"No very deep knowledge of economics is usually needed for grasping the immediate effects of a measure; but the task of economics is to foretell the remoter effects, and so to allow us to avoid such acts as attempt to remedy a present ill by sowing the seeds of a much greater ill for the future."
Ludwig von Mises
at 5/07/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
"This is a nation of inconsistencies. The Puritans fleeing from oppression became oppressors. We fought England for our liberty and put chains on four million of blacks. We wiped out slavery and our tariff laws and national banks began a system of white wage slavery worse than the first.
Money rules, and our Vice-President is a London banker. Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags. The [political] parties lie to us and the political speakers mislead us. We were told two years ago to go to work and raise a big crop, that was all we needed. We went to work and plowed and planted; the rains fell, the sun shone, nature smiled, and we raised the big crop that they told us to; and what came of it? Eight-cent corn, ten-cent oats, two-cent beef and no price at all for butter and eggs-that's what came of it.
The politicians said we suffered from overproduction. Overproduction, when 10,000 little children, so statistics tell us, starve to death every year in the United States, and over 100,000 shopgirls in New York are forced to sell their virtue for the bread their niggardly wages deny them... We want money, land and transportation. We want the abolition of the National Banks, and we want the power to make loans direct from the government. We want the foreclosure system wiped out... We will stand by our homes and stay by our fireside by force if necessary, and we will not pay our debts to the loan-shark companies until the government pays its debts to us.
The people are at bay; let the bloodhounds of money who dogged us thus far beware."
Mary Ellen Lease
1890 Populist Convention speech
at 5/05/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
The American Civil Liberties Union says it's backing an Arizona man against a homeowner association rule against flying the Gadsden Flag in front of his house.
Andy McDonel says he put up the coiled snake banner bearing the slogan "Don't Tread on Me" this year as a tribute to the military and Founding Fathers, The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.
The flag's history traces back to an illustrated comment printed in 1751's Pennsylvania Gazette by Benjamin Franklin that the American colonies should send rattlesnakes to England. Franklin suggested it as a symbol for America describing it as "an emblem of magnanimity and true courage," the Web site FoundingFathers.info said.
The image of the coiled snake morphed over the years and in 1775 settled into its present incarnation, which has become an emblem for the Tea Party Movement, the newspaper said.
Read more: UPI.COM.
at 5/03/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
"We need the National Guard to clean out all our cities and round them up...They have no problem slitting your throat and taking your money or selling drugs to your kids or raping your daughters, and they are evil people."
Co-founder of the Minuteman Project
President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
"I don't care if Mexicans pile up against that fence ... just run a couple of taco trucks up and down the line..."
Anti-immigrant talk radio host
“The question we Americans need to address, before it is answered for us, is: Does this First World nation wish to become a Third World country? Because that is our destiny if we do not build a sea wall against the waves of immigration rolling over our shores…Who speaks for the Euro-Americans, who founded the USA?…Is it not time to take back America?”
"America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts."
at 4/30/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
A film adaptation of the 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, is now showing in couple of theaters across the nation. The release of the film has coincided with a resurgence of popularity for Rand on the American Right.
The trailer for Atlas Shrugged had its world premier at this year’s CPAC conference, the Tea Party group FreedomWorks has rolled out a massive campaign to promote the film, and the story’s opening line — “Who is John Galt?” — has appeared on numerous signs at Tea Party rallies.
at 4/28/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
Some of the right’s leading political and media lights have heaped praise upon Ayn Rand. The author of the Republicans’ new budget plan to gut Medicare and Medicaid, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), has said Rand is the reason he entered politics, and requires his staff to read her work. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) have both declared themselves devotees of her writing. Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has his law clerks watch the film adaptation of Rand’s book The Fountainhead. She’s also received accolades from right-wing pundits Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, John Stossel, and Andrew Napolitano.
