Monday, March 4, 2013

Wealth Inequality in the U.S.

If you missed this video, it's worth a few minutes of your time.  Remember that the Republican Party serves as the sponsors and enablers of the richest Americans.  Remember that the so-called Sequester is kicking in because the Republicans in Congress believe that the burden of erasing our nation's debt should fall on those who are the least among us.  God forbid that the wealthy should have to give up a little scrap of their largesse!

What is amazing is that many of our wealthiest citizens and a goodly number of Republicans in Congress claim to be Christians yet fail to see the dichotomy between their religious confession and their actions.  I know many of them proudly confess "Jesus as their Lord," completely oblivious to the fact that Jesus did not give a whit about money and said quite clearly that the rich will never, ever, make it into the Kingdom of Heaven! 

Video produced by Politizane.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hunger in America

Something's Always Wrong

By Toad the Wet Sprocket

Welcome to our Self-Made Crisis Period, number the fifth in the last six months. I'm well past outrage fatigue. I'm just done with these buffoons in DC. I'm done with David Brooks and John McCain being interviewed about the sequester but not one economist.

I'm tired of privileged white men like Scalia denigrating voters' rights as a racial entitlement. I'm tired of climate change being the single most pressing issue in the entire world, and yet the New York Times declares its Green Blog defunct. I'm tired of good liberal bloggers like Steve Gilliard losing his life because he couldn't afford health insurance and Josh Trevino got paid $400,000 to pimp Malaysian politics AND got published in HuffPo (maybe it's time to start looking at newsman Bob Woodward's extra income).

I'm tired of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner lying about the spending cuts that have already happened and demanding that those who can afford it the least largely bear the burden of their terrible administration. I'm sick of living in a post-fact America where no media outlet assumes the responsibility of informing their audience and keeps playing the "both sides do it" card.

I'll say this until I'm blue in the face: WE HAVE THE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS FACING US. But our elected representatives are operating with a completely different agenda, and that's to carry us to the next Self-Made Crisis Period. I'm not being overly morose, really I'm not. I'm just done with this stupidity. I think it's time for us to get rid of the petulant brats and get some adults at the table.

(The above from Crooks & Liars, here.)