Reblogged from zhounder.

Lol!

Lol!

 

Reblogged from liberalsarecool.

liberalsarecool:

So if you’re stuck having Thanksgiving dinner with your crazy Uncle Frank & he says that Obama has raised his taxes, you can tell him he’s full of cranberry sauce.

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

Barack Obama Is Now The Biggest Tax Cutter In American History

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Beneath all of the Republican and Tea Party grumbling about taxes, one key fact continues to be ignored. According to the Tax Policy Center, Federal taxes are lower than at any time since 1955. Obama has now reduced taxes by more than any president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

According to the Orange County Register, “For the past two years, a family of four earning the median income has paid less in federal income taxes than at any time since at least 1955, according to the Tax Policy Center. All federal, state and local taxes combined are a lower percentage of per-capita income than at any time since the 1960s, according to the Tax Foundation. The highest income-tax bracket is its lowest since 1992. At 35 percent, it’s well below the 50 percent mark of much of the 1980s and the 70 percent bracket of the 1970s.” […]

 

Reblogged from stfuconservatives.

stfuconservatives:

"I Was Wrong, and So Are You" - A libertarian economist retracts a swipe at the left—after discovering that our political leanings leave us more biased than we think.

The Wall Street Journal piece was based on an article that Zeljka Buturovic and I had published in Econ Journal Watch, a journal that I edit. In short order, more than 10,000 people downloaded a PDF of the scholarly article. The attention, while slightly unnerving, was also pleasing, and I’ll confess that I found the study results congenial: I’m a libertarian, and I found it easy to believe that people on the left had an especially bad grasp of economics.

"But one year later, in May 2011, Buturovic and I published a new scholarly article reporting on a new survey. It turned out that I needed to retract the conclusions I’d trumpeted in The Wall Street Journal. The new results invalidated our original result: under the right circumstances, conservatives and libertarians were as likely as anyone on the left to give wrong answers to economic questions. The proper inference from our work is not that one group is more enlightened, or less. It’s that “myside bias”—the tendency to judge a statement according to how conveniently it fits with one’s settled position—is pervasive among all of America’s political groups. The bias is seen in the data, and in my actions.

This shouldn’t be as shocking as it is.  Two thumbs up.

 

Reblogged from liberalsarecool.

liberalsarecool:

Virginia Elects First Openly Gay Senator

Democrat Adam Ebbin, a gay man who has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2004, won election on Tuesday to the Virginia Senate, becoming the state’s first openly gay senator.
Ebbin defeated Republican challenger and political newcomer Timothy McGhee by a margin of 64 percent to 35 percent.


 I alwasy love a good “first”.

liberalsarecool:

Virginia Elects First Openly Gay Senator

Democrat Adam Ebbin, a gay man who has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2004, won election on Tuesday to the Virginia Senate, becoming the state’s first openly gay senator.

Ebbin defeated Republican challenger and political newcomer Timothy McGhee by a margin of 64 percent to 35 percent.

 I alwasy love a good “first”.

thenewwomensmovement:

Occupy Harvard? Students Hold Walk-Out, Protest Course Of Romney Advisor Gregory Mankiw | Radio Boston

socialismartnature:

It’s a long hike from the mud-caked tents of Dewey Square to the polished wood and stained glass of Harvard University’s Memorial Hall, but on Tuesday, Occupy Boston came to campus.

And they brought their Occupy-style call-and-response.

“Oh my god, this is a lot of people,” organizer Rachel Sandalow-Ash said.
“Oh my god, this is a lot of people,” the group repeated.
“This is very exciting.”
“This is very exciting.”

About 50 students and Occupy supporters walked out of the introductory economics class taught by professor Gregory Mankiw, a conservative economist who serves as an advisor to presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush.

“This course will influence Harvard graduates.”
“This course will influence Harvard graduates.”

“Harvard students have been complicit,”
“Harvard students have been complicit,”
“Have aided,”
“Have aided,”
“Many of the worst injustices in recent years.”
“Many of the worst injustices in recent years.”

“Harvard students will not do that anymore.”
“Harvard students will not do that anymore.”

 Go Crimson!

 

Reblogged from liberalsarecool.

liberalsarecool:


Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Michael Bennet of  Colorado introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would  overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 decision in Citizens  United v. Federal Election Commission
The decision gave corporations and unions the ability to spend  unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, so long as their  actions are not coordinated with a candidate’s campaign.

Another step in the sensible direction.

Well, well.

liberalsarecool:

Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Michael Bennet of Colorado introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

The decision gave corporations and unions the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, so long as their actions are not coordinated with a candidate’s campaign.

Another step in the sensible direction.

Well, well.

