Thursday, April 28, 2011

Epic Meal Time - Kids Edition!

This is incredibly funny!

Follow the Money Supporting Republican Budgets

The very wealthy in America are attempting to leverage their Republican 'friends' to enact policy that would reshape America into something that the rest of us don't want...something that would probably look a lot like the state of America look like the early 1900s when there was mass poverty, the extreme wealthy acted like barons over parts of cities, where workers had absolutely no rights (no work-time limits, no pay minimums, no breaks, no contingencies for illness or injury), etc. Is allowing the hyper-wealthy to essentially determine the 'fate' of the general population what we want for this nation?

Rachel Maddow and Sen. Bernie Sanders comment on the money trail of support for Republican plans:

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

President Obama Sets the Record Straight with the Budget

Rachel Maddow comments on the President's speech yesterday about economic and budget proposals, starting with comments about the Republican/Ryan plans.

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Here is the whole speech, which you should watch. Or if you'd rather read it, here is the full transcript. Further, here is the fact sheet concerning the President's proposal.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Republican budget is short-sighted, at the very least

Republican concern about the budget is dubious. I don't know how they can say they are concerned about federal spending when they cut entitlements to the poor or needy, but then turn around and give that same savings to corporations and the wealthy in tax breaks...amounting to little to zero in actual savings.

Quote from Bill Maher: "Well, that's their [the Republicans] dream world of no taxes, because as you know, the lower taxes are, somehow magically the more revenue we have. Isn't that really what Paul Ryan's plan is still based on? That fantasy that was discredited in the '80s?"

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Clips of Rachel Maddow interviewing Bill Maher are from The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

Friday, April 08, 2011

If you believe government itself is a problem, should you govern?

Seems like a simple question, and a good one as well.

If you believe that technology is a problem, then people will probably be less inclined to let you fix their computer. If you believe that modern medicine isn't all its cracked up to be, then we probably don't want you on a hospital board. If you don't like flowers or trees, then I really don't want you running an environmental protection group.

Similarly, if you believe that government itself is a problem, do we really want you to be governing us? Electing anyone like this is counterproductive to the purpose of government, and works against the people's self-interest.

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Corporations may be legal people, but they are not human

Corporations are 'machines' which are solely concerned about making and maximizing monetary profits. They are not real people and they themselves have no morals. You cannot shame a corporation into doing the right thing. Business and corporations WILL NOT regulate themselves. They have no need or desire to do so.

Real people should stop treating businesses as if they will do the right thing, or that corporations will be concerned with us beyond our ability to spend money. Real people need to stop believing the fantasy that corporations in the marketplace will naturally be self-regulating. They never will be.

Government by the real people, of the real people, and for the REAL people is here in part to regulate those corporations.

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

(Short) History of Linux, and Happy 20th Anniversary!

Why is this posting important? Because you use Linux pretty much everyday if you use Amazon, Facebook, Google, an Android phone, and scores of other systems and devices.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Understanding the Republican Budget Proposal

Thanks to Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for putting Paul Ryan and the Republican's budget proposal in perspective. He lays out many of the concerns, and still hasn't touched the problem with the numbers in general.