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If anyone's wondering why I haven't been here much lately, it's because I feel no one is learning anything from 2016. Neoliberalism is a thing and it doesn't win elections in the 21st Century. People want a candidate that's going to take strong, non-waffling stands on human rights the rest of the world enjoys. Enough living in the goddamned Reagan 1980s. Enough taking solar panels off the roof. Enough introducing more rightwingedness into American economics. Enough medical bankruptcies. Enough governing by mythology. Enough science denial. Enough of spitting on women, children, veterans and the LGBTQI community. Enough kicking the can. ENOUGH. America needs to move past it's "everything has to be about making a buck" bullshit. I'd prefer a candidate not born during the FDR/Truman administrations. No offense, but you had your time . . . and you got us Trump. Plus, I can't take another one of these still-Capitalist Boomer codgers yap on about "bootstraps" when college now costs a mortgage, necessity costs have been outpacing wage growth for 20 years and automation promises to kill more jobs than it creates. I don't want to hear what is or isn't "politically achievable". Kick-the-Can economics was never asked "How is it going to be paid for?". Tax Cuts for the rich were never given a spending limit. Folly wars were never asked "Why is this necessary?". Corporate Pork by the billions was and is always approved. America's safety net needs to be greatly expanded and retirement age needs to be drastically lowered. This country throws out far too many people that still have a decade or two of prime contribution left. If life doesn't get fairer for you or I pretty goddamned quickly, we aren't going to have much of one.

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Non-Satirical Onion: Financial Sector Thinks It's About Ready To Ruin the World Again


Representatives from all major banking and investment institutions cited recent increases in consumer spending, rebounding home prices, and a stabilizing unemployment rate as confirmation that the time had once again come to inflict another round of catastrophic financial losses on individuals and businesses worldwide.

“It’s been about five or six years since we last crippled every major market on the planet, so it seems like the time is right for us to get back out there and start ruining the lives of billions of people again,” said Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. “We gave it some time and let everyone get a little comfortable, and now we’re looking to get back on the old horse, shatter some consumer confidence, and flat-out kill any optimism for a stable global economy for years to come.”

“People are beginning to feel at ease spending money and investing in their futures again,” Blankfein continued. “That’s the perfect time to step in and do what we do best: rip the heart right out of the world’s economy.”

According to sources, the overwhelming majority of investment bankers are “ready to get the ball rolling” by approving a host of complex and poorly understood debt-backed securities that are doomed to quickly default, as well as issuing startlingly high-risk loans certain to drive thousands of companies into insolvency.

Side note - Did you know that, even after taxes, Lloyd Bankfiend can purchase a $40,000 automobile every three days and it would make not an iota of difference in his wealth?

Oh look, positive jobs numbers. So who does CNBC have on to push their narrative?

None other than hypercorporatist, meritocracy and laissez-fail advocate T.J. Rodgers, who's STILL blaming "government spending", who's STILL blaming the culture of the "Buffett Rule", who's STILL blaming the same old bullshit standbys all conservatives retreat to when economics just aren't going their way under a (supposedly) Democratic president.

How does anyone take this channel seriously, or worse yet, laughingly calls it "centrist" or "left-leaning"??
Posted by HughBeaumont | Fri Jun 7, 2013, 08:52 AM (3 replies)

Of CEOs, Bathrooms and The Great American Chasm . . .

I think it should be put like this more often.
Posted by HughBeaumont | Thu Jun 6, 2013, 09:31 AM (2 replies)

Whenever I think "voting serves no purpose" . . . .


. . . . sadly, after reading the comments section of Yahoo, CNN, Business Insider and other sites, I'm compelled to go back to that kiosk every time and cast those votes.

I know. It's Sad. THIS is our lot in life. Economically, the two parties are a wash. Military spending: Wash. Stacking the Cabinet with corporate toadies: Wash. Real action on environment: Wash. Universal Health Care: Sorry, voter, Wellpoint's CEO needs mo' mansions. Real action on fossil fuels: Sorry, voter, we swim in light sweet crude and dry off with dollar bills.

But . . . siigggggggh . . . . I cannot let the likes of these hatemongers, these bastards who still want to live in either 1955 White America or 1984 Reaganomicon . . . I cannot let these kinds of sub-idiot knuckledragger Klansmen take the country over. I cannot live in the ChurchWarMerica, the steamroll-the-poor nightmare, the white-makes-right stupidity these people WANT. I cannot take seriously anyone who, by subscribing to a faith-based government and economy and military, has allowed someone else to do the thinking for them.

Didn't it come out recently that Romney actually had a corporatized plan for the White House, complete with flowcharts, performance-based evals and a Six-Sigma-like management structure? What if that had come to pass?

These vile comments prove that Republicans are getting more and more willfully hateful and stupid each and every year, and this is what our vote means: keeping their kind of candidates away from power.

What kind of a set-up IS this? Are we now nothing more than babysitters for problem children brat kids who don't know any better and refuse to get smarter (thanks to corporatized media)?

Where are our Huey Longs? Where are our FDRs? Where is OUR vision of an egalitarian society and fairer economy? Does it exist only in ones and zeroes?

I expect better from politics and the people that are supposed to be seriously participating in it, and goddamnit, I'm not getting it.
Posted by HughBeaumont | Wed Jun 5, 2013, 12:04 PM (1 replies)

"Old Economy Steven" - Had to share these memes. Sad but true.


Oh and look, the one done by a wing-ding. . . . isn't spelled correctly. SHOCKED. Your meme doesn't make sense and "Wine" is something you drink, stupid. Leave the funny to us.
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