Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi explain the math behind Progressive economics to a skeptical Republican senator.
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The sight of rich people pleading to be taxed more has attracted attention to the November ballot initiative. But otherwise, support for the ballot measure, which would slap a tax of from 5 percent to 9 percent on the income of those earning more than $200,000 a year ($400,000 for those filing jointly), is entirely predictable. The chief force behind it is the state's unions, who've contributed some $2 million to the campaign for the initiative, led by the state employees' union, the teachers' union and the Service Employees International Union, the largest union in the state with 100,000 workers, many of them working in the heavily-regulated area of health care.
This is the nature of tax hike campaigns these days. When the union movement in America crossed a crucial threshold recently, as membership in public sector unions surpassed private sector union enrollment for the first time, the event signified deeper changes in labor in America. The new labor movement, dominated by government workers, is an increasingly white-collar interest group, culturally progressive and fiscally liberal, and it has become the chief organizer of efforts to raise taxes in America, especially at the state and local level, where these government worker unions wield their greatest influence. Their efforts have helped boost local taxes this year more than any year since 1979.
Yeah, sure, a "spinal" implant. We all know that ‘Puter’s been pining for pectoral implants ever since he lost the castle flex-off to the MandyThis is pretty much the case, and sorry that DT was there to see it. Of course, Puter lost because the judges went with quality over quantity of skin tissue.
Some conservative legal thinkers like Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas think that the Constitution means what it originally meant. That means we should understand the document by going into a kind of time machine and capturing the public understanding of the public that ratified the document a century or more than a century ago.Well, that would be more than a couple of centuries ago, actually. You know, some conservative thinkers make the argument that Cass Sunstein is actually a pretty good guy in that role. Curious to know what they think of this quote.
The greatest geopolitical development that has occurred largely beneath the radar of our Middle East-focused media over the past decade has been the rise of Chinese sea power. This is evinced by President Obama's meeting Friday about the South China Sea, where China has conducted live-fire drills and made territorial claims against various Southeast Asian countries, and the dispute over the Senkaku Islands between Japan and China in the East China Sea, the site of a recent collision between a Chinese fishing trawler and two Japanese coast guard ships.Read the rest at the Post.
“…Our Army and Marine Corps are significantly undersized; and military modernization remains a neglected requirement that has very few champions in Washington.”Hell and yes. Read on.
Hey, what's the problem with real world consequences to your bad ideas when you're a smug, snarky, sanctimonious ideologue? Nothing! If you've just killed the kids-only insurance market, that must be the insurance companies' fault - because apparently their assets are a bottomless public good, meant to be dispersed with Santa-like abandon. Oh, wait a minute - if Santa were an insurer, Naughty would be an undeniable pre-existing condition.Comment over at Ricochet.
Time to remember the wisdom of CS Lewis: "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
What I loathe most about the left is how fundamentally immoral they are, and how willing to sacrifice real human beings on the altar of their pretentions.
The typically modern mind is 1) skeptical of absolute, unchanging standards and 2) in love with the idea of progress. But this is a logical impossibility, a self-contradiction. Without an unchanging standard, there can be no progress, only change. To such people, "progress" means no more than "change," and therefore "change" means the same as "progress."There’s a lot more where that came from.
Only a people both jaded and bored by the past and the present, and also skeptical of any "vertical dimension," any absolute and unchanging standard, could possibly be so moved by the single word "change" that a presidential candidate could win an election by using that single word as his campaign slogan. Why not instead "Rutabagas"?
The opposite of Progressivism is conservatism or traditionalism. A conservative, by definition, is a happy person, one who is happy with what is. It is only for that reason that he wants to conserve it. A progressivist, on the other hand, is by definition an unhappy person, one who is unhappy with what is. It is only for that reason that he wants to change it. A conservative is someone who thinks happiness consists first of all in enjoying the good things we already have. A progressive is one who sees happiness first of all in hoping to enjoy the things we do not yet have. Adam and Eve were conservatives until the Devil made them into progressives. For the Devil himself was the first progressivist. The other angels were happy with God and His will, but the Devil wanted to progress to something better.
In other words, progressivists try to tell truth with a clock instead of an argument. It is as silly as trying to tell time with a syllogism instead of a clock. Or a calendar, which is only a larger, longer clock. For to say that an idea is no longer believable simply because this is the 21st century, not the 13th, is no different from saying that an idea is no longer believable because it is now 11:00 p.m, not 10:00 a.m.
Bewitching, Bedazzling, and Bewildering Czar,Great question; the Czar assures you all that he has no intention of doing it himself. But whom should we appoint? Tough call. We understand there have been Official and Serious Calls from the GOP for Governor Christie to review his future plans...a very good sign. And although he makes a lot of people nervous, including John Boehner, the Czar really thinks Paul Ryan has his head on straight. Rarely do we say it, but thats a guy who should be in politics.
It is obvious to your minions lackeys myrmidons operatives that at some future point you will appoint a leader for our great country (assuming, of course, that you wouldn’t take the pay cut to do it yourself). Until that time, might I ask who you would like to see run for that position – who you think would make a good president?
Me, I’m torn between ‘Puter’s man-crush Christie, Paul Ryan, and Harrison Ford from Air Force One.
What are your thoughts, Great One?
p00p. Anyway, it will be interesting to read Borepatchs take on this story.)
Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target – a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant.This is the most compelling thing you'll read all day. Read the whole thing.
The cyber worm, called Stuxnet, has been the object of intense study since its detection in June. As more has become known about it, alarm about its capabilities and purpose have grown. Some top cyber security experts now say Stuxnet's arrival heralds something blindingly new: a cyber weapon created to cross from the digital realm to the physical world – to destroy something.
