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January 12, 2014

The DC Folly Trolley – 01/12/14

So We Didn’t Know It Before???

Okay, so maybe some people ignored it, turned a blind, cut the guy some slack. But now it’s official. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a bullshitter. Not an ordinary bullshitter, mind you. But a monumental bullshitter.

The NJ gov., as you may have heard by now, blamed the traffic jams that occurred on the George Washington Bridge shortly before Election Day on staffers who orchestrated the backup with the connivance Christie supporters at the Port Authority.

Well, the gov took the blame, said he was the honcho in charge of stuff in the Garden State and looked for all the world his meek and humble self.   But then did a turnabout, said he was lied to by staff members who hatched the diabolical plot and then fired those responsible for the dirty deed.

That’s the bullshit part.

It now appears that Christie’s Chief Legal Council and longtime associate Charles McKenna not only knew about the traffic jam conspiracy but actually congratulated conspirators on their successful efforts. “Charlie said you did GREAT” reads a smoking email.

Here’s yet another twist unraveling. Christie said he appointed McKenna to investigate the matter and report back to him with the names of the evildoers.

We shouldn’t jump to conclusions of course. But, what the hell, let’s jump. It’s believable that McKenna could have reported all the names of those invovled in the caper save one – his own. But it’s more likely that Christie knew what was going down in the first place and the whole investigation thing is a cover up.

The Mother Jones take on the most recent revelations is, well, revealing:

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/01/chris-christie-fort-lee-charlie-mckenna-text-message

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Christie, G. W. Bush and a guy with a real job, Medal of Honer winner Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry.  (Orig: The U.S. Army).

Here’s the real story – as told by a disenchanted Christie staffer to Unreliable Press Worldwide’s Super Senior New Jersey Public Affairs Correspondent Marcy Popindick. And don’t repeat this to a soul ’cause it’s a secret.

It seems the portly governor enjoyed taking casual strolls on the George Washington Bridge, long about rush hour. And while doing so, he managed to block two lanes of traffic – for days.

So far, very believable.

It wasn’t a revenge thing, mind you, implemented just because some Democratic mayor from the town of Fort Lee, which just happens to merge into the GWB, refused to give his support to a Repub governor during the recent election cycle.

No, the governor just like to skip along the bridge during the busiest hour of the day.

And the massive traffic tie ups caused by the gov’s hippity hoppiting down the lanes were merely a by-product of the strolls he took such a liking to.

Now for the rest of the story. Also a by-product of the gov’s fancy was the observation by numerous commuters that the bridge seemed slightly bent out of shape.

When engineers were alerted to a potentially dangerous condition, they immediately began inspecting the bridge for structural damage. They became gravely concerned when they discovered a distinct rightward tilt of the upper tier of the two level span.

It seems the NJ honcho liked to hippity hop in only one direction and that habit caused the bridge to lean to the right.

Engineers were reportedly busy developing a plan to correct the pronounced rightward shift.

Now that’s a story you can believe. Certainly better than the bullshit Christie was throwing around at his news conference.

Here’s the one thing you can count on about the gov’s jam: You’ll never hear the truth from him.

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New Yorker’s Chris Christie Cover Is Perfect

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Eliminate Crime Forever.

One way to eliminate criminal behavior on the part of bankers is deregulate the banks. Now that we’ve deregulated the banks we can all see the benefits, no laws, no crimes.

Now why didn’t we think of that before. It’s an idea that opens whole vistas of possibilities.

Why, we can return to the days of old, to very beginnings of civilization and learn how crime can be reduced and even eliminated entirely simply by doing away with a few laws.

But let’s not go back that far. Let’s start with the pirates. No, not the Wall Street bankers. I mean the Blackbeard kind.

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(Credit: mwanasimba from La Réunion).

Society passed all kinds of laws trying to prevent those guys with the serious dental problems from robbing and killing on the high seas.

Why?

Nobody really cared except a few rich people who needed laws to make the oceans safe for commerce. And with the laws came the need to track down and jail the one eyed miscreants.

Now look at what happens next. If you gotta track ’em down, you gotta have a navy. And that’s means spending billions of dollars. And recruiting men who don’t want to be sailors to become sailors. That means something called impressment – on land and on the seas. And that’s really bad ’cause it can get folks riled up and lead to war and just one of those wing dings causes more destruction and killing than the pirates ever did since the invention of boats.

So if the laws against piracy were eliminated there would be no pirates and while there still would be recruiting, there would be no impressment and folks wouldn’t get riled up and there would be no destruction and killing caused by massive uniformed gangs blowing each other up on a battlefield.

At least piracy wouldn’t be the cause.

Anyways, laws can be a very bad thing. Which is what the Wall Street bankers discovered when they paid government officials in Congress and the White House to deregulate banks, i.e., kill the laws.

Unfortunately for the pirates there was no Bill Clinton back in the day to sign off on piracy deregulation like he did for the banks.

And, unlike bankers, pirates were not politically savvy. They didn’t realize they could turn stolen booty into campaign payola. Like the bankers did.

So just because they couldn’t get government to overturn a few laws, pirates who were captured were summarily hanged.  (See photo above to understand the fate of pirates who were too honest to corrupt government officials).

Ironically, these bandits of the high seas had far greater entrepreneurial skills than any Wall Street CEO ever dreamed of. Let’s face it, it takes a lot more business acumen to be a pirate; not so much to be a banker.

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There once was a pirate named Jamie.
Who practiced an art quite gamey.
He would rob and pillage
From city to village
And claim, “There’s no law so don’t blame me.”

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God Screws Up.

If you think God is perfect and can’t make mistakes think again.

Well, He sent Louie Gohmert to Congress, didn’t he. And if that isn’t bad enough, He can’t remember why in God’s name he ever did that.

Not to worry, though God. Louie knows why.

You see, God, you inspired your loyal servant and with that solemn inspiration reverberating in his brain, Louie ran for office and won a seat in the House of Representatives where he intends to fulfill the promise of your Son to keep a bunch of damn single moms from getting any more welfare checks.

You don’t remember that? How could you forget?

You sent Louie to that God forsaken place to be the perfect example of “compassionate conservatism.” And he just gave what amounts to an historic Sermon on the Hill. No, not the mount. The Hill, Capitol Hill.

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Heeeeeeere’s Louie. 

Your servant – that’s Louie – was inspired by You to get into politics and he got elected, and on his first try no less. So You must have greased the way for him and now he’s ever so grateful and giving thanks by demeaning what former President Lyndon Johnson did 50 years ago when he declared a War on Poverty.

