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  • Good Times for Dogs, Not So Good for Babies A Reflection on the Perversity of Modern Culture

    12/01/2014 7:56:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-30-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    > Good Times for Dogs, Not So Good for Babies – A Reflection on the Perversity of Modern Culture By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn moral decline, both personal and cultural, the problem is that not only do we desire what is evil, we also stop desiring that which is good and holy. At the heart of desiring what is evil (or what is good, but to excess), are pride, greed, lust, and gluttony. Sloth and envy are more involved in no longer desiring what is good.Sloth is a kind or sorrow or aversion to the good things God offers to us, involving everything...
  • Piketty The Greatest Justification to Just Rob Anyone Who Has more Than You

    06/02/2014 4:12:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | 30 May 2014 | Martin Armstrong
    We are seeing the most dangerous trend ever. There is an agenda behind the curtain and that is to sustain government at all costs and that includes everything you own. I have warned that either government will move toward a totalitarian state or to real democracy real Athens style without the career politicians. The latter is possible with civil unrest as we saw in Ukraine. This agenda requires no secret group of sinister corporations, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, or Bildebergs. This is plain old Adam Smith where those in government will never admit they are wrong so the reason they are...
  • Ben Bernanke charging $200,00/hour to talk to bankers on the speaking circuit (Getting his cut)

    06/01/2014 7:52:48 PM PDT · by equalator · 8 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 5-24-2014 | Staff
    Bernanke used to make $200,000 a year during his eight years as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. He can make that in a single hour now on the international speaking circuit. He left office in February. By March, he was making up to three stops a week around the world. Bernanke is walking a well-worn path of former policy makers who leave power. Former presidents, former cabinet officials and former members of Congress have all turned their experience in public service into millions.
  • The Downside of Inciting Envy

    03/02/2014 5:38:45 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 1, 2014 | Arthur C. Brooks
    THE Irish singer Bono once described a difference between America and his native land. In the United States, he explained, you look at the guy that lives in the mansion on the hill, and you think, you know, one day, if I work really hard, I could live in that mansion. In Ireland, people look up at the guy in the mansion on the hill and go, one day, Im going to get that bastard. Alexis de Tocqueville phrased it a little differently, but his classic 19th-century text contains the same observation. Visiting from France, he marveled at Americans ability...
  • Kerry: 'Root Cause of Terrorism' Is Poverty

    01/15/2014 5:25:02 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 115 replies
    Kerry: 'Root Cause of Terrorism' Is Poverty 'In many cases...' Jeryl Bier January 15, 2014 7:12 AM Secretary of State John Kerry covered a broad range of topics with his counterpart Pietro Parolin at the Vatican in Rome on Monday. Besides Syria, the Middle East peace process, Sudan, and Cuba, the subject of poverty came up during their discussions. In remarks following the meeting, Kerry linked poverty not only to terrorism, but to the "disenfranchisement of millions" [emphasis added]: We talked about the common interest of Pope Francis and President Obama in addressing poverty and extreme poverty on a global...
  • Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For ["Make Everything Owned by Everybody"]

    01/04/2014 1:40:02 PM PST · by grundle · 31 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | January 3, 2014 | Jesse A. Myerson
    4. Make Everything Owned by EverybodyHoarders blow. Take, for instance, the infamous one percent, whose ownership of the capital stock of this country leads to such horrific inequality. "Capital stock" refers to two things here: the buildings and equipment that workers use to produce goods and services, and the stocks and bonds that represent ownership over the former. The top 10 percent's ownership of the means of production is represented by the fact that they control 80 percent of all financial assets. This detachment means that there's a way easier way to collectivize wealth ownership than having to stage uprisings...
  • Jealous butcher killed mom, 4 kids because they had too much

    10/27/2013 1:53:54 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 50 replies ^ | October 27, 2013 | Jamie Schram, Kirstan Conley, Daniel Prendergast and Bruce Golding
    The maniac who butchered a Brooklyn mom and her four young kids confessed that he did it because he was jealous of their way of life, a police source told The Post on Sunday. The family had too much. Their income (and) lifestyle was better than his, the source said. The bloody suspect was caught holding the kitchen knife he used during the Saturday night rampage inside the Sunset Park apartment where he had been staying with the victims, the source added. Ming Dong Chen, 25, an illegal alien from China, was nabbed as he fled out the front door...
  • On Appeasing Envy

