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GOP’s epic internal struggle: The modernists vs. libertarian fabulists

GOP’s epic internal struggle: The modernists vs. libertarian fabulists | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The essential conflict in today's politics is not between Democrats and Republicans -- but factions of the right (#libertarian #tlot GOP's epic internal struggle: The modernists vs. libertarian fabulists - Sa...
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If we look for unity in our politics today, where can we find it? Only in the claim that it has never been more divided. Everyone seems to agree on that. “The two parties have never been further apart,” wrote the liberal Ezra Klein last fall. “Republicans and Democrats are currently further apart ideologically than our political parties have traditionally been,” wrote the conservative Ross Douthat, a mere four days later. Only the fact of our polarization brings us together; we are fractured in everything except our mutual sense of brokenness. 



Many liberals attribute this situation to an increasingly radicalized Republican Party. Some Republicans do, too. Immediately after the 2012 election, Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, lashed out at the “offensive, bizarre comments” of some GOP candidates, whom he accused of espousing a “dumbed-down conservatism.” Republicans, he insisted, must “stop being the stupid party.” The RNC’s own “autopsy” of the 2012 results, issued in March of last year, made many of the same points. (In kinder, gentler terms, of course.)

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80,000 March in North Carolina Proudly Pushing Back Against Radical Right Agenda

80,000 March in North Carolina Proudly Pushing Back Against Radical Right Agenda | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Eighty thousand march in Raleigh in the biggest protest in the South since 1965.
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Those that haven't been following the pushback in North Carolina will find this informative and those that have will probably find the citizen engagement uplifting.

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The Man Behind the American Occupy

"If there were a list of today's most innovative social activists, Micah White would be very near the top of that list." - CBC Radio (Canada)

He has been profiled by The New YorkerThe WalrusThe San Francisco Chronicle and the alumni magazine of Swarthmore College for his founding role in the Occupy Wall Street movement. After eight years at Adbusterswhere he rose from campaigns intern to guest editor, editor and editor-at-large—White is now the founder of Boutique Activist Consultancy and a board member of OccupyWallSt.org.

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POWERFUL! HOW COME I DIDN"T SEE THIS SOONER? Be sure to continue to watch the videos that follow the lead one taking place in Italy.  For those that said Occupy had no real purpose this is for you and all the rest of us too… Occupy is not apt to go away, though it has moved out of the streets for now.…it will likely resurface under new names perhaps or maybe the same one, but it is unlikely to cease until the extreme imbalance of the power of corporations and the few 1% rich of the world learn to share the planet, power and wealth and remember the people shape the democracy not the money of a few. 

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GOP to America: “Work, Moochers!” - Daily Beast

GOP to America: “Work, Moochers!” - Daily Beast | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
GOP to America: “Work, Moochers!” Daily Beast “What the White House wants you to think is, if a person chooses to make less income, they must be doing something that makes them better off,” he said, “What conservatives would have you ask is, is it...
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By contrast, conservatives—both thoughtful and otherwise—have defined “work” as equivalent to “wage labor,” which—in a real way—devalues the countless forms of work that allow society to function, from childrearing to community involvement. If we borrow Paul Ryan’s formulation, then wage labor is the only work that comes with “dignity,” where dignity is being forced to work a job for health insurance, with the knowledge that—if you don’t—you could face destitution, or worse.

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Gov. Rick Perry, Obamacare and The Morality of Rejecting Medicare Expansion | Nomadic Politics

Gov. Rick Perry, Obamacare and The Morality of Rejecting Medicare Expansion | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Texas Governor Rick Perry is, like a few other Republican governors, rejecting the expansion of Medicare in his state. What are the human costs to his decision? What is he offering instead? Is any political principle a justification for denying citizen's adequate health care?
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Nomad has collected various articles and research results together at this link to present a very good description  of those that put profit before humanity. Medical workers must be paid well and not over worked. I personally see Obamacare as a move forward but short of an final answer for still to many. It is obviously not working for everyone we know. That means we need to see what is not working and find out how to fix that. The old system was worse for too many that actually needed it.

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The Obamacare, that was mainly designed from Romney's state government system, stays within the private insurance care model. If we can't make this effort called Obamacare, which is extended, traditional, for-profit, insurance care work better-- then we need to obviously start looking at a national or state, non-profit, extended and improved system. Since many people move or travel the nation for work these days, that would make the national model more reasonable.


