Friday, March 22, 2013

RNC: Voters see GOP as ‘scary’ and ‘out of touch' Maggie Haberman


www.politico.com

The Republican National Committee concedes in a sprawling report Monday that the GOP seen as the party of “stuffy old men” and needs to change its ways. Among the RNC’s proposed fixes: enacting comprehensive immigration reform, addressing middle-class economic anxieties head on and..

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ahmadinejad in hot water at home over ‘scandalous’ photo with Hugo Chavez’s mother


His sin unfortunately for him captured in a photograph transpired when he came cheek to cheek with a grieving Elena Frias, the mother of the late president, while clasping her hands. More: http://nbcnews.to/15Izoph

In a sign that Hugo Chávez has indeed made headlines in corners of the world we never thought we’d be in, get this: there is a growing controversy in Iran over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s embrace of doña Elena Frías de Chávez at Chávez’s funeral.

The BBC reports on this bizarre story. Apparently, Ahmadinejad consoling Mrs. Chávez who, let it be known, is 78 years old is a big no-no in Muslim countr...ies, so much so that the Iranian government quickly did a hack Photoshop job showing Ahmadinejad embracing … José Antonio Abreu? Dr. Evil? Mohammed El-Baradei?

As we snicker at the thought of the grieving Mrs. Chávez being Iran’s answer to Monica Lewinsky, one is left wondering: what the heck? How could Hugo Chávez’s foreign policy antics have plunged us into these sorts of stories? How has our country come to this?

Ahmadinejad in hot water at home over ‘scandalous’ photo with Hugo Chavez’s mother

His sin unfortunately for him for him captured in a photograph transpired when he came cheek to cheek with a grieving Elena Frias, the mother of the late president, while clasping her hands. More: http://nbcnews.to/15Izoph

Paul Ryan's latest budget is so unrealistic, even a Fox News host isn't buying it. http://bit.ly/YUM5dh

Weigh in with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (in 140 characters or less) and we might share it on The Ed Show!

The Chicago economics or the neoliberalism trend, as it is known outside the

English language countries, could be practiced in Chile only under the

sponsorship of the military violence and terror. Chicago (Al Capone and Milton Friedman)

This remarkable space wallpaper shows the thousand-year-old remnant of the brilliant SN 1006 supernova, as seen in radio (red), X-ray (blue) and visible light (yellow). http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2v9g

This stunning image shows the spiral galaxy M 106 and combines information captured by amateur astronomers Robert Gendler and Jay GaBany with data from the Hubble Space Telescope. Available as a wallpaper download: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2v96

The Roman Catholic church is the world’s oldest multinational. It is also, by many measures, its most successful. But as the cardinals gather in Rome to elect a new boss the church is in turmoil. The problems tearing it apart require sweeping structural reform of the sort that only a great leader can deliver http://econ.st/WOYwEV

to enlighten it and to enable it Yes ! This first Comforter or Holy Ghost has no other effect than pure intelligence and now we need a liberal progressive Pope from Latin America. The HG enlightens the intelligence and leads the Christian people. The Holy Spirit enlightens a person; my intelligence needs the light of the Holy Spirit to know the truths of the mystery of God through faith. Respecting the covenants we have made with God the HS qualifies us to receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost, who enlightens our intelligence

Yes ! This first Comforter or Holy Ghost has no other effect than pure intelligence and now we need a liberal progressive Pope from Latin America. The HG enlightens the intelligence and leads the Christian people. The Holy Spirit enlightens a person; my intelligence needs the light of the Holy Spirit to know the truths of the mystery of God through faith. Respecting the covenants we have made with God the HS qualifies us to receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost, who enlightens our intelligence

A man ahead of his time.

Ahmadinejad in hot water at home over ‘scandalous’ photo with Hugo Chavez’s mother

His sin unfortunately for him captured in a photograph transpired when he came cheek to cheek with a grieving Elena Frias, the mother of the late president, while clasping her hands. More: http://nbcnews.to/15Izoph

In a sign that Hugo Chávez has indeed made headlines in corners of the world we never thought we’d be in, get this: there is a growing controversy in Iran over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s embrace of doña Elena Frías de Chávez at Chávez’s funeral.

The BBC reports on this bizarre story. Apparently, Ahmadinejad consoling Mrs. Chávez – who, let it be known, is 78 years old – is a big no-no in Muslim countr...ies, so much so that the Iranian government quickly did a hack Photoshop job showing Ahmadinejad embracing … José Antonio Abreu? Dr. Evil? Mohammed El-Baradei?

As we snicker at the thought of the grieving Mrs. Chávez being Iran’s answer to Monica Lewinsky, one is left wondering: what the heck? How could Hugo Chávez’s foreign policy antics have plunged us into these sorts of stories? How has our country come to this?

Ahmadinejad in hot water at home over ‘scandalous’ photo with Hugo Chavez’s mother

His sin — unfortunately for him captured in a photograph — transpired when he came cheek to cheek with a grieving Elena Frias, the mother of the late president, while clasping her hands. More: http://nbcnews.to/15Izoph

Paul Ryan's latest budget is so unrealistic, even a Fox News host isn't buying it. http://bit.ly/YUM5dh

Weigh in with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (in 140 characters or less) and we might share it on The Ed Show!

