3.11.2005

White Hot Anger

So we've been angry. White hot angry about the passage of the "Bankruptcy bill" last week. We've been stunned... not just by the non-coverage, but by the Democrats that jumped ship and voted for it.

Bastards. That's all we can say about them. We're now left with no other conclusion that the folks who say there is little difference between the two 'parties' (some party) are right. There isn't.

Joe Biden? That we get: Delaware. He's the credit card companies' bitch. Good for you Joe. Wanker.

There is just SO much to say about the "Bankruptcy bill" that we just haven't known where to start... the bill does nothing but hurt Working Americans and reward the Credit Card companies and their predatory practices that... well it is overwhelming. Simply stunning in its sheer depth contempt for most Americans when they fall on hard times.

This bill only penalizes the Middle Class. If you're wealthy, you're protected when you declare bankruptcy, if you're the classic "Working American" then you better keep praying to Yahweh/The Sweet Baby Jesus/Allah/Buddah/L. Ron that nothing bad happens to you because you're in trouble.

Plus as an added bonus, the fees to file for bankruptcy now go up too! Hilarious. Insult to Injury.

You know what we also find hilarious? Last week in France they were out in the streets protesting & striking against the raising of the 35 hour work week. It is hard to imagine what would get Americans into the streets anymore... really, we're not kidding, we really have NO idea what it would take.

Anyways, our consolation? Well there really is none, but at least the anger over this will eventually be found in the "red states" because that's where folks declare bankruptcy the most and maybe Orrin "No really, I'm not Gay" Hatch will finally get his since Utah has the highest rate of bankruptcy in the nation.

When will folks start to wake up?

3.08.2005

These Senators Apparently Hate the Military


The US Senate (03.08)
Well they're voting and debating on the Bankruptcy bill, but they voted down the Durbin Amendment to it.

These are the 'Nays' and you see the usual bastards who say one thing but do the exact opposite when it comes time. Hmmm, an awful lot of 'R's in there...

Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Burr (R-NC)
Byrd (D-WV)
Carper (D-DE)
Chafee (R-RI)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Frist (R-TN)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-NE)
Roberts (R-KS)
Santorum (R-PA)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Talent (R-MO)
Thomas (R-WY)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)
Oh, what exactly were they voting 'Nay' to?
To protect servicemembers and veterans from means testing in bankruptcy, to disallow certain claims by lenders charging usurious interest rates to servicemembers, and to allow servicemembers to exempt property based on the law of the State of their premilitary residence.
Thanks for fighting in Iraq boys & girls, we're not taking care of your families here at home! In fact most of the Senate Republicans are openly sticking it right to them!

HIlarious!

Class Warfare Being Waged by the Wealthy

And that, most likely, doesn't mean you... Sorry.

Stop the Bankruptcy Bill
American Progress Action Fund (03.07)
A few talking points on the very UnAmerican Bankrupty Bill...

Why are senators allowing multi-millionaires to shield their assets but not average families? Under the bill, the very wealthy would be able to shield millions in assets after declaring bankruptcy by setting up "asset protection trusts." Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced an amendment that would have limited the use of these trusts. The amendment failed 39 to 56. Schumer lamented "now we have a bill that says a family won't be protected if it has $50,000, but it will if it has $5 million.

Why are senators going after seniors with huge medical bills? The bill will be especially hard on elderly Americans, who are bankrupted by medical bills with increasing frequency. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) introduced an amendment that would have shielded their homes (up to a modest $75,000) from seizure after declaring bankruptcy. The amendment failed 40-59.
Clearly the folks pushing this bill HATE America & hard working folks like us.

Bastards.

Why do Congressional Republicans Hate Working Americans?

Well no increase in the Minimum Wage. Thanks Rick Santorum... you enormous dick. Once again the Republicans demonstrate how much they care for Working Americans.

But it gets better, they're pushing a 'Bankruptcy' bill that would make it harder for regular, working class folks (like us) to declare bankruptcy.

Why exactly is this a problem? Well a couple of reasons...

First, it's based on a lie: working class Americans don't declare bankruptcy so they can scam credit card companies. "Poor folks" (code for blacks, hispanics, and other folks some find 'undesirable') don't do either. No, according to a study by Harvard University personal bankruptcy is usually forced on folks for one of 2 reasons: huge medical bills (even though they have medical insurance) and divorce. It has nothing to do with credit cards.

Second, the credit card and banking industry wrote this bill. Trust us, we know lots of folks, Dems & Repubs, on the Hill writing legislation and this is something this industry has been pushing for years.

Third, because it just isn't fair: rich folks and companies can take advantage of all sorts of loopholes to protect their wealth and get out of their debts (hell the Government is nice enough to even negotiate with them on penalties!), but if you're working class? Forget it.

Lots more of this on the web. We suggest GetSickGoBroke.com, ThinkProgress.org, DailyKos.com, and the Amazing Paul "The Krug" Krugman who says...

