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Tom Friedman's column this morning is a compelling call for radical reforms in education and job training in order for Americans to succeed in the twenty-first century. But Friedman, intentionally or not, fails to address what I submit is the elephant in the room, namely what we need to do to procure the massive societal resources that will be necessary to properly sell and implement the radical reforms Friedman addresses today. Put another way, I think Friedman could use a little Krugman this morning.  [Read more]
|BENEATH THE SPIN • ERIC L. WATTREE|
-Less government means more 'economic liberty', so why are rich tycoons spending billions on electing these guys? If government is drown in a bathtub, does Senator Rand Paul get the Golden Ducky? Why not start with liberating Kentucky?
Roger Waters, resting on his laurels from his career with Pink Floyd, has decided to take on the Palestinian issue as his personal crusade. He's encouraging other performers to boycott Israel, and recently claimed credit for having Stevie Wonder cancel a gig with or on behalf of the Israel Defense Forces.
If that was all Mr. Waters had done, I might disagree with his views, and I might question the propriety of focusing on Israel and only Israel for a global boycott. But I wouldn't and couldn't call Mr. Waters an anti-semite on that basis alone. Heck, I wouldn't even call Mr. Waters a has-been. [Read more]
Ok, this question has been burbling around in my mind for awhile, especially now with actual Senators coming out in favor of same sex marriage.
Are LGBTs and their supporters the new senior citizens? And by that, I mean a block of people who will reliably vote as predicted, and moreover work for their candidates of choice, encouraging their many friends to come out and do the same?
It seems to me that it has suddenly dawned on everyone that the long-term ROI of a gay vote is huge. Acknowledge their equality, deliver same sex marriage to this group, and expect them to vote for your party FOREVER--forget that problem of people turning more conservative as they get older and switching to the GOP. [Read more]
A note to Dagblog readers - this is one of my first attempts since college to do analytical political writing of some kind. Given having lived the Guam experience for several months, I thought I'd try to use my experience and apply it to the current North Korean crisis. I am posting it here instead of trying to sell it to a print publication because I am very open to constructive criticism at this point. Thank you.
Seen above: US military airships and fighter jets right outside of Guam's waters. [Read more]
I am in the middle of The West Wing series again on Netflix. For some reason the stream quit after the first three years and out of the blue, the rest of the episodes appeared, magically last week.
Anyway I have Adult Deficit Multipersonality whatever and I watch golf and read blogs at the same time I 'view' my stream.
Well, we now have PCTV.
No not politically correct TV which will always be with us.
We have for sometime seen the likes of bigger blog sites like Huffpo and Beast and Salon providing video interviews.
So I run into a 61 minute HUFFPO special interviewing Phil Donahue of all people.
And what HUFFPO was getting into involves our ten year venture into Halliburton's War. [Read more]
I posted a blog here a couple of months ago during the election campaign about how I had come to the point where I was totally engaged by these political debates I was having on Facebook with people from just about every phase and crevice of my lifetime. And when I read that blog again just recently I concluded that it
may have seemed probably sounded silly to readers, as if I was simply reminiscing with the campaign as background-- I guess like that guy who does that for two hours straight at the college reunion or whatever. [Read more]
You can take the repub out of the bank but you cannot take the bank out of the repub.
Lawrence O'Donnell talked about a subject that has been bugging me for years.
Brad Delong, today.
Those of us who know the numbers, or who simply live in America and look around, know that the 47 percent who aren’t paying federal income taxes this year are by and large not “moochers.” About a fifth are elderly retired. About two-thirds are in households with incomes of less than $20,000 a year—definitely not living high. And nearly one-third owe no income taxes because of the earned-income and child tax credits, which both became law with bipartisan support. [Read more]
Today has been one of those perfect winter days, cold, brilliant and utterly still, when the bark of a shepherd’s dog carries for miles, and the great wild mountains come up close to the city walls…
Barges are unloading soil fertilizer at the river wharves. Soft drinks and sandwiches may be had in the inns at reasonable prices. Allotment gardening has become popular.
…Things are beginning to take shape. It is a long time since anyone stole the park benches or murdered the swans. There are children in this province who have never seen a louse, shopkeepers who have never handled a counterfeit coin, women of forty who have never hidden in a ditch except for fun…. [Read more]
Place: Lebanon, the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla.
Dramatis Personae: A gunman from the Israeli ally militia, a just-orphaned 10 year old boy, a cameraman.
Action: Immediately after killing the boy's father, the Israeli surrogate takes careful aim and kills the child. Horrified, the cameraman asks "Why did you kill that boy?" Gunman replies, "He just watched me kill his father. When he grows up, he will have but one goal in life-killing me, or someone just like me. I'm not going to let him grow up."
From the Annals of the Affirmation of Life in the midst of despair: [Read more]
Alan Grayson says there is no fiscal crisis, and that we've all just given in to the GOP crises mindset, and that Social Security has $2 trillion dollars in the bank ... D'OH!
From the PBS Newshour, a story so frightful that it will shake your humanity to the core, in horror that your species includes amongst it the sort who would perpetrate the foul crime described.
Briefly, in a spasm of rage mimicked (it is estimated) 5000 times each year, a family of rich Pakistanis stalked and murdered its daughter and grandchildren. Her crime--she married a poor man. [Read more]
Brad Delong carried a piece today worthy of Paul Krugman ( I can think of no higher praise) .By Paul Krugman.
Here’s a taste
The original argument against expansionary fiscal policy in the current conjuncture was that it was not worth undertaking because of crowding-out. Fiscal expansion would push up long-term real interest rates and that would diminish private investment. The net effect on demand, employment, and spending would be zero--or even less than zero: the "expansionary austerity" meme.
In 2011, Obama played the fight the deficit game with the GOP, by signing the 'Budget Control Act of 2011". It mandated across the board spending reductions of 5% or so for non-entitlement spending of the government, not evaluating or specifying where or how the cuts were to be made. Just an ax to every discretionary program.
Nothing like this had ever been done before. Obama gambled it wouldn't happen. Doing so may have helped him win the election. Or maybe not.
Obama now calls the sequester "Just Dumb". Maybe his making this deal with the GOP in 2011 was dumb, and thinking they would back out of it now was also dumb. The GOP is the Party of dumb. Obama should know that by now. [Read more]