Early in the morning, the day after Americans awarded him four more years in the White House, President Obama gave his acceptance speech then sought détente immediately by calling GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Johnny and Mitch rebuffed him. They were asleep, Barack Obama was informed. They would not be roused to speak to the likes of the President of the United States.
Then, the day after Americans voted to reject Mitt Romney’s plan to reduce the deficit on the back of the middle class, Johnny and Mitch insisted that Congress must reduce the deficit on the back of the middle class. Johnny and Mitch need to wake up to the new reality.
Ding, dang, dong. Republicans lost. They lost the Presidency. They lost seats in both the House and the Senate. The American people smacked Republicans down and trounced the GOP’s darling Tea Party. Losers don’t disrespect the victors. And, Johnny and Mitch, just FYI, losers don’t dictate the terms of armistice. The victor in the 2012 Presidential election ran on a pledge not to renew those expiring Bush tax cuts for the rich. American voters validated those terms.” —
Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers, in Wake Up, Boehner. Morning Bells Are Ringing: The Dems Won - In These Times (via tartantambourine)
Let me quickly explain how a representative democracy works. People vote for who they want to represent their interests, opinions and beliefs, and those representatives faithfully represent those interests, opinions and beleifs. Just because a particular party got less votes than the other does not mean that they are required to abandon their positions and the people that voted for them.
The Republicans won the house of congress by a decisive margin after Obama was elected but no one expected the Demoncrats in the congress or Obama to abondon those who voted for them.
STEPHEN COLBERT, remarking on Paul Ryan’s inability to explain Romney’s tax plan because “it would take me too long to go through all the math,” on The Colbert Report (via inothernews)
Actually the concept is so simple that even a liberals used to be able to understand it.
“Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity and so raise the levels of personal and corporate income as to yield within a few years an increased – not a reduced – flow of revenues to the federal government.”
– John F. Kennedy, Jan. 17, 1963, annual budget message to the Congress, fiscal year 1964
The amount of money collected in taxes is not fixed. People react to changes in taxation.
If you raise taxes then many people and companies will simply invest their money in other countries where the taxes are not as high. If taxes get high enough the rich people will leave the country altogether taking their money and jobs with them. This causes government revenues to fall.
The inverse is also true. If you lower taxes companies and individuals will set up shop in your country, bringing their jobs with them. This increases government revenues.
The logic that people like JK miss is that universal health care, education, roads bridges and other factors that may have contributed to their success, are available to everyone. Once you take out these common factors, all success of the individual is down to the abilities of that person.
The English people provided education for everyone. But Rowling was the only person that built a billion dollar empire out of it.
Likewise paper, pens and word processing tools are available to everyone. But only one person wrote a best selling story about an orphaned wizard.
It’s because prices of many things have also fallen. Computers, mobile phones, televisions etc etc. What was an exorbitant luxury yesteryear is commonplace today.
If that frustrates you, it should—because their work isn’t finished.
See, when they skipped town, Members of Congress left a whole bunch of proposals sitting on the table—actions that would create jobs, boost our economy, and strengthen middle-class security. These ideas have been around for months. The American people want to see them passed. But apparently, some Members of Congress are more worried about their jobs and their paychecks this campaign season than they are about yours.” —
Obama talking about someone else not doing their job is HYSTERICAL!
Hey, when you start actually doing YOUR job, then we can talk about your issues with Congress.
Until then, your opinion is worthless.
Shut up proudgayconservative. Everyone knows that congressmen should spend every second of their time in congress. Heaven forbid they should actually visit their electorates and remain in touch with the people whose interests they were elected to represent…
The reason for my silence on 9/11 is that I am not only Muslim. I am also American. I am also white. I am male and heterosexual. However, I am not asked, as an American, to reflect on the yearly anniversary of our atomic bombs falling upon Japan, or our countless military interventions throughout the world. There is no date on the calendar for me, as a white person, to demonstrate that I have properly reflected on slavery and the generations of inequality and naked white sadism between the slave era and our own unjust present; we could potentially have such a day, but often turn it into shallow self-congratulation. As a white person, I am not asked to consider the wanton murders of young black men by white cops or white civilians, or the white terrorism of shootings in gurudwaras, as directly relevant to my identity. Nor do I have a designated anniversary for reflection, as a straight man, on the horrifying statistics of rape or the ways in which heterosexism makes this country unsafe for so many.
