Tue, October 30 2012 » calabash, Christian Fundies, complicit media, complicit politicians, corporate criminality, disgusting whores, doofus media, economic enslavement, economic terrorism, environment, ethnic prejudice, financial oligarchs, job creators, Mitt Romney, Obama, Paul Ryan, political shibai, politics, Raw Money, Republican Nazi, Republican Oligarchs, Republican Party, rich vs poor, Romney, stupidity, Teabaggers, white collar terrorism » No Comments
And finally, New Rule: Since President Obama seems to be having so much trouble defending his record on the economy, the next debate must be held in a mall. Any mall. It doesn’t matter. They’re all packed. There’s one not 100 yards from this studio, with dancing waters and a choo-choo train, and a shirtless gay kid out in front of Abercrombie & Fitch. The parking garage is always full, the Cheesecake Factory is working overtime, and Lady Gaga’s new perfume — with its delightful scent of blood and semen — is flying off the shelves at Nordstrom’s.
What I’m saying is, I know it’s campaign season, but can we all stop acting like the American economy is in complete shambles, where no one has a job or a place to live, and we’re all doing our laundry in the river? (wild audience applause)
Thank you. I mean, folks, I travel this country constantly, all four corners of it. And everywhere I go, I’m always standing in line for 20 minutes to buy hair gel, or batteries, or nipple moisturizer. Traffic is a bitch everywhere. Yes, there are people sleeping on the sidewalk, but that’s to buy an iPhone just like the one they already have! (audience applause)
It just doesn’t feel like Obama has ruined America. Republicans, you know, they used to talk a lot about this thing called the stock market, and how it helped not just the rich, but middle class folks, whose pensions and 401(k)’s depended on it. Well, now they never seem to mention the stock market. Perhaps, because under President Blackenstein, the Dow has doubled. Or as Republicans call it, “devastating economic news”. (audience applause)
Now, there certainly still is poverty in our country, but it’s obviously among the underclass that you don’t see — the very people that today’s Republicans couldn’t give a shit about! So I don’t understand why they’re all so upset about the economy. Except, of course, it’s their big issue. So they have to pretend that America is a rotting compost heap where people are eating cat food and wiping their ass with the pennysaver. (audience applause)
And weirdly, Obama kinda has to pretend that too. Because if he doesn’t, then he’s “out of touch”. So we all wind up living with this fictional picture of America that actually would be more appropriate for the year before Obama took office. Remember 2008? (audience applause) Yeah, I do.
That’s when Lehman Brothers collapsed, and the markets froze, and they were measuring GM for a pumpkin lot. And when you opened your bank statement, you saw the drowned Japanese girl from The Ring, and then you died.
And yes, I am saying we can keep blaming Bush for that. It’s the same as blaming rats for the Black Plague. Just because you’re sick of hearing historians say it, doesn’t mean it stopped being true. (wild audience applause)
George Bush left a flaming pile of dog shit on the White House steps, and now it’s gone, and Mitt Romney has a hell of a nerve running on the idea that “I’m going to fix the economy by restoring the policies of the party that destroyed it”.
12 million jobs. That’s what Mitt Romney promises. 12 million. A number that’s just… waaaaay up there. (reaches into ass to pull it out) Oh, there it is, wow! There it is, 12 million! (wild audience applause) Way up there! Hoo, boy, I feel better.
And about 45% of American voters hear that and say, “I like. Me want good now.”
People are disappointed in the economy? Sorry. I was disappointed in Prometheus. You don’t like the way the stewardess landed the plane after werewolves ate the flight crew? Stop electing werewolves.
That’s our show!
Sat, October 6 2012 » 2012 elections, business, complicit media, complicit politicians, corporate criminality, crime, disgusting whores, doofus media, Faux News, free elections, George W. Bush, Hawaii, Hawaii Business, Hawaii Elections, Hawaii Real Estate, Historical perspective, job creators, laughter is the best medicine, medicare, medicine, Mitt Romney, oil oligarchy, outsourcing, Paul Ryan, political cartoon, political protest, Raw Money, Republican Nazi, Republican Oligarchs, Republican Party, rich vs poor, Romney, Teabaggers, tell it like it is, white collar terrorism » No Comments
Mon, August 20 2012 » Announcements, Christian Fundies, complicit media, corporate criminality, crime, disgusting whores, doofus media, ethnic prejudice, fundamentalist Christians, job creators, misogynist, political cartoon, public health and welfare, religion, religious intolerance, Republican Nazi, Republican Oligarchs, Republican Party, rich vs poor, science, stupidity, Teabaggers, video, white collar terrorism » No Comments
Why don’t you know the facts of the EU social safety net? Why won’t the plutocrat owned American media cover this?