The former president’s program lifted millions of people out of poverty through education, job training and living assistance. The War was a great success as far as it went. If it failed it was because later presidents failed the program and reduced the Great Society experiment to a state of stagnant “benign neglect.” Nevertheless, millions benefited from the effort and went on to enjoy successful middle class living standards.

But Your faithful servant believes that single moms and their kids would benefit more from inadequate housing, deficient education and going hungry than from a sustained government effort of assistance to uplift poor people.

Well, that’s Louie for ya.

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Your Are About To Be TPP’d.

The magnificent Follyland Smoke Machine was at his best once again.

You perhaps heard about or maybe even read the transcript of the president’s speech on economic mobility and income inequality. No need to say he did a great job because he always does.

Of blowing smoke, that is. Just in case you were wondering where he stands here’s the scoop: He supports the former and decries the latter.

Yes, the president proclaimed in stentorian tones that Teddy Roosevelt fought for the eight hour workday and got. FDR fought for Social Security and got it. LBJ fought for Medicare and he got it.

So what is Barack Obama fighting for. Income inequality, what else!

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The two faces of Barack Obama.

The speech was typical Obama smoke and mirrors as in say one thing and do exactly the opposite.

For the president is fighting for the Trans Pacific Partnership, a so called “free trade” deal that has little to do with trade and a whole lot to do with corporate domination of the economies and legal structures of every nation that signs on to this perverted pact.

Remember NAFTA, the Clinton administration fiasco that cost the American middle class more than a million jobs and three million Mexican farmers and small businessmen their livelihoods while fattening the portfolios of the richest of the rich?

Well, Obama’s TPP promises to do even more for the fat cats who paid for his passage into the Oval Office. This trade deal that isn’t a trade deal will drive the final nail into the middle class coffin.

Let’s give just one ugly detail about this nefarious package. If a corporation believes that a law of any nation inhibits its ability to maximize profits, it can bring suit before a tribunal and challenge the law. If it wins the suit, a likely foregone conclusion, the law is overturned.

Well, guess what. Corporations in the United States are required by law to contribute to Social Security and unemployment compensation funds.

Talk about a sneak attack on the social safety net.

But it gets worse. Employee benefits, what remains of them, could easily vanish along with the minimum wage laws, many of which have yet to be adopted, and of course all hourly pay would be under attack as well. And this march back to the 19th century is being brought to you by none other than Barack Obama himself, the ultimate smoke blowing machine.

And it only gets worse. You see, the entire sordid affair is supposed to be a secret. You are not supposed to know about the back stabbing terms of the evil pact. The plan calls for the terms to be sprung upon you after the fact, a virtual fait accompli.  Save for a handful of leaks, the negotiations would be shrouded in an impenetrable cloud of secrecy.

Think it can’t get any worse?  Well, it just did.  The corporate communications giants will be permitted to take control of the Internet and monitor content in much the same way the NSA scans conversations and email traffic across the entire planet.  You won’t be able to voice a protest without your message being scanned.  And Facebook, Google, etc. will be tasked with the obligation to scour the web for undesirable content.

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The Internet, a thorn in the side of the 1%.

Obama has been sneaking around behind the backs of the American people in this manner for his entire term in office. (His voltefaccia on the public option is just one other example). I smell another sneak attack.

So much for the transparency president.

See below:  Bill Moyers, Yves Smith and Dean Baker on the TPP threat to democracy; Youtube short on Internet control; and the transcript of the presidents speech on inequality.

Bill Moyers: Trans-Pacific trade pact is death for democracy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3KlrfjcjV4

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/12/04/remarks-president-economic-mobility

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And here’s the latest news for this bummer of a deal for working people in the Western nations whose leaders are behind the plot to finally kill off the middle class.

Enemy of the people Thomas Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said: “We are within striking distance of concluding an agreement….”

The rest of his statement is pure corporate bullshit. See the link for the bullshit.

TPP deal in ‘striking distance’: Donohue | The Japan Times

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Wonders Never Cease.

Here’s what we’ve all been waiting for. Obama cheerleader and House Minority Honcho Nancy Pelosi said: “We want transparency.”

The representative who should have left her heart high on a hill in San Francisco, was referring to President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership.

The Bogus Trade Agreement is a secret and the entire Congress and you and me and just about everybody else who isn’t a corporate flack have been kept in the dark about the terms.  Whatever has been revealed about the shrouded deal squeezed through the barriers on the lips of a leaker.  (Thanks yet again Wikileaks).

So Nancy’s upset ’cause Obama is keeping secrets from her.  She warned the president that her caucus will not support his TPP and is prepared to slap Obama with a huge political embarrassment if he doesn’t start whispering in her ear.

Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), echoing Pelosi’s words, remarked: “There is inadequate engagement on the substance” of the bogus pact.

Well, here’s the real story. The Dems aren’t angered by the prospect that the TPP will cause further rot to the working class of developed countries.

Nope. They’re pissed off because el presidente snubbed them and they’re embarrassed by his actions.

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Nancy Pelosi, after plastic surgery.

The president, of course, doesn’t need his hypocritical Dems anyways. With the exception of the votes of a handful of Senate comrades who he already has in his back pocket, he can muster enough Republican support to get the TPP fast tracked and then passed into law.

So to avoid an embarrassing situation all around, look for a White House staffer to sneak into the Capitol late one night and clue in the Democratic leadership about the evil agreement. Once Obama makes nice nice with his party’s Congressional honchos he will be able to count on their full support.

Did you ever doubt the outcome?

Why House Democrats Might Kill Obama’s Big Trade Deal

(Fat chance).

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More Limerick Lunacy.

A fellow was warned in advance
But decided to still take a chance
He hit on a gal
In a seedy locale.
Sister Agnes looked at him askance.
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A woman refused an advance
From a guy at a neighborhood dance.
That’d be the day
I ever will pay
Attention to a suave fancy pants.”
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A gal got a tiny advance
From a boss who then took a chance.
If to my place you will come
I will pay a fine sum.
For a night of thrilling romance.”
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The gal with the tiny advance.
Told her boss to shove his romance
The money is spent
So you can get bent.
And I have a new job in finance.”

Originally posted to:

http://www.madkane.com/humor_blog/

2014/01/05/limerick-outing-limerick-off-monday/

 

November 24, 2013

The DC Folly Trolley – 11/24/13

Gouge Granny Campaign.

Also known as Fix the Debt, the Gouge Granny Group (GGG) is at the forefront of a diabolical campaign to slash social safety net benefits for grandmas, grandpas, the poor and the sick.

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A holiday gift to grandma from the Granny Gougers.

