In fact, almost everyone following the situation now realizes that Germany’s austerity obsession has brought Europe to the edge of catastrophe — almost everyone, that is, except the Germans themselves and, it turns out, the Romney economic team.
Needless to say, this bodes ill if Mr. Romney wins in November. For all indications are that his idea of smart policy is to double down on the very spending cuts that have hobbled recovery here and sent Europe into an economic and political tailspin."
This just brings up so many great points (and important footnotes!). Please read!
Traditionally, the Democrats have sought to preserve civil liberties and reduce military adventurism. Running the country means that princpled stances sometimes run into other principled stances and compromises are made. Compromise means controversy. Civil libertarians have reason to be frustrated.1 So do those who categorically oppose military intervention.2 No politician is entitled to your support—and nobody should blame you for looking around.
Many of those looking for somebody with a more hardline stance on civil liberties and against military action found Ron Paul.3 Ron Paul, a Republican, has emphasized that he cares about “liberty,” by which he means a combination of protecting civil liberties and an extreme hands-off approach toward economics, even when that comes at the expense of a lot of people without a lot of money or influence. And if you joined Ron Paul for his civil liberties stances, maybe you’ll adopt—or at least tolerate—some of his economic stances as well.
So what happens when Paul loses the race and Romney gets the nomination? Romney’s stances on civil liberties and military action is far worse than Obama’s. He wants to “double Guantanamo” and stick with the Afghanistan war indefinitely. Apparently he’s against allowing same-sex couples to adopt now too. But, like Paul, he’s a Republican. And he’s going to make a hard sell that he’s going to protect the same kind of “economic liberties” that Paul did.[^4] And a lot of Paul supporters are going to come around—even though Romney is dramatically worse than Obama on the issues the primarily claim to care about.
I love being an asshole. I love it so much. (via megwhat)
This is an excerpt from Meg’s email to Rep. Debbie Lesko, the Republican from Arizona who is sponsoring a bill that would allow employers to fire their employees if they find out that they’re using contraceptives to prevent pregnancy.
This is also why Meg is my hero.
How come gay guys seem to be so much more knowledgeable about how birth control works than straight dudes?
We don’t really have any reason to go anywhere near the stuff, yet it seems to be almost entirely dudes having lady-sex that seem to be so incredibly clueless as to why women would need birth control.
not to be confused w/ “not a single straight guy understands birth control” because I’m fully aware there are lots of cool dudes out there as well and the internet has a reputation for being terrible about these kinds of things.
I realize the internet’s probably getting tired of people ranting about this issue by now, but seriously? Seriously?!? It’s just a lot safer for me to get this stuff out here rather than respond to people directly on facebook where they post the most infuriating garbage.