 

Reblogged from liberalsarecool.

liberalsarecool:

Bad Lip Reading - Herman Cain

Here are previous videos for Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann.

animalstalkinginallcaps:

CLAIRE, YOU SAID YOUR TWO CENTS. IT’S MY TURN.
YOU KNOW HOW WHEN YOU SAY, “CHINA IS COMMUNIST,” SOMEONE ALWAYS CORRECTS YOU AND SAYS “ACTUALLY, CHINA HAS INSTITUTED A LOT OF CAPITALIST POLICIES SINCE MAO’S DEATH AND THAT’S HOW THEY’VE SHOWN SUCH A FREAKISH INCREASE IN GDP, AND BLAH BLAH BLAH”? IT’S NOT LIKE THEY’RE WRONG. THAT’S QUITE TRUE. BUT CHINA’S STILL COMMUNIST, RIGHT? MY QUESTION IS, WHY CAN’T WE DO THE REVERSE? A CAPITALIST COUNTRY THAT ADOPTS CERTAIN LIMITED COMMUNIST POLICIES TO FIX VARIOUS PROBLEMS? OR SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT? AMERICA IS A VERY YOUNG EXPERIMENT. WE’VE BEEN AROUND FOR WHAT? 250 YEARS, GIVE OR TAKE? CHINA IS LIKE, A FEW THOUSAND YEARS OLD. SO ARE A LOT OF OTHER COUNTRIES. THINGS CHANGE.
UNRESTRICTED FREE-MARKET CAPITALISM IS POINTLESS SINCE IT COMPLETELY IGNORES A WIDE RANGE OF SOCIAL NECESSITIES, AND YOU CAN’T RUN A COUNTRY BY IGNORING THE PEOPLE IN IT. WHY NOT TRY TO PIECEMEAL SOMETHING NEW FROM THE EXISTING STRUCTURES WE’VE ALREADY SEEN IN ACTION AND ADD THEM TO OUR OWN? REMOVE WHAT DOESN’T BENEFIT US. WHEN YOU START A SMALL BUSINESS, FOR INSTANCE, YOU LOOK AROUND AND SEE WHAT’S WORKING FOR YOUR COMPETITION AND WHAT ISN’T AND STRUCTURE YOUR BUSINESS ACCORDINGLY, YES? THAT’S ALL I’M SAYING. SOMETHING NEW. THE BEST OF WHAT’S OUT THERE. 
OBVIOUSLY WE NEED SOME ’SOCIALIST’ POLICIES TO ENSURE OUR CITIZENS DON’T DIE IN THE STREETS AND TO HELP HEAL THE ECONOMIC DIVIDE. BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE ARE STANDARD IN 90% OF THE DEVELOPED WORLD. WHY NOT HERE? DON’T TELL ME IT’S SOME SORT OF DEFINITE BLACK AND WHITE ISSUE. WE’RE THE MOST ADVANCED COUNTRY ON EARTH AND WE’RE SACRIFICING DEMOCRACY AND DECENCY FOR SOME SORT OF “MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY” ECONOMIC TANTRUM WHEN WHAT WE’RE DOING IS OBVIOUSLY NOT WORKING. WE DON’T HAVE TO PULL A 180. WE JUST NEED TO STOP BEING STUPID AND FIGURE OUT WHAT WOULD DO THE MOST AMOUNT OF GOOD FOR THE LARGEST AMOUNT PEOPLE AND THEN MAKE IT WORK. 
THERE. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. HOWEVER, IF YOU QUOTE SOME IDIOTIC UNFACT YOU HEARD ON FOX NEWS I WILL SHIT RIGHT ON YOUR FINGER. I’M NOT JOKING.

 Little Bird 2012!!!

animalstalkinginallcaps:

CLAIRE, YOU SAID YOUR TWO CENTS. IT’S MY TURN.

YOU KNOW HOW WHEN YOU SAY, “CHINA IS COMMUNIST,” SOMEONE ALWAYS CORRECTS YOU AND SAYS “ACTUALLY, CHINA HAS INSTITUTED A LOT OF CAPITALIST POLICIES SINCE MAO’S DEATH AND THAT’S HOW THEY’VE SHOWN SUCH A FREAKISH INCREASE IN GDP, AND BLAH BLAH BLAH”? IT’S NOT LIKE THEY’RE WRONG. THAT’S QUITE TRUE. BUT CHINA’S STILL COMMUNIST, RIGHT? MY QUESTION IS, WHY CAN’T WE DO THE REVERSE? A CAPITALIST COUNTRY THAT ADOPTS CERTAIN LIMITED COMMUNIST POLICIES TO FIX VARIOUS PROBLEMS? OR SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT? AMERICA IS A VERY YOUNG EXPERIMENT. WE’VE BEEN AROUND FOR WHAT? 250 YEARS, GIVE OR TAKE? CHINA IS LIKE, A FEW THOUSAND YEARS OLD. SO ARE A LOT OF OTHER COUNTRIES. THINGS CHANGE.

UNRESTRICTED FREE-MARKET CAPITALISM IS POINTLESS SINCE IT COMPLETELY IGNORES A WIDE RANGE OF SOCIAL NECESSITIES, AND YOU CAN’T RUN A COUNTRY BY IGNORING THE PEOPLE IN IT. WHY NOT TRY TO PIECEMEAL SOMETHING NEW FROM THE EXISTING STRUCTURES WE’VE ALREADY SEEN IN ACTION AND ADD THEM TO OUR OWN? REMOVE WHAT DOESN’T BENEFIT US. WHEN YOU START A SMALL BUSINESS, FOR INSTANCE, YOU LOOK AROUND AND SEE WHAT’S WORKING FOR YOUR COMPETITION AND WHAT ISN’T AND STRUCTURE YOUR BUSINESS ACCORDINGLY, YES? THAT’S ALL I’M SAYING. SOMETHING NEW. THE BEST OF WHAT’S OUT THERE. 

