Submitted by letsgetitdone on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 3:01pm
The exception to the general pattern focusing on the Trillion Dollar Coin (TDC) as the solution to the debt ceiling problem I outlined and critiqued in my last post, is in Joe Wiesenthal 's posts here and here. Wiesenthal alone criticizes, rather than ign Read below the fold...
Submitted by letsgetitdone on Mon, 01/07/2013 - 11:16pm
Submitted by letsgetitdone on Sat, 01/05/2013 - 12:49pm
Submitted by MontanaMaven on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 12:32pm
(cross posted at The Montana Maven )
Or so Dimitri Orlov would like us to ponder. It's not a new idea, but it is an idea that doesn't get much play in the media and in our discussions with neighbors. We are told over and over that voting is the patriotic thing to do. People died for the right to vote. We get little flag stickers to put on our coats like the purple fingers of Iraqi voters. That the conventional wisdom. So why do so many Americans sit the elections out? And at the same time, if Americans do participate why do we hear over and over from pundits and comments on the blogs that those folks in Kansas and other reddish places just don't get it. "Why do they vote against their own self interests? " progressives ask. The wags note that these voters are like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders. But on the other hand, vast numbers of people including women and minorities vote for the blue team and get nothing substantial out of that too. So what's up? And yes, why do they even vote at all?
Orlov is a linguist and an engineer who has a blog called Club Orlov. He has also written several books, one of which, "Reinventing Collapse", I am reading for advice on how to survive such a collapse besides our two month's supply of Nalley's Chili and two generators. He emigrated to the U.S. in the mid-Seventies and made several trips back to Russia during the Soviet rule and then after the Soviet collapse. He believes that there are many lessons we in the U.S. can learn from the collapse of the other late 20th century super power. That there are more similarities than differences between the two super powers, as Orlov describes them, gave me pause. It's always interesting to look at a common question through a different set of glasses.
Both the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. derived their identities from being either capitalist or communist and the "extreme adherence to one or the other" as opposed to healthier countries that mix it up is what Orlov believes led to the doom of one and the coming doom of the other. Ideologies are all well and good, he says, if they actually work. But when it becomes clear that the average working citizen is not doing so well, the legitimacy of the rigid system begins to unravel and finally collapse. He points out that Albert Camus made the observation that the two superpowers were more alike than not back in the 1950s. Camus said that a specific failure of both systems was their inability "to provide creative, meaningful work." This Orlov says leads to mass depression. Read below the fold...
Submitted by athena1 on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 1:00am
Flags, red and white, white and blue—all along the curb. Used Cars. Good Used Cars.
Today's bargain—up on the platform. Never sell it. Makes folks come in, though. If we sold that bargain at that price we'd hardly make a dime.
- The Grapes of Wrath
As soon as I got the internet in 2003, I immediately found out that everything I thought was true about politics was wrong. I live in Redneckville, USA. We folks just weren't exposed to people from other parts of the world before the web. Read below the fold...
Submitted by letsgetitdone on Sun, 12/09/2012 - 3:47pm
The Trillion Dollar Coin (TDC) is, first, an oversimplified meme, because there's not one TDC solution, but lots of Platinum Coin Seigniorage (PCS) variations on that idea with differing implications for politics. Some just kick the can down the road, until the next debt ceiling crisis, or set up another trade between the Administration of something relatively valuable for something less valuable. Others would really change the political game. Read below the fold...
Submitted by letsgetitdone on Sun, 12/09/2012 - 2:01am
The Trillion Dollar Coin proposal for solving the debt ceiling problem is again experiencing a blogosphere explosion this past week. The precipitating factor may be that people are starting to believe that the Republicans will come to a “fiscal cliff” settlement with the Democrats including very little in entitlement spending; but will then come back, in 2013 with a very to Read below the fold...
Submitted by libbyliberal on Sat, 12/08/2012 - 1:45am
Submitted by athena1 on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 8:11am
Right after re-election, Obama said some things about how now he could "stand up against his base" or something to that effect. Google is failing me. Pretty sure I read it here?
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Submitted by athena1 on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 8:54am
[note: please donate to corrente if you're not already as fucked as I am and living in bank-account seized hell over medical bills. This is not a game. This is a war.]
I'm reading the Grapes of Wrath for the first time ever.
"what land's outside the door? How if you wake up in the night and know — and know the willow tree's not there? Can you live without the willow tree? Well, no, you can't. The willow tree is you. The pain on that mattress there — that dreadful pain — that's you." - The Grapes of Wrath Read below the fold...
Submitted by letsgetitdone on Wed, 11/28/2012 - 12:07am
Warren Buffett's recent op-ed in the New York Times is making a stir because it calls for a minimum tax on high incomes above $One million annually. But I was much more interested in some deficit targeting he proposes which exposes his ignorance about the sectoral financial balances model of macro-economics, and reveals him as a deficit hawk whose advice, if followed would be unsustainable and lead the United States into another deep recession. I'll comment on a couple of paragraphs in Buffett's op-ed. Read below the fold...
Submitted by letsgetitdone on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 4:58pm
The favorite defense of Social Security by progressives harkens back to Franklin Roosevelt who famously said:
”I guess you’re right on the economics. They are politics all the way through. We put those pay roll contributions there so as to give the contributors a legal, moral, and political right to collect their pensions and their unemployment benefits. With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my social security program. Those taxes aren’t a matter of economics, they’re straight politics.” Read below the fold...
Submitted by Tony Wikrent on Sun, 11/25/2012 - 2:14pm
Submitted by letsgetitdone on Fri, 11/23/2012 - 11:37pm
Obama for America, the campaign apparatus with the very large e-mailing list and great segmentation techniques that exploited Romney's weaknesses to help the President to eke out (yes, I know the electoral vote involved no “eking out,” but the popular vote was something else again) his re-election victory, is now trying to mobilize people who voted for the President to work against their own interests by supporting his deficit/debt cutting activities. So, I couldn't resist the following commentary on their mobilization e-mail.
From the graphic: Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Fri, 11/23/2012 - 11:21am