Feb. 23, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with Burr Deming of FAIR AND UNBALACANCED.COM)  

Happy start of the new week, everybody!  Well, the Republicans are at it again. First, they told us if the rich were given massive tax breaks, it would free capital and a huge increase in good-paying new jobs in this country  would result. NOT true –  instead, only a few lesser-paying jobs were created here, while huge corporations invested their extra profits in overseas plants and hired millions of low-wage overseas workers to work in them (all the while increasing CEO and Boards of Directors’ paychecks at a record rate). Then these same conservative Republicans did all they could to stamp out labor unions, knowing full well that doing so would eliminate any leverage American workers may have once had to raise their wages. Here, of course, the result was nearly 35 years of stagnant workers’ wages with a growing and then record disparity of wealth in our country. Meanwhile, executive perks and salaries continued to rise, unchecked. Then, these same conservative Republicans clamored loudly for a massive deregulation of industry, saying that such regulations were hurting job growth and were bad for the economy in general. Yet, after deregulation, there was little or no real job growth, nor were workers’ salaries increased to any meaningful degree. But executive paychecks continued getting fatter. Then, these same conservatives duped Presidents and congresspersons of both parties into believing that so-called “Free” trade deals like NAFTA, CAFTA, and many others (including thde soon-to-be-enacted Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP) would somehow magically create millions of new, good paying jobs here and abroad – but this, too, was a LIE. Instead, all these deals do is to further enrich the wealthiest fraction of 1%, while further stagnating domestic wages for all below them.  

It is regretful that these economic conservatives have been feeding us their nonsense, and have been getting away with it, for so many decades! It is criminal that these insane liars keep spinning the same old garbage and that so many people actually continue to accept it. Their economic theories have proven bankrupt and foolhardy, yet they just keep on spouting them. Today, our resident podcaster extraordinaire, Burr Deming, explains the latest and newest conservative Republican economic folly.

burr demingBurr tells us,Forget Trickle Down economics.

The Laffer Curve hasn’t worked out. 

Supply Side has pretty much ruined Kansas.

The newest Republican economic theory comes from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. 

It has lifted Mississippi from the worst economy in the nation to … well … the second worst.

It is now proposed by former Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Expect to hear it often as Republicans look for a way to explain the new Obama economic boom. 

It’s the only way conservatives can look at the economic world and remain conservative.”

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In this second podcast, entitled “HOW COULD BARACK OBAMA BETRAY CHRISTIANS?”, Burr takes on yet another of the seemingly endless far-right assaults on this President.  
BURR DEMINGBurr says, ”  No, we don’t need to go back hundreds of years for murderous acts of violence.From Sabra to Rwanda and beyond, religious fanatics have murdered millions.

How can it be anything but immoral to blame all believers of any faith?


I do wish this one would go viral.”
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Feb. 21, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with Burr Deming of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM) 

Hi everybody! It is great to be back after such a long absence. While I will soon be posting again regularly, until that day arrives (roughly four or five days from now), I will attempt to catch up with my friend Burr Deming, who has been busily churning out one brilliant podcast after another in my absence. 

The first one in this doubleheader is entitled “WHEN SO MANY AMERICANS HATE MUSLIMS, WHY DON’T THE FRENCH?” In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attack jn Paris on a satirical French magazine, this one is a real thought-provoker. 

burr demingBurr says ” In the days after 9/11, President George W. Bush led Americans away from religious hatred.

For many, it didn’t last.

The terrorist attacks in Paris provoked a renewed rage in America against those who follow Islam.

But in France, Muslims were welcomed in a march for unity. Two Muslims were honored for heroism during the attacks.”

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Our second podcast in this doubleheader  is entitled “HOW HAS SALAVERY COME BACK INTO MAINSTREAM DEBATE?” For this one, Burr digs deep into our pre-Civil War historical roots to ask some very pertinent questions.
Burr says, At Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday, Trent Lott gallantly suggested that his old friend would have made a good President. Strom had run for President on a racist platform half a century before.
Conservatives were enraged. They screamed for the scalp of Trent Lott until he was forced to step down as Republican leader in the Senate.
Now Steve Scalise holds a Republican leadership position in the House of Representatives. He participated in a gathering of white supremacists. When the State of Louisiana apologized for the days of slavery, he voted against the apology.
Slavery? Seriously?
The Party of Lincoln was once … well … the Party of Lincoln.
What happened?”


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Feb. 15, 2015  By Jack Jodell.

