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The Nation magazine is the latest entity to take a good look at the fraud that is the Fix the Debt Campaign
Who does that elevating? Meet the Campaign to Fix the Debt, the billionaire-funded project that uses Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles as figureheads for a fearmongering campaign to convince Americans that the deficits the United States has run throughout its history have suddenly metastasized into “a cancer that will destroy this country from within.” It is the latest incarnation of Wall Street mogul Pete Peterson’s long campaign to get Congress and the White House to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid while providing tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy.
I don’t agree with Mayor Bloomberg on much, but I’m definitely for this: Bloomberg’s Anti-NRA Message — And Money — Could Sway House Race In Chicago
Jon Chait takes a look at the futility and sheer dishonesty of the false equivalency argument. He specifically looks at this in the prism of the current sequester fights and finds that the fierce need of the false equivalency argument means that editorial boards like the Washington Post’s have to denounce even positions they’ve taken on issues as extreme ones.
Okay, the Democrats have proposed to replace the sequester with two policies named by the Post. One is cutting farm subsidies — a policy for which the Post has been (rightly) crusading for years. The other is a minimum tax on millionaires, called the Buffett Rule, which the Post has likewise endorsed, albeit while emphasizing that such a reform would not alone solve the entire long-term budget deficit. So the Post editorial argues that enacting these sound reforms to replace a damaging sequester is a bad idea because … some people want to use them “to pay for other planned reforms.”
And Gawker provides the Explainer of the Day: Kate Upton and Ryan Gosling Explain the Sequester. I have no idea who Kate Upton is. Anyway, it doesn’t look like I can live within Fair Use guidelines exerpting that explainer, so click over and take a look.
What interests you today?