Yesterday, I went to the mall. This is not a new occurrence. I go to the mall almost every day. It is where the grocery store and the office supply store are, as well as the Starbucks and many, many restaurants. To get to the mall, I ride for about 10 minutes on a mini-bus, filled with people heading in my direction. Yesterday, the driver stopped on the way to fill up his tires. The compressor was owned by a guy who had set up a little business for himself on the side of the road. That’s also no big deal.
It’s an election year. That must mean it’s time for Congressional representatives to announce support for ridiculous Constitutional amendments and for state leaders to instill fear in the population by creating all sorts of boogeymen, like (imaginary) undocumented Mexicans running roughshod in the Arizona desert, beheading (imaginary) poor, unsuspecting, hardworking, freedom-loving, salt of the earth Americans.
Which has me wondering: why is discussing problems and solutions like grown ups so unpalatable in America?
I should make clear from the outset that I am not an economist. So this post is more of a question for those of you out there who actually know something about the way economies, and more specifically financial investments, work.
When I want to learn about something, I generally start with my good friend, the Google. Depending on how much I want to know, it can stop there, or lead me to the local public library. Sometimes, when I want to know a lot about one particular thing, I even head for one of the university libraries in town.
They get six years of free reign during which they drive the country into a ditch. Not just any ditch, either--a snow-filled ditch with a pond of thin ice at the bottom, far, far away from the nearest gas station.
Then, they start losing. So, instead of asking themselves why they are losing, they double down, and lose some more.
Right after the election was over, I started a series of posts called Stuff I Learned, about the history of American presidents, as I read a book called The American Presidency. I didn't get very far into the book, and now I can't find it. I'm not all that worried about finishing, not being a fan of non-fiction.
So, at least for now, I won't be sharing with you the stuff I learned about American history. Instead, I'm hoping you'll share with me stuff you already know, because I'm confused.
These are some real jerks that have no clue about nutrition. I bet half of them can't even program their ovens to come on.
Correction and edited:
Wisconsin did pass a bill Assembly Bill 177 but it required that they spend 2/3 of their benefits on foodstuff designated by the state as nutritional items. They only banned the purchase of shell fish.
This still makes it difficult to shop. It is really hard to stretch SNAP and this just makes it more complected. I would think that the allowance would not reach as well with this restriction.
Putin says Islamists are all the same, terrorists. We support Syrian Islamist rebels because Saudi Arabia supports them. Gut feeling: Saudi supported Islamists like al Nusra will cut a deal with ISIS before fighting and dying for Western style secular democracy. That may be a no-brainer. Obama (and McCain/GOP War Hawks): Better a Russian backed secular state than a Saudi backed Islamic state in Syria.
As you're probably beginning to notice, the singular momentum of the universe is one of moving from simplicity and chaos toward complexity and order. It's a very weird thing and perhaps the most intriguing thing about this place. There are people who think that all this happened by chance. Those people are called atheists. And there are people who think that there's some sort of being that made all this stuff and who is guiding it. They're called theists. Curiously it's mostly the theists who disbelieve all this business we've covered so far, even though, if you wanted to prove that the great being existed, the best place to look would be this weird desire the universe has for self-improvement.
"The Jeb Bush tax plan on steroids". Only way to do this and not bankrupt the country is to slash Social Security, although even that may not work. And the Trump War Plan is likely going to be the Bush plan on steroids also. "Even the hedge fund managers Mr. Trump has railed against on the stump would get a tax cut under his plan...." Call it the Donald Deficit Explosion Tax Cut Giveaway Act. Like any sociopath, Donald Trump will tell people what they want to hear, and then do what he wants to do.