In the European Union everyone to include low wage workers who aren’t even unionized are able to receive 4 weeks paid vacation a year. They are able to receive as a human right complete medical and dental to include a prescription plan with little or no co-pays or deductibles. They are never exposed to exclusion of medical services based on pre-existing conditions, which seems to be a uniquely American phenomenon. Everyone to include low wage workers gets paid sick leave. Everyone gets job protected paid maternity leave by right of law. Now why don’t these things exist in America? Is it by accident or by design and if it is by design, who designed it? Who profits from it? To whose benefit and whose detriment. Moreover why isn’t this on every news channel. Why is it you have to read about this on a Kos diary. Why isn’t this news headlines all across the country everyday? Who owns those media outlets? Who influences editorial policy. Is the American media complicit in aiding and abetting Wall Street in screwing the American worker and screwing the American taxpayer. Why aren’t we mad as hell about this everyday! When is it enough??
Here are some simple facts, simply put did you know that students in Continental Europe basically don’t have student loan debt? Why don’t you know that?
Isn’t it enough that they’re drowning your kids in student loan debt. You want to know something even crazier which I’m sure you don’t know, did you know the lifetime limit of the Federal Stafford Student Loan hasn’t been increased in over 20 years! Now why the hell is that? Who are they trying to keep out of higher education, could it be that if too many working class stiffs get too educated, that they will try to dismantle this system which is rotten to the core from the inside, because that’s it isn’t it. They want to limit educational opportunity to just their people on the one hand, on the other hand they want to drown you and your kids in student loan debt. Did you know this doesn’t happen in any country in Continental Europe, I’m sure you don’t know that. I want to know why you don’t know that? Who has kept that information from you? And why? Did you know and this is serious, that education in Continental Europe is almost free. Let me just say that again, so that nobody thinks this is a typo, education in Continental Europe is almost free of charge that is to say, that American students probably spend as much or more on books, just books for the school year, than students in Continental Europe spend in an entire year’s tuition. You may ask how is that possible? Let me ask you how is it possible that you didn’t know that? Could it be so they can continue to drown you and your kids in student loan debt, because this has become a source of neo-indentured servitude, therein creating a really compliant workforce, because now you really need that job. You have got to pay off a lot of student debt, imagine that. Well you don’t have to imagine that, you live it everyday, and you swallow it and you take it and you take it until you can’t take it anymore, and then it’s enough! Oh by the way those same students in Europe get virtually free health insurance and if they have a family they are covered as well. Again tiny or no co-pays or deductibles, no pre-existing conditions to exclude one from health care coverage.
Go here for the full story: Why doesn’t the plutocrat owned American media report on the European social safety net?+
Sat, January 7 2012 » business, complicit media, corporate criminality, financial oligarchs, income inequality, military industrial complex, oil oligarchy, political shibai, promises, public health and welfare, Republican Oligarchs, Republican Party, rich vs poor, Social Security, war as economic policy, white collar terrorism » No Comments
Go here for the full well documented and sad sad sad story!Krugman: “It’s time to start calling the current situation what it is: a depression.”
As I’ve noted in numerous, heavily-annotated posts, the truth of the matter is, today, Wall Street is receiving an EASY $200 billion per year in stealthy/obfuscated taxpayer subsidies.
As Morgenson notes in her closing comments from Sunday, Wall Street fatcats “…are being paid for taking risks that generate lush bonuses when things go well but that require taxpayer bailouts when the tide turns. Main Street understands that this is wrong and that allowing it to continue is dangerous. It’s past time that Washington did something about it.”
As Krugman reminds us, today, our near-term and future well-being relies upon responsible government action, both here and abroad, coming to pass—not just in words but in actions–NOW.
I cannot help but get a sense that we are witnessing a massive historical failure of government, not just nationally, but globally. At then end of the day, compared to the suffering it will bring, it won’t matter who’s to blame.
We are all in this together. It may be the greatest bipartisan sentiment of all. Dare I say it…even a lot of Republicans, and perhaps a few bankers, will understand that.