We all personally know people who only show up or take a job because they need affordable medical care. Many people in the military actually are there or stay because they have very sick children and the military insurance will help when many other employer insurance plans would fail or they were unable to even find another employer that offered a plan.


These people are not lazy, they are often very fine workers and even experts that could consult. They would choose to do different work or in many cases COULD afford to work part time, be a traditional homemaker or stay home with young or sick elders as long as they could find affordable health care. Others would feel free to consult or start their own business. The cost of making the choice to leave a job with health benefits in pre-Obamacare days would mean gambling  retirement and everything acquired over a life time if one family member fell seriously ill.


One place I would like to start to improve on ANY health care plan is that I think everyone should get something when they need it for their money. I read about some young Harvard progressives that argued during the health care debate. They were bargaining  for like 3 doctor visits and 1 emergency care visit for the premiums they pay to use before the deductible requirement kicks in.. I think that sounds like a very fair deal and would cover the medical care of most all basically, healthy people and still leave a large pool of funds for those that need more expensive care and ...yes even profits for those that invest in sickness for profit....After all, good health doesn't make them much money, only the fear of ill health sales insurance.

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Drone strikes kill innocents by targeting NSA phone data, not people: Greenwald

Drone strikes kill innocents by targeting NSA phone data, not people: Greenwald | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The NSA's surveillance programs are often used to help carry out drone strikes on targets, according to a new report, and sometimes there are unintended victims. An anonymous former drone operator...
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Excerpt from the verge by Sam Byford:


"People get hung up that there’s a targeted list of people," says the former JSOC operator. "It’s really like we’re targeting a cell phone. We’re not going after people — we’re going after their phones, in the hopes that the person on the other end of that missile is the bad guy."

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The World According To Pete Seeger: A Remembrance

The World According To Pete Seeger: A Remembrance | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Musical icon and activist Pete Seeger died Monday at age 94. We listen back to our 2003 interview with the American legend.
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Pete is remembered by NPR and one of my most, favorite, singer,  song writers, John McCutcheon talks about Pete and his music.

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That “Distressed Baby” Who Tim Armstrong Blamed for AOL Benefit Cuts? She’s My Daughter.

That “Distressed Baby” Who Tim Armstrong Blamed for AOL Benefit Cuts? She’s My Daughter. | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Late last week, Tim Armstrong, the chief executive officer of AOL, landed himself in a media firestorm when he held a town hall with employees to explain why he was paring their retirement benefits. After initially blaming Obamacare for driving up the company’s health care costs, he pointed the finger...

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Using one family's distress to justify  deliberately distressing many other families is unjustifiable!

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Billionaire Tom Perkins' Kristallnacht Fears: Isn't There a More Accurate Historical Parallel? - See more at: http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com.tr/2014/01/billionaire-tom-perkins-kristallnacht.ht...

Billionaire Tom Perkins' Kristallnacht Fears: Isn't There a More Accurate Historical Parallel? - See more at: http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com.tr/2014/01/billionaire-tom-perkins-kristallnacht.ht... | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Recent remarks from one member of the super-wealthy class comparing the treatment of Jews to how the 1% is being treated by progressive stirred a lot of controversy. That should have been expected.


The Nazi comparison was deeply flawed but another historical period- the time just before the French Revolution- might be a lot closer to the mark.

- See more at: http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com.tr/2014/01/billionaire-tom-perkins-kristallnacht.html#sthash.Czhgrzis.dpuf


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In an open letter to the (News Corporation-owned) Wall Street Journal, Perkins  said:
"Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich.'


Progressive war? And he did not stop there.
"This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendent 'progressive' radicalism unthinkable now?"
Progressive radicalism descended from Nazism? Really?

Offensive, Insensitive and Incorrect
Not only were Perkins remarks idiotic, they were also extremely insensitive. When the statements aroused the widespread scorn, he was forced to take them back, in the all-too-typical fashion of one faced with public outrage. ("I chose the wrong words but I really meant what I wrote.") 
And keep in mind, this was not some unplanned interview from a journalist trying to get Perkins to say something controversial. The letter to the editor of an internationally-read newspaper was presumably carefully thought out. He had time to erase and scratch out and to ask himself: Is this right? Is it.. sane?