OBVIOUSLY WE NEED SOME ’SOCIALIST’ POLICIES TO ENSURE OUR CITIZENS DON’T DIE IN THE STREETS AND TO HELP HEAL THE ECONOMIC DIVIDE. BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE ARE STANDARD IN 90% OF THE DEVELOPED WORLD. WHY NOT HERE? DON’T TELL ME IT’S SOME SORT OF DEFINITE BLACK AND WHITE ISSUE. WE’RE THE MOST ADVANCED COUNTRY ON EARTH AND WE’RE SACRIFICING DEMOCRACY AND DECENCY FOR SOME SORT OF “MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY” ECONOMIC TANTRUM WHEN WHAT WE’RE DOING IS OBVIOUSLY NOT WORKING. WE DON’T HAVE TO PULL A 180. WE JUST NEED TO STOP BEING STUPID AND FIGURE OUT WHAT WOULD DO THE MOST AMOUNT OF GOOD FOR THE LARGEST AMOUNT PEOPLE AND THEN MAKE IT WORK. 

THERE. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. HOWEVER, IF YOU QUOTE SOME IDIOTIC UNFACT YOU HEARD ON FOX NEWS I WILL SHIT RIGHT ON YOUR FINGER. I’M NOT JOKING.

 Little Bird 2012!!!

animalstalkinginallcaps:

SOMETIMES I THINK IT’S A STRAIGHT UP CONSPIRACY BETWEEN THE REPUBLICANS AND THE MEDIA TO OVEREXPOSE TEA PARTY MEMBERS AND THESE FUCKING PUPPETS AND CERTIFIABLE LOONS THEY PRETEND ARE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SO THAT ANYONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO READ BEYOND A SIXTH GRADE LEVEL WILL BECOME SO FLUSTERED AND FED UP WITH THE IDIOCY THAT THEY BASICALLY GIVE UP AND IGNORE POLITICS ALTOGETHER FOR LONG STRETCHES OF TIME, ALLOWING THE SAME PEOPLE WHO DROVE THEM AWAY TO FURTHER THEIR OWN AGENDAS UNHINDERED.
WE SHOULD GET SOME FULL-ON ANARCHIST ACTIVISTS AND CANDIDATES WHO ONLY SPEAK IN 45 MINUTE CRITICAL THEORY ESSAYS TO KIND OF BALANCE IT OUT A LITTLE.

animalstalkinginallcaps:

SOMETIMES I THINK IT’S A STRAIGHT UP CONSPIRACY BETWEEN THE REPUBLICANS AND THE MEDIA TO OVEREXPOSE TEA PARTY MEMBERS AND THESE FUCKING PUPPETS AND CERTIFIABLE LOONS THEY PRETEND ARE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SO THAT ANYONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO READ BEYOND A SIXTH GRADE LEVEL WILL BECOME SO FLUSTERED AND FED UP WITH THE IDIOCY THAT THEY BASICALLY GIVE UP AND IGNORE POLITICS ALTOGETHER FOR LONG STRETCHES OF TIME, ALLOWING THE SAME PEOPLE WHO DROVE THEM AWAY TO FURTHER THEIR OWN AGENDAS UNHINDERED.

WE SHOULD GET SOME FULL-ON ANARCHIST ACTIVISTS AND CANDIDATES WHO ONLY SPEAK IN 45 MINUTE CRITICAL THEORY ESSAYS TO KIND OF BALANCE IT OUT A LITTLE.

Someone on facebook posted a 99% thing and said “make capitalism work again!”

harvestxvx:

lonelyvagabond:

harvestxvx:

Capitalism is working.
This is how it works.
How is that difficult to grasp?

Capitalism isn’t working, it has never worked. 

I suppose I should have clarified. Saying that capitalism is “working” and that this is “how it works” isn’t a positive judgment statement.

“Capitalism is working” does not mean “Capitalism is doing good” or that we should keep it because it’s awesome. That’s not at all what I’m saying.

I was trying to point out that it seems absurd to me that people think we need to “fix capitalism”, that somehow we’ve gone away from it and need to return. Capitalism doesn’t need fixing it needs abolishing. The “1% rich/99% everyone else” thing is how capitalism works, that isn’t a failure of the system, that is the system.


Capitalism isn’t working out for us, absolutely, but that’s how capitalism works.

I sometimes hate the English language. Maybe “functions” would have been a better word to use?

Capitalism isn’t working.  Now.

That isn’t to say certain tenets of capitalism in partial usage couldn’t be beneficial when combined with limitations on its role in society.  I fully believe that no proscriptive theory will be able to function realistically in actual practice and we need to look more at the complexity of human nature and ever-changing technological ability.  The real questions I grapple with are 1. what is the role of the market?  2.  how do we uphold that?

(Source: wifwolf)