This is definitely one thing that drives me up a wall…
When politicians say “I’m not a scientist,” it is an exasperating evasion. It’s a cowardly way to avoid answering basic and important policy questions. This response raises lots of other important questions about their decision-making processes. Do they have opinions on how to best maintain our nation’s highways, bridges, and tunnels—or do they not because they’re not civil engineers? Do they refuse to talk about agriculture policy on the grounds that they’re not farmers? How do they think we should be addressing the threat of ISIS? They wouldn’t know, of course; they’re not military generals.
Source: Richard Dawkins Foundation
Haha anyone reading my blog for the first time probably thinks I have a lot of rage (I guess you could argue that) but we don’t expect our elected leaders to be experts in everything however they should defer to the expert opinions when making a judgement call. If one is truly uninformed about climate change then ask scientists what their thoughts are as they’re the experts and you’ll quickly find that the overwhelming majority feel that it’s an urgent matter that needs to be dealt with immediately!
It’s disgusting and absolutely unacceptable for politicians to fake ignorance on such important matters.
Man seems like I’m posting a lot about politics these days. Anyway yesterday President Obama came out in full support of net neutrality and of course the right wing backlash started almost immediately.
Republicans also are ready to go to war over the issue.
“Net neutrality is Obamacare for the Internet,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted shortly after the president’s announcement, while Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) dubbed the president’s proposal “a Trojan horse for a government takeover of the Internet.”
Obama’s vision would reclassify broadband as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act, broadening the agency’s authority over Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon. He called for a ban on “paid prioritization,” the idea of ISPs charging content companies like Netflix for Internet fast lanes to consumers.
“This is a basic acknowledgment of the services ISPs provide to American homes and businesses and the straightforward obligations necessary to ensure the network works for everyone — not just one or two companies,” the president said in the statement.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pledged that “Republicans will continue our efforts to stop this misguided scheme to regulate the Internet” in the next Congress. “Federal bureaucrats should not be in the business of regulating the Internet — not now, not ever,” he said in a statement.
I LOL’ed at Senator Cruz’s comment, what does that even mean… Funny you’d think the party of the free market would be for a level playing field for everyone but no, rather it’d prefer ISPs be able to pick and choose what you can see like we have with TV channels. Industry regulation is important, look at what happened to the unregulated financial markets, it was a huge bust.
I swear if President Obama said the sky was blue, Republicans would say otherwise.
Just saw this tidbit and I mean god Americans are freaking blind… Did any of the Republican candidates campaign on cutting corporate regulations or taxes? LOL I love the buzzwords like pro growth, tax reform or concrete progress in this article…
Business groups are licking their chops to work with an all-Republican Congress, believing they now have the chance to roll back years of frustrations.
“We believe all can unite around a pro-growth agenda that reforms the tax code and immigration system, and expands trade,” said John Engler, the president of the Business Roundtable. “Congress needs to roll up its sleeves and resolve these tough issues to make our businesses and country more competitive.”
Similarly, Republicans have long been critics of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, a central legislative achievement that McConnell on Wednesday dubbed “ObamaCare for banks.” But those in the financial industry eager to get out from under some of those new rules are not anticipating a GOP Senate would immediately try and scrap the entire law, though there are some hopes that previously bipartisan efforts to alter the law could get new life next year.
Source: The Hill
My favourite is the last quote, yeah I bet the financial industry can’t stand the new financial laws put in place after the last recession which was created by them alone due to greed of the bankers. I would have preferred Congress reinstate the Glass-Steagall act but of course the government bought by business wouldn’t allow that.
Wake up America, when Republican talk about jobs, the middle class and all the other fluffy stuff, it’s always lies. I guess it doesn’t help that the Democratic party is guided by retards and lost the mid term election badly by running against Democratic principles and instead as Republican-lite.
I seriously hope President Obama sticks to his guns and vetos any bullshit legislation that comes across his desk. Yes if there’s middle ground maybe the two groups can work towards something but when one party is so overtly pro business (and anti individual), I can’t see them passing anything that would benefit the average US citizen.
