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  • whyduyouask whyduyouask 5 hours ago Flag

    All the way across the USA. What a stupid suggestion.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Scott Walker says the United States needs to better secure its border with Canada and he’s open to building a wall along America's northern border. (I’m not making this up. He said it on this morning’s “Meet the Press.”) Meanwhile, Chris Christie says the U.S. should track foreign visitors just like FedEx tracks packages — and that, as president, Christie would ask Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, to work for the government for three months to set up such a system. (I’m not making this up, either. He said it yesterday at a campaign stop in New Hampshire.)

    "The GOP has never been especially rational, but Donald Trump has opened up a more whacky xenophobia than ever. The facts are: (1) both legal and illegal immigration have been trending downward, and (2) America’s core economic problem has nothing whatever to do with immigration and everything to do with who’s paying for the campaigns of these demagogues (including Trump).

    "Your thoughts?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Donald Trump announced this morning a new plan “to rid the nation once and for all of illegal aliens.” Trump promised that if elected he’d annex Mexico, thereby making all undocumented workers Americans. “Problem solved,” he said. “Besides, Enrique Pena Nieto is doing a #$%$ job, so I’ll offer Mexicans a deal. They do exactly what Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California once did -- and join the United States. It worked out great for them.” Trump said Mexicans now living in the United States illegally would still have to return to what will then be known as the “state of Mexico” and apply to get into whatever other American state they sought to enter. Under Trump’s plan, the same rule would apply to every other American: They’d be citizens of the state they were born in, but would have to apply to move to any other state. “No more New Yorkers moving to California to have anchor babies,” he said.

    "(One of the problems in reporting on Trump is the line between satire and reality is very thin. This is on the satire side of the line, in case you didn't catch it.)"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Several of you have asked me why I post quotes from the 1830s, 1910s, 1930s, and 1960s and early 1970s. It’s because in those four periods Americans reasserted power over financial elites that threatened to usurp our economy and democracy. Unlike societies that have succumbed to fascism, communism, totalitarianism, and violent revolution when their people become frustrated and fearful, America reforms itself. That’s what we did in the 1830s when elites accrued unwarranted privileges, and we abolished property rights for voting, enabled small businesses to incorporate without legislation, and fought off a national bank; between 1901 and 1916 during the Progressive Era, when we established a progressive income tax, enacted pure food and drug laws, and split up the giant trusts; during the New Deal of the 1930s, when we created Social Security, unemployment insurance, a minimum wage, a 40-hour workweek, and required employers to negotiate with labor unions; and in the 1960s and early 1970s when we enacted Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Medicare and Medicaid, the Environmental Protection Act, and the Federal Election Campaign Act.

    "Another wave of fundamental reform is on its way."

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Months ago, Jeb Bush said he wouldn’t use the term “anchor baby” to describe children born on U.S. soil to parents here illegally. Then last week, after Donald Trump used it, Bush said he didn’t find the term offensive. On Monday, Bush defended his turnaround by saying the term was "frankly, more related to Asian people." Yesterday, Trump mocked Bush "In a clumsy move to get out of his 'anchor babies' dilemma, where he signed that he would not use the term and now uses it, he blamed ASIANS," Trump tweeted.

    "So this is what the Republican presidential debate has come to? At a time when the wages of most Americans are flat or dropping, when a higher percentage of America's children are in poverty than in 20 years, when the richest Americans are sopping up more of the nation’s income and wealth than in living memory, when our democracy is overwhelmed by big money, when America (as well as the rest of the planet) is already suffering from climate change, when much of the Middle East is under the tyranny of fanatics intent on returning it to the middle ages, and when racism is still rampant in the land – Republicans choose to focus the public’s attention on “anchor babies.”

    "The good news is Bernie Sanders is focusing public attention where it should be focused. Hillary Clinton – when not ducking brickbats over her emails – is trying to have a serious national conversation over student loans as well as corporate incentives. And it looks increasingly as if Joe Biden will enter the race, providing, one hopes, additional focus on the real problems of America.

    "Some of you still see no difference between Republicans and Democrats. I think you’re wrong.

    "Your view?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Will Trump help dump Republicans in the House and Senate? That’s the worry in GOP circles, as the Trump campaign widens its hold on racists, misogynists, anti-immigrant know-nothings, and other Americans yearning for a billionaire bully whose ego knows no bounds.

    "There’s room to hope. But also reason to fear. Trump’s bombast may have wide appeal in a nation where so many people have come to feel powerless. I’m reminded of Erich Fromm’s classic “Escape From Freedom” (1941), which explains why free people sometimes choose authoritarian leaders (Fromm wasn’t only talking about #$%$ Germany) to impose order on a world that feels too chaotic, and give away their freedom to bullies who scapegoat others and thereby make average people feel powerful.

    "Your thoughts?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "A friend from abroad visited me a few days ago and asked why the majority of Americans had let a small minority of wealthy people at the top siphon off almost all the economy's gains. He noted that in no other advanced economy did the top 1 percent or even the top one-tenth of 1 percent take home such a large percent of the total.