- See more at: http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com.tr/2014/01/billionaire-tom-perkins-kristallnacht.html#sthash.Czhgrzis.dpuf

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Regulators Reject Proposal That Would Bring Fox-Style News to Canada

Regulators Reject Proposal That Would Bring Fox-Style News to Canada | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Canada's Radio Act requires that "a licenser may not broadcast....any false or misleading news." The provision has kept Fox News and right wing talk radio out of Canada.
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This article is from a Kennedy Blog post several years old ago one date says. But Huffington seems have  repeated the post this week or perhaps didn't put the blogs out to the public as much at that time.  I don't remember hearing this make the news a few years back. Well, just in case you missed it too. Here it is.


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 by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.:

Fox News will not be moving into Canada after all! The reason: Canada regulators announced last week they would reject efforts by Canada's right wing Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to repeal a law that forbids lying on broadcast news.

Canada's Radio Act
 requires that "a licenser may not broadcast....any false or misleading news." The provision has kept Fox News and right wing talk radio out of Canada and helped make Canada a model for liberal democracy and freedom. As a result of that law, Canadians enjoy high quality news coverage including the kind of foreign affairs and investigative journalism that flourished in this country before Ronald Reagan abolished the "Fairness Doctrine" in 1987. 

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The Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 : The History and the Song | Nomadic Politics

The Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 : The History and the Song | Nomadic Politics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
1912 Lawrence Massachusetts was the scene of one of the most famous labor action in US history- The Bread and Roses Strike. Here is a summary of the union strike and reflections on lessons we can learn from it.
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To add insult to injury, while prisoners of war (pardon, enemy combatants) had, at the very least, free medical care, a roof over their heads and warm meals, past studies have indicated that up to a third of all of adult homeless men were US veterans and as such are, without the protections guaranteed by the Geneva Convention. 
(One bright spot: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported that the number of homeless ex-service men and women has declined by 7% in 2012- far better than the national rate. ) 

- See more at: http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com.tr/2013/02/american-homelessness-and-issue-of.html#sthash.Fx8RmXzD.dpuf

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Google hit with a ONE BILLION euro tax bill in France

Google hit with a ONE BILLION euro tax bill in France | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Google has been channelling its French revenue through a Dutch intermediary and then to a Bermuda-registered holding, before reporting it in Ireland.
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The regular guy and gal in nearly every country pays taxes. Shouldn't our industries do so as well?

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Pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

Pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Corporations are not people. Period!

As a human being and a citizen you have the right to create a corporation. You have the right to vote. The corporation you create is not a citizen. But the Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United has taken the power of government out of the hands of real people. We need to fix this by passing a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Sign below to join me. 

Add your name to my petition today:

We, the undersigned, know that corporations are not people and that Citizens United has weakened our nation's democracy. We call on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens Unitedand send the message that our democracy is not for sale!

Signed,

Dave Domina
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YOUR NAME HERE

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"This is so important to regaining the 'freedom and liberty' so loudly proclaimed by the right, but undermined totally--not by Obama, but by the hard-right dominated Supreme Court. We are losing our democracy to the international corporations who owe not allegiance to America or to anything but their own profits. Please sign and pass this along! Your children and grandchildren will thank you."   (Comment from a FB friend that says it all!)

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The Rise (and Rise and Rise) of the 0.01 Percent in America

The Rise (and Rise and Rise) of the 0.01 Percent in America | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The average 1 percenter is quite rich. But she lives in a state of relative poverty compared to the astronomical wealth of "the 1 percent of the 1 percent."

 

By Derek Thompson, The Atlantic 


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The graphs here pretty much says it all.

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"Take one look at this graph, and you'll think you recognize the story: Yeah, yeah, yeah, the 1 percent blasts into the stratosphere while the 99 percent languishes in stagnation, moving on... "


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▶ Micah White | As It Happens with Carol Off and Jeff Douglas | CBC Radio - YouTube

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Micah White on As It Happens with Carol Off and Jeff Douglas
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This is very amazing! I wish everyone would listen to this! There are many groups that agree with Occupy's goals of getting money's corruption out of politics. Uniting them with a plan is critical for success. Be Ready to join the next wave!

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Our Movement Must Desegregate, or We'll Lose

Our Movement Must Desegregate, or We'll Lose | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
'There is no doubt that [Sandra] Fluke would do a fine job as a state senator in Sacramento, but the endorsement by Emily's List shows the true problem within our movement - our lack of intersectionality.' Carl Gibson, RSN
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There is no doubt that Fluke would do a fine job as a state senator in Sacramento, but the endorsement by Emily’s List shows the true problem within our movement – our lack of intersectionality. If we truly want to achieve our goals of economic justice, reproductive rights, climate mitigation, immigration rights, and an end to poverty, racism and war, we have to think intersectionally

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Yahoo!

