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Sen. Angus King on filibuster reform and life as a Senate independent

Sen. Angus King on filibuster reform and life as a Senate independent | Coffee Party News |
The freshman senator from Maine talks about watching the filibuster reform process unfold, and his plan to make government deadlines less dumb. (.@dylanmatt interviews Sen.
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"Angus King: I initially got involved because of the reason I ran.  I used to tell people that I’m running for the opposite reason that Olympia Snowe quit. When she announced her retirement, she didn’t say she wanted to spend time with her family, do other things, or so on, it was, “I’m leaving because this place doesn’t work, it was utter frustration.”

My response was that if someone of her stature and experience and seniority can’t get anything done, maybe we need to try to do it in an entirely different way."

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They say an image says more than a thousand words and this one speaks volumes right down to the "Business Model" currently being pushed today in education,


Joseph Pomponio's comment, February 2, 2013 12:41 PM
I love it.
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Doubt Is Cast on Firms Hired to Help Banks

Doubt Is Cast on Firms Hired to Help Banks | Coffee Party News |


Federal authorities are scrutinizing the private consultants hired by banks to clean up financial misdeeds like money laundering and foreclosure abuses, taking aim at a conflict-riddled, billion-dollar industry.

The consultants operate with scant supervision and produce mixed results, according to government documents and interviews with prosecutors and regulators. In one case, the consulting firms enabled the wrongdoing. The deficiencies, officials say, can leave consumers vulnerable and allow tainted money to flow through the financial system.

“How can you be independent if you’re hired by the entity you’re reviewing?” Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island, who sits on the Senate Banking Committee, said.

The pitfalls were exposed last month when federal regulators halted a broad effort to help millions of homeowners in foreclosure. The regulators reached an $8.5 billion settlement with banks, scuttling a flawed foreclosure review run by eight consulting firms. In the end, borrowers hurt by shoddy practices are likely to receive less money than they deserve, regulators said.

On Thursday, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Representative Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, announced that they would open an investigation into the foreclosure review, seeking “additional information about the scope of the harms found.” [MORE]

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Immigration reform: Five places where Obama and the Senate agree

Immigration reform: Five places where Obama and the Senate agree | Coffee Party News |

by EZRA KLEIN, The Washington Post

There's little in President Obama's immigration-reform proposal that isn't, or couldn't be, in the Senate's proposal. There's little in the Senate's proposal that isn't, or couldn't be, in Obama's proposal."

Tuesday in Las Vegas, Obama touted the emerging consensus. “Yesterday, a bipartisan group of senators announced their principles for comprehensive immigration reform, which are very much in line with the principles I’ve proposed and campaigned on for the last few years,” he said.

That consensus has five parts. The first is that U.S. borders need to be secure, or as secure we can make them. But much of the work on that has been done. As Wonkblog’s Suzy Khimm points out, the measures of border security from the 2007 immigration bill have largely been achieved.

But border security can’t do everything. Even after sinking billions and billions into securing our borders, our “operational control” of the border — defined as our ability to quickly respond to any disturbance — is only in the range of 57 percent. That’s less evidence that we haven’t done enough than it is evidence that you can only do so much without simply having members of the National Guard link arms across all 1,967 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The second piece of the consensus is that employers need to be checking the immigration status of employees. This sounds easy but is, in practice, very difficult. “The border security issue is, at this point, 90 to 95 percent solved,” says Frank Sharry, head of the pro-immigrant group America’s Voice. “Employer verification is, at this point, less than 10 percent solved.” Which system employers have to use, and the program is enforced and overseen, will be a key issue in the upcoming debate.

The third point of agreement is that there needs to be a path to citizenship. “And when we say the path to citizenship is a bottom-line demand we mean an accessible, viable path to citizenship,” says a Senate aide involved in the bipartisan Gang of 8 talks. That means no legalized limbo, in which undocumented immigrants are transitioned into a permanent second-class status. It also means that thecrux of this debate is likely to be over how long that path to citizenship takes, and which enforcement measures need to be met before it’s triggered. 

Crucially, Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio has emerged as a major Republican supporter of a real path to citizenship, and he’s been mounting an exhaustive campaign to sell the idea in the conservative media. Nor is he alone. “The U.S. should not want a permanent class of residents who can never be citizens and thus have less incentive to adapt to U.S. cultural mores, speak English, or move out of segregated ethnic enclaves,” wrote the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board.