Hello, dear readers. I have not disappeared, nor have I died or have mysteriously transformed from a dedicated leftie to a knuckle-dragging, reactionary Teabagger. My computer became demolished, and my nearly 93 year old father fell down a staircase recently and required hospitalization and a period of rehab at a nearby nursing home. He is doing much better now and has returned home. That, plus the impending arrival of a brand-new computer, should signal the return of this blog (and more great podcasts from the eminent Burr Deming), in but a few more days. Thank you for your patience and understanding, and until you stop by next, remember to KEEP PUSHING FORWARD! :-)

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Jan. 15, 2015  By Jack Jodell.

“It is ironic that the United States should have been founded by intellectuals, for throughout most of our political history, the intellectual has been, for the most part either an outsider, a servant, or a scapegoat.”
- Richard Hofstadter – 


DON't TREADThumbs-down-iconWell, I am not surprised. Congress has officially become once more controlled by the Tea Party-infested, reactionary Republicans, and it wasted little time in proving where its true allegiance stands. Regrettably, that allegiance is NOT toward the American people, but rather to its corporate masters. On the very first day, House Teapublicans defied what had been tradition 11 previous times by refusing to free enough funds from the Social Security general fund to ensure that those receiving Social Security Disability payments would not be shorted. While this only affects 10 million recipients, this heartless move by these uncaring Republicans will now mean that disability benefits will now be CUT by a whopping 20%!  It doesn’t matter to those cold-hearted Teapublicans that these disability funds have already been paid for by the taxpayers who paid into them through payroll taxes and are therefore an EARNED benefit and not just another entitlement. No, these worthy recipients are viewed by the Tea Partiers as worthless, undeserving, lazy leeches, sucking at the teat of the federal government. At the same time, these Teapublicans are preparing to pass a bill authorizing the construction of the horrible Keystone XL pipeline, and are lying to the public with their claim that 42,000 new jobs will be created by this pipeline. Those of us in the know have known for a long time that the real number of permanent, good-paying jobs created will be only 35 to 50 at most.

Thumbs-down-iconRepublicans know they can no longer sell the failed economic policies of Ronald Reagan known as “trickle down economics” any longer, as the public has grown wise to the fact that no monies ever really trickled down and that the only beneficiaries of this policy have been the wealthiest 1% minority. So now they’ve adopted the code phrase of  Dynamic Scoring. These buffoons can call it whatever they like, but in reality, all it will be is hateful reaganrepackaged Reaganomics. It will cut taxes further on the undeserving wealthy and will keep wages and benefits stagnant, at best, for everybody else. It will do absolutely nothing to level the economic playing field and will instead allow the rich’s income to keep rising exponentially. Along with this nonsense, they are continuing to weaken the federal government by pressing for even greater deregulation, especially as regards speculation on Wall Street. They will be effictively robbing the poor and the majority 99% to pay the uppermost 1% even greater riches. So much for economic democracy in this so-called land of the free. ..

We liberals and progressives, especially those of us who didn’t vote last November, have only ourselves to blame. We now face the natural end-result of this godawful Tea Party victory. It is a crime that our failure will now lead directly to the creation of so many new victims. The ONLY solution is for us to show up at the polls in November, 2016, and vote OUT these scoundrels for good! But 2016 is a looooonnnnnggggg way off, and there is unfathomable damage which these climate change-deniers and pro-corporate, knuckle dragging stooges will invariably do.  

bernieHarry Truman had his “do nothing” Congress which he railed against in 1948. He was successful in restoring its progressive slant back then. Today, we  face a backward-looking Congress which we, too, must rail against and defeat solidly in 1016. They are determined to make the government become so weak as to make it warren 2virtually powerless. They want to end all of its regulation of business and wish to impose their own backward-looking social patterns on this nation. We cannot allow this to happen, and we must fight them every step of the way! That means replacing as many of these reactionary Teapublicans as possible with Progressive, populist-oriented candidates at all levels of government, and do so as quickly and thoroughly as possible! Are you with me on this, people? Then get off your dead asses and GET ACTIVE! Join Move to, and work to get corporate money OUT of politics! Kick some Wall Street ass and elect only Progressives to Congress from now on! Make Reaganomics a thing of the past forever, and reverse our record wealth disparity for good! GET THE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS!

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Jan. 12, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with Fair and – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).  

