Do you think every president goes through a awkward first few weeks in office when they’re not sure when’s the right time to ask if aliens are real or not?
During my first day in office, I’d be reading all the classified documents about JFK’s assassination. Just to make sure.
— Deepak Bhargava, Executive Director for the Center for Community Change
…The “discussion draft” submitted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to the House Budget Committee on potential solutions to poverty in America includes the proposal that low-income Americans would have to sign “contracts” in order to remain eligible for social safety net benefits, such as food stamps, or SNAP. The contract would include: benchmarks, such as finding a job, enrolling in employment training, or even meeting “new acquaintances outside circle of poverty”; a “timeline” in which individuals are contractually-obligated to meet those benchmarks; bonuses for meeting benchmarks early; and “sanctions for breaking the terms of the contract”:
I’m sure giving the impoverished even more paperwork to deal with will help them not be poor anymore. As with almost all libertarians, Paul Ryan is secretly a major fan of big government—as long as it’s used to crush people other than him.
It’s funny that Ryan is so hellbent on ‘reforming’ entitlements like Social Security. It seemed to work fine for him. You all remember that he paid for college using Social Security survivor benefits, right?
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Democratic constituencies like young people, minorities, and women tend not turn out for midterm elections. But every election is important—remember that the Republicans are poised to gain a majority in the Senate this year.
If you think the past few years have been bad, just imagine the kind of fuckery they will enact when they control 2 out of 3 branches of government as well as many state governments.
If you can vote this November, please do.
I know I’m posing this twice, but just was wondering when a company is going to sue on the premise that men getting vasectomies is against the corporation’s belief that God wants us to be fruitful and multiply?
Or that Viagra causes men to have impure thoughts and may aid them in sinful behavior like adultery.
"Let America Be America Again". I like this stanza that comes toward the end of the poem:
I say it plain, America never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath— America will be!
The dispossessed and marginalized must “take back our land” and “make America again”. The founding of the U.S. is not some distant event in the past, but is something that must happen again and again, with new founders each time.
If these font sizes don’t speak to the relative value of Palestinian life, I don’t know what does.
Not just the font—after all, “Hamas militants step up attacks”? Yeah, that’s not really the problem. Note, as well, that they never say Palestinians are killed, just the death toll itself.
They’re just trying to be fair and balanced. Everyone knows 1 Israeli life = over 165 Palestinian lives.
The U.S. government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years, according to numbers divulged by the government in a civil lawsuit.
About 99 percent of the names submitted are accepted, leading to criticism that the government is “wildly loose” in its use of the list.
There’s no public, official way of challenging your status or getting yourself off of this list. The government is trying to have this civil suit dismissed because they claim it will expose state secrets if it proceeds.
Gadeir Abbas, who is representing the plaintiff in this case, said in response to the disclosure,
"There aren’t 1 million people who are known or suspected terrorists," Abbas said after the hearing. "This suggests the standard the government is applying is wildly loose."
To put this number in perspective, the population of Philadelphia—the fifth largest U.S. city—is roughly 1.5 million. And those are just the people who have been added to this secret list in the last five years. If there are that many known or suspected terrorists running around, then I reckon we should have been experiencing terrorist attacks on a near-daily basis.
Charles Pierce on how Republicans are treating the very election of a Democratic president as a crime.
They wanted to impeach Clinton well before the Lewinsky scandal happened. They wanted to impeach Obama before he was even inaugurated. Hillary hasn’t even announced her presidency yet, but I’ll bet you there’s a cabal of conservatives out there brainistorming ‘crimes’ they can impeach her for.
Matt Bruenig on the brilliant ways Gaines-Turner, a woman who testfieid about her experiences with poverty at a congressional hearing, responded to Republican assholery. Democratic leadership could learn a thing or two from her!
To be fair though, outsmarting a congressional Republican is probably easy compared to the rigors of dealing with poverty on a daily basis.