Credit card customers with solid payment histories and zero balances are fuming at their card issuers, who have been altering terms before new credit card legislation takes effect in nine months. [more]
Our debt is doubly secure--first in the actual wealth and still greater undeveloped resources of the country, and next in the character of our institutions. The most intelligent observers among political economists have not failed to remark that the public debt of a country is safe in proportion as its people are free; that the debt of a republic is the safest of all. Our history confirms and establishes the theory, and is, I firmly believe, destined to give it a still more signal illustration. The secret of this superiority springs not merely from the fact that in a republic the national obligations are distributed more widely through countless numbers in all classes of society; it has its root in the character of our laws. Here all men contribute to the public welfare and bear their fair share of the public burdens. During the war, under the impulses of patriotism, the men of the great body of the people, without regard to their own comparative want of wealth, thronged to our armies and filled our fleets of war, and held themselves ready to offer their lives for the public good. Now, in their turn, the property and income of the country should bear their just proportion of the burden of taxation, while in our impost system, through means of which increased vitality is incidentally imparted to all the industrial interests of the nation, the duties should be so adjusted as to fall most heavily on articles of luxury leaving the necessaries of life as free from taxation as the absolute wants of the Government economically administered will justify. No favored class should demand freedom from assessment, and the taxes should be so distributed as not to fall unduly on the poor, but rather on the accumulated wealth of the country. We should look at the national debt just as it is--not as a national blessing, but as a heavy burden on the industry of the country, to be discharged without unnecessary delay. [more]
I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but Posts and comrades will, in their own way, arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit. [more]
I found this study of Americans opinions on Climate Change interesting, and thought some of you might also. The below paragraph is not from the study, but is relevant. I linked to the study and copied the description of the "Six America's". [more]
Winner! Those of you who guessed correctly. This post is about H.R.1207, and since David is not here, I'll mention it again. As most of you know this is a Ron Paul bill to remove the restrictions from the GAO's ability to conduct a FED audit that has gotten a lot of support. Congressional support from Republicans (almost all of them that are left) continues to grow and there are now also thirty Dems. [more]
Netherlands healthcare switched from a fully public version to a public/private version in 2006. costs. [more]
This is an absolutely fascinating document from Frank Luntz that everyone should read. It discusses how Conservatives should frame the Healthcare debate, what words "work" and don't "work". It is graphic description of how products are sold today, in this case the selling of "healthcare status quo". What is absolutely most facinating to me is within this entire document there is absolutely no concern for "lets collect the facts and make the best case we can". It is all about fear and emotion. The poll was done in April and the BS campaign already begun. [more]
To the Congress of the United States: [more]
In his post explaining that a public health insurance program will inevitably lead to mandatory death sentences as in the "Logans Run" movie, and suggesting a private for profit insurance model will avoid that, even under the same pressures, uclayoda86 asked me this question; [more]
In 2008, total national health expenditures were expected to rise 6.9 percent -- two times the rate of inflation. [more]
First the Good News! [more]
Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs." [more]
Carbon sequestration is the action of capturing CO2 emissions and pumping them deep into the ground where they will stay for years and years and years, preventing them from contributing to Global Warming. [more]
From the Center for Public Integrity; [more]
To posting a link to this video where Elliot Spitzer answers Arianna Huffingtons question, "where are the jobs going to come from" by saying "That is what worries me very deeply..." [more]
A short history lesson on why I believe that the EPA budget needs to be doubled, at least. Why I believe taxes to pay the bill are worth every cent. And why you should look to the people who have fought for clean water, good working conditions and clean air for guidance, and not the people who have praised personal gain and profit as justification for what they do. [more]
Please enjoy your eight hour workday. Or have you surrendered it? [more]
Wouldn't it have been nice to know sometime earlier this week that CNBC was going to have RZ technologies on tv this morning showing a 100mpg Hummer? All week long you clould have been buying up shares of RZ at $4.00 to watch it jump to $4.75 in one quick minute. The volume dooubled at $4.14 to $4.35 and then tripled off of that as the sell off began over $4.50. [more]