The devils in the GGG are multi millionaires and billionaires who are beside themselves with envy over the paid-for benefits American workers receive when they retire. The goals the Granny Gougers are seeking are an increase in the retirement age to 70 years and means testing for Medicare which could mean persons having incomes over the poverty level would receive a reduced benefit or be disqualified entirely.

So deep is their hatred for Social Security and Medicare that they formed the Gouge Granny Group solely as an organization to lobby Congress to cut benefits to American workers during retirement.

Here are the names of just a few of the Granny Gougers: Baron Alan von Simpson and Baron Erskine von Bowles, the co-founders. Prince Peter G.Peterson, the former Blackstone Group CEO and daddy bucks behind the GGGers. Also, Prince David Cote (Honeywell), Prince Larry Merlo (CVS), Prince Jeffrey Immelt (GE) and many, many more.

These Granny Gougers, so diabolically eager to cheat retired workers out a few measly bucks a month, will themselves retire with funds reaching into the high five and low six figures annually and could well receive more in one month than granny takes home in an entire year.

Smug, pompous and niggardly, these aristocrats deeply resent having to return a small portion of their astronomical wealth to the nation that gave them the largesse they are now reaping, much of which is the result of unconscionable tax breaks granted through corrupt government tax policy.

Their motto: Less For You; More For Me.

Is this what right wingers mean when they refer to “compassionate conservatism?”

OUR REAL RULERS

A few members of the Gouge Granny Group.

CEOs Against Grandmas | Common Dreams

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Jobs Slasher To Jobs Czar.

Gouge Granny Group member Prince Jeffrey Immelt, GE CEO, is arguably the greatest jobs exporter in American history. He has a lot of competition for the honor, no doubt, but he’s certainly up there at the top of the list.

Guess who’s the czar of Obama’s jobs thingy? If you guessed Prince Jeffrey and you’re an employee of GE you win a voucher to your pension benefits. Hold on to that voucher. It may be worth something someday when you retire, that is if Prince Jeffrey ever catches up the $32 billion GE owes to your pension fund.

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Jeffrey Immelt, who gained super wealth status destroying the livelihoods of tens of thousands of working people, proves you don’t have to be a genius to get rich. Just cruel.  (Original photo by SarekOfVulcan).

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Did I mention that Prince Jeffrey is a massive jobs exporter? The jobs czar has exported thousands upon thousands of GE jobs. So if you’re a GE employee and you just received a voucher, you might as well hang on to it. Just in case it’s ever worth something. Ya never know.

In any case, Prince Jeffrey may be, at this very moment, sneaking behind your back conspiring to move your job elsewhere and force you into retirement with an empty pension voucher all the while hatching plots to cut your Social Security benefit.

Which brings us back to Obama’s jobs thingy. I believe it’s called the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Prince Jeffrey the Czar is gonna create a whole lotta jobs as the head of the commission.

Really?

And just where might that be?

If you guessed Asia and you’re an employee of GE, you win a voucher to a pension plan that’s mega billion dollars in arrears.

By the way, the jobs part of Obama’s jobs thingy got a lot of rousing press attention. The “competitiveness” part is the typical Obama backhanded slap in the face to workers and that portion was largely ignored by whatchacall your mainstream media. Could “competitiveness” mean dollar an hour wages without benefits for American workers? If so, Prince Jeffrey the Czar is the right man for the job.

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More Software Issues.

In heaven the gates had a line.
A woman waiting started to whine.
I’ve been good all my life.
Don’t deserve all this strife.”
Said St. Pete, “We do it online.”
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In heaven the software is slow.
God contracted a firm far below.
He accepted the blame
For what was a shame.
The free market has lost all its glow.

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You’re not gonna believe this, but it’s absolutely true. According to a heavenly source who spoke under conditions of anonymity, God contracted with a software firm to provide a website that would quickly process entrants through the Pearly Gates. After the rollout, the lines became so long God had to start feeding the starving souls. Luckily, He has this guy who can multiply loaves and fishes.

As you might have guessed by now, God foolishly trusted the same firm that Obama used to develop the site for his health care thingy. And He is one pissed off deity.

The execs at the troubled firm are said to be really scared about their celestial fiasco. It’s OK to screw a president of the United States, said one. He’s just another sap to take advantage of. But fucking around with God!!! Holy shit!!!

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God was pissed to the rafter
About his new website drafter
When they get up to Me
He said righteously
From heaven there’ll be no laughter.”
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When God Gets Pissed, Run For Cover by Bonifacio de Pitati. Actually, God The Father Over the Piazza San Marco by Pitati (1487-1553).

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In line was a gal from New Bern
Who waited so long for her turn
That she grew a mustache
Then said with panache
The longer I wait the less I will burn.”
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The gal from New Bern heard the chime.
It was time to face up to her crime.
You’ve been a bad girl,” said St. Pete.
On your husband you often did cheat.”
But come up and see me some time.

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Texas School Board Set To Drop 2 Rs.

The Texas Board of Education plans to drop Algebra II as a requirement for high school graduation.

A spokesman for the board said: “If it ain’t in The Bible don’t nobody in these here parts give a damn?”

A member of the board also noted that Jesus couldn’t read and write and that plans are being drawn up to eliminate those two Rs from the school curriculum. Math is being retained, however, because it is widely believed that Jesus could count – especially the donations his movement received from the poor.

Also under consideration was the inclusion of Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke, as a requirement for graduation.

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(Don’t be too shocked, but the Lord did accept donations. The need for charity to pursue his mission is mentioned in The Bible and it is often used as an excuse by TV preachers to justify collections from the needy. The plea for bucks is accompanied by the promise that the more you donate, the faster you’ll receive the Lord’s reward-usually a monetary gift and you get it in this life.  Get it?).

Texas Board Of Ed Votes To Drop Algebra II Mandate

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Detonation Politics; Alibi Politics.

Well, Harry finally did it. Reid, that is. He, as you may, know is the Senate Majority Leader and what he finally did was to trigger the “nuclear option” and end the filibuster in that once illustrious and now lugubrious legislative body.

Well, he didn’t really end the filibuster. He just discontinued the exploitative practice for presidential nominees for the executive and judicial branches. Not for the Supreme Court, though. Or for any legislation. Senators can still abuse that anti-democratic and extra-constitutional rule by invoking it to forestall all legislation and high court nominees that come before that enfeebled body.

But at least it’s a start. And it’s worth considering that Reid was forced to take the action largely due to the intransigence of Republicans and the woeful behavior of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who repeatedly reneged on agreements with Reid to limit the use of obstructive tactics against presidential nominees.