The Chicago economics or the neoliberalism trend, as it is known outside the

English language countries, could be practiced in Chile only under the

sponsorship of the military violence and terror. Chicago (Al Capone and Milton Friedman)

This remarkable space wallpaper shows the thousand-year-old remnant of the brilliant SN 1006 supernova, as seen in radio (red), X-ray (blue) and visible light (yellow). http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2v9g

This stunning image shows the spiral galaxy M 106 and combines information captured by amateur astronomers Robert Gendler and Jay GaBany with data from the Hubble Space Telescope. Available as a wallpaper download: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/2v96

The Roman Catholic church is the world’s oldest multinational. It is also, by many measures, its most successful. But as the cardinals gather in Rome to elect a new boss the church is in turmoil. The problems tearing it apart require sweeping structural reform of the sort that only a great leader can deliver http://econ.st/WOYwEV

to enlighten it and to enable it Yes ! This first Comforter or Holy Ghost has no other effect than pure intelligence and now we need a liberal progressive Pope from Latin America. The HG enlightens the intelligence and leads the Christian people. The Holy Spirit enlightens a person; my intelligence needs the light of the Holy Spirit to know the truths of the mystery of God through faith. Respecting the covenants we have made with God the HS qualifies us to receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost, who enlightens our intelligence

Yes ! This first Comforter or Holy Ghost has no other effect than pure intelligence and now we need a liberal progressive Pope from Latin America. The HG enlightens the intelligence and leads the Christian people. The Holy Spirit enlightens a person; my intelligence needs the light of the Holy Spirit to know the truths of the mystery of God through faith. Respecting the covenants we have made with God the HS qualifies us to receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost, who enlightens our intelligence

A man ahead of his time.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bush spent 2 trillion dollars to arrest Saddan but he didnt have WMD an army and never attcked the US thatswhy we don't have enough money for medical research


Video: As Venezuelans react to the death of their president, Hugo Chávez, our correspondents discuss the impact of his legacy and consider the fate of his preferred successor http://econ.st/XqrUoW

http://www.cp24.com/harper-chavez-s-death-brings-hope-for-venezuela-1.1183040
Harper: Chavez's death brings hope for Venezuela www.cp24.com

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he hopes the death of President Hugo Chavez brings a more promising future for the Venezuelan people.
Bush spent 2 trillion dollars to arrest Saddan but he didnt have WMD an army and never attcked the US

ABC News


A Florida mom has been charged with aggravated child abuse for allegedly using a box cutter to stab two teens who she says were bullying her sons.


Florida Mom Accused of Stabbing Sons' Bullies with Box Cutter abcnews.go.com

“I will defend them. I don’t want them to fight,” Nora Silva told ABC News’ Orlando affiliate WFTV.
The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said that Hugo Chávez "rise" as did Jesucristo http://bit.ly/WKZ0Mo what do you think of these statements? (Translated by Bing)


ABC News

A Florida mom has been charged with aggravated child abuse for allegedly using a box cutter to stab two teens who she says were bullying her sons.
Florida Mom Accused of Stabbing Sons' Bullies with Box Cutter abcnews.go.com

“I will defend them. I don’t want them to fight,” Nora Silva told ABC News’ Orlando affiliate WFTV.


Theo Ionides was an unremarkable Royal Navy volunteer relegated to technical duties during World War II and safely tucked away from t...he front line http://bbc.in/169buUM



In reality he was part of a secret crack team of commandos recruited by James Bond creator Ian Fleming.



This is his story http://bbc.in/169buUM



U.S. House approves funding in effort to avoid government shutdown
http://ti.me/XQUaiY



Ahmadinejad dice que Chávez “resucitará” como lo hizo Jesús cnnespanol.cnn.com

(CNNMéxico) El presidente iraní Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expresó sus condolencias por la muerte del presidente

Hugo Chávez's Coke Zero ban and 8 other weird facts about the late Venezuelan leader: http://ti.me/XQYBKO



(Photo: Presidency of Argentina)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


The Bush Administration destroyed the worlds economy. Tax cuts (3 trillion dollars) deregulations and Bush's wars (4 trillion dollars)> the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Reaganomics , Raping America since 1981.

The U.S. spends more on defense than the next 10 countries combined. The Bush Administration spent 4 trillion dollars to arrest Saddan and to elect Karzai. It is guilty as charged the world's superpower. This has, among other fruits of a Pax Americana, kept Europe peaceful, Asia mostly stable, the seas secure for trade and the U.S. safe for nearly 70 years. The Obama defense retrenchment will save some money Today Sen. John McCain clashed with his former friend and colleague Chuck Hagel over Hagel's comments on the surge in Iraq. http://wapo.st/UGzoCm

Al Qaeda group said to seek more Western targets: Affiliate in North Africa appears to have been emboldened by this month's raid against a natural gas facility in Algeria, U.S. intelligence officials say. http://wapo.st/VqE6RZ

Al Qaeda affiliate in North Africa said to have sights on other Western targets Political Power Needs to Be Used

www.nytimes.com

Senate Democrats could have the wind at their backs, if only they would act with resolve instead of fear.

Hagel and the Shrinking Gulliver

online.wsj.com

The Wall Street Journal: The Senate needs to pin down the Defense nominee Chuck Hagel on big issues New York Times

“If ever there were a moment for Democrats to press their political advantage, this is it,” states an editorial in the Opinion Pages. “But after years of being out yelled by strident right wing ideologues, too many in the Democratic Party still have a case of nerves, afraid of bold action and forthright principles.”





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The far right destroyed the Republican Party. A party that has set itself to frantically, fanatically expunge its moderates, quasi-moderates, suspected moderates, and fellow travelers of moderates chose as its standard bearer the lineal heir, biographically and genealogically, to its moderate tradition. It entrusted its holy crusade to repeal Barack Obama’s hated health care law to the man who had inspired it and run, four years before, promising to do the same for the rest

of America.

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Virginia Tech, Sikh temple, Aurora, Colorado, Sandy Hook Elementar.

Where do we go from here as a country?

Last night on CNN's "Guns Under Fire: An AC360º Town Hall Special," much of the discussion went beyond politics and legislation. One heated debate even focused on whether armed guards should be posted at schools. Was there a consensus? Sort of. But everyone agreed: Something has to happen. The devil is in the details. http://on.cnn.com/14DiHvB

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Paul Krugman Battles The 'Beltway Deficit Feedback Loop,' And Not By Himself

www.huffingtonpost.com

Paul Krugman is no stranger to going on teevee and encountering, well, people of an addled aspect

he's done "Squawk Box", after all! But there was something very special about one of his most recent appearances on MSNBC.

