On corporations, and why the SCOTUS ruling on Citizens United wasn’t what James Madison had in mind.
A lot of freshman congress critters are groupies. They’re so excited to be around famous people! People they saw on the teevee! And so fundraisers are an opportunity to hang out with celebrities while doing the odious task of raising campaign cash.
Yesterday I was on Mark Thompson’s radio show “Make It Plain”, on SIRIUS Left channel 146*. Mark is a black intellectual who focuses on social justice, and had me on to discuss the C&L piece I wrote about half of Americans saying they’d never retire.
Naturally, we got into related topics and one caller wanted to say how upset he was about this racist email that Orange County GOP official sent. A couple of the callers said they weren’t happy with Obama’s performance, but that the black community felt they had to close ranks to protect the president when he’s the target of racist attacks. (Which, as you know, is always.)
As a white person, I get to have the luxury of feeling perfectly comfortable defending Obama from racism one minute — and attacking his policies the next. I know that. But I think it’s important to encourage the AA base to force themselves to do that, too. Otherwise, they’re reduced to tribal voting without real representation on the issues.
When I mentioned that the unemployment rate in the inner city was 22%, a caller from NYC said in New York, it was 55% for black men. “So if I lose the job I have, that means I’m not going to get another one,” he said. Oy.
Anyway, interesting show (when it comes to subscription radio, I know nada). I’d love to do it again.
*More info: SIRIUS 146, 5-8p ET & XM 167, 6-9p ET
Where crazy wingnut extremists grow like dandelions after a spring rain!
Maybe you haven’t been following this, but bloggers have — since so many of them have already been sued by these assholes. Now it all seems to be blowing up in their faces.
Why didn’t we see anything about the Levin-Coburn report on Goldman Sachs on our teevees?
You may have heard yesterday about how Standard and Poor’s, the same rating agency that took copious amounts of cash to cover up Big Shitpile, is now playing Chicken Little over the U.S. debt. I hope you’ve been reading me long enough to know this is all part of the big Austerity! dance:
At least one economist burst out laughing on hearing about the S&P announcement. “They did what?” exclaimed James Galbraith, a professor of economics at the University of Texas in Austin, who formerly served as executive director of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. “This is remarkable! It certainly will confirm the suspicions of those who have questioned S&P’s competence after its performance on the mortgage debacle.”
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Go take a look at these charts, print them out and hand them to your Fox News relatives at Easter dinner (or Pesach)! Fun will ensue!