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Right Focuses on Benghazi, Left Addresses Economics

May 10, 2013

A lot of focus in the conservative media news feeds these days (after their victory on the gun issue) is a strong focus on Benghazi. I haven’t commented on this, but it always struck me as typical government oversight, yet Obama’s enemies have trumped it up into an impeachable offense. This mind you, after birtherism had been silenced a bit (but there are some still trying with that). One guy going as far as claiming that is is “Watergate, coupled with Iran Contra, times ten!” This is then attempted to be justified by claiming those two Republican scandals were not as bad as they seemed, but were only hyped by “the liberal media”, which then ignored Benghazi. The supposed motive, to make Obama look good for his election campaign.

Anyway, here’s the latest financial and a couple of other topics

The Rich Have Gained $5.6 Trillion in the ‘Recovery,’ While the Rest of Us Have Lost $669 Billion
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/les-leopold/the-rich-have-gained-56-t_b_3237528.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=773685,b=facebook

Foreclosure Review Program’s Regulators Take Pounding From Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/11/foreclosure-review-program-warren-brown_n_3062126.html

This one is being reposted on Facebook several times: a push to have Student Loans Have the Same [ridiculously low] Rate Big Banks Get
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/08/elizabeth-warren-student-loans_n_3240407.html

Here’s an interesting article on how an “austerian” position (as opposed to Keynesian) benefits the “1%”: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/opinion/krugman-the-one-percents-solution.html

“The austerity agenda looks a lot like a simple expression of upper-class preferences, wrapped in a facade of academic rigor. What the top 1 percent wants becomes what economic science says we must do.

Wondered if his verbal antics would ever catch up with him:
http://www.salon.com/2013/05/06/rush_limbaugh_may_leave_radio_network_over_advertising_fallout

10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/pro-gun-myths-fact-check

Also, see this on Facebook every now and then:

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39 Comments
  1. Add to Behghazi the IRS scandal. Here are some good articles on both:

    Harry Reid Accuses Republicans Of Hypocrisy On IRS Scandal, Benghazi
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/14/harry-reid-irs_n_3274166.html

    Full White House Benghazi Email Undermines GOP’s Cover-Up Claims
    http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/05/14/2009571/cnn-benghazi-emails/

    IRS’ Long History of Dirty Tricks
    http://abcnews.go.com/Business/irs-irs-long-history-dirty-tricks/story?id=19177178#.UZQKvbWG18G

  2. Is This Big Tea Party Group Really an Innocent Victim of the IRS?
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/05/tea-party-patriots-irs-complaint

    Actually, Tea Party Groups Gave the IRS Lots of Good Reasons to Be Interested
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/05/irs-tea-party-tax-problems

    Ex-IRS Director: Tea Party Groups Deserved Scrutiny, But IRS Bungled the Job
    http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/05/irs-director-marcus-owens-tea-party-scandal

    Also now, I read of a “Tornado Truther” movement, that says the Obama administration manipulated the weather to create the tornado that devastated Oklahoma!

  3. Income Inequality Gets Worse When You Slash Taxes On The Rich: Study
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/28/income-inequality-study_n_3346073.html

    CEOs Are Terrible At Management, Study Finds: Forbes
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/28/ceo-management-terrible-study_n_3346071.html

  4. Here’s a good one:

  5. Michael Hayden, NSA Director Under Bush: Obama More Transparent On Data Collection Than We Were
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/13/michael-hayden-nsa_n_3434864.html

  6. Big Lie: America Doesn’t Have #1 Richest Middle-Class in the World…We’re Ranked 27th!
    http://www.alternet.org/economy/americas-middle-class-27th-richest?

  7. While Obama is being held responsible for NSA, he was just as much a victim of it four years before his candidacy (which was under the previous administration):

    Russ Tice, Bush-Era Whistleblower, Claims NSA Ordered Wiretap Of Barack Obama In 2004
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/russ-tice-nsa-obama_n_3473538.html

    Why can’t people recognize that a president only has but so much power over the way these aspects of government are run?

  8. “How Inequality Was Created”

  9. http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/07/23/2340411/the-rich-feel-poor-if-they-make-less-than-5-million (Yeah, people are always telling us “don’t complain, compared to the third world, you’re rich”, but does anyone ever tell them that?)

    http://www.salon.com/2013/07/22/income_inequality_ruined_detroit_partner

  10. Food Stamps Avoided By Millions Of Eligible Americans
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/14/food-stamps_n_3757052.html

  11. Executive Excess 2013: Bailed out, Booted, and Busted
    http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/08/12227/executive-excess-2013-bailed-out-booted-and-busted

    Paying CEOs Top Dollar for Poor Performance
    http://billmoyers.com/2013/08/28/paying-ceos-top-dollar-for-poor-performance

    Forget Al Capone — Today’s Racketeers are on Wall Street
    http://billmoyers.com/2013/08/29/forget-al-capone-todays-racketeers-are-on-wall-street

    Again; wake up everyone, to who the real “takers” really are; and stop excusing them and blaming the poor!

