After June’s $70 billion budget surplus, you’d think that the right would be ecstatic that the deficit has been reduced so much.
YOU WOULD THINK. From the article: “the CBO says the entire deficit for 2014 will “only” be $492 billion. That’s down from the over the $1.4 trillion deficitBush left when Obama took office in 2009.”
I think it’s time for us to collectively admit that Obama could reduce the deficit by two thirds, set new record highs for the Dow and the S&P, and facilitate 52 straight months of job growth (to the tune of nearly 10 million private-sector jobs) and Republicans STILL wouldn’t be happy.
And we know that, because he did all of those things, and they still aren’t happy.
Yeah, conservatives do the right thing for once and then get pissy when a democratic president enforces it.
They have fallen so deep into the hole of obstruction that they themselves have dug that they have no other alternative but to keep it up, even if it destroys the country.
An FYI, since I wasn’t familiar with this law: Bill Clinton signed the first version of this law in 2000, and W. reauthorized it three times during his presidency. Obama reauthorized it once, more than a year ago.
So, yes. Conservatives are mad Obama is following the law. Conservatives are mad Obama is doing anything. Conservatives are mad because Obama.
Anyone who thinks the migrant children escaping the drug war that we created should be deported or treated like criminal elements is a monster. These are children. Fuck, people, even Glenn Beck wants us to treat them with love and dignity. Even if the U.S. government weren’t required to immediately resettle undocumented children, we have obligations as human beings to help these children.
Just, fuck anyone who has any objection to these children. Fuck each and every one of them.
Okay guys, I’m going to get serious for a minute.
If you’re not in Ireland at the moment, you may not know about the situation regarding the laws on abortion. It is completely illegal, even in cases of rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormality, and other such things.
Women have died in this country because inability to have an abortion put strain on their health. A woman who wasn’t even Irish begged for an abortion because her child was about to die in the womb. The complications arising from her case resulted in her contracting septicaemia, organ failure, and tragically dying.
In 1992, the X Case took place, involving a 14-year-old girl, knowns only as x, who became pregnant after being raped. Instead of offering help to the girl, who because suicidal, they prevented her from travelling out of the country for an abortion.
Any Irish woman* who needs an abortion has to travel to the UK, which means if you don’t have the money, you’re out of luck. What does the Irish Government have to say about this?
Well, recently the UN confronted the Government about our abortion laws, pointing out that we were breaking Human Rights laws, and that the Government treated Irish women* like vessels.
Joan Burton, the Tánaiste, said that there will be no referendum on abortion in this Government’s lifetime. They’re literally saying that they don’t care enough to rectify Human Rights breaches.
I am NOT a vessel, and neither are you. Make your voice heard. Come to the March for Choice on the 27th of September in Dublin.
Never give up, never stay quiet.
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
this is so interesting
Yeah, so, this guy isn’t an actual Democratic candidate. He said he was running for office as a Democrat so that Fox News would have him on. Apparently he is grifting for campaign donations and has not filled out any actual campaign forms or been active in the Democratic party in any way.
But nice try, Libertarians and Republicans! As always, I appreciate your stalwart efforts to make yourselves look like assholes because you can’t be bothered to Google something. I realize it must be difficult to detect a fake when your own party really does shit like this.
(PS - If you want a real treat, read through the OUTRAGED!!11 notes and reblogs from the right-wingers on this post. “I’m sickened!” “This is disgusting!” “So much for being pro-women!” LOLLLLLLLLL it’s a faaaaaaaaaaake)
You forgot “hold holiday food drives for your own employees”
broke a couple of sticks of chalk on this one
im bout to break a lot more than chalk.
When our donors met the actual people they were helping they often didn’t like them. During our Secret Santa drive, volunteers sometimes refused to drop gifts at houses with TVs inside. They got angry when clients had cell phones or in some other way didn’t match their expectations. Other times, the donations we got were too disgusting to pass along—soup cans that bulged with botulism and diapers so dry rotted they crumbled in our hands. One Thanksgiving, a board member called from the parking lot, requesting help carrying a frozen turkey from her trunk to our office. “Can you find a deserving family?” she asked. I lugged the bird up three flights of stairs. Somewhere near the top, I noticed the expiration date. It was seventeen years old.
This is really good. Read it when you get a chance.
This is a great read. She talks about how she felt like fighting with government agencies to get people the services they deserved was both Sisyphean and soul-crushing. Another salient point:
“I’ve heard it argued that non-profits function as a sort of safety valve, releasing just enough steam so that instead of organizing for systemic change, people compete for assistance. For the professional service workers who encounter and, at times, exacerbate social disparity, something happens internally. During my year at Hudson Outreach I grew mean. My friends were struggling through their first years out of college. Some had difficult break ups, some fell in love. I stopped caring. My emotional range contracted, and I vacillated between bitterness and outrage. I obsessed about families I barely knew and reported the horrifying details of welfare cases to my friends. My hatred for Social Services kept me up at night. I skipped parties and avoided phone calls. In the hours after work when I was too drained to socialize, I’d sit in my attic room, listening to music and sewing small squares of fabric into larger squares. That spring, I finished a quilt.”