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Gonorrhea becoming resistant to antibiotics.

The hero’s journey

Oh, look. Social Security paid for Rep. Paul Ryan’s college!

One day as a 16 year old, Ryan came upon the lifeless body of his father. Paul Ryan, Sr. had died of a heart attack at age 55, leaving the Janesville Craig High School 10th grader, his three older brothers and sisters and his mother alone. It was Paul who told the family of his father’s death.

With his father’s passing, young Paul collected Social Security benefits until age 18, which he put away for college. To make ends meet, Paul’s mother returned to school to study interior design. His siblings were off at college. Ryan remembers this difficult time bringing him and his mother closer.

Within months, Paul’s maternal grandmother moved into the house. She suffered from Alzheimer’s, and it often fell on young Paul to care for her, including brushing and braiding her hair. Ryan credits his father’s death and the care of his grandmother as giving him first-hand experience as to how social service programs work.

Huh? It doesn’t have to make sense. Ryan simply makes things up as he goes along, like most Republicans.

Memory lane

Interesting little 2006 tidbit about Chris Christie!

What the hell

Happened to Sen. Dick Durbin, who’s spouting all the right-wing talking points on Social Security? Couldn’t possibly stop spending all that money on bombs, could we, Dick?

And this wouldn’t have anything to do with you acting as a White House surrogate, would it? Of course not!

UPDATE: Dean Baker responds.


Even this Council on Foreign Relations paper concludes that capitalism is failing the middle class.

Babe, what took you so long?

Chris Hedges on New! Improved! public education…


What Lambert said.

While Ezra has his occasional moments, he’s now pretty much a classic case of media co-option. He gets so distracted by the details of policy that he far too often simply misses the larger point. Too bad.

Detroit schools

This kind of shit is making me sick. Listen to the video:

The future’s so bright

I gotta wear shades!


My goodness! The conservatives who elected noted Republican hypocrite Rep. Paul Ryan don’t sound all that happy with his extreme proposals, do they?

During a town hall meeting in Milton, a constituent who described himself as a “lifelong conservative” asked Ryan about the effects of growing income inequality in our nation. The constituent noted that huge income disparities contributed to the Great Depression and the Great Recession, and thus wanted to know why the congressman was “fighting to not let the tax breaks for the wealthy expire.”Ryan argued against “redistribut[ing]” in this manner. After the constituent noted that “there’s nothing wrong with taxing the top because it does not trickle down,” Ryan argued that “we do tax the top.” This response earned a chorus of boos from constituents:

CONSTITUENT: The middle class is disappearing right now. During this time of prosperity, the top 1 percent was taking about 10 percent of the total annual income, but yet today we are fighting to not let the tax breaks for the wealthy expire? And we’re fighting to not raise the Social Security cap from $87,000? I think we’re wrong.

RYAN: A couple things. I don’t disagree with the premise of what you’re saying. The question is what’s the best way to do this. Is it to redistribute… (Crosstalk)

CONSTITUENT: You have to lower spending. But it’s a matter of there’s nothing wrong with taxing the top because it does not trickle down.

RYAN: We do tax the top. (Audience boos). Let’s remember, most of our jobs come from successful small businesses. Two-thirds of our jobs do. You got to remember, businesses pay taxes individually. So when you raise their tax rates to 44.8 percent, which is what the president is proposing, I would just fundamentally disagree. That is going to hurt job creation.


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