The Cruel Gap Between CEO Pay and the Stagnant Minimum Wage: via HuffPost

The Cruel Gap Between CEO Pay and the Stagnant Minimum Wage: via HuffPost The right wing position is that their’s is the way to prosperity. But if that were so, after 32 years of Reaganomics and deregulation, the minimum wage should be going up. If their thesis were true, sooner or later instead of wages going down they should go up. What, you need more than 32 years? When do we consider their theories refuted?

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2016 Presidential Speculators Need Some Serious Rehab: via HuffPost

2016 Presidential Speculators Need Some Serious Rehab: via HuffPost http://huff.to/ZE2j9Y

Rand Paul vs. Chelsea Clinton in 2024. 

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Chris Christie Not Concerned About Lack Of CPAC Invite: ‘That’s Their Call’: via HuffPost

Chris Christie Not Concerned About Lack Of CPAC Invite: ‘That’s Their Call’: via HuffPost http://huff.to/XHc4Th Christie had been snubbing that group of anarchists for years, and although I’d never heard of them before it’s now the “all-star game”? Maybe they mean like that meaningless and badly played game every year for the players who didn’t make the Superbowl.

Silvio Berlusconi Sex Trial: Karima El Mahroug Set To Testify: via HuffPost

Silvio Berlusconi Sex Trial: Karima El Mahroug Set To Testify: via HuffPost http://huff.to/Vyo3oJ Why is this trial still going again? This case would literally fall to a no-evidence motion in the English/Canadian/American system. Yeah, Berlusconi is a creep, we’ve established that. So is John Edwards. The recent trend for politicians and politically connected families (see recent Kennedy acquittal after nurses assaulted a Kennedy, then accused him of assault, then went on national TV, then prosecutors charged him instead of the nurses) is disturbing. It’s banana republic stuff and it has no place in democracy. I don’t care if it’s prominent democrats or prominent right wingers like Berlusconi. Using criminal courts for political theatre is wrong and unprincipled.

Attention Democrats: Chris Christie Isn’t Your New Best Friend: via HuffPost …but you shouldn’t want him to be

Attention Democrats: Chris Christie Isn’t Your New Best Friend: via HuffPost http://huff.to/ZrrjQH So? That line of thinking shows exactly why we need Christie, or someone like him, to be our worst enemy. Healthy politics requires at least two healthy parties. Right now the US has none. The republican party feels no pressure to be credible at all, convinced that all policies, however incoherent and indefensible, can be saved by rants on Fox, and the rest can be covered by gerrymandering. The democrats feel only enough pressure to be slightly more credible than the republicans. Plus, the democrats have shifted way to the right. There are two right wing parties. That is a recipe for stagnation…and defection. Hillary Clinton may win in 2016 just because so many women will vote for a woman because it is their turn. There have already been a lot of women leaders in woman-hating banana republics for christ sakes. On the other hand, like Gore and Romney, Clinton is an unlikeable robot and listening to her is like fingernails going down a blackboard. If she were a man she would be unelectable as president. People like the idea of Clinton. They respect her credentials and the things that she has done. She is married to the only competent president the country has had in decades, a presidency with which she had unprecedented influence and bears some of the credit for the success. But would that save her if we have to listen to her every minute of every day for an entire campaign cycle? Closing the gap ideologically with republicans means the democrats are highly vulnerable to a republican pragmatist. If there’s no difference between the parties, why not go for the practical problem solver? Christie may put more pressure on the republicans as well, to start competing for who is the best practical problem solver, rather than competing for who can be the craziest lunatic. The democrats have alienated the left and even the center, running essentially on being the lesser of two evils. People backed the democrats because they had to, backing the republicans is now suicidal. A credible candidate with the republicans may push the democrats back to the base, and will definitely push them to be better. As for Christie being somebody who can work with people across the aisle… How is that a problem again?

Mike Huckabee Slams Obama Cabinet’s Lack Of Diversity: via HuffPost

Mike Huckabee Slams Obama Cabinet’s Lack Of Diversity: via HuffPost http://huff.to/ViD5ib The worse politics gets the more it will drive women away. Except for psychopaths like Bachmann. If it keeps up eventually eventually the sociopaths will be driven out and there will be only psychopaths left. Then Fox news will find a way to descend even lower from there. There’s no draw except for people who revel in conflict and corruption, which disproportionately excludes women.

A Roll Call of the 10 Biggest Hypocrites to Vote Against Sandy Relief: via HuffPost

A Roll Call of the 10 Biggest Hypocrites to Vote Against Sandy Relief: via HuffPost http://huff.to/ZnHLBx If people fall for the Fox trap of taking extreme views to get air time as entertainment they’ll find eventually they’ll have to start smashing chairs like it’s Jerry Springer and it will get worse from there. Do you want to bet that you can win a race for the bottom and nobody out there will stoop lower than you? Do you want to be playing a game with those rules? Where does all this go? How can it not end in self destruction?