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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-01-27 05:10
Subject: [links] Link salad staggers toward the weekend
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Protocols and The Spectacle of Reading Fantastika

These 24 Books Have Actually Been Published

Academic Competitions - State of Jefferson Academic Scavenger Hunt 2012 - Middle School — Holy Pete, these are tough questions. (Via [info]tillyjane, a/k/a my mom.)

Embracing the Mothers of InventionFinancing the stuff of dreams through Kickstarter. (Thanks to Dad.)

Current social networks may have been present in the earliest modern humans

Global warming felt in gardens — Who are you going to believe? Rush Limbaugh or that lying data?

The Obama MemosThe making of a post-post-partisan Presidency.

Obama: Republicans will struggle to defend record — Or at least they would be if anyone in America was capable of remembering the Bush administration.

Space experts ground Gingrich moon plan — Sigh. I wish we had a visionary who wasn't also a venal lunatic.

How Newt Gingrich pulled this one offSomehow—miraculously—the philandering former congressman is at the front of the Republican pack

The three big lies of Newton Leroy Gingrich — (Via David Goldman.)

Gingrich’s Constant Contempt Is His Fatal Political Flaw — It's also his strength. The politics of resentment have peculiar fascination for conservative voters, and Gingrich plays them as well as Palin or Nixon.

Romney Failed to Disclose Swiss Bank Account Income — I honestly don't think Romney's wealth should be an election issue, any more than his religion should, but in in a time when concern about income inequity and Wall Street excesses has become a major sociopolitical flashpoint, how could it not?

?otd: Friday again?

Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hour (Sunspin revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.75 (solid)
Weight: 228.4
Currently reading: Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2012-01-27 20:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's not really Romney's wealth that's at issue. It's how he made it, and how he keeps it.

For how he made it, the country is really in the position of asking itself: do we want as president a man whose innate moral sense is not merely satisfied, but apparently pleasured with the trashing of innocent American households in order to maximize shareholder wealth? If so, then we have to ask ourselves who Mitt Romney believes is a shareholder in the American dream. His answers so far amount to "the wealthy" and "those who applaud Mitt Romney."

As for how he keeps it, Romney's rock-solid insistence, his comprehensive doubling-down on the system as it is, shows that he is determined to enrich himself and his peer group at the expense of everyone else. For Romney, there is no unfair tilt of the tax code that benefits the rich to the detriment of the middle class. There is no problem with the subsidy system that siphons billions of tax dollars to companies already making huge profits.

"Romney's wealth" is a reference, perhaps even a dog whistle, to point out these very salient, and very real, issues with Romney's attitudes toward the middle class.
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