During her lifetime, Rand advocated “the virtue of selfishness,” declared altruism to be “evil,” opposed Medicare and all forms of government support for the middle-class and the poor, and condemned Christianity for advocating love and compassion for the less fortunate.
at 4/26/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
"Kiss my black, Muslim-American ass." NEW YORK - A Georgia woman has claimed responsibility for sending a severed pig's foot to Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) earlier this month, apparently in protest over a hearing he held on radical Islam. Jacquelyn Barnette, who described herself as Muslim, told the New York Post Thursday that she sent King the package, which also contained an anti-Semitic note. The US Postal Service intercepted the package before it ever reached King's office. "I thought the letters explain themselves," Barnette said. Asked about her comments, King told FOX News she "seems to be a disturbed person." "I'll let the police decide how to deal with her. I don't want to do anything to encourage her or others like her," he said. In March, King held high-profile congressional hearings on Islamic radicalization in the US, saying he aimed to confront the threat of homegrown extremism. Though the note contained anti-Semitic messages, King is not Jewish. The note also reportedly told King to "kiss my black, Muslim-American ass." Read more...
at 4/22/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
at 4/20/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
"Republicans' radical agenda to end Medicare and play chicken with a government shutdown, while protecting taxpayers giveaways for Big Oil, is turning off independent voters and energizing our Democratic supporters. As a result, the DCCC is back on sound financial footing and aggressively focused on holding Republicans accountable for their radical agenda." Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) DCCC Chairman
at 4/18/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
"The top 1 percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles, but there is one thing that money doesn’t seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1 percent eventually do learn. Too late." Joseph Stiglitz Economist Read more at Harper's.
at 4/16/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
"It's kind of like the old protection racket. If you have the right sticker, we won't break your knees.'This is beyond the pale to force a small-business person to choose when they want to stay neutral." Jim Haney Outgoing head of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Detroit's notorious Purple Gang of the 1920s and early 1930s engaged in - among other nefarious things - a protection racket against shopkeepers. According to one account, they got the name Purple Gang because they would threaten to throw purple dye and ruin the laundry of local dry-cleaning stores. You know the phrase from dozens of gangster movies: "Nice little shop ya got here. Be too bad if something happened to it." Purple Gang tactics are being used in Wisconsin. A public employee union local, embroiled in a battle with elected officials of that state, are now dragging in local shopkeepers - sending them letters demanding that they post signs in their windows supporting the unions or face a union boycott. Jim Haney, the outgoing head of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, a pro-business lobby, said the union effort was appalling. And he said the campaign would backfire.
at 4/12/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
General Electric's tax department is famous for inventing ways to pay Uncle Sam less. So it should come as no surprise that its CEO, Jeff Immelt, is in the crosshairs as the new chairman of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Read 5 Ways GE Plays The Tax Game.
at 4/10/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
"Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble." Joseph Campbell
at 4/07/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
at 4/05/2011 Posted by Thurston Howell III
They make up the results they want to see!.
Handwritten page was all state had behind $7 million figure
By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel
Madison — State officials' controversial courtroom testimony that protesters did more than $7 million in damage to the Capitol was based on a single handwritten page.
An open records request by the Journal Sentinel on the damage estimate turned up only one page of notebook paper listing costs written before the courtroom testimony. Other e-mails from state officials listing areas to check for potential damage also were released, but there were no others with any dollar figures written before the court testimony. "
See the one page report here.
at 4/03/2011 Posted by Andy Rand
1. President Obama Cut Your Taxes
2. The Stimulus is Working
3. First Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt...
4. ...Then George W. Bush Doubled It Again
5. Republican States Have the Worst Health Care
6. Medicare is a Government Program
7. Barack Obama is Not a Muslim
8. Barack Obama was Born in the United States
9. 70,000 Does Not Equal 2,000,000
10. The Economy Almost Always Does Better Under Democrats
Read the details at Perrespectives.
at 4/02/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
Reggie Marselus Lenexa
at 3/28/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
Shareholders Speak out to the Bank of Montreal
Some links that explain what this is all about.
CtW Investment Group
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
at 3/26/2011 Posted by Thurston Howell III
Wisconsin Republicans Get Paid Off In D.C.
Wisconsin state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, the consigliere for Gov. Scott Walker in the legislative fight to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public workers and to make it easier for the governor to transfer public property to campaign donors in no-bid deals, traveled to the nation's capital recently to collect tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Washington-based lobbyists for corporate interests.
