Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
But then what's the source of that $70 hourly figure? It didn't come out of thin air. Analysts came up with it by including the cost of all employer-provided benefits--namely, health insurance and pensions--and then dividing by the number of workers. The result, they found, was that benefits for Big Three cost about $42 per hour, per employee. Add that to the wages--again, $28 per hour--and you get the $70 figure. Voila. Except ... notice something weird about this calculation? It's not as if each active worker is getting health benefits and pensions worth $42 per hour. That would come to nearly twice his or her wages. (Talk about gold-plated coverage!) Instead, each active worker is getting benefits equal only to a fraction of that--probably around $10 per hour, according to estimates from the International Motor Vehicle Program. The number only gets to $70 an hour if you include the cost of benefits for retirees--in other words, the cost of benefits for other people. One of the few people to grasp this was Portfolio.com's Felix Salmon. As he noted yesterday, the claim that workers are getting $70 an hour in compensation is just "not true."
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
CNN's Rick Sanchez reported on a church marquee that reads "America we have a Muslim president. This is a sin against the Lord." Mark Holick is pastor of The Spirit One Christian Center in Wichita, Kansas where the sign is being displayed.Wrong on so many fronts, not the least of which is that even if Obama was a Muslim, there's no reason he couldn't be president. This is not a motherfucking theocracy. If these animals, these pigs, these dogs, these insects want a theocracy, then they should move the fuck to Iran and leave this country to the human beings, please. To them I say, Take your book of silly fairy tales and get the fuck out. Go away. Go foul up someplace else with your filth.
Friday, November 14, 2008
"Why in the world did he take time off from the campaign to visit the grandmother who then suddenly and suspiciously died virtually the night before the election? Tell me about that."
Absolutely sickening. Right wingers know no shame.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Joe the Lieberman, who openly questioned Obama's love of this country, now calls him a "genuine patriot." So, Mr. Lieberman, were you a liar, disastrously wrong, or completely devoid of integrity when you said otherwise during the campaign?
Michelle Bachmann, who said that Obama harbored "unamerican views," now says that his election sends a wonderful and "tremendous signal." Uh huh.
And Sarah Palin, who accused him of "palling around with terrorists," and allowed people to call him "terrorist" and to scream "kill him" at her rallies without a word of rebuke, now says "God bless Obama and his wonderful family." Really, Sarah? You want God to bless someone who days ago you basically called a terrorist?
Thanks for your gracious concessions, ladies and gentlemen, but there are some words that won't be forgotten. We now know what kind of people you are.
Surprisingly, one of the big players on the other team who doesn't have nearly as much to apologize for (not from the campaign, at least), and who can be gracious without a hypocritical tongue bursting into flames, is... (you're going to hate me for saying this) ... George W. Bush. Bush's graciousness toward Obama has seemed almost sincere in comparison. So much so that I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on this particular score. I'm willing to openly recall stories told about him during his hazy, drunken college days when he reportedly spoke out against the racism of his friends, that it seemed one bit of integrity in an otherwise wastrel time of his life.
Astounding. The election of Obama has led me to say something complimentary of George W. Bush. Change has truly come.