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Excellent NYT editorial on how the rich are removing themselves from the rest of society. I like this well known reader's comments even better: "“Morally, I am a Democrat,” one of the participants commented, “but my wallet says I am a Republican.” As long as your wallet says you're a Republican, your artificial heart is also a Republican.
America has been successfully hijacked by the radical right for many decades, and the Democratic Party has followed. The reason Americans gets to pay obscenely more than other countries for healthcare, prescription drugs, college, cable TV and cellphone service while having their wages, pensions, and jobs organ-harvested by serial job-killing CEO's with 350:1 CEO:worker pay ratios is a complete ethical breakdown of American leadership hellbent on psychopathic greed.
What we are witnessing is a Republican-led (followed obediently by soulless Democratic 'leaders') triumphantly marching into the glory of 3rd-worldism with a wholesale abandonment of society by the political duopoly.
The fatal cancer starts and ends with 0.1% campaign bribery, which produces every other public policy. Economic rights are civil rights, and America's political and 0.1% class have systematically eliminated the economic civil rights of the majority of Americans. America has suffered too long from right-wing Republican redistribution upward while feigning outrage at redistribution downward.America's 0.1% one-way economic street is a serial civil rights violator.
"We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics." - Franklin Delano Roosevelt"

I also appreciated this reader's description of the fascist elements in the current political scene which I agree with :"For liberals social progress is too slow and for the fascist republicans it is a threat to their privilege. I use the term fascist to note the similarity in what the republicans are doing to America. Perpetual war, destruction of unions, demonization of minorities, elimination of minority voting, the 1 percent controlling the political process as in Nazi Germany, increased inequality, etc..."
The self-segregation of a privileged fifth of the population is changing the American social order and the American political system.
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More reporting on HB2 backlash. My favorite reader's comment: "My closest friend lives in North Carolina. The wife and formerly the kids and I have visited him every year for the last twenty-five years, sometimes just for a three day weekend, sometimes for two weeks. He lives near the Outer Banks, which we love, and we often head across the state to the Great Smokies, stopping at craft shops and microbreweries and staying in motels. None of us are gay, but we have strong feelings about human and civil rights. We have already canceled our visit for this year.
Yes, we know that many of the businesses where we stay, eat, and shop are opposed to the bill. Yes, we know that many of the employees who will suffer from a boycott also oppose the bill. Sorry Friends. But North Carolina won't act without pressure. Just the way it is."
Bring on the pressure. If NC does not repeal HB2 in the next year we will think harder about leaving this wonderful state.
Trips are being canceled after a law in Mississippi allows anti-gay discrimination and one in North Carolina regulates transgender bathroom access.
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HB2 should be repealed. I am pleased ESPN let Curt Shilling go after his facebook post in very poor taste. I really like this part of this NYTimes blog post: "The real pressure on Americans to adhere to a particular religious frame of reference comes from the Christian right, not the Hollywood left. Right-wingers like Mr. Cruz use religion as a cudgel in all kinds of areas – starting with denying women the right to make medical choices and limiting the civil rights of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual Americans.
Not all Republicans adhere to Mr. Cruz’s particular brand of intolerance in this area. Donald Trump said people should be able to “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate,” and Governor John Kasich of Ohio has said that he would not sign the kind of “bathroom bill” so in vogue on the extreme right.
There is nothing in any anti-discrimination bill that would encourage the hordes of “heterosexual perverts” that so concern Mr. Beck and Mr. Cruz to storm women’s restrooms and assault innocent people. And there is nothing in the recent spate of “bathroom bills” that is going to prevent that from happening.
But that’s not really what the bills’ supporters want. Their real goal is to scare people, to divide Americans, and to make us believe that some of us are better and more righteous than others."
Let me repeat that: the REAL purpose of HB2 is make us believe that some of us are better and more righteous than others...
Ted Cruz and others who support these bills want to frighten and divide Americans.
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Count me as a progressive that is doubling down on the Estate tax. This blog post digs into how to widen support for the ET. 
From the post: "In a recent study published by the American Economic Review, economists found that providing data on the (small) number of estates paying the tax produced a significant boost in support for the levy. A little information can go a long way" and "The estate tax applies to only the most fortunate few – just two of every 1,000 estates actually owe anything."
