The DC Folly Trolley – 12/02/12

The Second Bill of Rights

Every American has a right to:

  1. A good job.
  2. An adequate wage and a decent living.
  3. A decent home.
  4. Medical care.
  5. Protection during illness, unemployment and retirement.
  6. A good education.

Would you support these rights?

Not that it matters. Few of our rulers do.

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When he wrote “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” did he mean to confer these benefits only on a tiny minority. Of course not. But modern government has all but trashed these revered sentiments.

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The U.S. House calendar by Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

All weekends off.

Jan. 3-4: Vacation required to recoup from long vacation.

Jan. 14-16: Vacation needed after one week of House in session.

Jan. 21-23: Three day vacation needed after two days of House in session.

Feb. 4-6: Time off. It’s been seven days since last vacation.

Feb. 12 12-15: Time off after two days of exhausting House sessions.

Feb. 25-28: Just some days off. Darn, not a leap year.

Mar. 4-7, 12-15, 18-21: Lunches with lobbiest so members know how to vote.

Apr. 9-18, 23-26: More lunches.

May 6-9, 14-17, 20-23: Dinners with lobbyists.

June 3-6, 11-14, 17-20, 25-28: Too fuckin’ hot.

Well, you get the picture.

Cantor and other House and Senate leaders meet...

Cantor and other House and Senate leaders meeting with President Barack Obama in November 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The GOP meanie strikes again. Does Obama hold the line or is Boehner feeding him the perfect excuse to fold?

Those Republican bullies!!! There such bad boys.

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Obama’s holding four aces in the standoff with Republicans. Does he play his hand or fold?

Astonishingly, there is still a doubt.

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Those whom God has chosen to serve shall not be permitted to harm themselves. The Aristocracy.

That’s probably the only reason suicide is a crime in the Armed Forces.

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According to the U.S. Mint, the taxpayer can save $4.4 billion in 30 years just by coining dollar bills. Wowzers, think of how much we can save in 3000 years. It must be trillions. It literally boggles the mind.

And when we privatize minting operations, trillionaires can stash unimagined profits in the Caymans.

Of course, they wouldn’t be satisfied until they became gazillionaires. But look on the bright side. That should only take another 3000 years.

And Wall Street thinks only in quarterly profits. How small minded!

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The article below points out a number of rational ways to achieve deficit reduction.

The entire piece is a waste of time. Who wants to read about sensible ways to reduce the deficit? Nobody in Washington, that’s for sure.

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Another way to make a few bucks is to mint trillion dollar coins. I’ll have two please.

Fiscal Cliff: 10 Ways Obama, Congress Could Trim Without New Income Taxes, Entitlement Cuts

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Conservatives are at it again. They’re promoting abstinence. Again. And they’re telling teens “Why Abstinence Works” in a new magazine. Again. According to blogger Upworthy, the mag is a proselytizing venture by the far right wing Heritage Foundation trying to convince teens that abstinence works. Again.

Well, abstinence does work. In fact, it’s infallible. You just can’t screw around. And therein lays the flaw. A lot of teens just want to screw around.

And who can blame them? Let’s face it. It’s fun.

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Possible nominees for Secretary of State:

Al Gore – unlikely. Making a lot of money at what he’s doing.

Jon Huntsman – Definitely no. Ran against Obama after holding prime ambassadorship.

Richard Lugar – Outside chance.

Colin Powell – No. Damaged goods.

Diane Feinstein – No. Holds Senate seat. Safer than Kerry’s but why take the risk.

Jim Webb – Who?

Prez has to go with Rice, even if she is controversial, or risk looking like a wuss all over again. If he abandons Rice, his Supreme Court nominations could be in jeopardy, assuming he gets the opportunity.

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Just some limericks. No reason. Also posted to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.  madkane.com/humor_blog

A man who was rather urbane

Was driven to levels insane.

His Ferragamos he scuffed

And they couldn’t be buffed

To Italy he flew on a private jet plane.

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A gal who was rather urbane

Met a man on a private jet plane

Said “my place or yours”

For delightful amours

But scuffed Ferragamos caused her passion to wane.

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A man who was rather urbane

At da Vinci he’d finally deplane.

He went to a store

Threw scuffed shoes on the floor

A new pair set his gal’s heart aflame.

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A man who was rather urbane

Bought a bottle of costly champagne.

On the very top floor

He knocked on the door

Of the suite of love lost to reclaim.

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A gal who was rather urbane

Imbibed of the costly champagne

When her senses she lost

Good behavior she tossed

And became so profane, drove her lover insane

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CEOs Flood Capitol Hill With Testimony and Cash.  Blankfein Testifies Against Poor During Christmas Season.