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In D.C., no more civics?

In D.C., no more civics? | Coffee Party News |
These students live close enough to the sausage factory. Why rub their noses in it?
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Thomas Jefferson said that a nation that expects to be ignorant and free expects what never was and never shall be.

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Exposed: The Other ALECs' Corporate Playbook

Exposed: The Other ALECs' Corporate Playbook | Coffee Party News |
How is it that no matter whom we elect as our state representatives - Democrat, Republican, or other - we most often end up with policies that privilege the corporate agenda over the public interest?
Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, January 25, 2013 12:58 PM
Ran across this looking to see who the group "Stateside Associates" that suddenly started showing up on FB home pages represented. Now I know..
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Citizens United is Just the Tip of the Iceberg by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap Move To Amend Director

Citizens United is Just the Tip of the Iceberg by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap Move To Amend Director | Coffee Party News |
The following article was written by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move To Amend National Director and Executive Committee member. The article she wrote below was also published by
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The last hope for filibuster reformers is…Mitch McConnell?

The last hope for filibuster reformers is…Mitch McConnell? | Coffee Party News |

Excerts from article by EZRA KLEIN, The Washington Post

“I hope that within the next 24 to 36 hours, we can get something we agree on. If not, we’re going to move forward on what I think needs to be done,” Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Tuesday afternoon. It’s now Wednesday morning. That means we’re in the filibuster endgame. And, as Reid tells it, it’s all up to his Republican counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).

Reid has embraced a carrot-and-stick strategy on the filibuster reform. The “carrot” is the deal he’s offering McConnell. Its major provisions include eliminating filibusters on the motion to proceed and speeding the process of breaking filibusters against most presidential nominations.

...The last, best hope for filibuster reformers is that McConnell won’t take Reid’s deal. In that case, Reid is preparing a backup plan that includes both of the items in the Reid-McConnell talks and one more: An innovative reform that changes who bears the burden for cloture votes.

Right now, the majority needs to supply the 60 votes to break a filibuster. The minority only needs one vote on the floor. Under Reid’s backup plan, the burden would be reversed: The minority would have to supply the 41 votes required to keep a filibuster going, while the majority wouldn’t have to do much of anything. That means that if the minority only had 38 votes present in the room, the filibuster would end. It also means the minority could be forced to muster all their people to vote at times of the majority leader’s choosing: say, 3 a.m. on a Saturday. It would make filibustering a much more unpleasant experience.

In that way, it satisfies a central priority of the Merkley-Udall talking filibuster, in that it forces the minority to actually put some work into filibustering. As Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told me in The New Yorker: “Some of these people who put in these filibusters simply object and go home for the weekend. We think we need to inconvenience them.”

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MoveOn founder, Tea Party figure meet

MoveOn founder, Tea Party figure meet | Coffee Party News |
Truth is, MoveOn's Joan Blades - clad in Lululemon yoga pants and clogs - and Mark Meckler, sporting a leather cowboy vest, boots and a belt buckle larger than a baby's head - have been talking online and over the phone for a few years now.
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Citizens, United

Citizens, United | Coffee Party News |



As much of us take time this weekend to celebrate the man whose name is synonymous with the fight for civil rights in America, we also note the third anniversary of Citizens United v FEC, the Supreme Court decision which effectively devalued our greatest right of all—the right to have our vote mean something.


In favoring Citizens United the Supreme Court effectively cemented the move from “one person, one vote” to “one dollar, one vote.”


Read the full essay HERE



Via Michael Charney, Monica S Mcfeeters
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This article frames a major challenge for all of us that believe in a government that is for the people and run by the people. How do we unit ourselves and reclaim a government that looks out after the interest of all it's citizens and not just those rich enough to pay to get things done their way? A good overview of Citizens United plus great links is presented here and in reading this you can find some groups to connect with should you choose to get involved.


The battle against money buying officials, legislation and regulation or money used to tear down of protective regulation, laws and unity needs to take shape as a critical battle for all citizens.  This is a battle that requires us to look past our other differences and really be citizens "United". Time has come to put some items out of congressional hands and place them on national November ballots. Today most people that are elected or even run for election are individuals with far beyond normal wealth. This has started to impact life-shaping outcomes of groups that can't afford representation.  The average citizen is no longer represented in DC and often not in the State House too well either.


