Tuesday, March 27, 2012

America’s ghost organization strikes again: Will the Trayvon Martin case shine a light on government’s puppet master?



Paul Krugman had an interesting op-ed the other day concerning America's little known ghost organization ran by the Koch brothers:  the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

For those of you unfamiliar with this institution, the supposed "nonpartisan" ALEC is a steamroller for the American ultraconservative movement containing a lobbying arm, a corporate arm, and an arm made up of legislators.

People for the American Way informs us that “in 2009, of the 826 ‘model bills’ that were introduced in state legislatures [by ALEC], 115 of those bills were enacted into law.”  In some cases, these laws were written almost word-for-word by ALEC.

Regardless of your opinion on the Trayvon Martin case – I am of the opinion of letting the law handle it since neither of us were there and neither of us are Floridian legal scholars – one can’t simply ignore ALEC’s involvement with Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. 

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Monday, March 26, 2012

The American Revolution and the American Counter-Revolution: Past, Present, and Future

[Today, we welcome back SWR!  PfP would like to thank him for his contribution!  As always, if you would like to contribute to People for Polity, email peopleforpolity@gmail.com.]

I want, here, to try to speak of something that bothers me about American history and how it is presented to and understood by the common person that no one ever talks about and then how this relates to the contemporary United States.

Often, people like to speak about and present the current U.S. Constitution like it is the document that embodies the values and goals of the American Revolution.

That, however, is not really true.

The true document of the revolution -- besides the Declaration of Independence -- was the Articles of Confederation.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Myths, deception, and lies: Rhetoric and the conservative right [VIDEO]



UpTakeVideo recently posted a video on YouTube of former Secretary of Labor, professor, and author Robert Reich speaking at the "Summit For A Fair Economy" in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 10, 2011.  In the video, Reich details 6 big GOP lies about the economy.

The lies as detailed by Reich and the video's description:

1.) Tax cuts to the rich and corporations trickle down to the rest of us.  (No it doesn't, and it never has.)

2.) If you shrink government you create jobs.  (No, you get rid of jobs that way.)

3.) High taxes on the rich hurts the economy.  (No, the economy grew when the US did this under Eisenhower.)

4.) Debt is to be avoided, and it is mostly caused by Medicare.  (No, if debt is properly used to grow the economy, it becomes a smaller part of the budget because of increased revenue, and Medicare has the lowest overhead of any health insurance plan out there.)

5.) Social Security is a Ponzi scheme.  (No, it's solid for 26 years. Social Security is solid beyond that if the rich pay the same percentage in social security taxes as the rest of us do.)

6.) We need to tax the poor.  (This is what Republicans have been proposing when they say any "tax reform" needs to involve all Americans, because poor people pay no income tax. The poor have no money, and taxing them will not solve our budget problems.)

More after the break...