5.22.2016

HRC vs Bernie

Why won't Bernie Sanders step down for the sake of the American Left? | Voices | The Independent:

"Why won't Bernie Sanders step down for the sake of the American Left?"
Because he's the only one running for the "sake of the American Left".

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5.17.2016

Obamacare

A good post here on the health care market.

The Problem with Obamacare — Medium:
Markets work by making people pay for what they get; the more health care you “consume,” the more you pay, either in insurance premiums or at the hospital. But the vast majority of Americans are not comfortable with the idea that rich people get good health care, middle-class people get passable health care (until they get seriously ill, in which case they go bankrupt), and poor people get no health care to begin with.

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5.16.2016

Hillary Clinton’s Problem

Yep. Bringing a knife to a gunfight.The most anti-insider election in most of a century and the D's bring one of the most insider candidates ever to the table.

This is one weak nominee: Hillary Clinton’s problem isn’t Bernie Sanders. It’s Hillary Clinton - Salon.com:

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5.13.2016

Quit the Country Club

Nice post here that gets to the root of the problem with our government.

 Quit the Country Club | Class War In America:

"But the real enemy is greed, the limitless greed of the very rich, who now control Congress, the laws Congress makes, and the practices and regulations that feed their greed ever more. The corporate billionaires are the classical opponents of Democrats and the friends of Republicans. By hating the dark-skinned groups Trump says they should hate, non-wealthy Trump Republicans are being played for suckers.
Trump would make everything worse for them, but Democrats have to prove it. Hard to do with a net worth of a hundred million."

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Quit the Country Club

Nice post here that gets to the root of the problem with our government.

 Quit the Country Club | Class War In America:

"But the real enemy is greed, the limitless greed of the very rich, who now control Congress, the laws Congress makes, and the practices and regulations that feed their greed ever more. The corporate billionaires are the classical opponents of Democrats and the friends of Republicans. By hating the dark-skinned groups Trump says they should hate, non-wealthy Trump Republicans are being played for suckers.
Trump would make everything worse for them, but Democrats have to prove it. Hard to do with a net worth of a hundred million."

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5.09.2016

Israel: Stealing Palestinian Land

The Middle East is going to be a key source of world issues until this is stopped.











































5.07.2016

Cochrane vs Economics

John Cochrane lobbies for the "Get Government out of the way" crowd here, The Grumpy Economist: WSJ Growth Oped:

Is timidly endorsed by GregMankiw who also runs with the "Get Government out of the way" crowd

Has his argument destroyed by Delong,
This Is Extraordinarily Unprofessional!!: The University of Chicago and the Wall Street Journal Have Very Serious Intellectual Quality Control Problems
Who's backed up by Noah Smith,

Cochrane fires back in what sounds to me like a smart-mouthed teenager yelling at his parents that they don't understand something that he actually doesn't understand and is destroyed again in the comments (image of a couple good ones below.)

How the hell does this guy stay in business?






















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5.05.2016

Why Trump?

This gets to the root of Trumps appeal. I think it's the reason Trump won overall. (emphasis by tnb)

No More Mister Nice Blog: TRUE CONSERVATISM HAS NEVER BEEN THE POINT FOR MUCH OF THE TRUE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT:

The problem for Cruz was that a lot of True Conservatives aren't in it for the conservatism. They're in it because they think the tougher and more aggressive a candidate is, the more likely it is that that candidate is going to kick the asses of conservatives' enemies -- liberals, Democrats, RINOs, non-whites, Muslims, poor people, women who have abortions, gun control supporters, and so on. 
Cruz was undermined when Trump came along with a different form of aggression -- one that, to Republican voters, seemed more likely to result in ass-kickings for their enemies. Trump spoke, and liberals had conniption fits! Plus, he'd been such a successful businessman! So he must be able to carry out all the ass-kicking he promises, which is more ass-kickings than Ted Cruz seems able to dish out!

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5.02.2016

Our Media: PR vs News

America now has nearly 5 PR people for every reporter, double the rate from a decade ago - Muck Rack:
So 15 years ago, there were two PR people for every reporter in the country. Now there are 4.8 PR people for every reporter

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What is Justin Fox Smoking?

A good post here but to lump Sanders in with Trump and Cruz and quote this (emphasis by tnb) is pretty out there (actually "fucking ridiculous" is probably a better description).
In the paper, Wallach traces the intellectual history of what he calls “the technocratic administrative state,” which has been subject to many challenges through the decades but seldom quite the outright dismissiveness that he says is being preached by three of the remaining major candidates for president (Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump). Wallach offers a few suggestions for upgrading the accountability of government agencies, which seem pretty sensible. But I’m not quite sure how we get away from the fantasy -- espoused by Cruz, if not so much Sanders and Trump -- that doing away with big government will somehow fix everything.
Learning to Love (Tolerate?) Big Government - Bloomberg View:

Sanders is fine with "Big Government", (how much bigger can you get than free college and Medicare for all?)  He just wants it to work for the people instead of the corporate elite.

Honestly, Trump and Cruz are probably ok with big government too, as long as it's only big for "their" people.

And,... The line above is actually Mr. Fox quoting someone else but it shouldn't be in the post.

tnb







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5.01.2016

Free Markets can't fix every Problem

Navigating like a Norwegian: How Norway Dispels the Private vs Public Sector Myth - Evonomics:
"One key insight is to dispel the myth, pervasive in America and dangerously infective elsewhere, that the private sector does everything well and the public sector does everything poorly. Modern society requires an extensive infrastructure, which does not emerge bottom-up from unregulated markets. This has always been the case, in America as elsewhere, as my recent interview with Daron Acemoglu attests. One reason that the Nordic nations work well might be because they have not—yet—succumbed to the siren’s song of free market fundamentalism."

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Drug War

Illegal Drugs? It's not about the drugs, It's about who profits from the drugs.

Kingpins;OxyContin, Heroin, and the Sackler-Sinaloa Connection:
"In Mexico, when you attempt to buy government favors, it’s called bribery." 
"In America, when you attempt to buy government favors, it’s called lobbying".
"After all, a kingpin is a kingpin. Isn’t it?" 
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