The idea was to have congress represent the individual citizens and these days they no longer are a “representative” group. The time of sending two guys to Washington DC and then setting back to trust them to do the right thing is an out of date, unrealistic system today. The few we send often stay too long and that alone makes them targets for corruption from money. I have to mention that this model of two guys riding off to take care of our business back in the days when we all couldn’t leave the farm for months a year to go to settle national matters has gone the way of dinosaurs. That is old history. We now can connect to discuss important matters with the whole world if we choose in seconds. So why don’t we go ahead and choose to unite around that conversation? These officials are just too weak to fight the corruption of money in government today and they need us to stand up united against money’s influence. Everyone from the Tea Party, Occupy and even the far right and left Libertarians and Communist can get behind this fight to get the money out of government without hardly a debate. So let’s do it!

Monica S Mcfeeters's comment, January 20, 2013 8:19 AM
Great Article! Thanks Michael Charney!
Michael Charney's comment, January 20, 2013 10:42 AM
You're very welcome, Monica.
Joseph Pomponio's comment, January 22, 2013 1:06 AM
Thought provoking and very informative. Doing it not that easy, but we must try.
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Why Republicans caved on the debt ceiling

Why Republicans caved on the debt ceiling | Coffee Party News |

by CHRIS CILLIZZA, Washington Post

Days after President Obama held a press conference re-asserting his refusal to negotiate with Republicans on raising the debt ceiling, House GOP leaders announced Friday they would move to extend the country’s credit limit for another three months.

Democrats quickly declared victory, insisting that Obama’s hardline stance had cowed a divided GOP into a concession that just a few weeks ago they insisted they would not make.

But in conversations this afternoon with the Fix, Republican party strategists insisted that pushing the debt ceiling fight back to mid-April was a strategic gambit designed to maximize their leverage on several major budgetary fights between now and then.

“Republicans have to do a better job of picking our fights,” said one prominent Republican consultant. “So, we need more concern about the impact of Obama’s reckless spending before we fight with a guy who controls the bully pulpit.”

As one senior House Republican aide explained it, putting the debt ceiling after the sequester (the series of automatic, across the board cuts that will kick in unless Congress acts to cut spending on its own) and insisting that the Senate produce a budget before April 15 or not be paid shifts the terms of the debate in a favorable way  for Republicans.

“In the fiscal cliff fight, the president had greater leverage because current law was on his side,” said the aide, noting that if nothing was done on the cliff taxes would have gone up on all Americans. By contrast, the aide added, “in the sequestration fight, we have greater leverage because current law is on our side” — meaning that if Congress fails to act the automatic spending cuts kick in.

It’s an interesting — and smart — gambit by House Republicans who have done very little interesting or smart in terms of political strategy of late. [MORE]

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Up next for Obama: A looming Dem divide

Up next for Obama: A looming Dem divide | Coffee Party News |
They must decide whether they want to be known as the party of Rahm Emanuel or Elizabeth Warren.
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Secretary of Defense: Iran Has Not Made A Decision To Pursue A Nuclear Weapon

Secretary of Defense: Iran Has Not Made A Decision To Pursue A Nuclear Weapon | Coffee Party News |
If you watched Chuck Hagel’s Senate confirmation hearing to become Secretary of Defense, you’d assume that Iran is at most days away from obtaining a nuclear weapon, requiring an immediate decision on the use of force.
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The point of view from current military leadership weighs very heavy for most citizens and it seems it should for our elected officails as well. It is good they step up and voice their informed opinion from time to time. 

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Charts: What if Obama spent like Reagan?

Charts: What if Obama spent like Reagan? | Coffee Party News |

Here's something you may not know: While total government spending and investment fell during Obama's first term, it rose during Reagan's and George W. Bush's. What if Obama had followed suit?

by EZRA KLEIN, Washington Post

In 10 of the past 12 quarters, total government spending and investment has fallen, dragging down the Obama economy. That’s in large part because state and local cutbacks have been so severe, but it’s also because federal spending and investment has, on the whole, been falling since 2010.

This isn’t an unusual analysis. You can see the numbers for yourself if you head to the Bureau of Economic Analysis’s GDP data and scroll through column 21 of table 1.1.2. It’s simply a fact that real government spending fell in three of President Obama’s first four years.