    07/30/2013 11:50:04 AM PDT · by aquila48 · 5 replies ^ | July 30, 2013 | Henry Hazlitt
    Any attempt to equalize wealth or income by forced redistribution must only tend to destroy wealth and income. Historically the best the would-be equalizers have ever succeeded in doing is to equalize downward. This has even been caustically described as their intention. Your levellers, said Samuel Johnson in the mid-eighteenth century, wish to level down as far as themselves; but they cannot bear levelling up to themselves. And in our own day we find even an eminent liberal like the late Mr. Justice Holmes writing: I have no respect for the passion for equality, which seems to me merely idealizing...
  • Envy, covetousness and the cold, clear fire of hell

    05/30/2013 5:18:15 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 15 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 30, 2013 | Linda Kimball
    In 1977 British journalist William Rees-Mogg saw that the West had lost its faith, and like a fish out of water or a drowning man was, "...desperately thrashing around for lack of oxygen. Since the time of Christ there has been no period in which there has been the same feeling of...spiritual impoverishment." (Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture,Herbert Schlossberg,p. 2) Thirty-six years later, but for a faithful remnant, Christendom is dead and America's idolatrous, nihilistic post-Christian culture and narcissistic postmodern church are quickly following suit. While there are as yet many faithful churches, priests,...
  • Is Facebook envy making you miserable?

    01/27/2013 6:18:24 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-22-2013 | Belinda Goldsmith
    (Reuters) - Witnessing friends' vacations, love lives and work successes on Facebook can cause envy and trigger feelings of misery and loneliness, according to German researchers. A study conducted jointly by two German universities found rampant envy on Facebook, the world's largest social network that now has over one billion users and has produced an unprecedented platform for social comparison. The researchers found that one in three people felt worse after visiting the site and more dissatisfied with their lives, while people who browsed without contributing were affected the most. "We were surprised by how many people have a negative...
  • Worlds 100 richest earned enough in 2012 to end global poverty 4 times over

    01/20/2013 9:50:34 AM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 91 replies ^ | 20 January, 2013, 15:46
    The world's 100 richest people earned a stunning total of $240 billion in 2012 enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over, Oxfam has revealed, adding that the global economic crisis is further enriching the super-rich. The richest 1 percent has increased its income by 60 percent in the last 20 years with the financial crisis accelerating rather than slowing the process, while the income of the top 0.01 percent has seen even greater growth, a new Oxfam report said. For example, the luxury goods market has seen double-digit growth every year since the crisis hit, the...
  • ...Kristof Angry About Private Generators During Sandy

    11/28/2012 5:21:43 PM PST · by shove_it · 108 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | 28 Nov 2012 | El Rushbo
    Full Headline = Sign of National Resentment for the American Way of Life: Kristof Angry About Private Generators During Sandy RUSH: Now, over the weekend, a columnist in the New York Times by the name of Nicholas Kristof wrote a piece. He's all upset about the electrical grid failing in the Northeast during Hurricane Sandy. But that's not what made him mad. What made him mad was the reliance that some people had on private generators. He was upset about that, that some people had them and other people didn't. Here's the short version, according to David French at National...
  • Lets get back to rewarding true merit (MEGA-PROJECTILE BARF ALERT)

    11/13/2012 10:28:19 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 17 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 11/13/12 | Editorial
    If the United States were a healthy meritocracy, where talent and hard work pretty much determined how far we go in life, fair-minded people wouldnt be demanding that rich people pay more in taxes. The general feeling would be that the race is fair and the wealthy have earned all theyve got. The rest of us just have to work harder and smarter. But by no honest reckoning is the United States the land of opportunity it once was, and the race looks less fair every day. Advantages and opportunities are skewed to the few against the many, as is...
  • Half of us strive for success; half of us are suspicious of it

