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Last night of the world

Bruce Cockburn:

Paul Ryan has always insisted on “revenue neutral” tax reform, but now that congressional Dems have been trounced, he’s singing a slightly different tune. The Wisconsin wing-nut said today he’d be open to a deal that would include revenue increases.

The revenues would fall far short of the spending cuts, but you know the economy is tanking again when an Ayn Rand asswipe pretends to give an inch on taxes.

Dimming of the day

Bonnie Raitt:

Dismantling the empire

See, I don’t care about being the dominant military power in the world. How about you?

A letter from Alan Grayson

His take on why he lost.

Jackie

This should be interesting.

City art.

Good advice, I’d say.

Obama blew it. That’s the point of a long piece in today’s NYT by an exasperated academic who has stopped pretending Obama is the second coming of Martin Luther King. Instead, he asks sobering and long-overdue questions (overdue in the mainstream media, that is).

Discarded

I was talking to one of our old neighbors at the wedding yesterday, a guy who was the CFO of a mid-size law firm. He got laid off last week — at the age of 61.

“Bastards,” I said, shaking my head.

He and his wife were telling me how angry and upset they were at how little Obama was doing to help the economy and get people working again. His wife was worried about health care — she said the policy through his job already had a $6K deductible.

All these middle-class people who did everything right, played by the rules and got screwed anyway. It makes me mad — and sad.

Shiver me timbers

Tom Waits:

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