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The Tennessee GOP intimidate and bully the vote on a auto union with a threat that they will job kill future enlargements to the plant rather than allow workers a seat at the table as Volkswagen would like. Why do people vote against their own interest with representatives like this?

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"A reason to hang him": how mass surveillance, secret courts, confirmation bias and the FBI can ruin your life

"A reason to hang him": how mass surveillance, secret courts, confirmation bias and the FBI can ruin your life | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Brandon Mayfield was a US Army veteran and an attorney in Portland, OR. After the 2004 Madrid train bombing, his fingerprint was partially matched to one belonging to one of the suspected bombers, but the match was a poor one.
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If you think you are too innocent to worry about being harmed by mass surveillance then you need to read this!

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The Case for an Article V. Convention - YouTube

http://www.wolf-pac.com/take_action Lawrence Lessig, along with several MA State Representatives and Wolf PAC volunteers went to the Boston Statehouse to exp...

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Here is one way to start change.

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MA citizens, along with Lawrence Lessig, appeal to MA state reps to be among the states that lead the effort for an Article V Convention. As one citizen said, "People under estimate the power of their voice and the power in numbers. Hopefully more people will see this and get involved will make the movement better for us."

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The Internet is rising up in protest on February 11th

The Internet is rising up in protest on February 11th | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Thousands of websites are planning a massive online protest against surveillance on February 11th.
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Stop Spying On Us!

Feb. 11th! 

Here's the plan!

Call your representatives (all of them) and tell them they represent us and we are not a land of crooks and terrorist. We have 4th amendment and 1st amendment rights they need to stand up for. This link will provide a banner for your WEB page if you want to show support and grow awareness of the effort. There is also a twitter and Facebook profile cover or image available at the bottom of this link!

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Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art - Can a Museum Become a Social Power Plant? | ArtsAndCultureTexas.com

Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art - Can a Museum Become a Social Power Plant? | ArtsAndCultureTexas.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Socially engaged art practices have recently taken Texas by storm. Social practice, sometimes described as social sculpture or relational aesthetics, is much less concerned with art objects and much more with the space of human relationship, challenging conventional notions of artmaking and display.


There is Rick Lowe’s Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow project, part of the Nasher Sculpture Center’s citywide exhibition Nasher XChange in Dallas—on view through Feb. 16—which builds on his much-lauded and debated Project Row Houses, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in Houston.  MAP (Make Art with Purpose), founded and directed by Janeil Engelstadt, organized dozens of projects in Dallas as a fall festival of socially conscious artmaking. And the traveling exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art brought together a number of artists and events around the history of the artist-organized meal during its recent stop at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. (Organized by Stephanie Smith, deputy director and chief curator of the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, Feast is on view at SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico Feb. 1-May 17.)


As a part of Feast, Blaffer director and chief curator Claudia Schmuckli moderated a public conversation between Smith and catalogue contributor Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The panel’s topic, radical hospitality in institutions, opened up a number of questions. For instance, what lessons can art institutions learn from socially engaged artists? And are there differences between European institutional experiments with conceptually based, politically oriented art practices and their U.S. counterparts?


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Industry and the political interest have employed artist throughout the ages to serve them and deliver their images and messages. With the modern media resources artist are finding a new voice for their artistic and creative observations about the world around them and the society they live within.  This is a huge source media power for social issues awareness, which often leads to social change and justice.

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GOP proposal would require food stamp recipients to show photo ID

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GOP proposal would require food stamp recipients to show photo ID (GOP Bill Would Require Food Stamp Recipients To Show Photo ID
http://t.co/9j09zlxPq2)...
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Ok! Our representatives want to assume they can make sure that a person is not a liar every time they go buy food with money tax payers gave out for food. That is a high priority for the GOP.

 

Personally I would prefer that they have that kind of passion about monitoring the Mafia style fines and interest of credit cards and loan companies and everyone else that feeds hungrily on the spoils of less perfect bill payers. That would improve more lives of more tax payers and put more direct money in people's pockets then leaning on food stamp cheats. Let's face it they are not returning that money to tax payers, it will end up as tax breaks for huge companies that donate large sums of funds to get people elected.


