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Third Way, the business-loving newest incarnation of the DLC, writes an absolutely stupid and misleading op-ed urging Social Security reform right now. (And of course, it’s in Politico.)

Fortunately, economist Dean Baker read it, too, and rebuts here.


So women are losing jobs and men are finding them. Thank God we’re back to the Godly way of life!

The sluggish recovery from the Great Recession has been better for men than for women. From the end of the recession in June 2009 through May 2011, men gained 768,000 jobs and lowered their unemployment rate by 1.1 percentage points to 9.5%.1 Women, by contrast, lost 218,000 jobs during the same period, and their unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points to 8.5%, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

These post-recession employment trends are a sharp turnabout from the gender patterns that prevailed during the recession itself, when men lost more than twice as many jobs as women. Men accounted for 5.4 million, or 71%, of the 7.5 million jobs that disappeared from the U.S. economy from December 2007 through June 2009.

Employment trends during the recovery have favored men over women in all but one of the 16 major sectors of the economy identified in this report. In five sectors, notably in retail trade, men have gained jobs while women have lost them. In five other sectors, including education and health services and professional and business services, men gained jobs at a
faster rate than women. And in an additional five sectors, such as construction and local governments, men lost jobs at a slower rate than women. The sole exception to these patterns is state government
, a sector of the economy in which women have added jobs during the recovery while men have lost them.

But since we have so many Republican governors who are firing state workers, I’m sure we’ll get those numbers in line with the rest of them. Progress!

That’s vaginal

The other night

I completely forgot to post my very enjoyable show with the esteemed Lance Manion from Tuesday night. (I also forgot my brother’s birthday was Sunday, so don’t feel singled out, Lance.) We talked about local government, what it takes to run for office and what progressives can do to change their towns.

Click here to listen!

The call

This is the movement of religious extremists with which Rick Perry has aligned himself. They believe their prayer rallies can call down the wrath of God and destroy the demons that have possessed that particular area. Oh, they also hate Catholics and Mormons (more demon possession) and the people they convert have to publicly burn the religious artifacts of their former faith. (This rally is in San Diego.) Pretty scary stuff:

Encouraging news

Okay, I just talked to a couple of people who work with the House progressive caucus, and they say they’re not backing down on cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. So if your congress critter is a member of the progressive caucus, let them know you support them in opposing any cuts and maybe they won’t screw us this time.

Sign the petition

Link here.

Call the White House. Call your senators and your congress critters. Touch Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, and you’re history. We’ll stay home on election day.


If you ever wondered how the world looked the other way as Jews were herded into camps, there’s a pretty good facsimile happening right now.

Poor people’s fault

Orrin Hatch.

Bye bye

News of the World. And so the first domino in Rupert Murdoch’s dynastry falls. Fox News to come?

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