Happy Monday, all! We’ll start off this week with another superb codcast from our resident podcaster extraoardinaire, Burr Deming of Fair and Today, Burr shows us how a little napkin helped mislead Sam Brownback and led to the destruction of the economy of the state of Kansas. In effect, thanks for NOTHING, Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan, Reaganomics, and the Tea Party-infested, now-reactionary Republican Party! Let this be a lesson to the rest of the country – this miserable experiment in trickle down economics has been a LIE, and a miserable, 35 year long experiment in absolute failure!

burr demingBurr says, Over dinner, Arthur Laffer showed off his napkin to Republican leaders.

It became the ultimate free lunch. Cutting taxes would generate more income for government to use on behalf of all of us for bridges, police, natural disasters, and soldiers.

Four decades later, Kansas was the perfect state laboratory in a great experiment that would prove once and for all that Supply Side economics works.

Laffer’s napkin had come a long way. Then the economic house tumbled down in Topeka.”

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Jan. 8, 2015  By Jack Jodell.  

The Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans have now retaken control of the Senate and will now undoubtedly try to push this country even further rightward. But I encourage all Progressives to NOT despair, and instead stand firmly in place and FIGHT for what we know is correct and just, both politically AND economically.  

To aid in this noble cause, I offer the following profound quotes for active consideration:  

“To really understand something is to be liberated from it.”
- Ross Ashcroft  

“Corporations are NOT people, and money is NOT Free Speech!”
- Common sense axiom the 99% MAJORITY accept and understand

“The NEEDS of the MANY far outweigh the WANTS of the FEW!”
- Star Trek’s Mr. Spock  

“Paying taxes is a form of economic patriotism.”
-  Thom Hartmann  

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”
- Henry Ford 

“I’m really concerned that too big to fail has become too big to jail. That just seems wrong to me.”
- Elizabeth Warren 

“If corporations are people, then what are WE?”
- An anonymous Occupy Wall Street Demonstrator

“The Democrats and the Republicans are beholden to corporate interests, and until they become UN-beholden to those corporate interests, we will NEVER have a well-governed republic!”
- Lawrence Wilkerson    

“The LEFT is right, and the Right is WRONG!”
- Jack Jodell  

” When influence becomes the law, resistance is our DUTY!”
- An unknown Occupy Wall Street Demonstrator  

“Democracy is not a spectator sport – it requires YOUR active participation!” – Thom Hartmann  

“I’ll believe corporations are people when some Texas judge gives one of them the death penalty!”
- Unknown  

“If we started in 1960, and we said that as productivity goes up, then the minimum wage is going to go up the same. If that were the case, the minimum wage today would be about $22 an hour … So my question is, what happened to the other $14.75?”
- Elizabeth Warren 

” The accumulation of private property beyond one’s needs is a form of mental illness.”
– An old Native American axiom  

“Tax inversion is an act pf sabotage against one’s own country.”
- Unknown  

“Right now, we love things and use people. We should use things and love people!”
- An unknown Occupy Wall Street Demonstrator  

“All paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – zero.”
- Voltaire

“In a progressive society, we must move from globalization to localization.”     - Ross Ashcroft  

“Neo-classical economics, as advanced by Milton Freiedman and Ayn Rand, and as adopted by much of the world since the days of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, is today’s version of snake-oil medicine  and must be rejected and opposed at all costs!”
- Jack Jodell 

“Today, a political minority in the House that condemns government and begged for this shutdown has had its day. But like all the reckless and extremist factions that have come before it, their day will pass…” – Elizabeth Warren 

“In the end, only kindness matters.”
- Jewel    

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Jan. 5, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with Fair and – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column),        

Happy New Year, everybody! We’ll begin this first week of 2015 with another doubleheader of podcasts from our resident podcaster extraordinaire, Burr Deming. Today, BBurr first examines, with great sensitivity, the bad effect even a few bully cops can have on society.

BURR DEMINGIn his own words, Burr states, Holiday reunions always bring family discussions. This year, a large part of those discussions focused on the police.

I was used to family opinions. Everybody has one.

This was different. This time, everyone had a personal story.

On the way home, the traffic itself provided an insight in good, bad, and cascading effect.”  

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In the second podcast, Burr rips a gaping hole in the lying argument presented by war criminal DICK Cheney that torture was effective, and that it wasn’t even employed by us at all after 9/11, as put forth by the lying George Tenet, or that a very partisan and lying Lindsey Graham could so easily dismiss.

burr demingIn this one, entitled “Torture and the Lie of Effectiveness”, Burr states,  Cannibalism was seen as the ultimate depravity, too horrible to contemplate. But when the story of the Donner Party became known, most survivors were treated with compassionate sympathy. The circumstances seemed to justify the unthinkable.

There is a lesson that applies to the debate on torture. It may be an unexpected lesson.”  

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