September 2010, Week 2


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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons


Quote of the Day
September 6, 2010

'In the [Washington] Post today, [columnist Dana]
Milbank justifies the targeting of Social Security
recipients and wounded veterans on the ground that
nothing should be "sacrosanct" when considering how to
solve America's deficit problem.  Leaving aside the
fact that Social Security is not really a deficit
issue, the true causes of America's debt and deficits
are absolutely sacrosanct and will never be attacked by
this Commission.  Does anyone believe it's even
remotely possible that meaningful cuts in America's war
and military spending, surveillance and intelligence
networks, or even corporate-plundering of America's
health care system  will be enacted as a result of this
Commission process?  Of course not.  Those genuine
debt-causing policies are "sacrosanct" because the
people who profit from them own and control Washington
(and share common socio-economic interests with the
millionaire Commission members targeting social
programs and the billionaires who are behind this).
It's the people who don't control Washington --
ordinary Americans who need Social Security -- who are
being targeted in order to feed even further the
fattest, most piggish factions actually in control.
That's what makes this process so ugly and odious.'

Glen Greenwald
'In Defense of Alan Simpson'
September 4, 2010

Toon of the Day
Jeff Danziger


Quote of the Day
September 7, 2010

"Never in polling history have the French people been
so convinced that there's a social injustice."

Political analyst Roland Cayrol,
from Paris' Sciences Po institute,
on opinion polls showing two-thirds of
French voters think Sarkozy's plan
to raise the retirement age to 62
from 60 and make people work longer
for a pension is unfair and support
the Tuesday's general strike.

September 7, 2010

Toon of the Day
The Good Quagmire
Tom Toles - Washington Post


Quote of the Day
September 8, 2010

'When John Boehner sent up his raise-the-age-for-Social
Security-Benefits-to-70 trial balloon back in June, he
caught some predictable flack. Maybe not enough, if the
current street protest demonstrations in France against
raising the age for retirement benefits are any

'Yes, I know, unions are much stronger in France, as is
class consciousness in general. France is far more
progressive in terms of social benefits than the U.S.,
as well as other European countries. And yes, there is
growing and broad discontent with the Sarkozy
government's performance on a range of economic
concerns, which helped to get those huge crowds out in
the streets of Paris and across France.

'Nonetheless, it was President Sarkozy's proposal to
raise the age of eligibility for minimum retirement
benefits from 60 to 62 (from 65 to 67 for a full
pension) that sparked the most massive protests
demonstrations France has seen in two decades. It's not
just the graying of the French population. It's also
the feeling among middle-aged and young workers that
they are about to get screwed because Sarkozy's center-
right government has mismanaged the economy.
Apparently, the U.S. isn't the only country in which
the government's primary retirement security program is
a "third rail".'

J. P. Green
The Democratic Strategist
September 8, 2010

Toon of the Day
Congress Chat
Phil Oliphant


Quote of the Day
September 9, 2010

'So far, the people lining up to denounce the burning
of the Koran include the pope, Gen. David Petraeus and
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On the Republican
side, Haley Barbour, the Mississippi governor and
would-be presidential contender, stepped up to the
plate. "I don't think there is any excuse for it," said
Barbour at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian
Science Monitor.

'Unfortunately, Barbour followed up his bow to
tolerance by suggesting that the public's confusion
over Barack Obama's religion is because of the fact
that "this is a president that we know less about than
any other president in history." The governor claimed
that Americans had been particularly deprived of
information on Obama's youth, while they knew a great
deal about the formative years of the other chief
executives all the way back to the way the youthful
George Washington "chopped down a cherry tree."

'Let us reconsider the above paragraph in light of the
fact that while Obama wrote an entire book about his
childhood, Washington never chopped down the cherry

Columnist Gail Collins
New York Times
September 9, 2010

Toon of the Day
Building Bridges
Joel Pett
Lexington Herald-Leader


Quote of the Day
September 10, 2010

'Achieving durable recovery means that the labour
market imbalances and inequalities that were a major
cause of the crisis must be tackled and prevented.
Therefore, recovery must not be built on deregulation
but can succeed only if based on policies that can
improve well-being for people - on better and more
available social protection, on collective bargaining,
on higher minimum wages, on more progressive taxation,
on green jobs - policies encapsulated in the Global
Jobs Pact of the ILO ...Furthermore, a financial
transactions tax is needed to help provide the
resources to carry out those policies.'

ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow statement in
advance of a major conference organised by the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International
Labor Organisation (ILO) in Oslo September 13 to
explore new ways of generating jobs as part of a
sustainable recovery from the global economic crisis

International Trade Union Congress
September 10, 2010

Toon of thye Day
Money for What?
Mike Luckovich


Quote of the Day
September 11, 2010

'But voters do not feel that the administration and
Congress have delivered the fundamental change they
were seeking when they swept President Obama and huge
Democratic majorities into office nearly two years ago.
Forget about the crazies in the Tea Party for the
moment. Forget about the ugly Republican obstructionism
that is based on the idea that the failure not just of
President Obama but of American society itself is the
G.O.P.'s quickest ticket back to power.

'Forget about that for a moment. The Democrats are in
deep, deep trouble because they have not effectively
addressed the overwhelming concern of working men and
women: an economy that is too weak to provide the jobs
they need to support themselves and their families. And
that failure is rooted in the Democrats' continued
fascination with the self-serving conservative belief
that the way to help ordinary people is to shower
money on the rich and wait for the blessings to trickle
down to the great unwashed below.'

Columnist Bob Herbert
New York Times
September 11, 2010

Toon of the Day
He's Nuts
Stuart Carlson


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