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President. Don't Make The Economic Mistake Of Voting Republican. In the past 100 years, America has progressed in terms of equal rights, but on the economic front, equality is relatively non-existent.

Don't Make The Economic Mistake Of Voting Republican

At the turn of the century there were approximately 400 families that controlled the lion’s share of the wealth and that figure has hardly budged in 2011. The American middle class that emerged after World War II is responsible for much of the economic prosperity the country experienced for a generation, but their numbers are dwindling as Republicans assail unions and public employees with spending cuts and their ridiculous deficit reduction scams. When Republican governors and legislatures began eliminating public employees’ collective bargaining rights, the middle class finally woke up and protested because they saw their way of life coming to an end. However, where was the middle class for the past 30 years as Republicans assailed the poor and minorities? How Money Corrupts Congress – and How to Stop It. How Money Corrupts Congress – and How to Stop It By Julian BrookesRolling Stone October 5, 2011 “There is a feeling today among too many Americans that we might not make it,” Lawrence Lessig writes in the introduction to his new book Republic, Lost.

How Money Corrupts Congress – and How to Stop It

“Not that the end is near or that doom is around the corner, but that a distinctly American feeling of inevitability, of greatness – culturally, economically, politically — is gone.” He goes on to note that Americans’ trust in government is at an all-time low, related to the (largely accurate) belief that moneyed special interests wield outsize influence over our political system.

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House. War on Obama. Deregulation. House Republicans Seek Auto Industry Cuts To Cover For Disaster Relief Funds. WASHINGTON -- House Republicans rolled out their plan to fund disaster relief in Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) district, but at the cost of almost half of remaining loans set aside to help the American auto industry.

House Republicans Seek Auto Industry Cuts To Cover For Disaster Relief Funds

Included in their plan for a continuing resolution to fund the government past Sept. 30 is a provision to cut $1.5 billion of the $3.4 billion in remaining funds for low-cost loans -- sometimes referred to as "Section 136 loans. " The money would be reused to pay for aid to states as they clean up after recent natural disasters like Hurricane Irene and the rare east coast earthquake -- both of which greatly affected Cantor's Virginia district. Will Richard Cordray Ever Lead The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

<br/><a href=" US News</a> | <a href=" Business News</a> Copy Last week's Senate Banking Committee hearing on the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau featured prepared speeches that were utterly without sound and fury but still managed to do a huge disservice to American consumers.

Will Richard Cordray Ever Lead The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

It felt like a really bad Capitol Hill reality show, devoid of all emotion, featuring actors who made Snookie and the Situation seem like "clean" coal shills at a global warming conference. Confirmation hearings are generally only for the true political junkie, and this was no exception. Republican Rep Accidentally Admits The GOP Has No Interest In Creating Jobs.

A major problem for dysfunctional liars and charlatans is that sooner or later they forget what their lies are and mistakenly tell the truth.

Republican Rep Accidentally Admits The GOP Has No Interest In Creating Jobs

It is a common trait among criminals who inadvertently admit their guilt and then become confused and angry when police handcuff them and lock them in a jail cell. Politicians often make similar errors and it is up to the media or the opposing party to point out obvious incongruities so the public can make informed decisions at the ballot box. Republicans, in particular, are champion liars who repeat rote talking points without thinking, and occasionally misspeak and reveal their true agenda without realizing they exposed their anti-American mindset. Republicans Call for Gutting Social Security, Adding Trillions to Debt. Cantor Voted For Billions To Rebuild Schools In Iraq, Now Opposes Funding School Construction In America. By Judd Legum on September 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm "Cantor Voted For Billions To Rebuild Schools In Iraq, Now Opposes Funding School Construction In America" Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) voted for over $120 billion to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, funds that were used to construct and repair schools, roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure.

Cantor Voted For Billions To Rebuild Schools In Iraq, Now Opposes Funding School Construction In America

NRA Bill With 243 Sponsors Would Create Race To The Bottom On Concealed Handguns. By Alex Seitz-Wald on September 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm "NRA Bill With 243 Sponsors Would Create Race To The Bottom On Concealed Handguns" The NRA is pushing a sweeping new bill to radically weaken the nation’s gun control regime.

NRA Bill With 243 Sponsors Would Create Race To The Bottom On Concealed Handguns

Already co-sponsored by 243 members of the House, the legislation would force any state to recognize a concealed weapons permit issued by any other state: The FAA Is About To Run Out Of Money AGAIN Due To Senate Stalemate.

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Obama's millionaire tax is class war, say Republicans. US Republican leaders have accused president Barack Obama of "class warfare" as he prepares to unveil plans to increase taxes for millionaires.

Obama's millionaire tax is class war, say Republicans

Obama is set to reveal details of the so-called "Buffett tax" – named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who has repeatedly called for the rich to pay higher taxes – on Monday. Obama looks set to propose a tax hike for those earning more than $1m a year as part of a wider plan to tackle the US's massive deficit. The proposals, which have little chance of becoming law without Republican support, look set to become the latest battle ground for Republicans and Democrats gearing up for next year's election and an increasingly contentious fight over how to support the US's struggling economic recovery. More Senate Squabble, Fewer Jobs. Still waiting for that big pivot when everyone in Congress starts acting like they actually care that the unemployment and poverty rates are are record high levels.

