Wednesday, August 24, 2016

It has been a while.....

Well it has been a while.  A friend recommended that I post an update, for everyone who not reading.   Been a busy few years in the interim, there have been elections, movies, moves and pending nuptials.  I will try to chronicle some of them when I can.  But I am sure it will just turn into  grousing about politics again. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lies, Liars, and the Lying

In the weeks to come you are going to here much, and more, about how the Obama Administration's reckless spending is the cause for the nations large national debt.

That is simply not true.  Ezra Klein, was kind enough to dig up this chart (from the folks at CBPP) to show the main drivers of the nations debt over the coming decades.  

This has become a mainstay of the modern Republican Party.  Deny, the consequences of policies
you have advocated if they are negative.  Just reinforcing the old adage, "Conservatism can not fail.  Only you can fail conservatism".   

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Race, the Race, and Summer Storms....

Been away for a while, but with the campaign truly heating up.  These are the things that caught my attention:

First up I am glad Chris Matthews said this to RNC chairman Reince Priebus:

The naked and wanton racial animus that the Republican Party is trucking in, is saddening.   Republicans have suffered no consequences for this.

Now some of this is because talking about racial issues is horrifically difficult.  This piece by Ta-Neshisi Coates, Fear of a Black President, is one of the best pieces I have read on race in sometime.  I would highly recommend reading it if you have not.  

Sunday, June 10, 2012

What the Stimulus has wrought

This is an election year and you are going to hear a lot about how the Stimulus (ARRA) has failed from Republicans.  The folks over at Mosler Economics have put together a report with some lovely charts showing pre and post Stimulus statistics for the country.  

Things are not great and I will be first to say, that the administration should have been more aggressive on that front.  A recalcitrant congress definitely was hurdle.  But I will not let them off easy, it wasn't, as if they were not warned.   That being said, this should put the lie to the "stimulus failed!" rhetoric.  I know it won't.  But it is nice to see graphical proof.  A couple of examples:

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Thank You Mann....and Ornstein

It is a topic I harp on.  But it is nice to see two political mavens, such as Mann and Ornstein, say that which shall not be said.   It is not both sides!

The Republican party has marched inexorably right.  The Democratic party has not.  This is a problem.

It is not symmetric.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

That which shall not be said....

If you have not seen the TED talk by Nick Hanauer, then I highly recommend it. 

The thing about this I find fascinating is how obvious this is.   The fetishization of businessmen in our society is slightly disturbing.  The idea that businesspeople are, somehow, possessed of special knowledge that will allow them to be better  run government is just wishful thinking.  Or more disturbingly ego stroking of the elite. 

This is a belief I wish would change, but it seems ingrained in the body public.  Even though most of the times it is actually followed through on, it has disastrous results (last to "business" Presidents, George W. Bush, and Herbert Hoover).