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by problembear

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
Thomas Jefferson

i am sure that something will pass through the washington dc meat grinder that purports to rein in the big banks. the banking regulation bill might even do some good. the question is, once the lobbyists have shot it full of holes with the aid of blue dog democrats and bank-bought republicans, will it be good enough to save america from itself?

greed can be good if it is regulated to serve the common upward trajectory of prosperity for all. but when it only serves a few investors and ceo’s at the expense of the populace, it becomes a liability.

by jhwygirl

No drunk like this one – and Montana has far too many of these kind – is stopped from getting behind the wheel because of the threat of a fine or jail time.

Montana isn’t going to find an instant solution to this. It’s gonna take years. We need to change the culture of drinking here – we need to start working with middle school and high school children.

We need laws that are actually enforced, too. A 20-year old UM student killed early Tuesday morning when she fell while climbing the fire escapes, trying to reach the roof between two downtown bars – the Rhinoceros and the Missoula Club? Wonder where she was drinking.

Education is cheap. It can change the world.

by jhwygirl

So confirms Montana GOP Chairman Will Deschamps to Missoula Independent reporter Jessica Mayrer who took to trying to better understand (and report) the Montana GOP’s stance on homosexual acts.

Deschamps seems pretty nonplussed by all the stir:

As I recall there was very little discussion when that came to the floor,” he says. “It went through very rapidly.

I imagine him saying it with a nice calm smile.

I have friends that are gay and lesbian. I have one family member who is. Odds are, considering how large my extended family is, there are more. I recently found out that a very very good friend from high school is a lesbian. I met the news with some shock, in thinking of how she had felt the need to hid something so basic to her very soul.

How any human can think to criminalize sexuality – something so basic to nature – and not unique to the human race, either – is beyond comprehension.

I won’t look the other way. I won’t ignore it as if it isn’t important. These are people. Good people. Sons, daughters, brothers, sisters – fathers and mothers, frankly.

This aspect of the platform is advocating for something illegal. It is unconstitutional. It is inhumane. It’s ignorant.

Frankly – I think it’s a bit perverted, too.

Let me also say that I don’t believe that all Republicans think this way. This is a party platform, and I’ve presented this issue as such. Looking the other way, though, is not an option. It shouldn’t be. I’m obviously not a Republican (frankly, I don’t know that I’m going to call myself a Democrat anymore, either) – but if I were, I’d be making some phone calls and writing some letters and lord knows what else.

by jhwygirl

Congress has set a new record. With a big ole’ kick in the keister from every Senate Republican and one Democrat – Ben Nelson of Nebraska – congress failed to pass an unemployment extension bill at at the highest unemployment rate in history.

Senator Tester, for his own part, had proposed to cut $25 per week from benefits to save $6 billion per year.

All while nearly 10% of this nation – and certain states are higher than that – are having trouble putting food on their tables.

Unemployment benefits expired nearly a month ago. By the time congress gets back to work, two million U.S. workers will be without benefits. Every economist recognizes that this will drive the economy into further dearth.

Welcome to Hooverville

This is a congress that managed to preserve a tax loophole that benefits wealthy money managers at private equity firms and other investment partnerships. They also derailed an effort to end widespread tax avoidance by owners of small businesses organized as S-corporations.

So here’s a proposal for congress, and here’s a proposal I pray that just one of our delegation will bring forward. Maybe Tester should be the one, considering he was the one who proposed cutting $25 from unemployed Montanan’s supper tables. So here it is: Let’s have one of you bring forward a proposal – you deficit hawks you – to cut your own pay. Let’s start with 3%…see if that pays for unemployed benefits for the 2 million without unemployment.

If that doesn’t work, how about 5%? Will that will hurt you? With 10% of Americans unemployed. With 54% underemployed?

7.2% of Montanans are unemployed. Representative Rehberg? The House is on the floor right now looking for solutions. How about you actually do something useful (after spending all that $ over the last 10 years) and give a hand-up to 7.2% of Montanans and 10% of Americans?

Is it too much to ask?

Shame on you all.

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