    11/11/2012 7:45:40 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-11-12 | joe soucheray
    The real problem is that about half the country believes that business and the success that might flow from business is somehow contrived. About half the country believes that success is assigned, whimsically or arbitrarily, by guys in blue blazers who flick their cigar ashes at those whom they do not wish to succeed. It doesn't work that way, and we know it doesn't work that way. Mitt Romney, for example, was successfully portrayed to about half the country as a fellow who had it made from the beginning. His old man headed up a car company. He must have...
  • Obama: 'We Don't Believe Anybody Is Entitled to Success in This Country'

    10/05/2012 9:58:22 AM PDT · by tapatio · 142 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Oct. 5,2012 | Daniel Halper
    Obama: 'We Don't Believe Anybody Is Entitled to Success in This Country'
  • Obama: Mitt Romney sure can afford to pay a little more

    09/23/2012 1:25:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/22/2012 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    The release of over two decades of Mitt Romney's tax information on Friday must have been so anticlimactic for Team Obama --- not only does it turn out that Romney contributed a boatload of money towards the federal coffers, but he's also an almost wildly generous and charitable individual to boot. After the monumentally huge deal Team O made out of the tax returns, with dodgy "secrecy" ads and unsubtle fat-cat jabs out the wazoo, they don't seem to be seizing on the information with quite the fervor you would've expected.Yes, Romney is hugely wealthy, and hey, maybe some of...
  • Cory Booker: Raising taxes on the rich is about patriotism, not class warfare.

    09/05/2012 11:53:59 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/4/2012 | Holly Bailey
    CHARLOTTE, N.C.Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker delivered a passionate defense of Democratic efforts to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, insisting it's about love of country. "Being asked to pay your fair share isn't class warfare. It's patriotism," Booker said, disputing an attack line often mentioned by Mitt Romney and his GOP allies. Everyone, Booker argued, must pay their "fair share" at a time when the country is facing the enormous burden of paying down debts incurred by two wars.
  • Paul Ryan's hair on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace VANITY (what the heck was that?)

    08/07/2011 3:44:44 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 179 replies
    This is not a genuine vanity just because everyone is asking the question: what's the deal with Paul Ryan's hair? He used to look like a conservative Kennedy but WTH? Sorry for being a newbie.
  • Big Lies in Politics (Thomas Sowell)

    07/30/2012 9:12:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 31, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    It was either Adolf Hitler or his propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, who said that the people will believe any lie, if it is big enough and told often enough, loud enough. Although the Nazis were defeated in World War II, this part of their philosophy survives triumphantly to this day among politicians, and nowhere more so than during election years. Perhaps the biggest lie of this election year, and the one likely to be repeated the most often, is that the income of "the rich" is going up, while other people's incomes are going down. If you listen to Barack...
  • Other voices: Supply and demand in the Oil Patch

    07/11/2012 1:59:20 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-10-12 | editors-Grand Forks Herald
    The guy has zero college and walks out of high school and is making 90-grand," said a Williston, N.D., teacher with a master's degree, speaking to The Associated Press about a former student who's working in the Oil Patch. "To me, that seems to be an injustice." Say what? Neither justice nor a degree entitles a person to a higher income. That's one of the fundamental truths of the labor market, and people in Williston and elsewhere should understand why.
  • Ray LaHood: Golly, I envy the Chinese government (In China, only three people make the decisions)

    07/06/2012 2:01:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/06/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    It's bad enough to have a columnist at one of America's most prominent newspapers regularly singing the praises of Chinese authoritarianism. It's worse when high-ranking members of the American government do it. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood griped at the Aspen Ideas Festival about having to deal with political opposition, and yearned for the ease in which Beijing could impose solutions without having to deal with dissent: Echoing the laments of pundits like Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood argued Saturday that China outpaces the United States in building major transportation infrastructure like high-speed rail...
  • Texas A&M Commencement Address

    05/31/2012 1:12:11 PM PDT · by Why So Serious · 13 replies
    Neal Boortz
    Texas A&M Commencement Address - The students gave a standing ovation; the faculty were deathly silent! Neal Boortz is a Texan, a lawyer, a Texas Aggie (Texas A&M) graduate, and now a nationally syndicated talk show host from Atlanta . His commencement address to the graduates of a recent Texas A&M class is far different from what either the students or the faculty expected. Whether you agree or disagree, his views are certainly thought provoking. "I am honored by the invitation to address you on this august occasion. It's about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to...
  • Obama escalates election fight in Ohio, Virginia [Shocking News: He uses Class Warfare!]