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EU confident Europe will overcome crisis The insanity is over The Bush era is over. After a long dark night of peace and stability, the sun is finally rising again over America. We look forward to a bright new dawn not seen since the glory days

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http://www.examiner.com/article/5-ways-the-republican-party-is-destroying-america

5 ways the Republican party is destroying America

Trade One of the biggest reasons that Americans have struggled to find work over the years is that millions of jobs are being created in other countries. While Republicans claim that the reason jobs are being sent over seas is that union workers have demanded wages

Taxes

Ever since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, the United States tax system has completely changed. With the term "supply side economics," the promise was made that if we drastically cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans that they will in turn, take those same tax cuts and create jobs

War and Foreign Policy

Once President Bush came into office in 2001 and handed over $3 trillion in tax cuts over the last decade, America also went to war with not one, but two countries. While the war in Afghanistan is more debatable, the war in Iraq was proven to be based on a lie, or "bad intelligence".

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Financial Reform

The biggest reason for the financial meltdown in 2008 was because the entire industry was given too much slack. Like a teenager given the entire house to themselves for the weekend, only bad things can come of it. During the Reagan administration, as the wealthy saw their tax rates dropped from 70% to 28%

The nominal national debt rose from $900 billion to $2.8 trillion during Reagan's tenure The result has been unprecedented government debt. Reagan has tripled the Gross Federal Deb

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The G20 showed that it could bring together policy makers from individual countries to cooperate on the growth agenda and there is a need to get a bit more of that urgency back, says Swan. Photo: Subhav Shukla/PTI

New Delhi: Four years after it was set up to deal with the global financial crisis, the G-20 needs to inject a sense of urgency into its plans and programmes to make itself relevant and resolve the issues dragging down the world economy, Australian deputy prime minister Wayne Swan said in an interview. On a two-day trip to India to build on the momentum generated by the visit in October by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Swan spoke about the global financial crisis, his assessment of the recovery process and moves by the Australian government to review the transfer pricing policy that could affect Indian businesses operating in that country. Edited excerpts:

In your departure statement, you gave a very upbeat picture about the Indian economy.

I am optimistic about this region as a whole. Of course there will be bumps along the road for individual countries and in regional growth just as there are in the global economy and the challenge in our region is that we have carried the great bulk of global growth over the past few years. But what’s occurring in Europe and to a lesser extent in the United States has started to weigh heavily on our region and the consequence of that has been lower global growth than we would like.

From a G 20 perspective, we need to be doing much more to lift global growth but within that framework we have to acknowledge that this region will continue to supply an increasing proportion of global growth as we go forward because it is hard to see how Europe is going to come out of challenges it faces for some time.

I am more optimistic of what is occurring in the US once they get through negotiations over the fiscal cliff and I have a reasonably optimistic view about China, so my view about the region is, irrespective of bumps along the road, that we are going to continue to grow in the medium term strongly.

And the question is how–whichever country we are located in–to increase our growth potential and I think there is enormous potential to do that here in India. Your government is responding with a structural reform agenda to lift growth. But India, as is China and indeed our own country, has been affected by this global slowdown, which is weighing heavily on parts of our region.

What is your assessment of how long the global recovery process will take?

We will have to observe what happens in the United States over the next couple of months. Nobody can predict that and I am not going to engage in hypotheticals. But what we have to do as policy makers is to take a long-term view about what is going on, what are our strengths, what are those issues we need to fix.

We have got to lift our growth overall, I think, in the region. There is enormous scope for productivity across the region and there is a real hunger across the region to put in place a range of policies to lift productivity potential. For example, I know the government here is looking and talking with many other governments in the region about what we can do through bodies like the G-20 to encourage much more investment in critical areas like infrastructure, for example.

None of these things are things that will happen tomorrow but they are very important matters to be taken on board by policy makers so that we can set things right for the long term. The reason our government decided to publish the Asian century white paper is precisely because we are optimistic about the region and indeed about India as a country and a society.

When the G-20 was set up, it seemed to work pretty well but now its seems to have lost momentum. Is it still as relevant?

Conditions are different now than when the G-20 came together at the end of 2008 nearly 2009. I think the G20 showed that it could bring together policy makers from individual countries to cooperate on the growth agenda. My view is that we need to get a bit more of that urgency back into our discussions and concentrate pretty clearly and squarely on a growth agenda that delivers jobs and lifts living standards and that takes us back to the discussion, not just about the short term but the medium and the long-term policy settings that deal with global financial imbalances and lift growth in developed and developing countries. It’s an imperative in a country like India, it’s imperative in many parts of Europe where unemployment is very high. So I would like to see the G20 focus as much as we possibly can on lifting growth and the policies that are required–short term, medium term and long term.

Which are the countries that need to bring urgency to the G-20 table?

I am not singling out any particular country. The question was what do we do four years on? What I have said to you is what I think we should do, we are all going to do it. I know your government is quite in interested in ensuring that issues like the planning, the funding of critical economic infrastructure are very much to the fore of that structural agenda.

The Australian government is having a look at transfer pricing rules. What has prompted this?

I think there are a variety of things. There is transfer pricing in what you call the established business environment that we are in now and there is a whole series of issues that are to be seen in the context of new and emerging industries outside the traditional industries and yes we are having a good hard look—as are other countries in the world—at how to get the balance right to make sure that corporates pay their fair share in the countries in which they are operating.

Governments where they operate get a fair return in terms of tax that reflects economic activity within their borders. These current tax policies, whichever country in the world it is, are challenged by technology, new business models and sometimes they are challenged by sheer bloody mindedness from one or two companies who don’t want to pay taxes to anyone.

It is not just us the OECD has a comprehensive agenda in this area and those of us who are members are working through those issues with them. So I see this as an international issue, not a national issue, in which everyone has an interest to see we have the framework right. The framework here is not to punish profit making, the framework here is to make sure that when wealth is created and profits are made, the tax systems of the countries in which it occurs are respected.