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The bedeviled McConnell took a hit to the chin and one to the nose when Harry Reid dropped a bomb. The Minority Leader earned the snub by his unparallelled display of duplicity welshing repeatedly on agreements with Reid.

The filibuster was introduced into Senate affairs as a means of protecting the rights of the minority. It was intended to be used only in the direst of circumstances. As practiced by the GOP, however, the filibuster was employed routinely and became an obstructive tactic that quickly morphed into rule by the minority.

Democrats opposed the rule change largely because on many issues they were able to use the filibuster umbrella for cover and ofter hid under its shadow.

For example, secure in the knowledge that progressive legislation would die when trapped by the GOP blockade, Democrats could feign support for laws their liberal base embraced.

President Obama himself often used Republican obstruction as an excuse for backing away from his supporters by simply invoking the lame excuse that a policy could not pass the legislative process.

The president has now lost his alibi for not placing in nomination the candidates supported by the liberals still in the Democratic family.

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I Told You So.

Yes, Obamacare is a swamp. The only swamp worse is the swamp we have been living with for most of our lives.

Some say we should not be gloating over the Obama Obamacare predicament. But we should all be gloating precisely for and because of the president’s public option double cross. Obama could have had single payer; it was within his grasp. But he spurned it. He has no one to blame for his mess but himself.

In the past, we have had precious little to gloat over given the president’s cavalier behavior. If Obamacare was his only misguided policy, the misstep might be forgivable.

But, given his campaign populism, he has had too many policy flip-flops to elicit sympathy at this point.

To name just a few of the prominent ones,

  • His administration is negotiating rigged trade deals in deep secrecy.
  • He turned his back of the suffering of foreclosed homeowners.
  • He gave the backhand to labor unions by refusing to support the Wisconsin protesters.
  • He abandoned the unemployed when he embraced austerity.
  • He stubbornly supports cuts to the safety net in exchange for a perverse “grand bargain.”

Given his Wall Street anointed policies, could there be any doubt that this president is firmly ensconced among the 1 % and perhaps within a few years will join the elite one tenth. He’s certainly on the path to untold wealth.

Single-Payer Advocates: It Hurts To Say I Told You So

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June 9, 2013

The DC Folly Trolley – 06/09/13

Bad News For SS. Outlook Is Improving.

Well, once again our right wing wealthy are gloomy. And once again all the gloom is about the looming Social Security disaster.

And why are they so crushed? According to the latest reports the Social Security disaster isn’t looming as fast as they had hoped. In fact, it isn’t looming at all.

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LBJ lookalike His Lordship Baron Erskine von Bowles crushed at the news that the outlook for the SS and Medicare funds is improving.

You see, the Social Security Trust Fund will pay full benefits until at least 2033. And even more tragically, if the economy improves, the Fund can pay its full obligation even beyond that date.

Oh, woe is they. That’s not even the worst of the latest news. Because at the very worst, Social Security will pay close to 80% of its benefits even if absolutely nothing is done to improve its finances.

And, God forbid, if the payroll cap is lifted – an act that represents a teensy, weensy adjustment – the Fund can pay nearly 100% of the benefits guaranteed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government.

And worse yet, if action isn’t taken in the next few years to finally destroy the program, it will begin to get even stronger than it already is.

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Oh, ferchrissakes. Obama’s fucking up again. We’ll never sell this austerity shit if he doesn’t get on the stick.” (Statement by German Chancellor and Austerity Beauty Queen Angela Merkel as recorded on NSA secret listening devices. Report filed by UPW News Senior White House Correspondent Marcy Popindick).

Here’s why.

Now some of you may not know this, but everybody is going to die. Sorry to have to break the bad news to you but that means you as well. It also means absolutely everybody in the baby boom generation. And as they begin to die off, the SS Trust Fund will begin once again to achieve a reasonable balance between payees and retirees. Once that happens, the fund can no longer be attacked for being a threat to the financial security of the U.S. economy.

So action to destroy the SS program must be taken now, immediately, if not sooner, because we’re running out of time. Before you know it, the Fund will be in surplus again and nobody will want to get rid of it.

So all in favor of destroying Social Security and profitizing retirement funds by handing your payroll deductions over to Wall Street schemers, say I.

Hello out there. Say I.

Nobody?

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Despite the fact that Social Security is on a sound path, Barack Obama is determined to fix what ain’t broken, His “chained CPI” cuts could leave the program vulnerable to even more drastic cuts in the future.

Guess the propaganda program perpetrated by the right wing wealthy isn’t working as well as they had hoped.

Now if we could only convince Barack Obama to pull in his claws and stop tearing into SS….

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Snoopy.

Daddy, I don’t care if you are president, you shouldn’t be listening in on Mommy’s phone calls.

Daddy’s the president that’s for sure.
He’s the man we all adore.
But daddy’s doing a very bad thing.
He thinks that mommy’s having a fling.
So he bugs her phone and wires her door.

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More Bad News.

Oh my gosh. Just when you think the news can’t get any worse, it gets worse. If the news about SS improving isn’t bad enough, the news about Medicare is even more disturbing for the right wing wealthy. You see, the Medicare program is improving as well. And so are health care costs as a whole. So now it will be harder than ever to convince people to profitize the government’s senior health insurance program.

Son of a bitch. What is this country coming to?

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We always wanted a president who would listen to us. Now we know we have one. Jay Leno.

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Reinhart-Rogoff Constant.

Hate to keep harping on the quasi-scholarship of these two pseudo-economists but it seems their flawed study keeps popping back up in the news.

Some right wing, that is austerity, economists and wealthy wingers in general, are actually trying to resurrect the study and pronounce its findings correct after all.

Their efforts remind me of another constant, this one in real science. It is what Einstein called the “cosmological constant” and which he referred to as his greatest blunder.

The constant was a force whose presence Einstein predicted was necessary to oppose the inward pressure of gravity. The so-called force kept the universe from collapsing upon itself and kept this massive creation of nature static.

However, when Edward Hubble discovered that the universe was expanding at an increasingly accelerating rate, Einstein’s theory of a constant collapsed and humanity’s premier scientist called the idea his greatest blunder.

But not so fast. It now appears that Einstein’s greatest blunder was calling his constant a blunder in the first place.

Scientists now refer to the force that causes the universe to expand as “dark energy” and call it a “constant”, a theory that supports the great scientist’s idea of a cosmological constant. So Einstein was indeed wrong. But only about calling the constant a mistake. Turns out he was right again.

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Mankind’s greatest scientist.

Reinhart-Rogoff aren’t so lucky. You’ll recall they postulated that economic growth slows when debt reaches 90% of GDP. Not only did they make a silly arithmetic mistake on a spreadsheet but they got the causation exactly backwards. Increasing debt, as they misunderstood, does not cause slow growth; slow growth causes increasing debt.

