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Bernie Sanders Declines Secrecy Offer on Tax Plan Because He Has Nothing to Hide

Double win for Bernie.

First, because he's actually fighting for most of the people in the country with his proposals.

Second, because he has exposed this odious bit of legislative behavior.



Baucus and Hatch previously decided that to design tax reform legislation, they would create a "blank slate" process, in which senators have to argue for the various credits and deductions that they would like to see kept in the tax code. That's not yet a blow to transparency yet although it has been a cash cow for K Street.

Here's the troubling part, from the perspective of transparency:

The Senate’s top tax writers have promised their colleagues 50 years worth of secrecy in exchange for suggestions on what deductions and credits to preserve in tax reform.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), assured lawmakers that any submission they receive will be kept under lock and key by the committee and the National Archives until the end of 2064.

Deeming the submissions confidential, the Senate’s top tax writers have said only certain staff members — 10 in all — will get direct access to a senator’s written suggestions. Each submission will also be given its own ID number and be kept on password-protected servers, with printed versions kept in locked safes.
http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/domestic-taxes/313259-senates-tax-writers-offering-50-years-of-secrecy

In other words, Baucus and Hatch believe that you, the voting public, have no right to know what your senators want to see in the tax code. That is an affront to transparency and democratic accountability because we cannot keep our legislators accountable if we do not even know what they are proposing and how they are laying out their priorities. If senators would like to see elements of the tax code changed, then they should be willing to stand up for their beliefs and share them with the public--both in their home state and in the country at large.

The deadline for tax proposals was yesterday. We'll see how many senators are willing to include the public in the discussion. I know we at least have one: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

In his letter to Baucus and Hatch, Bernie Sanders turned down the offer for secrecy, noting that he had nothing to hide:

]“Given the fact that my suggestions represent the interests of the middle class of this country and not powerful corporate special interests, I have no problem with making them public."



http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/27/1226928/-Bernie-Sanders-Declines-Secrecy-on-Tax-Plan-Because-He-Has-Nothing-to-Hide

Weiner doesn’t want individual women to see his penis---He wants all of us to be looking at it

So Weiner’s admission today that he not only bared his junk and explained his sexual fantasies in banal-but-granular detail for “between six and 10″ women prior to his resignation, but that he did so for at least an additional three women after — some while he was even in the process of rehabbing his public image for his political comeback — leads me to but one inevitable and horrifying conclusion.

Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner doesn’t just get off on showing a few women his package here and there. He gets off on knowing we’re all eventually going to be looking at it, and talking about it.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/25/anthony-weiner-doesnt-want-individual-women-to-see-his-penis-he-wants-all-of-us-to-be-looking-at-it/

Is It Legal Malpractice to Fail to Get Holder to Promise Not To Torture Your Client?



"which of you ordered his whiskey in a clean glass?"

Is It Legal Malpractice to Fail to Get Holder to Promise Not To Torture Your Client?

The idea that the Attorney General of the United States of America would send such a letter to the representative of a foreign government, particularly Russia under the leadership of a former KGB official, was so preposterous that I thought the first news report I read about Attorney General Holder's letter concerning Edward Snowden was satire. The joke, however, was on me. The Obama and Bush administrations have so disgraced the reputation of the United States' criminal justice system that we are forced to promise KGB alums that we will not torture our own citizens if Russia extradites them for prosecution.

The standard joke that came to mind when I read Holder's letter was the bartender who brings out glasses to three customers and asks "which of you ordered his whiskey in a clean glass?" We take it for granted that no restaurant or bar will knowingly serve us our drinks in a dirty glass. I always took it for granted that no U.S. attorney general would knowingly allow a criminal suspect in U.S. custody to be the victim of torture, raped, branded, or a host of other forms of brutality.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-k-black/eric-holder-letter-to-russia_b_3661348.html

I approve this awesome image of Steve King

The gop caught their beastie. now they get to go down with it.

Our Poles Are Melting! - But hey, it's just the planet, right?