    “Why doesn’t the majority simply join together and stop this upward redistribution?” he asked.

    “Because the moneyed interests use a strategy of ‘divide and conquer,’” I explained. “They pit whites against blacks and Latinos, non-unionized workers against unionized workers, native-born against immigrants, religious Americans against secular. This way they make most people think their enemies are others in the same teetering economic boat they're in."

    “That’s the Republican Party’s doing," he said. "So why doesn’t the Democratic Party fight back and create a new economic alliance of poor, working-class, and middle-class?”

    “That’s the biggest question in American politics today. Some say the Democratic Party won’t do it because it’s too financially dependent on the same moneyed interests that have been letting Republicans do their dirty work for them,” I responded.

    “Then why not a third party?” he asked.

    “If Democrats don’t do it and the trend continues to worsen, there will be a third party,” I said.

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask Aug 22, 2015 12:09 PM Flag

    So what inferior race are you protecting your white women from now? 20 million aliens is 6% of 320 million. If you want to get excited about that, well, it probably is more interesting than collecting Morgan Silver Dollars.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "The critical debate for the future is not about the size of the government; it is about whom government is for. The central choice is not between the “free market” and government; it is between a market organized for broadly-based prosperity and one organized to benefit a few. The pertinent issue is not how much is to be taxed away from the wealthy and redistributed to those who are not; it is how to stop almost all the economy's gains being pre-distributed to the top, so redistribution is less necessary.

    "We must save capitalism for the many, not the few."

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Trump’s loud mouth is capturing media attention that might otherwise shine light on others now running for the Republican nomination. Consider Mike Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, who today said he supports Paraguay’s decision to deny an abortion to a 10-year-old girl who was raped by her stepfather. (Laws in the South American country prevent the girl from receiving an abortion.) “Let’s not compound the tragedy by taking yet another life,” Huckabee says. He promises that if elected he’ll ignore Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage and abortion. “It’s time we recognize the Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being." He wants the U.S. government to prevent any American woman from receiving an abortion even if she has been raped or in cases of incest, or when carrying a child to term would threaten her life. Seven other Republican candidates take the same position.

    "There are many other curiosities in the parallel universe of Mike Huckabee. He says a “flat tax” (i.e, higher tax rates on the poor and middle class, lower tax rates on the wealthy) will generate an economic boom of 6 percent growth – thereby taking trickle-down economics to a new extreme. He opposes the President’s agreement with Iran, and is therefore heading to Israel this week to “raise money for his campaign.”

    "I could go on, but you get the point. We are not dealing with the normal range of Republican candidates. Many of these people are (or now sound like) fanatics. The possibility that Huckabee or Trump or almost any other of them could become president of the United States could keep one awake at night. (In such event, I recommend warm milk or brandy -- as well as resolve to work like hell to ensure the election of a Democrat next year.)

    "Your view?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "The media always wants to make campaigns about personalities. But the enthusiasm Bernie Sanders has awakened in America isn't just about Bernie Sanders. It's what Bernie represents. It's what he's speaking about. It's the profound sense among Americans that the ruling class of establishment politicians and their corporate and Wall Street sponsors have let the nation down: They've rigged the economic and political system for their own benefit, padded their nests with fat paychecks and perks while allowing or forcing most other Americans to suffer declining paychecks and less job security; enabled the prison-industrial complex to incarcerate the poor, mostly black and Latino; allowed the military-industrial-congressional complex to dictate too much of our foreign policy; and released the frackers and Koch-brother carbonites to despoil the environment. This is not sustainable, not economically nor politically nor environmentally. Bernie is the messenger. If it hadn't been him it would have been Elizabeth Warren, or perhaps someone else.

    "More importantly, Bernie is building a movement to change the structure of power in America. That is the only way we can achieve change. The real economic problem is a political problem. It's all about power -- who has it, and who doesn't.

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • whyduyouask whyduyouask Aug 14, 2015 1:14 PM Flag

    And you believe this nonsense? If what you said were true then people on Social Security would not have been receiving their monthly checks for the past 20 years. You should be ashamed of yourself for passing on such silly lies.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Republican presidential hopeful (and former Hewlett-Packard CEO) Carly Fiorina says parents should have the option not to vaccinate their children before sending them to public school, explaining vaccines should be a matter of personal and religious freedom.

    "This has become the standard Republican line: the freedom not to be vaccinated is superior to the social responsibility to vaccinate in order to prevent the transmission of diseases. (Fiorina’s comments come a year after an unusual polio-like illness was seen in dozens of children in her home state of California.) Taken to its logical conclusion, Fiorina and other Republicans would give people the option of not stopping at red lights if they are personally or religiously opposed to them.

    "Your view?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Bernie Sanders is shamelessly pandering to voters who want to hear the truth about what's happened to American democracy and the U.S. economy. He has cynically targeted "truth-based voters" who rely on fact and logic rather than spin and evasion. Why should Sanders be able to get away with it? At the very least, expect Donald Trump to call him on it."