    05/05/2012 5:47:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 5/5/12 | Julie Pace
    In campaign mode for months, President Barack Obama is making his quest for a second term official with rallies in Ohio and Virginia while casting Republican rival Mitt Romney as a flip-flopping protector of the rich.
  • To Newt Gingrich haters (vanity)

    04/14/2012 4:35:57 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 228 replies
    Vanity | April 13, 2012 | CutePuppy
    I think you are missing something here. Newt would bring the ever Lurking Calista with him and she was the cause of divorce # 2. He was rubbing it in everybody's face that an old coot like him could get somebody like her. No matter how God awful she looked. He was delusional to think he could get the evangelicals with that approach. Newt is the one that shot himself in the foot not Hume. Hume is just another excuse for Newt in a long line of excuse's. He was rubbing it in everybody's face that an old coot like...
  • Expected Louisiana Win May Be a Hollow Victory for Santorum.

    03/24/2012 10:36:07 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 91 replies · 4+ views
    The Hill ^ | March 24, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    Rick Santorum is likely to win Louisianas Saturday primary but a victory there wont help him much, say Republican strategists. Winning Louisiana does nothing in the grand scheme of things, said GOP strategist Tyler Harber. It wont give a huge boost of support to Rick Santorum. Winning these contests isnt as important. Its now about winning the delegates.
  • My Therapist Is Pregnant, And I Hate Her For It

    03/13/2012 7:26:14 AM PDT · by MNDude · 73 replies
    I noticed how many old friends were either pregnant or married. As I stared down my one-bedroom apartment and a life that lacked both a serious relationship and even the glimmer of a baby, I deactivated my profile once more, then proceeded to have the first big breakdown I had had in a long time. I felt completely alone. I felt abandoned by something I couldnt define. So when I went to see my therapist the following day to be greeted by news of her pregnancy, it just seemed like an additional smack in the face. I stared at my...
  • Five Things Children Know That Liberals Have Forgotten

    02/29/2012 1:22:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 28, 2012 | John Hawkins
    "Liberals love to think of themselves as intellectual and nuanced, but liberalism is incredibly simplistic. It's nothing more than ‘childlike emotionalism applied to adult issues.’ Very seldom does any issue that doesn't involve pandering to their supporters boil down at its core level to more than feeling ‘nice’ or ‘mean’ to liberals. This makes liberals ill equipped to deal with complex issues." -- John Hawkins, September 21, 2007   Liberals are actually worse than children, not just because it's so appalling to see adults who view themselves as highly intelligent and sophisticated thinking like little kids, but because in...
  • Obamas Former Faith Adviser: I, Frankly, Am Glad American Civil Religion is Dying

    01/29/2012 8:37:50 PM PST · by Tigen · 43 replies ^ | January 25, 2012 | Penny Starr Shaun Casey, the religious affairs adviser to presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008, said at a discussion on Tuesday about God and Politics that the demise of religious society in the United States is a good thing. I, frankly, am glad American civil religion is dying, said Casey, who is an associate professor of Christian Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Casey made the remarks at an event focusing on religion and the 2012 presidential election at the liberal Center for American Progress where he was a panelist along with Gabriel Salguero, president of the National...
  • Obama Calls It Fairness. The GOP Calls It Class Warfare. Scripture Calls It Envy

    01/29/2012 4:43:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | January 29, 2012 | Doug Giles
    Obama, in his State of the Union address and during his initial five-state, multi-million dollar taxpayer funded re-election jaunt has stated repeatedly that his platform and policies are not about class warfare, which means, of course, that his ticket is all about class warfareor fairness, as he likes to call it or as the Scripture labels it, envy. You dont hear much about envy anymore, do you? We hear a lot about greed being bad, but in Obamaland envy is no longer a rank vice but a right and a virtue. However, historically speaking, envy has always been seen...
  • Romney: Questions about Wall Street and inequality are driven by `envy

