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Showing posts with label Alex Wagner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alex Wagner. Show all posts

Monday, June 9, 2014

Democrat Caught Selling Out To The GOP (Bribery) [VIDEO]

Since, we know the US dollar drives US politics, I will hold-back on comment beyond the MSNBC Now, Alex Wagner, news segment. After the NOW segment i have posted a "deck" from a Huff PO piece with much more detail.  

I seriously hope no one responds with "The GOP has stoop to a new low." No, what we see is a case of the GOP caught with a 'money-hound" Democrat. The GOP lives "this low." 

The segment

Huffington Post adds to the revelations.

GOP Straight Up Bribes Democratic Senator In Effort To Block Obamacare


The Republican Party in Virginia has resorted to what appears to be outright bribery in its ongoing effort to deny low-income residents in the state access to the Medicaid expansion authorized by .  
The Washington Post is reporting that Republicans offered to move Democratic state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett and his daughter into prestigious jobs in exchange for Puckett's resignation, which will flip the chamber into Republican hands. Puckett will officially accept the offer on Monday, the paper reported.  
The Senate was on course to pass an expansion of Medicaid, as the law allows, while the House of Delegates, in GOP hands, aimed to block it. In such a scenario, Democrats hoped that Republicans would be blamed for the resulting government shutdown. With Republicans in control of both chambers, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) must now veto the GOP budget in order to force a showdown over Medicaid.  
The apparent quid pro quo has sent Democrats railing. 
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Keystone XL And A Senate Energy Bill Killed By The GOP

Senate Republicans (select Democrats) kill an energy bill passed expeditiously through the US House. THE TEA PARTY LADEN US HOUSE PASSED THE BILL!  It is important to know the GOP attempted to attach approval of the Keystone Pipeline to the bill.

If you are not aware of the nuances of the Keystone Pipeline, you are relegating yourself to the world of the LIV: the Low Information Voter.

I will spare the wealth of information previously posted on the site.  Instead, I offer a couple of cogent and very relevant MSNBC segments. It is important to say the Keystone Pipeline is a tool to transport oil derivatives to international markets. Is not a project that will assist in energy independence for the United states. The US has moved to one of the world's most prolific developers of oil derivatives and with the horrific advent of Hydraulic FRACKING, is a world leader in energy development.

Moreover, the Keystone XL Pipeline has a long-term jobs impact that the level of 35 jobs!

One last point.  The Koch Brothers one significant land holdings in Alberta Canada. The land is each with oil deviates that will transport via the Keystone XL Pipeline. The following Washington Post headlines tells the story on GOP drive to build the XL Pipeline:

"The biggest foreign lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers."
If you have any degree of deductive reasoning, you are well equipped to follow the logic.  If the Koch's own 1/1 million acres in tar sand laden Alberta Canada and the Kochs are staunch Libertarian conservatives (with $80 billion collectively), is it a leap to recognize the potential for anyone (politician or greedy pundit) willing and able to assist in development of the pipeline? 

Ed Schultz

Alex Wagner with Bernie Sanders (I) US Senate

Alex Wagner with Darryl Hannah

Why give the Kochs and Canada opportunity to make more billions, while you and me take the risks? Remember, BP has declared no more money to revitalize the Gulf of Mexico and that is within five years of killing an eco-system.  


Friday, April 18, 2014

Tax Policy, The GOP, And You.... Part II

On April 15th (Tax Day) Fox News managers and producers broadcast a segment that smacks the face and psyche of Americans who understand and abhor income inequity born of GOP economic policy since the early 1980s.  Take a look at Ed Schultz's "Vulture Chart."  Do you notice the red (upper income) trend line took off in the early 1980s? 

Now, for Fox New's Hemmer and Varney.  Hemmer actually comments the about down sides of taxes (granted non of us care for taxes), and regulation. The host is big with mantra and talking points, but he should consider use of the word "regulation" as we consider our recent history of unregulated capitalism.

The segment speaks without any opaqueness about the Fox News audience.  

Income inequality is (excuse the colloquial phrase) "as serious as contracting cancer." Those of us who earn significantly less than the nation's top income earners are literally relegated to equally significantly shorter life-spans. Talking Points Memo published a piece today, with "death charts" illustrating the stark reality of "income privilege" Vs. the the less expanded life span. 

The stark reality....

