WASHINGTON — The top 1 percent of earners more than doubled their share of the nation’s income over the last three decades, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday, in a new report likely to figure prominently in the escalating political fight over how to revive the economy, create jobs and lower the federal debt.
Archive: October, 2011
...is this one.
I haven't had the opportunity to weigh in on the ever-maddening actions over at NPR. which when its ethicists aren't fervently debating how many angels can fit on the head of a pin are trying to decide who to fire -- an opera host, for example -- for coming to close to the fire that is Occupy Wall Street. The bizzaro world of NPR has achieved one good thing, however -- it's triggered a sensible debate on the new journalistic ethic for the 21st Century.
Please check out and enjoy this new-ish video from FOA Bob Nark:
Charles Pierce at Esquire -- fast becoming a go-to blogger on all things political:
Make no mistake about it: The actions of the police department in Oakland last night were a military assault on a legitimate political demonstration. That it was a milder military assault than it could have been, which is to say it wasn't a massacre, is very much beside the point. There was no possible provocation that warranted this display of force. (Graffiti? Litter? Rodents? Is the Oakland PD now a SWAT team for the city's health department?) If you are a police department in this country in 2011, this is something you do because you have the power and the technology and the license from society to do it. This is a problem that has been brewing for a long time. It predates the Occupy movement for more than a decade. It even predates the "war on terror," although that has acted as what the arson squad would call an "accelerant" to the essential dynamic.
Greece, Chile, Mexico and Turkey -- it's not the newest offering from Taco Bell:
It's one thing if you live in a market economy where everyone has the same shot at success. It's quite another if fortune favors the fortunate. And the new survey found that when it comes to "equal opportunities for self-realization," the U.S. ranks 27 out of 31 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development member states, well behind not just Northern European countries like Norway and Denmark, but even countries like Hungary, Poland, Italy and France. The only countries whose citizens fare even worse are Greece, Chile, Mexico and Turkey.
I'll meet you there at 2:30 (Eastern)! It's a chance for "you people" (I'm channeling my inner Ross Perot) to interact with real liberals!