My thoughts exactly.
(via free-winona)Source: richasacersei
I was doing so well for a minute there, too. I started a new job this month (well, last month, I suppose) and I’m still settling into the whole work/life balance thing. So yeah. More to come in the next few weeks, once I figure out how to have time to do things other than work, eat and sleep.
Jeremy Jordan (as Karen) and Jonathan Groff (as Ivy) perform Let Me Be Your Star from SMASH at MCC Theater’s Miscast - 3.4.13
Note — The freakout mid-song is because Jeremy came on-stage in a blonde wig, a la Marilyn
Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff do a duet. Sadly no video.Source: nicolemwright
All this talk of sequestration and the so-called budget crisis is entirely missing the point. The media is missing the point, Congress is missing the point, the White House is missing the point. Budgeting is not a political issue; it isn’t a matter of liberal or conservative, right or left (or right or wrong).
The budget is a moral matter, plain and simple. The budget is a matter of what is fair. The Republican plan, such as it is, is not fair, and it is not moral. (If we’re being honest, the Republicans don’t have a plan at all. Sitting across the table and crossing your arms and pouting, “No!” at any White House proposal is not a counter-proposal; it’s what toddlers do.)
The President’s plan is much closer to the mark, but he and his aides seem to have no idea how to communicate this, either to the House GOP or to the American people, beyond demanding tax hikes on the wealthy, who should have to pay “their fair share.”
That’s not wrong. But framing the argument in that way leaves a gaping opening for Republicans to decry this plan as “class warfare.” They’re able to leave aside, and actively are leaving aside, the issue of fairness entirely, instead arguing that Barack Obama, Democrats, liberals, and whatever other labeling scare-tactic Fox News wishes to employ, hate rich people. They devalue success. They even resent it. That simply isn’t true, but because the White House doesn’t address the issue head-on, in the proposals themselves, the truth of it doesn’t matter.
Fairness is not a liberal value. Fairness is a moral value, and it is one on which everyone should agree (unless one actively chooses to take an immoral stance, which is, to say the least, counterintuitive in terms of government). Everyone should pay their fair share. When Barack Obama says that, all anyone hears (and, in truth, all he’s actually saying) is that rich people should pay higher taxes. That’s half-true.
Everyone should pay their fair share. Everyone. From me right on up to Warren Buffett, everyone should pay their fair share. So by all means, raise my taxes a bit, but you’d better raise his by a bit more. Go ahead, cut services like the ACA or federal student loans, that benefit the middle and lower class, or Social Security and Medicare, that benefit the middle class elderly; but you’d damn well better cut services and close tax loopholes that benefit the upper class, as well, and you’d better do it to equal effect. If my taxes go up 3% and Warren Buffett’s go up 3%, that’s not a fair system. Everyone is not paying their fair share. If Warren Buffett’s taxes go up 30% and mine don’t go up at all, that’s not a fair system. If Medicare and Social Security and ACA get slashed to ribbons, but tax loopholes remain open, that’s not a fair system.
In the argument over sequestration and the budget, everyone is half right, and so everyone is dead wrong.