Submitted by fake consultant on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 1:33pm
There’s a lot of ways to be petty and cheap and stupid, and a lot of ways to stick it to a program you don’t like, and by extension, the clients of that program…and this week the House Republicans have embarked on an effort to combine the two into one petty, cheap, and stupid way to stick it to the clients of Social Security and the workers who administer the program.
They’re going to sell it to you, if they can, as a way to “lower the deficit”, or words similar…but what this is really about is making the actual Social Security program work less well—because, after all, if a program is popular today, the best way to make it less so is to apply a bit of “treat ‘em like their cars were impounded” to every interaction customers have with the system.
And what better way to make sure that happens…then to aggressively demoralize everyone who works down at the ol’ Social Security office?
Submitted by fake consultant on Mon, 02/28/2011 - 3:27am
So it’s Day 3 of my fake campaign for Congress, and we’ve run into our first obstacle
The Fake Campaign, as you may recall, is fake headed for Wisconsin, to show solidarity, and we’ve fake hitched a ride on a delivery truck headed for Rush Limbaugh’s Florida broadcasting studios—but we fake found ourselves caught up in the all-too-real Giant Grip Of Winter that has seized the Midwest over the past week.
We’re back on the road now, but we were stuck for darn near a half-day there at Wall…and if you know anything about South Dakota, you know there are really only two things to do in the City of Wall: you can shuffle back and forth between Gold Diggers and the Badlands Bar, partaking of numerous intoxicating liquors along the way…or you can head on into Wall Drug (the same one that's on all those bumper stickers and signs) and partake of the finest display of Giant Jackalopia on the planet.
The Campaign, naturally, chose Jackalopia—and that’s why today’s Manifesto is all about the fake impromptu 5-cent-coffee-fueled Social Security Town Hall that we held in the Wall Drug Mall for several hours while we waited for I-90 to reopen.
Submitted by fake consultant on Fri, 02/18/2011 - 5:50am
We have spent the past two years watching as insanity has gripped Congress, and even more so with Republicans now running the House.
We have a wavering President, far too many feckless Democrats, and Republicans that have decided to dive headfirst into total “insane mode” in a full-blown effort to destroy this country just as fast as possible.
To give but one example, in my own District, WA-08, we are represented by the absolutely useless Republican Dave Reichert, whose best-known legislative achievement is that he has virtually no record of any legislative achievement whatever.
Now we’ve had a very interesting relationship, you and I, over these past few years; in my efforts to “bring you the story” I’ve been a fake political consultant, a fake lobbyist, even a fake historian…and now, I think it’s time to try to bring our relationship to a new level.
And that’s why, America, I’m announcing my fake candidacy for Congress.
If anyone needed evidence that the Great Recession is still reverberating through the economy, consider the situation state legislatures face as they come into session this month.
Put together, states have a collective $160 billion budget shortfall for the current fiscal year. And some states are doing much worse than others: 10 have budget shortfalls of at least $2.5 billion, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, including Florida ($2.5+ billion), North Carolina ($3+ billion) and Texas ($10+ billion).
Submitted by southernstudies on Fri, 12/03/2010 - 3:39pm
Yesterday the Interior Department announced an updated strategy for offshore oil and gas leasing that bans drilling in federal waters off the Atlantic Coast and the Eastern Gulf of Mexico for the next seven years.
Submitted by fake consultant on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 1:03am
Over the course of the past couple of weeks we’ve been talking about how the War On Social Security was about to get under way and what happens when countries choose to privatize their systems.
Today we take on another bite-sized chunk of economic analysis: how can you get to a situation where Social Security is financially stable for the next 75 years?
We’ll describe some proposals that are out there—but the big focus of this conversation will be to look at one change that, all by itself, could not only solve the entire funding problem, but could actually allow us to lower the Social Security tax rate, immediately, and still achieve fiscal balance.
“Well, if that’s such a bright idea” you might ask, “why haven’t we adopted it already?”
That’s a great question—and after you hear the proposal, you may well have explanations of your own.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/21/2010 - 11:39am
The biggest bank in the US, Bank of America has said it will restart legal proceedings to repossess 102,000 homes. The lender had stopped its foreclosure process earlier this month after it emerged that thousands of cases may have been mishandled. The bank said it would restart proceedings in 23 states. It is continuing an internal review of cases in the other 27 states, but said it expected fewer than 30,000 foreclosures to be seriously delayed. The bank spokesman said that as was the case for our judicial state review, our initial assessment findings show the basis for our foreclosure decisions is accurate. The news was greeted well by markets, with Bank of America's and JP Morgan's share prices rising 2.9% and 2.4% respectively by the close of trading on Monday. JP Morgan also suspended its foreclosures this month for similar reasons.
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