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Due to a series of misunderstandings I mistakenly– though, considering a variety of circumstances, understandably– labeled a comment by VOTM as a sockpuppet account of failed council candidate Mark Cates. Apparently VOTM is the nephew of Mr. Cates, and they have used the same IP address at several times in the past. My apologies for the mislabeling of said comment. And my apologies for any undue stress or discord this error may have brought into the Cates clan.
Who is that sensible guy?
Chris Hayes’ research team did some digging and came up with Rep. Paul Ryan, under a Republican administration, arguing forcefully in support of just the kind of economic policies he now utterly rejects under a Democratic one. Now the Republicans’ vice-presidential candidate, Ryan argued in 2002 that a third Bush stimulus package was needed to help the unemployed and to kick-start the economy. And deficits be damned.
Ryan has denounced the 2009 Recovery Act signed by President Obama as “a wasteful spending spree” and “failed neo-Keynesian experiment,” and – as The Huffington Post pointed out this morning — dismissed as “sugar-high economics” the idea that government spending, through measures like payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits, can help shore up a faltering economy.
But in 2002, when then-President Bush was seeking a roughly $120 billion package of tax cuts, tax incentives for business and unemployment benefits to jump-start the economy, Ryan offered a vigorous defense of the plan. “What we’re trying to accomplish today with the passage of this third stimulus package is to create jobs and help the unemployed,” Ryan said in video that aired today on Up w/ Chris Hayes. The remarks came during a House debate on the measure on Feb. 14, 2002.
As they say, IOKIYAR.
“It’s more than just giving someone an unemployment check,” Ryan said of the Bush stimulus bill. “It’s also helping those people with their health insurance while they’ve lost their jobs and more important than just that unemployment check, it’s to do what we can to give people a paycheck.”
Ryan called such measures “time-tested, proven, bipartisan solutions to get businesses to stop laying off people, to hire people back, and to help those people who have lost their jobs,” and urged congressional Democrats to break ranks and join Republicans in supporting the president’s plan.
Who is that guy?
What’s happened to the usual obeisance to false equivalency and fact-check-free repeating of talking points?
Soledad O’Brien has been on fire this week. Now that’s bulldog work.
[h/t Crooks and Liars]
I wondered if this 2008 Blue Century radio spot — Broken Windows — is a bit dated. Maybe not.
A couple of weeks ago, L.A. Times cartoonist David Horsey told a story about his parents’ one-and-only trip to Europe. When they came to England to visit him in graduate school, his mother got to experience socialized medicine after she sprained her ankle in France and had to visit the hospital for X-rays and an ankle wrap:
As we were leaving, my mother asked where she should pay the bill. This was hard to translate — and not just because of the gap between French and English. The hospital staff tried to explain that there was no charge. My mom did not think that was right. She felt responsible. She wanted to pay. After a bit of back and forth, it began to dawn on her that not only was there no bill, but the very idea that there should be one was foreign to these citizens of a country where healthcare was a right, not a commodity.
“The mere mention of it in the U.S. makes the right-wing recoil in horror and hiss all at once,” writes Diane Sweet for Crooks and Liars. Yet at the opening ceremony for the London Olympics, England celebrated its National Health Service with music and dance featuring NHS doctors and nurses.
This landed in the email inbox yesterday:
Thank you for your interest in covering the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Due to the overwhelming interest in media credentials, we have just completed our credentialing process. Your organization will receive credentials to cover the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The specific amount and types of credentials will be sent to you in a separate email.
That’s right, folks. Tom Sullivan and I will be in Charlotte covering the 2012 DNC for Scrutiny Hooligans.
The biggest topic of conversation at the Hooligan Conclave last week, aside from who looked best in the African hat we purchased from another patron, was how we should mark Scrutiny Hooligans’ one millionth hit. That’s right. In a few weeks, ScruHoo will have its millionth visitor.
Were you the master of all things bloggy, how would you come at it? Prize for the person? Exploding .gif? Ignore it altogether? Tickets to watch a secret meeting with Tim Moffitt, Nathan Ramsey, David King, Joe Belcher, Mike Fryar and their employees?
Or, you can use this thread to talk about the other exciting things going on in the world and in your minds. Enjoy.
This has been coming for a while. The Asheville Citizen-Times is erecting a pay wall.
Beginning the first of July, people who do not subscribe to the Citizen-Times will have limited access to our content on smartphones, tablet devices and website.
People who subscribe to the Citizen-Times, however, will continue to receive the print edition delivered to their homes or businesses and also will receive [apps, email version, and tablet version].
Nonsubscribers will be able to view 10 news items a month before they will be prompted to subscribe.
Not all of our content, however, will be metered and count against the 10-per-month limit.
For the past 15 years, our print subscribers have subsidized the free digital content that people have been able to access on their computer screens. And for the past 15 years, a lot of our subscribers have said that wasn’t very smart and wasn’t very fair.
We’ll see how it works out. Will some other enterprising local news outlet expand their online local coverage to include a lot more daily news items? That would require investing in more reporters, and I don’t think any of the other news organizations are in a position to do big expansions in response to this move by the AC-T.
News is a business, and businesses have to pay their workers and their overhead. The question is whether people will eschew the AC-T in favor of free alternatives.