At least one expert who has extensively studied the malicious software, or malware, suggests Stuxnet may have already attacked its target – and that it may have been Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, which much of the world condemns as a nuclear weapons threat.
The appearance of Stuxnet created a ripple of amazement among computer security experts. Too large, too encrypted, too complex to be immediately understood, it employed amazing new tricks, like taking control of a computer system without the user taking any action or clicking any button other than inserting an infected memory stick. Experts say it took a massive expenditure of time, money, and software engineering talent to identify and exploit such vulnerabilities in industrial control software systems.
Unlike most malware, Stuxnet is not intended to help someone make money or steal proprietary data. Industrial control systems experts now have concluded, after nearly four months spent reverse engineering Stuxnet, that the world faces a new breed of malware that could become a template for attackers wishing to launch digital strikes at physical targets worldwide. Internet link not required.
I completely echo your sentiments regarding President Obama's alleged poor choice of words.
There is a more insidious and ominous aspect to this statement. The use of the word absorb, regarding a terrorist attack, reveals the lack of regard for human life in the Progressive mindset. Progressives, throughout history have embraced philosophies antithetical to the notion of sanctity of life. It was clear in their writings on eugenics at the turn of the 20th century, and also clear in the works of Margaret Sanger regarding abortion. This mentality has persisted and evolved. It can be seen in the Obamacare bill and in the words of the government healthcare leadership.
In the words of recess appointed CMMS director Donald Berwick, "Here, you choose a harder path. You plan the supply; you aim a bit low; you prefer slightly too little of a technology or a service to too much; then you search for care bottlenecks and try to relieve them."
He finds the PERMISSIVE development of bottlenecks, and the injury caused by them to individuals, acceptable.
Taken out of context from Ezekiel (Rahm's Brother) Emanuel, and White House advisor, "Conversely, services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."
The real rub in this statement is not whether or not absurdly heroic measures should or should not be extended to patients with dementia. The fact is that everyday, in my places of employ, the families, patients and the physicians sit down together and decide what measures are appropriate for that INDIVIDUAL patient. What is disturbing is that Dr. Emanuel feels comfortable with the idea that society's representatives will decide what is appropriate for all patients with dementia. That is where the true problem lies with him.
Indeed, even a primary care provider that I am well acquainted with, who is a self-styled Progressive waded into the debate with me during a swim meet. She asked me what I thought of Obamacare, single payor systems and the future of medicine. I compared the product seen with government run healthcare with what is seen in the private system. I explained that I don't think patients will be happy with not being able to see their doctor for acute issues, extended wait times, or potentially having to travel for resources otherwise not available in their locale, as centralization of specialty services might be done to cut costs. She said that, "Once those patients age out of the system [i.e. die off] the next generation won't have those expectations and things will be fine."
In summary, Progressives have little regard for individual human life, so long as everything looks like it should on their well thought out spreadsheets.
Or, in the words of the Galactic Republic's most notorious Progressive, then Senator Palpatine, "Wipe them out, all of them."
|The Volgi: There is a country whose first three letters will make you relax, and whose last four will make you tense. Who am I? Spain.|
|Ghettoputer: There is an activity that two people can do at the same time and go to the same place to do it, but they cannot actually do it together at the same time in the same place. What is it? Poop.|
|GorTechie: If I have 100 apples, and take away 10, how many do I have left? 10! (01001100 01001111 01001100!)|
|The Mandarin: Imagine I am at polar coordinates (r =2 and θ = π/6). Where might I be in rectangular coordinates? 2 cosπ/6 and 2 sinπ/6, so I would be at √3, 1! Such hilarity!|
|The Czar: I have an eye, a face, a cheek, a belly, and a back, a lip, a butt, and shoulder. What am I? The axe that I put in Cousin Здравскs neck from across the room when he attempted to depose me in 1311.|
|Dat Ho: I not bad! I not bad! Why I get punished anyway? Mr. Czar say I steal food in kitchen.|
|Sleestak: Sssszzzzz zzssss hisszzzisszz. Ssszzzizz? Poop.|
|Pictured: Inside Mandy’s Dreams|
Dread and etc...Go ahead and click on Dr. J's link. The new video is very much worthwhile. The Czar thinks it is a particularly effective spot that is proving the GOP is starting to get this new media stuff...like television. It hammers home the facts of the situation: look, here is the reality. Now what do you want to do?
I am sitting in a plane on the Midway Tarmac on a stopover from an undisclosed location, returning to New Atlantis. Related to that trip we will have Mandarin's ultrasound death ray satellite ready for yeti season.
Checking the Corner at NRO, this caught my eye.
Click here to see the video.
I have to keep this pithy. We take off soon.
Beyond the 80s nostalgia that will resonate with conservative boomers and gen-xers, it highlights how President Obama, instinctively and reflexively is Reagan's mirror. It also clearly contrasts the current statist policies with the last true small government president we've had.
Your D&A thoughts are welcome.
P.S. Your Jupiter post rocked.
Er... waitaminute. Is that her tax-payer funded office they were organized at? I would think that is a pretty serious violation of something...And the Czar is confident Andrew Breitbart is looking into it. Must be nice to be her Republican challenger, since Breitbart is like 12-0 on taking liberals down.
You're a Czar of your word, Your Czarness. "Jupiter at Opposition" did make my freaking day, just as you promised in "Mail Mosh Pit."Thank you. And you are most welcome.
Today has not been the best at the trailer-park, so my day needed to be made.
Odd observationdidn't know who Rep. Halvorson was until now. Can't wait for the promised update. What a tool! Makes me think my own Rep. "Tool" may not be quite as bad as I had thought.
Thanks to all ye Castle-Dwellers!