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Granholm calls out Armey and Ryan for wanting to ‘effectively dismantle’ the social safety net.

“As ThinkProgress noted, former House Speaker Dick Armey laid out a plan this week that would effectively dismantle Social Security and Medicare “as you know it” by privatizing a large portion of these critical social safety net programs. On Meet the Press today, Armey and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) discussed a different Republican plan to privatize and dismantle the social safety net, Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “Roadmap for America’s Future.” Granholm calls Ryan’s plan “far outside the mainstream,” noting that 85 percent of Americans don’t want to cut Social Security to solve the deficit.” Armey responds by laughing, claiming that “no one is talking about dismantling these systems:”

GREGORY: Governor, is this an example of what they called a mainstream political movement, some of these candidates and their views?

GRANHOLM: No. I think it’s far outside of the mainstream. In fact, one of the things, you just held up Paul Ryan’s proposal regarding Medicare and regarding Social Security, I think a lot of which you’ve jumped on to as well. There was a recent poll out that says 85 percent of Americans don’t want to see Social Security cut to solve the deficit. … If you care about democracy and what every citizen believes and you want to empower them, and they don’t want the social security system to be dismantled, and they don’t want the medicare system to be dismantled because your picking and choosing and this is a contact between generations to be able to make sure all of our seniors have the funds when they retire, that they’re not going to be homeless, that they’re not going to have to go to a shelter. I’m not kidding you. The idea that 85–

ARMEY: [Laughing] You just crack me up. No one is talking about dismantling these systems.

GRANHOLM: You just crack me up too, man. Well if you ask every actuarial that’s looked at it says you effectively dismantle the system.”

Deficit Fraud McConnell: Why Did Tax Cuts ‘All Of A Sudden Become Something We, Quote, Pay For?’

“Earlier this month, Reps. John Boehner (R-OH) and Mike Pence (R-IN) appeared on Meet the Press and were unable to explain their desire to extend the Bush tax cuts for the richest two percent of Americans with their rhetoric about deficit reduction. “Listen, what you’re trying to do is get into this Washington game and their funny accounting over there,” Boehner said, when asked if Republicans planned to pay for extending tax cuts for the rich.

Today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ran into the same trouble with MTP host David Gregory, and scoffed at the very notion of paying for tax cuts. “Why did it all of a sudden become something that we, quote, ‘pay for?’” McConnell asked.

MCCONNELL: What are you talking about, paid for? This is existing tax policy. It’s been in place for ten years. […]

GREGORY: For a final time, I’ll go back to my question which is, the extension of the tax cuts would cost $3.2 trillion. That’s borrowed money, that adds to the deficit. Do you have a plan to pay for that extension?

MCCONNELL: You’re talking about current tax policy. Why did it all of a sudden become something that we, quote, ‘pay for’?”

GOP candidate in NY gubernatorial primary calls for prison dorms for welfare recipients.

“A consistent theme that has developed among conservative politicians this year is to degrade and demean the unemployed who are seeking unemployment benefits. From former House Speaker Newt Gingrich attacking a man who paid into the unemployment insurance system for 35 years for seeking benefits, to Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) suggesting that the availability of meager unemployment insurance was causing the unemployed of his state to sit back and wait instead of seek work, the conservative assault on the unemployed appear to have no end. Now, New York GOP gubernatorial primary candidate Carl Paladino, “a wealthy Buffalo real estate developer popular with many tea party activists,” is openly advocating for the creation of special prison dorms for recipients of unemployment insurance where they can receive special training and lessons in “personal hygiene“:

Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino said he would transform some New York prisons into dormitories for welfare recipients, where they could work in state-sponsored jobs, get employment training and take lessons in “personal hygiene.” […]”

Federal jobs program funded by stimulus is underused in N.C.

” federal jobs program designed to cover workers’ wages with stimulus funds is set to expire next month having barely put 1,000 to work in North Carolina, one of the lowest rates in the country. The program has put an estimated 130,000 low-income adults to work across the country, with California, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas each generating more than 10,000 jobs. In all, 19 states generated more subsidized jobs than North Carolina, while 12 states created fewer.”

Control of Oil Spill Compensation Fund Shifts to Independent Administrator

“Kenneth Feinberg takes over today the gargantuan task of distributing the $20 billion BP is setting aside to reimburse victims of the Gulf oil spill. He has said he will approve compensation claims by relying on precedents set by state and federal law. But law professors following the issue say it is unclear just how Feinberg will interpret a key legal doctrine called “proximate cause,” which will determine exactly who gets a slice of the compensation fund.”

Western Schools Sprout in South Korea

“Parents in Asia and elsewhere want a more global curriculum for their children, and governments hope to attract foreign investors to their countries.”

Green Column: Australia Steps Up Renewable Energy Efforts

“Sustainable energy now supplies just 6 percent of power in Australia, but the country has set a target of 20 percent by 2020.”

As Floods Go South, Pakistan Races to Keep a City Dry

“President Asif Ali Zardari ordered authorities to save Shadad Kot, a city of 150,000, as floodwaters came within half a mile of the city over the weekend.”

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