  12. Elizabeth Warren Calls Supreme Court Right-Wing, ‘Pro-Corporate’
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/08/elizabeth-warren-supreme-court_n_3891428.html

    “You follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later you’ll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of big business,”

    Conservatives complain that the Supreme Court is so liberal, and issues like abortion, gay rights, “removing God from the public sphere” etc. (the “moral” and religious issues) are what they focus on, but it seems those are smokescreens for the economic area, where we see who’s really gaining the most.

  13. Wealthiest Americans Take Home Biggest Share of Income Ever Recorded
    http://billmoyers.com/2013/09/11/wealthiest-americans-take-home-biggest-share-of-income-ever-recorded

    The Koch brothers’ secret bank
    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/behind-the-curtain-exclusive-the-koch-brothers-secret-bank-96669.html

    “Short says his members are ‘concerned that the nation that they grew up in and that their businesses have flourished in will not be there for their children and grandchildren,’ and are ‘committed to trying to restore what they view are free markets in a free society in America’.”

    This is what it always comes down to; “the nation they grew up in”, and why these people can’t ever be seen as the ones at least partly responsible for milking the economy. They represent the “values” of “America”, so it must be others to blame for everything.

  14. The Myth of the “Free Market” and How to Make the Economy Work for Us
    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/17-5

    Matt Bevin: Anger Toward Wall Street Since Financial Crisis Is ‘Class Warfare’ Against Job Creators
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/matt-bevin-class-warfare_n_3940818.html

    “Have you ever been offered a job by a poor person? No one has” typical rationale.

    Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

    The Simple Reason for the Long Downturn: Housing Bubble Burst
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dean-baker/the-simple-reason-for-the_b_3938762.html

  15. Bad News For People Who Hate Obama: You May Have Been Cheering For Him This Whole Time
    http://www.upworthy.com/bad-news-for-people-who-hate-obama-you-mayve-been-cheering-for-him-this-whole-time-2

  16. Billionaires Received Millions From Taxpayer Farm Subsidies: Analysis
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/07/farm-subsidies-billionaires_n_4232739.html

  17. Some evidence austerity is backfiring, so that the GOP’s “pro-business” philosophy is actually ending up hurting business (And the economy with it, as they claim liberalism does):
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/18/gop-pro-business-not_n_4276687.html

    Here’s a good one on someone admonishing banks:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/18/james-cole-bankers_n_4297894.html

  18. Interesting titled book The Benghazi Hoax, David Brock
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Benghazi-Hoax-David-Brock-ebook/dp/B00FZ6HWPA/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3

    “No one could have imagined at the start of that evening how quickly the Republican right would politicize the murder of four Americans. Or how the most basic facts would be twisted, confused, and even invented out of thin air to manufacture false charges – first to suggest that President Obama, then seeking re-election, was disengaged, feckless, or even sympathetic to terror, and then, when that faltered, to tarnish the reputation of Hillary Clinton as she mulled a 2016 presidential bid.

    What has been called the “Benghazi scandal” by Republican investigators, the Fox News Channel, and right-wing radio talkers like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity is better described as the Benghazi hoax.”

  19. Dinesh D’Souza, the darling of the conservative movement who aimed to call out the Black American community for using the “victim rhetoric” of “Racism” claims to get undeserved stuff, calls Obama a “grownup Trayvon”.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/26/dinesh-dsouza-trayvon-tweet_n_4345318.html

    Meanwhile, even Gates (along with Buffett) are saying the tax system is already “flat” in a way that favors themselves:

    http://www.upworthy.com/what-warren-buffett-and-bill-gates-think-is-very-unfair-might-shock-you

  20. Darrell Issa: ‘Biggest Tool We Have is to Shame’ Obama

  21. Democrats Call GOP-Led Benghazi Probe A ‘Witch-Hunt’
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/09/benghazi-probe_n_5118415.html

  22. Democrat Slams GOP For ‘Colossal Waste Of Time’ On Benghazi Committee
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/04/adam-schiff-benghazi_n_5263227.html

  23. GOP’s demented “Benghazi!” disease: Why conservatives so desperately need a scandal
    http://www.salon.com/2014/05/05/gops_benghazi_addiction_why_conservatives_so_desperately_need_a_scandal

    Seems like the Left is finally coming out strongly against this!

  24. GOP’s Benghazi Investigator Has 3 New Questions … That Have Already Been Answered
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/07/trey-gowdy-benghazi-questions_n_5283863.html

    GOP Goes All In On Benghazi, Tax Cuts, IRS Scandal As Obamacare Fades
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/07/republicans-benghazi_n_5279789.html

  25. Arianna Criticizes Republicans Over Benghazi On ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-tv/arianna-benghazi-bill-maher_b_5301445.html

    “What is the opportunity cost of having had 13 hearings on Benghazi, tens of thousands of pages, and all this attention being given to an issue which is basically the equivalent of saying Nero held Benghazi hearings while Rome burned, the captain of the Titanic held Benghazi hearings while the iceberg was hitting the Titanic?”

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