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Ron Paul: Excessive Defense Spending Endangers U.S.

thenewamerican.com

While many Republicans think there's no such thing as too much defense spending, Ron Paul argued recently that excessive defense spending is, in fact, detrimental to national security. By Michael Tennant

Both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have urged President Barack Obama to prevent the sequestering of $600 billion from the defense budget over the next 10 years as required by last summer’s debt ceiling deal. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stated categorically that he “would absolutely not cut one penny out of military spending.”













One candidate, however, has repeatedly argued that defense spending must join domestic spending on the chopping block if the United States is to avoid bankruptcy.

In fact, said Texas Congressman Ron Paul, the country would actually be safer if our government spent less on the military.

In his February 20 Texas Straight Talk, Paul remarked on the contradiction between conservatives’ alarm over “unprecedented spending” in Obama’s 2013 budget proposal and their simultaneous warnings that the President is seeking to gut the d

efense budget.

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CIA drone base in Saudi revealed

The US Central Intelligence Agency has been operating a secret airbase in Saudi Arabia for unmanned drones for the past two years, US media reveal.

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States Step Up Fight Against Drones

AP

Lawmakers in at least 11 states are proposing various restrictions on the use of drones amid concerns the unmanned aerial vehicles could be exploited by local authorities to spy on Americans.

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France action in Mali is 'real war'

French forces are involved in a "real war" with "terrorists" around the Malian town of Gao, the defence minister says.

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Tunisian leader shot dead

Tunisian opposition politician Chokri Belaid is shot dead outside his home in the capital, Tunis, prompting protests in towns around the country.

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Expedition on ice

The British Antarctic Survey's new research station Halley VI becomes fully operational this month. Kirk Watson photographed its construction.

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CIA drone base in Saudi Arabia revealed

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Stopgap Fix Or Intro to Tax Hike?

• AP

• Republican lawmakers slam President Obama's latest call to avert automatic budget cuts as 'more of the same,' and a ploy to push tax hikes, as he prepares to pitch plan to Senate Dems.

Biden diz que grupos terroristas estão com seus lideres presos ou eliminados por ações militares.

You don't need an AR 15 for self defense

It's 2013 but these folks are living back in the times of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. In 2012, 20 small children were massacred by a young man with mental illness who had easy access to an AR-15, something never imagined by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.

General McCrystal said the AR 15s are weapons used in war time and have no place on our streets nor should they be used by citizens.

You don't need an AR 15 for self defense and hunting. You just want one. Your interpretation of the second amendment is not supported by the Supreme Court by the way. You are wrong.

Individual ownership rights are limited. "It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose," Scalia wrote.

"It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose," Scalia

You just can't go around killing people !

McCain should retire and become a spokesman for AARP

I can't threaten you.

The Founding Fathers 'right to bear' arms meant a 'musket' not an AR-15 !.

Some saw Barack Obama’s election four years ago as proof of a demographic shift that would continue to help Democrats. Now the president is enjoying relatively high approval ratings, despite having inherited a deep recession and two wars. Hillary 2016 because the GOP is over !

Ativistas criticam o uso de aviões não tripulados ou drones no ataque a individuos suspeitos de práticas terroristas, população americana apoia os ataques.

O que diz o direito internacional é que tais pessoas devem ser presas e processadas jamais executadas sem que o formalismo juridico seja observado.

They changed their official name to the Grand Old Tea Party

Clinton adopted a series of austerity measures balanced the budget and left us with a surplus, the Bush Administration ruined it in 5 years

Tax cuts : 3 trillion dollars

Bush's wars 4 trillion dollars :

collapse

The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression

For America's sake

A Republica Constitucional, democracia indireta, em democracia viva, direta

Andrew Jackson e o moderno Partido Democrata

Nixon e Golwater recuperaram parte do Sul para os Republicanos

The Blue Dogs

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Will Durant

The cardinal principle in the philosophy of Hegel is that every condition of soul or history begets an opposite condition, which then combines with the original position to produce a synthesis higher than either of the states that preceded it.

If we apply this principle of "thesis, antithesis, synthesis" to forms of government we see aristocracy generating democracy, and democracy changing before our eyes into a nameless novelty in which the aristocratic principle of guidance by trained ability may be united with the democratic principle that no man is good enough to govern another without his consent.

The day of democracy as Rousseau conceived it and Jefferson practiced it began to end when great cities and great industries arrived. In America, political democracy was based on economic democracy, on an approximate equality of economic goods and power. When land was free for the taking, when almost every family lived in isolated sovereignty, growing its own food, hunting its own meat, weaving its own clothing, then men looked each other in the eye as literally "free and equal," and dared to elect to the Presidency heretics and rebels like Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.

For the economic bases of democracy -- free land, free competition, skilled labor, simplicity of tools, the economic self-sufficiency of the individual homestead -- have disappeared. In their place have come abandoned farms, crowded factories, congested cities, monopolies and mergers, centralized financial control, costly tools purchasable only by rich corporations, and masses of population easily manipulated by interesting misinformation.

The complexity of industry; the geographical expansion of America; the development of intricate foreign relations; the possibility of war; the replacement of political problems by economic problems, arising by hundreds every day before officials, elected not for economic knowledge but for political skill; the consequent diversion of power from elected incompetents to appointed experts and boards -- all these factors have cooperated to make the "free and equal" vote a delusion, and democracy unreal, a pretty window dressing for the rule of machines adept in herding votes, distributing favors, utilizing crime and barring the road to office for all but the subservient and corrupt.

Occasionally, by sheer force of personality overriding obstructive mechanisms, a Roosevelt reaches the opportunity to serve his country; but in the cities such accidents happen rarely now, and the rule of mediocrity enthroned there (with honorable exceptions) threatens to spread to the highest offices and leave us the worst-governed nation in the Western world.

We cannot be satisfied with this kind of democracy any longer. We must try to rescue democracy from these urban masses that lend themselves so easily to its frustration. We must find a way of stealing the (theoretical) virtue of aristocracy – the restriction of office to individuals fitted for it by lifelong specific preparation – and inserting it into the principle of democracy, that every man and woman should have an equal chance to rise to the very top. Let us redefine democracy, not as the equal right of all to hold office, but as the equal right of all to make themselves fit to hold office.

