I used to have a community on rollerfeet.tumblr, then Tumblr stopped answering support emails. /kvetch
Every budget cutting moron who thinks any teacher is overpaid or “only works until 3” should be put on this (fake…so far) reality show.
I wouldn’t be opposed to “starve the beast” so much if the people involved weren’t lying to get it done. If they won’t be honest about what they’re doing, how can they be trusted further?
As the article mentions, it is disheartening that Inside Job wins the Oscar for Best Documentary just as politicians are prepping to give cover to the same people that nearly bankrupted this country. I don’t care how much regulation is in place, but all of these things should be transparent to the nth degree. It seems clear who is willing to be transparent and who has something to hide.
p.s. I’m not the only person who saw the conflict of giving an award to Inside Job at an event financed by Chase, where many of the executives in the crowd were involved in the process that caused the financial crisis.
Recently, I heard a room full of teachers blaming Obama for the condition of the Texas education system. I’m still not sure how “educators” can be ignorant to the neglect they have suffered directly due to Texas governors.
One man, one vote…but only the people with money actually have access.
My concern with James Kwak’s piece is that he’s missing the obvious pattern. Democrats and Republicans vote for things when they’re in control, regardless of the expense to taxpayers. The GOP ran up the deficit under Bush, and the Democrats haven’t bothered to stop it. (Where are Clinton/Gingrich when you need them?)
On a local politics level, the supporting spreadsheet shows that Texas hypocrites Cornyn and Hutchison* voted Yes to every deficit increase on the list except for the stimulus. That’s not too surprising since the jobs it saved were all in the northern states, and we can’t expect our Senators to care about the economy as a whole. They’re too selfish for that.
(stats from the article Deficit Hawkoprite Watch « The Baseline Scenario.)
* In good news Hutchison isn’t running again for the Senate next year. I don’t think Texas is capable of voting in an honest politician — the jokes falling from that last statement approach infinity — but maybe her replacement won’t reply to my input with eloquent letters explaining why I’m such a dummy and she’s obviously smarter than I am.
Who thought I would have opportunity to quote Michelle Malkin? (Put your hand down. You’re lying.) Affleck is one of the biggest violators of “enough”. More big name actors should make a stand and take reasonable salaries.
This reminds me of the crazy things Natalie Portman revealed in her interview with Letterman during her Black Swan interview. How much did she, Kunis, Ryder or even Aronofsky ask for their participation? Just because the market will pay you an absurd amount of money doesn’t mean you should take it.