 I'm talking about being late on a 15 dollar payment often enough to have your interest jump to 19 - 39%, there is a fine of $35 added for each $15 ever missed, then every other company that person seeks to do business with can go to the same rates even if the person was never late with that business, they can refuse to do business with the person, charge them more on insurance and deposits, refuse to even consider that person as a job candidate even if their work ethic is so strong they put their personal task (like paying bills after work) last after work and during their tired time when they are more apt to miss, procrastinate or forget something. Do we really think these companies will loan $20,000 for a car and charge $15,000 more because they really believe the person couldn't or wouldn't pay the first 20,000. This is a racket and anyone that doesn't think so is too nice and shamed too easily for their own good.

 

 I would like a clamp down on excessive over pricing of fines and penalties for those with weaker financial means or even just plain clumsy about their finances. Bankruptcy, due to careless spending and total failure to pay should still carry serious extended scrutiny and consequences.

 

Missing payments that are slowly paid should not give people a virtual debtor’s scarlet letter that they must wear nearly 1/4 to 1/5 of their working careers in the form of 7-year record on their credit…. The old two year red mark was fair enough for most offenders. Getting this mafia style loan system out of our lives would very likely leave far less people needing to seek food stamps in the first place. For some these fees, fines, excessive interest and other consequences add up to hundreds, and often thousands and hundreds of thousands of extra dollars every month and certainly over a year and a lifetime. This is a poor design that keeps people poorer, vulnerable, dependent and at risk. This inflicts far more damage on society then a person who trades food stamps for cigarettes, alcohol or drugs which by the way is already illegal.  Do people really buy into the idea that our tax dollars are oozing out at from the pockets of the poor rather then being gathered ever deeper into the bulging pockets of the super rich?

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How Progressives Can Turn Deep South Blue - RealClearPolitics

How Progressives Can Turn Deep South Blue - RealClearPolitics | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
How Progressives Can Turn Deep South Blue. By Benjamin Jealous, MSNBC - February 7, 2014. Email · Print. Comments. The whispers are traveling around progressive circles from Atlanta to Washington: Georgia might go blue by 2020 or ...
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The demographic winds in the South are shifting, and the question is only a matter of how fast. This November, Michelle Nunn has a chance to become the first Democratic senator from Georgia in a decade. Her success – and the success of the progressive movement in the South – will boil down to one thing above all: voter registration.

There have been a number of dress rehearsals for a more progressive South, from the Reconstruction Era to the wave of progressive Southern governors in the late 1960’s. Progressives have experienced disappointment so many times, we are prepared to be disappointed again. But this time can be different.

Three things are happening at once to change the face of the South forever: black re-migration, Latino immigration and frustration with the conservative movement among young people and independent white women.

In the past few years, Black Americans have been moving back to the South from big cities in search of jobs and cheap rent, while Latinos and Asian Americans have moved into southern states at an astonishing pace. At the same time, white women and young southern voters are becoming fed up with traditional conservative positions on women’s rights, voting rights and environmental protection, as well as their failure to address economic inequality. All of these trends have led to a resurgence of progressive politics.

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Let elderly people 'hurry up and die', says Japanese minister

Let elderly people 'hurry up and die', says Japanese minister | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Taro Aso says he would refuse end-of-life care and would 'feel bad' knowing treatment was paid for by government
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Sounds like the Tea Party has some serious competition. Taro Aso is trying to steal their game plan! He thinks work till you drop is a good idea! Here is someone with an opposing point of view to that: http://youtu.be/qGDzKWbU3bY

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"I see people aged 67 or 68 at class reunions who dodder around and are constantly going to the doctor," he said at a meeting of economists. "Why should I have to pay for people who just eat and drink and make no effort? I walk every day and do other things, but I'm paying more in taxes."

He had already angered the country's doctors by telling them they lacked common sense, made a joke about Alzheimer's patients, andpronounced "penniless young men" unfit for marriage.

In 2001, he said he wanted Japan to become the kind of successful country in which "the richest Jews would want to live".

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The Obamas show their spiritual side at the National Prayer Breakfast

The Obamas show their spiritual side at the National Prayer Breakfast | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
President Obama and the First Lady joined Washington elite early Thursday for the National Prayer Breakfast.
    
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:

This is just for all those who keep telling me Obama is not having the National Prayer Day every year since he took office! Look! He was there! We had the prayer day! There is also a daily Whitehouse prayer and devotional online if you want to get it in your e-mail everyday....and it has been since before he took office and after has no intention of going away.....Billy Graham's son was in charge when Obama first arrived...I'm not sure who leads it following him.

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