September 19th, 2012

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Makers and Takers

Mary Matalin: There are makers and takers, there are producers and there are parasites. Americans can distinguish between those who have produced and paid in through no fault of their own and because of Obama's horrible polices who cannot get a job or are underemployed. That's what the campaign is about.

This is Mary Matalin speaking in defense of Mitt Romney’s recently aired “off the cuff” remarks in which he denounced 47% of Americans as people “dependent upon government…who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

Commentators are putting a lot of focus on the casual contempt running through Romney’s comments. They’re missing the true ugliness -- which is Romney’s derision for the notion that human beings are entitled to food when they are hungry and medical care when they are sick or injured.

That’s where the hatred of the rich and powerful for the poor and powerless becomes not just unseemly, but dangerous. And Mary Matalin’s crack about “parasites” bolsters the sense that, as far as the right wing is concerned, the lives of the poor are just not worth saving.

God help you if someone like Matalin and Romney decide you or your kids qualify as a “parasites.”

You’re hungry? Starve. You’re sick? Die.

What makes you think you’re entitled even to what sustains life?

Crossposted from Thoughtcrimes
in the dark

Hear that Trickle? No ? Neither did I.

It is astounding to me that the highest marginal tax rates are at a 65 year low and the "right" still claims they are too high... even funnier when one considers that we are engaged in several military conflicts and running record deficits. Funny how you run up debt when you drop your rates of income.

Oh what's that? The Congressional Research Service is now also reporting in a non-partisan study that the statistics do not support this concept that lower tax rates on the wealthy and businesses spur growth. Oh what? While our tax code is (supposedly) so high, few businesses pay at that rate, and most pay some of the lowest rates ever. Any company paying the higher, full tax rate should fire their accountant.

Trickle Down doesn't work. It never has.

So - your thoughts?

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Son of Man

Straws and the backs of camels

Australian Senator, Cory Bernardi, today resigned from his position as Parliamentary Secretary to the Opposition Leader for comments he made last night in the Senate and then repeated this morning on national radio.

The comments were:

<blockquote>There are even some creepy people out there . . . who say that it is OK to have consensual sexual relations between humans and animals . . . will that be a future step [if we legislate to permit marriage equality]</blockquote>

Bernardi is notorious for inflammatory comments.  Last year, he made comments in support of xenophobic Dutch politician, Geert Wilders.

Treasurer Wayne Swan called Bernardi's comments 'disgraceful' and then proceeded to vote against the legislation.

In short, xenophobic comments about Muslims aren't enough to warrant a reprimand, but homophobia is only unacceptable when it comes to comparisons with bestiality?