Showing posts from June, 2014

A Question for Justice Scalia from Justice Scalia

Justice Scalia, Justice Scalia has a question for you.— A 99er (@HelpThe99ers) June 30, 2014

Ayn Rand Is Not Thomas Jefferson.

To his good credit, Mark Perry has updated a post containing an egregious error.

But why did he include it to begin with? Wouldn't a brief fact check have prevented this from happening in the first place?

What to file this under: confirmation bias? Motivated reasoning?

Do others on the right confuse Rand with Jefferson? I think so, and I'l look at Rep. Paul Ryan as a perfect example.

Nick Offerman's Political Comedy Routine at the 2014 Correspondents' Dinner

Money quote: "The Second Amendment is not there to protect our right to intimidate the teenage cashier at Chipotle."

Witness Wednesdays: Voices of the Unemployed

99ers, and everyone reading this blog, please add your voice and share your story at

"The Center for Effective Government, the National Employment Law Project, the Coalition on Human Needs, and the National Women's Law Center have collected more than 2,000 stories from Americans suffering from long-term unemployment. Throughout June and July, our organizations will join members of Congress and faith, labor, civil rights, and nonprofit leaders to share some of these stories in a series of seven Witness Wednesday events. We invite you to join with us, listen to these readings, and demand an extension of long-term unemployment insurance."

As Seen On Tumblr

"People ask me what I'm proudest of and what are my biggest frustrations as President. My biggest frustration is that this society hasn't been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do damage. We're the only developed country where this happens. And it happens weekly. Our levels of gun violence are off the charts."
President Obama sharing the difficulties of trying to change a culture in which school shootings are commonplace. (source)


Dear @GOPLeader Cantor: Losing a job, through no fault of your own, kinda sucks, doesn't it? #RenewUI— A 99er (@HelpThe99ers) June 11, 2014

Refuting "10 Essential Economic Truths," Part 1

"Government cannot create wealth, jobs, or income. Because government has to take money from somebody before it can spend it, there is no economic gain from anything the government does."

This is the first of "10 Essential Economic Truths Liberals Need to Learn" by Jeffrey Dorfman, writing in Forbes, and referenced by Mark Perry in his Carpe Diem blog for the American Enterprise Institute.

I'd like to refute Dorfman's assertions, starting with this one.

Back in 2009, PolitiFact rated a similar statement from a GOP spokesperson as not just false, but "pants on fire" false. Their analysis is worth reading, but doesn't specifically address the assertions made here.

First: can government create wealth? This is the first time I've seen anyone make the argument. Is government supposed to create wealth? I imagine our Constitutional Conservative friends would offer a strenuous answer if you asked them if creating wealth is one of the government…

Another example that shows that security does not automatically mean firearms

"The police said that the gunman had stopped to reload before he was pepper-sprayed by a student security guard and subdued at a science and engineering building."

What stopped a bad guy with a gun? A good guy... with pepper spray.— A 99er (@HelpThe99ers) June 6, 2014