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19 March 2013 @ 11:19 pm
Hey, remember when we had a war 10 years ago and I was completely right about it all along?

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22 July 2011 @ 02:26 am
The full consequences of a default — or even the serious prospect of default — by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate. Denigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and the value of the dollar in exchange markets. The Nation can ill afford to allow such a result.

--Ronald Reagan
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26 April 2011 @ 12:05 pm
Does anyone else think Donald Trump might be doing performance art? Well, clearly he is, but I mean good-ol' fashioned trolling? The guy has supported health care and trashed Reagan before -- maybe he's deliberately trying to make the right-wing positions look as ridiculous as possible. One way or the other, keep up the show and pass the popcorn.
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20 April 2011 @ 08:50 am
16 percent of people want the debt ceiling raised. Given the utter devastation that would result if it was not raised (so bad that GOP political posturing is basically terrorism, but with way more dangerous effects than anything short of some spare nukes), some of this points to the standard lack of voter education, but it also really gets to the inherent problem with polls, no matter how carefully worded. Who the heck wants to raise the ceiling? I want to be in a world where George W. Bush didn't give away trillions of dollars for the purpose of increasing economic inequality and spend more than a trillion more on multiple foreign wars. That would do the trick. But that's not the world we have right now.

Same with the "is the country headed in the right direction?" question. Who the heck would say yes to that? Wages are down, staple prices are WAY up. I make approximately three times as much money as I thought I would ever make, and all it gets me is a nice quiet life sharing a one-bedroom, while everyone else I know is absolutely struggling to keep their head above water. But the natural inclination is to think that anyone saying "wrong direction" is really saying "The president is a socialist OMFG!"

I need to stop paying attention again. Maybe after I get some spiked leather and drive nails through a few baseball bats to prepare for the awesome post-apocalyptic landscape.
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08 April 2011 @ 08:57 am
We're about to shut down the government because a bunch of people don't want women to have access to birth control.

And Washington is calling "courageous" and "heroic" a man who has looked at the current landscape and decided that the mega-wealthy don't have nearly enough money and the sick and poor are way too alive.

My problem is that I'm a fiscal utilitarian -- I look at these issues and say "how many lives would this lengthen?" "How many lives would this shorten?" If you look at the world through that lens, tax policy is pretty much the single biggest moral issue, because a trillion dollars can lengthen or shorten a LOT of lives. For example, just one of the consequences of a recent $700 billion giveaway to the mega-rich is that we're considering suspending help for 18 million malaria patients (at a tiny fraction of that $700B).

It's a way of looking at politics that only makes sense to me, but one that will actually make you crazy with the horrors -- the same way I imagine it is for people who truly believe that there is no difference between a first-trimester fetus and a two-year-old. For instance, from a simple cost of human quality of life, the Paul Ryan budget is way, WAY more destructive than 9/11.

*Of course, I could be considered a hypocrite (like most anti-choice people who believe there is so much true murder happening but don't physically restrain the murderers), because I have such a focus on the national landscape -- I don't think it is our job to give so much aid equalize the American standard of living with the rest of the world, even though that, done right, would be the best solution for the overall extension and improvement of human life.

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07 February 2009 @ 10:00 am
Latest changes made by the "moderate bloc" to the stimulus bill:


Total Reductions: $80 billion


Head Start, Education for the Disadvantaged, School improvement, Child Nutrition, Firefighters, Transportation Security Administration, Coast Guard, Prisons, COPS Hiring, Violence Against Women, NASA, NSF, Western Area Power Administration, CDC, Food Stamps



Public Transit $3.4 billion, School Construction $60 billion



Defense operations and procurement, STAG Grants, Brownfields, Additional transportation funding


FOOD STAMPS, pretty much the most stimulative form of government spending (it's quick, and virtually all the money enters the economic system instead of sitting under a mattress) gets cut but DEFENSE, which has its own $600 billion bill, gets added?

These people are pretty much pressing for a dystopia. It heightens the contradictions, after all. Dystopias build character. They separate the men from the boys … or the men with connections from the other men, even better.
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17 December 2007 @ 10:17 pm
Does anyone remember this?. Five years … jeez. I'm not the same person now. Probably a good thing, but let's face it -- misery is kind of exciting. Satisfaction is boring.
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17 December 2007 @ 10:08 pm
So … the Russians own LJ now? How did I miss this?
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24 October 2007 @ 10:07 am
What the hell?
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16 October 2007 @ 09:44 am
Marty Peretz, you are a racist jackass. The cops have already ruled out your paranoid fantasies, so going ahead with them at this point exposes your political and racial agenda. Remember when TNR was worth anything at all? OK, it requires a selective memory, but you could piece together some good issues.

It's been a real wake-up call in the past week -- not the event as much, but reading blog comments about it. Racism … not prejudice, not systemic racism, but real, pervasive racism that twists one's soul … is all over the place.