Therefore, the way to avoid slow growth is to increase growth. Pretty simple economics when you get causation right.

And the best means to achieve that outcome in a demand deficient economy is a temporary increase in government spending sufficient enough to increase demand to the point where economic growth is sustainable. And, a reality which cannot be denied except by austerians, growth increases revenue which reduces debt. Now that’s putting the horse before the cart where it belonged before R-R reversed the position.

And what do austerity wingers say to this great R-R blunder. “So what!” Even if austerity causes an economy to collapse upon itself, it must be imposed to, well, keep the economy from collapsing upon itself – a virtual impossibility of course. And therein lays the greatest blunder, economic wise, that is. R-R placed the cart before the horse and keeps it there until it exhausts itself.

Such behavior among the austerians seems irrational. As you might have guessed, however, that is not the case. Austerity can make the wealthy, wealthier and there are a number of means to bring this about, one of which is reduced wages in a languishing economy. Think not. Have you checked the stock market lately?

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Not All Bugs Are Insects.

Hello, Batman. Is that you?

Robin, get off the damn phone. I’m working a couple of bugs on the White House communications system.

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The Dynamic Duo from a 1966 TV episode.

Holy, insects, Batman. Is that what bugs are?

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Good News. Unemployment Is Up.

Not all news is bad news for millionaires and billionaires. Unemployment is up and that’s good news if you’re rich. The latest Bureau of Labor stats reflect more workers for fewer jobs and that means lower wages. Lower wages increase profits.  Now that’s   bad news if you’re a working person.  Good news if you’re rich.

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Listening in is a big time bore.
So far he’s gotten an occasional snore.
Now a captive of NSA fools
He’s used as one of their many tools.
A warrior in a war we all deplore.

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Third Way BS.

Third Way, the right wing billionaire funded propaganda group trying to pawn itself off as a moderate think tank and centrist – itself a contrivance – organization, has a membership composed of Wall Street and corporate very rich Social Security haters.

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The Third Way monster eager to devour innocent Social Security.  The image is by Eleanor Abbot from The Two Brothers, a fairy tale not to be confused with Third Way horror stories.  

Reality is of no concern to this wild eyed group of deficit hysterics who continuously churn out a message of doom for the Social Security program.

Currently on the website is this line of baloney:

There are a lot of charts, numbers, and projections in the annual report released by the Social Security Trustees Friday, but they really boil down to this: Social Security’s trust fund has 20 years to live.

You can read the link if you like but be assured the article is a mish-mash of Social Security hatred propaganda.

http://perspectives.thirdway.org/?p=2735

The italicized statement above which leads the article is a lie of course, overt mendacity being the method of choice of this group to spread hysteria about the collapse of SS.

The reality is the Fund will pay nearly 80% of its benefits for the next 75 years and those benefits will be greater than the checks of today because inflation has been included in the calculations for future benefits.

Now here is the basis for the lie. Benefits will begin to exceed revenues in about 20 years. At that time the Fund will begin to draw on savings from U.S Treasury bonds, backed by the full faith and credit and the United States Government, savings that add up to nearly $3 trillion.

What these brazen Social Security haters are advocating is that government simply refuse to pay the debt it owes to the fund, that is, the government default on the debt.

At any suggestion, however, that government default on its debt to private bondholders such as the Chinese would raise a howl of fury from these hypocrites.

Yet, to dump the debt owed to American citizens seems a perfectly natural goal – as you would expect because that eventuality would lead to greater wealth and security for the nation’s super rich.

So be aware that the Third Way moon walk away from the government’s debt owed to we the people comes with a raised middle finger pointed directly at the working class.

Beware the call of the siren. The allure is bewitching. But the tempting message is booby trapped.  (Photo:  Elmo Love, Fort Lauderdale, United States).

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Hello?  President Obama? Is that you? Excuse me. I’m trying to make a phone call.

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So Congress knows he’s snooping about
To catch an imaginary terrorist lout
He snoops and launches deadly drones
As the watching world with pity bemoans.
The endless war to whose cause he’s devout.
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Congress declares his actions legal
So does his primary legal eagle.
So snooping about the country proceeds
Discarding the people’s privacy needs.
The president you see wears a crown now regal.
March 10, 2013

The DC Folly Trolley – 03/10/13.

Speaker Rushed To Hospital For Tests.

House Speaker John Boehner was rushed to Bethesda Naval Medical Center this morning when a staff member discovered that the Speaker had misplaced his brain.

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When I came home last night, I know I had a brain. 

Neurologists at Bethesda, using the most sophisticated scanning devices available to the medical profession, reported that they had located a mysterious dark spot in the vicinity of the Speaker’s cranium.

After conducting a battery of tests, specialists determined that the tiny spot was indeed the Speaker’s brain and that it had not been misplaced after all.

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Some say Boehner has a functioning brain
Possibly true but it’s certainly lame.
If he had an idea that was worth a cent
Unkind it would be for us all to resent
When a mind worth a halfpence he’d proudly proclaim.

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The Sting Is Set.

When the choice in an election is between a Wall Street swindler and a Chicago hustler, better to vote for the conman from the Windy City.

That may seem like an unkind characterization, but the con is on and we’re the marks. The sting is about to be unleashed.

STING

Did you catch on to the sting before the trap was sprung?

And exactly what is that sting? You don’t have to be a seer to know that cuts in Social Security benefits are on the table. As is the increase in the eligibility age for Medicare. The age may not go as high as 67 but anywhere between the current level and 66 years and 364 days, except leap year when it’s 365, is on the table.

Obama, we must all realize by now, has more tables than an inauguration caterer.

So when the White House says raising the Medicare eligibility age is off the table you have to ask which table? Because sure as the sun rises in the morning, there’s a table it’s still on.

Which table is it on? Is it Table 1, Table 2 or Table 3? Pick the right table and win a cut in your Social Security benefit.

Actually the Medicare age doesn’t have to be raised to destroy the program. A better way, and far more stealthy (are you aware of this scheme), is simply to cut payments to providers (aka doctors) to a level so low no provider will accept a Medicare patient.

That scheme is the best method Medicare benefit haters have devised to slow down spiraling medical costs. Just keep sick, old people from going to a bunch of greedy doctors and soon enough the docs will want nothing more to do with the “old geezers.”

Let’s back up a minute. Most doctors, as you know, are skilled and dedicated professionals who provide excellent care at a manageable cost. Most operate large, efficient practices earning wages far above average.  And most deserve the rewards they receive because they’re good at what they do.

