Thursday, November 20, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Nov 20, 2008

Want some reasons that the Republicans are becoming a fringe party? Look at what they stand for: year's end 1999, there were 706,600 Texans in prison, jail, parole or probation on any given day. In a state with 14 million adults, this meant that 5% of adult Texans, or 1 out of every 20, are under some form of criminal justice supervision. The scale of what is happening in Texas is so huge, it is difficult to contrast the size of its criminal justice systems to the other states' systems it dwarfs.

'Corporate Prisons': the GOP's Formula for More Crime, Declining Education, and Slave Labor

The GOP has dominated American economic policy since 1980 and with the exception of a brief period in Clinton's second term, the rich have gotten exceedingly richer and the poor, much, much poorer. This gaping, growing inequality married to Bush's 'bailout', a failed example of corporate welfare and outright theft, has proven Karl Marx to have been absolutely correct. The nation now faces another Great Depression because it had not learned the lessons of Coolidge, Hoover, Reagan and Bush.

The GOP: Architects of Another 'Great Depression'

Science & Medicine:

Study: Republicans stymie sensitive medical research

US right stymie sensitive medical research

The Chilling Effect: How Do Researchers React to Controversy?

Want more from the Republicans? How about this: do you like clean air in National Parks? Republicans don't!!!

Documents obtained by The Washington Post show that the administration's push to weaken Clean Air Act protections for "Class 1 areas" nationwide has sparked fierce resistance from senior agency officials. All but two of the regional administrators objecting to the proposed rule are political appointees.

EPA Moves to Ease Air Rules for Parks. Regional Administrators Decry Decision's some more results from the predominantly Republican leadership over the last 28 years:

50 percent more US children went hungry in 2007

How about what the Republicans did to the Department of Justice:

Damning Senate Judiciary Report on US Attorney Scandal

New documents show improper conduct, possible jury tampering in Siegelman prosecution.»

Bush moves to save cronies he appointed before he leaves and ram through last minute regulations to screw the American people even more:

Administration Moves to Protect Key Appointees. Political Positions Shifted To Career Civil Service Jobs

Midnight Regulations: 20 rules and regulations that the Bush administration is pushing through the rulemaking process in its waning days


Perino: ‘We Did Not Torture’

Former DC appeals court judge suggests Bush detention policies amount to war crimes.»

The Republican economy:

The G-20 Washout

Conservative Politicians Misleadingly Blame Labor Unions For Detroit’s Woes

Financial Crisis Tab Already In The Trillions

U.S. in recession, jobless to peak at 7.5 percent: survey

$2 Trillion Handed out by Paulson and Bernanke, But Who Got It, Nobody Knows

Worse Than the Great Depression? A Review

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