Democracy must be made complete above all in the school: municipal and state scholarships should see to it that every youth of ability is sent on to higher training when his family can no longer finance him; no talent must be lost. Then, having established the most fundamental form of democracy equality of opportunity we may, without infringing on democracy, add an educational requirement to the present prerequisites for office.

Why should not our great universities include -- each of them -- a school of administration, as rigorous and practical as our finest schools of medicine or law? Access to these schools should be free to all who can pass the entrance tests; and none but the graduates of such schools should be eligible to public office. One pictures then a pyramid of ability: office in second-class cities would be open only to such graduates as had served two terms in kindred positions in a third-class city; office in first-class cities would be open only to such graduates as had served two terms in a second-class city; and the governorship would be open only to those graduates who had twice been mayor of a first-class city. At every step experience would be added to training, and the cream would rise to the top.

Yes, it is a dream -- the dream of philosophers from Plato to Bacon to Renan. But other things were dreams too; and this may be a reality when you and I are dreams.

Note: This material was first presented in the article "Is Democracy Dying?" Published in The Mentor and World Traveler, XVIII (June, 1930), page 74.

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The state of the Union is strong because we the people have proved ourselves strong. State of the Union is Strong Because the Future is Hopeful.

Clinton era : peace and prosperity / Bush era : wars, thousands of civilian casualties and the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression

Bush was more interested in Iraq and spent 2 trillion dollars to arrest Sadan, but he didnt have WMD an Army and necer attacked the US.

President Obama is expected to announce in his State of Union address on Tuesday night that half of the American troops in Afghanistan will be home by the end of next February.

34,000 U.S. Troops to Exit Afghanistan Within a Year

President Obama’s decision, which he plans to announce in his State of Union address on Tuesday night, appears to be a careful balancing of political interests and military requirements.

The State of Union is strong because Obama is a great president

Clinton era : peace and prosperity / Bush era : wars, thousands of civilian casualties and the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression

Bush was more interested in Iraq and spent 2 trillion dollars to arrest Sadan, but he didnt have WMD an Army and necer attacked the US

UN Security Council strongly condemns North Korean nuclear test and pledges further action.

UN Security Council to begin work on "appropriate measures" in response to North Korean nuclear test: council president

Obama deve anunciar saída de 34 mil militares do Afeganistão.

Boehner: the president lacks 'guts' and 'courage'

North Korea advised U.S. in advance of its intention to conduct nuclear test, U.S. State Department spokeswoman says http://bit.ly/VctpFJ

The State Department answers questions about the #NorthKorea nuclear test for reporters

President Obama, in his State of the Union Address, said:

on Gun control

Hadiya Pendleton's parents "deserve a vote."

"Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.

The families of Newtown deserve a vote.

The families of Aurora deserve a vote.

The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence they deserve a simple vote



President Barack Obama delivered the annual State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress.‎"They deserve a vote. Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote.

The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence they deserve a simple vote."



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President Obama in his State of the Union address

Issues

Gun Control

Immigartion Reform

Enviornamental concerns

Economic recovery


Maybe Rubio should return to Cuba and run for dictator. You know, returning to the homeland as the hero that survived the great Satan

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TARP e bailouts iniciados por Bush

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tried to benefit from subprime lending only when the housing boom was well under way, The Huffington Post's Ben Hallman writes in a new blog post. And their loans were often less risky, Hallman writes:

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The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) is a program of the United States government to purchase assets and equity from financial institutions to strengthen its financial sector that was signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush on October 3, 2008. It was a component of the government's measures in 2008 to address the subprime mortgage crisis.

Bailouts

Lehman Brothers

Swap

Graham

Derivativos

Subprime ) Bushs deregulations Conservative Republicans always want the government to stay out of business and avoid regulation as long as they are making lots of money. When their greed, however, gets them into a fix, they are the first to cry out for rules and laws and taxpayer money to bail out their businesses. Obviously, Republicans are socialists. The Bush administration has decided to socialize the debt of the big Wall Street Firms. Taxpayers didn't get to enjoy any of the big money profits on the phony financial instruments like derivatives or bundled sub-prime paper, but we get the privilege of paying for their debt and failures.

Let's just consider the money. The public bailout of insurance giant (becoming a dwarf) AIG is estimated at $85 billion. According to one report, that's more than the Bush administration spent on Aid to Families with Dependent Children during his entire time in office.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R Fla.) blamed the government for the housing crisis Tuesday during his response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. But Paul Krugman took issue with Rubio's assertion in a Wednesday blog post.

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"Every piece of the government did it thesis has been refuted," the Nobel Prize-winning economist wrote. " And Republican politicians have responded by rewriting history to defend their prejudices."

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Commodity Futures Modernization Act

Over half of these subprime loans came from mortgages companies not covered by CRA.Commodity Futures Modernization Act

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Over half of these subprime loans came from mortgages companies not covered by CRA.Conservative Republicans always want the government to stay out of business and avoid regulation as long as they are making lots of money. When their greed, however, gets them into a fix, they are the first to cry out for rules and laws and taxpayer money to bail out their businesses. Obviously, Republicans are socialists. The Bush administration has decided to socialize the debt of the big Wall Street Firms. Taxpayers didn't get to enjoy any of the big money profits on the phony financial instruments like derivatives or bundled sub-prime paper, but we get the privilege of paying for their debt and failures.

Let's just consider the money. The public bailout of insurance giant (becoming a dwarf) AIG is estimated at $85 billion. According to one report, that's more than the Bush administration spent on Aid to Families with Dependent Children during his entire time in office. That amount of money would also pay for health care for every man, woman, and child in America for at least six months.

How did we get here?

