Daily Archives: July 30, 2011


Stop Calling This a “Debt Crisis” – It Isn’t

The article Stop Calling This a “Debt Crisis” – It Isn’t is written by Dave Johnson.

There is no debt crisis; the only crisis going on is the threat of several members of the House to vote against raising the debt ceiling if they don’t get their way, thereby sending our country into default. They are trying to get around the rules of democracy and force deep cuts in the things We, the People do for each other while keeping taxes really low for the wealthy.

Last year these conservatives took the unemployed hostage

So, having succeeded at taking hostages, the conservatives then took another, even bigger hostage. They demanded big spending cuts,

So, having succeeded at taking hostages, the conservatives have taken another, even bigger hostage. This one is the big kahuna of hostages.

The official policy of the US government on hostage-taking is as follows:

“Based upon past experience, the U.S. Government concluded that making concessions that benefit hostage takers in exchange for the release of hostages increased the danger that others will be taken hostage. U.S. Government policy is, therefore, to deny hostage takers the benefits of ransom, prisoner releases, policy changes, or other acts of concession.”


Why Democracy Is Public: The American Dream Beats the Nightmare

Why Democracy Is Public: The American Dream Beats the Nightmare is by George Lakoff and Glenn W. Smith. The article starts with

Democracy, in the American tradition, has been defined by a simple morality: We Americans care about our fellow citizens; we act on that care and build trust and we do our best not just for ourselves, our families and our friends and neighbors, but for our country, for each other, for people we have never seen and never will see.

and ends with

This is why Democracy is and must remain, public. This is why America has traditionally been a beacon to the world. This is the example America has set. We dare not give it up. The alternative is the Nightmare.