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "Three weeks ago Wisconsin Governor and presidential candidate Scott Walker signed into law a new state budget that slashes $250 million from the University of Wisconsin, one of the country’s great public institutions of higher education, cuts the budgets of most public schools in the state, and eliminates the one program designed to counter segregation in the public schools and improve opportunities for African-Americans. (Not incidentally, Walker signed the budget in Waukesha County, an overwhelmingly white county that is among one of the wealthiest and most conservative in the entire United States.)

    "Why did Walker slash education? Because he wanted to show he’s a fiscal hawk? Not a chance. Yesterday Walker signed legislation to spending $250 million taxpayer dollars on a lavish new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. The owners had threatened to leave for another state unless Wisconsin came up with the dough. The team’s ownership group includes a real estate billionaire who’s one of Walker’s top campaign fundraisers (as well as a hedge-fund billionaire who’s raising money for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid).

    "Walker isn’t a fiscal hawk. He’s a right-wing fanatic intent on making the rich richer, the poor poorer, and everyone who's not wealthy less educated."

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "There are two views about the relationship between economic growth and good wages -- one incorrect and Republican, the other correct and common sensical. You need to know the difference.

    "1. The incorrect Republican view is growth creates good jobs and wages. That’s what Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, and the other Republican hopefuls say. This is a variant on trickle-down economics, which has been tried since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. But it’s failed miserably. We’ve had some growth, but none of that growth has trickled down to most people. Almost all gains have gone to the top.

    "2. The correct view is good jobs and wages fuel growth. That’s because businesses won’t expand unless they have enough customers to justify expansion. And since the poor and middle class spend a larger portion of their income than the rich, growth occurs when the poor and middle class receive a substantial portion of its gains. The current “recovery” has been one of the most anemic on record because the poor and middle class don’t have the purchasing power to keep it going.

    "(By the way, economic growth itself is neither good nor bad. It depends on what that growth is used for. It's bad if it just uses up scarce resources and pollutes the environment; it's good if it's used for education, health, and environmental protection, for example. How we use growth is a political decision.)

    "Your view?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Robert Reich 2015/8/11 Bernie

    by whyduyouask Aug 11, 2015 12:32 PM
    whyduyouask whyduyouask Aug 11, 2015 9:01 PM Flag

    I like Bernie but will probably end up voting for Hillary. Perhaps Bernie for VP?

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Robert Reich 2015/8/11 Trying to Lose?

    by whyduyouask Aug 11, 2015 12:38 PM
    whyduyouask whyduyouask Aug 11, 2015 9:00 PM Flag

    Democrats must win and must work for that win.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "It’s hard to pick from among the vacuous comments of Republican hopefuls, but I can’t let this one from Rand Paul slip by. On Sunday’s Fox News, Paul blamed income inequality on “some people working harder and selling more things. If people voluntarily buy more of your stuff, you'll have more money."

    "So I suppose the hedge-fund manager Steven A. Cohen raked in $2.3 billion in 2013 just because people voluntarily bought more of his stuff? Baloney. The Justice Department found insider trading at Cohen’s firm “substantial, pervasive, and on a scale without known precedent in the hedge fund industry.”

    "And I suppose Donald Trump made his billions because people voluntarily bought his stuff? No chance. He made wild bets and then used bankruptcy laws (crafted by corporations and financiers) to shield himself from the consequences when bets went bad.

    "And I suppose Rand Paul himself made it completely on his own without his father’s connections?
    One of the most pernicious myths in America is you earn what you’re “worth.” Baloney. The Walmart heirs don’t do anything but speed-dial their investment advisors and they’re wealthier than the bottom 40 percent of Americans put together, while many working-class and poor Americans put in sixty hours a week and don’t get squat.

    "It’s about power. Fifty years ago America’s largest employer was GM and the typical GM worker earned $35 an hour (in today’s dollars) because GM workers were backed by strong unions. Today the largest employer is Walmart, whose typical worker earns $9.40 an hour because they don’t have a union behind them.

    "Your view?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • "If the Republican Party had purposely set out to alienate women, blacks, Latinos, and young people -- the four groups whose electoral power is growing in America -- it could not be doing a better job. Its attacks on women's reproductive rights, attempts to suppress black votes, moves against Latino immigrants, and opposition to equal marriage rights, equal pay, and mitigation of student debt, constitute a political suicide mission. Even without Donald Trump's clownish ascension, the GOP would be in trouble.

    "But this doesn't mean the Democratic Party will win the presidency or control of Congress in 2016. Democrats have clutched defeat out of the jaws of victory before. To win, they must clearly and convincingly speak for the vast majority of Americans -- blacks, Latinos, whites, poor, working class, and middle class -- who have been left out and fallen behind for decades. Democrats must not represent the moneyed interests.

    "What do you think?"

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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