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Please read this editorial, I also agree with this reader's comments: "The only way the GOP can win is by destroying democracy. Their core ideas are hurtful to all but the very wealthy few, so they use voter suppression to level the playing field. Then they rely on anger, fear, racism, and homophobia to build a voter bloc of people willing to vote against their own interests.
How many people in red states could have health care if their Republican governors hadn't decided against expanding Medicare? And why did they refuse to expand? Was it for the people? No. Was it for conservative ideals? No. It was because the GOP told them to lock arms against an action taken by a president who is a Democrat.
The GOP serves it's own self interest, not the needs of the American people. It uses it's base like sheep to encourage them to vote against what's best for themselves.
Wake up, Republicans. You've been used."
A fervid ideologue and champion of voter I.D. laws has had major input in three planks of the Republican platform.
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Good article on current US bond prices, this is an even better reader comment: "The problem with the U.S. economy is an excess supply of Republican Senators and Congressional Representatives.
They have and continue to "starve the beast" by enforcing austerity upon Federal fiscal policy and by refusing to do anything about wage stagnation.
For five years or so Dr. Krugman has told us interest rates are set by market expectations, they have been at a lower bound level so monetary policy (i.e., the realm of the Fed) can't do much to stimulate economic growth. Only fiscal policy, for which Congress is responsible, can prime the pump. But Republicans have fought every effort to do that.
Sixty percent (60%) of Americans have experienced declining incomes since 2000. So, they are not purchasing and creating demand that will spur businesses to invest in additional production.
With an interest rate of only 1.36% on 10 year Treasury notes, this would be a great time for Congress to approving borrowing a couple of trillion dollars to invest in infrastructure, which would create a lot of additional revenue for businesses and jobs for workers. Instead, the G.O.P. platform, which Trump apparently approves, calls for a $2.4 trillion tax cut mostly for the top 1%. They will save and invest most of it, which will further pump stock prices, and spend the rest on art and yachts.
The blue collar workers being conned by Trump into thinking he will create jobs for them should vote Republicans out of office and get the economy going - supply-side economics that works"
Interest rates are ultralow across the globe. Here’s what that may be telling us about the economic future.
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Krugman does an excellent job skewering Trumponomics. I especially like this reader's perspective on reviving the middle class:
""What’s important is that voters not mistake tough talk on trade for a pro-worker agenda.
No matter what we do on trade, America is going to be mainly a service economy for the foreseeable future. If we want to be a middle-class nation, we need policies that give service-sector workers the essentials of a middle-class life."
This is it in a nutshell.
We mourn the loss of manufacturing jobs for the simple reason that they paid well. Why did they pay well? Unions.
Most agree that trade and trade agreements have not caused any significant impact on the 'overall' number of jobs in the US.
The problem is that wages have not kept up with inflation and non-exportable service jobs have not effectively unionized. 30% of jobs used to be unionized in the US. Today it is 10%. This is largely due to unions becoming unpopular in the Reagan and post-Reagan era.
The truth is, that recreating a large middle class is fully under our own control and not dependent on manufacturing and not dependent on restricting trade.
Sanders used to point to Denmark as an example, but Denmark has a fairly open economy. Their high wages are a result of unions. Union density is about 2/3 of the workforce.
I am not suggesting unions are the only answer, or that we need to be like Denmark, but we need to keep in mind the real cause of the declining middle class and it is not globalization. It is due to our own domestic policies and public attitudes about the value of workers.
This, we can fix."
Bashing China doesn’t make you labor’s friend.
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Wow, a medical doctor tells us how it is, what a refreshing editorial, my favorite reader's comment: "When my dog is ill I can take him to the vet's office; they examine him and in less than 10 minutes provide an itemized printout of the cost of recommended treatment, down to the last pill, the last bandage, etc. I can question and eliminate certain items if I choose, and they then proceed with authorized treatment. Same for non-urgent care such as a dental cleaning - I am presented with all of the facts ahead of time and can make an informed consumer decision - or even comparison shop at another practice or too, if I choose. (I don't, but the option is at least there.)
But thanks to the despicable for-profit insurance companies, human beings cannot benefit from similar transparency / informed consent in their own dealings with health care providers. And as individuals we continue to put up with it because we are afraid to rattle the cage for fear that any insurgence will harm our chances of getting decent treatment should a dire need arise. Why we aren't all marching in the street with pikestaffs, demanding that Congress pass Medicare for all, is beyond me."
