"Q: Why did you choose to keep the birther issue alive?
A: It’s a good issue to keep alive. You know, Donald [Trump] has got to have some fun. It’s fun to poke him a little bit and say “Hey, let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.” I don’t have a clue about where the president — and what this birth certificate says. But it’s also a great distraction. I’m not distracted by it.”
Rick Perry won’t become president in 2012, but he’s still the governor of a state in the U.S. This makes me cringe.
Tonight’s GOP debate in Las Vegas will likely consist of “9-9-9” references, Perry/Romney battles over “RomneyCare”, and a collaborative effort by the GOP to dismantle “ObamaCare.” In fact, those phrases popped up consistently throughout the previous debates.
The Obama campaign has taken notice, and is taking tonight’s GOP primary debate in Las Vegas — the gaming capital of the world — to roll out a game of their own. Just like any Vegas game, the house is guaranteed to win. The White House, that is. GOP Debate Watch is structured like a classic drinking game: every time one of the Republican hopefuls uses one of a set of keywords, you (the participant) have the option of dropping a donation into the Obama campaign coffers…
On October 5, 2011, Occupy Wall Street protesters took to the streets of Lower Manhattan. 15,000 people gathered together and Turnstyle News contributor Miguel Macias spoke to a diverse group of protesters to gather their answers on one pressing question: What do you want from the Occupy Wall Street protests? Above, protesters responses, along with insight from director and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore.
People of all ages and race are participating. This movement is really growing.
Jelani Gibson had never slept on the street before visiting the Occupy Wall Street movement in Lower Manhattan’s Liberty Plaza. But when his grandmother mentioned wanting to travel from Pontiac, Michigan, to New York City to see the growing protests firsthand, he decided he couldn’t miss it.
“I’m always hearing how banks are being bailed out, how companies are getting tax cuts, and how resources are being robbed from other countries…but I don’t ever hear of people protesting about it in a large group. So when I heard about [the Occupy Wall Street protests], I’m like ‘Oh wow. Grandma’s going so maybe I can just ask her to take me with her and she did.’”
Jelani, a 4.0 student, says the best thing about the Occupy Wall Street protests is the compassion. To hear more, check out the video above by Turnstyle News contributor Adele Pham.
Kid makes me want to get on a flight to New York City!
“Please Raise My Taxes” via LinkedIn town hall meeting with President Obama.
For those who can’t watch clips online, question came from a man who retired at a young age, thanks to the success of a start-up company he worked for that “did quite well” (the man was later identified as the former director of marketing at Google). He asked the president, “Would you please raise my taxes? I would like very much to have the country to continue to invest in things like Pell Grants, and infrastructure, and job training programs that made it possible for me to get to where I am.”
We all benefited from someone investing in us.
We’re a massive, modern nation with a vast economy. We face real challenges, and they’re not the kind of challenges individuals can hope resolve on their own — we need cooperative solutions built around shared action.
This is kind of what Elizabeth Warren was getting at: a lot of people in this country were able to take advantage of certain opportunities with the help of government programs; whether it’s Pell Grants, temporary & disability assistance, guaranteed federal loans for graduates students (like myself), or what have you. When those programs are in jeopardy due to a lack of tax revenue, there is a case to be made that those who willingly took the benefit of those programs (and became successful as a result) should contribute to their upkeep so “the next kid who comes along” will have the same access to opportunities that you had.
This isn’t to say there aren’t principled arguments to be made against government aid for all the things I just mentioned. Libertarians make these arguments all the time, and I don’t find them unreasonable. But essentially what you’re dealing with are two worldviews in which society looks different in a lot of fundamental ways: I guarantee you that if we stopped having the Federal Government guarantee loans for graduate students, for example, less people would be able to go to law school or Med School, because there’s no way private companies would underwrite as many students. And while this can be argued as a good thing for the legal profession, the same argument cannot be made for the Medical profession, which continues to be desperate for new blood.
Pell grants and scholarship funds shaped my 20’s, and I’m sincere when I say I have no idea where I’d be without that help.
The screams and the faces on the people at Good Stuff Eatery where President Obama stopped by with his staff for a post debt-limit burger are great.
He’s probably not pulling in the vegetarian vote, but that’s fine by me.
As Salon’s Glenn Greenwald points out, could you imagine any US politician saying that, ever?
Absolutely not. Fear is too easy to inspire. You see a spider, you want to stomp it. The alternative to great security is an appreciation for coexistence, but that’s just fucking blasphemy in this country.