That made me curious: How does government spending and investment during Obama’s first term compare to Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush’s first terms? The answer is poorly. Whereas total government spending dropped in 10 out of the 16 quarters that comprised Obama’s first term, it rose in 13 out of Reagan’s first 16 quarters, and 13 out of Bush’s first 16 quarters.

Or, to put it differently, over Obama’s first term, falling government spending and investment snipped, on average, .11 percentage points of GDP off of (annualized) quarterly growth. During Reagan’s first term, it added .68 percentage points, and during Bush’s first term, it added .52 percentage points. [MORE

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Voting Rights 2013: Augustine Carter

by Annabel Park, Story of America

Augustine Carter, an 85-year-old voter in Richmond, Virginia, tells her story of the trouble she went through to vote in 2012. Born in 1928, she never had a birth certificate and she never got a driver's license because she decided years ago that driving wasn't for her. Her baptism certificate was sufficient for all identification purposes until the 2012 election. She had to go through a Kafka-esque bureaucracy including being told by someone at the Motor Vehicle Administration that she couldn't prove that she was not a terrorist. [MORE]

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Ten-country comparison suggests there’s little or no link between video games and gun murders

Ten-country comparison suggests there’s little or no link between video games and gun murders | Coffee Party News |

The world's ten largest video game markets tend to have some of the world's lowest rates of gun violence - except for the U.S.

by MAX FISHER, Washington Post

The search for meaning is a natural response to any tragedy, and the latest U.S. mass shooting is eliciting questions about, among other things, the potential role of violent video games. After all, with kids and increasingly teenagers spending so much time hammering away at simulated shooters, is it any wonder when they pick up actual guns? Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod lamented on Twitter, “In NFL post-game: an ad for shoot ‘em up video game. All for curbing weapons of war. But shouldn’t we also quit marketing murder as a game?”

But it turns out that the data just doesn’t support this connection. Looking at the world’s 10 largest video game markets yields no evident, statistical correlation between video game consumption and gun-related killings. 

It’s true that Americans spend billions of dollars on video games every year and that the United States has the highest firearm murder rate in the developed world. But other countries where video games are popular have much lower firearm-related murder rates. In fact, countries where video game consumption is highest tend to be some of the safest countries in the world, likely a product of the fact that developed or rich countries, where consumers can afford expensive games, have on average much less violent crime. 

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Undernews: Growing local democracy as well as lettuce

The two biggest lapses in current liberal thinking - albeit not historically among liberals - are a failure to push programs that aid the economic conditions of ordinary Americans and a crude dismissal of politics at other than the federal level. This article, which appeared in Green Horizon a year ago, addresses the second issue
Sam Smith - The survival of our country and the remaining freedoms we enjoy depend in no small part on what we do on the local level. 

The reason it is so important is that the powerful of this country livetoday in a culture of impunity, a term Latin Americans use to describe a system when law, responsibility, cooperation, community values, and religious faith no longer matter. They have, Mike Lofgren wrote of the American super rich, seceded from America even as their grip on its control mechanisms have tightened: “Bernard Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot, says about the views of the 99 percent: ‘Who gives a crap about some imbecile?’”

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Excellent article, IMO

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 30, 2013 3:30 AM

Sounds like a great garden!

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Obama’s daring liberal agenda is neither daring nor liberal. Discuss.

Obama’s daring liberal agenda is neither daring nor liberal. Discuss. | Coffee Party News |

Excerpt from piece by Zachary A. GoldfarbWashington Post

Opinion polls show that on almost all of the major positions Obama espoused in his speech — entitlements, immigration, climate change and same-sex marriage — a majority of Americans agree with him.

By that measure, Obama did not advance a liberal agenda. A consequential one, certainly, but one that reflects centrist views or center-left ones at most. The agenda seems liberal only when judged against the liberal-conservative divide we’re used to in Washington.

Over the past four years, politics in the nation’s capital has been consumed by the fight between the president and tea party Republicans.

But because Obama is far closer to the center than the tea party is, what counts as middle ground in Washington is more conservative than the political center nationwide. In this setting, even centrist proposals face mighty legislative hurdles.

Beyond the capital’s divisions, citizens across the country resist the “liberal” label — even though polls showthat they tend to hold liberal positions on individual issues. Political scientists call this “symbolic” vs. “operational” ideology.

