January 2012, Week 3


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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons


Quote of the Day
January 15, 2012

'Mr. Santorum was praised at the meeting for
criticizing "the attacks on capitalism taking place
against Romney," Mr. Perkins said.'

Reports on the a meeting Saturday
of over 100 conservative Christian
leaders who voted to back Rick
Santorum for the Republican
presidential nomination.

New York Times
January 14, 2012

Toon of the Day
At the Club
Ben Sargent


Quote of the Day
January 16, 2012

'In 2012, instead of just verbally praising Dr. King,
we should continue his quest for equality and tackle
today's greatest civil rights challenges: leveling the
playing field for everyone, fighting voter suppression,
establishing stricter gun laws, a commitment to end
international potential warfare and providing a quality
education in our most impoverished areas. Then and only
then will we truly understand the depth and meaning of
celebrating Dr. King's life, legacy and purpose.

'One of Dr. King's last efforts prior to his untimely
death was the Poor People's Campaign. Combating issues
of economic justice and housing for the poor, the
campaign included an 'Economic Bill of Rights', and
efforts to lobby elected officials to pass progressive
legislation. Because Dr. King intently understood that
the most vulnerable and disenfranchised in society were
the poor, he dedicated much of his own life to giving
them a platform, fighting for their rights and creating
a society where they would no longer be dehumanized.
Today, as many politicians cut vital programs like food
stamps and unemployment insurance, the poor are
increasingly watching their concerns fall on deaf ears
and their voices drowned out in a sea of political
wrangling. That is precisely why we cannot sit silently
in the face of oppression. Until the weakest among us
are afforded the same opportunities as the wealthiest,
we cannot in good conscious accept that the fight for
justice is complete.'

Rev. Al Sharpton
President, National Action Network
Huffington Post
January 16, 2012

Toon of the Day
Bad Dream
Pat Bagley- The Salt Lake Tribune


Quote of the Day
January 17, 2012

'The "carried interest" tax debate that has raged in
Congress and on Wall Street over the past half decade
took center stage in the presidential race on Tuesday.
Mitt Romney, speaking at a campaign stop in Florence,
S.C., revealed that his effective tax rate was about 15
percent. Mr. Romney's disclosure is sure to reignite
complaints that private equity executives - among the
nation's wealthiest individuals - get preferential tax
treatment. Private equity executives are taxed at the
capital gains rate of 15 percent on most of their
earnings, a rate well below the 35 percent tax on
ordinary income. Certain hedge fund managers, real
estate investors, and venture capitalists also earn
much of their pay in the form of carried interest. A
White House spokesman said Tuesday that the 15 percent
tax rate reveals unfairness in the tax code.'

Peter Lattman
Deal B%k
New York Times
January 17, 2012

Toon of the Day
Quiet Rooms
Tony Auth - Philadelphia Inquirer


Blank, in support of the thousands of Internet sites
blacked out or otherwise protesting SOPA and PiPa,
prposed legislaation that would strike at the heart of
Internet freedom.


Quote of the Day
January 19, 2012

'This was a real victory for people standing up.
If we hadn't gone and done what we did in the
streets ... then the oil industry, as usual,
would have gotten away with a really bad idea.'

350.org founder Bill McKibben, an
expert on climate change who has
led recent massive protests in
against the the Keystone XL tar
sands oil pipeline, on President
Obama's rejection of the project

Democracy Now!
January 19, 2012

Toon of the Day
Then and Now
Stuart Carlson


Quote of the Day
January 20, 2012

'What's next . a corporate right to vote?

'Don't laugh. Just this month, the Republican National
Committee filed an amicus brief in a US appeals court
contending that the natural extension of the Citizens
United rationale is that the century-old ban on
corporate contributions directly to candidates and
political parties is similarly unconstitutional. They
want corporations to be able to sponsor candidates and
parties directly while claiming with a straight face
this would not result in any sort of corruption. And
while, this month, they take no issue with corporations
being subject to the existing contribution limits,
anyone paying attention knows that eliminating such
caps will be corporate America's next prize in its
brazen ambition for absolute control over our

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
January 20, 2012

Toon of the Day
David Fitzsimmons


Quote of the Day
January 21, 2012

'Gingrich is appealing to (and exposing) an ugly, gut-
level anger and animosity among a sizable portion of
the Republican electorate. This may work for him in the
primaries, but it doesn't bode well for his party in

Columnist Charles M. Blow
New York Times
January 21, 2012

Toon of the Day
All I Said Was ...
Jeff Dangizer


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