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Bachmann wants Minnesotans ‘armed and dangerous’ against Obama energy policy

Michele Bachmann described herself as a “foreign correspondent on enemy lines”

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Chris Steller, Minnesota Independent

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During a radio show on Saturday (3/21/09), Rep. Michele Bachmann described herself as a “foreign correspondent on enemy lines” in Washington, D.C. The Republican congresswoman went on to tell WWTC-AM:

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"I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing, and the people — we the people — are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States."

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GOP Blunder Gives Dems Second Chance with Health Reform

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Rachel Maddow, MSNBC

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It's been a comedy of errors as Republicans attempt to take control of the House.

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More of the Same is Insanity

Minnesota has slashed budgets under “no new taxes” policy for eight years.  The result has been declining investment in infrastructure, education, and public services and deterioration in Minnesota’s economic performance relative to other states.
Western Civilization and Classical Economics: The Immorality of Austerity

Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020

The new Republican legislative leaders wasted no time spreading the idea of more and deeper tax cuts at a recent press conference, citing Census data to support their anti-tax doctrine.  According to one legislator at the news conference: “High tax states have the least amount of employment and are losing members of Congress.”

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Minnesota 2020 looked at data from the Census, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. The correlation between low taxes and increased prosperity and job growth just isn’t there.

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States with relatively high levels of per capita own-source revenue tend to have lower unemployment rates than states with low levels level of per capita own-source revenue.  “Own-source revenue” includes not just taxes, but special assessments, fees, and other revenue collected by state and local governments with the exception federal aid; it is a more complete measure of the total amount of revenue consumed by state and local governments than taxes alone.

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Related:
Western Civilization and Classical Economics: The Immorality of Austerity, Prof. John Kozy, Centre for Research on Globalization<http://www.globalresearch.ca>
When a civilization abandons its morality, no rationalization can be devised to justify its continued existence. It is likely that many reasons can be given for this abandonment in the Western world, although I am convinced that one predominates—the expansion of law. Law once governed various kinds of behavior. It has now encroached upon various kinds of speech and is even being applied to the realm of belief. When someone is accused of having done something wrong, the reply offered usually is something like, "What was done complied with all legal requirements." But "right" has never been defined as "conforms to law," because thoughtful people have long noticed that the law itself can be a great crime, and the worst criminals in a culture can be its lawgivers, as the people of Ireland, Portugal, France, Spain, Greece, and Great Britain are now finding out. Americans will soon find it out too.
The Economy is Sacred, Stupid
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/western-civilization-and-classical-e...

In Money-Changers We Trust

The failure to provide serious regulation of the financial industry to avoid future downturns is documented in devastating detail in (a) Dec. 28 Bloomberg report, written by Christine Harper: “The U.S. government, promising to make the system safer, buckled under many of the financial industry’s protests. Lawmakers spurned changes that would wall off deposit-taking banks from riskier trading. They declined to limit the size of lenders or ban any form of derivatives.”

Robert Scheer, Truthdig

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lorenzo Canizares

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President-elect Barack Obama, accompanied by budget director-designate Peter Orszag, smiles during a news conference on Nov. 25, 2008, in Chicago.

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Two years into the Obama presidency and the economic data is still looking grim. Don’t be fooled by the gyrations of the stock market, where optimism is mostly a reflection of the ability of financial corporations—thanks to massive government largesse—to survive the mess they created.

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The basics are dismal: Unemployment is unacceptably high, the December consumer confidence index is down and housing prices have fallen for four months in a row. The number of Americans living in poverty has never been higher, and a majority in a Washington Post poll said they were worried about making their next mortgage or rent payment. 

In a parallel universe lives Peter Orszag, President Barack Obama’s former budget director and key adviser, who even faster than his mentor, Robert Rubin [formerly of Clinton Administration], has passed through that revolving platinum door linking the White House with Wall Street. The goal is to use your government position to advance the interests of your future employer, and Orszag and Rubin’s actions in the government and then at Citigroup provide stunning examples of the synergy between big government and high finance.

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Words Have Consequences

We all know that there are unstable and potentially dangerous people among us. To repeatedly appeal to their basest instincts is to invite and welcome their predictable violence.

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Gary Hart, Huffington Post

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Gradually, over time, political rhetoric used by politicians and the media has become more inflamatory. The degree to which violent words and phrases are considered commonplace is striking. Candidates are "targeted". An opponent is "in the crosshairs". Liberals have to be "eliminated". Opponents are "enemies". This kind of language eminates largely from those who claim to defend American democracy against those who would destroy it, who are evil, and who want to "take away our freedoms".

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Today we have seen the results of this rhetoric. Those with a megaphone, whether provided by public office or a media outlet, have responsibilities. They cannot avoid the consequences of their blatant efforts to inflame, anger, and outrage. We all know that there are unstable and potentially dangerous people among us. To repeatedly appeal to their basest instincts is to invite and welcome their predictable violence.

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