January 22, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

A Walker to the End of a Lie

This wonderful NY Times piece from last Sunday lays out the clear difference between economic approaches in Wisconsin and Minnesota. One being a doctrinaire political ideology where Right Wing do-nothing austerity and the suffering it causes is peddled to the masses as job creation. And the other, a can-do activist state government, taxing some spending for the state and creating growth and services and increased  quality of life.

Scott Walker, stooge of the tax and service-cutting, union-crushing Koch Brothers in Wisconsin, presides over a slowing economic environment and job market and a diminished state profile. Minnesota’s Mark Dayton, however, is an unabashed liberal, taxing the rich, increasing aid to education and social services. Jobs are up and so is the desirability of Minnesota as a destination for business and families.

Here then, in microcosm, is the clear philosophy of public investment, for once in sharp contrast with the myth of an outdated, discredited Right wing I’ve-got-mine-screw-you ideology.

You don’t have to spin, only observe.

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The problem? Them bums on Welfare!!!

How much do we spend every year on food stamps (now being cut to 4 million of the poor and much more next year, with 1 in 6 children hungry in the US)? $78 Billion.

How much do we pay out in corporate welfare (tax breaks, incentives, protections, subsidies)? $85 Billion.

The Right likes to condemn the poor as exemplars of moral failure, as if falling into poverty, even in this economy,  is a sign of bad character. These corporate sponges, however, are seldom mentioned by the Right or Mainstream Media. And yet what is more depraved than hurting the vulnerable and coddling these suckers? Here are some of our favorite kings and queens. By me for The American Prospect, Mary Parsons, designer and with a great research assist by Bryce Stucki. Thanks to our editor, Kit Rachlis.



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The Mad Men of Climate Denial

Trained scientists and others take money to go on the air and in print and espouse lies dictated by and paid for by billionaire owners and boards of fossil fuel industries. At a time when the emergency warning light is flashing on climate change, these scoundrels help to confuse the issue, making it seem as though there is scientific debate where there is no significant scientific disagreement. The planet is warming rapidly and it is life-altering for the world as we know it. And worse if we do nothing.  But “nothing”, as in doing nothing, is the project for these men.Many thanks to Mary Parsons of The American Prospect for her elegant handling of this idea from the git go. And editor Kit Rachlis for the support and smarts that make all the diff.

THIS AMERICAN LIFE did an excellent Climate Change show last week, which you can hear HERE.

that our carbon addiction is trapping heat and destroying the Earth as we knew it. In the new world that emerges we will be thinking about this all the time and, in spite of our own horror of change, especially to those who are very comfortable with the system we have, we will change. Those who fight hard against change, especially when the evidence is staring one in the face, are experiencing what psychologists call “motivational reasoning”: insisting that facts fit their world-view, not the other way around. They can self-delude all they like of course. It’s the job for the rest of us to tell the truth best we can every day.


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Woodrow Wilson . . .

 . . . father of the Espionage Act of 1917. Used against many people then. It’s being used against journalists now. His attorney general, Palmer, would approve.Wilson original Sk