According to one poll, 74 percent of Americans support regulating greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. According to another, 68 percent oppose cutting spending on Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor. And other polls show that more than half of Americans favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a vast majority opposecuts in education or transportation funding, and a slim majority support same-sex marriage. [MORE]

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We're no longer a "center right nation." But is our national conversation framed by what the People think, or by what politicians, pundits, and lobbyists tell us we think? In the age of social media, how much longer will we allow them to tell us what we think? —Eric Byler

Niccolo Casewit's curator insight, January 27, 2013 9:44 AM

We should not confuse the media with the people's opinion.

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Why buy legislators when you can buy legislation?

Why buy legislators when you can buy legislation? | Coffee Party News |

The only thing we have to fear is the indiffernce of good men and women.  Will you be led to slaughter, or will you stand up to tyranny?  This is the question that will define our generation.  What say you?

Joseph Pomponio's curator insight, February 8, 2013 6:04 AM

Lengthy but well worth the read. an excellent article on corporate involement shaping laws ih their favor.Good reference for anyone involved in wanting to understand and chage or se new laws. 

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Can Republicans Change Their Spots?

Can Republicans Change Their Spots? | Coffee Party News |

The alliance of business interests and social conservatism may no longer be politically viable.

Excerpts from column by THOMAS B. EDSALL, New York Times

If the conservative movement continues on its downward trajectory, the American business community, which has the most to lose from Republican failure, will be the key force arguing for moderation.

The problem that faces business leaders pressing for reform is not just the normal reluctance of a political party to change. Instead, it is the fact that much of the Republican electorate, as presently constructed, is profoundly committed — morally and ideologically — to “traditional values.” You’re asking groups of people to change who were brought together by their resistance to change. Their opposition to change is why they are Republicans.

The right coalition includes a subset of conservatives determined to preserve white hegemony. Add to that social conservatives who oppose both the women’s rights and gay rights movements, and the religiously observant who are dead set against burgeoning secularism and what they see as the erosion of faith in public life.

...At the moment, reactionary forces have a death grip on the Republican Party, and their power has been cemented by the party’s institutionalization of closed primaries and caucuses (neither independents nor Democrats can participate) in more than half the states.

Republican opponents of change also hold on to the hope that the American economy will be mired in a period of slow growth, damaging to whichever party is in power. The premise of this strategy is that hard-pressed voters will turn on the Democrats.

...The major factor encouraging Republican inertia is that the party’s setbacks have not reached the crisis stage; it still controls the House 233 to 200 (there are two current vacancies).

That majority rests on the weak reed of gerrymandering, however, and on the high concentration of Democratic voters in urban areas. Democratic House candidates actually won the popular vote by one million more votes than Republicans, 56 million to 55 million.

In North Carolina, Bloomberg news found that Democrats won 2.22 million votes to 2.14 million cast for Republican candidates, but Republicans won 9 of the state’s 13 House seats. Similarly, in Pennsylvania, Democrats won 2.7 million votes to the Republicans’ 2.6 million, but Democrats ended up with only 5 of the state’s 18 districts. [Read the full article]

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NY Times columnist Thomas Edsall reminds us that the flow of corporate cash into GOP coffers is rarely meant to better hate gays, people of color, and immigrants. Rather, sentiments against these groups have been exploited by monied interests who wish to write favorable tax codes and regulations for themselves. But they won't have this opportunity if they back Republicans and Republicans lose because of social issue extremism. As America changes, the business community will demand the Republican party changes as well — and, most likely, they will. This will leave the "social conservatives" with a decision to make.

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I'm Congressman Jim McGovern, and I just introduced two constitutional amendments to overturn Citizens United, get the money out of politics, and restore "We, the people."

I'm Congressman Jim McGovern, and I just introduced two constitutional amendments to overturn Citizens United, get the money out of politics, and restore "We, the people." | Coffee Party News |
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Inequality Is Holding Back The Recovery | NY Times

Inequality Is Holding Back The Recovery | NY Times | Coffee Party News |

By Joseph Stiglitz

There are four major reasons inequality is squelching our recovery. The most immediate is that our middle class is too weak to support the consumer spending that has historically driven our economic growth. While the top 1 percent of income earners took home 93 percent of the growth in incomes in 2010, the households in the middle — who are most likely to spend their incomes rather than save them and who are, in a sense, the true job creators — have lower household incomes, adjusted for inflation, than they did in 1996. The growth in the decade before the crisis was unsustainable — it was reliant on the bottom 80 percent consuming about 110 percent of their income.

