“This latest middle east uprising might be the first time in history that the drama on the tube is the story of the day. From AC360 in Egypt to NYT reporters taken hostage in Libya, one should rightly think the tail is wagging the dog. The generals of propaganda are at war and we are the spoils.”
“If the answer is more politics, this article is the perfect response. Filled with innuendo and ad hominem attacks. However, based on the latest Newsweek article on what Americans don't know about civics I believe the twitter/facebook politicking is OFF THE MARK. Unless your idea of fulfilling your civic duty is playing drums in a circle, chanting down with the rich, and publishing your clever status updates online. These things might make a person "feel better" but they only add to the problem that this article obfuscates. A generation clamoring for leadership, avoiding all responsibility, and seeking any distraction available.”
“This article has been plaguing me. For a fence sitter to argue for adults to take charge is insulting. The adult attitude, if you consider the folks who raised us as adults, is to stand up on principle. Freedom of conscience if what made our nation great. Stop blaming others, politicians, cooperate managers, and republicans. Mind your business and you will be happy regardless of you class. No-one ever said riches bring happiness OR lack of brings sadness. We are only entitled and should be grateful for our existence. If you don't get this then you should try and walk a mile in the shoes of someone from Japan.
Wake up adults! Stand up for wisdom and be proud of your situation.”
morbius on Mar 16, 2011 at 10:55:02
“I'd say you need to sit through about 4 screenings of "Inside Job".. THEN, let's hear you justify this republican nonsense.”
Romeover on Mar 16, 2011 at 05:15:19
“There are "adult" anarchists, and there are "adult" citizens.
I'm on the side of the citizens.”
Jeff Hendren on Mar 16, 2011 at 04:31:56
“Says the person not going to the food bank to feed their children, or looking for shelter beds tonight...”
Cut the government across the board 20%. Create a balanced budget. Eliminate the payroll tax. Institute a fair flat tax on all purchases of 15% 10% for the states and 5% for federal. In 2010 arguable a down year the GDP was 14.5 trillion. 15% of this is 2.2 trillion. This makes sense and provides incentive to save! If Bill Gates wants a yacht he pays more in taxes and gives jobs to the yacht crew and ship builders.
jerryengelbach on Mar 16, 2011 at 00:25:09
Flat taxes are regressive on the working class. The payroll tax pays for Social Security. There's no money to save, much less incentive, if consumers have to pay a 15% tax on everything they buy. Cutting the government across the board will harm social services and worthwhile programs while doing little to cut into the war budget.
Restoring taxes on the rich will do far more good than any of this nonsense.”
PrometheanSalvation on Mar 15, 2011 at 20:15:22
“All this would do is put the tax burden more squarely on the shoulders of the working public. A high sales tax hurts the poor much more than any other group as most of their money is spent and not saved.”
bgregs on Mar 15, 2011 at 19:34:18
“Yeah, except for the fact that your proposals would do NOTHING for the country except place us DEEPER in debt!”
Appleblossom on Mar 15, 2011 at 19:00:36
“Humans do not use common sense when making financial purchases. Otherwise, why on earth would anyone have a kid?”
“So Walmart is parallel to a pick pocket? Last time I checked the only people reaching into a pocket in the private industry was the consumer. Why pick a pocket when the government can just electronically remove it from a paycheck?”
43yearsateacher on Mar 15, 2011 at 22:27:46
“Walmart picks our collective pockets when the owner get to pay the same tax rate as someone making a couple hundred thou a year. Some progressive tax code, huh. And the corporation itself pays little or nothing in taxes. They consistently avoid having to deal with union organization thru intimidation of personnel. And finally, they browbeat suppliers, forcing suppliers to lower prices of US goods to Offshore levels, thereby destroying more US jobs. When they move in to small towns they undercut local merchants, destroying more US business and jobs.
“Maybe you should explain to Pete that giving half his wealth to charity is not enough to satisfy you and your ilks psychotic need to destroy the successful people of this country.”
DanBest on Mar 15, 2011 at 17:38:20
“Any rich a$$hole can give away half his wealth and still be rich. You got anything else?And just to address your overheated rhetoric in defense of the poor rich. I would define pyschotic as the defense of a rich person's interest over my own. Now if you yourself are rich, then PLEASE go find something more important to do.”
rjciraulo on Mar 15, 2011 at 17:36:16
“"class warfare" is no longer a liberal or leftist view. that term has been taken over by the republicans. back in the day it was a typical right-wing pejorative whenever the left stood up for the working man, the poor, the elderly and other needy segments of the population. now we have a new 'class warfare" being waged against the middle class....or, what remains of the middle class.”
43yearsateacher on Mar 15, 2011 at 17:23:45
“Now if Pete and the rest of his economic class would pay their fair share of taxes on what he has left. The tax rate was 91% of everything over $400, 000 in the Eisenhower administration. That is their fair share. Even if you factor in inflation...let's see the minimum wage then was about $1...let's just round that up to an even $3 million taxed at a marginal rate of 91%.
And tax corporate profits at the historic 50% rate. Corporations were doing pretty good at creating jobs and profits during that time.