How anyone could be fooled by the Republican messaging I don’t know. Yeah both parties suck but one sucks much more and that’s the one that controls Congress now, though thankfully with only a slim majority in the senate so they can’t ram what they want through that chamber. Big conservative money won the night and I hope that President Obama sticks to his guns and doesn’t give in further…
I always laugh when I tell my American friends that Obama is more conservative than our Conservative Prime Minister, they’re always shocked.
Oh and on another note, a very classy way to stay relevant Vatican…
“We don’t judge people, but the gesture in itself is to be condemned,” said Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which is responsible for ethical issues in the Catholic Church.
“Assisted suicide is an absurdity,” Carrasco de Paula told the Italian news agency ANSA. “Dignity is something different than putting an end to your own life.” Source: USA Today
So instead of choosing when to die, I guess everyone with a terminal illness should just hang on for as long as they can sucking up resources and suffering till the pitiful & painful end.
So it’s election day in the US and if you’re a citizen it’s your civic duty to vote. The polls are suggesting that the Republican party expanding their majority in the House and possibly capturing a slim majority in the Senate and as an outsider I’m wondering if the US electorate is nuts… I mean the Democratic party isn’t great but the Republicans are so obviously worse, I don’t see how the people can’t see that (along with how big money in politics would be bad).
Anyway it’s going to be interesting tomorrow to see the political map, I’m interested because unfortunately whatever happens in the US affects the rest of the world too.
So John Tory is the new mayor of Toronto and I am conflicted… I never liked Tory, he seemed like an opportunist that only tries when he can get the top job (his first mayoral campaign, becoming PC leader, etc). I guess we’ll see how he turns out as mayor, I’m sure it’ll be less scandal plagued than Rob Ford’s term and who knows maybe he’ll win over everyone and I’ll change my mind about him.
On a side note, I’m glad that the asshole Sam Sotiropoulos lost his TDSB trustee seat.
Why are people still voting these idiots into power?!? Please, is the American electorate really this stupid that it wants retards like this representing them?
If the evidence that he has says that the temperature on Mars is the same as on the Earth then his evidence is blatenly wrong. Seriously this isn’t funny anymore climate change is real and the deniers are just taking pages out of the leaded gasoline and smoking playbooks, it’s so obvious.
Deregulation and free market policies simply don’t work and lead to disaster after disaster. Please if you’re an American elect scientifically literate representatives, it’s so important there’s no point in growing the economy if the world as we know it changes to the point where we can’t survive any longer.
Anyone who follows my blog knows how I hate how supply side economics (aka Reaganomics & trickle down theory) has become economic orthodoxy in the Western world and Nick Hanauer sums up my thoughts on the subject pretty well. Hopefully people listen to him, he’s a self made billionaire who’s argument is very persuasive. Here are a few quotes from the article that I particularly like.
If workers have more money, businesses have more customers. Which makes middle-class consumers, not rich businesspeople like us, the true job creators. Which means a thriving middle class is the source of American prosperity, not a consequence of it. The middle class creates us rich people, not the other way around.
The model for us rich guys here should be Henry Ford, who realized that all his autoworkers in Michigan weren’t only cheap labor to be exploited; they were consumers, too. Ford figured that if he raised their wages, to a then-exorbitant $5 a day, they’d be able to afford his Model Ts.
What a great idea. My suggestion to you is: Let’s do it all over again. We’ve got to try something. These idiotic trickle-down policies are destroying my customer base. And yours too.
Most of you probably think that the $15 minimum wage in Seattle is an insane departure from rational policy that puts our economy at great risk. But in Seattle, our current minimum wage of $9.32 is already nearly 30 percent higher than the federal minimum wage. And has it ruined our economy yet? Well, trickle-downers, look at the data here: The two cities in the nation with the highest rate of job growth by small businesses are San Francisco and Seattle. Guess which cities have the highest minimum wage? San Francisco and Seattle. The fastest-growing big city in America? Seattle. Fifteen dollars isn’t a risky untried policy for us. It’s doubling down on the strategy that’s already allowing our city to kick your city’s ass.