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Excellent description of the high tech workplace reality. Five years ago I "graduated" from Cisco​ after putting in 15 years of really hard work managing a group that sustained a $B bottomline. The work environment at O2 Fitness Elliott Road​ was even worse. Even better than the editorial is this reader's comment which provides some background context:
"This is a perfect description of these arrogant, spoiled, libertarian "start up" and tech ventures, "Imagine a frat house mixed with a kindergarten mixed with Scientology, and you have an idea of what it’s like." We must remember - they are ALL Wall Street constructs meant to generate immediate revenue and nothing of sustainable value. They are ALL controlled by the same 62 PEOPLE who own half of the world's wealth. When one supposed "company" doesn't make enough profit to please the "investor" kingpins they pull the money, put it out of business and create a new one. It's a giant shell game/ponzi scheme. Nothing more. That is why I will not buy from Amazon, will not have a facebook account or participate in other social media except to comment on public forums like the New York Times. It is time to put these supposed "masters of the universe" back into their place in society - to support it not own it.
http://www.oxfamamerica.org/press/62-people-own-same-wealth-as-half-the-world/"
The only way to bring Oligarchs back to their proper place in a civil society is an Estate Tax. Bring back American democracy, bring back the estate tax......
Life in the new tech workplace is suspiciously like life in the old sweatshop.
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Badly written editorial from the NYT but I like this most popular reader's comment: "now Arthur Brooks takes up the plight of the 'deeply unfair' estate tax, the single most progressive tax in American history.
Because, you know...you can never have enough billions in the bank when you die....never !
99.8% of estates pay no estate tax at all. Only the estates of the wealthiest 0.2% owe any estate tax.
Arthur Brooks and his Institute For Advanced Greed want you to feel bad for the persecuted top 0.2%.....they deserve more welfare and entitlements because, well, they're incredibly rich.... and they got rich ALL by themselves without any help from society, publicly educated employees, employee labor, the American infrastructure, the American legal system, the regulated American stock market or tax-payer-funded American stability."
Bring back American democracy - bring back the estate tax.
Is the economy the driving force? Nationalism? Arthur C. Brooks and Gail Collins argue over the meaning of the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
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Interesting editorial from a Republican Brahmin but the reader's comments are much, much better. The most popular comment: "The indignity of Republicans at the naked aggression of Trump is fascinating to behold. They say that Trump is an abomination, an anomaly who doesn't represent the benign, gentle Republican Party that only relies upon the cool faculty of reason.
It may surprise Mr. Wehner that violence can come in many forms. Sometimes it doesn't require throwing a punch. With a wink and a nod it can be used by governors to deny women access to legal abortions under the pretense of concern for their health and safety. Another wink, and subsidies can be given to millionaire farmers while food stamps are cut for the poor. Instead of a club, Republicans used a gavel to hammer out the Citizens United decision that has polluted and compromised our political system with unlimited money from special interests.
Trump is the bigotry that powers Kim Davis when she refuses to sign a marriage license for a gay couple. He's a fly on the wall as Republicans make plans to suppress the ability of minorities to vote. He's misogyny made manifest. Trump is the ignorance that denies science in the halls of Congress. He's the crassness that says a woman can't get pregnant if she is "legitimately" raped. He's the voice that cries "You lie," as the president addresses the nation.
So Republicans should not be surprised when the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out, congeal into a boorish oaf, and run for president.
You may want to hand out cigars. In many way, Mr. Wehner, he's your baby."

The second most popular comment: "Just because a person has the right to do something, that doesn't mean they should do it. We don't regulate speech, especially when related to political discourse. We consider that a cornerstone of freedom. Since speech isn't regulated, then we all have to behave ourselves, or speech becomes nothing but bluster and bravado that incites horrible behavior. In other words, life is not a Rush Limbaugh radio show. Similarly, good manners are not a legal requirement but life sure goes a lot smoother when we all practice them.
The Republican Party has pushed the envelope of speech to its absolute limits. The horrible statements elected officials in high office have made about President Obama are inexcusable under any set of circumstances. To say he is an enemy of state would be an understatement in the GOP worldview. Their media outlets are even worse. 
Enter Donald Trump. All he has done is said what everyone else has wanted to say. He goes that last little step and says, go ahead punch someone in the face.
Why is this any worse? What's the difference to imply hate and violence and just coming out and saying it? The intent is the same. The motivation is the same.
The GOP built the house that Trump lives in. He just opened the windows so all can hear what they have been saying all along." I could not agree more....

The fourth most popular comment: "Mr. Wehner's concern about Mr. Trump's incitement to violence is shared by many. But his invocation of Abraham Lincoln's call for a "political religion" emphasizing "reverence for the laws" needs to be understood in the context of a Republican Party that has made its first priority for the last seven years to stymie any policy or idea put forth by our duly-elected president, Barack Obama. Most recently this has produced the spectacle of a Republican Senate refusing to even hold hearings on Mr. Obama's Supreme Court nominee -- a man for whom many of them have previously expressed admiration. These are not the actions of a party that puts regard for our democratic principles above vengeful ambition, short-term advantage, and lust for power. Any Republican professing shock at the emergence of Donald Trump need only look in the mirror to discover the root of the problem."   Reader's comments like these make me proud to be an American.