    01/12/2012 7:53:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 11, 2012 | Greg Sargent
    Mitt Romney had a remarkable exchange on NBC this morning that may not be as attention-grabbing about his fire people gaffe but may actually be just as revealing and significant. And I hope it gets some attention. In it, Romney suggested that concerns about Wall Street conduct and inequality are driven by envy, and even said we neednt have a public debate about inequitable wealth distribution in this country.
  • Plans to 'tax the rich' hold risks and rewards for California

    12/27/2011 1:27:22 PM PST · by SmithL · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/27/11 | Kevin Yamamura
    Fueled by a backlash against the wealthy, Gov. Jerry Brown and left-leaning groups want voters to tax the rich next November.Californians have shown strong support for the idea in polls so far, despite the fact that they haven't passed a statewide tax hike since 2004. Brown said this month "the only tax that's overwhelmingly popular is the tax on wealthier people."Partisans have feuded for years at the federal level over tax rates for the rich. Republicans argue that tax cuts spur investment and economic growth. Democrats say such "supply-side" theories are unfounded and that lower rates are merely a giveaway...
  • The Meanest of the Seven Deadly Sins?

    11/16/2011 5:48:46 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 18 replies ^ | 11.14.11 | Chuck Colson
    An old Russian joke tells about a poor peasant whose better-off neighbor has just gotten a cow. In his anguish, the peasant cries out to God for relief from his distress. When God replies and asks him what he wants him to do, the peasant replies, "Kill the cow." The joke illustrates an important point about human nature: The line between clamoring for justice and envy can be very thin. The subject came to mind when I read a recent column by Ross Douthat in the New York Times about the issue of income inequality and the redistribution of wealth....
  • The Tenth Commandment

    11/07/2011 2:17:20 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Powerline ^ | 01 November 2011 | John Hinderaker
    Which of the Ten Commandments is most pertinent to todays headlines? A group in Minnesota thinks it is the 10ththou shalt not covet, for those who havent read Exodus for a while. I think they have a point; if the Occupy movement isnt covetous, what is? Anyway, they put up this billboard here in the Twin Cities:I believe the billboard just went up this morning, but it is already getting considerable notice.
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Who Are These Fat-Cat Few at the Top?

    11/03/2011 4:17:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | November 3, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Who Are These Fat-Cat Few at the Top?A successful society neither idolizes nor demonizes its rich. First lady Michelle Obama the other day railed at “the few at the top,” who do all sorts of bad things. A few months ago, we began hearing of the “1 percent” who are responsible for the current economic mess. “They” apparently make all their money at the expense of the other 99 percent. Are they the same as last year’s villains, who had not paid “their fair share” while making over $200,000 in annual income?Do they include the greedy doctors, who, the president...
  • Wealthiest Americans prospered most since 1979, according to government study (AP barf alert)

    10/27/2011 4:39:22 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 74 replies
    pioneer pressed ^ | 10-27-11 | ap
    WASHINGTON - The richest 1 percent of Americans have been getting far richer over the last three decades while the middle class and poor have seen their after-tax household income only crawl up in comparison, according to a government study. After-tax income for the top 1 percent of U.S. households almost tripled, up 275 percent, from 1979 to 2007, the Congressional Budget Office found. For people in the middle of the economic scale, after-tax income grew by just 40 percent. Those at the bottom experienced an 18 percent increase. "The distribution of after-tax income in the United States was substantially...
  • Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy and the Politics of Division [Paul Ryan Stmt]

    10/26/2011 11:57:21 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    The Heritage Foundation Washington, D.C. Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Thank you so much, Ed, for that kind introduction. Were here today to explore the American Idea, and I cant think of a better venue for this topic. The mission of the Heritage Foundation is to promote the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. These are the principles that define the American Idea. And this mission has never been timelier, because these principles are very much under threat from policies here in Washington. The American Idea belongs to all...
  • Is class hatred morally superior to race hatred?