However, there is that greedy bunch mentioned above. They over test, overcharge and in too many cases just plain cheat the program. This group, even though it is relatively small, nevertheless dramatically inflates costs for the entire system.

Because those shady providers need to be controlled, the system requires strict regulation, frequent auditing and enforcement of laws already on the books. The best way to accomplish these goals is through a single payer plan like Medicare for All, a program that already has simplified administrative and billing procedures, tools now in place that could save billions.

While the group of cheats represents a significant portion of soaring medical costs, it is by no means the largest factor in an out of control system..

Have you seen or heard about a hospital bill lately? Don’t laugh, but $10,000 a day is modest.

Have you seen or heard about a private or employer provided health insurance policy? These high deductible, high max out of pocket profit engines should become known as bankruptcy specials. For if you have one of these cash-for-shareholder shams and you get sick, chances are you’re headed for the busted zone.  Single payer eliminates this worthless middle man.

And let us not overlook prescription drugs costs in the U.S. They’re the highest in the world.

Not to worry though if you can’t afford insurance and treatment. You might just wake up dead one day. And the rich will be all the richer for it.

You see, there’s always a bright side.

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Filibuster Reform.

Do what?

Have you heard? Harry Reid wants to reform the filibuster.

HARRY

Harry has a knot in his shorts tighter than the one in his tie. And it’s all Mitch’s fault.

No, really. I’m not kidding.  Harry intimated he wanted reform.

Currently, a senator can text a filibuster from any barroom or massage parlor in Follyland that happens to have reception.

Harry wants to ban filibuster texting from massage parlors.

Read the real article at:

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/03/harry-reid-filibuster-reform.php

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Life Insurance Coverage For Drone Death Unnecessary.

According to the White House, President Obama won’t kill you with a drone strike. A drone costs over $6 million and you’re just not worth that much.

Unless you’re a Medicare patient who needs an overnight stay in a hospital. In that case, a cost analysis might be beneficial.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Vice Presidential Wisdom.

We all know the vice-president has hair trigger lips. He is, nevertheless, a likeable sort of a guy.

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Biden breaks Einstein’s law: lips clocked moving faster than the speed of light. Brain often locked in reverse. Nice smile though.

But let’s look at nice guy Joe Biden’s advice on how a woman who is threatened in her home should react to such a situation. The veep’s recommendation: fire two shots into the air from a shotgun.

Well, that oughta scare the rabbits. Other than that, the advice presents some serious logistical and location problems.

First, the woman would need to grab the shotgun from a place where it is safely kept, remove the trigger lock, find the box with the ammunition, load the thing, then run outside to fire the two shots.

If an intruder had manners, he would hold the door open for her. More likely, being really rude, he might try to prevent her from leaving the house and inflict some form of harm.

The woman of course could fire off the two shots inside the house. But there are two obvious drawbacks to that circumstance. First, the insulation in the walls would muffle the sound and then the two holes blown in the ceiling would be in need of expensive repair.

Now here comes that bright side that’s always there. For example, a federal program could be implemented that would provide low interest loans to homeowners for roof repair. And better yet, the program would provide much needed stimulus money to the economy.

Now for the really good part. Add an amendment to the legislation to provide shotgun ownership assistance and the bill would garner instant backing from the NRA and receive full support from Republicans. It would pass Congress by huge majorities.

There are a dozen or more articles pertaining to the veep’s shotgun follies.  One is below.

http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/gun-nuts/2013/02/joe-biden-school-self-defense

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Gravity Suffers Setback.

Getting a dildo stuck up one’s ass has proven an immutable law of physics to be flawed. What goes up doesn’t always come down after all.

Ouch!

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Sneak Attack.  And You’re In The Crosshairs.

Worth repeating.  Medicare payments to providers (aka doctors) are shrinking and there are plans afoot to decrease them even more. At some point, providers (once called doctors) will refuse to treat Medicare patients. Those patients then will be forced to purchase private, profit health insurance, with a voucher if needed.

Can you say “stealth attack on Medicare?”

September 2, 2012

The DC Folly Trolley – 09/02/12

Republicans held their pep rally in Tampa this week. The bonfire had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Attendees were asked to check the bulletin board for hospitality suite locations. Those who weren’t already too drunk to read showed up in record numbers at these frat party clones and partied through the night.

At the convention itself, the delegation that threw the most stuff at an African-American camera woman won a prize.

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I tried to read Chris Christie’s autobiographical outline (aka keynote speech) twice. It seems he had really great parents. So what happened?

Christie was supposed to jump up and down kicking his legs high into the air while leading the cheer for Romney. Workman, however, feared the reinforced platform would not support the New Jersey governor. .

Did Christie mention more tax cuts for rich people or did I miss that part?

Paralyzed by the need for love,” gov. I’ve never heard it referred to as that before. Take an extra Viagra.

Have you tried masturbation? .

Maybe he should go on a cat food diet.  Losing weight can improve sex life.   And Chris, dry is healthier than canned. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Speaking of diets here is the GOP Diet Plan for seniors who live on the average Social ­-­Security check: Dry cat food for breakfast, skip lunch, then a beef flavored doggie bone for dinner.

When Medicare is destroyed and seniors are forced onto Ryan’s Vouchercare, the GOP Diet Plan calls for the elderly to break the dinner doggie bone in half.

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My sources in the Obama campaign are telling me that Joe Biden’s mouth has been duct taped. The action was forced upon Obama’s advisers because of Biden’s statement guaranteeing that Social Security would not be touched. And the next time his says something that the majority of Americans agree with, he’ll be serving a tour in Gitmo.

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Here is a doozie uttered by the right wing extremeist Paul Ryan:  “The method of conception does not change the definition of life.”

The statement occurred in the context of a discussion of rape.  And some people seem to think Ryan was merely repeating scientific truths.

OK, then. Here’s some scientific truth for Ryan to ponder: The method of murder doesn’t change the definition death. And since we all have to die someday, I guess the “method” of death is of no consequence.  Huh!!!

In any case, I cannot imagine a woman who becomes pregnant as the result of a rape considering the act a “method” of conception.

While a pregnancy may occur as a result of this brutal act, considering brutality another “method” for a woman to conceive is, well, inconceivable.

Ryan’s statement is another view into the deep, dark recesses of the Republican mind and another striking example of the GOP’s war on women. This right wing extremeist of course got a free pass from what pretends to be the media in this country.

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 Ann Romney has always been a stay at home mom. And the kids never wanted for life’s goodies. The servants made the chocolate chip cookies. They also popped the pop corn. Ann never could get that right. Like, ya know, all those buttons on the microwave and everything.