The Curry County Democrats
A Giant Statistical Round-Up of the Income Inequality Crisis in 16 Charts
The Atlantic, Derek Thompson
To understand the full story, you have to look at capital income — from assets like housing and stocks and bonds. This is where income growth for the top 1% has positively exploded, taking income inequality to record highs.

The chart, one of 16 in the Atlantic piece, provides an irrefutable illustration of income inequality. The also takes GOP and conservative mantra to the point of comical manipulation. The only problem with the comedic blabbering from the Right: People are not  paying attention. When we fail to pay attention to our growing oligarchy and growing income inequality, it simply grows and metastasizes. 

Growing income inequality should rightfully, lead to higher income tax burden for people at the top of the income strata. Conversely, middle income Americans and lower income Americans should rightfully pay lower federal taxes. We do have a progressive tax structure! 

It is interesting to watch how right-wing media runs interference for people who provide potential for contributions and funding, and does so without regard for people who earn less and are earning less on an ever-increasing basis.

While the Wall Street Journal recently published the following graphic, SLATE very adroitly dealt with the graphic message. Thus placing interpretation of the graphic along-side Right-wing false interpretation of data reality.

Excerpt (read carefully)
There is nothing wrong with having that debate—most liberals, I think, welcome it. There is something very wrong, however, with how the Journal presents America’s shifting tax burden, which it traces in the graph below. The chart is supposed to tell us that the entire top 20 percent of households—the group shown in red, which includes “couples with two children making more than $150,000,” as writer John McKinnon puts it—is now responsible for paying a vastly larger share of all federal taxes than it was at the start of the Reagan era. It’s not just the ultra-rich who are doing the heavy lifting. It’s the upper-middle class, too.
That is only true if you lump together the top 1 percent with the next 19 percent of taxpayers. Break them apart (as I’ve done below, using the same data sets as the Journal), and it’s clear that the only cohort responsible for a notably larger share of the country’s tax bill is the top 1 percent. (The graph includes a break where it shifts from Congressional Budget Office data, which ends in 2010, to figures from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center).

If you only look at federal income tax liability—so no payroll taxes or corporate taxes—then the entire top 10 percent has seen its share of the burden grow quite a bit. But that brings us to the bigger point: Income inequality is rising. And as long as we have progressive taxation, that means the rich will naturally pay a larger share of the tax tab. The Journal, to its credit, acknowledges this. What it fails to point out is that, according to both the Congressional Budget Office and Tax Policy Center, only one group is paying a higher average tax rate than it did during the Bush era. Again, that’s the top 1 percent.
Right-wing media knows its viewers and ultimately knows who pay their "freight."  

MSNBC's Alex Wagner, Ezra Klein and Janell Ross, The National Journal, discussed the American tax experience.

The average American knows the wealthy have a form of conferred privilege. They have such singularly due to their wealth and opportunity inherent in wealth.  We also know the average American has enough tax knowledge to know that wealthy pay the progressive tax and they know the progressive rates mean we pay less.  Ah yes, the voting public and the non-voting public have some knowledge of the progressive tax, the public has no information feeds that provide easy to find relational perspectives.

Also on Tax Day Media Matters published a piece among pieces that addressed the information void and the lack of information dissemination via network news (ABC, NBC, CBS). 
Relationship Between Income Tax Rates And Income Inequality

If as indicated by both Gallup and Pew Research, Americans get their news from television, and the three major networks didn't provide coverage of the relationship between taxes and income inequality over the course of the past year, one should ask why? The rational person should think in terms of how can public opinion focus on issues critical to matters of importance to the non-wealthy, if media shone such issues.  

Now, do you think media inadvertently avoids issues of growing income disparity?  Surely, you wouldn't be so naive.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Darrell Issa (R) CA, IRS Scandal, SCOTUS, Kochs And Abuse Of The Public

Do you recall the very public 2013 "IRS Scandal?" How about the more than a dozen Oversight Committee Hearings related to the alleged scandal? Did you ever get the impression the hearings became a mere political show sponsored by Darrell Issa (R) CA., in accordance with the promise of thousand of investigations once he took over as Oversight Committee Chair. Issa declared war on the Administration even before he assume the chair seat. The declaration should have set the stage for what was to come. And , yes Issa "Brought it" As some would say. He "brought it to the tune of close to $8 million dollars and has uncovered nothing ore than an agency doing its job. The Cincinnati office use every available indicator to investigate the tsunami of post Citizens United ruling of donation anonymity.  As Issa's 'pit-bull' nonsense continued an IRS Commissioner eventual found and reported progressive groups had also received deep scrutiny. Ultimately, as of late 2013, not one request had been denied

The Issa witch-hunt has accomplished nothing , beyond additional congressional waste of time and valuable federal capital.

