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YAEKE, most popular reader's comment: "Funny, "big government" is never a problem when it's financing something like the ridiculous ethanol subsidy, now on display in Iowa, or a grossly over-sized military budget larger than the world's next seven countries. Or a trillion or so in corporate subsidies , tax credits, or Small Business loans and free grazing to the Bundy's of the world, even as they hijack a federal building. Or the latest tax cut proposal for the billionaires.Then federal assistance is all just well-deserved help for the Red State Welfare Queens. Excuse me, make that "job creators".
Exactly the "small government" mentality that gave us Flint. Or bridges collapsing in Minnesota. Or exploding fertilizer plants in Texas that hadn't been checked by OSHA in decades. Or charter school millionaires created by the destruction of public schools. Hypocrisy, thy name is "small government conservative."
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YAEKE, with excellent reader comments as well. 
My favorite: "I would also add that the problem with the Republican Party since W. is that they seek simple solution to complex problems. The Middle East was and always will be a complicated labyrinth of conflicting and contradictory religious and political belief and as W. found out, metaphorically speaking, bulldozing Iraq only turned up a massive vipers nest.
Despite W's failure on Iraq, Republicans hold on to the notion of the simple answer. Simple answers require no thought or analysis. Your position can be written on a postcard. But beyond that is the simple desire to be led. If being led means mindless following so be it. If being led means being blind to reality, so much the better than having to ponder and think. Mindlessness is easy; thought requires effort.
The Republican political class and its operatives have subject this country and our democracy to a dangerous and perilous experiment and in so doing has done a great disservice to us. 
And that is can a democracy thrive and prosper in a land where soundbites trump analysis and where rhetoric trumps policy."
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Whoa, Carl Sagan was a pothead? From this NYT article: "X died in 1996. His identity was exposed three years later, by an old friend, Lester Grinspoon, who wrote the book the essay appears in. X, it turned out, was Carl Sagan. The celebrated astronomer and public champion of scientific inquiry was also an avid pothead. Sagan said he used some of his marijuana-­derived insights in his books and lectures."
Unlike iridescent pipes and cumbersome bongs, a vape embodies discretion.
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Yet another excellent Krugman editorial (YAEKE). This reader's comments best capture my hopes and concerns although I feel his conclusion it TOO negative: "All of what Dr. Krugman writes is true. The current group of GOP candidates is a busload of grifters. I'd put Ben Carson in the driver's seat with his "middle of the campaign book tour". That being said, part of the reason that outsider candidates are so popular now is that it is not only on the right that respectability has been defined down.
There was a time when a candidate who's five top donors are Wall Street banks (each giving well over $600k up to over $800k), who makes 1 hour speeches to Wall Street banks for $200k, while at the same time claiming to be a progressive who will rein in those same banks, would have been marked as a deeply unserious candidate. 
There was a time when a media conglomerate that has donated over $500k to one candidate and then holds and moderates what is purported to be an independent debate between that one candidate and four others would be marked as seriously biased. 
There is no hope for the GOP this election cycle (or IMO for at least several to come). On the Dem side...help us Obi-Wan Sanders, you're our only hope. My fear is that a GOP (Trump, Carson, Rubio) vs. Clinton election will be a case of "seriously corrupt" vs. "smelling more than just a little disingenuous" a "VERY right" vs. "more than just a little right on most everything but pretending to be left". And in the fight, it is (IMO) not so unlikely that we'll end up with a president Trump/Carson/Rubio, and our country will move farther towards oligarchy."
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Read the entire article. I like this reader's comment: "f you haven't figured out yet that these "authorities" and "scientists" do not know what they are talking about, I refer you to the ever-shifting recommendations over the last 30 years. If there is some food they have not yet condemned and exalted, I'd like to know what it is.
Eat a varied diet in moderation. Stay away from highly processed foods. Get a lot of exercise. Ignore the experts."
Many people cite a recent study linking increased protein intake to higher mortality rates. But a closer look at the research tells a different story.
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Another excellent Krugman editorial, my favorite reader's comment: "The central question is why do American put up with the thoroughly rotten conditions in their own country - all the while claiming how exceptional we are? At this juncture the reason is fairly simple. In the United States we live in an era in which propaganda has triumphed. The fact is that enough Americans continually vote against their own economic self interest and do so willingly. The status quo gets handsomely maintained, and the .1% laugh all the way to their banks. So why don't Americans understand that in Canada and European countries health care is right, not a pay to play or die option? Why don't Americans get that public transportation can be a joy to use. It can be clean, bright, and efficient? That a university education can and should be affordable.
Let's ask a couple of simple questions to get at the answer:
  Who owns the increasingly concentrated media delivery networks that provide Americans with "news" every single day of their lives?
  Who stands to gain by keeping taxes low on the wealthy and the corporations they own and run?