Fitzgerald was the "star" of a lavish fundraising event at the offices of the BRG lobbying group. The "B" in BRG stands for Barbour, as in veteran GOP fixer Haley Barbour, who is now the governor of Mississippi and a potential 2012 Republican presidential contender.
Along with Fitzgerald, who this week made news when he attempted to bar Democratic senators from voting in Assembly committees (only to be forced to back off after the move stirred a public outcry), Republican Sens. Glenn Grothman and Alberta Darling attended the D.C. bash. Both Grothman and Darling -- who chairs the powerful legislative Joint Finance Committee and is thus the point person for Walker's budget plan -- are the targets of recall campaigns.
Also making the trip were Fitzgerald's brother, Jeff, who in the true Banana Republican tradition serves as Assembly speaker, and Robin Vos, one of Jeff Fitzgerald's lieutenants in the Assembly.
Absent from the gathering were the other 16 Republican state senators, including Senate President Mike Ellis, who took the lead in forcing majority leader Fitzgerald to back off his attempt to deny Democratic senators the vote.
Capitol aides say that Ellis and a number of other senior senators have grown increasingly ill at ease with Fitzgerald's erratic behavior and with his inability to recognize the damage that could be done to Republicans by flying into Washington to pick up corporate money in return for passing Walker's plan.
"There's just no way to spin this as a positive," said one aide, who suggested that Ellis would look "like a bagman." (Notably, Congressman Sean Duffy, a Republican from northern Wisconsin, contacted media outlets to emphasize that he had not been invited to the event and would not be attending.)
On the chance that anyone might miss the "bagman" point, more than 1,000 workers, students, retirees, union members and their supporters were expected to attend a mass protest Wednesday evening outside the BGR headquarters in Washington.
Among the groups sponsoring the event were: Public Campaign Action Fund, AFSCME, Public Citizen, USAction, Common Cause, People for the American Way,MoveOn.org, the Center for Media and Democracy, Code Pink, Center for Community Change and Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
Fitzgerald and his Republicans traveled to Washington "to collect their payoff from corporate lobbyists after the GOP lawmakers voted last week in the dark of night to strip teachers, nurses, snowplow drivers and others of their collective bargaining rights," explained AFL-CIO Washington, D.C., Metro Council president Jos Williams.
"These politicians might be willing to subvert our democratic process to move Wall Street's corporate agenda, but we're fighting to bring balance to our economy and protect middle-class families."
at 3/24/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
Even Republicans are starting to see the Light about Walker and his so called "Budget Repair Bill".
See Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
"Walker's fellow Republicans said Wisconsin needs the mandate to ensure that waste is recycled - and not thrown into landfills.
In the 2011-'13 budget he unveiled this month, Walker eliminated the recycling requirement for local units of government.
His plan also would take away the state subsidy that communities use to help fund recycling.
Walker's proposal surprised many. But until now, much of the criticism has come from recycling advocates or Democrats, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Now the four Republicans say Walker is making a mistake. They include Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah)
Robin Vos (R-Rochester,) co-chairman of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, which will hold hearings across the state on Walker's budget.
Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay)
and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) also took issue with Walker.
It's been my observation that being a member of the GOP and thinking for oneself are mutually exclusive activities. These four legislatures are proving me wrong. Good for them.
Please send letters of support to them for standing against Walker when they disagree.
The following is a letter to the editor from the San Angelo Standard-Times that sums up the right wing agenda. It's by Kelly D. Clover of San Angelo
It's sad that millions of Americans are so badly misinformed as to what Rick Perry, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, John Boehner and other right-wing Republicans really stand for. Here is their real agenda:
Destroy the middle class. Create a society in which a few multimillionaire corporate executives and CEOs control almost all the nation's wealth. Almost everyone else will be dirt-poor.
Do away with almost all regulation of business with no regard for the consequences. Allow American industry to ignore pollution, unsafe working conditions and unsafe products so they can increase their profits.
Use voter ID laws to inconvenience young adults in the hope that they won't vote. (Many young adults don't have driver's licenses.) Use the bogus claim that such laws are needed to prevent fraud.
