On Virtually Speaking Sundays, RJ Eskow and Dave Johnson talked about fiscal cliff scare talk, shock doctrine scripting, social security and medicare. Here's RJ at his usual spot saying, "Wall Street Finds a 'Third Way' to Plunder Our Wealth." (And he recommends this audio clip of Alex Lawson of Social Security Works arguing with some Third Way putz. Worth a listen.)
And while we're on that subject, The Giant Lie Trotted Out by Fiscal Conservatives Trying to Shred Social Security provides a good break-down. (via) (Can't say I'm thrilled with the re-titling where it's reprinted at Salon as "GOP's big Social Security lie", since Centrist Democrats have worked hard to catapult the same lie.)
350 economists say "Jobs and Growth, Not Austerity [...] The budget hawks have the sequence backwards. Public outlay for jobs and recovery come first, growth is restored, and revenues follow. Budget cuts in a deep slump lead only to a deeper slump." (via)
Is the Occupy Jubilee a bad strategy? Yves says so, and she's usually right.
Did you know there was a Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus? I think it's supposed to be a secret!
It's an interesting religious question about how Rush Limbaugh's fans perceive getting goodies from government, except that I'm not sure it's fair to pretend this is a particular partisan thing, either. After all, the Democratic leadership also seems to think it's appropriate to steal our tax money (and Social Security money) and give it to their rich friends instead of the rest of us.
The Missing Living Wage Agenda - Some things we really have to do. Oh, and, "Fifty-eight percent of U.S. workers say they would like to be represented by a union, but only 11.8 percent actually are."
I think it's fair to say that progblogs that devote a lot of pixels to foreign policy or military issues are being strangely silent on this one, but I'm not entirely sure that this particular criticism is fair. A lot of liberals have watched whole communities fall apart in the past in arguments over Israel's policies and America's support for them, have been subjected to extremely abusive attacks from former supporters and friends, and have learned to be pretty gun-shy when it comes to raising the subject at all. Some no doubt have stayed away for that reason, but the terrain has changed a lot in the last ten years and we shouldn't be so shy about it anymore. We all know that Israel started electing terrorists to leadership and that their policies toward their neighbors have been increasingly belligerent and murderous, and we know that they are encouraged by right-wing Rapture fanciers with big money lobbies and by administration policy. We know that Congress voted unanimously to support the recent outrage even though most Americans are opposed to these kinds of policies. (To the few who are left: Don't pretend this is Israel defending itself. Israel has been attacking Gaza all along, and a tiny number of occasional, ineffective missiles in retaliation do not justify this kind of operation.) And while it's true that tribalism and partisanship make it hard for some bloggers* to overtly criticize policies by Democrats, or to acknowledge the bipartisan nature of the leadership consensus of evil, the fact is that a lot of us know that nothing can change if we don't do something about the deteriorating domestic situation and whatever we can to restore some semblance of democracy.
In related news:
"My son Mohammed refuses to eat. He follows me everywhere because he's so scared and asks me every 10 minutes when we're going to die."
Watch this clip of an Israeli government spokesman trying to defend an attack on journalists to an interviewer who isn't falling for it.
Chris Floyd has the same complaint about liberal bloggers, but it's worth reading this article anyway to get more background on what's happening politically. (Also: If you are still writing about Sarah Palin at this late date, you're a jackass. You shouldn't even be writing about Romney - the election is over and he's done.)
Thom Hartmann on What Greedy US Retailers Don't Want You To Know...
Macy's and other CEOs are lobbying Congress to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits and other important economic security programs, all to get themselves and their companies massive tax breaks.
Speaking of jackasses, Thomas Friedman Department, I don't think I could have competed in a contest to sum up The Grenade of Understanding.
The New York Times whines to Twitter, and Twitter suspends a critic's account.