As a Muslim, however, people do expect me to show evidence of my soul-searching over a single event, and I am regularly instructed by popular media to imagine 9/11 as a cancer within my own self. Journalists ask me about Islam’s “crisis” as though it’s a private demon with whom I must personally wrestle every day; meanwhile, my whiteness remains untouched and unchallenged by the decade of hate crimes that have followed 9/11. Journalists don’t often ask whether “white tradition” can be reconciled to modern ideals of equality and pluralism, or whether the “straight male community” is capable of living peacefully in America. When it comes to my participation in America, my whiteness and maleness are far more likely than my Islam to wound others, and thus perhaps more urgently in need of “reform” or “enlightenment” or whatever you say that Islam needs. Again, this is only if numbers matter.” —
Actually I remember many times as a child being not just asked but made to feel guilty for my whiteness.
Every year on the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings our primary school Japanese teacher who read us descriptions and show us pictures of the horrors committed by the Americans and the allied forces. A captive audience of 8 year olds looked at the images with wide eyes filled with and felt a tremendous feeling of guilt at the actions of our ancestors. Despite the fact that we were Australian not American, and had nothing to do with the nuclear bombs except the having same skin colour as those who did.
I also remember when we were made to watch the kidnapping scenes from Rabbit Proof Fence (and only these disturbing scenes) in an apparent effort to make us fully understand the brutality and cruelty of our ancestors. A captive audience of 11 year olds watched the scenes in stunned horror, many reduced to tears, all feeling guilty for the policies of a government we did not vote for. Despite the fact that we were Australian not American, and had nothing to do with the kidnappings of the stolen generations except having the same skin colour as those who did.
There is also a movement in Australia to rebrand Australia Day “Invasion Day” in an effort to make us all reflect on, atone for, and feel guilty about the racist policies and atrocities committed by our ancestors when they settled Australia. This is despite the fact that we are a nation of immigrants who have little to do with the atrocities except having the same skin colour as those who did.
We have entire privately and publically funded university faculties with the explicit purpose of advancing the thesis that if you are white you share the guilt of all past a present racism, if you are male you share the guilt for all past and present sexism and if you are heterosexual you share the blame for all the past present homophobia committed by people with the same skin colour, gender and/or sexual orientation as you.
I am constantly told to question my skin tone that and reflect on how “my whiteness and maleness are far more likely than Islam to wound others.” Told to question not actions, my faith, or my ideology, but the very physical and unchangeable nature of my body. If I am guilty of all past these things because of the colour of my skin, it is not unreasonable to ask Muslims to reflect on the current nature, interpretation and expression of their faith in many parts of the world. It is not unreasonable to expect members a of peace to condemn those who claim to commit violence in the service of the religion they share, instead of organising protests against the video that the violence was in retaliation to.
Because despite being offended by the passage by the OP I am not going to storm his embassy and kill his ambassador. Nor am I going to give a child a sign that read “behead all those who make me feel bad about my skin tone.”
did you kno that 10 million pounds of maple syrup was stolen from quebec
10 million pounds
1/3 of the government’s reserve
like. how do you even steal 10 million pounds of maple syrup. where do you hide it. what would you even do with it
why does the canadian government have a maple syrup reserve
More importantly…why do we care?
Wrong. The main determinant of childrens performance in school is the parents attitude to education and the extent to which the instill this in their children. This is true all around the world from America to China to England. If the parent/s value education and really push their children to learn and study, work hard and succeed then their children generally perform well.
Socioeconomic status is correlated with performance it is not the underlying cause. The correlation is due to the fact that individuals that studied and worked hard will generally end up in a higher socio-economic bracket AND generally instill this attitude in their children.