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Archive for the day “January 5, 2013”

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Blog Running – ‘We Don’t Have a Spending Problem. We Have an Aging Problem’

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When Republicans say we need to cut spending – they are really saying ‘we are going to cut programs that provide basic dignity as you get older because you aren’t contributing to society and we can’t tax you’.

After all…..they won’t cut military and they need to give the wealthy tax cuts because they are the ‘(cough) job creators’.

‘Ever since Ronald Reagan first said it, Republicans have been fond of insisting that “we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.” But it turns out that isn’t true. Let’s take a look at the raw data’.

‘Spending first’.

‘In 1981, when Reagan took office, the federal government spent 22.2 percent of GDP. That figure dropped steadily for the next two decades, and by the year 2000 spending was down to 18.2 percent of GDP. Expenditures went up after that, but the Office of Management and Budget estimates that by 2017, spending will once again be 22.2 percent of GDP, exactly the same as it was 30 years ago’.

‘In other words, spending hasn’t gone up at all’.

‘But even with the 2008 recession, federal spending is still on track to be lower a decade from now than it was when Reagan took office’.

‘The plain fact is that spending simply hasn’t been our big problem over the past three decades’.

‘So how about tax revenue’?

‘It shows that tax revenue was 19.6 percent of GDP when Reagan took office, and it’s projected to be 19.2 percent of GDP in 2017’.

‘The facts are pretty clear’.

‘Spending isn’t our big problem’.

‘The recession spike of 2008 aside, it’s about the same as it was 30 years ago. But instead of paying for that spending, we’ve repeatedly cut taxes, which are now at their lowest level in half a century. Tax revenue will go up as the economy improves, but even five years from now it will still be lower than it was when Reagan took office’.

‘So what’s our real problem’?

‘That’s simple: America is getting older and healthcare costs are rising’.

‘That means we’ll need to spend more money in the future on Social Security and Medicare’.

‘There’s simply no way around that unless we’re willing to immiserate our elderly, and that’s not going to happen’.

‘Not only is it politically inconceivable, but the truth is that even Republicans don’t want to do it, no matter how tough a game they talk. Like it or not, this means that over the next 20 or 30 years, spending on the elderly is going to go up by three or four percent of GDP’.

‘Those are simply the facts’.

‘Even under a scenario where we control spending pretty tightly, spending is going to go up to about 24 percent of GDP. There’s really no politically feasible way of keeping it any lower’.

‘Anyone who cares about the deficit, then, needs to understand that in the long run, taxes need to go up to about 24 percent of GDP too’.

‘We don’t have a spending problem’.

‘We have an aging problem and a taxing problem’.
From : http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/01/we-dont-have-spending-problem-we-have-aging-problem

 

What is wrong with the Republican Party – ‘Club for Growth will punish members voting for Sandy flood aid’

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Really what is wrong with just what use to be your average Conservative?

Your neighbor? The guy you ride the bus to work with? The checker down at your grocery store? you co workers?

Have you become so afraid, so timid to speak that you’ve completely turned over the Republican party to special interests?

‘The conservative Club for Growth said Friday that it will punish House members who voted for a flood insurance measure aimed at helping pay for Hurricane Sandy’s damage’.

‘The Club will “key-vote” the measure, using it to compile an annual rating for each lawmaker’.

‘The House on Thursday morning approved the $9.7-billion increase in funding for the National Flood Insurance Program. The bill passed easily in a bipartisan 354-67’.
From : http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/appropriations/275593-club-for-growth-will-punish-members-supporting-sandy-flood-aid

 

Gun Control – ‘Former NRA President Equates Gun Laws With Racism’

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‘Those looking for moderation and sensitivity in the gun control debate probably, by this point, know better than to look to the National Rifle Association’.

‘But even by the standards of what we’ve heard from the NRA recently, comments made by former NRA president Marion Hammer earlier this week stand out’.

(“banning people and things” comment comes toward end of the clip)

“And they even admit this is about banning the ugliest guns, it’s about cosmetics and it has nothing to do about how a firearm works,” host Ginny Simone said toward the end of the segment.

“Well, you know, banning people and things because of the way they look went out a long time ago,” Hammer responded. “But here they are again. The color of a gun. The way it looks. It’s just bad politics.”
From : http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/nra_marion_hammer_guns_racism.php

 

The Fox Lies #1 – ‘Inmates using newspaper’s gun owner map to threaten guards, sheriff says’

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The lies of ommission. This is what FOX has become an expert at.

(cough) ‘Reporting’ but leaving out just a few ‘details’ that if you knew them, would dramaticly change your opinion.

First a question.

The gun advocate arguement is that if ‘criminals’ know I have a gun, they’ll leave me alone.

That IS the Number #1 agruement for gun ownership.

Protection. The gun acting as a deterrent.

So why all of a sudden is having their addresses bad?

Shouldn’t the ‘criminals’ all be avoiding their homes?

Anyway when I first started following this story, being a journalist it made me livid.

There are certain unwritten lines you don’t cross.

You don’t expose the innocent.

Just owning a gun does not make you guilty.

But that extremely poor judgement, unleashed the fringe right wing gun nuts.

A blogger posted ALL the names and address of EVERYONE working for the Journal.

Even the janitors.

The threats the guards have received don’t come anywhere close to the threats (and the intense level) the employees of the Journal have receieved.

‘Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards’.

‘Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News’ decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger’.

“They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That’s not acceptable to me,” Falco said, according to Newsday’.

‘Local lawmakers also say that they intend to introduce legislation that prevents information about legal gun owners from being released to the public’.
From : http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/04/law-enforcement-latest-critics-on-public-display-gun-owner-data-officers/
‘Blogger posts names and addresses of New York newspaper staff in retaliation against paper’s published map of local gun permit holders’

‘A blogger has retaliated against a New York newspaper for publishing an interactive map of gun permit holders by posting personal information about the paper’s employees’.

‘Blogger Christopher Fountain, who primarily covers real estate news on his blog, ‘For What It’s Worth,’ published the names, home addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, Facebook pages and twitter handles of nearly every Journal News employee on Wednesday’.

‘The move was in retaliation against the newspaper’s decision to publish the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties’.

‘Miss Royle’s married name is Lambert,’ Fountain wrote of Journal News Editor Cyndee Royle. ‘She lives in White Plains and here is her Facebook page complete with pictures of her and her kids. Hello Sanctimony.’
From : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253938/Blogger-publishes-New-York-newspaper-employees-names-addresses-retaliation-papers-decision-publish-map-gun-permit-holders.html

A great sample of what our Nations problem is.

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