That's pretty easy to answer, too. His name is Phil Gramm. A few days after the Supreme Court made George W. Bush president in 2000, Gramm stuck something called the Commodity Futures Modernization Act into the budget bill. Nobody knew that the Texas senator was slipping America a 262 page poison pill. "


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The Bush Administration and the current crisis

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The evidence strongly suggests the latter. First, consider timing. CRA was enacted in 1977. The sub-prime lending at the heart of the current crisis exploded a full quarter century later. In the mid-1990s, new CRA regulations and a wave of mergers led to a flurry of CRA activity, but, as noted by the New America Foundation's Ellen Seidman (and by Harvard's Joint Center), that activity "largely came to an end by 2001." In late 2004, the Bush administration announced plans to sharply weaken CRA regulations, pulling small and mid-sized banks out from under the law's toughest standards. Yet sub-prime lending continued, and even intensified -- at the very time when activity under CRA had slowed and the law had weakened.

Second, it is hard to blame CRA for the mortgage meltdown when CRA doesn't even apply to most of the loans that are behind it. As the University of Michigan's Michael Barr points out, half of sub-prime loans came from those mortgage companies beyond the reach of CRA. A further 25 to 30 percent came from bank subsidiaries and affiliates, which come under CRA to varying degrees but not as fully as banks themselves. (With affiliates, banks can choose whether to count the loans.) Perhaps one in four sub-prime loans were made by the institutions fully governed by CRA.

Most important, the lenders subject to CRA have engaged in less, not more, of the most dangerous lending. Janet Yellen, president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve, offers the killer statistic: Independent mortgage companies, which are not covered by CRA, made high-priced loans at more than twice the rate of the banks and thrifts. With this in mind, Yellen specifically rejects the "tendency to conflate the current problems in the sub-prime market with CRA-motivated lending.? CRA, Yellen says, "has increased the volume of responsible lending to low- and moderate-income households."

Yellen is hardly alone in concluding that the real problems came from the institutions beyond the reach of CRA. One of the only regulators who long ago saw the current crisis coming was the late Ned Gramlich, a former Fed governor. While Alan Greenspan was cheering the sub-prime boom, Gramlich warned of its risks and unsuccessfully pushed for greater supervision of bank affiliates. But Gramlich praised CRA, saying last year, "banks have made many low- and moderate-income mortgages to fulfill their CRA obligations, they have found default rates pleasantly low, and they generally charge low mortgages rates. Thirty years later, CRA has become very good business."

It's telling that, amid all the recent recriminations, even lenders have not fingered CRA. That's because CRA didn't bring about the reckless lending at the heart of the crisis. Just as sub-prime lending was exploding, CRA was losing force and relevance. And the worst offenders, the independent mortgage companies, were never subject to CRA or any federal regulator. Law didn't make them lend. The profit motive did.

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Who Cares About the Deficit?

Evan Soltas dives into coverage of the deficit, and confirms every cynic's hunch on what people in power really think about the issue:Here's what's really going on: a schizophrenic conversation about the proper size and role of government

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Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaire Koch Brothers

A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire

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A meteorite slammed into Russia today, injuring at least 500 people.

More than 900 people have sought medical attention after a huge meteorite streaking through the skies of Russia's Chelyabinsk region triggered a powerful shock wave.

Calling the injury toll "unprecedented," British expert Robert Ma...ssey said this is the biggest known human toll caused by an object from space, Agence France-Presse reports.

Photo: Yekaterina Pustynnikova / Chelyabinsk.ru via AP

Paul Ryan: 'No Leadership' from Democrats on Avoiding Automatic Budget Cuts abc

House Budget Committee Chair Rep. Paul Ryan, R Wis., blamed the White House and Senate Democrats for failing to avert automatic spending cuts scheduled to take place next month, saying,

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President Obama reiterated his goal of bringing America up to speed with new high-speed rail projects nationwide

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England’s system of care for the elderly has long awaited an overhaul. The cost of it can demolish people’s estates: one in ten will run up expenses of at least £100,000 ($155,000).

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The White House immigration plan that would reportedly allow undocumented immigrants to become legal U.S. residents within eight years is being circulated among President Obama's administration in case the bipartisan efforts of Congress to draft a comprehensive reform bill "break down," the president's chief of staff Denis McDonough said today on "Face the Nation."

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The defense industry is no longer fighting to stop sequestration before March 1.

Defense industry shifts to minimize sequester damage, not stop it

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Congressional Democrats will not commit to forcing votes on major climate change bills, even as they try to build political momentum behind President Obama’s promise to make global warming a second-term priority.

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Republican governors in New Jersey, Tennessee and Florida say they will not work with the federal government on creating insurance markets required under ObamaCare

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The president has not yet detailed the specifics of how he will address the issue, aside from a pledge made in the State of the Union address to take executive action on climate if Congress fails to make progress

“The Senate hasn’t passed a bill to replace the sequester. The president gave a speech showing that he’d like to replace it, but he hasn’t put any details out there. So that is why I conclude I believe it’s going to take place”





Hopes are running low for Barack Obama's planned visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories on March 20th, reports Jodi Wilgoren, the Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times. At most, the Israelis might agree to a partial freeze on settlement construction in exchange for a Palestinian pledge not to take Israel's settlement activity to the International Criminal Court in The Hague http://econ.st/11KQBjB Hope not yet lost, but close

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The argument of the Israeli right has always been that Israel lives in a tough neighbourhood, and that peace with "the Arabs" is a pipe dream.

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Who do you think will take home the Oscar for best actor?

Daniel Day Lewis, "Lincoln"

Denzel Washington, "Flight"

Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"

Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"

Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"

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Is The Chinese Military Hacking U.S. Companies?

A secretive Chinese military unit is believed to be behind

Would you like to see President Obama and Congress work out an agreement to avoid the forced spending cuts (aka "sequestration" or the "sequester") that are set to take effect March 1 or would you like to see the cuts take place? Let us know!

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President Barack Obama says the "automatic, brutal spending cuts" of the March 1 sequester are "not an abstraction; people will lose their jobs."

