I had a slightly wild idea the other day. Both Trump and Sanders have credibly* come out against TPP, but both have been disappointments in terms of using their candidacies - with the attendant millions of dollars of free advertising that come with them - to really educate the public about TPP. Read more about Farage tag teams with Galloway for Brexit; when will Sanders tag team with Trump against TPP?
The upcoming US Presidential election - where affordable health care and education are at issue, will not be able to fix the problems caused by ignoring the failure to exclude provision of health insurance and education services from the TISA negotiations
In India, on the other side of the world, a debate has been raging for a year over India's entry to the WTO and the implications of Indias signing the WTO GATS, an act which, the Indian media is saying, eliminates the right to education (and health care).
India therefore should be seen as one of the only countries where these issues have ever seen the light of day in the media. Read more about The upcoming US Presidential election - where affordable health care and education are at issue, will not be able to fix the problems caused by ignoring the failure to exclude provision of health insurance and education services from the TISA negotiations
Congestion pricing is the latest attack onthe commons.
The success of congestion pricing, and the neoliberal agenda more broadly, are predicated upon American citizens embracing the idea that access to rights, government services, and the protections owed citizens, should be granted in proportion to each individual’s ability and willingness to pay
Caught in an undertow of ever-escalating amorality, we, the American people, drift ever farther from the shores of a representative democracy.
For one more national presidential election, will we throw away another opportunity to rescue ourselves and our country, not to mention the rest of humanity as well as our very planet? Read more about Dr. Jill Stein as Savior Not Spoiler in 2016 Prez Election
INTRODUCTION TO JILL & GREEN NEW DEAL!
#JillStein: Green Party prez candidate: physician, her Green New Deal to eradicate unemployment & mitigate climate change!
#JillStein: Green Party prez candidate fighting ferocious corporate media blackout of her campaign for environment & economic/social justice.
#JillStein & Green Party can bring about paradigm shift from patriarchy win/lose, violence, competition to humanism of empathy, cooperation, partnership! Read more about Tweeting #JillStein
In the modern era, there is no precedent for the Senate to hold up a Supreme Court nomination in an election year when a Supreme Court Justice dies
Since 1900, there have been only four Supreme Court vacancies in Presidential election years -- and only one vacancies arose from the death of a Justice.
Joseph Rucker Lamar died on 1/2/1916, and was replaced six months later (6/1/1916) by Louis Brandeis. Read more about Replacing Scalia -- A historical perspective
About 6 years ago I stopped posting at my All Life Is Problem Solving site, and shifted my blogging over to other sites devoted to economics and politics, often blogging under the handle letsgetitdone. But recently, I got the urge to finish some work I’d done in Knowledge Management, and I decided to complete a book presenting a Knowledge Management approach to the analysis and assessment of risk.
I’ve just done that and have published a kindle e-book with the above title, which of course, was my signal that I ought to be blogging here again. The following excerpt provides the book’s preface summarizing its rationale and contents. If you read this and are interested, you can buy it at Amazon, and, if you have not already done so, download the free kindle software that will allow you to read it. Here’s the preface.
Real Fiscal Responsibility, Vol. II: The Peterson Network, Inequality, and the Failure of Neoliberalism
This is how the mission of the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform was defined by the White House on February 18, 2010:
The Commission is charged with identifying policies to improve the fiscal situation in the medium term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long run. Specifically, the Commission shall propose recommendations designed to balance the budget, excluding interest payments on the debt, by 2015. This result is projected to stabilize the debt-to-GDP ratio at an acceptable level once the economy recovers. The magnitude and timing of the policy measures necessary to achieve this goal are subject to considerable uncertainty and will depend on the evolution of the economy. In addition, the Commission shall propose recommendations that meaningfully improve the long-run fiscal outlook, including changes to address the growth of entitlement spending and the gap between the projected revenues and expenditures of the Federal Government.
And here is what President Obama’s web site had to say about deficit reduction in 2012:
Right now, President Obama is working with leaders of both parties in Washington to reduce the deficit in a balanced way so we can lay the foundation for long-term middle-class job growth and prevent your taxes from going up.
We need big, big changes in the United States. Many of them will require the Federal Government to spend unprecedented amounts, including deficit spending to enable us to solve problems that have languished, creating needs, for many, many years.
How can we get these changes legislated through a political system that has been increasingly less responsive to most people over the past four decades. There’s only one way that will work without revolution.
We need a movement for change powerful enough to replace the present establishment of House and Senate legislators and presidents wanting to preserve their way of looking at how to do things, with another group that has concluded that change is desperately needed and must be accomplished come what may, whatever the cost in long established customs and traditions in both Houses of Congress and among the vested political and communications elites in the Washington, DC/New York “village.” But not just any changes will do. Read more about For US Democracy: There Is Only One Choice
Folks, the only thing that is keeping the Republican Party alive is the Neolib Media's and Corporatist Democratic Party's need for a distraction of the systemic destruction of our democracy and looting of the Treasury.
If you think this is going to be a live blog, think again. I can't stand to watch Democrats whore themselves, why do you feel this will be any different?
Besides, all the entertainment value is gone. Read more about Republican Debate- 7 No Trump
It used to be off-limits to talk the way we do. We can all remember when “capitalism” was synonymous with “good” in standard American English. In the mainstream mind, the word “socialism” only conjured up images of dictators and prison camps.
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Millions have been energized, enlisted and mobilized into the Sanders campaign under the banner of the Political Revolution. But as Charlotte Corday sang in the play Marat/Sade, “change meant one thing to you I see / And something quite different to me.” Read more about We will not be used!
“There’s definitely an elevated concern expressed in the cloakroom and members-only elevators, and other places, about the impact of a Sanders nomination on congressional candidates,” Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said.
Trump told Boston.com that Dunbar’s efforts may well have “planted the seed” that has resulted in almost three decades of contemplating a presidential campaign. “It was a long time ago. And because I was in New Hampshire, everyone went crazy and said ‘He’s running for president’, which wasn’t true … But it really was because of that speech that this whole thing started.”