Lloyd Blankfein is jealous ’cause he doesn’t qualify for food stamps. Has to feed his family from his $16 million salary

Can’t say as I blame him for complaining. Times are tough, ya know.

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Lloydie, Lloydie, Lloydie

Mr. Blankfein’s gone Freudie

Says if poor folks retire

It surely will mire

His millions in the deficit toity.

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Our Lloydie is looking askance

At poor folks who just want a chance

Instead of a kick in the pants.

It would really be nice

If they would just take their rice

Only once a day rather than twice.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

CEO Council Demands Cuts To Poor, Elderly While Reaping Billions In Government Contracts, Tax Breaks

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Ranting Time.

Those most responsible for dumping this nation into the fiscal toity were the Wall Street scammers, the very ones bailed out by the taxpayer. Now these con artists are shamelessly seeking to dump on the nation once again by demanding that the taxpayer bail the economy out of the very toity Wall Street schemes and thievery created in the first place.

How do taxpayers bail out the toity creators? By something somebody made up called “shared sacrifice.” Essentially that means the toity creators share in the sacrifice they intend to extort from middle and lower class workers. And, just as they did during their mortgage scams, divvy up the cash among themselves.

The scare tactics employed by the “toity creators” are supported by a host of right wing bloggers and economists, many of whom were potty trained at elitist schools and are now cashing in on the toity crisis. Yes, right wing billionaires have lots of cash to stuff into eagerly awaiting pockets.

There is of course no crisis, debt ceiling, deficit, toity or otherwise, that couldn’t be solved by raising the Federal debt limit, approving a vast stimulus to decrease unemployment and raise revenue and by trashing the Bush tax cuts for none other than the “toity creators.”

Spurred by hatred of FDR’s New Deal, the would be safety net destroyers must act quickly before the window for action slowly closes as the baby boomers begin to die.

Yes, boomers, sorry to spring the bad news on you but you are going to die, and as the population of the boomer group dwindles the ratio of retirees to working people will begin to level off and the system will come back into balance. So only ten or fifteen years remain in which to complete the destruction of the safety net. After that we’ll all begin to realize there is no crisis; there never was a crisis. And there will never be a crisis.

The entire “deficit” uproar is a myth. It has been staged, orchestrated by a handful of billionaires and their boot licks and manipulated to benefit the 1% – the real toity creators.

Just in case you still have doubts, let’s repeat what liberal observers have been proclaiming ever since Obama created the Toity Commission, or as it is better known, the Cat Food Commission. The fiscal toity crisis has been deliberately created to convince the middle class that if they don’t cut their own throats, then the right wing extremists intend to do everything in their considerable power to slit their jugulars for them.

For a discussion of how elites create and manipulate crises for fun and profit read Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine if you haven’t already done so.

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More Ranting Time. (Skip when bored).

Deadly “superbugs” – bacteria resistant to antibiotics – are invading hospitals and becoming a threat to human life, according to an article in USA Today.

We’ve known about the threat of drug resistant bacteria for years.

So where is the pharmaceutical industry, those thieving connivers whose money changers invade Congress on a daily basis and spread deadly cash into the pockets of corrupt senators and representatives (and presidents)?

The industry would much rather sit on its kiester and rake in government protected profits on brand name drugs. And that’s exactly what it is doing.

If the sick and elderly don’t pay these extortionists an exorbitant price for the drugs they do produce, they threaten not to make any more so-called miracle medicines.

Because of government welfare in the form of extended patents, the pharmaceutical industry is ftree to charge ever higher prices for the drugs they do make and then pay extravagant amounts of money to advertise their products to consumers and hawk them to doctors.

The special treatment the industry receives is a perfect example of how government aid to industry retards progress. Rather than investing valuable dollars in research, the money goes to marketing of existing drugs with little incentive to invest in new development.

And, by the way, much of the research dollars are invested in drugs that must be taken daily – that’s where the big money is – rather than those taken for a short period to cure a one time illness.

Deadly ‘superbugs’ invade U.S. health care facilities

Deadly ‘superbugs’ invade U.S. health care facilities

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COSTCO CEO

Costco pays its employees an average of $17 and hour plus benefits. The CEO earns about half a million a year. A far cry from the extortionist salaries and bonuses of most CEOs.

A CEO who cares about the people who work for him! Now that’s the American way.

Sadly, such CEOs are becoming extinct as dinosaurs.

Somewhere, somehow the tyrannosaurs on Wall Street and in American corporations lost their souls to the golden idol.

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The Adoration of the Golden Calf by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665).

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