Replace critical safety nets like Social Security and Medicare with much less reliable privatized systems. Use skyrocketing entitlement costs as an excuse to employ these bogus remedies that would place seniors at the mercy of the Dow Jones industrial average or money-hungry insurance CEOs.
Use the public schools as a political indoctrination tool. Rewrite history and social studies textbooks to promote a partisan or ideological agenda. (Texas is now doing this.)
Use one-sided talk radio, Fox News and other right-wing propaganda outlets to mislead and indoctrinate the general public. Shut down or discredit any media sources that are not right-wing. (They are trying to shut down PBS and NPR by cutting off their funding.)
Use religion as a political indoctrination tool. Get people to think they are out of favor with God unless they support the Republican political line. (Pat Robertson, Glenn Beck and God's Learning Channel are all using this type of propaganda.) Robertson made the situation in Wisconsin worse by purposely misrepresenting what was going on.
at 3/21/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger
at 3/19/2011 Posted by Andy Rand
This is about a whole lot more than teachers unions.
This is part of a Repbulican Blitzkreig on the middle class.
What is a Blitzkreig you ask?
Wikipedia explains it here. It's a "Lightining War".
"Through constant motion, the blitzkrieg attempts to keep its enemy off-balance, making it difficult to respond effectively at any given point before the front has already moved on."
Compare that notion with what is happening throughout the Midwest.
at 3/18/2011 Posted by Thurston Howell III
Perhaps he'd start with the Carpenter's Union?
"As the stand off between workers and Governor Scott Walker continues in Wisconsin, religious leaders have weighed in on the dispute. Roman Catholic bishops came out on the side of the unions, urging the governor to protect worker’s rights. Many mainline pastors, including Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists, Congregationalists, and American Baptists have written letters, issued statements, and preached sermons supporting labor, unions, and collective bargaining. In Madison, interfaith prayers and proclamations have upheld and encouraged the teachers, police, firefighters, and other public employees in their resistance to the governor’s plan to break their union.
This is an impressive religious group by any standards — particularly so in Wisconsin where traditional faith still plays an important role in the life of a large number of its citizens. Wisconsin is almost evenly split between the three largest American religious groups: 29 percent are Roman Catholics; 24 percent are evangelical Protestants; and 23 percent are mainline Protestants.
Yet none of these prayers or sermons has swayed Scott Walker. He has steadfastly stayed on his original course, unfazed by the full weight of Roman Catholic authority or the mainline social justice tradition pressing upon him and urging him toward compromise and change."
Full Article Here:Sojourners.
"And this is why Scott Walker’s religion is actually dangerous in the public square. Because it lacks the ability to compromise, it is profoundly anti-democratic. Many faith traditions actually possess deep spiritual resources that allow them to participate in pluralistic, democratic, and creative political change. But those sort of traditions tend emphasize the love of God and neighbor over strict obedience to an unyielding God. Despite anything Scott Walker might say, the confident dictum of the old hymn, “Trust and Obey” is not the best way to govern a state."
at 3/15/2011 Posted by Andy Rand
"...As the Senate voted Wednesday night, cries of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” were audible in the chamber.
The people, by the hundreds, and then the thousands, had raced to the Capitol to let their representatives know what all the polls have confirmed: this legislation is opposed by the overwhelming majority of Wisconsinites. Its supporters — billionaire campaign contributors and Washington-based think tanks — may have won a round Wednesday night.
But it was a surprise attack rather than an honest win.
And it will inspire an appropriate response: Protests now, and the recall and removal of Republican senators in short order.
Some of the Republicans may think that “cooler heads will prevail.” They are wrong. The cool heads, the calm and rational Wisconsinites, will be busy in coming days: collecting signatures of recall petitions."
Capitol Times editiorial
March 10, 2011
"Here was a great guy, advocating all the things I believed in. He wanted less government and taxes, and was talking about repealing all these victimless crime laws that accumulated on the books. I have friends who smoke pot. I know many homosexuals. It's ridiculous to treat them as criminals—and here was someone running for president, saying just that."
David H. Koch
Speaking about Roger McBride the man who inspired him to understand that politicans like Scott Walker operate like prostitutes
at 3/09/2011 Posted by Sunny Badger