The Daily Whim

The Daily Whim

Wed. Nov 14, 2012

Embarrassed by Georgia Secessionists & Bandwagon Patriots

Well, it’s been one week since the election, and some people are handling it better than others. Some are calling old friends idiots and saying “please unfriend me now.”

Some are literally running down their spouse:

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“Our nation, while we have been fighting two wars, has basically sacrificed by having two massive tax cuts and an unfunded prescription drug bill. That’s the sacrifice we’ve made here at home. And I think that’s a serious problem for a democracy.”Sam Nunn

Public discussion of the Wall Street protests has focused on the movement’s indictment of the economic elite, but Occupy Wall Street marks an equally profound critique of the country’s political system. As the weeks tick by, the protests at Zuccotti Park and across the nation are driving home this profound realization: this is a fight that can’t be won by voting. The crisis that most fundamentally shapes our lives cannot be solved through the legislative process. This is not because the agenda is unpopular—54 percent of Americans support OWS, with only 23 percent opposed—but because the system is corrupted beyond repair.

I went to Washington in 2009 because, like many others, I believed the moment was finally ripe to make progressive changes for working people. But I discovered what we all kind of knew beforehand: if the Republicans are cheerleaders for the 1 percent, most Democrats are quiet collaborationists. I met some very dedicated and hard-working people in Congress. But ultimately the Democrats are too beholden to big money. In last year’s Congressional elections, more than two-thirds of all campaign contributions came from one-quarter of 1 percent of the population. Even Democratic candidates got ten times as much money from corporations as they did from labor unions. There is simply no chance that the little people will triumph over big business in this process.Gordon Lafer

I AM NOT MOVING - Occupy Wall Street

If you’ve been wondering what this whole “Occupy Wall Street” movement is about, this short movie does a decent job of visually spelling it out. Often using our leader’s own words.

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP all sitting members of congress are ineligible for reelection.” Warren Buffet

Thu. May 26, 2011

Medicare: Last Hired, First Fired

Kevin Drum asks “Why Not Let the Dead Pay for Medicare?” The plan he suggests would set Republicans to screaming “death tax!”

But if the idea is to offer a way to cut Medicare costs without going to the extreme of Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare as we know it, well, I can play, too (note, Ryan’s plan died in the Senate)

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