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Pension guarantees
Jun 29 2015 - In These Times by Saqib Bhatti
Detroit’s bankruptcy wasn’t inevitable. Neither is Chicago’s. But the austerity hawks don’t want you to know that.
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Stupidity at its finest. Raise taxes and everything will work out except that people and businesses will leave. bbm
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Regulation
Jun 28 2015 - Town Hall by Bruce Bialosky
On August 12, 1986, President Ronald Reagan said “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Reagan clearly had fabulous foresight as he must have known that Dodd–Frank would be passed and Elizabeth Warren would start the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). I recently found out how bad things are with a recent refinance of my house.
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Dodd Frank increased the amount of paperwork by a factor of at least 10.
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Gun control legislation
Jun 26 2015 - St. Louis Post Dispatch by E.J. DIONNE JR.
Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said “enough” after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying “enough” after Charleston. But this time, we don’t even expect anything to happen.
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There is no such right to be free from guns anymore than there is my right to be free from leftists, which would do a lot more for the nation than any gun control. bbm
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Health care debate
Jun 30 2015 - The Dallas Morning News by CARL P. LEUBSDORF
Displaying unanimous views and questionable political judgment, Republican presidential candidates greeted the Supreme Court’s latest ruling upholding Obamacare with yet another vow to “repeal and replace” President Barack Obama’s signature achievement.
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At least Republicans are principled; not the Democrats. bbm
Jun 28 2015 - Indiana Gazette by Paul Krugman
Was I on the edge of my seat, waiting for the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare subsidies? No — I was pacing the room, too nervous to sit, worried that the court would use one sloppily worded sentence to deprive millions of health insurance, condemn tens of thousands to financial ruin and send thousands to premature death.
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How can Krugman not be a communist with his love of complete government control of everything? bbm
Jun 27 2015 - The Desert Sun by Kansas City Star
With a 6–3 decision announced Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act stands intact.
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A new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing the Affordable Care Act would result in a 19 million increase in the number of uninsured, and cause the federal deficit to grow by at least $137 billion over 10 years." And if you trust the CBO, go live on another planet. You are not worth the words to counter the dumb logic. bb
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Free-Trade Agreements
Jun 23 2015 - The Desert Sun by President Obama
After the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes, our businesses have now created 12.6 million new jobs over the past 63 months. More than 16 million Americans have gained health insurance. More kids are graduating from high school and college than ever before. This is real progress, and it’s helping more Americans feel secure in our relentlessly–changing economy.
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If it is so good as to benefit everyone, why is it a secret? Because, dummy, you have screwed somebody in the process and you don't want them to know about it until it is a done deal.
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Campaign for President
Jun 23 2015 - Indiana Gazette by Maureen Dowd
It’s hard being Elizabeth Warren. Especially when you’re not Elizabeth Warren. Hillary Clinton had an awkward collision last week juggling her past role as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, her current role as Democratic front–runner and her coveted future role as president.
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This is important because if Hillary loses the leftist media, she is sunk. bbm
Jun 22 2015 - In These Times by Theo Anderson
Sanders’s laser–like focus on inequality is perfectly in sync with the nation’s current political climate.
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The communist message is very alluring but it never works.
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Media bias
Jun 29 2015 - The Federalist by Stella Morabito
Nearly 100 years ago, Walter Lippmann wrote about “the manufacture of consent” in his classic work, “Public Opinion.” On the heels of that book, Edward Bernays penned a little volume called “Propaganda,” in which he stated that an elite would always be responsible for making the public aware of “new ideas” which the public would then act upon as the elite nudged them into it. Related, but more in–depth is Jacques Ellul’s 1962 book, “Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes.”
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This is a long article but for serious thinkers, it is worth your consideration. bbm
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News / Environment / Global Warming
The Global Warming Hoax?
Jun 24 2015 - Front Page Magazine
Pope Francis issued a lengthy encyclical last week calling for radical change in human behavior to confront climate change. He presented climate change as the moral issue of our time. “Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it,” the pope declared. “It is a mistake to rely on the ‘myths’ of a modernity grounded in a utilitarian mindset (individualism, unlimited progress, competition, consumerism, the unregulated market),” he added. While denying that anyone is suggesting a return to the Stone Age and conceding that “[T]echnoscience, when well directed, can produce important means of improving the quality of human life,” Pope Francis refused to dismiss doomsday predictions if society continues along its present path.
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What global warming? Oh, that new religion. bbm
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Syria issues
Jun 29 2015 - Wall Street Journal by Adam Entous
U.S. officials see strong possibility of chemical attacks if rebels threaten Syrian regime strongholds

U.S. intelligence agencies believe there is a strong possibility the Assad regime will use chemical weapons on a large scale as part of a last–ditch effort to protect key Syrian government strongholds if Islamist fighters and other rebels try to overrun them, U.S. officials said.