Mon, December 12 2011 » Announcements, business, business news, complicit media, complicit politicians, corporate criminality, crime, Democratic Party, disgusting whores, economic enslavement, economy, financial oligarchs, fiscal crisis, Obama, Obama Cave, public health and welfare, Republican Oligarchs, Republican Party, rich vs poor, SCOTUS, stupidity, Teabaggers, The Great Rescession, unatural disaster, war as economic policy, white collar terrorism » No Comments
It is time to TAX THE RICH
It is time to END THE WARS
It is time to restore Glass-Steagal
It is time to repeal Citizens United
It is time to get the money OUT OF POLITICS
It is time to invest in infrastructure and education
It is time to STOP busting labor unions, whether private or public
It is time to defend Medicare and Social Security tooth and nail from phony reforms or baloney cuts
It is time to STOP the spending cuts and start investing in America, and if we have to raise taxes on the rich and corporations in order to force them to invest in America, then so be it.
It is time to STOP the racist and discriminatory practice of “Stop and Frisk” and other tactics of racial profiling
It is time for civil rights for ALL, and that means equal rights for LGBT Americans to serve our military and marry whom ever they will
It is time for ACCOUNTABILITY for the men who lied us into war and crashed our economy
It is time for immigration reform that does not punish workers, but provides a clear pathway to citizenship for everyone
It is time for investigations that lead to prosecutions on Wall Street in response to the crimes that have been committed in the last decade.
It is time for a serious discussion about the Federal Reserve and it’s role in this economic disaster
It is time for universal health care that everyone can afford. It is time to talk about Single Payer Health Care.
It is time for alternative green energy instead of Oil and Coal.
It is time to protect our civil liberties and our constitution.
It is time for a discussion about free trade and how it has undermined the working class while enriching only the wealthiest among us.
It is time to end corporate personhood.
Thu, November 17 2011 » #OWS, complicit media, complicit politicians, corporate criminality, Democratic Party, disgusting whores, economic enslavement, political protest, politics, public health and welfare, Republican Oligarchs, Republican Party, rich vs poor, war as economic policy, white collar terrorism » No Comments
If we hadn’t deregulated banks and markets, we wouldn’t be facing the kind of disaster that we’ve seen over the last three years. If we hadn’t drastically reduced tax rates for the wealthy, we wouldn’t have seen pension funds dry up and middle class wages stagnate. If we hadn’t given corporations more and more political clout, we wouldn’t be where we are—in a broken system that serves them, not us.
Go here to read a really simply put well written article using baseball as a metaphor: Three strikes against Wall Street
Sun, October 16 2011 » Announcements, Banking Oligarchy, business news, complicit media, complicit politicians, corporate criminality, crime, Democratic Party, economic enslavement, financial oligarchs, Hawaii Real Estate, income inequality, military industrial complex, Obama, oil cartel, oil oligarchy, political protest, Real Estate, Republican Oligarchs, Republican Party, rich vs poor, war as economic policy, war criminals, white collar terrorism » No Comments
The Banksters should pay to clean up the mess that they created. Forget LITTLe Timmy and his masters!
There is absolutely no reason – well, no good reason – why the United States should continue to keep pumping its money, its heart’s blood, into the lifeless corpse that the financial industry has become. These zombie banks have already acknowledged that they need the government to keep bailing them out in order to continue doing business. When someone has so screwed up their company that it can no longer exist without continuous, massive government subsidies, then – I’m sorry – there’s no longer a place for that company in America.
(It’s not me, Mr. Bankster . . . it’s the free market. I’m just enforcing the rules.)
We could almost immediately get out from under our debt overhang by placing these insolvent banks into a nationally administered receivership during which the flow of working capital could be maintained while they were forced into legal bankruptcy proceedings. A legal bankruptcy would destroy the equity holders in these zombie banks and would require the banks themselves to recognize losses and write off huge amounts of the debt overhang that is now crippling the American economy.
Best of all, it could be done quickly.
By exercising either option, or some combination of the two, the American government could immediately effect the deleveraging that – if dragged out – threatens to cripple us for a generation. Best of all, the only ones who would get hurt would be the people responsible for dragging us to this precipice in the first place: the 1% who fostered our enormous private debt so they could cram their own maws with as much of the American economic pie as they could shovel in.
The Teabaggers wanna talk “moral hazard”? Not making the 1% take responsibility for what they have done to this country for thirty years, for the rapacious, self-aggrandizing, self-centered blindness of what they were doing . . . that would foster moral hazard.
The country needs to get out from under its debt. After 30 years of taking, I say it’s time the 1% gave us something back.
For the full essay please go here: To Hell With the 1% – The Case for Debt Forgiveness
Thu, October 13 2011 » Banking Oligarchy, business, complicit media, complicit politicians, corporate criminality, crime, financial oligarchs, public health and welfare, Republican Oligarchs, Republican Party, rich vs poor » 1 Comment
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