If 1% of this country now has as much wealth as the other 99%...let's see...we could double the money for infrastructure, etc. Now shut down two wars and quit acting like we're God's gift to mankind and we could be solvent in a hurry.
Or we can grow our way out of this mess.
But I don't see anyone getting serious about that scenario either.”
“How adult is it to insult a great American statesman? Pete Peterson had the right idea then and now. We should all look up to his example as a person and listen to his advice. Enough with the class warfare propaganda. It is precisely that type of language that makes it impossible to address our nations problems.”
43yearsateacher on Mar 15, 2011 at 17:36:41
“Just because Pete has two dollars to rub together, that makes him a great American statesman? That's like saying that Bill Gates actually knows what he's talking about when he's giving advice about teaching and schools. Not so much.
You need to figure out which side of this "class warfare" thing you talk about, that you're on. If you're working class, or if you're blessed with a middle class job and income, and you're voting for Republicans you are either deluded or foolish or both. You are one illness or one job outsourcing away from being on the street.
You think your Republicans are going to reach out and help you when you're down.
Not so much.”
DanBest on Mar 15, 2011 at 16:56:05
“Oh please. Your side gave up the right to cry about class warfare when you encouraged the lower and middleclass to envy the opulent salaries of schoolteachers. American statesmen start with individuals who ask for sacrifice from all, not just those at the bottom. God, is there one conservative who can make a serious argument without giving a reach around to some rich a$$hole?”
“I tried to picture Richard using hi fingers to make "quote" signs wile reading this ad hominem trash. People like Richard who perpetuate the fallacy of republican greed are directly responsible for the lack of pragmatic solutions concerning our economy. If we had taken Pete Peterson seriously we might not be in this pickle. Pete is one of the most adult political leaders we have had in decades and it is childish to throw class warfare attacks at a man who would give away all his wealth if it brought our nation back from the brink. Try again when you wake from your utopian fantasy.”
DanBest on Mar 15, 2011 at 17:00:32
“"and it is childish to throw class warfare attacks at a man who would give away all his wealth if it brought our nation back from the brink. "
So ... I can expect a check from Peter any time now? "Would" is a world away from "will"”
“Thank you for writing this Keli! I hate to say it but I can't help but wonder if the story of the 11 year old in the NYT would have been positioned differently had the victim been black and the perps been white?”
“Good catch on the "Steal/Steel". However, I still think you are misguided. It would take mystical powers to solve the grievances you laid out and that is the dangerous myth I speak off.”
Jill Greene on Mar 16, 2011 at 10:23:02
“Why would it take mystical powers to solve those grievances? Why don't we just do what we know we need to do? Why does the interest of a select few "elite" (and I use that word very cautiously) take precedence over what is good for everyone? I dont think it would take mystical powers at all. What it would take is for people to begin thinking of themselves as part of something bigger than themselves. To start considering the possibility that accumulating obscene amounts of money for themselves won't bring them anthing other than money. To start regarding their fellow human beings as...well, human beings. Maybe we should discard this "MINE! GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE!" culture and try to foster one where our hands are outstrechted with something to give rather than for something to take. The first thing that needs to change is our mindset.
Who wants to live in the best house in the worst neighborhood, anyway?”
“The point is all public speakers misspeak, especially when they do not have a teleprompter. But it always makes liberals feel better about themselves to put others down. So go ahead and let your self righteous principles flow.”
Bonsailady on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:41:40
“She can't even find the camera..let alone telepromter!!”
OneLiberalLady on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:35:45
“She said it in two different speeches.”
VeritasVincit2 on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:35:08
“she misspeaks EVERY time she speaks....Obama does fine without a teleprompter, You know every President except Bush has used one. He couldn't bcause he couldn't read”
AbeMartin on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:33:49
“Absolutely correct. But Miss Bachmann does nothing else but misspeak, missquote, misidentify, mistake, which is why she is properly misaddressed as Miss.”
TheCrowing on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:33:43
“Oh lord, you make your excuses for what the woman actually believes. It's sad, and it's pathetic, but you go on and do it because I know it makes you feel better about the fact that you prefer this woman's misguided idea of policy over Obama's. I'd hate for you to actually learn and be shocked at what you agree with.”
ladyvader on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:33:37
“Question is this....If she truly misspoke, when has she corrected herself? From my knowledge she has not corrected her statement about those two battles being in New Hampshire.”
cam1002 on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:32:14
“Unfortunately we don't have to put her, Palin or Bush down. They do a darn good job all by themselves making comments the world can't help but hear.”
“The current POTUS forgot that we were endowed by our creator (and not him) with certain unalienable rights.”
sorrytobeakansan on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:11:02
“To use this article to insult the President of The United States really points out how much education you have. There is no relationship between the two thoughts in the least. Also, the President of The United States removed exactly what right from you?”
hopeisalive on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:10:00
“This comment is based on what facts? What was presented, however, about Ms. Bachmann is that she did Home School children and her grasp of historical facts is not even close.”
