Posted 10 months ago on Sept. 26, 2013, 8:48 p.m. EST by WSmith
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How America became a third world country
The politicians who tweeted while America burned are dismantling our society piece by piece with budget cuts
Without money for disaster relief or sound infrastructure, the authors predict frequent, widespread problems, like rolling blackouts and untended roads and bridges.
The streets are so much darker now since money for streetlights is rarely available to municipal governments. The national parks began closing down years ago. Some are already being subdivided and sold to the highest bidder. Reports on bridges crumbling or even collapsing are commonplace. The air in city after city hangs brown and heavy (and rates of childhood asthma and other lung diseases have shot up), because funding that would allow the enforcement of clean air standards by the Environmental Protection Agency is a distant memory. Public education has been cut to the bone, making good schools a luxury, and, according to the Department of Education, two of every five students won't graduate from high school.
It's 2023 – this is America a decade years after the federal budget cuts known as sequestration. They went on for a decade, making no exception for effective programs that were already underfunded, like job training and infrastructure repairs. It wasn't supposed to be this way.
Meanwhile back On Today's Show - Thu, Sep 26, 2013
The good news is that it seems like the GOP might be backing away from the idea of a government shutdown. The bad news is that they’re only not doing it so that they can default on the debt. Government shutdown, or defaulting on the debt? So little time, and so many ways to harm America.
After his big fake filibuster, Ted Cruz called into Rush Limbaugh’s show to decry political theater and show votes! Amazing! Ted Cruz cries out against political “theater” while he’s still wiping the greasepaint off of his face after his latest performance.
On Rush’s show, Ted Cruz kept referring to his pointless speech as “the filibuster.” Hey, if nothing that you say in 21 hours is going to be true, you might as well give the whole thing a title that’s a blatant lie as well. Cruz said he would not defend himself against those who said his speech was nothing but a PR and fundraising stunt. That’s convenient—because there is absolutely no way he can defend himself against those charges.
A top Nevada Republican says that the 2014 election should be great for Republicans since there will be fewer of those pesky minorities and young people voting. Why there are so few that they barely have to work at disenfranchising them! Every minority voter who doesn’t bother to vote is one less minority voter that the GOP doesn’t have to prevent from voting.
That insane gun-nut ex-sheriff from Pennsylvania has gotten a radio talk show. Of course you knew that was going to happen the first time you saw one of his videos of him shooting a gun and ranting obscenities. Mark Kessler was famous for making hate-filled video rants that featured extreme gun violence. He now regrets ever having done that… without realizing that he could get paid for doing it.
Read more: http://www.randirhodes.com/articles/daily-blog-380723/on-todays-show-thu-sep-26-11688283/#ixzz2g394EGgh
How a Brutal Strain of American Aristocrats Have Come to Rule America
By Sara Robinson, AlterNet
America didn't used to be run like an old Southern slave plantation, but we're headed that way now. How did that happen?
It's been said that the rich are different than you and me. What most Americans don't know is that they're also quite different from each other, and that which faction is currently running the show ultimately makes a vast difference in the kind of country we are.
Right now, a lot of our problems stem directly from the fact that the wrong sort has finally gotten the upper hand; a particularly brutal and anti-democratic strain of American aristocrat that the other elites have mostly managed to keep away from the levers of power since the Revolution. Worse: this bunch has set a very ugly tone that's corrupted how people with power and money behave in every corner of our culture. Here's what happened, and how it happened, and what it means for America now.