I do not know about you but I am in my basement workshop sharpening up my pike staff and look forward to using it soon.
The insurance system is broken. No wonder doctors take shortcuts when it comes to their own care.
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Many thanks to the Supreme Court for following reason in this judgement. My favorite reader's comment: "Imagine for a moment that these difficult restrictions had been placed on any other medical procedure. Simple risk analysis would tell you that women would have to travel greater distances to crowded facilities with heavier caseloads and get less time with doctors, nurses and counselors. All of these would impose greater risks on any patient. We wouldn't have needed a court to tell us this.
No one is in favor of abortion. The best way to reduce the number is improved availability of contraceptives, education, pre-natal and post-natal care, early nutrition programs, and adoption support. Fraudulent attempts to protect women's health have the opposite effect."
Without rhetorical flourishes, the Supreme Court forecloses the strategy of closing down clinics in the supposed aim of protecting women’s health.
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Amazing editorial that you really must read. Most popular reader's comment: "“Now Trump’s own behavior is casting serious doubt on whether he’s qualified to be president.” Holy mackerel, does this have to be said? Of course he’s no more qualified to become president than a gerbil, and not a very bright one at that.
But Trump is not to blame. He entered the race as a lark, and he made it to the top only because he was the best looking horse in the glue factory. His stablemates were one-note wonders who thought that harping on the same, tired Republican agenda would propel them to victory. But they were stupendously unlikable people, as well as flawed, damaged and plastered all over in the thick treacle of religious sanctimony.

So the gerbil won. He’s not that bright, but that means he doesn’t get all tied up in shades of gray, which confuses the populace. He has (reportedly) lots of money, and lives like a king. He says the things that rich idiots say, which resonate with people who confuse wealth with smarts.
Besides, government isn’t working. Republicans saw to that, taking every opportunity to make it grind to a halt, and replacing sensible representatives with science deniers and conspiracy theorists. Gerbil Trump fits right in, and can fling nonsense with the best of them.
So no, Trump is not qualified to be the head of the most powerful nation on earth, nor is he qualified to have his short, stubby finger poised over the nuclear button. That may go without saying, but it still needs to be said.."
If 70 percent of Americans don’t like you, is it too late to pivot?
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These are troubling times as described by this article. I like this reader's comments: "I learned about this shooting while inside an African American church in Atlanta. The black pastor announced and condemned it from the pulpit. The sermon, delivered later by African American female pastor, was so eloquent on Black Lives Matter, BLM
BLM, she said, should not question only police killings while it remains silent when it comes to black-on-black crime (FBI stats on white-on-white crime is at 84%, black-on-black is 90%, but that's a different discussion). Blacks lives do not matter less simply because both perpetrator and victim are black, she said. She charged the community to tackle serious issues it faces as a means of resolving the larger problem of systemic injustice. She asked complacent, comfortable, blacks to examine their complicity for doing little or nothing to fix inner city problems. Obviously I cannot repeat here her entire sermon, but you get the drift.
I've never been so impressed by a church sermon for a long time. BLM has done well to protest the issue, but I do not see a real strategy to get to the root of the problem - poverty. Without economic independence, unfortunately BLM will protest again in 50 years. Killing cops solves nothing,
By the way, I'm a black male."
I feel it is time for all us, comfortable and complacent, to take stock of where we are and to not vote for Donald J. Trump in the fall.
Three officers were killed and three wounded in the attack, which left many wondering whether anger at the police had prompted yet another act of retaliation.
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I always enjoy Paul Krugman's editorials when he details the unwavering support of the 0.1% by the GOP BUT I like this reader's comment even better: "The Republicans know a good propaganda book when they see one, and what better book to model Grand Old Prevarication on than Orwell's '1984' that coincides with the ruinous reign of their political archangel, Ronald 'Tax Cut' Reagan.
In '1984', there's a world of perpetual war, government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a tyrannical political party under the control of a privileged elite (0.1%) that persecutes independent thinking and new ideas as "thought crime."
The Big Brother (GOP) Party ''seeks power entirely for its own sake....it's not interested in the good of others; it's interested solely in power."
'Memory holes' are a favorite GOP device to erase and alter any inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, and all evidence of reality to give the impression that reality never happened (e.g., the 2000 right-wing Presidential Election and 2001 - 2009 Bush-Cheney catastrophe)
The (Grand Old) Party's Ministry of Truth and Propaganda (FOX News, hate radio, etc.) systematically revises and rewrites all of history to match the party propaganda.