VeritasVincit2 on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:09:32
“The current commentor feels as though his clairvoyance is a gift from God and he reads the mind of the President and makes pronouncements to all. I think he is confused about who has the god complex.”
Michaela1976 on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:06:02
“one of the baseless Republican talking points ... that they get from the air ..”
Comment Betch on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:02:21
“You're kidding, right? Please cite your source.”
truthSerum888 on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:01:54
“It's funny that you thought you hit a HR with that one when it was a foul ball that struck your manager in the temple-”
Mattie on Mar 14, 2011 at 21:01:50
“when did the President ever dispute that, as usual people on the right just can't be truthful. It must be the "christian" in you.”
OkieMon on Mar 14, 2011 at 20:59:38
“is your mind really that screwed up ????????”
TheCrowing on Mar 14, 2011 at 20:59:17
“I don't think he's ever claimed that he gave us our Constitutional rights. Pretty sure he knows he wasn't there. Unlike conservatives, who pretend they were on the sidelines for it, and look old enough to lend a bit of credence to that.”
“You live in a glass house, this article is nothing but a melodramatic bloviating scare tactic. Lesson 6&7 openly express this point. Never was collective bargaining a right for public workers. Workers do have the right to walk past a picket line and earn a paycheck and that is the right we are fighting for. Your belittling tone and arrogance is only matched by your misinterpretation of the facts.”
Burt65 on Mar 14, 2011 at 17:14:45
“"Workers do have the right to walk past a picket line and earn a paycheck and that is the right we are fighting for."
I never once intimated that you don't or shouldn't have that right.
"Never was collective bargaining a right for public workers."
I don't believe that the UN Declaration of Human Rights differentiates between "private" and "public" sector rights to form unions and collectively bargain. What I DO have a problem with is the gov't of Scott Walker dictating that unions DO NOT have the right to bargain certain working conditions. It's one thing to not like conditions that have been bargained in the past, and play "hardball" to change those conditions. It's another thing altogether to strip people of the right to even bargain in the first place.
And as for my "belittling tone and arrogance" sorry to hurt your feelings.”
Lesson 1: Hoodwinked by factual budget balance sheets? Reverse Robin Hood? The bill gives back union dues to public employees. Trumka makes $238,975 a year at least.
Lesson 2: Get out the vote - Decimating vital public services? The bill saved 1,500 public sector jobs.
Lesson 3: Moot - Walker's record was public.
Lesson 4: Federal employees do not have collective bargaining, is this an authoritarian form of government?
Lesson 5: It was President Obama who called supporters to punish his enemies. And Jessie Jackson noted the protesting as a parallel to Pearl Harbor.
Lesson 6: "Schools will be devastated by the cuts. Class sizes will soar." No proof of this Chicken Little.
Lesson 7: The profession of instructor is in jeopardy, not because of a government in WI but because of failing students that are increasingly losing the competitive edge globally.
Lesson 8: Article 23 makes no mention of governmental unions and FDR only 4 years earlier argued against public unions.”
Pippen on Mar 14, 2011 at 15:51:16
Mrs. Ravitch is extesibly published in education and she backs those works up with plenty of Ph.D. You might also note that she's a contributor to Conservative publications and respected for her lack of political agenda. She's straight up what you get when you cross high levels of academic study and research with on the ground experience and field interaction.
She can count numerous powerful institutions and people among her admirers and friends.
Here's what your arguement sounds like = "nanny nanny boo boo"
See the difference ?
Striking isn't it ?
Feel free to do your homework before going to bed, now run along while the adults discuss real issues. Later on if your a good boy, you can watch the tractor pulls on cable tv you'll like that, where's the mountain dew ?”
Find the Truth on Mar 14, 2011 at 15:38:19
“Be happy they are paying you now, because if they achieve their objective you will be here with the rest of us.”
“Yes, it would be of great service to blast images of drum circles, disillusioned college kids breaking into the WI capitol, and signs of Walker with a Hitler mustache. Then WE can focus on the real issues concerning our nation. Regardless of America's international obligations this president is lacking in leadership.”
“You mean bringing affordable steal to the world that allows everyone to build taller and use less space? You mean fostering one of the most beneficial companies in human history GE? Bringing light to the masses, developing medical imaging that saves lives daily? Or maybe we would all be better off dead like the 50 million people who starved and froze to death in the USSR. Rebuttal FAIL”
Jill Greene on Mar 14, 2011 at 19:23:00
“why *aren't* those buildings being built”
Jill Greene on Mar 14, 2011 at 19:21:43
“normally i let freudian slips go, but i find it interesting that you misspelled "steel".
there are so many fundamental things wrong with your argument that it's hard to pick a place to begin. Affordable steel. Really? If steel is now affordable for everyone, explain the tin-hut slums that pepper the landscape in south america. explain why there are no schools and hospitals in large (read: huge) swaths of africa. if steel is so affordable, why are those buildings being built for everyone? or do people only count when they're American? Bringing light to the masses? really? then why do so many people not have electricity in their homes? oh, and medical imaging that saves lives daily. yes, i forgot about that. oh, unless, of course, you can't afford health insurance. then your life's not worth saving, right?”