Monday, October 25, 2010

In Memory of Paul Wellstone

I saw a couple articles from Ezra Klein about U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone from Minnesota today. This is the eighth year after his death in a plane-crash along with his wife and daughter, and five other people. He was one of the only politicians that I've met in person, and one of the only that I felt was actually worth listening to.

This interview was done in October 2002 in Minneapolis shortly before he died:



An introduction to Paul Wellstone, created by his children's Wellstone Action foundation:



Wellstone speaking against going to war in Iraq:



An example of one of his campaign commercials:



I highly recommend his book, "The Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda".

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Grassroots Tea Party? No...welcome to the Plutarchy.

The Tea Party keeps stating to date that they are made up of groups of concerned citizens that are upset about the way they see government going. All the while their movement has events and speakers appear that are funded by big-money taking advantage of the relaxing of campaign finance laws in many cases.

Similarly with the Republican party...they have classically accused the Democrats of pandering to the interests of special groups and PACs for the sake of cash. But looking at last election's funding...the Democrats raised most of their money from many small public donations. This election cycle is much like that in regards to funding. However, the Republican party and its interests in campaigning against the Democrats have been funded by just a few millionaires and billionaires, or large corporations with specific interests that now have no limits to the amount of cash they can donate.

Is this a move to have America become a Plutarchy...e.g. government of the few privileged people of wealth? Or were we already nearly there in the first place?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bank of America and GE Paid $0 in Taxes

In 2009, Bank of America's reported net income was over $6.2 Billion. GE's net income was $11 Billion. However, because tax loopholes, they paid a net of $0 in taxes. They aren't the only corporations that move their money offshore and exploit various loopholes to do this...or even to get a net refund.

For as much as Republicans and other conservatives talk about needing to lower the corporate tax rate...companies like Bank of America and GE seem to be doing better than fine. How does it feel, as an individual, to find that you personally have paid more in taxes than one of the larger companies in the U.S.?

Check out Rachel Maddow's take on this issue:

What did Wall Street do with their bailout?

What did Wall Street do with their bailout?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Friday, October 08, 2010

Christian Pacifism

Christian Pacifism is defined as Christ believers using to pacifist and non-violent means to enact change. Milestone Church is presently doing a series on Christian pacifism called "Inglorious Pastors" prompted by another series by the same name from the church that Bruxy Cavey pastors. Josh Crain of Milestone explains how the church has strayed from being pacifists as early as Constantine imposing what became Catholicism as the state religion in the early 4th century.

Great series so far! Here is the intro video for the series, and the link to the podcasts.

Inglorious Pastors from Milestone Church on Vimeo.



http://www.themilestone.org/teaching/inglorious/