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Abraham Linconl foi intransigente nas negocioações com o Sul como queriam alguns republicanos ou cedeu demais como queriam os abolicionistas mais radicais ao apelos do Sul, quando deveria ter sido mais categórico

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This is the result of a summer 2011 deal between Obama and Congress that was designed to be so distasteful that it would compel lawmakers to compromise on federal borrowing. So far there's no deal to avert the cuts. They kick in on March 1.

Pentagon tells 800,000 civilian employees of plans for unpaid leave trib.al

Civilian defense workers would lose one day of work per week for 22 weeks, probably starting in late April.

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Bush spent 4 trillion dollars to arrest Saddan and to elect Karzai, but he didnt have WMD an Army and never attcked the US

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serviço de inteligencia informou ao ex presidente Bush semanas antes dos atentados de 11 deSetembro de 2001 que aviões seriam sequestrados em NY eWashington.

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Bilhões saem da Rússia ilegalmente diz a BBC, economia nacional se ressente das divisas que se evadem diz PM Medvedev

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A Teologia da Libertação e a Teologia da Libertação do Negro

Obama e seu mentor

When the beliefs of Barack Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, assumed the spotlight during the 2008 presidential campaign, the influence of black liberation theology became hotly debated not just within theological circles, but across cultural lines.

A doutrina cristã, a questão social, a libertação dos sofrimentos, o reflexo material, social da libertação.

GOP: Administration's budget cut warnings not helping

Americans lost $16 trillion in total wealth from the end 2007 until early 2009.

How outrageous pricing and egregious profits are destroying health care

North Korea Warns U.S. Forces of ‘Destruction’ Ahead of Drills

North Korea warns U.S. forces of "destruction" ahead of war drills http://reut.rs/W9qS1y

The defense industry, led by the Aerospace Industries Association, and several medical trade groups have mounted a full-throated lobbying campaign against the budget sequester, which is set to take effect on Friday ...

Business fears sequester ax will cut through profits thehill.com

A variety of industries stand to suffer as looming federal spending cuts threaten to pare back government services.

Obama’s sequester deal-changer trib.al

The president and his staff have been wrong about how the sequester came about.

Bob Woodward

Obama and his staff are wrong about how the sequester came about

automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House.

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Obama’s sequester deal changer trib.al

The president and his staff have been wrong about how the sequester came about.

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Before Hungary lost two thirds of its territories at the Treaty of Trianon in 1920, its borders, as part of the Austro Hungarian empire, reached deep into present day Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine and Croatia. Almost a century later, the scars of Trianon are still raw, which is why a diplomatic war has erupted between Hungary and Romania

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Fidel Castro makes surprise parliament appearance

amid leadership

Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance

As Obama prepares to visit Newport News, Va., to highlight spending cuts, House GOP leaders urge the president to hunker down with Congress to reach an alternative to looming spending cuts, saying it is not the time for 'campaigning.'

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GOP to Obama: Now is Not the Time

'For a Road-Show President'

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portanto está na hora de uma elevação do minimo nos EUA diz Paul Krugman.

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Kennedy declínio dos impérios

Custos militares e receita

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Crise

Lehman Brothers

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Derivativos

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Fundo Mezanino

Joint venture

Participação

Empréstimo

Aquisição

Leasing

· Estados contra o uso de drone ação no campo da imigração e desejando se separar da União

Krugman critica cortes de impostos de Bush como ineficazes para gerar crescimento e empregos, defendepolituica de estimulos de Obama pedindo mais investimentos públicos e direcionados

para setores especificos bem como o aumento do salário minimo.

President Obama laid out a number of good ideas

in his State of the Union address. Unfortunately, almost all of them would require spending money and given Republican control of the House of Representatives, it’s hard to imagine that happening.

President Obama cut taxes for almost all working americans; Ronald Reagan tripled the National Debt; George W. Bush doubled the ND Reagan has tripled the Gross Federal Debt, from $900 billion to $2.7 trillion. Ford and Carter in their combined terms could only double it. During the Reagan years, the debt increased to nearly $3 trillion

In 1993, Bill Clinton and the Democrats increased the tax rates of rich people, launching several years of economic prosperity and job creation Bush tax cuts failed to stimulate as promised

Who do you think has the upper hand in the battle over reducing federal spending?

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Polls: Obama holds upper hand over budget cuts

As the deadline for forced federal spending cuts closes fast, new polling indicates that as of now President Barack Obama has the upper hand over congressional Republicans in the political battle over where blame will fall if the cuts are triggered.

Who do you think has the upper hand in the battle over reducing federal spending?

Here's an update about Democratic gun control efforts on Capitol Hill. Do you think an assault weapons ban should be reinstated?

Despite emotional hearing, weapons ban given little chance of passing

Sen. Dianne Feinstein proceeded undeterred in seeking an updated version of the now expired assault weapons ban she sponsored in 1994.

John Boehner: Sequester Requires Senate To Get 'Off Their A

Republican Speaker Of The House John Boehner blames the Senate for not putting together

Estados querem legislar sobre

o uso de

drones

regulamentação do Obamacare

gun control

separação

imigração ilegal e repressão

Siria : rebeldes devem receber ajuda militar dos EUA

The sequester would afflict big cities and military communities.

Why rural Republicans feel little urgency to strike a deal

He thinks a married couple would be ideal for the job

Everything you need to know about the Supreme Court Voting Rights Act caseBoehner blasts "outrageous" mass release of illegal immigrants

House speaker says it's "hard to believe" release of illegal immigrants was the most sensible way to save ahead of

Parties Focus on the Positive as Budget Cuts Draw Near

With little real effort under way to avert automatic budget cuts, substantial and growing wings of both parties are learning to live with if not love the so called sequester.

US extends aid to Syrian rebels

Secretary of State John Kerry says the US will provide "non-lethal" support to Syrian rebels for the first time, as well as increased aid to the opposition.

Underground beauties

Their faces appeared on New York's trains and buses from the 1940s to the 1970s - but what are the Miss Subways winners doing now?

Man 'dragged by SA police van' dies

South Africa's police watchdog is investigating the death of a Mozambican taxi driver who was allegedly handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged through the streets.