Just after the 2010 elections that resulted in a tea party infestation the House of Representatives like a locust infestation, Issa spoke to Politico.

November 8, 2010
Issa told POLITICO in an interview that he wants each of his seven subcommittees to hold “one or two hearings each week.” 
“I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks,” Issa said.
Issa's comments, three days after the 2010 mid-terms, foretold how Issa would go about the business of oversight. When one goes Machiavellian to that extent, a reasonable person should have considered the prospect of digging where there is no gold.  Sadly, serving as the GOP chief (golf) prospector probably led to examples of wishful fabrication. we have evidence Issa' dogma involved underhanded or quasi-unethical acts outside the purvey of Isaa's Minority Party Ranking Member, Elijah Cummings. The alleged IRS Scandal is a linchpin example of political party and movement that will stoop to any level to accomplish its mission and satisfy the whelms of its non-elected power-brokers.

A couple of days back, the New York Times published an OP-Ed from Thomas B. Esdall. Esdall effectively address the "IRS Scandal" while delineating exactly why the IRS should have been lauded for doing its job. Early communication about what appeared as a "tea party or 9/12" witch-hunt, subsequent information and data indicates the Cincinnati Office also properly investigate non-conservative organizations applications.

Before the NY Times link, take a look at a Center For Responsive Politics flowchart from the article. 

Click for Larger Version
So you actually believe that all of those end-points and sub-fissures should the tax exempt. Moreover, how about the prospect that people who donate to theses organization have a disclosure requirement? 

Why the I.R.S. Scandal Won’t Go Away

Two points in closing.  Darell Issa's "pit bull" antics should be curtailed. He is wasting significant amounts of our tax dollars on nothing more than a politically charged witch-hunt. 

We can thank the SCOTUS for the hydrogen explosion-like proliferation of flow charts like the Koch chart posted above. There is no way those organizations are about tax exempt political education (alone). 

Finally, the Cincinnati IRS Office did its job and we should hope that job performance continues. I am afraid the mission has been curtailed; that feeds the Kochs and their mega wealthy plutocratic cabal.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Morning Java: December 1 and 2...And The Awakening ACA Website!

Enjoy while the caffeine kicks-in!!!!

How about some ACA website updates to go along with your Sumatra,  Kopi Luwak IndonesianKenya AA, Tanzanian, French Roast, Kona Coast, 'Black Ivory' [Thai Elephant Dong],  Jamaica Blue Mountain, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Costa Rican, Espresso,  Moyobama Peruvian Organic, Indonesian Blend, Coffee Latte, Kauai Blend (often bitter), Colombian Red Lips, or your Folgers 100% Colombian?
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Since we have been straight forward in criticism of Affordable Care Act implementation, we are compelled to report on progress towards a more functional website and development on back-end issues.  Since, CNN seems "bent" on continuing ACA "gotchas" via various on-air guest and, of course, Fox News continues to develop and broadcast outright lies about the humane law, we are embedding four MSNBC video segments.

The following is an Affordable Care Act video journey through a few MSNBC broadcasts from the first working today of December 2, 2013. The day is significant for one reason only.  It is the day the White House set as a retrench and complete for a much improved ACA website. While we recognize the back-end of the process is not complete, for now people can establish an account, research plans and finalize coverage decisions. And, of course, we recognize the site will have periodic issues.  After all, the website is a government site; not a site developed and run by Pay-Pal, Google, or Amazon.

The video are not, for the most part, short run. If at work consider watching another time, we do not want to lower GDP (productivity).  Or, get your headsets.

Remember, no "screwing - off" at work!

The Daily Rundown, Chuck Todd,

‘Confidence’ grows in health care site  (unable to provide direct link)

Alex Wagner, NOW

Al Sharpton, Politics Nation

"It is starting to work!"

Chuck Todd, The Daily Rundown,  12.3.2013   (1:37 Minutes)

"Repeal no more?" (unable to provide a direct link) 

We will continue our reports on a law that is as critical to a great society as Social Security and Medicaid.