Thursday, September 29, 2011

"about killing off a public good."

Another one of those things you're not going to hear in the MSM... if not for suspicious legislation passed in 2006 by a Republican Congress, the United States Postal Service would have earned $611B over the last four years... which of course they could be paying towards the federal deficit... Read the details HERE

"...evidence that the knives are out for the Postal Service, that this isn't about legitimate concern for retirees but about killing off a public good."

What's all of this about... it's about Grover Norquist... " "I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub."[38]"

Elizabeth Warren on Debt and Class Warfare

Two good points from Elizabeth Warren:

  • “My favorite part of looking at this hole, we got in this hole, one billion dollars, uh, one trillion dollars, on tax cuts for the rich under George Bush. We got into this hole two trillion dollars on two wars that were put on a credit card for our children and grandchildren to pay off. And we got into this hole one trillion on a Medicare drug program that was not paid for and was 40% more expensive than its needs to be because it was a giveaway to the drug companies. That’s just four trillion right there. So part of the way you fix this problem is don’t do those things!"

  • “You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did."  “Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

The Glorious Job Creators...All Hail the Job Creators

Former Senator Alan Grayson, from this piece at Huffington Post - 

"If you have been hearing the term "job creators" a lot lately, it's because Frank Luntz wanted you to.
As PBS put it, Luntz's expertise is "testing language and finding words that will help his clients sell their products, or turn public opinion on an issue or a candidate." In other words, propaganda.
Here are some actual examples of Luntz's fine work:
Don't say "oil drilling." Say "energy exploration."
Don't say "inheritance tax." Say "death tax."
Don't say "global warming." Say "climate change."
Don't say "healthcare reform." Say "government takeover."
And don't say "greedy, soulless multinational corporations who don't give a damn about you." Say "job creators."

You can see the 'job creator' propaganda in action in the video at the Huffington Post link as well -

And Bill Maher on the subject:

Actually, when they say job creators, I think, you should think of this image -