    10/18/2011 4:43:38 AM PDT · by opentalk · 27 replies
    wnd ^ | October 17,2011 | Dennis Prager
    The major difference between Hitler and the Communist genocidal murderers Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot was what groups they chose for extermination. For Hitler, first Jews and ultimately Slavs and other "non-Aryans" were declared the enemy and unworthy of life. For the Communists, the rich the bourgeoisie, landowners and capitalists were labeled the enemy and regarded as unworthy of life. Hitler mass-murdered on the basis of race, the Communists on the basis of class. Because the Holocaust was unique in its industrialization of death and in its targeting of every Jew, including babies, for death, the post-World War II world...
  • MSNBC Expert Calls for a List of the Rich to Pressure Them to Give Back

    10/17/2011 11:03:49 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 78 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Oct. 17, 2011 | Mike Opelka
    Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former National Security Advisor to President Carter and a frequent guest on his daughter Mikas MSNBC program, made a series of strange statements during his segment on Morning Joe earlier today. Talking with the MSNBC crew about the concentration of wealth in America as motivation for Occupy Wall Street, Dr. Brzezinski seems to believe that publishing the names of people who make a lot of money would be helpful in redistributing wealth: Brzezinski wants anyone making a lot of money to be pointed out, but a short time later he says he does not want Wall...
  • Palin: Already Almost Forgotten (Double bag alert)

    10/06/2011 8:46:17 AM PDT · by Qbert · 78 replies
    Frum Forum ^ | October 5th, 2011 | DAVID FRUM
    - I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets - From Sarah Palins statement announcing her decision not to run for president. Um, probably not. Sarah Palins political voice had dwindled well before she announced her decision not to run. Now it will sink altogether into inaudibility. She will be no kind of force in future national discussions. She will have no sway over party debates. She will retain some starpower for a little while longer. She may for another cycle or two be able to help certain candidates for certain political offices raise some money. Even...
  • Obama's "Buffett Tax" Sham

    09/19/2011 1:34:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | September 19, 2011 | Guy Benson
    Today the president will unveil a multi-trillion-dollar deficit reduction package, which reportedly includes hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases.  These tax hikes could top $1.2 Trillion -- a figure that includes the $800 Billion in tax increases the president's plan will propose, plus the price tag for his unpaid-for $450 Billion "jobs plan."  Careful -- these numbers should not be confused with the additional record-shattering $800 Billion across-the-board tax increases scheduled to take effect in 2013, when the current Bush rates expire.  Two daunting tax cliffs; so little time.  For a solid overview of why the president's deficit...
  • How the wealthy keep rolling in it

    09/06/2011 3:20:56 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 11 replies
    BusinessLive ^ | 9/3/11 | TINA WEAVIND
    Ultra-rich people come in a variety of shapes, sizes and ages. But they can generally be divided into two distinct groups when it comes to what they do with their money - there are those who made it and those who inherited it. " Inheritors are far less hungry than the ones who worked for it - Raymond Goss Raymond Goss, investment specialist at Investec, says the first generation with serious money is usually inherently entrepreneurial and entirely focused on wealth creation - they are always on the alert for a great deal and are shrewd and incisive about the...
  • Envy A Capital Sin [Ecumenical]

    08/20/2011 9:25:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies ^ | Steve Smith | Steve Smith
    Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Envy A Capital Sin When we Catholics begin our instruction in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we learn about and are given warning to be on guard against the Seven Deadly Sins, which are pride, avarice, lust, anger, envy, sloth, and gluttony. I am going to discuss the capital sin known as envy. Let me begin, by giving a definition of the word envy: wanting what somebody else has; the resentful or unhappy feeling of wanting somebody elses success, good fortune, qualities, or possessions. Also, here are a few synonyms for envy as well as...
  • Envy: The Mother of Murder!

    08/12/2011 7:34:28 AM PDT · by Reeses · 12 replies
    The Final Call ^ | January 25, 1995 | Louis Farrakhan
    Of all the characteristics of human beings that are bad, envy is the worst. It is the most unredeeming and wicked of the negative characteristics of human beings. Envy has at its root a gross and inordinate self-concept either on the side of gross inferiority or gross arrogance. A proper self-concept is vitally necessary to have a balanced and peaceful mind with contentment. However, when one has low self-esteem this self-concept breeds friction and trouble. For example, if someone comes along doing that which we believe we were the only ones qualified to do, our self-concept is threatened. This produces...
  • The Global Fairness Madness. The more we have, the more we begrudge others who have more.

