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Tax Payer Bill of Rights (TABOR) H188 - Help

TABOR is legislation/act/amendment which takes budgeting and revenue generation from the hands of the legislature and produces a "ratchet down" effect, limiting budgets to population growth and inflation in any given year. Sound good? Well, Colorado amended their constitution in 1992 to include TABOR, and has thus dragged Colorado down from a really nice place to live to next to last and last in quality of life and public service attributes. As usual, Civitas and Pope and Americans for Prosperity are behind this crap. Colorado had to amend the constitution to get relief from TABOR just to survive. They announced this yesterday in Raleigh. TABOR has been rejected in California and various other states.

This is one in which you should get everyone you know to look up Taxpayer Bill of Rights in Wikipedia and then contact every person they know to sound the alarm.

What do conservatives really want?

George Lakoff has leaped into the breach one more time to remind us that conservatives (right wingers) actually do think radically differently than those on the left/liberal and left/moderate sides of the block. And that set of differences is one reason we cannot communicate, even if the right wanted to.

From Truthout-Lakoff: The central issue in our political life is not being discussed. At stake is the moral basis of American democracy.

The individual issues are all too real: assaults on unions, public employees, women's rights, immigrants, the environment, health care, voting rights, food safety, pensions, prenatal care, science, public broadcasting and on and on.

A Million Job Loss Set of Republican Cuts?

Boehner has no idea of what his proposed cuts, to the extent the Republicans have posted just vague round numbers and not real programs. Here is a cynical exchange which puts some cold truth on the subject. OBTW, Polifact has said that the "200,000" Obama supposedly has hired is a simple lie--but what do you expect.

"So be it."

That was House Speaker John Boehner's cold answer when asked Tuesday about job losses that would come from his new Republican majority's plans to cut tens of billions of dollars in government spending this year.

"Do you have any sort of estimate on how many jobs will be lost through this?" Pacifica Radio's Leigh Ann Caldwell inquired at a news conference just before the House began its debate on the cuts.

Boehner stood firm in his polished tassel loafers. "Since President Obama has taken office the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs, and if some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it," he said.

Network out to crush public workers

This post, found at Campaign for America's Future, takes an extensive look at the forces behind anti public employee and public employee unions moverment. It is as indepth a piece as I have seen. I commend it highly.

It is difficult to read, watch or listen to the news without hearing that public employees are paid too much and get “lucrative” pensions and this is “bankrupting” your state, county or city. Public officials are "in bed" with "union bosses" and state and local government; taxpayer dollars are wasted to pay for people who don’t do much work but live the good life. "Reports" and "studies" confirm this.

More Blue Dogs in Senate

"Moderate" senators oppose Obama on health care and other issue.

And it’s not just health care. The senators are prepared to break with the White House on a wide range of issues: embracing deeper spending cuts, scaling back business regulations and overhauling environmental rules. The moderates most likely to buck their party include Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jon Tester of Montana — all of whom are up for reelection in 2012 and represent states Obama lost in 2008.


McCaskill, Manchin, Tester, Ben Nelson, the usual suspects - going to cause lots of trouble, again. Will we never, ever be free of this crowd?

Conservative Democrats switch to GOP across the Deep South

Related to article on Shuler's whining recently. Add this to the list of heavy burdens for 2012 and going forward--unless and if the Republicans and their white Tea Party friends really screw up.

Defections reflect the Democrats' drubbing in the midterm election and Republicans' consolidation of power in the South

Since the midterm election, 24 state senators and representatives have made the switch in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Texas.

In some cases, the ramifications have been profound: In Louisiana, defecting Democrats gave Republicans a majority in the state House for the first time since Reconstruction; in Alabama, they delivered the GOP a House supermajority. Republicans have 65 votes to the Democrats' 39, enough to pass constitutional amendments over Democratic opposition.

Business Doesn't Need American Workers -- HuffPO-Kuttner

Kuttner does it again.

Once again, the job numbers are dismal. In January, the U.S. economy created just 36,000 domestic jobs, far below the roughly 145,000 that economists had forecast. The unemployment rate fell, to 9 percent, but only because more and more discouraged workers are giving up and leaving the workforce.

The U.S. still has a jobs gap of about 14 million jobs, and that number is increasing as the labor force grows. Counting people who've given up, or who are working part time when they want full time jobs, the real unemployment number is around 17 percent. America now has about 25 million people either out of work or underemployed.

Meanwhile, corporate profits continue to set records. Profits in the third quarter of 2010 were 1.659 trillion, about 28 percent higher than a year before, and the highest year-to-year increase on record.

What's going on? Very simply, America's corporations no longer need America's workers.

Koch brothers now at heart of GOP power, same for Art Pope

The Koch brothers have stopped hiding in the background, they just bought the US House and part of the Senate.

The billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch no longer sit outside Washington's political establishment, isolated by their uncompromising conservatism. Instead, they are now at the center of Republican power, a change most evident in the new makeup of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

NC unions welcome DNC to "Right to Work" state/city for convention

Sometimes I stumble over things which simply leave me aghast. Seems like there is some concern somewhere, but obviously not in NC, that there will be no discernible union workforce in Charlotte for the DNC Convention. Tim Kaine then goes on to make it all worse by trying to explain that the Democratic Party's "right to work" laws are just part of the "good ole Southern scenery".


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