Thursday, March 6, 2014
A Progressive Manifesto | The PCTC* Blog
Ironically, the vast majority of Americans agree with us on most issues. That is, they would, if they knew where we stood. But they don’t. How would they? The loudest of liberals spend all of their time helping the right wing GOP with their ultimate strategy, which is to depress turnout. Everything the Republicans do is with the express purpose of making people think the system is broken, or that their vote doesn’t count. There is a rational reason to do such a thing; they’re a minority, and their rabid followers will vote in huge numbers, no matter what. The more people they get to stay home, the more valuable their votes are. Got it? The more chaos they can engineer, the more disasters they can create, the more depressed and upset people will get. And – and this is very important to understand – the more pissed off they get at the process and the more hopeless they feel, the LESS likely they are to vote.From the linked manifesto
Consumers should receive at least as much protection from businesses as businesses receive from consumers. Since government is mandated by the Constitution to regulate commerce to make it fair for all players within that system, regardless of size, we should hold them to that mandate, including strict ethical requirements that put the public interest at a level equal to or above their stockholders’ interests.
Posted by Robert at 11:26 AM
Paul Ryan Says Democrats are the Bad Guys While Pushing to End Free School Lunches
That’s a shifty way of bad-mouthing policies that help people, sans facts. But of course, Paul Ryan doesn’t want to discuss actual policy. This is a guy who couldn’t do the math on his own budget, and couldn’t balance it. This is a guy whose budget caused the Nuns to protest publicly.
The real fear Republicans have of the current situation, which they have created by catering to corporate interests to such a degree as to be puppets for them, is that they are the villains in a morality play. So Ryan projected that Democrats would “run from their record” and make Republicans the villains:
Posted by Robert at 11:22 AM
Ryan Enlists Social Science, Disaster Ensues -- Daily Intelligencer
Basically everything in Ryan’s report turns out to be wrong. The Fiscal Times contacts a number of researchers whom Ryan cites, and they all report that Ryan knows nothing of their work ... Meanwhile, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a longer list of the errors, distortions, and omissions in Ryan’s report. Even libertarian economist Tyler Cowen concludes that Ryan’s report presents “only a marginal command of the scholarly literature, and it is a good example of how the conservative movement is still allowing the poverty issue to defeat it and tie it up in knots.” ... And yet, without the massive cuts to the anti-poverty budget, Ryan has no plausible way forward. Reconciling the ideological goals of the House Republican caucus with the best findings of social science is fundamentally impossible. That’s why Republican leaders usually dismiss those findings as biased tripe from liberal eggheads.
Posted by Robert at 6:24 AM
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Alan Grayson: Keystone gives China energy independence, and us nothingGaius Publius at Americablog reprinyts an entire letter from Alan Grayson, here's a bit of it.
Well, the Chinese have figured it out. They’re going to get their energy from Canada, a stable country, and pass it through the United States, another stable country. They will pay the Canadians the world price for oil. They will pay us nothing, or next to nothing. So Uncle Sam is Uncle Sucker.This comment at the linked source receives Robert's thumbs up,
And not for the first time. For the past decade, China has pursued an utterly unscrupulous and incredibly successful strategy in “trade” with the United States. China has been importing from the United States roughly $50 billion in goods each year, much of it food, raw materials and energy. China has been exporting to the United States roughly $350 billion in goods each year, mostly manufactured goods. And China has been buying roughly $300 billion in U.S. assets each year, mostly U.S. Treasuries. So we buy their stuff, putting their people to work. And they buy our assets, driving us deeper and deeper into debt. America loses – twice.
caphillprof Tone • a day ago
You will note that the Canadians aren't building a pipeline to their own Pacific port--too environmentally dangerous. Let the dumb Americans do it.
Posted by Robert at 10:14 AM
Jim Hightower | A middle-finger salute for the fracking king
But the frackers hadn't counted on Rex getting mad, speaking out, and suing the bastards. What ticked off Tillerson was the erection of a 160-foot-tall water tower built by a company that can provide millions of gallons of water for fracking gas wells. But Rex is no environmentalist, so his objection is not to the waste and contamination of people's water, nor does he object at all to fracking. Rather, he's hopping mad because the 15-story tower stands above the tree line on his 83-acre, $5-million horse farm, spoiling his view.
Posted by Robert at 6:46 AM