Virtually Speaking tonight

Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd – 6pm slt – Thurs July 19 – Listen live and later at BTR –

Jay Ackroyd talks with Gaius Publius, contributing editor at, about the recent Jeffrey Sachs Financial Times column in which Sachs plays the “both sides’ economists do it” card. The column exposes the neoliberal (“centrist” / elite) view of what must drive public policy — the need to abandon the New Deal for good.

Jay and Gaius also discuss Gaius’ recent column on “rent-seeking” economies — what they are; why ours is killing us. See Krugman’s comment: Magneto Muddles

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Anne Romney admonishes ‘you people’

Questions about Mitt Romney’s tax returns remain unanswered, as does the question of whether Mitt is an android or a pod creature from deep space sent by the angel Moroni. The Romney people don’t intend to budge on the tax returns, if the candidate’s wife is to be believed:

Anne Romney… on Thursday insisted that she and her husband would not be giving voters any more information about their tax returns because they had “given all you people need to know.”

“You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially,” Ann Romney told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary for four years.”

More here.

Poor Mittens

Mean old people trying to make him do something he doesn’t want!

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney has been determined to resist releasing his tax returns at least since his bid for Massachusetts governor in 2002 and has been confident that he will never be forced to do so, several current and former Bain executives tell The Huffington Post. Had he thought otherwise, say the sources based on their longtime understanding of Romney, he never would have gone forward with his run for president.

Bain executives say they’ve been instructed to keep company and Romney-specific information completely confidential, tightening the lockdown on an already closed company.

But pressure has been building on the presumptive GOP nominee. On Tuesday, the conservative National Review added its voice to a chorus of Republicans pushing him to disclose his returns from the years before 2010.

I think they call it “hubris.”


I just want to say that my latest addiction is a grilled half of Romaine lettuce, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and covered with grated Parmesan cheese. Deelish!

I’ve been trying to recreate the Johnny Brenda’s version and while this isn’t the same, it’s close enough. Thank God for my Foreman grill, which I love more than life.

Queen Ann

“You people.”

What the elites refuse to acknowledge about their wonderful “success” is how morally bankrupt it is. They keep pushing from the top to increase profits, so that the people below them implement dangerous practices that directly affect the quality of whatever work it is they do.

And the people who sit at the top wring their hands and say, “Not me, I never told them to do that!” Even though they did. This is what passes for “moral” in America these days.

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