Dems Push Assault Weapons Ban

• AP

• Democrats including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, left, begin an all-out push for a new assault weapons ban with emotional testimony from Newtown victim's father Neil Heslin, right, but face backlash from states and GOP.

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Democrats including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, left, begin an all-out push for a new assault weapons ban with emotional testimony from Newtown victim's father Neil Heslin, right, but face backlash from states and GOP.



In 1993, Bill Clinton and the Democrats increased the tax rates of rich people, launching several years of economic prosperity and job creation



Bush tax cuts failed to stimulate as promisedItaly left in 'dramatic situation'







Boehner blasts "outrageous" mass release of illegal immigrants



House speaker says it's "hard to believe" release of illegal immigrants was the most sensible way to save ahead of House Speaker John Boehner tells the Senate to get "off their ass" and "do something" to avert the sequester budget cuts set to kick in Friday.





THIS if you think it's yet another example of Boehner's failed leadership!



President Obama cut taxes for almost all working americans; Ronald Reagan tripled the National Debt; George W. Bush doubled the ND Reagan has tripled the Gross Federal Debt, from $900 billion to $2.7 trillion. Ford and Carter in their combined terms could only double it. During the Reagan years, the debt increased to nearly $3 trillion



The United States will spend at least $700 billion on defense and security. Adjusting for inflation, that’s more than America has spent on defense in any year since World War II more than during the Korean war, the Vietnam war, or the Reagan military buildup.

"Seventeen months after President Obama signed doomsday budget legislation that was never intended to become law, the sweeping spending reductions in the measure have been imposed." Read Michael D. Shear's report on the across-the-board spending cuts that became official late Friday night.









Spending Cuts Imposed; U.S. Starts to Trim Its Budget





President Obama formally triggered the across the board reductions late Friday night after failing to persuade Congressional Republicans to replace them with a mix of cuts and tax increases.

Even without a pope, the Vatican is not so quiet www.cbsnews.com

The College of Cardinals has already begun "discussions" Vatican code for intense negotiations that will become votes

U.S. intelligence officials warned President Bush weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden's terrorist network might hijack American planes

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The payoffs from tax cuts that were promised during the Bush years have not been realized, and the failed promises about growth

Bush tax cuts failed to stimulate as promised because tax cuts without spending cuts are not tax cuts; they are tax deferrals.

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Clinton sustentou um crescimento por dezanos, adotou austeridadefiscal e equilibrou o orçamento, deixando o pais com um super avit

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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

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But we could do so much better if we were willing to spend some money. A more generous earned income tax credit would provide more support for the working poor and would be pro business at the same time. And pre kindergarten education, which the president proposes to make universal, has been shown in rigorous studies to strengthen families and reduce poverty and crime. Why settle for half measures when such truly first rate policies are well understood and ready to go? "

Krugman defende o aumento do salário mínimo

"There just isn’t any evidence that raising the minimum wage near current levels would reduce employment," Krugman wrote, citing a report by John Schmitt from the Center for Economic Policy and Research.

This opinion is a hotly contested one. A 2011 study from the London School of Economics found that higher minimum wages do correlate with an increase in unemployment.

That said, there are a number of ways the labor market could respond to an increase in the minimum wage that do not involve cutting jobs.

The federal minimum wage hasn't increased since 2009. According to a 2012 study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the minimum wage would actually be $21.72 an hour if it kept pace with increases in worker productivity."

Krugman também é favorável às politicas de

estimulos como aquisições de ativos, investimentos públicos, créditos e redução de impostos, mas direcionados para setores de rápido e grande crescimento do emprego e da renda.

"The Bush tax cuts were fundamentally flawed in that they were undertaken without any effort to reduce unsustainable government spending. In fact, spending exploded in the decade following their implementation:

Tax revenues fell from 19.5 percent of GDP in 2001 to 15.1 percent of GDP in 2009.

Spending rose from 18.2 percent of GDP in 2001 to 25.2 percent of GDP in 2009.

Note: Spending increased steadily throughout the Bush administration and increased dramatically at the end of 2008 and through 2009 with the stimulus bill and other “one-time spending.” Since that time, however, spending has only fallen slightly, to 24.3 percent of GDP.

Deficits and debt discourage spending and investing in lieu of saving for the inevitable tax crunch. " "The Bush tax cuts were fundamentally flawed in that they were undertaken without any effort to reduce unsustainable government spending. In fact, spending exploded in the decade following their implementation: Instead of focusing on ways to get money into the hands of particular consumers (e.g., targeting parents with children via the child tax credit), real reform should reduce marginal tax rates and simplify the tax code by closing loopholes. This allows for larger rate reductions, thus improving incentives to work and invest for all taxpayers.Lesson

Real marginal tax cuts lead to economic growth.

Christina Romer and David Romer examined 60 years of U.S. data and found that “tax cuts have large and persis- tent positive output effects.”

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Even without a pope, the Vatican is not so quiet www.cbsnews.com


The College of Cardinals has already begun "discussions"  Vatican code for intense negotiations that will become votes

Even without a pope, the Vatican is not so quiet www.cbsnews.com

The College of Cardinals has already begun "discussions" Vatican code for intense negotiations that will become votes

U.S. intelligence officials warned President Bush weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden's terrorist network might hijack American planes

White House Advisor Blames GOP for Cuts, Waves Off Doomsday Criticism


Queen in hospital with stomach bug

· The Queen is in hospital as a precaution, while she is assessed for symptoms of gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace says.

No laughing matter?

· In the past week, two comedians have stood for election - Beppe Grillo in Italy and John O'Farrell in the UK. What are the pitfalls of putting your money where your mouth is?






Bulgaria as drawn by the Treaty of San Stefano (3 March 1878). It included most territories populated by Bulgarians. If the Great Powers had accepted the treaty, the Balkan Wars and World War I could have been averted. Instead it was revised at the Congress of Berlin in June-July 1878. The main force behind the revision was British PM Benjamin Disraeli who feared Russian influence in the Mediterranean. Trianon entente