dead brown people, injured vets, dirty water. None of that even registers. The only thing that really upsets them is what the Republicans do. Yes, they care about what the people they don’t vote for do, not the ones they do. All you need is small technocratic goals, little rational thought, and no conscience (bot).
fritter commented on the blog post Jeremy Hammond & the Need to ‘Promote Respect for the Rule of Law’
More than that the law is ridiculously excessive. Its not ridiculously excessive because congress critters don’t understand computers, but instead because the MIC and CSIC know this is how their secrets will be leaked. Its a feature of a system that keeps information out of the hands of citizens and makes it illegal to get that information whenever possible unless you go through “official” channels. Kinda like free speech zones.
Secondly, the rule of law is completely ignored by the authorities when it is they doing the hacking. Why not round up everyone who works at the NSA and blanket charge them for crimes committed and let them plead out…? Citing the “Rule of Law” is the Judges way of reminding everyone that the law is what she says it is. She is part of the elite and will never concede that the law could work against her, nor that her actions force an equivalent but opposite reaction from hactivists. Hammond’s only chance for justice is if he can survive until the revolution. Hopefully the tables will turn one day. Till then, don’t get caught.
fritter commented on the blog post Elizabeth Warren Pushes For Expanding Social Security
Whether or not the movement to expand Social Security will succeed is anyone’s guess, but it is nice to finally see a Democratic politician not buying into the conservative premise.
Its not a conservative premise. Its a Wall Street premise. They’ve been trying to get people’s retirement money since the 20′s. This is important, the only way to keep the economy/market going is bubbles has become a economist mantra. Even Krungman has been drinking the coolaid on that one. The only thing left for wall street to siphon money off of is QE and SS. When QE finally gasps its last breath they’ll turn back to SS. Luckily we have a health care mandate as a precedent so a retirement mandate won’t be too hard for the 1% to push through.
fritter commented on the blog post Buying Insurance Is Complicated, That Is Why I Wanted at Least a Public Option
Isn’t a “public option” just another name for “socialism” for the poor? Now can we really have that in the United States???
fritter commented on the blog post BREAKING: Few People Used an Almost Unusable Website
That 100k must all be at dkos because they all signed up themselves and their families without a hitch. I know because I saw it on the internet.
She seems like a typical Dem. Her stance against Wall Street isn’t particularly liberal. She just doesn’t like fraud. As far as War is concerned she might as well be McCain. I’d definitely want her in some position protecting consumers, but that’s the strongest statement I could give.
Hillary or Warren, same difference for me. Neither care about Citizens nor the 99%.
I’m not sure how we effect change either. My current philosophy is modeled after Gandhi’s “Be the change you want to see in the world”. Its a bit of bittersweet irony, but I don’t think any of the current systems are self sustaining/constraining. Eventually, they will be their own downfall.
I think the change is coming and its inevitable. Its just a matter of shaping it into a form that benefits the most people and provides for all. In a democracy the best we can do is educate and support each other.
Can’t we all just agree that we are presently fucked when it comes to healthcare access and any total reform? Blaming Obama on a daily basis really doesn’t get us anywhere.
No we can’t. It is imperative that we put the blame on the responsible party and learn from our mistakes. You are also incorrect that it doesn’t get us anywhere. Firstly, it lets people know that they are not the only ones who see behind the curtain of the D/R apparatchik and that we have a common enemy. Second it keeps the pressure on the Obamabots to show up and shill for whatever it is they get out of shilling. It forces them to keep (bots) evaluating why they support the things they do with rational logic. Notice, your argument was completely lacking in substance and hope which is kind of funny; I’d expect an Obama supporter to at least try to sell us on hope (you will be allowed to keep your hope, etc.)
