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"Tea Party GOP Sen. Rand Paul v. Sweet young black sales clerk"


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Via a Facebook chat with my old pal Hugh Kaufman (senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response), with permission:

Proof that there is a God:

U.S. Tea Party GOP Senator Rand Paul v. A sweet young black sales clerk

I was just involved in the best kind of incident at Verizon Center before tonight's Washington Caps hockey game.

At the Caps Team Store pro-segregationist, Senator Rand Paul, tried to cut in line to pay for an item. The sweet young African-American check out lady very politely asked him to go to the end of the line. He ignored her, and wouldn't budge (so much for his opposition to "entitlement"). So I turned to him and pointed to the end of the line, and I told him "the end of the line is over there sir." At which point he walked away in a huff, with "steam coming out of his ears."

(When running for the Senate, Rand Paul said he opposed part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that outlawed racial segregation...He said he did not support the part of the law that made it a crime to discriminate on the basis of race.)

When I thanked Hugh for allowing me to post his story, he added this little nugget:

Sweet black lady and old furloughed EPA bureaucrat foil entitlement for tea party GOP pro-segregation anti-Govt US Senator.


You Too Can Be Black and Take Advantage of the System


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Just because you weren't born black doesn't mean you can't act it. Some Republicans today feel you're actually advantaged to be a minority, thanks to affirmative action. So actor, writer and comedian Robert Townsend put together a video that the GOP is going to use. Though Republicans don't believe in providing funds for education, they were able to get those jive ass Koch brothers, street savvy Karl Rove and the always shooting from the hipster, Sheldon Adelson to finance a video so the GOP's right-wingnut, cracker, gun toting, tea party constituents can "game" the system to get more handouts and opportunities from our Kenyan President.

CAUTION: Language and subject matter can be provocative. Might not be appropriate if viewed at work or in other public places. No nudity, but some very clever, heavy and acute satire. Caught watching it might cause you to be thought of as an intellectual. Shee-it!


"If Obama wants to help Social Security, he should start by lifting the cap on taxable earnings."


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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Obama's entitlement gambit," Opinion, April 10

The current calculation used to determine adjustments to Social Security benefits is based on the cost of living for an urban worker, not a senior. Therefore, it doesn't account for the greater percentage of income the average senior spends on healthcare. Because the cost of healthcare rises faster than other necessities, even the current formula does not adequately protect seniors from inflation.

Switching to the "chained CPI" to determine payouts, as President Obama proposed to do in his 2014 budget, would only make a bad situation worse.

Steve Mehlman



This debate over entitlements is about a long-term solution to a long-term problem. Much more important than getting a deal is getting a good solution.

Can we get a good solution now? Of course not. The partisan divide is deep.

If the president is so concerned with his legacy, maybe he should start doing more of the right things, like restoring traditional tax rates on the wealthiest. Today, CEOs and financiers pay much lower effective federal tax rates than doctors. That is socially unsound.

And if Obama wants to help Social Security, he should start by lifting the cap on taxable earnings.

David Greene

San Pedro


Doyle McManus suggests the president is doing "the kind of thing a second-term president can do." Later, he says the president's proposal is evidence that he "still yearns for a grand bargain."

The former declaration is an empty explanation, while the latter justification provokes the question: A grand bargain for whom? Certainly not for the elderly and disabled dependent on Social Security.

Ben Miles

Huntington Beach


White House and Senate Dems Should Eliminate Social Security Tax Cap for the Rich: Stop CPI Scam on Elderly


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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

[B]ecause the Obama White House has adopted the austerity meme of the Republicans, the option to the cat food chained CPI doesn't get discussed much.  That is because Obama, as is often the case, is accepting the GOP and Wall Street "frame" of the deficit being reduced, in part, on the backs of the middle class and poor.  As we've noted recently; the president may even believe the false meme.

... Remapping Debate, in an April 10 article, Remapping Debate disclosed:

For all the talk of the Social Security system running out of money, it is well established that raising or eliminating the cap on the wages subject to payroll taxes would guarantee a healthy Social Security system for many decades, and do so without cutting benefits or raising the retirement age.

Public support for elimination of the payroll tax cap is high.  [...]

Nevertheless, these routes to ensuring the promises made to workers that they could rely Social Security benefits are kept is little discussed on Capitol Hill. [...]

... That is probably because they don't want to be undercutting the position of their party's president. [...]

In The Nation, William Greider developed an interesting theory:

In fact, there is an even bigger lie concealed by the fiscal scolds and ignored by witless media, too. Again and again, self-righteous critics have portrayed Social Security as the profligate monster borrowing from the Treasury and sucking the life out of federal government.

Guess what? It's the other way around. The federal government borrows from Social Security.  [...]

That is the real crisis that makes the financial barons and their media collaborators so anxious to cut Social Security benefits. They would like to get out of repaying the debt—that is, giving the money back to the people who earned it. The only way to do this is cut the benefits—over and over again. Count on it...

Please read the entire post here.