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Americans INFORMED About TPP are against it 2:1, but that's only 12% of the public

From Majority has no opinion on Obama’s Pacific trade deal

The Monmouth University survey shows that 60 percent of the public is not sure about the effect of the free-trade deal brokered between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations.

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Speaking the Lingo

Twice recently I've been made privy to a belief held by some descendants of European immigrants; it seems that they believe that their ancestors were ethically superior to current immigrants. Their guideline is the speed at which these ancestors supposedly acquired English language skills. I researched this claim and found that it's not generally accurate. When opinions expressed tend to further marginalize people already on the margins of society, I think there's a responsibility to speak up. Read more about Speaking the Lingo

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feature not a bug

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Anti-TPP 'Activists' Finally Address Immigration, Totally Miss the Boat

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Yours truly has been writing about the threat posed by unlimited IN-sourcing via the TPP, while complaining, out loud, about how the anti-TPP 'activists', no matter how often they mentioned increased/easier OUT-sourcing, were curiously silent about the IN-sourcing threat. Read more about Anti-TPP 'Activists' Finally Address Immigration, Totally Miss the Boat

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Vapor voting Kentucky edition

UPDATE 2: Posted: 04/23/2009 5:12 am EDT Updated: 05/25/2011 1:10 pm EDT - KY Election Officials Arrested, Charged With 'Changing Votes at E-Voting Machines'

UPDATE: Hillibilly Report has a very different view. I will reserve judgment until I know more.

Did GOP Insiders Steal the Kentucky Governor's Race for Tea Partier Matt Bevin? Read more about Vapor voting Kentucky edition

The Gaping Hole in Ben Carson's West Point Story

There is a gaping hole in Ben Carson's "I was offered a full scholarship to West Point" story -- 7th Day Adventists were conscientious objectors in the mid-sixties, and conscientious objectors were not (and are not) admitted to West Point. Read more about The Gaping Hole in Ben Carson's West Point Story

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Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part V

This is Part V, and the conclusion, of the series providing my reply to Philip Wallach’s reply to my evaluation of his views on the platinum coin proposal and other options for settling debt ceiling conflicts. In Part I I discussed some preliminary mis-characterizations of what I said and, more importantly, why the commonly recognized fiscal policy rule that, at least over a number of years, government revenues ought to match government spending is fiscally unsustainable and fiscally irresponsible in light of deductions from the Sectoral Financial Balances (SFB) model.

In Part II I continued with a discussion of political legitimacy and usurpation issues and then covered some legal objections to using the $100 T platinum coin option related to the “intent” of the coin law. In Part III, I discussed a legal objection based on Wallach’s view of the intent of the coin law, which quickly morphed into a political objection about the desirability of mutual respect and comity among the three branches of government, as well as the threat to political legitimacy arising from the judgment that the platinum coin option is really “weird.” Read more about Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part V

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Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part IV

This is Part IV of my reply to Philip Wallach’s reply to my evaluation of his views on the platinum coin proposal and other options for settling debt ceiling conflicts. In Part I I discussed some preliminary mis-characterizations of what I said and, more importantly, why the commonly recognized fiscal policy rule that, at least over a number of years, government revenues ought to match government spending is fiscally unsustainable and fiscally irresponsible in light of deductions from the Sectoral Financial Balances (SFB) model.

In Part II I continued with a discussion of political legitimacy and usurpation issues and then covered some legal objections to using the $100 T platinum coin option related to the “intent” of the coin law. In Part III I discussed a legal objection based on Wallach’s view of the intent of the coin law, which quickly morphed into a political objection about the desirability of mutual respect and comity among the three branches of government, as well as the threat to political legitimacy arising from the judgment that the platinum coin option is really “weird.”

In this, Part IV, I’ll continue discussing the “weirdness” objection, and also cover Wallach’s views on Inflation and hyper-inflation, and Modern Money Theory. Read more about Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part IV

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Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part III

This is Part III of my lengthy reply to Philip Wallach’s reply to my evaluation of his views on the platinum coin proposal and other options for settling debt ceiling conflicts. In Part I I discussed some preliminary mis-characterizations of what I said and, more importantly, why the commonly recognized fiscal policy rule that, at least over a number of years, government revenues ought to match government spending is fiscally unsustainable and fiscally irresponsible in light of deductions from the Sectoral Financial Balances (SFB) model. In Part II I continued with a discussion of political legitimacy and usurpation issues and then covered some legal objections to using the $100 T platinum coin option related to the “intent” of the coin law.

In this installment I’ll continue with more discussion of political objections. Read more about Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part III

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Usually plutocrats don't say stuff like this in public

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$15/hr Opposition Campaign “Shut Up & Work Faster” Launches

PORTLAND, ME — The campaign against the Living Wage ordinance appearing on Portland ballots this Nov 3rd has begun.

Business owners have raised over $100,000 to defeat a local referendum that would lift workers out of poverty by raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019.

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LBJ's ruby slippers

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I know I've missed a bunch of opportunities for this repost: nevertheless
it reminds us of what the Democrats could be (and I'm looking at you, Bernie)
it inspires us, recalling the origins. Read more about LBJ's ruby slippers

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Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part II

I began a lengthy critical reply to Philip Wallach’s reply to my earlier analysis of his paper in Part I of this series. There I covered some preliminary mis-characterizations of what I said and, more importantly, why the commonly recognized fiscal policy rule that, at least over a number of years, government revenues ought to match government spending is fiscally unsustainable and fiscally irresponsible in light of deductions from the Sectoral Financial Balances (SFB) model. In this Part II, I’ll cover some conjectures about political legitimacy Wallach offers about the consequences of minting a $100 T, some legal legitimacy issues, and some additional political legitimacy issues. Read more about Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part II

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Bogus charges of sexism

Now Emily's list is in on the act. Emily’s List Official Accuses Bernie Sanders Team of Sexism

Given how many directions this is coming from it is obviously coordinated. I can only quote CorrenteWire's own lambert strether on this topic: Read more about Bogus charges of sexism

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Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part I

As I was working my way through the series of posts beginning with this one, news was announced that Republican and Democratic Party leaders in Congress, along with the President had come to agreement on the terms of ending the debt ceiling standoff in the context of a new budget deal. Their agreement provides for suspension of the debt ceiling until March of 2017; so the immediate need to turn to unusual solutions to a pending debt ceiling crisis is now gone, and, along with it, crisis-driven discussions about the platinum coin option.

Nevertheless, even though the immediate reason motivating renewed discussions of the platinum coin option is now gone, I still have some unfinished business dealing with the issues surrounding it. Late last week I replied to a paper from Philip Wallach of The Brookings Institution with a post at Naked Capitalism, as well as a number of other sites in the blogosphere. Now, Wallach has replied to my post, which mostly presents new arguments not in his original paper. Read more about Some Platinum Coin Objections from the Mainstream: Part I

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