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WARREN: "Trickle Down NOTHING MORE Than Politics Helping Rich & Powerful Get Richer & More Powerful"



Trickle-down was popular with big corporations and their lobbyists, but it never really made much sense. George Bush Sr. called it voodoo economics. He was right, and let’s call it out for what it is: Trickle-down was nothing more than the politics of helping the rich-and-powerful get richer and more powerful, and it cut the legs out from under America’s middle class.

Trickle-down policies are pretty simple. First, fire the cops—not the cops on Main Street, but the cops on Wall Street. Pretty much the whole Republican Party – and, if we’re going to be honest, too many Democrats – talked about the evils of “big government” and called for deregulation. It sounded good, but it was really about tying the hands of regulators and turning loose big banks and giant international corporations to do whatever they wanted to do—turning them loose to rig the markets and reduce competition, to outsource more jobs, to load up on more risks and hide behind taxpayer guarantees, to sell more mortgages and credit cards that cheated people. In short, to do whatever juiced short term profits even if it came at the expense of working families.

Trickle down was also about cutting taxes for those at the top. Cut them when times are good, cut them when times are bad. And when that meant there was less money for road repairs, less money for medical research, and less money for schools and that our government would need to squeeze kids on student loans, then so be it. And look at the results: The top 10% got ALL the growth in income over the past 30 years—ALL of it—and the economy stopped working for everyone else.


see page 3 of this political masterpiece (& read the rest, of course):

Sen. Warren Blasts GOP Social Security Scheme: "It’s ridiculous – but not surprising"

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is outraged by House Republicans' move to block a routine Social Security budgeting move to use as a bargaining chip in future entitlement reform negotiations.

On social media platforms Warren, in very clear terms, said the attempt by House Republicans to block the Social Security budgeting move that involves transferring revenues between the Social Security retirement trust fund and the Social Security disability program was flat out "ridiculous."

"It’s ridiculous – but not surprising – that on the very first day of the new Congress, Republicans are manufacturing a Social Security crisis to threaten benefits for millions of disabled Americans – including 233,260 in Massachusetts alone," Warren said on Facebook. "We can’t turn our backs on the promises we’ve made to our families, friends, and neighbors who need our help the most. House Republicans should stop playing political games to put America’s most vulnerable at risk."

More, plus her twitter feed:

Suspect in Colorado NAACP bombing is "balding white male." So obviously NOT a terrorist attack.

"Improvised explosive device" set off near Colorado Springs NAACP office

An improvised explosive device was detonated against the exterior wall of a building housing the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday, officials said.

The explosion knocked items off the office walls but no one was injured.


The FBI said that a gasoline can was placed next to the device but the contents did not ignite.

According to the the FBI, officials are seeking a "potential person of interest," described as a balding white male, about 40 years old.


The U.S. has more jails than colleges. Here’s a map of where those prisoners live.

The map shows the raw number of prisoners in each U.S. county as of the 2010 Census. Much of the discussion of regional prison population only centers around inmates in our 1,800 state and federal correctional facilities. But at any given time, hundreds of thousands more individuals are locked up in the nation's 3,200 local and county jails. This map includes these individuals as well.

To put these figures in context, we have slightly more jails and prisons in the U.S. -- 5,000 plus -- than we do degree-granting colleges and universities. In many parts of America, particularly the South, there are more people living in prisons than on college campuses. Cumberland County, Pa. -- population 235,000 -- is home to 41 correctional facilities and 7 colleges. Prisons outnumber colleges 15-to-1 in Lexington County, S.C.


Hmmm, I'm a bit concerned we won't maintain the highest prison population on earth THIS way.


The NYPD hard at work, protecting stuff.
A funny thing happened here in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Apparently this was supposed to be ground zero of the NYPD work stoppage. No arrests. No tickets. No nothing. Just police bunkered in behind the walls of the 79th and 81st Precincts, both of which now have armed SWAT types guarding the gates from imminent invasion.

NYT SLAMS NYPD: 'If NYPD's Current Commanders Cannot Get Cops To Do Their Jobs - Replace Them'

No Justice, No Police


He should appeal directly to the public and say plainly that the police are trying to extort him and the city he leads.

