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A Grand Conspiracy in Plain Sight

This week, Barack Obama unveiled his budget proposal. Among the lowlights is a proposal to  cut Social Security and Medicare in exchange for a few very modest tax increases on the wealthy. And that's just his opening bargaining position. 

I decided to conduct a little experiment. I'd watch or listen to some mainstream news, such as CBS or NPR during prime news time(early morning and late afternoon), and see how many times the media mentioned this very important news. For the most part...(crickets). 

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The Ohio Tea Party is Outraged--by Republican Governor John Kasich's Budget

Enigmatic Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio continues to baffle both the left and the right. His biennial budget proposal is definitely a mixed bag in this Socialist Barbarian's opinion, but Teabaggers, lawyers, and accountants positively hate it; therefore, it's not all bad. The News Record  has a nice, short summary. 

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Food Stamp Program Now Facing Two-Pronged Assault

Almost two months ago, I wrote a post about the assault on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), more commonly known by its original name, Food Stamps. Recent days have revealed more details about the ruling classes' actual strategy in doing so, from both "conservative" and "liberal" directions. 

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Who Concerns Senator Schumer More: Poor New Yorkers or Cruise Ship Passengers?

While drinking my coffee this morning in an effort to get my St. Patrick's Recovery Day going, the local news went off and the national news came on. A few minutes later, an outraged Senator Chuck Schumer appeared, all aflutter in a fit of righteous indignation.

Cruise ship passengers, he declared, should never be "forced to live in Third World conditions." Something must be done! Whereupon he promised to get right down to the all-important task of regulating the cruise ship industry to insure that their relatively well-heeled customers never have to endure, for a few hours or even a few (gasp!) days, the conditions that many New Yorkers either normally live in or have been forced to live in for months due to the government's pathetic performance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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Under the Radar: The Movement to End Corporate Personhood

Three years ago, the Supreme Court, in what Keith Olbermann correctly called "Our Dred Scott," ruled that corporations had all of the rights of human beings and, more importantly, that  any attempt to limit their campaign contributions violated their First Amendment right to free speech in the infamous 5-4 Citizens United v. FEC decision. 

Since then, there has been a growing movement to overturn that decision. Today, on Democracy Now!, thanks to a college NPR station on my way home from work, I heard the following exchange:

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A Satire: The Real Meaning of the 2013 State of the Union Speech in Plain English

The following is my own admittedly biased interpretation of what President Obama really meant in his State of the Union speech last night. I will loosely follow the transcript provided by the Washington Post,

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/state-of-the-union-2013-president...

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Post-Election Progressive Scorecard Update: Kasich 9, Obama 1

In my last update, Kasich had a 3-0 lead:

http://my.firedoglake.com/ohiogringo/2012/12/13/post-election-progressiv...

Congratulations, Obama fans! He finally scored on the Barbarian's tally! He proposed legislation to ban military-style assault rifles, limit the size of magazines, and expand background checks to close the notorious gun show loophole. He might even be serious. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Well done, Mr President. Push hard, and some of this will actually be enacted, even by this Congress, into law.

Then, today, Republican Governor John Kasich of Ohio came out with his proposed budget. He scored with me by proposing the following:

1. A real small business income tax cut. Half of the first $750, 000 of business income, or $375,000 is exempt from the state income tax. As a Socialist, I'm not totally in favor of this, but it is progressive in its way. It clearly helps out local merchants and start ups, green grocers and farmer's markets and repair shops and bookstores and the like. And it definitely does not give away the store to large corporations.

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Think Mary Jo White Will Police Wall Street as Chair of the SEC? Think Again.

"You don't mess--with Mary Jo." --Barack Obama, last week

Those were the words President Obama used when announcing his nomination of Mary Jo White as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC). The corporate media jumped on the bandwagon, proclaiming that the former Federal Prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, with a proven track record of prosecuting organized crime, the terrorists in the failed 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, and some white collar criminals, showed that the Obama Administration was going to get tough on making Wall Street follow the law.

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The Travesty of Barack Obama's Second Inauguration on Martin Luther King Day

In just a few hours from now, a travesty will happen. President Barack Obama will publicly begin his second term by taking the oath of office while placing his hand on the Reverend Martin Luther King's Bible, and on the holiday that was set aside to honor the latter to boot. If such a thing as sympathetic magic or a wrathful God really existed, either the Bible or the President would burst into flame.

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Of Mythical Cliffs and Ceilings, of Predators and Fools

There has been much ado lately among the Very Smart People about the last minute avoidance of the Fiscal Cliff over which our entire economy almost fell, and, coming soon to a television screen or website near you, there will be much more ado about the dreaded Debt Ceiling, which must somehow be raised or paid for or else calamities of Biblical proportions will ensue. 

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