In the meantime… Republicans blocked an effort Monday by Senate Democrats to quickly pass a $7 billion aid package for victims of recent natural disasters like Hurricane Irene, tornadoes in the Midwest and the South and floods along the Mississippi, Missouri and other rivers.On a 53-33 vote, the Senate rejected an attempt by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to bring up a bill that Democrats had hoped to use to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s depleted disaster fund. Multi-Millionaire Rep. Says He Can’t Afford A Tax Hike Because He Only Has $400K A Year After Feeding Family. By Alex Seitz-Wald on September 19, 2011 at 11:12 am "Multi-Millionaire Rep.

Multi-Millionaire Rep. Says He Can’t Afford A Tax Hike Because He Only Has $400K A Year After Feeding Family

Says He Can’t Afford A Tax Hike Because He Only Has $400K A Year After Feeding Family" So Letting Businesses Pollute the Air and Water Is How the Administration Believes We'll Create Jobs? Attorney general denies sale to controversial hospital chain. Ana Venegas/The Orange County RegisterDr.

Attorney general denies sale to controversial hospital chain

Prem Reddy, Prime Healthcare Services' owner and board chairman In a widely watched decision, the state attorney general's office today denied the sale of Victor Valley Community Hospital to Prime Healthcare Services' nonprofit foundation, saying the sale would not be "in the public interest. " Prime's nonprofit foundation blasted the decision as "unexpected" and "inexplicable. " Prime accused the attorney general of siding with a labor union that "has been running a blatantly false smear campaign of vilification against hospitals operated by Prime Healthcare.

" Defending Decision Not To Investigate News Corp., Issa Contradicts Own Claim That He Knows Rupert Murdoch. By Travis Waldron on September 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm "Defending Decision Not To Investigate News Corp., Issa Contradicts Own Claim That He Knows Rupert Murdoch" AT&T Gave $963K to Lawmakers in T-Mobile Bid. Representative Pete Olson and 99 fellow House Republicans signed a letter yesterday urging the Obama administration to resolve a government lawsuit and let AT&T Inc. (T) buy T-Mobile USA Inc. All but one of the 100 lawmakers has received political donations from AT&T employees since 2009, according to a Bloomberg review of campaign finance records.

The letter signers took in $963,275, Art Brodsky, a spokesman for Washington-based advocacy group Public Knowledge, said in an e-mail. “AT&T’s congressional support for its takeover of T-Mobile comes at a price,” Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, a merger opponent, said in an e-mailed statement. AT&T is working to rescue its $39 billion purchase of T- Mobile from a U.S. lawsuit that seeks to block the transaction as anticompetitive. Cornel West: Cold-hearted Republican Party tied to oligarchs  Public intellectual and Princeton professor Cornel West said Tuesday on MSNBC that the Republican Party was “mean, coldhearted and tied to oligarchs,” but Democrats were “spineless” and unwilling to fight them.

“Looks like Barack Obama is going to have some spine, but it could be a two-step,” he said. “It could be a speech for progressives, then move back to the center.” “The top 10 percent got 100 percent of income growth,” West later added. “That’s pathological. CREW's Most Corrupt Members of Congress. 6 Dumb Arguments Against Taxing the Rich, Explained. On Saturday, the Obama administration unveiled the "Buffett Rule," a proposed tax on millionaires and billionaires named after celebrity investor Warren Buffett, who has long argued that the federal government should demand more of the wealthy. The millionaires tax is certain to become a major point of contention in the 2012 presidential campaign, and Republicans have wasted no time in heaping it with calumnies. Here are the six most popular conservative arguments against a progressive tax code, and why they're wrong: It's class warfare!

VIDEO- Allison Kilkenny on Countdown with… Sam Seder talks “Postal Workers: The Last Union” Consumer Groups Condemn GOP Bills To Eliminate Consumer Protections. Puppets Of The Rich: John Boehner. Jon Kyl Threatens To Quit Super Committee Over Defense Cuts. GOP Rep Introduces ‘Jobs’ Bill That Would Completely Eliminate Corporate Taxes. Grassley says IRS whistleblower program needs more resources. GOP class warfare: protect billionaires at all costs. Republicans close ranks against Obama jobs plan. Incredible Keith Olbermann Special Comment On Taking Back Governance From Politicians. Republican Louie Gohmert Blasts American Jobs Act For Banning Unemployment Discrimination. Herman Cain on Energy Policy. How 'Small Government' Conservatives Raise Your Taxes Through Stealthy Back-Door Fees. LIVE VIDEO NOW: North Carolina Senate Gay Marriage Debate. Coburn Yields to Pressure, Backs Off FAA Shutdown Threat. Bombshell: State Department Outsourced Tar Sands Pipeline Environmental Impact Study to ‘Major’ TransCanada Contractor.

Exclusive: Republican Lobbyist Raided By FBI Last Week Shared Office With Top GOP State Senator, Bob Dutton. How Conservatives and Big Oil are Using a Phony Scandal to Undermine Obama, Clean Energy, and Government Itself. Centrist Dems Already Trying To Put The Brakes On Obama's Tax Increases. Do Regulations Really Kill Jobs Overall? Not So Much. Killing Clean Energy Laws. Bundlers on target in deficit committee - Anna Palmer and Manu Raju. Senator Menendez Responds to Republican Obstruction of Renewal of Critical Autism Legislation - Robert Menendez.