Jon Stewart discusses Republicans scaredy cats scare tactics.
Video below the fold in case it autoplays.
Alfred Doblin doesn’t think Chris Christie is serious about his attempts to “reform” (Christie’s term, not mine–ed.) New Jersey’s pension laws.
You have to hand it to Christie for making the most of his brand. He made bad manners a sign of leadership. He strolled the boardwalk with an ice cream cone to the enjoyment of YouTube addicts keen for an everyman. He told critics to shut up and sit down. But when the smartphone cameras weren’t on, he hopped on private planes to live like the king of Jordan.
But the facade is cracking, and that explains the pension war. The governor may say he intends to win this battle, but his actions say otherwise. He doesn’t need to win it, only to declare it to grab the attention of conservatives.
The overarching problem in pension-world is not retirees who expect to receive the pensions that they were promised. It’s companies and governments who promised the pensions, then failed to provide for them.
Employees kept their promises to come to work and do their jobs. Employers broke their promises and now would penalize employees for daring to expect a solvent retirement, while the companies and governments face no penalties for their pension lies.
The Roanoke Times calls out the Virginia Republican Party for (guess what?) hypocrisy, this time on schools. A snippet:
It (the amendment–ed.) would give the state Board of Education the power to authorize charter schools — charter schools being public schools that can operate independently of the rest of the local school system.
Or put another way, it would allow Richmond to tell local governments how to run their school systems.
That runs contrary to how conservatives such as Obenshain generally think schools should be operated. Ordinarily, they believe schools should be run locally, with few mandates from Richmond and even fewer, if any, from Washington.
So why the philosophical about-face here? Because it appears to be the only way to accomplish another conservative goal: The creation of more charter schools.
In Republican land, putting public money in private hands outweighs using it for the public good six days a week and twice on Sundays.
Driftglass dissects the unified Confederacy of Denial. A nugget (emphasis added):
And this is because — and this is important — David Brooks is not writing this column for you or for me or for anyone we know.
He is writing it for the several thousand members of the Beltway Club who still go to bed at night a little worried that someday, somehow, someone might show up and demand that they be publicly brought to book for the shit they said and did back when it looked like the Age of Dubya would last forever and so nothing they said, no matter how loathsome or disgraceful or false would ever come back to haunt them.
But the Age of Dubya did come crashing down. And ever since then our Beltway Media — led by Bush Regime cheerleaders and dead-enders like David Brooks — has adopted a strategy of locking arms in a unified Confederacy of Denial.
Do please follow the link and rest the whole thing. It’s worth the three minutes.
Chauncey Devega interviews Frank Shaeffer about how the religious right took over right-wing politics.
Follow the link and listen up, y’hear.