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Daily Kos Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:58:42 GMT  

Open thread for night owls: Social programs suffer as $80 billion more is added to Pentagon budget

At CommonDreams, Jake Johnson writes—U.S. Says No Money for Social Programs, But '$700 Billion to Kill People? Yeah That We Have':

Where were the pundits and elected lawmakers who complain about the cost of providing healthcare to all Americans when the Senate voted to spend $700 billion on the military?

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Many critics were raising this question Monday after the Senate—in what was portrayed as yet another indication of bipartisan support for endless waroverwhelmingly approved the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will dump a larger sum of money into the military budget than even President Donald Trump asked for while also authorizing the production of 94 F-35 jets, two dozen more than the Pentagon requested.

Passage of the NDAA—which this year approves a $700 billion defense budget, an annual increase of $80 billion—is something of an automated process in Washington, one that often flies under the radar and garners little opposition.

However, with support for Medicare for All and free public college tuition soaring, many are calling attention to the hypocrisy of pundits who yell about the costs of single-payer healthcare providing debt-free higher education while remaining entirely silent about the war budget.

Adam Johnson, a contributor to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, argued that the explanation for this double standard is simple: America's dominant political class and mainstream commentators view exorbitant military spending as a given. [...]

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“As ever, the original inhabitants of Turtle Island are entirely overlooked. Mysteriously, the only time indigenous people are guaranteed a mainstream Amerikkan mention is on Thanksgiving. 
Again, to contextualize, this would be be kinda like someone busting into your house and robbing you blind, then sending you postcards once a year to remind you how much they are enjoying all of your stuff, and getting annoyed with you if you don't respond with appreciation for their thoughtfulness.” 
                    
Inga Muscio, Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil: My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society (2005)
 

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2005Getting ahead of the issue on Iraq

Elected Democrats have been rightly knocked around for having no leadership instincts, and that's nowhere more visible than on the issue of Iraq. While Democrats in DC and in races around the country want to pretend that Iraq can be trumped by health care and social security, there's just no way that's going to happen. Iraq will be issues number one, two and three on voters' minds.

Now here's the problem. Most DC Democrats I've spoken to are very much against the war, but they're afraid to say so. Afraid to look weak. Afraid that they'll be tarred as peaceniks.

Yet, despite any high-profile opposition to the war, more and more people are turning on Bush's War. And now that polling is showing the American people increasingly disenchanted with the war and agitating for a pullout, more Democrats will feel compelled to take "courageous" stances on the war, now that only 32 percent of the American people approve of it.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Turns out it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day. So we talk about pirates. Bain Capital boards and sinks Toys ‘R Us. Trump is still plundering “charities”; and hedge fund managers, their clients. More rape allegations among the Fox crew, trained under the Jolly Roger.

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Pensito Review Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:58:43 GMT  

The Looming Republican Rebellion

“I think there’s going to be a rebellion against everybody, not just leadership. If we get to December and we’ve not repealed Obamacare, don’t build the wall… it’s not going to be pretty.”

— Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), quoted by Axios.

“I think there’s going to be a rebellion against everybody, not just leadership. If we get to December and we’ve not repealed Obamacare, don’t build the wall… it’s not going to be pretty.”

— Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), quoted by Axios.


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Politicus USA Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:58:43 GMT  

Rachel Maddow Asks 2 Critical Questions That Could Rock Trump And The GOP On Russia
Rachel Maddow asked two key questions that both illustrate how the Russia scandal is bigger than Trump and has entangled the Republican Party.

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A Top House Intel Democrat Just Terrified Trump With A Russia Investigation Promise
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said that if Trump and his people won't cooperate with the Russia investigation, investigators will do whatever takes to get to the bottom of the scandal.

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In A Stunning Moment, Republican Senator Basically Tells Sick Americans To Go Die
On MSNBC, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) said that Americans should have essential health benefits in their health care, which means that if people get sick, the Republican message is go die.

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Paul Krugman Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:07:35 GMT  

The Opposite of Carnage
Will voters notice when things really do get worse?
Health Care Fundamentals
Redistribution the public likes.
Infrastructure Delusions
Build he won't.

Media Matters for America - Latest Items Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:58:43 GMT  

On MSNBC, Ex-GOP Staffer Details How The Purpose Of Voter ID Laws Is To "Take People's Constitutional Rights Away"

From the April 7 edition of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes:

TODD ALLBAUGH: I've been a Republican for a long time. It was at that moment, Chris, in that room in the senate Republican caucus when I heard people, a Party I had fought for for over 30 years of my life, actually giddy and happy and talking about how we can take people's Constitutional rights away, or at least impede them, in order to hang onto power.

[...]

Now, you have a group of people in the state legislature, particularly in the senate Republican caucus, who want to impede peoples' voting rights. That's the point where I said "I can't do it anymore." I can't be a Republican, I can't keep going to caucuses because this Party no longer represents me and what I believe in. 

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Republicans used to fight for voting rights, and here they were taking them away. So, yes, the point is, this was a poignant point in my life. I remember it clearly and certainly the point in that room that day was how do we do this quickly because there was a lot of recalls going on in Wisconsin at that time. How do we do it quickly so that we can make sure we hang onto power in the future.

Previously:

Watch Seth Meyers Call Out The Discriminatory And "Deeply Dysfunctional" Impact Of Voter ID Laws

MSNBC Shows How Wisconsin Voter ID Laws Disenfranchised College Students

Right-Wing Media Use Wisconsin Primary Turnout To Dismiss Discriminatory Impact Of Voter ID Laws


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