Second, the hollowing out of the middle class since the 1970s, a phenomenon interrupted only briefly in the 1990s, means that they are unable to invest in their future, by educating themselves and their children and by starting or improving businesses.

Third, the weakness of the middle class is holding back tax receipts, especially because those at the top are so adroit in avoiding taxes and in getting Washington to give them tax breaks. The recent modest agreement to restore Clinton-level marginal income-tax rates for individuals making more than $400,000 and households making more than $450,000 did nothing to change this. Returns from Wall Street speculation are taxed at a far lower rate than other forms of income. Low tax receipts mean that the government cannot make the vital investments in infrastructure, education, research and health that are crucial for restoring long-term economic strength.

Fourth, inequality is associated with more frequent and more severe boom-and-bust cycles that make our economy more volatile and vulnerable. Though inequality did not directly cause the crisis, it is no coincidence that the 1920s — the last time inequality of income and wealth in the United States was so high — ended with the Great Crash and the Depression. The International Monetary Fund has noted the systematic relationship between economic instability and economic inequality, but American leaders haven’t absorbed the lesson.

Our skyrocketing inequality — so contrary to our meritocratic ideal of America as a place where anyone with hard work and talent can “make it” — means that those who are born to parents of limited means are likely never to live up to their potential. Children in other rich countries like Canada, France, Germany and Sweden have a better chance of doing better than their parents did than American kids have. More than a fifth of our children live in poverty — the second worst of all the advanced economies, putting us behind countries like Bulgaria, Latvia and Greece.

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Better and better

Better and better | Coffee Party News |
ONE of the fascinating recent developments in America's economic geography is what some economists have called a Great Divergence. Over the past thirty years,...
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Finally, Conservatives Are Telling The GOP The Hard Truth About The Debt Ceiling That They've Needed To Hear All Along

Finally, Conservatives Are Telling The GOP The Hard Truth About The Debt Ceiling That They've Needed To Hear All Along | Coffee Party News |

by JOE WEISENTHAL (Business Insider)

Hopefully, this is a good sign.

Two influential conservative columnists are giving the GOP some good advice on the debt ceiling.

And that advice is this: Give it up, stop risking disaster, stop trying to change the US fiscal situation with just one house of Congress, and try to actually pass positive legislation and win some elections.

Philip Klein at The Washington Examiner called it "Maneuver X":

The main character in the 1994 film "Barcelona" describes a sales technique he calls "Maneuver X." When facing reluctance on the part of the buyer, he says, a salesman should step back and remove all pressure to change the dynamic of the situation.

In practice that would mean:

Consider, then, "Maneuver X." As modified to fit the current political environment, it would mean that Republicans remove all pressure. They should give Obama his debt limit increases without preconditions, and they shouldn't allow any government shutdowns.

Meanwhile, Republicans should use their majority in the House to pass bills that actually do address the nation's problems -- its economic stagnation, rising energy and health care costs, mounting debt and so on. At the same time, they can keep blocking major new expansions of government.

Now in a column up at The Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer basically says the same thing, that the GOP should give it up. The title of his note is: A new strategy for the GOP. He basically advocates the same thing, and says:

Want to save the Republic? Win the next election. Don’t immolate yourself trying to save liberalism from itself. If your conservative philosophy is indeed right, winning will come. As Margaret Thatcher said serenely of the Labor Party socialists she later overthrew: “They always run out of other people’s money.”

Will the GOP listen to this advice?

In order for them to do so, they have to be convinced, as Krauthammer implies, that by stepping back and giving Obama what he wants, that they're somehow letting liberals hoist themselves by their own petard, and that it will become obvious that Obama is establishing a record of failure that will make him look bad.

The bigger point is that a growing number of folks are calling on the GOP to stop the kamikaze mission.

This reduces the odds that we're going to trip the wire. [MORE]

Via Michael Charney
Noneaya Biddnes's comment, January 19, 2013 6:43 AM
That is just bad advice...The Only reason we are in this mess with the phony Cliffs is because Harry Reid and the Senate have for Four years refused to pass a Budget or allow Regular Order in the Senate. If Harry Reid and the Progressives had done their job, we would not be in this mess at all. The First Rule of Holes; Stop Digging. We do not have a revenue problem, We have a Spending problem. Keynes is dead, and we can never Spend our way out of this mess.