It isn't the woman man in the street, whose parent lost their job at the local plant in the '80's, and who has been scraping the bottom of the barrel ever since.  There are extraordinarily powerful forces at work that shape the American experience and create shared opinions about "socialism" and how bad we all know it must be. There's something rotten all right, but it isn't in Denmark!"
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From the reader's comments: "The first 15 years of the 21st century will be remembered as a complete retreat from reality by the GOP. In 2000, we had a budget surplus of $236 billion. Only 8 years later, we were in two unending wars that would eventually add $4 trillion to the national debt, saddled with a new unfunded Medicare Part D that allowed no government negotiation on drug prices and the economy was in free fall and the financial industry was running away with the loot. But taxes had been slashed on the wealthiest, the GOP anti-science doctrine was firmly established and intransigence on infrastructure, health care, taxes, immigration, minimum wage and climate change mitigation was mandatory, no discussion allowed.
I believe that qualifies as moral failing and lunacy."
In many ways, the party’s strategy of resistance to all things Democratic has backfired.
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YAEKE that you really must read. My favorite comments from a reader: "When a significant part of society enters the Republican House of Make Believe that is purposely designed with no exits, we are indeed in big trouble. When reason gets cast aside for the comfortable appeal of right-wing authoritarian fantasy, fakery and phoniness and the carnival goers march mindlessly to the 'tax cut' fried dough stand of economic poison, the wisdom of real economics, John Maynard Keynes and the basic laws of supply and demand are as welcome to the Fake News crowd as the Salem witches were in downtown Salem.
Remember, Republicans have carefully cultivated a cult of ignorance in America where abstinence 'birth control' contributes to record teenage pregnancy rates in Republistan and where cause has been permanently separated from effect in the most successful Siamese twin logic separation surgery in human history
Economies are driven much more by demand than supply. Right-wing austerians have strangled demand and then blamed the strangulation victims for the problem.
And austerity began long before 2008, as CEO:worker pay ratios metastasized for no apparent reason from 20:1 in the 1960's to 350:1 before 2008.
No one with a heart can explain that pay ratio wage theft without repeating mindless, illogical, 'free-market' drivel that glosses over the real explanation --- "we take it because we can get away with it"....as any honest thief will tell you."
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YAEKE, best reader's comment so far: "What most surprises us about the Blinder/Watson paper is that in the 70 years - 7 continuous back to back to back to back to back to back decades since 1945 - not even once has a GOP'er prez accidentally slipped up and out performed a Dem:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/10/13/hillary-clint...
Across 16 administrations - 9 GOP'er, 7 Dem, giving GOP'ers a numerical advvantage - through thick/thin, various Fed heads/Treas. Secretaries, Dems have always produced, whilst GOP'ers have batted 1.000 always lagging, rain or shine. The time period covers the entire working life of almost all 320 million Americans - this is called ' a track record ', to put it modestly.A track record that even includes the Obama years, years that began with a new Democratic prez being handed the worst economic wreckage in at least 3 generations, in starkest contrast to the serial Clinton budget surpluses handed GOP'ers in 2001, an economy that even noted Ayn Rand-er Alan Greenspan testified to Congress on Dubya's 5th day in office (Jan. 25, 2001) was on track to pay off the entire national debt (GOPers' claimed Holy Grail) by the end of 2010.We personally think GOPers' fear of inflation's effects on 1.0%-ers and above is what causes this track record, with Democrats' record showing inflation out-paced by growth is a good thing."
I also have to publish this Krigman note: "epistemic closure: modern conservatives generally live in a bubble into which inconvenient facts can’t penetrate"
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Best reader's comment: "The economy works best when the poor and the middle-class have more to spend on goods and services. They are, in fact, the job creators. The rich are not - they are instead simply the wealth hoarders."
There is no rationale for across-the-board tax cuts, no matter what the Republican candidates say.
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Conclusion: "if unemployment levels keep falling the way they have recently, inflation won’t reach the Fed’s 2 percent target until 2020. Mr. Gordon doubts that whether the central bank raises interest rates this week or in December or six months from now will make much difference to that outcome."
Best reader's comment: "People are working but lack much disposable cash so spending is more muted. Lots of money chasing limited goods causes inflation too. So if disposable cash is in short supply, lower spending. Finally lots of cash concentrated among the 1% won't put pressure on prices the way more cash in the hands of 99% would."
If you believe in the traditional Phillips curve, as some at the Fed do, inflation should be taking off any day now.
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From the conclusion: "crazies have taken over the Republican Party, but the media don’t want to recognize this reality"
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    Personal Trainer, 2014 - present
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    Hardware Manager, 2011 - 2013
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    Manager and engineer, Hardware design, 1995 - 2011
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    1990 - 1995
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