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PORTSIDE October 2012, Week 1

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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons

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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons

SUNDAY

Quote of the Day
September 30, 2012

'So, a public service reminder: Simpson-Bowles is
terrible. It mucks around with taxes, but is obsessed
with lowering marginal rates despite a complete
absence of evidence that this is important. It offers
nothing on Medicare that isn't already in the
Affordable Care Act. And it raises the Social Security
retirement age because life expectancy has risen -
completely ignoring the fact that life expectancy has
only gone up for the well-off and well-educated,
while stagnating or even declining among the people
who need the program most.

'Yes, I know, inside the Beltway Simpson and
Bowles have become sacred figures. But the people
doing that elevation are the same people who told
us that Paul Ryan was the answer to our fiscal
prayers.'

Economist Robert Reich
blog
Septembr 30, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/8ln7xoz

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/9mzkvr6
Capitol Culture
Tom Toles - Washington Post

MONDAY

Quote of the Day
October 1, 2012

[Historian Eric Hobsbawm was] 'an extraordinary
historian, a man passionate about his politics and a
great friend of my family.

'His historical works brought hundreds of years of
British history to hundreds of thousands of people.
He brought history out of the ivory tower and into
people's lives.

'But he was not simply an academic, he cared
deeply about the political direction of the country.
Indeed, he was one of the first people to recognise
the challenges to Labour in the late 1970s and
1980s from the changing nature of our society.'

Ed Miliband, leader of the British
Labor Party and member of Parliment

BBC
October 1, 2012
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19786929">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19786929

[Hobsbawm died this morning at the age of 95.]

Toon of the Day
Two animated online cartoons from political
cartoonist Mark Fiore

Fiore's June 13, 2012 cartoon on "Great Success in
Latvia."
http://tinyurl.com/9r4ju84

Fiore's take on the "Battle of Austerity" in Europe.
http://tinyurl.com/8f5nlch

TUESDAY

Quote of the Day
October 2, 2012

'But the economic policies Obama says he'd like to
pursue in his second term aren't nearly large or bold
enough to do the job.

'The median wage has been stuck in neutral for
decades. Since the 1980s, almost all the gains from
economic growth have gone to the top. The
stagnation of middle-class wages was first masked
by millions of women moving into paid work,
thereby propping up household incomes. Then it
was masked by massive household borrowing
against rising home values.

'But the bubble that burst in 2008 has removed
both masks. The economy can't fully recover until
the middle class and the poor who aspire to join it
have enough income to get it moving. For this to
happen, they will need a larger share of the gains
from economic growth.

'Perhaps the President will be asked Wednesday
night for his plan to accomplish this. '

Economist Robert Reich
blog
September 30, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/8whq4lp

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/9qx3khq
In Space
Tony Auth

WEDNESDAY

Quote of the Day
October 3, 2012

'Most American jobs are not in competition with
those in Chinese factories. Waiters, carpenters,
truckers and nurses don't have their wage levels set
by their counterparts in Chengdu. But their wages
have stagnated as well. What's behind that? Would
full employment help workers bid up their wages?
Should the Federal Reserve seek to boost
employment during downturns, as its recent actions
have sought to do, or should it focus solely on
inflation even when none is on the horizon? Has the
near-total disappearance of collective bargaining
from the private-sector economy played a role in
income stagnation? Should the government try to
make collective bargaining more widespread? If not,
what are the candidates' scenarios for increasing
incomes in the private sector?

'Americans' incomes are not keeping pace with the
rising costs of medical care and higher education.
Should the government be able to bargain with
pharmaceutical companies over the price of
prescription drugs? Are medical specialists
overpaid? Should the government do more to hasten
the shift from fee-for-service medical care to
integrated group care? As to colleges, should the
federal government increase its financial aid to
students? Should it set a tuition and fee threshold
at colleges and universities, and deny all grants and
aid to those institutions that exceed it?'

Columnist Harold Meyerson
'35 questions from the 99 percent'
Washington Post
October 3, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/9upf35e

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/8uc4jxs
Zingers
Dave Granlund

THURSDAY

Quote of the Day
October 4, 2012

'I watched the historic debate last night from a
Tech4Obama party at Lucky Strike in NYC. The
event was called Bowling for Barack. The crowd was
hip, young, diverse, fashionable, smart and
engaged. We were all pretty fired up and folks
applauded the President at appropriate times,
cheering him on. However while the party started
strong and held attention through the 90 minutes, I
wouldn't say that people were high-fiving each other
at the end. There was no standing O for POTUS.
People paid their bar tabs and went on home,
shrugging.'

Cheryl Contee (Jill Tubman)
Jack & Jill Politics
October 4, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/9b3rfgk

Tooin of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/9ozs2aa
One Down
Tony Auth

FRIDAY

Quote of the Day
October 5, 2012

'We are very disappointed that PBS became a
political target in the Presidential debate last night.
Governor Romney does not understand the value
the American people place on public broadcasting
and the outstanding return on investment the
system delivers to our nation. We think it is
important to set the record straight and let the facts
speak for themselves.

'The federal investment in public broadcasting
equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of
the federal budget. Elimination of funding would
have virtually no impact on the nation's debt. Yet
the loss to the American public would be
devastating.'

Public Broadcasting System
Statement Regarding
October 3 Presidential Debate

October 4, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/8g9qsex

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/92gh4ps
Romney's Dream Boat
Signe Wilkinson

SATURDAY

Quote of the Day
October 6, 2012

'There will be more debates. And the election has
not been decided by any means. But Obama's
supporters need to make it clear that the time for
excuses is over. The president had no right to show
up for a debate unprepared and offer an expectant
nation an embarrassingly half-hearted performance.
Progressive leaders, who represent Obama's
strongest and most faithful supporters, have an
obligation to convey that message in the strongest
possible terms.

'The president let his people down. And if he's
capable of doing that in an election that is clearly so
important, it means he's capable of doing it again if
he wins a second term.'

Bob Herbert, former staff columnist
for the New York Times - now a
distinguished senior fellow at Demos.

Common Dreams
October 5, 2012
http://tinyurl.com/9f2uzde

Toon of the Day
http://tinyurl.com/9cendbj
Kick a Butt
Ted Rall

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