We rich people have been falsely persuaded by our schooling and the affirmation of society, and have convinced ourselves, that we are the main job creators. It’s simply not true. There can never be enough super-rich Americans to power a great economy. I earn about 1,000 times the median American annually, but I don’t buy thousands of times more stuff. My family purchased three cars over the past few years, not 3,000. I buy a few pairs of pants and a few shirts a year, just like most American men. I bought two pairs of the fancy wool pants I am wearing as I write, what my partner Mike calls my “manager pants.” I guess I could have bought 1,000 pairs. But why would I? Instead, I sock my extra money away in savings, where it doesn’t do the country much good.
Source: Politico Magazine
I hate hearing Americans complain about how great things were in the 50s, 60s & 70s uh don’t they know back then at least in the US income taxes for the highest income bracket was 90%+ in the 50s? Business taxes were 50% and the country was booming, everyone was making money and doing well…
When Republicans and Conservatives (both in the US and here in Canada) say lowering taxes will spur economic activity, they’re clearly assuming it and not looking at history. Tax rates on both corporations and individuals need to go up significantly, people should be paid more so there will be greater demand and then maybe we’ll have a sustainable economy… Trickle down economics will only bring doom for us all and our political leaders are doubling down on this retarded notion.
Fuck President Regan (the Republican hero) and his stupid theory on economics, let’s thank that asshole for putting the world on a course for disaster.
This was big news in the US so even though we’re in Canada you probably heard about it. Anyway the Supreme Court of the US for some reason ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s court case which basically said that the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional because it goes against the owner’s religious beliefs. That’s great, now corporations are being granted a right that was previously restricted to individuals and while the majority decision tried to play down the ruling as being limited, we’re starting to see the religious nuts come out of the wood work. I mean I can almost empathize with not wanting to provide contraception because it goes against your belief thing but this next part is even worse.
This week, in the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court ruled that a religious employer could not be required to provide employees with certain types of contraception. That decision is beginning to reverberate: A group of faith leaders is urging the Obama administration to include a religious exemption in a forthcoming LGBT anti-discrimination action.
Source: The Atlantic
Now some religious leaders are coming out and asking the Obama administration to give religious exemptions to LGBT anti discrimination, so now the door to outright discrimination has been opened… The LGBT community is an easy target, so what about a white business owner who doesn’t want to hire minorities because it’s against their interpretation of whatever religion they belong to, is that right?
Going back to the the health mandate too, is a Jehovah’s Witness employer now allowed to refuse to pay for hospital work that includes blood transfusions? How about a Scientologist, who refuses to pay for psychiatric care? This first exception opens the floodgates to other possible upcoming exceptions from the mandate, what if one break away sect says health care altogether is against their beliefs, also does this mean other basic human rights are to be granted to companies?
The world is going down the shitter thanks to the US and it gets worse and worse everyday… The rest of the world is looking at the crazys there and can’t understand why this once great country is letting itself fall apart, turning its back on education, science and basic human decency and instead moving back towards to iron age fairy tales. If someone wants to believe in god that’s one thing, don’t let those retarded beliefs trample on the rights of others.
And we now have a Liberal majority government so now they have free reign for the next 4 years or so. Last night when I was voting, I couldn’t bring my self to select the Liberal candidate but she won anyway. That’s fine though I did my civic duty and voted, my candidate didn’t win but I did my part to try and punish them for stupid past transgressions.
Funny many of my “gun” friends were surprised I was even thinking about voting Liberal but as I told them, I’m not a single issue voter. Frankly I was surprised how poorly Tim Hudak ran his campaign; to come out swinging saying he’d get rid of 100k public employees was plain stupid and his campaign manager who thought it’d be ok should never work in politics again. There were so many issues the PCs could have focused on but instead screwed it all up.
Tough choices will have to be made by the provincial government, let’s see what the future brings…