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Hanging on

Without the government safety net, the poverty rate would be almost double what it is now:

From House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Medicare-ending budget plan tomultiple proposals from the GOP’s presidential candidates, conservatives have sought to extract massive cuts from important programs, even while supplying the wealthiest Americans with massive tax cuts.

But Americans continue to rely heavily on safety net programs to stay afloat, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Without the permanent safety net programs (including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and various assistance programs) and temporary programs included in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (which Republicans have falsely claimed didn’t work), more than a quarter of the country’s population would have fallen beneath the poverty line in 2010, CBPP says:

Our report also shows that if the government safety net as a whole — these temporary initiatives (all were featured in the 2009 Recovery Act) plus safety-net policies already in place when the recession hit — hadn’t existed in 2010, the poverty rate would have been 28.6 percent, nearly twice the actual 15.5 percent.

Jericho

One of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs:

Student demonstration time

Yes, it’s the Beach Boys:

Brother Cornel

I do love this man.

Poor people are liars

Rich people are not. Got it?

Hmm

I had no idea ball players were being kidnapped with such regularity!

Tonight

8 pm eastern |5 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking A-Z: This week in liberalism.  | Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd|Ongoing discussion centering on the nature, ideology and political realities of liberalism and conversely on the nature, ideology and political realities of Democratic centrism.  Tune in for “What Digby Says.”  Follow @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd Listen live on BTR. Beginning midnight Friday, listen here.

9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific |Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd Jay talks with Glenn Greenwald — former constitutional and civil rights litigator, contributing writer at Salon.com and AlJazeera English — about Glenn’s new book, With Liberty and Justice for Some. Follow @GGreenwald  Listen live and later on BTR.

Save the rich

Garfunkel and Oates:

Breaking

The Obama administration has put the freeze on the Keystone XL pipeline until — well, sounds like until after the presidential election!

Federal judge to SEC: Do your job!

Hey… Maybe the SEC hasn’t done a better job of policing Wall Street and protecting investors from fraud because the SEC itself is a fraud. More here.

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