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28

Jan

…Republicans live in an intellectual bubble. They get their news from Fox and other captive media, they get their policy analysis from billionaire-financed right-wing think tanks, and they’re often blissfully unaware both of contrary evidence and of how their positions sound to outsiders.

18

Apr

There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.

Michel de Montaigne

[This helps explain the success of Fox News. Regular viewers watch to learn what to fear and seem to enjoy fearing the things they highlight. This fear often turns to hatred and causes complete loss of rationality.]

16

Apr

CNN poll shows that 72% of Americans support a 30% minimum income tax for those who earn over $1 million per year. 
On Monday, Senate Republicans blocked a move to open debate on the proposal.
Mitt Romney paid 13.9% in income tax on $21.7 million in income in 2010. A single wage earner who earned $34,000 in 2010 was in the 25% income tax bracket. A married couple who earned $68,000 was in the 25% income tax bracket.
The system is broken and Republicans not only don’t want to fix it, they want to break it even more by offering tax cuts that will benefit the wealthy even more.

CNN poll shows that 72% of Americans support a 30% minimum income tax for those who earn over $1 million per year.

On Monday, Senate Republicans blocked a move to open debate on the proposal.

Mitt Romney paid 13.9% in income tax on $21.7 million in income in 2010. A single wage earner who earned $34,000 in 2010 was in the 25% income tax bracket. A married couple who earned $68,000 was in the 25% income tax bracket.

The system is broken and Republicans not only don’t want to fix it, they want to break it even more by offering tax cuts that will benefit the wealthy even more.

amprog:

Fairness is here to stay in the public debate and, so far, conservatives are on the wrong side.
Today, Congress is voting on the Buffett Rule. What are your thoughts on fairness?
(Source: americanprogress.org)

amprog:

Fairness is here to stay in the public debate and, so far, conservatives are on the wrong side.

Today, Congress is voting on the Buffett Rule. What are your thoughts on fairness?

(Source: americanprogress.org)

16

Mar

Rick Santorum lies.

Rick Santorum lies.

10

Mar

Why Is the Secretary of Education Proposing Teachers Receive $150,000 Salaries?

positivelypersistentteach:

infoneer-pulse:

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan used his SXSWedu keynote address earlier this week to advocate for more professional development and higher salaries for teachers. Duncan argued that teacher salaries should start at about $65,000 a year and range up to $150,000 a year for highly rated veterans.

That sounds good in theory—teachers work incredibly hard, staying at their school sites long after students have left the building, taking student work home, and planning lessons on the weekends. Many work second jobs over the summer and pay for professional development events out-of-pocket—of course they deserve to be compensated at the same level as other highly trained professionals. But considering the draconian budget cuts that have led to thousands of teacher layoffs nationwide, every teacher who hears Duncan’s suggested salaries has to be asking themselves where that money is supposed to come from.

» via GOOD

Show me the money!

Duncan, like all bad managers, has confused what motivates him for what motivates all. We have over 100 years of studies that confirm that money is a terrible long-term motivator, particularly for people whose basic financial needs have already been met. I would much rather see those extra billions spent helping students (better facilities, better access to technology, more Pell grants, etc.), but then again, I’m not a greedy capitalist monster.

07

Mar

The American free market rips off health care consumers at an alarming rate. Who benefits? Shareholders, capitalists, doctors, health care workers. Who suffers? Everyone else.
Source

The American free market rips off health care consumers at an alarming rate. Who benefits? Shareholders, capitalists, doctors, health care workers. Who suffers? Everyone else.

Source

Will the Keystone XL pipeline go through Nebraska? If money talks, then Y-E-S.
Pro-pipeline TransCanada spent $12 in lobbying for every $1 spent by all anti-pipeline groups combined in the last three months of 2011.
Corruption. Greed. Politics. Capitalism. Sickening.
Source

Will the Keystone XL pipeline go through Nebraska? If money talks, then Y-E-S.

Pro-pipeline TransCanada spent $12 in lobbying for every $1 spent by all anti-pipeline groups combined in the last three months of 2011.

Corruption. Greed. Politics. Capitalism. Sickening.

Source

28

Feb

Health Care Costs in the United States

1% of the population accounts for 25% of health care costs.

5% of the population accounts for 47.5% of health care costs.

50% of the population accounts for 3.1% of health care costs.

Source

24

Feb

When you’re scientifically literate, the world looks different to you. It’s a particular way of questioning what you see and hear. When empowered by this state of mind, objective realities matter. These are the truths of the world that exist outside of whatever your belief system tells you.

One objective reality is that our government doesn’t work, not because we have dysfunctional politicians, but because we have dysfunctional voters. As a scientist and educator, my goal, then, is not to become President and lead a dysfunctional electorate, but to enlighten the electorate so they might choose the right leaders in the first place.

04

Feb

Things seem to be getting better.

Things seem to be getting better.

15

Jan

When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it.
G. K. Chesterton

06

Jan

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Study shows that lobbying provides a $220 return on investment for every $1 spent on lobbying. 4 minutes 45 seconds

(Source: NPR)