Don't panic: it's just the poles melting

by David Atkins

Seriously. The North Pole. It's a lake now. (Check out the video at the link.)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/north-pole-melting-leaves_n_3652373.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Things are getting ugly on Earth’s underside.

Antarctic permafrost, which had been weathering global warming far better than areas around the North Pole, is starting to give way. Scientists have recorded some of it melting at rates that are nearly comparable to those in the Arctic.

Scientists used time-lapse photography and LiDAR to track the retreat of an Antarctic ice cliff over a little more than a decade. They reported Wednesday in the journal Scientific Reports that the cliff was “backwasting rapidly.” The permafrost that made up the cliff was found to be disappearing nearly 10 times more quickly than was the case during recent geological history. And the rate of melting is picking up pace.


But hey, it's just the planet, right? If we actually do something about it, we might increase the deficit somehow. Which would be awful because rich people might have to be taxed, and that would mean less trickle trickling down. Icewater trickling into the oceans from the poles is another matter. That's good as long as we can keep the oil burning.

So, no planet for you. And whatever you do, don't panic.

more:
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/dont-panic-its-just-poles-melting-by.html

BREAKING - THE USA HAS AGREED NOT TO TORTURE OR EXECUTE SNOWDEN



now, back to work
peace, kp

forgot to mention:
The check is also in the mail.

Steve King Says He Has PERSONALLY Caught Undocumented Drug Mules With Cantaloupe Calves



i]“That description comes from many days down on the border, riding and sitting with the border patrol and without them at night, no night vision, watching the shadows come across the border, picking people up personally with my hands, unloading illegal drugs out of a vehicle with a false bottom under the truck,” he told Ingraham. “I mean this is a personal experience and I sit there at night and border patrol agents would come to me one at a time in their civil clothes and talk to me clandestinely…This description is the description from that kind of experience.”
http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2013/07/26/2360631/steve-king-says-he-has-personally-caught-undocumented-drug-mules-with-cantaloupe-calves/

The Battle of Fed Succession, 1994 Edition


The Battle of Fed Succession, 1994 Edition

Friday, 26 July 2013 09:42

The current efforts by Larry Summers' acolytes to have him replace Ben Bernanke as Fed Chair reminded me of a past battle. Back in the first term of the Clinton administration it was not assumed that Alan Greenspan had a lifetime position as Fed chair. Some folks thought that the Democratic president might want to take the opportunity to appoint a Democrat as Fed chair. The Vice-Chair at the time, Alan Blinder, was an obvious choice. Blinder had been a highly respected Princeton professor before joining President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers and then moving over to the Fed at the start of 1994.

Anyhow, Alan Greenspan wanted to head off this possibility. Towards this end, he managed to get a major piece in the NYT over a Blinder scandal. At a speech at the annual meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Blinder suggested that central banks, instead of focusing exclusively on inflation, might actually worry a bit about unemployment (the horrors). Anyhow, the resulting outcry sent Blinder back to Princeton and left Greenspan in charge of the Fed for another decade.

Ah, the good old days!
http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/beat-the-press/the-battle-of-fed-succession-1994-edition

Cop Who Pepper-Sprayed Students At Occupy Protest Wants Worker’s Compensation For ‘Psychiatric Injur

Source: Talking Points Memo

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during an Occupy protest at the University of California, Davis is appealing for worker’s compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 confrontation.

John Pike has a settlement conference set for Aug. 13 in Sacramento, according to the state Department of Industrial Relations’ website.

Pike was fired in July 2012, eight months after a task force investigation found that his action was unwarranted.

Online videos of him and another officer casually dousing demonstrators with pepper spray went viral, sparking outrage at UC Davis leaders. The images became a rallying symbol for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Read more: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/news/pepper-spray-cop-occupy-protest-wants-workers-compensation-for-psychiatric-injury.php?ref=fpb



In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, photo University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad Friday in Davis, Calif. Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in pepper spraying seated protesters were placed on administrative leave Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, as the chancellor of the school accelerates the investigation into the incident.
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