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Wall Street Campaign Donations Set To Hit Record During 2012 Election

  • The amount of cash Wall Street is pouring into elections is poised to grow. The American Bankers Association is planning to set up a non-profit that would allow its members to send money to pro-Wall Street super PACs anonymously, according to Bloomberg.
  • Corporate bribery and political corruption on display at Republican, Democratic conventions

Huffington Post

(September 5, 2012) Wall Street is paying big time to influence this election.

The financial industry is on track to break its 2008 campaign spending record of $170 million, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics cited by CNNMoney. So far, Wall Street has spent $164 million donating to candidates and political groups. And CRP estimates the total tab to be huge with donors $2.5 billion on the election overall.

The top eight companies with employees donating to Mitt Romney are banks, according to CRP data, while Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase made it into the top 20 firms with employees donating to President Obama's campaign.

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Corporate bribery and political corruption on display at Republican, Democratic conventions, Barry Grey, World Socialist Website

  • Away from the minutely scripted and orchestrated proceedings in the convention hall—with all their hokum and stupidity—the serious business of peddling influence and selling votes will take place in what has become known as a “parallel convention.”
  • Former GOPer: How Republicans Went Crazy, Dems Lost Their Mojo, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
  • 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

 

Special Report | The 2012 Campaign Lying Machine: Week of September 9

  • Every campaign is guilty of exaggerations, embellishments, distortions, and half-truths. But lying is another thing altogether.  Why do they do it, and how can they get away with it?
  • 9 New Items including:
    • Matt Taibbi's Killer Takedown of Mitt Romney
    • Paul Ryan brings back the welfare lie
    • The Week of Living Dangerously
    • Robert Reich | Romney's Lying Machine
    • Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital
    • The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock
    • Who Exactly is Mitt Romney Lying to?
    • Mainstream media: Report the facts and call out candidates when they lie
    • Use polls to monitor the effectiveness of campaign lies

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Matt Taibbi's Killer Takedown of Mitt Romney, Laura Gottesdiener, AlterNet

  • According to Rolling Stone's Taibbi, either we wise up to Romney’s game, or we succumb to “a prairie fire of debt.”
  • Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital

Paul Ryan brings back the welfare lie, Joan McCarter, Daily Kos

  • It couldn't be clearer that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will say or do anything to win. What's really scary is thinking about what they'd be capable of doing if they did win.
  • Mainstream media: Report the facts and call out candidates when they lie
  • Robert Reich | Romney's Lying Machine
  • The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock

The Week of Living Dangerously, William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

  • Lying is done with words, and also with silence. --Adrienne Rich
  • Robert Reich | Romney's Lying Machine,
  • Paul Ryan brings back the welfare lie

Robert Reich | Romney's Lying Machine, Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
Every campaign is guilty of exaggerations, embellishments, distortions, and half-truths. But this is another thing altogether. I’ve been directly involved in seven presidential campaigns, and I don’t recall a presidential candidate lying with such audacity, over and over again. Why does he do it, and how can he get away with it?

Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs – and stuck others with the bill
Robert Reich | Romney's Lying Machine
Who Exactly is Mitt Romney Lying to?


The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock, Garance Franke-Ruta, Atlantic

  • Ryan's legislative record shows him renaming post offices, honoring Ronald Reagan and Wisconsin, approving commemorative coins, and increasing the deficit.
  • He's handsome, a nice guy, and misguided.
  • Robert Reich | Romney's Lying Machine

Who Exactly is Mitt Romney Lying to? Progress Report, ThinkProgress

  • Mitt Romney has either been lying to the public about his role at Bain Capital or filing false documents with the SEC.
  • It’s Time for Mitt Romney to Come Clean
  • Mitt’s real insult to the NAACP

Mainstream media: Report the facts and call out candidates when they lie, Brenda Witt, signon.org

Here is a list of five lies that Ryan told when he gave his speech at the Republican National Convention last night. Every single news outlet should report on these lies.

Use polls to monitor the effectiveness of campaign lies, Steven Brill, Columbia Journalism Review
It’s great that many media organizations have been fact-checking the claims of the presidential candidates and holding them accountable for blatant distortions. But with all the money they are spending on polls, why can’t they poll whether the lies are working?

 

Former GOPer: How Republicans Went Crazy, Dems Lost Their Mojo, and the Middle Class Got Shafted

  • Bill Moyers talks with Mike Lofgren, a long-time Republican who describes the modern dysfunction of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
  • A Republican Insider Looks at the Rise of the Religious Right
  • 12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers & Company

(September 5, 2012) The growing power of the religious right is one reason my guest left the Republican Party and became an Independent. "The mixture of politics and religion," he says, "debases both, and has turned the GOP into an apocalyptic sect." He has his problems with Democrats, too. For one thing, he says, both parties “are captives to corporate loot.”

