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GOP Repackages Old Attacks on Environmental Safeguards and Calls It a Jobs Plan

Both Cantor's analysis and his remedy ring false. Worse, if adopted, his plan would do real harm to real Americans. It could kill.

Frances Beinecke, Huffington Post

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's memo outlining the GOP jobs plan was certainly timely. Our economy is facing towering challenges that call for bold, constructive ideas. Too bad Cantor's proposed solutions are nothing more than a repackaged anti-government screed that seeks to help the pollution industry by repealing environmental and public health standards.

In the midst of a recession spurred by rampant trading in unregulated mortgage debt, Cantor repeats the canards that clean air safeguards are the "job-destroying" villains. At a time when corporations have amassed what the Wall Street Journal called "record cash piles" -- nearly $2 trillion -- he says updating pollution controls at factories would require burdensome capital costs.

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Robert Reich | The Seven Biggest Economic Lies

"Demagogues through history have known that big lies, repeated often enough, start being believed - unless they're rebutted. These seven economic whoppers are just plain wrong. Make sure you know the truth - and spread it on."

Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

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The President’s Jobs Bill doesn’t have a chance in Congress — and the Occupiers on Wall Street and elsewhere can’t become a national movement for a more equitable society – unless more Americans know the truth about the economy. 
Here’s a short (2 minute 30 second) effort to rebut the seven biggest whoppers now being told by those who want to take America backwards. The major points:

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Michael Lewis | United States Needs To Hit Bottom 'Like An Addict'

  • “What California shows the country is that the problem is individual behavior and attitudes,” Lewis said in the interview. “People want public services and they don’t want to pay for them.”
  • When Society Becomes an Addict

Jillian Berman, Huffington Post

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America needs to hit bottom “like an addict” to rebound from its economic woes, according to Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, The Big Short and other books that have been optioned for movies.

“At every level of the society we have been willing to basically sacrifice our long term interests for short term interests,” Lewis told Bloomberg TV’s Tom Keene in an interview Wednesday (Oct 5). “It’s not sustainable and I think what happens is we have to hit bottom first, like an addict.”

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When Society Becomes an Addict, Anne Wilson Schaef, Described in Google Books
The author indentifies addiction as the underlying malaise of Western society and, in a synthesis of feminist, chemical dependency, and mental health theories, she explores the attributes of the addictive process and discusses its common manifestations.

Après moi le déluge

  • The behavior of those with a superabundance of wealth and power cannot be changed with the hope that the truth will make them, and us, free.
  • Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.--Frederick Douglass

Paul Lauter, Radical Teacher

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I read regularly a kind of groan about the current economic and political situation of the United States.  “Don’t the millionaires and billionaires,” it says, “understand that by resisting the need for them to pay their fair share of taxes, and the consequent defunding of education from pre-school to the University of California, they are undermining America’s future?  We need to call this error in their ways to the attention of the rich.”

Bullshit.  Most of the rich know quite well what they’re doing.  What they see that the Dimocrats seem not to see is that the United States is heading down the tubes.  Seeing that, it follows like cramps after spoiled hamburger, that you would get as big a piece of the action as you can . . . while the action lasts.  Why put good money into education—or other social services, for that matter—if the payoff for doing so, a) won’t occur until long after American society, as we know it, has hit the iceberg and, b) will provide life-jackets for others rather than for you and yours?

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True Unemployment now at 23.1% in USA

John Williams, Shadow Government Statistics (SGS)

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The seasonally-adjusted SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers, who were defined out of official existence in 1994. That estimate is added to the BLS estimate of U-6 unemployment, which includes short-term discouraged workers.

The U-3 unemployment rate is the monthly headline number. The U-6 unemployment rate is the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) broadest unemployment measure, including short-term discouraged and other marginally-attached workers as well as those forced to work part-time because they cannot find full-time employment.

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