'Doublespeak' is employed to obscure, distort, and reverse the meaning of words - i.e., Guns Don't Kill People - Deficits Don't Matter - Operation Iraqi Freedom - Tax Cuts Increase Tax Revenues, etc.
Doublethink is employed to legitimize right-wing hypocrisy, contradiction and to normalize cognitive dissonance.
1984, by George Orwell....starring the entire Republican Party."
Now I have to go back and read George Orwell's '1984' from the political perspective of 2016.....
The G.O.P. establishment, and the people behind it, will accept a lot as long as the rich ultimately benefit.
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An OK NYT editorial, this reader's comment explains what is wrong with the current media reporting on HRC:
"Clinton's "flaw" is purely a media construct; if CNN and the other news channels didn't constantly refer to her as flawed or unpopular, she'd be merely a highly qualified candidate. But how would that translate into ratings? A runaway race makes for bad television. However, if you handicap one of the candidates in such a way as to render her superficially comparable to the other, you give the impression of a tight race, and theoretically the ratings soar.
Benghazi and an email server--those are the crumbs that the Republicans and the networks have been trying to make into a meal for at least the past year, with little success. Nothing sticks, because there was nothing there. So the networks--and the Repubs--simply drone on about Benghazi and the emails, and put their children to bed with the warning that if they're bad, Hillary will come in the night like a succubus and turn them into Homosexual Liberal Elites.
Meanwhile, every time Trump stays on message for half an hour he's congratulated on "pivoting to the general," and looking presidential. But then within minutes he goes off script and alienates another demographic, or does something that reminds the world that he's genuinely a racist, narcissistic, ignorant cretin.
It's always about false equivalency. Every time you hear a news model say, "And of course on the Democratic side, there's still the problem..." or something similar, you can see that the flaw is with the media and its credulous viewers--not with Clinton."
Of the two flawed presidential candidates, one is clearly out-campaigning the other.
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The concluding statement of this editorial says it all: "We must create national and global economies that work for all, not just a handful of billionaires."
My favorite reader's comment: "How can anyone read Mr. Sanders' "indictment" of the current economic system and not come to the conclusion that THIS is the #1 issue that needs to be solved? So many talk about inequality - race, gender, etc. - but this is the inequality that prevents all other forms to really be addressed. Solve the obscene wealth inequality, and you go a long ways towards gaining racial, gender, an all other forms of inequality.
And we CAN solve this problem. Not with handouts or giveaways, but by finally rolling back the policies that have created this "trickle down" system. Undo the tax and accounting rules and laws that reward short term profit taking over long term DOMESTIC investment. Roll back the trade deals and tariffs that make it more profitable for companies to move jobs and wages offshore. Reward companies that reward American workers with good jobs, pay, and benefits, and punish companies that don't. Level the playing field for American workers by implementing taxes/tariffs on goods and services from foreign countries. And just as importantly, revitalize the unions by installing oversight to ensure they serve their member's best interests and not the bosses and criminal elements, so that collective bargaining is once again effective."
The rejection of globalization that powered the Brexit movement could happen in the United States. And it may help Donald J. Trump.
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Finally over... MY favorite reader's comment: "The Republican-led partisan hack 2-year investigation - costing $7 million in taxpayer funds - investigated four American deaths in the Libyan outback.
Meanwhile, there was no partisan hack investigation into the Bush-Cheney-Neo-Con-Artist Iraq War, which cost $2 trillion in taxpayer funds and resulted in approximately 500,000 human deaths.
The 'Conservative' use of American taxpayer dollars is the Eight Wonder of The World....quickly followed by the Ninth Wonder of The World... Party First; Country Last nihilism of orchestrated Republican sedition."
Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the Select Committee on Benghazi issued its report.
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I am looking forward to an entertaining summer. My favorite reader's comment: "In allowing Trump to become the standard bearer of the Republican party, they have doused themselves in gasoline and are just waiting for Trump to flick his Bic. They have been dog whistling past their graveyard, while humming misogynistic, racist, xenophobic and militarist tunes, that the standard bearer is now shouting through his megaphone. This is the climax they have so carefully nurtured since the Democrats bolted the party for the Republican Party after Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act. They have no moral compass. The party has only one objective - P.O.W.E.R. They stand for absolutely nothing else. They take from their corporate donors while ignoring the will of the majority of the people who elected them. They care exclusively for what is in it for them. To paraphrase Trump - they are losers and they are disgusting."
It’s not just Donald Trump. It’s the utterly unimaginable convention he’ll gin up.
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