Others may share those opinions, but what gives Mike Lofgren more clout than the rest is decades of insider experience on Capitol Hill. He was a Fulbright scholar with two degrees in history when he went to work in Congress and became a senior staff member of the House and Senate Budget committees. His specialty was the cost of national security. After 28 years of government service, Mike Lofgren retired and sat down to write a powerful manifesto that took off like a rocket when it was posted on the website Truthout.org.

It's now a book: "The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted.” As you can tell from the title, he spares no one.

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A Republican Insider Looks at the Rise of the Religious Right, Frederick Clarkson, Daily Kos

  • Barbara Stanwyck: "We're both rotten!"
  • Fred MacMurray: "Yeah - only you're a little more rotten." -"Double Indemnity" (1944)
  • Those lines of dialogue from a classic film noir sum up the state of the two political parties in contemporary America.
  • A Club of Liars, Demagogues and Ignoramuses
  • A Republican’s Lament: ‘It’s a Disgrace’

12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils" Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?


 

U.S. Department Of Justice Accuses BP Of 'Gross Negligence And Willful Misconduct'

  • Gross negligence is a central issue to the case, slated to go to trial in New Orleans in January 2013. A gross negligence finding could nearly quadruple the civil damages owed by BP under the Clean Water Act to $21 billion.
  • BP Owes $192 Billion for Gulf Oil Disaster
  • BP Oil Still Tars the Gulf
  • BP Oil Spill Emails Reveal High-Level Discord Over Flow Estimates

David Ingram, Reuters / Huffington Post

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(September 4, 2012) The U.S. Justice Department is ramping up its rhetoric against BP PLC for the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, describing in new court papers examples of what it calls "gross negligence and willful misconduct."

The court filing is the sharpest position yet taken by the U.S. government as it seeks to hold the British oil giant largely responsible for the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Gross negligence is a central issue to the case, slated to go to trial in New Orleans in January 2013. A gross negligence finding could nearly quadruple the civil damages owed by BP under the Clean Water Act to $21 billion.

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BP Owes $192 Billion for Gulf Oil Disaster, Antonia Juhasz, Huffington Post

  • NOT $15 Billion Settlement It's Seeking
  • If BP is not held to the law, than the costs of such dangerous operations will invariably be once again outweighed by the benefits.

BP Oil Still Tars the Gulf, Antonia Juhasz, the Progressive

  • BP has spent a lot of money selling the idea that all is back to normal in the Gulf. In many ways, for BP at least, it is. In 2011, BP racked up its highest profits of all time: a jaw-dropping $25.7 billion.
  • “Can we completely recover from this?”(United Houma Nation tribal member) Jamie (Billiot) asks me, “Probably not. At what level will we recover? I don’t know. If the oyster beds no longer produce, the shrimp migrate away, land loss continues. . . . ” Jamie pauses before she speaks again. “It will take years for us to really know.”

BP Oil Spill Emails Reveal High-Level Discord Over Flow Estimates, John Rudolf, Huffington Post

  • "We should be very cautious standing behind a 5,000 [barrel per day] figure as our modeling shows that this well could be making anything up to 100,000 [barrels per day]," (BP Vice President Mike) Mason wrote in one of the emails, obtained by the Huffington Post.
  • Conclusive Evidence that BP Misrepresented Gulf Oil Spill is Sent to Congress
  • Arrest of BP Scapegoat: Real Killers Walk
  • BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill
  • BP Settlement Sells Out Victims
     

"No Excuses" and the Culture of Shame: The Miseducation of Our Nation's Children

  • Does our constant focus on educational "data" mask a raft of racist and classist policies designed to shortchange poor and minority children? You bet, says one education expert.
  • Masking Racism and Classism Behind Slogans
  • Special Project | The War on Children: Week of September 2

Paul L. Thomas, Ed.D., Daily Kos

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(September 1, 2012)"Wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear someone say that 'eliminating poverty in America is the civil rights issue of our day'? Since poverty is the single most reliable predictor of poor performance in school, poor health, poor attendance, dropping out, and almost every negative indicator, wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear some of the politicians addressing the root cause of inequality?" Diane Ravitch

The education reform debate is fueled by a seemingly endless and even fruitless point-counterpoint among the corporate reformers—typically advocates for and from the Gates Foundation (GF), Teach for America (TFA), and charter chains such as Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP)—and educators/scholars of education. Since the political and public machines have embraced the corporate reformers, GF, TFA, and KIPP have acquired the bully pulpit of the debate and thus are afforded most often the ability to frame the point, leaving educators and scholars to be in a constant state of generating counter-points.

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Special Project | The War on Children: Week of September 2, David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.'
  • 10 New Items including:
    • Noam Chomsky | Corporate Attack on Education
    • Too much competition, not enough fun
    • Making college affordable
    • The For-Profit College Racket
    • As Eagle Scouts return medals, gay ban still firm
    • The Perversion of Scholarship
    • The Rise and Fall of the American Childhood
    • Wisconsin Bill Claims Single Moms Cause Child Abuse by Not Being Married
    • The Biggest Problem With Traditional Schooling
    • Lawmakers exploit young Americans
       

Why the middle class is in trouble

  • For the middle class in this country, the ensuing housing crash, recession and prolonged unemployment have translated into lower household incomes and a decline in net worth.
  • Minimum Wage Raise is the Least We Can Do to Civilize America

Richard Parker, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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(September 4, 2012) A friend is barely able to pay for a child's education. Another nearly loses her business. Yet another nearly loses his home. And for those who lose good jobs, like a woman in New York, "It's overwhelming."

