Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has a thing for John Wayne. In an interview...– Bachmann cites wrong John Wayne, praises notorious serial killer (ryking: Emphasis added above.) vruz: June 27th, International Michele Bachmann’s day. (via vruz) Congratulations, Barack Obama, on your 2012 re-election. (via pantslessprogressive) *snicker*
I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where...– Grover Norquist, in a 2001 interview with NPR. (via pantslessprogressive) - I really don’t understand this anti-government attitude. I mean, what did the government do to Grover Norquist that made him this way? Was he molested by an IRS agent as a child? I mean, seriously. It’s one...
Nurses Rally for a Tax on Financial Speculation →
pantslessprogressive: Sandy Falwell, who has worked in a neonatal intensive care unit for some 20 years, could tell plenty of stories about the impact of the Great Recession on the lives of her patients. One of the most painful: After a woman gave birth to a 2-pound baby, she told Falwell that she blamed herself for her baby’s premature birth. During her pregnancy she had been unable to afford...
ShortFormBlog: Michele Bachmann on hot seat trying... →
shortformblog: $30,000 the amount the counseling clinic Bachmann’s husband reportedly received in subsidies (some of them federal) over the past five years $260,000 the amount a Wisconsin family farm, reportedly part-owned by Bachmann, reportedly received in federal subsidies source » Oh no!… Surprise, surprise. Bachmann’s a closet socialist.
…Suppose that the New York State Senate operated according to the rules of the...– Matt Yglesias (via pantslessprogressive)
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser... →
shortformblog: Details of the incident, investigated jointly by Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, remain sketchy. The sources spoke on the condition that they not be named, citing a need to preserve professional relationships. [read more] Today in things actually going too far in Wisconsin. Prosser was the guy who got re-elected to the court in...
Traditionally, a bipartisan plan has meant a plan in which both parties give a...– The new ‘bipartisanship’ | Ezra Klein (via pantslessprogressive) RANSOM NOTE. Beautiful.
On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office released its latest long-term...– Ezra Klein (via pantslessprogressive) Thank you for posting that Ezra Klein quote. He spells everything out so eloquently.
New Bloomberg poll shows disapproval of GOP's Tea... →
pantslessprogressive: ryking: Also: — Barack Obama’s overall approval rating is 54%. — Mitt Romney’s overall approval rating is 37% (59% among Republicans). — Eighty-three percent of Republican poll respondents want GOP candidates to “focus almost entirely on economic issues, and a little on social issues.” — Republicans are viewed unfavorably by 47% of respondents. — Democrats are view...
Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity...– Franklin Delano Roosevelt, A Rendezvous With Destiny, 1936 (via pantslessprogressive) That, right there, is why FDR will always be my favorite President.
Senator Paul has suggested that only in Washington can people believe that...– Sen. Bernie Sanders, responding to Sen. Paul’s desire to privatize Meals on Wheels and other government assistance programs for hungry seniors Rand Paul to America’s Hungry Seniors: Let Them Eat Private Charity | The Nation (via apsies)
ShortFormBlog: Why would you steal a buck from the... →
shortformblog: On June 9th, 2011, a 59-year-old man with no criminal history robbed a bank of one dollar. The man, who was unarmed, made it clear that he only wanted a single dollar, and calmly waited for the police to arrive after collecting it from the teller. James Verone had been laid off from his… This story breaks my heart. What kind of country do we live in that you’d...
Pantsless Progressive: Congratulations, Democratic... →
pantslessprogressive: The insurmountable distraction is gone. Surely now you have the time to widely publicize a few pressing issues: Debt ceiling negotiations could include significant cuts to Medicaid. Decreased tax revenue is - surprise! - harming state budgets. Republicans still love to hate Elizabeth…
I had hoped to be able to continue to work… the distraction that I have created...– Anthony Weiner resigns. @rickklein (via brooklynmutt) • How about the distraction that jerk from Howard Stern made? That was worse than impossible. No respect. (via shortformblog)
ShortFormBlog: Living in the U.S. takes a toll on... →
shortformblog: 75.6 average life expectancy, in years, for a man in the United States 80.8 average life expectancy, in years, for a woman in the U.S. source » Not so bad, right? It doesn’t seem like it — until you start comparing us to other countries. Compared to an average of the countries with… The fact that we’re spending more and living shorter lives says one thing quite...
The field was silent on so many things: how to cover those without health...– NY Times Editorial: The G.O.P. Debate (via pantslessprogressive) That sums the whole thing up brilliantly.
I think in America from time to time we have to go through some difficult times...– Gov. Rick Perry, via ThinkProgress Youguize, this is impressive work! When looking at the Republican Party, it’s not immediately evident how theocrats and Randians are supposed to operate under the same tent, particularly after the Cold War vanquished the common Communist enemy. Yet fusionism lives...
Liberals don’t much care if government is bigger or smaller; we care about end...– Political Animal - Lefties are sticklers for reality (via firthofforth)
The gender pay gap: Still alive and kicking
shortformblog: $44,149 median starting salary for males with a bachelor’s degree, as of 2010 $36,451 median starting salary for a woman with the same degree source » Just for the record, that’s a 17% difference between genders. I bet that bachelor’s degree costs the same for both genders.
Bankers and politicians have turned food into a... →
pantslessprogressive: zeitvox: Understanding why food prices are rocketing again – with the cost of wheat and maize up around 70% in the past year – so soon after the bubble of 2008 should make us look more closely at what’s changed in the food market. …The past decade has seen something remarkable happen: sharp-elbowed bankers and gullible politicians in America and Britain have turned...
With Tea Party conservatives and many Republicans balking at raising the debt...– Nicholas Kristof (via pantslessprogressive)
What makes the Anthony Weiner story somewhat unique and thus worth discussing...– Glenn Greenwald, Salon (via iteeth)
If you are a large corporation and you have a good lawyer or a good accountant,...– Senator Bernie Sanders (via pantslessprogressive)
Chronic unemployment worse than Great Depression |... →
About 6.2 million Americans, 45.1 percent of all unemployed workers in this country, have been jobless for more than six months - a higher percentage than during the Great Depression. […] Here’s another problem: more than 1 million of the long-term unemployed have run out of unemployment benefits, leaving them without the money to get new training, buy new clothes, or even get to job...
By United Nations estimates, 215 million women worldwide have an “unmet need”...– “Mothers We Could Save” by Nicholas Kristof. Which you should read all of. (via yesmeansyes) How can numbers like that be ignored? (via keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus)
The non-profit Citizens For Tax Justice (CTJ) has... →
Republican governors who took office this year or last — the ones as determined...– Republicans continue to be their own worst enemy | Harold Meyerson (via pantslessprogressive)