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Republicans don’t have a problem with women provided the ladies follow Scripture and obey their husbands in all matters. Oh, and at all times walk five paces behind their spouses as a show of respect for male dominance. Other than that, no problem.

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Romney had a visitation from Jesus in 2008. Jesus told him if he ran for president he would win. Well, Jesus was wrong. Mighty Mitt didn’t even get the nomination.

This time Romney bypassed Jesus and went straight to the Big Guy, God Himself. God told him the same thing. “A few more lies, Mitt, and you should wrap this whole thing up.”

One thing you should know about the Almighty. Before he became God, he was a Catholic bishop.

Religious Alert: The pevious sentence is a reference to child molestion practiced by Catholic priests and covered up by many bishops – the so-called defenders of the faith. They flat out lied and got away with it. Perhaps Romney is living by the example the bishops set. And for these people at least, God approves of lying.  Or so you would think by their actions.  

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NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey (WISE) telescope discovered a huge number of supermassive black holes last week. The black holes were previously unknown to exist. NASA engineers focused the device on the Tampa Bay Times Forum, host to the Republican National Convention. The telescope also discovered a number celestial objects known as Hot Dogs for hot, dust-obscured goofballs. These objects, referred to as “goofies”, were also observed in profusion at the RNC.

Read the real article at Huffington Post.  Black Holes: Millions Revealed By NASA’s WISE Space Telescope  

May 6, 2012

Random Musings

As you’ve heard Paul Ryan had a very bad week.  First, he felt compelled to renounce patron saint Ayn Rand’s Objectivism, the wrong-headed notion that selfishness and greed are mankind’s greatest virtues.

Medicare

The new Master of Disaster.  Henry Aaron, Inventor Of Paul Ryan’s Medicare Reform Concept, Explains Why It’s Wrong.  At Huff Post.

And then the guy who devised his plan to destroy Medicare said, in so many words, that the whole thing was bullshit.  Of course, most of us already knew that.  Except for the mainstream media who wouldn’t know bullshit in a cow pasture.

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You may have read about the Rev. Sean Harris, a North Carolina preacher who advocated beating kids who may show homosexual tendencies.

Actually, the pastor of Berean Baptist Church is just being kind to kids.  A little punching around is no big thing compared to what The Bible commands of the fundamentalist.

“For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death…”  (Leviticus 20:9).  I can’t wait to hear the pastor’s sermon on that verse.

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Moses:  The man to whom God handed down the laws we can now read in the Old Testament.

Fortunately for all of us, the law of man supersedes the will of God, at least as it is interpreted and handed down to us by radical fundamentalist Christians.

In the same vein, the kids of Judson Baptist Church in New York City sent “Cards of Hope”, a message of tolerance, to the members of the Fayetteville, NC church.  A nice gesture on their part but it isn’t likely to help.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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The next time a pretty gal asks if I have the time, I think I’ll say “Not at the moment, but maybe in an hour or so.

Now such an answer will probably piss her off royally, in which case I’ll explain that my watch is at the jewelers for repair.  It should be ready in about an hour and then I’ll have the time.

My luck, she’ll wait and want five hundred bucks for her time.

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Time is a funny thing.  Einstein tells us that we all exist in a space-time continuum.  Now I have no problem with the space part of that theory.  You can look up at the sky and see space day and night.  Also, believe it or not, humans have the ability to create space.  Just go out to the garage, move a few boxes, throw away a few pieces worthless junk you’ve been saving and, viola, you’ve created space.

But you can’t go into a closet, remove a few boxes and create time.  Time just doesn’t work that way.

So I’ve been thinking about ways human beings can create time.  Einstein also tells us that the faster we travel, time slows down, until we reach the speed of light, in which case time stops completely.  Yep.  That’s right, it flat out stops.  No more time.  So in that situation, when you wife asks you to do your chores, you can truthfully say “Sorry, honey.  I don’t have the time.”

Another funny thing about time is that very few human beings actually have the exact time.  If you need the exact time, you have to place a phone call to the United Kingdom to a small town named Greenwich where the exact time is measured at the Royal Greenwich Observatory.  The United States Naval Observatory, as well as several other institutions, also keep the exact time, down to several millionths of a second.  And when all of these time clocks differ due to variances in the force of gravity, an average time is calculated.  So precise are these time measuring devices that, when it becomes necessary, leap seconds are added to a year.  The next leap second will be added on June 30, 2012 on which day there will occur a minute with 61 seconds or, dare I say it, a leap minute.

Aerial view of the U.S. Naval Observatory.

Aerial view of the U.S. Naval Observatory. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

***

We got tax cuts from Bush and tax cuts from Obama and then pumped them straight into the gas tank.  The next time somebody says the rich got most of the tax cuts the response should be “No, they got all of the tax cuts.”  And if there should be another cut, they’ll get that one too, all of it.

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Supply side economics – the greatest and most evil Ponzi scheme of all time.  It’s based on the ridiculous idea that if you give rich people enough of the hard earned money of working people, the rich will create even more jobs and pay hard working people even more money.  Such an idea is, of course, unmitigated balderdash.  But unfortunately for most of us, just enough poor people fall for the scam to make life miserable for millions upon millions of Americans.

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How are all those tax cuts for the “job creators” working out, by the way?  Not so good it would appear, at least judging by the latest anemic jobs report.  And the jobs that are being added are at the lower end of the economic scale.  “Would you like cheese on that burger, sir?”

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State governments, mostly under the rule of Republican governors and legislatures have fired more than 600,000 hard working employees.  The loss of these government jobs is an offset to stimulus, works against economic growth and contributes greatly to the Great Recession.  Well, they’re Republicans.  What did you expect?

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Worth repeating.  We here the droll repetition of how the Social Security fund is going broke.  Everyone should know by now that such a statement is beyond propaganda.  It is an open, bald faced lie.  Any columnist, pundit or TV host or commentator or corrupt politician who repeats that statement in any form is lying and he (or she) knows he is lying.

Social Security is not going broke.  In fact, it is resting on a 2.7 trillion dollar trust fund – a fund that consists of the safest investment on the planet and that is US Treasury bonds.

In about 25 years the fund will come up short but will still be able to pay 75 to 80% of all benefits.  And those benefits will be larger than they are today because of increases to offset inflation.

Now here is an even greater lie regurgitated by DC media puppets:  That in 75 years the fund will accrue a 7 trillion dollar debt and that such a debt is unsustainable.  Of course, that is media hogwash.  The debt is easily sustainable and readily fixable.  Raising the salary cap and a small fee on stock transactions would more than offset a 7 trillion dollar debt and by taking these small actions, the fund would pay 100% of its obligation in perpetuity.  And that’s the scary part for the Social Security haters.  The window to destroy the program is closing.  SS must be demolished in the next ten or so years or people will come to realize that it is easily sustainable forever.