If the Police Department’s current commanders cannot get the cops to do their jobs, Mr. de Blasio should consider replacing them.

He should invite the Justice Department to determine if the police are guilty of civil rights violations in withdrawing policing from minority communities.

He should remind the police that they are public employees, under oath to uphold city and state laws.



NFL reportedly admits messing up call when Cowboys held Ndamukong Suh

Source: Washington Post

Mistakes were made. That seems to be the growing theme of Sunday night’s wild-card playoff bout between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions. Along with a much disputed retracted flag on the Cowboys that looked to be clear pass interference against Dallas, the NFL also missed a Cowboys holding call on Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Dallas benefited from both non-calls, but at least the NFL has reportedly admitted the referees were wrong about the latter. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news via a short post on Facebook.

“NFL admitted to Lions today that officials missed a hold on Ndamukong Suh on the 4th-down conversion from Tony Romo to Jason Witten with 6 minutes left in the game (after the controversial Brandob Pettigrew play and before the Dallas TD).”

Had holding been correctly called, it would have put Cowboys in 4th and 16 on Detroit side of the field. Dallas would have punted and Detroit still would have the lead. One person said that this is “even worse than the PI call/no call.”

The non-call on the 21-yard pass allowed Dallas to advance to a new set of downs, which the team later converted into the go-ahead touchdown with under 3 minutes on the clock. Had the call been made, the Cowboys would’ve been backed up to fourth-and-16, which would’ve likely stopped the scoring drive and sent Dallas’ punter on the field instead.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2015/01/06/nfl-reportedly-admits-messing-up-call-when-cowboys-held-ndamukong-suh/?tid=trending_strip_5

"Put on a happy face"

Opening Day: The Reign Of Morons Dawns --- By Charles P. Pierce


Opening Day: The Republican Controlled Congress Has Arrived
By Charles P. Pierce 1/6/2015 AT 11:15 AM

And the Reign Of Morons dawns. Many in the Beltway are beside themselves which, I guess, is easier than talking to some of the new unmoored members of our national legislature -- and speaking of unmoored members, congrats to my new friend, United States Senator Joni Ernst. And all of you sweaty people waiting on hold in your cars for Mark Levin or Laura Ingraham, dream big. Anything is possible. Of course, the overall narrative is that we are in for a period of sensible conservative governance which, while it may collide from time to time with a Democratic president who declines to become whit...er...turn into Mitt Romney despite the clear verdict of a third of the voting populace, can prove that our new congressional leadership can "govern" while keeping its toes out of the oatmeal. This is why I saw Dana Bash this morning, talking to new Congressman Lee Zeldin of New York, who looks more like a member of the largely mythical Not Insane caucus than does, say, Jody Hice, the guy from Georgia who believes Islam is not a religion, or Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, who believes that gay people are after him (Not bloody likely, Glenn), or Mark Walker, the North Carolinian who wants to start a new Mexican war, this time with...frickin' laser beams. Better to bring out Zeldin as the face of the freshman follies. He did, after all, get elected from a "blue state." Of course, Zeldin is a good little GOP squirrel who knows where all the nuts are buried.


It will be interesting to see if this constructed narrative of Responsible Conservative Government holds true through the first time the president vetoes something on the new Congress's wish list. In fact, the person for whom I would have sympathy, if I felt any sympathy for him at all, is not Boehner but Mitch McConnell, whose new senatorial majority is studded with jumped-up loons from the fringes of Republican state goverrnments, like my new friend Joni, and which also still contains both Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, with their national ambitions and their utterly self-involved attitude toward their jobs. This is a harder wrangle for McConnell, who still isn't altogether popular, than the one Boehner faces. And, of course, it should be said that the Democratic party is positioned quite well to make the lives of both Boehner and McConnell utterly miserable, but very likely won't do it, because Joe Manchin (D-Anthracite). If there really is rising populist power in the Democratic party, then here's a chance to prove it. Screw with these people every way you can. Make the even more radical Republican state governments more furious at the "Washington establishment" than it already is. Monkeywrench the whole business and explain in simple terms to the country why you're doing it. This has to start in the White House. The rest of the country needs to be protected from the hazardous material for which a third of it voted.



Steve Scalise
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