1. Something to think about--particularly if you're one of those folks who believes that there's no such thing as the "common good."
Next time you hear Rand Paul or Scott Walker talking about getting the government out of everything but providing subsidies to private security forces, and about how the "founders" wanted nothing to do with social projects, remember the Library of Congress. Interesting, isn't it, that the Brits burned it down when they sacked Washington in the War of 1812.
2. This is so absolutely spot on you just have to read it a few times:
For further readings on this matter, see Hazel Dickens' wonderful song, "Don't Put Her Down, You Helped Put Her There."
3. Finally, cudos to Lawrence O'Donnell for sticking Jesus right back into Rush Limbaugh's face, after Limbaugh had utterly reversed the teachings of Jesus in yesterday's show. For Limbaugh, Jesus turns out to be a predecessor of Gordon Gekko. Mr. O'Donnell easily found the appropriate scripture. He had earlier attempted to raise the same points with Billy Graham's fraud of a boy, Frank. Being a skilled preacher, Frank was able to filibuster until time ran out.
And to just close the circle here--Jerry Falwell once asserted that one of his goals was to destroy the public school system in the United States. Challenged on that assertion, he denied it. It is nontheless in print--in a book he wrote.