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That's what I said at the time of Obama's agreement with Russia. bbm
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Supreme Court and the U.S. Constitution
Jun 30 2015 - The Desert Sun by E.J. DIONNE JR.
Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation’s 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.
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Except, dummy, Pinckney was against gay marriage and for the Confederate flag. Maybe Dionne ought to wake up and read the news.
"For years, the fact that slavery was the central cause of the Civil War was swept under a rug woven of heritage and battlefield glory." Wrong again. The south wanted to secede for lots of other reasons, slavery being a minor issue. Lincoln wasn't much against slavery until the end. Again, read the history, Dionne. bbm

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News / Welfare / Rich vs Poor
Are CEOs overpaid?
Jun 29 2015 - Economic Policy Institute. by Lawrence Mishel and Alyssa Davis
The chief executive officers of America’s largest firms earn three times more than they did 20 years ago and at least 10 times more than 30 years ago, big gains even relative to other very–high–wage earners. These extraordinary pay increases have had spillover effects in pulling up the pay of other executives and managers, who constitute a larger group of workers than is commonly recognized.1 Consequently, the growth of CEO and executive compensation overall was a major factor driving the doubling of the income shares of the top 1 percent and top 0.1 percent of U.S. households from 1979 to 2007 (Bivens and Mishel 2013; Bakija, Cole, and Heim 2012). Since then, income growth has remained unbalanced: as profits have reached record highs and the stock market has boomed, the wages of most workers, stagnant over the last dozen years, including during the prior recovery, have declined during this one (Bivens et al. 2014; Gould 2015) .
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Let's see now, what did the top NBA player make compared to the entry level professional in the lowest league? It bet it is m ore than 300 times. Corporations are huge and become all–stars in their field. Their CEOs get paid accordingly. Just like basketball or football players. bbm
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Lifestyle / People and their Relationships / Homosexual Issues
Gay marriages
Jun 30 2015 - Foundation for Economic Education by DANIEL BIER
The Court voted 5–4 to recognize gay couples' equal right to marry
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Nobody gave the court the right to redefine a word. bbm
Jun 27 2015 - The Desert Sun by Hank Plante
I am old enough to have seen the whole gay rights movement, from the Stonewall riots in 1969 to the case against Proposition 8, which I covered as an openly gay TV reporter, but nothing could have prepared me for this.
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Hank Plante is so far to the left that he is a communist. Take his words with that as background. bbm
Politically correct actions
Jun 29 2015 - The New York Times
Exhilarated by the Supreme Court’s endorsement of same–sex marriage, gay rights leaders have turned their sights to what they see as the next big battle: obtaining federal, state and local legal protections in employment, housing, commerce and other arenas, just like those barring discrimination based on race, religion, sex and national origin.
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The SCOTUS decision on same sex marriage is just the beginning of homosexuals' push against religious opposition to the law (as I believed would be the case). Attorneys must be deliriously happy. js
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Lifestyle / Race Relations
Racism
Jun 28 2015 - Mercury News by EUGENE ROBINSON
One hundred fifty years too late, the Confederacy may finally be coming to an end. Finishing it off, however, will require more than getting rid of an offensive flag.
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The headline isn't bad but the rest is stupid. He thinks the flag is the ultimate problem, it seems. And most of these articles seem to think the Civil War was about slavery. Not in the beginning. It ended up as end to slavery but it didn't start that way. Their were many other differences between north and south. One of the big ones was the theory of secession. That would have been a good thing if the South had won. We wouldn't have a dominant federal state if we had secession. bbm
Jun 28 2015 - Indiana Gazette by Cokie Roberts and Steven Roberts
One image. Two symbols. Dylann Roof, the accused killer of nine parishioners in a black Charleston church, posted a picture of himself holding a pistol in one hand and a Confederate battle flag in the other. But the reaction to those two objects has been very different.
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Maybe they ought to do a bit more research. The black pastor killed in Charleston supported the Confederate flag and was against gun control. bbm
Jun 28 2015 - Indiana Gazette by GENE LYONS
Has any murdering terrorist ever failed more dramatically than alleged shooter Dylann Storm Roof? Like any punk with a gun, he managed to slaughter nine blameless African–American Christians at a historic church in Charleston, S.C. Intending to start a race war, he succeeded only in shocking the moral conscience of the state and nation.
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It's funny how leftists forget it was their Democratic friends that were responsible for slavery. bbm
Black issues
Jun 22 2015 - The Desert Sun by E.J. DIONNE JR
We Americans are exceptionally good at evasion when we want to be. Our skills in this sphere are particularly impressive on the matter of race and the subject of guns.
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The real problem is that pundits like Dionne keep emphasizing race. We're Americans. Period. "We now have an estimated 270 million to 310 million guns in the United States. Will another 10 million, 20 million, 100 million make us safer?" It might well if a couple were in the hands of the victims prioer to the shooting. It was a gun free zone, stupid.
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