Thursday, May 28, 2009

THE GOP and their bullshit health care plan


It never ceases to amaze me that the Republican GOP is back with the same bullshit tax credit plan which supposedly is to take away the tax deductions currently given to employer’s who pay towards their employees’ health care insurance and replace it was a tax credit for individuals and families to help them buy their own insurance. Yep, that's pretty much it. It turns out that Republicans don’t want to fix health care , they want use taxpayer money to subsidize the continuation of the same broken down system we’ve already got.

The good news is that the Republican proposal is very easy to understand because there isn’t much there. The bad news is that it does absolutely nothing to reform or improve American health care or to reduce the rising costs that threaten to choke the nation’s economy.

As the writer concludes:

People of all political persuasions have an equally hard time paying for health coverage just as people of all political persuasions have problems dealing with misbehaving insurance companies. A middle-income, right leaning evangelical is no better off than a middle- income, left leaning college professor. Ryan and company have, in the service of their special interest masters, given the finger to all Americans, including those who think they support the GOP platform.

To Rep. Ryan I have but one question - Are you prepared to give up your own federal government, employer provided, “best in the nation” health insurance plan in exchange for a tax credit? As your employer, I think I have the right to know the answer to this question. Because I cannot imagine that you and your friends actually believe that that you can stick us with a deteriorating health care option while you continue to collect your free of charge and incredibly generous health care benefits.

Or could you?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER


CA COURT RULES 18,000 SAME-SEX MARRIAGES STILL LEGAL BUT ALSO UPHELD PROPOSITION 8. What the fuck?

To all gay folk here in California, I know many of you are angry. I can see the rage and discust in many of your posts on Facebook. So am I. But let's not lose sight of what we are fighting for. It is NOT over. We will overcome.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Teenage Pregnancy Video

A video like this would never be aired in the United States. But if it did, it would definitely be a strong deterrent to young girls into getting pregnant.

THE MAN BEHIND "FREE MARKET" IDEOLOGY


From GreenTech Media:

Why don't CEOs of major corporations think about things like sustainability or take creative approaches to reducing waste and energy?

"My answer is two words: Milton Friedman," said Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface Global, a billion dollar-plus carpet manufacturer, during the question and answer session at the Sustainable Industries Economic Forum in San Francisco today. "He said business exists to make a profit, but that is so upside down. There must be a higher purpose."

Friedman was backwards is his thinking and I am glad that people like him are dying off and their ideas along with them. This man believed in "FREE MARKET WITH NO REGULATION" of any kind and that is one of many factors including taxpayer robbery, massive job losses, and wealth inequality that led to the economic collapse we are dealing with in the United States but around the world.
May he and his followers burn in hell for the damage inflicted on our fragile economy.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LAUGH AND NOT TAKE EVERYTHING TOO SERIOUSLY...


and in this case from the pic you see, I NEEDED it.

Also, never watch season 5 of Sex & The City when you're cooking. You're bound to fuck up in the mist of a laughing hysteria LOL

Friday, May 15, 2009

STAR TREK 2009


BREATHTAKING. AMAZINGLY WELL DONE. WORTH SEEING, WORTH COLLECTING.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

POWERFUL READ: The Squandering of America: How the Failure of Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity


I read a lot especially about financial policies and here's another good book that clearly states that the top 1% ruling elite class have basically fucked us all.

As Keynesianism has been surpassed by a resurgent free market ideology, many of the policies, institutions and regulations of the New Deal have been abandoned in favor of a more business-friendly orientation. Kuttner argues that these changes have further enriched the already wealthy at the expense of America's lower and middle classes, exacerbating inequality and systematically weakening the economy. The controversial American Prospect editor favors a form of soft capitalism, in which the vicissitudes of the market and the risk to which it exposes ordinary Americans are tempered by government intervention—or, as he colorfully puts it, public regulation of the market's self-cannibalizing tendencies. Bringing a wealth of historical knowledge to bear on the problems of financial regulation, Kuttner compares the causes of the Great Depression and other economic crises to behavior patterns evident in our market system today, with unfavorable conclusions.

As for Republicans' belief that the most successful in today's economy have earned their wealth, Kuttner notes that it more often is the result of abuse of power - crony boards of directors, tax-encouraged financial engineering (eg. hedge-fund managers), and others reaping the benefits of lobbyists - not "the market." (Examples of the latter: 1)Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, obtained most of his wealth through monopoly rights obtained to Mexico's telephone market through his friendship with the then President. 2)Similarly, Russia's plutocrats obtained great wealth through advantageous purchases obtained through helping then-President Boris Yeltsin. 3)CEO options (14% illegally back-dated, per one study) compensation is now about 9 times that from salaries + benefits + bonuses. 4)Other non-market facilitators of unearned wealth include lax enforcement of SEC regulations (encouraged by Congress), "independent" auditors colluding with management to rig books and ignore problems, government-arranged bailouts for investors in Mexico, Russia, Long-Term-Capital-Management, and sub-prime mortgages, and analysts serving as stock touts to bring underwriting business to their firms.)

Kuttner is not alarmed by "unfunded liabilities" associated with Medicare and Social Security. He points out that we will undoubtedly continue to spend billions/year in the future on the military, but nobody sees that as an unfunded liability. He proposes saving Medicare by expanding it to cover everyone - universal health care has lower overheads and pure Medicare costs (excluding the privatized portion) have risen slower than than the privatized portion.

On the important topic of "free trade," Kuttner is an exception to most economists, pointing out that the U.S. originally built its strong manufacturing sector behind high tariff walls, as did China, Japan, and Korea, and concluding that our manufacturing sector is now near collapse. He sees the coming devaluation as reducing out standard of living.

Finally, Kuttner sees both Republican and Democrat leaders tied to big business and continuation of the same problematic policies that enrich those at the top while undermining the remaining 80%. At the same time, too many voters fail to become informed and vote (pressures of two-income family) and are distracted by issues such as patriotism and homophobia.

The middle class today has many of the same economic vulnerabilities as the working poor: the risks of losing jobs, pensions, incomes and health insurance; rising costs of college tuition and home ownership relative to income. With the middle class increasingly subject to economic vulnerabilities that used to be limited to the working poor, a class politics championing the bottom 80 or 90 percent is just what is needed." Now the elites in this country would have us all believe that these declining living standards are all our fault. I think most of us instinctively know better. The fact of the matter is that the deck has been stacked against most working Americans by unfair trade agreements as well as egregious financial speculation. The decline of living standards for most working Americans has been a slow but painful process that shows no signs of abating any time soon. If we are to reverse this situation it is up to the American people to educate themselves about these issues and demand change.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

R.I.P. Dom DeLuise (1933-2009)


Dominic DeLuise was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 1, 1933. In the 1960s he had bit parts in a handful of movies, including "Fail Safe" (1964), but became well known as a regular on "The Entertainers" and a Dean Martin variety show. He had his own summer replacement show in 1968 and was a regular on Glen Campbell's "Goodtime Hour" in 1971-72. He spiced up such movies as "Blazing Saddles," "Silent Movie" and "The Cannonball Run" with his manic delivery and roly-poly persona, has died, his son's publicist told CNN.

DeLuise had three sons -- Peter, Michael and David -- who all became actors.


Thanks for the laughter Mr. DeLuise. I watched your films over the years and your son Peter along with Johnny Depp were on one of my favorite shows called "21 Jump Street" on TV on a then a fledgling network called FOX. You will be missed.

Mi gente

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