Even if we can’t convince you to help yourself at least we’ll remember where your loyalties lie when the next election comes around. When there is another fatally flawed Bill being touted by the blue arm of the corporate party we can check out Jons articles to see how it worked out the last time. Maybe we can actually put a stop to the snake oil before it seriously damages the most vulnerable of people. It might be thankless work, but its not unimportant. Its the only way we the people will ever get to the point where we hold our government accountable for its actions.
I think he was one of the few writing about that at the time. Unfortunately you get no points for being totally right.
You don’t get any points from the Shills, but you do get a loyal, if smaller following. More importantly you document for history so when the tired trope of “who could have known disaster was coming” gets pulled out the next generation knows the truth. I’m waiting for the day, after the revolution, when there is Medicare for All and some D party hack spouts it all started with Obama…
fritter commented on the blog post Federal Judge Claims DOJ Disregards Equality Under Law With Wall Street
You think we got it rough. Think about those poor SOBs at the NSA who now have to trudge through every aspect of Judge Jed Rakoff’s life. They went from phone sex with hot young military wives to listening to some old guy farting in his den or butt dialing his grand kids.
Maybe Jane will put together a care package that we can send them. I’m guessing NoDoz and Mountain Dew would be pretty high on their list. Maybe a “Memory Removing Stick” aka hammer. There’s only so many times you can hear about all the ailments that afflict the elderly or if the peas are too hard to properly chew or how the neighbor deliberately cuts their grass just a bit lower so it looks like ours needs to be mowed again, etc. before you begin to lose your mind. Langley doesn’t use even use that shit on Al Qaeda operatives.. its too cruel and they are not known for their warm fuzzies. /s
There is a very interesting argument here about the prosperity being tied to the highest tax bracket. Which I equate with income equality. The authors book Presimetrics is a very interesting read and I recommend it. It has easy to read charts that even a economics novice like me can understand.
Ahh, but that’s what keeps people voting D. As soon as the peasants start getting restless they throw some scraps. Sheeple just eat that crap up.
Alan Greenspan, is that you or Timmy?
It also scares the 1% because they are afraid of inflation devaluing their investments. Hence its still at 7.X. McD owners don’t have so much pull with the gov’t, but Goldman Sachs… different story.
I agree with you that small business resist wage increases, even to living levels. I just don’t think they have that much pull on the Fed gov’t. Its the Koch’s and Daimon’s, etc that keep it below slave wages.
In general raising the minimum wage is a popular issue with real political resonance. It is a smart political move that Democrats seem to be making a part of their 2014 efforts.
Along with Medicare for All, bringing back the Constitution, and fixing the Economy! Woo Hoo, go Hilary! Oh, wait..
fritter commented on the blog post Former Fed Reserve Official Comes Clean On QE, Apologizes To America
A big collapse is just what the doctor ordered. If they were able to keep things at a steady state of siphoning off our wealth the status quo could continue for quite some time. Luckily for us, their greed will push us to the next collapse sooner and harder.
The best case is to default on our debts. Our debts being what the 1% considers their wealth. Major pain for everyone but the 1% will be wiped out allowing for a new power dynamic to form for the rest of us. Its the same scenario that happens time and again when you get a small number of people with too much power. These recurrent fiscal crises were the norm in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The 1% got a free pass after that more or less (compared to say China or France) with the 99% satisfied to just get more of their share. Not sure how it will work out this time, but at the least we can say we live in interesting times.
That NSA database will come in handy to the new regime, good or bad…
Are you kidding?
The whole Dem apparatus, including some commenters here, come running to do whatever Obama wants. To think the current leader of one of the worlds most effective propaganda networks has no power is pure lunacy.
Name one member of Congress for which having Barack Obama on the ticket ensured their election.
How ’bout you name one of them who defies him.. Even Kuccinich broke. About the time the Great Orange Satan was gathering pitch forks and torches…
Not a whole lot of places left where you can even criticize Obama. The man sits at a table every Tuesday and decides who lives and who dies. You guys should replace Obama with Putin in everything you read/write so you know what you sound like when making these claims.
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