Cory Booker

I don’t trust Cory Booker as far as I can throw him, so this Facebook post doesn’t surprise me. See, Cory is a whore for the for-profit schools industry and Wall Street, so it’s very important that he justifies closing public schools:

Attn Cory Booker fans:

“We saw you on the DailyShow last night and the stuff you said about the state of New Jersey being desperately short of biomedical researchers made us sick to our stomaches.

You have to know this is not true. How could you NOT know this is not true? It’s so easy to prove with cold hard numbers and statistics. The big pharmas are pulling out of New Jersey to go to Massachusetts because Massachusetts offered them almost half a Billion dollars in taxpayer money to relocate there. They are leaving thousands and thousands of us behind. That’s thousands and thousands of well-educated, technically proficient, TAXPAYERS. That’s where the unemployment money is going, Cory. Those companies take the money that Massachusetts is offering, dump thousands and thousands of us on the state of New Jersey’s unemployment rolls and then relocate only a tiny fraction of their workforce to Massachusetts. What do they do with the rest of the tax incentives? Beats me but I’m sure the shareholders are happy.

The idea that you would actually believe a pharma lobbyist who tells you he can’t find good help anymore in NJ and now has to outsource and that you would voluntarily spread this misinformation without actually checking to see if what they’re telling you is true or not defies explanation. It makes no sense, Cory. It is UN-believable. You either know that you are willfully lying, compromised by people who you view as your true “peers” or you’re dumber than a box of rocks.”

Billionaire rights movement

Chalk up another win in Michigan! From Eclectablog:

If you’re like me, you want to turn green and climb to the top of the Empire State building to swipe at planes when you hear average, non-billionaire Americans telling you what they heard on Fox News: “Right to work” is a victory for “choice.”

These newly minted right-wing “pro-choicers” are proud to say that this attack on unions is a way to give workers “freedom to associate,” as if anyone in America is forced to take a job, as if people in Michigan wouldn’t line up for the chance to take a union job. As if the actual “food stamp party” isn’t the GOP.

The idea of people in the middle class attacking the ability to organize, the one thing that most led to creation of the middle class, is as heartbreaking as it infuriating.

The sad thing is that many of these folks are earnest. They’re not a Fox News guy trying to get airtime or an Americans for Prosperity staffer. They’re agitated Republicans ranting in the faces or Twitter feeds of people who will actually see their wages depressed as a result of this rush to weaken unions in Michigan.

These “temporarily embarrassed millionaires” may not know it, but they’re proud members of one of the most successful political movements in American history—the billionaire rights movement.

It began in 1971 when future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell wrote a memo called “Attack on the American Free Enterprise System.” It basically acknowledged that America had become a completely liberal nation and that a right wing counterweight and infrastructure was needed to empower corporations and those who love “free enterprise.” His arguments led to the creation of right wing think tanks and organizations that fuel the conservative movement and the logic that led to unlimited corporation donations being made legal in the Citizens United case.

Dan Savage points out that the LGBT movement, which has been nearly as effective as the billionaire rights movement, has a superpower: they’re born into straight families. Powell was noting that corporations had a superpower: money.
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Goodbye, Colleen

Am I the only person who mourned the passing of Colleen Donaghy (Elaine Strich), Jack’s mother, on 30 Rock? What a great old broad her character was.

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