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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.”

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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. " 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

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

Now, Cantor is opposing President Obama’s proposal to spend $30 billion to modernize 35,000 American schools. NRA Bill With 243 Sponsors Would Create Race To The Bottom On Concealed Handguns. The FAA Is About To Run Out Of Money AGAIN Due To Senate Stalemate. For the second time in as many months, the Federal Aviation Administration may temporarily furlough some 80,000 employees if Congress can't reach a deal to extend the agency's funding by Friday night.

The FAA Is About To Run Out Of Money AGAIN Due To Senate Stalemate

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has held up passage of the funding extension bill, which would appropriate additional money for the FAA and federal highway transit projects, citing an objection to one component of the transit side of the legislation. The House unanimously passed that bill Tuesday, and the Senate has until midnight on Friday to also pass it before funding for the FAA runs out.

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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. 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.

What actually happened was that Senate Republicans, helped by 14 senators from both parties who didn’t even show up for the vote, blocked a motion to wrap up debate on whether or not to begin debating a bill to renew sanctions on Burma. Majority Leader Sen. 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. 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. 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. 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: 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. Speaker of the House John Boehner spoke to the economic club of Washington D.C. today, and it’s safe to say he isn’t feeling Obama’s American jobs plan.

Barack Obama’s Job Speech: Them’s Fighting Words! Jon Kyl Threatens To Quit Super Committee Over Defense Cuts. WASHINGTON -- The No. 2 Republican in the Senate says he would quit the special deficit-reduction supercommittee if there is an effort to cut more from defense. GOP Rep Introduces ‘Jobs’ Bill That Would Completely Eliminate Corporate Taxes. By Alex Seitz-Wald on September 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm. Grassley says IRS whistleblower program needs more resources. The Internal Revenue Service needs to boost resources for investigating tips about tax cheats the architect of the agency’s whistleblower reward program said Friday. GOP class warfare: protect billionaires at all costs. Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 10:04 AM. Republicans close ranks against Obama jobs plan.

By Agence France-PresseTuesday, September 13, 2011 18:15 EDT WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top Republican foes in the US Congress closed ranks Tuesday to assail his $447 billion jobs plan, as startling new figures painted a bleak picture of US economic woes. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said his party has no greater goal that defeating Obama in November 2012 elections, dismissed the blueprint as “more of a reelection plan than a jobs plan.” Incredible Keith Olbermann Special Comment On Taking Back Governance From Politicians. Republican Louie Gohmert Blasts American Jobs Act For Banning Unemployment Discrimination. WASHINGTON -- Rep. 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.