President Obama unveils the finished EPA carbon emissions rules, which would cut carbon emissions from power plants by a third from 2005 levels. Mr. Obama showed some moxie, too -- "if we don't do it, nobody will" is not a statement Mr. Bush copyrighted, after all, and as for referring to "war on coal" hysteria as "scaremongering," well, it's about time. Hillary Clinton did him one better, though, calling Republicans "defeatists." I expect Republicans to whine about it like they never called Democrats "defeatists" during Tha Bush Mobb years.
Charles Koch says he hates corporate welfare, reports David Sirota, but his corporations have taken over $160 million in corporate welfare over the years. And in a sane and moral society, such hypocrisy would finish a man, once exposed -- but in this sick, immoral, and decadent society, we'll have to bring this up a hundred times before the "liberal" media covers it, and then maybe another hundred times before they cover it well.
Also at the Koch brothers' notorious weekend retreat for Republican Presidential candidates, Charles Koch compared his political work to the civil rights movement -- even dropping the names of Frederick Douglass and Dr. King -- revealing him as just another fool who wants to be black without doing any of the hard work that comes with being black. And to hear a Koch talk about a "level playing field" when the Koch brothers started out with gobs of inherited money is, well, pretty rich.
At that very same conference, Jeb Bush changed his position on raising more tax revenue to solve budgetary problems. It's not much of a flip, though, from demanding $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases to demanding zero tax increases ever. It does bring him back in line with House Republicans, though, who consistently demanded a deficit-reduction plan consisting entirely of spending cuts -- and who occasionally even threw some tax cuts for the rich in there.
Finally, eighth-grade student Rebecca Freid refutes a scholar over whether "No Irish Need Apply" signs ever existed in America during the 19th century. Adjectives like "hero" and quite extraordinary" do certainly apply to Ms. Fried, soon to be a first-year student in high school, but only in a society this sick, immoral, and decadent do we need to constantly refute "scholars" who deny what's right in front of their damn faces.