Four years ago, Lehman Brothers was on the verge of collapse and would take with it the global financial system. For the middle class in this country, the ensuing housing crash, recession and prolonged unemployment have translated into lower household incomes and a decline in net worth.

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Minimum Wage Raise is the Least We Can Do to Civilize America, Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Raising the minimum wage doesn’t cut into profits; it also increases demand in the economy by moving income to workers who spend more than those who receive profit.  The Economic Policy Institute estimated that the proposed increase in the minimum wage would actually increase employment.
How raising the federal minimum wage would help working families and give the economy a boost

 

12 Steps to Overcoming Addiction to Voting for the "Lesser of 2 Evils"

  • If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.
  • Step 12: As a result of these steps, you can now carry the message to those who still suffer from an addiction to the Democratic Party. Nothing is as liberating as resisting an evil when you know it's wrong.
  • The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction
  • The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?

Debra Sweet, OpEdNews

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Were you opposed to the policies of the Bush regime? Did you used to think critically and attend anti- war protests but now find yourself justifying Barack Obama's wars in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Are you unsatisfied with Obama but stay with him out of fear of Mitt Romney becoming president? If you answered yes to more than one of these   questions, you are probably in a self-destructive relationship with the Democratic Party.

If somebody you love is addicted to the "lesser" of two evils, please refer them to the following 12 step program.

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The Left Has Lost It's Nerve and Direction, Chris Hedges, Philadelphia Inquirer
Clearly the left has lost its nerve and its direction. If the left wants to regain influence in (this nation’s) political life, it must be willing to walk away from the Democratic Party … and back progressive, third-party (officials) until the Democrats feel enough heat to adopt our agenda. We must be willing to say no. If not, we (continue to be) slaves.

The Elections Won't Bring Progressive Change, So What Can?  Jack A. Smith, Countercurrents.org

  • In today's society — based on gross economic inequality facilitated by a two-party political system spanning center right to far right and where big money is the decisive factor in the electoral process — an ostensibly democratic election can hardly mitigate the worst of abuses afflicting working people and their families much less bring about substantial reform.
  • The Only Winner in November Will Be The Status Quo
  • Special Project | Campaign 2012: Week of  August 19, 2012
     

Voter Suppression: The "Schurick Doctrine" and the Unravelling of American Democracy

  • Republicans across the United States have passed a spate of voter suppression laws aimed at those most likely to vote for Obama. They are specifically targeting African American women who, in the past, created a gender gap that decisively elected Democratic presidents. America needs immediate international monitoring of its presidential election.
  • Although the Republican effort is not exactly a secret, few Americans are discussing it with the urgency it deserves.
  • Going Undercover at the GOP's Voter Vigilante Project to Disrupt the Nov. Election
  • The One-Two Punch

Ruth Rosen, openDemocracy

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(August 27. 2012) How will the American Presidential election be won in November 2012? By the Republicans buying the election? Perhaps. But money cannot always buy an election. That is why Republicans have spent the last 4-6 years passing a spate of voter suppression laws in “swing states” that will make it more difficult and costly for the young, the elderly, minorities, union members and single and elderly women to cast a vote for Barack Obama.

Although the Republican effort is not exactly a secret, few Americans are discussing it with the urgency it deserves. The nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law says that since the start of 2011, 16 states—which account for 214 electoral votes—have passed restrictive voting laws. Each law is different: some curb voter registration drives; others require new and costly forms of identification; and still others insist that voters produce government-issued photo IDs at the polls. The Brennan Center also points out that:

“[T]he scope of the suppression movement and its potential impact are staggering ... as many as 11 percent of eligible voters—roughly 21 million Americans—lack current, unexpired government-issued photo IDs. The percentages are even higher among seniors, African-Americans and other minorities, the working poor, the disabled and students—constituencies that traditionally skew Democratic and whose disenfranchisement could prove decisive in any close election.”

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Going Undercover at the GOP's Voter Vigilante Project to Disrupt the Nov. Election, Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

  • The Republican True the Vote project is a well-funded scheme with training sessions for activists across the country. Will it work?
  • Includes news about Minnesota Majority (organization pushing voter ID referendum) and the Wisconsin recall election shenanigans.

The One-Two Punch, Ricardo Levins Morales, rlmarts.com
The blueprint for eliminating fifty years of LGBT advances in all areas of life and law is to be found in their voter suppression strategy, not the Marriage Amendment.
The Marriage Amendment As Decoy and How to Fight The Real Danger

 

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