The bankruptcy bill was written by and for credit card companies, and the industry's political muscle is the reason it seems unstoppable. But the bill also fits into the broader context of what Jacob Hacker, a political scientist at Yale, calls "risk privatization": a steady erosion of the protection the government provides against personal misfortune, even as ordinary families face ever-growing economic insecurity.

The bill would make it much harder for families in distress to write off their debts and make a fresh start. Instead, many debtors would find themselves on an endless treadmill of payments.
Read, and think, for yourselves.

3.07.2005

Intel. What's Inside? Hate for America apparently...

States Race to Cut Taxes to Attract Intel
Reuters via Yahoo! (03.07)
Hey, at least Intel is being honest: they just don't want to pay taxes...

Intel Corp. (Nasdaq:INTC - news), the world's largest chip maker, is offering U.S. states the promise of dollars of capital investment in exchange for an overhaul of their tax laws, which it says are making the United States less competitive than other regions of the world.

The Santa Clara, California-based company is now heavily lobbying officials in Arizona and Oregon for tax cuts that could save the company tens of millions of dollars a year in property and income taxes.

At the same time, executives have begun speaking out more forcefully about the lure of China, Singapore and Malaysia, whose governments are offering free land and tax holidays to Intel to build its first Asian factory in their borders.
See they don't want to pay their taxes. Hey, we understand that: who really wants to?

But guess what? Taxes put Cops on your streets. Taxes fix the roads we drive. Taxes pay our teachers. Taxes pay to maintain our infrastructure. Taxes help support families who lose everything in disasters here and abroad. Taxes pay for body armor for our troops. Taxes PAY our troops. Taxes pay for Bush Co. to go around lobbying to Privitize Social Security. For better or worse, Taxes are our mutual commitment to each other.

It's called paying your fair share and paying them is not evil, wrong. Paying them is Patriotic. NOT paying them is UNpatriotic (FUCK YOU Grover Norquist)

And so-called "American" companies DO NOT pay their fair share. Patriotism is about more than just waving a flag or saying you love this country (and the generous tax breaks it gives you). Patriotism is about showing it.

But we digress...

Critics say Intel is playing local governments off of one another to reduce its state tax burden to virtually nothing.


"We call it the race to the bottom," said Michael Mazerov, a policy analyst at the nonpartisan Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, in Washington, D.C. "The companies have gotten very sophisticated at pitting localities against each other in a bidding war."
Oh wait, here's our favorite part:
"If we don't invest, we don't pay taxes anyway," Steven Grant, the vice president in charge of Intel's factory network, said in a recent interview.
And if we don't by your fucking computer chips you don;t get paid asshole! What a total dick!!

Please, go buy a Mac for no other reason than Steven Grant at Intel is a total fucking Jagoff and clearly has nothing but contempt for his fellow countrymen & women.

Bonus! Now this is PUBLIC info, but do 3 word Google for 'steven grant intel' and see what you turn up.

Why Does Rick Santorum Hate American Workers?

Rick Santorum's phony wage hike
Salon.com (03.07) Day Pass Required
Lots of folks talking about Sen. Rick Santorum's (R. Pa) clear hate for the Great American Worker and his desire to return us the sweatshops of old, but none nails it like the War Room on Salon.com...

Under Kennedy's proposal, the federal minimum wage would go up in three bumps over 26 months, ultimately hitting $7.25 an hour.

Perhaps because the Florida vote makes them nervous about appearing to be against an increase in the minimum wage, Republicans have a proposal of their own. Under a plan proposed by Rick Santorum, the minimum wage would go up in two bumps over 18 months, ultimately reaching $6.25 an hour. That's a dollar an hour less than the Kennedy plan -- we're quick with math here -- but that's not the worst of it. Santorum's plan would also exempt from the minimum wage, and a whole host of other federal labor laws, any employer with revenues under $1 million; allow some employers to offset minimum wage salaries with tips workers receive; and rob many workers of overtime pay by instituting federal "flex-time" rules. Thus, workers would receive a smaller increase under Santorum's plan, fewer of them would be protected by the federal minimum wage laws at all, and whatever gains some workers made through a minimum wage increase would be lost to offsets from tips or cutbacks in their overtime pay.
Is that clear enough for everyone? Not only will folks earning the minimum wage NOT get a real increase, but just about everyone else will get, how shall we put this? FUCKED. 40 hour work week? GONE. Wages for folks who get tipped? GONE. Minimum wage laws? GONE.

So what is this bill? Beyond being "a trojan horse for assaulting workers rights", Salon points out the following:

But not to worry. The whole exercise is pretty much for naught. Santorum's proposal is plainly meant to give Republicans cover for defeating Kennedy's, and neither proposal has a chance of getting through the House of Representatives, where Tom DeLay has already announced that minimum-wage legislation will be dead on arrival. For the foreseeable future, the minimum wage will stay at $5.15 an hour -- just enough to leave a family of three about $5,000 a year below the poverty line.
Gee, no wonder that "santorum" also has another meaning.