Monday, May 2, 2016


The House Just Voted To Give Wall Street Billions From Americans' Retirement Savings

The House Just Voted To Give Wall Street Billions From Americans' Retirement Savings

If the House of Representatives gets its way, President Barack Obama won’t be able to crack down on unnecessary fees that cost Americans billions of dollars in retirement savings a year.

The House voted 234 to 188 Thursday to undo a rule proposed by the Labor Department earlier this month that would require anyone getting paid to provide retirement investment advice to act in the best interest of retirees. Many people think that’s already how things work, but it isn’t.

The way things work right now is that brokers who oversee retirement savings accounts can be paid extra to steer their clients into unnecessarily expensive funds or excessively risky investments, without disclosing that fact to their clients. That sort of conflicted investment advice costs Americans saving for retirement $17 billion a year, according to the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

  

Nebraska Town Says No To A New Factory And 1,100 New Jobs To Keep Immigrants Out ‹ Winning Democrats

Nebraska Town Says No To A New Factory And 1,100 New Jobs To Keep Immigrants Out ‹ Winning Democrats

To most places that would sound fantastic. To local farmers, feed and grains demand would rise so the 1.6 million chickens per week processed there for Costco could stay fed. People would need to move to town. There could be home sales and construction projects. New neighborhoods could develop. A town stagnant for decades could maybe get a new pizza shop or convenience store.

The residents of Nickerson, however, said no. They don’t want their cute little town ruined by all those jobs, the smell of a processing plant and most importantly, the immigrants it would bring to town. As people collected for the meeting to discuss the plant, you can see the “diversity” of the place already:

  

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters | Drifting Through My Open Mind

Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters | Drifting Through My Open Mind

I hear you.

You’re angry.

I get it, I’m angry too.

I’m not talking to the people who are angry at Target because their Pro Transgender bathroom policy flies in the face of their cherry picked moral compass. I’m not under any obligation to respect their beliefs.

I’m talking to you… the people who have no issue with sharing a bathroom with LGBT people. I’m talking to those of you who are speaking out about this bathroom policy, expressing concern over the women and children who you fear will be in danger because of this policy.

You’re reasonable people. You aren’t expressing hate or bigotry. You just worry. You worry about your kids, your wives, your sisters. I worry too.

I probably worry too much. I have always accompanied my younger kids to the bathroom in public places. When my son was too old to go into the women’s room, I would stand right outside the Men’s room door. If he was taking a while I would yell into the door, asking if he was ok. So, yes, I’m that mom.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

The President doesn't fix potholes


A reason posting has been so light of late is that yours truly has been woking as an election clerk in the local joint elections in the county of his residence.   During the first week of early voting, no more than maybe 3% of registered voters have turned out to use their ballot to shape the response and future of their local government.

Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders isn’t a radical — he’s basically Eisenhower

Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders isn’t a radical — he’s basically Eisenhower

Bernie Sanders is considered radical — but Noam Chomsky said his positions actually enjoy broad support.

Chomsky said the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate’s platform wasn’t all that different from Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, reported Democracy Now.

“He’s considered radical and extremist, which is a pretty interesting characterization, because he’s basically a mainstream New Deal Democrat,” Chomsky said. “His positions would not have surprised President Eisenhower, who said, in fact, that anyone who does not accept New Deal programs doesn’t belong in the American political system. That’s now considered very radical.”

He said those New Deal policies have long enjoyed the support of Democratic voters and many independents.

“When Obama put through the Affordable Care Act, there was, you recall, a public option, but that was dropped,” Chomsky said. “It was dropped even though it was supported by about almost two-thirds of the population. You go back earlier, say, to the Reagan years, about 70 percent of the population thought that national healthcare should be in the Constitution, because it’s such an obvious right — and, in fact, about 40 percent of the population thought it was in the Constitution, again, because it’s such an obvious right. The same is true on tax policy and others.”

  

Bruce Lindner:  On John Wayne and Kirk Douglas.


Supreme Court Order on Texas Voter ID Law Clears Procedural Logjam Constructed by Governor Abbott | Lone Star Project

Supreme Court Order on Texas Voter ID Law Clears Procedural Logjam Constructed by Governor Abbott | Lone Star Project

The U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled on a petition filed by the Veasey plaintiffs in the Texas voter ID case, which asked the Supreme Court to block enforcement of the Texas law for the 2016 General Election in November.

While the Supreme Court denied the petition to block enforcement for now, the Court has given the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals until July 20th to rule on the substance of the case. If the Appeals Court does not act by that date, the Supreme Court will consider a new petition to block enforcement of the law.

Read more: http://lonestarproject.net/supreme-court-order-texas-voter-id-law-clears-procedural-logjam-constructed-governor-abbott#ixzz47IbPl7mc