    07/19/2011 7:22:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/19/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Whether in the fights over the U.S. debt limit or the rioting in Athens, the common global theme is not poverty in absolute terms, but more often fairness as in having about the same amount of things as others do. Here in America, the months-long impasse over the national-debt ceiling continues. President Bush borrowed nearly $5 trillion in eight years. But President Obama easily trumped even that staggering figure with his plan to borrow over $6 trillion in his first four years in office. The architects of his economic policy Austan Goolsbee, Peter Orszag, Christina Romer, and Larry...
  • Feminist dilemma for 2012 (Ultra Barf Alert)

    06/18/2011 6:31:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Keene Sentinel ^ | June 18, 2011 | Mary Ann Sorrentino, former RI Planned Parenthood Exec Dir
    As a woman who has spent much of her adult life lobbying for and writing about equal rights and opportunities for women, I am distressed that some candidates for the upcoming national elections make me sick to my feminist stomach. I am talking about people like Michele Bachmann and the omnipresent Sarah Palin. I want to see women in the highest offices in the country, I really do. But I feel obligated to evaluate female presidential candidates by the same standards I use to evaluate male candidates. They should be experienced, appropriate, articulate, and knowledgeable in domestic and foreign policy...
  • Jim and Sarah Meet in Reno...The KISS! (Donate to the Freepathon, thread XXI!)

    05/05/2011 10:51:12 AM PDT · by Syncro · 851 replies · 3+ views
    World Famous Art ^ | Cinco de Mayonnaize | Syncro/Dr Zoo
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  • Progressives ponder why tea party is kicking their butts

    04/10/2011 1:19:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 4/10/11 | Jazz Shaw
    By the time I finished reading this lengthy, plaintive missive by Richard Esko at the Huffington Post, I will confess that Id actually begun feeling sorry for him. Observing the conclusion of the recent budget battles and viewing them as a disastrous loss for the progressive movement, Mr. Esko casts about for an answer to what seems to be the question of the day: How does the evil Tea Party keep kicking our butts when our ideas are so wildly popular and clearly superior? And he thinks hes found some answers. Once again the unpopular views of a minority have...
  • Cornell Study: People Can Spot the Criminal Type (study supports profiling?)

    04/09/2011 6:42:03 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 37 replies
    Cornell News Service ^ | April 8 2011 | By George Lowery
    three Cornell researchers [looked at] whether we can determine who is a criminal by looking at his face. Their finding: We can. The researchers gathered head shots of Caucasian males, ages 20 to 29, put them all against a white background and controlled for attractiveness and display of facial emotion. Half were photos of convicts. The criminals were on their first conviction, had short hair and little to no facial hair. About half the criminals had been convicted of violent crimes (forcible rapes, murder, assault) and half for nonviolent crimes (forgery, theft, arson and drug dealing). On a scale of...
  • Andrea Snarks Palin's Foreign Trip: 'Where Do You Start?'

    03/21/2011 1:39:12 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 73 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Could Andrea Mitchell possibly be more snide and condescending toward Sarah Palin? On her MSNBC show today, here's how Mitchell introduced her interview with Jeanne Cummings of Politico concerning Sarah Palin's current trip to India and Israel: "Well. Heh-heh. Where do you start?" Dismissive as was the language, only the video does justice to the derision in Mitchell's tone. View clip here.
  • AUDIO: MoveOn Coordinator Caught On Tape At Union Rally: Tea Party Driven By Racism

    03/01/2011 12:17:26 PM PST · by · 9 replies
    This past Saturday in Baton Rouge, La. a MoveOn union rally was thrown together to protest Gov. Scott Walkers union legislation in Wisconsin. After the rally was held, a MoveOn coordinator was caught on tape saying the Tea Party is fueled by class envy and racism. The following is a partial transcript. Well call the person who wished to remain anonymous Condor for transcript reasons: MoveOn: My opinion is that, first of all, Tea Partiers tend to be in a wealthier category so even if you dont currently benefit from it, people dont want to tax millionaires because everyone believes,...