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Now let’s look at something the media marionettes are forbidden to repeat.  In 75 years, the Bush tax cuts will cost the nation 14 trillion dollars – twice the amount of the Social Security shortfall.

Now, want to hear a truly startling figure.  The projected cost of war spending 75 years out is forecast to be in the neighborhood of $90 trillion dollars.

Taken together, the Bush tax cuts and the war spending will cost the nation more than 100 trillion dollars over the next 75 years.  Talk about an unsustainable figure!!!!!

No!  Better not talk about it, at least if you’re a media marionette.  Because someone in the executive suites will cut your strings and you’ll be fired.  And you can bet your sweet little ass on that.

April 29, 2012

The DC Folly Trolley

The Bush tax cuts will cost the nation $14 trillion dollars over the next 75 years.  Military spending – if it is not sharply curtailed – will cost nearly $80 trillion dollars and possibly more.

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The Bush tax cuts and his wars have created a deficit that may yet destroy the nation’s economy – beyond the damage they have already done.  The tax cuts alone are projected to cost the nation $14 trillion dollars over 75 years.  To put that figure into perspective, the Social Security shortfall is set at only $7 trillion dollars over 75 years and the program is expected to pay 75 to 80 percent of promised benefits despite the shortfall.

Those two figures taken together – tax cuts and war spending –  dwarf the Social Security shortfall of $7 trillion dollars over 75 years.

So what is all the panic about:  The nearly $100 trillion dollars of wasteful spending on war and tax cuts or the $7 trillion dollar easily manageable shortfall in Social Security?

Well, if you believe the hogwash being fed to you by right wing extremists and most of the media (that is, the 1%) about the deficit being caused by Social Security, you are being hornswoggled like never before in the nation’s history.

We all know the answer to the deficit problem.  Cut war spending and end the tax cuts.

According to Robert Naiman posting at Common Dreams, the currently proposed trimming of war spending would alone cover the Social Security shortfall.

And, of course, single payer is a permanent fix to the health insurance dilemma the nation now faces.

If you believe the hogwash spewing forth from the 1%, you are ill-formed or very rich.  And to be fair, many of the very rich don’t believe it for a minute either.

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Semi-influential Fox News pundit Moncia Crowley tweeted an apology to Sandra Fluke after the Newser inferred that Fluke might be a lesbian.

On Fluke’s engagement Crowley clawed “To a man?”

Here is the apology she tweeted:

“Regret my tweeted question caused a stir. I certainly & unequivocally apologize to Sandra & anyone else I offended. Not my intention,” as published by Huffington Post.

Nice apology.  The comment is revealing nonetheless.

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Here is a bulletin from the UPW Newsroom:  John McCain is still hanging around Follyland.  He issued a statement accusing President Obama of playing politics with the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.  This nonsense spews from the man who played the prisoner of war card relentlessly.

John, don’t forget to pick up a loaf of bread on the way home.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Obnoxious as ever, House Republicans passed a bill no reasonable person would sign off on.

Republicans will never vote against a measure that helps the 99%.  They will always pass a bill designed to fail, however.  This practice is a common tactic among the GOP and should expose their hypocrisy for all to see.  Unfortunately, too few pay attention and that’s what the Republicans count on.

So the Repubs don’t want the interest rate on student loans to double.  They just want to pay for the difference by gutting preventive health care programs, many of which provide vital care to women, by another $6 billion dollars.

An image of John Boehner at the AT&T National ...

Boehner doing what he does best. An image of John Boehner at the AT&T National golf tournament, July 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meanwhile, Speaker John Boehner says on CNN’s infotainment show that the cuts proposed by the GOP bill do not represent another assault in the Republican War On Women.

In fact, the House bill represents not only a War On Women, but now a War On Students.

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And this from the New Jersey Hippodrome:  Chris Christie sorta, maybe called Democrats in the NJ legislature liars.  Critical of a Dem plan to pass a 20% tax credit, he said “They’re lying to you.  It’s the oldest scam in the book.”

Christie wants 10% tax cut – one that would accrue mostly to the rich – while at the same time increasing property tax rates – a tax that would fall heavily on the middle class.

The gov from NJ has demonstrated once again that he has a one-size-fits-all right wing hippo mouth along the lines of Limbaugh, Beck, Savage et al.

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Don’t look now, but Paul Ryan, the author of the Republican disaster budget, has disavowed the philosophy of his patron saint Ayn Rand.

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Sadly for this lady, we now realize she got it all wrong.  Most of us do anyway.

Apparently, Randian mythology is beginning to fall out of favor.  Once considered a philosophy, Rand’s Objectivism espoused unbridled capitalism and individual greed as foundations of human society.  More and more Rand’s writings are being recognized for what they really are:  The rantings of a disturbed misanthrope.

I guess such ideas have to be pushed into the background when a depraved politician such as Ryan begins sniffing the air for a vice presidential nomination.

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November 2, 2011

Nobella Committee Awards Putz Prize

Committee Gives Award in Obfuscation to Rick Perry.

Perry hits a ten on the Rickster Scale.

Perry hits a ten on the Rickster Scale.

The Nobella Prize Committee announced a few moments ago that Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has won the Putz Prize in Obfuscation.

The governor won for his impression of Archie Bunker during a statement he made on Beat the Press regarding Social Security.

The governor has referred to Social Security as a Ponzi Scheme and recommended the fund be profitized and the payroll tax turned over to Wall Street con men.

On Beat the Press however, Perry gave his clearest explanation thus far regarding his plans for Social Security which loosely translated into Italian means “private accounts or whatever.”

The Committee interviewed citizens of the US randomly and asked them to give their opinion of Perry’s most recent idea.. A resident of Queens, Mrs. Edith Bunker, commented that “whatever” has been her husband’s plan for just about everything ever since she married him.

Oh, wait til I tell Archie that Rick Perry is using his idea for Social Security.”

When hearing of the award, Perry is reported to have said: “I never obfuscated in my life. I’m a happily married man.

Social Security Poster: old man

Wait til Rick Perry gets hold of your SS money. He'll give it to Wall Street and you are gonna get rich - after fees of course. Image via Wikipedia

The Putz Prize consists of a statuette sculpted from rusted metal stolen from an auto junk yard. The statuette, known the world over as the Putzie, is given to winners while supplies last. Unfortunately for Governor Perry supplies just ran out.