Kshama Sawant Gives #SocialistResponse to Obama’s State of the Union Address | Socialist Alternative

On January 20, 2015 Socialist Alternative member and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant gave a #SocialistResponse to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address. The transcript is below.

Watch it at http://www.seattlechannel.org/event-live

Check out last year’s response here: http://sawant.seattle.gov/response-to-obamas-state-of-the-union-address/

via Kshama Sawant Gives #SocialistResponse to Obama’s State of the Union Address | Socialist Alternative.

Spread This Far and Wide – The Ted Cruz Speech He Did Not Want You To See

He’s so disingenuous.

via The Ted Cruz Speech He Did Not Want You To See.

The GOP is Really F-cking Stupid

What a joke. Sen. Ernst is a joke. They whole fucking party is a joke.

Name me one policy she advanced.

How Propaganda Conquers Democracy | Consortiumnews

Do we live in a country where citizens are critically informed on the issues of the day by media that operate independently of the government? Or do our political leaders deliberately plant a false view of events and issues in the mind of the public that complicit media then broadcast and amplify to generate public consent for government policy?

This is a basic test of democracy for the citizens of any country. But the very nature of modern propaganda systems is that they masquerade as independent while functioning as the opposite, so the question is not as straightforward as it seems.

via How Propaganda Conquers Democracy | Consortiumnews.

Majority still support single-payer option, poll finds | TheHill

More than five years after the single-payer system was scrapped from ObamaCare policy debates, just over 50 percent of people say they still support the idea, including one-quarter of Republicans, according to a new poll.

The single-payer option – also known as Medicare for all – would create a new, government-run insurance program to replace private coverage. The system, once backed by President Obama, became one of the biggest casualties of the divisive healthcare debates of 2009.

via Majority still support single-payer option, poll finds | TheHill.

How Expensive It Is to Be Poor – NYTimes.com

Earlier this month, the Pew Research Center released a study that found that most wealthy Americans believed “poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return.”

This is an infuriatingly obtuse view of what it means to be poor in this country — the soul-rending omnipresence of worry and fear, of weariness and fatigue. This can be the view only of those who have not known — or have long forgotten — what poverty truly means.

“Easy” is a word not easily spoken among the poor. Things are hard — the times are hard, the work is hard, the way is hard. “Easy” is for uninformed explanations issued by the willfully callous and the haughtily blind.

Allow me to explain, as James Baldwin put it, a few illustrations of “how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”

via How Expensive It Is to Be Poor – NYTimes.com.

Half global wealth held by the 1% | Business | The Guardian

Billionaires and politicians gathering in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to tackle rising inequality after a study found that – on current trends – by next year, 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%.

Ahead of this week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in the ski resort of Davos, the anti-poverty charity Oxfam said it would use its high-profile role at the gathering to demand urgent action to narrow the gap between rich and poor.

The charity’s research, published today, shows that the share of the world’s wealth owned by the best-off 1% has increased from 44% in 2009 to 48% in 2014, while the least well-off 80% currently own just 5.5%.

Oxfam added that on current trends the richest 1% would own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016.

via Half global wealth held by the 1% | Business | The Guardian.