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Yet another asinine action by the NC state administration (there have been so any lately it is hard to keep track). All residents of the triangle area must read this article. My favorite reader's comment: "Over 300,000 people rely on Jordan Lake for drinking water. A solar powered mixer stirring small volumes of water is not the solution for reducing pollution. The only correct and best long term solution is to reduce the pollution coming from upstream. The state must stop hiding the facts. The Governor and General Assembly must stop wasting time, stop putting this off and must start implementing and enforcing the Jordan Lake Rules that require upstream pollution controls. If the rules were put in place and enforced years ago as was the plan, we wouldn't be having this conversation now."
A water quality expert with nearly 40 years of experience was removed from his role as leader of a state water quality committee shortly after questioning the state’s decision to retract a report critical of “SolarBees,” water-churning devices in Jordan Lake that are designed to reduce the impact of algae.
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Be sure to read this article and see how the .1% and 1% are doing. I strongly agree with this reader's comments: "Tax the rich now, or eat them later.
We've been given a choice, and we've allowed the status quo (increasing disparity) to win.  If we want to change we need to start by identifying the problem. Sanders puts this problem front and center. Everybody else running for president is too enamored with the velvet rope and gift baskets to realize that they ARE the problem. 
Nobody earns $200k in an hour. Nobody earns $10 million in a year. That's called theft, pure and simple. It's not like they cured cancer or invented the forever battery, but they act like they did. They scammed the system and delusionally think they deserve it. 
Tax them like Ike."
Companies are becoming adept at identifying wealthy customers and marketing to them, creating a money-based caste system.
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Finally a column of support for Bernie in the NYT. My favorite reader's comment: "Well thought out analysis of why Sanders is better for the country than Clinton.
The country needs a reset of its priorities and values to deliver on its promise of fairness to all members of society.
We are an imperfect nation and a complex nation but also capable of making the necessary course corrections. We may be slow but with the right kind of leadership we can continue to improve the quality of life for future generations."
I am the first senator to endorse Bernie Sanders for president. A big reason: The outlook for kids in my working-class neighborhood is gloomy.
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I am really pleased to see Bruce Springsteen's Greensboro concert boycott and now this excellent NYT essay against HB2. I agree with this reader's comments: "What a beautiful essay! The words flow in such a manner as to make you want to keep reading. My writing skills are so far beneath the author's that I feel a bit of a fool to try and comment with my clumsy words.
His words draw the reader in because they are inspired by love and acceptance. His existence is inspired by the same. He is human and he lives and breathes his humanity.
His life, his experience, and his very existence reveal the absolute cruelty and yes, the horror of these anti LGBT laws. All he wants to do is experience love and acceptance. He wants to share his love with all he can. In doing so, he realizes he is living life to it's fullest.
North Carolina and other states, including mine, are waging a war against his love. They say no. We don't want your love. There is something wrong with you. Go hide in the corner, or better yet, just go away. 
This is bigotry. This is hatred. The proponents of these terrible laws stand against the most human and precious aspect life, love. They stand against the most fundamental component of our democracy, inclusion.
They are bigots of the worst kind and they mask their bigotry with their religion. The slavers used religion to justify owning people. They used personal liberty also as an excuse. This is no different. Humanity still has a way to go before it understands that we are all part of the same. When will the hatred end?"
I am here in NC to do everything I can to push back against the bigots currently in charge. I hope we can make some changes soon.
I moved back home in 1993 to fight bigotry. We are both still here.
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FINALLY, an NYT editorial that addresses the #1 cause of income inequality. Estate taxes must be brought back for this country to regain its mooring. Most popular reader's comment: "The societal advantages of meritocracy outweigh them for inheritance. There is no discussion or argument that holds any weight. The advantages children of the wealthy get in their lifetime should be enough: their private schools and tutors, their college tuitions room and board paid for, the networking and elbow rubbing for two, three, four decades will all but ensure they remain in their upper class echelon. Inheritance is perhaps the most insidious path to oligarchy and plutocracy. Change the numbers: after 5 million 80% estate tax; 10 million, 90%; 25 million, 95%. There is monumental divide between destitution and no one in one's family having to work for seven generations--this is as contrary to all forms of meritocracy, the American Dream, and what the founding fathers had envisioned as anything that's been going on in our government."
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