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Another excellent post from Krugman but even better is this most popular reader's response: "We now have thirty five years of financial/economic history that should have destroyed forever the Great Lie that Voodoo economics creates anything but deficit bubbles, which are then used to attack and destroy social programs for the poor and middle class. Reagan tripled federal deficits in order to cut taxes in half for the wealthy, while weaponry expenditures exploded. Bush One left office with historic deficits and a sinking economy, which Bill Clinton remedied by returning to progressive taxation on high incomes. Every Republican in Congress said it would destroy the economy, and instead we had 20 million new jobs and zero deficits by 2000. Republicans responded with smears and impeachment. Bush2 insisted upon a return to Voodoo Economics combined with huge upper end tax cuts and two wars, which along with a financial deregulation frenzy re-created the same enormous deficits, which were then used to try and destroy Social Security. This idiocy nearly brought down the world financial system. Obama's sane economic advisers restored job growth and eliminated most of the deficits, but sixteen Republicans are all ready to return to the same policies that have been failing for a third of a century.
The Republican Party exists to enrich the wealthy, and empower a tiny elite. It has been concentrating income and wealth, by redistributing it upwards for thirty five years. This, of course, is only possible with a politics based totally on deceit, which is the whole point."
This response provides a concise economic history of the last 30 years and clearly describes the Republican political strategy. 
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Krugman takes on the deficit scolds again. From his conclusion: "Simply raising interest rates, as some financial types keep demanding (with an eye on their own bottom lines), would undermine our still-fragile recovery. What we need are policies that would permit higher rates in good times without causing a slump. And one such policy, Mr. Kocherlakota argues, would be targeting a higher level of debt.
Not only were governments that listened to the fiscal scolds kicking the economy when it was down, prolonging the slump; not only were they slashing public investment at the very moment bond investors were practically pleading with them to spend more; they may have been setting us up for future crises."
I am tired of listening to Big Bank economists that keep repeating the Fed NEEDS to raise interest rates for the good of the economy when they are actually only worried about their business interests. Why do these shills keep getting MSM platforms to speak?
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Great post on the recent brouhaha which recently occurred in my backyard (I live in Chapel Hill) but you really should scroll down to read the excellent potential explanation on why poor southern whites support the Republican party. 
Gist of the explanation: "People tend to echo the ideas they hear from people they were raised by, or love, or admire... and people whom they're dependent upon and trapped by. In innumerable ways, Stockholm syndrome operates in virtually every kind of situation involved imbalance of personal power for self-determination, from perfectly ordinary nuclear family level up through community and national level.
Several symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome have been identified in the following: positive feelings toward the controller, negative feelings toward the rescuers, supportive behavior by the victim helping the abuser, and lack of desire by the victim to be rescued. People who see "rescue" or social change as likely to make their lives more difficult emotionally, physically,  financially, or in other material ways —especially if they regard themselves as struggling already."
On July 23rd, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed into law Senate Bill 22, the Cultural History Artifact Management and Patriotism Act of 2015 , barring the removal of "objects of ...
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I am sorry but not surprised to see fascists have taken down Canadian democracy based on advice from their American "friends". My favorite readers note: "Excellent article. This morning, Canadians rose to find out that he's cut funding to research in medicine. So, I would expect that many of our best and brightest will be moving south - as they did in the 80's. Harper is destroying Canada. He is against science across disciplines, regardless of that impact on Canadian citizens. One if his more notorious quotes is: "You won't recognize Canada when I'm done with it". I don't anymore. Harper has destroyed my country."
How long will we allow the Republican party continue its war on US democracy?
The tenure of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has seen the slow-motion erosion of the country’s reputation for open, responsible government.
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Best reader's comment on this excellent editorial about Obama's climate plan: ""The plan sends a clear market signal that low-carbon energy will be profitable." That is the right approach. We can expand on it.
Whoever masters the next form of energy will get rich from it. If that means several things in combination as seems likely, they a lot of people can get rich from it.
We are reaching the end of oil, gas, and coal. That isn't just "peak oil" ideas. Even if we are not really running out, even if we keep making discoveries, the whole world cannot modernize the way we have lived so far. It won't scale to five or ten times bigger than it is now. It is already staggering. It is the same thing as using whale oil. Besides all the other issues, the planet was not big enough for enough whales to do that. It was impossible to scale up.
One measure of a civilization is the scale of the energy it can use. We have to make the next leap. Whoever leads the way on that leap will make a lot of money, just like Rockefeller's Standard Oil did what he led the way to oil. Who wants to be the next Rockefeller? There is probably room for several. That is the larger version of what Obama is saying now, that clean energy will be profitable. The next step will be wealth beyond imagining. Let's do it."

But I also really enjoyed this reader post as well: "Always refreshing to see the Republican right-wing digging two political graves for itself - one grave as the party of coal, carbon pollution and killing Mother Earth...and a second grave as the party working against business, technology and the future. No one doubles down on disaster, stupidity, incoherence and irrationality like your 2015 Republican Confederacy of Dunces. Take a bow, GOP - you'll never see a finer bunch of nincompoops anywhere in the modern world. It's not called The Party of Stupid for nothin'."
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This is why I love Donald Trump, no I will not vote for him but I really appreciate what he has done for (to?) the Republican party. Best reader comment: "It's not your fault, Mr. Egan, but it's been obvious since at least the time of the Clinton impeachment that the Republicans are willing to say and do anything to hold on to power (as America's shifting demographics slowly destroy them). And yet the media (including the Times) has been unwilling to use plain-spoken language to report that this is occurring.
In story after story, it's clear that Republicans aren't "claiming" or "contrasting" or "offering an alternative sequence of events", they're LYING. That is, they manufactured a falsehood (or ten) and are willingly, repeatedly telling this falsehood.
In story after story, they aren't "offering an alternative vision of how government should work", they're hurling bombs to ensure that government can't work.
In story after story, they aren't "trying to ensure that the vote is secure", they're trying to make sure that only Republicans can vote.
When the media stops pussy-footing around Republican lies, crimes, and (more and more) outright treason, then Republicans, including Republicans like Donald Trump, will be exposed for what they are: charlatans clinging to power by all means necessary."
But if you have the time read the top 20 comments, there is a lot of great responses.
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Another stupid post from stupid David Brooks, the most favorited reader comment puts it well: "Employers today do not employ more persons than absolutely required. American businesses are lean and mean. Therefore, if the minimum wage is raised across the board you wouldn't see a reduction in workforce, but you may see lower profit margins. If the minimum wage is not raised, we (taxpayers) will continue to collectively subsidized the profit margins for businesses paying non-living wages (unless we are prepared to let large portions of our population go without food/clothing/shelter, which is the true "free market" solution).
It's disappointing that David couldn't be bothered to discuss who pays when employers are allowed to pay poverty wages. This is nothing more than privatize profits, socialize losses. Modern conservatism in a nut-shell."
But you also have to enjoy this reader's comment as well: "Next up, David Brooks defends slavery as cost effective....."
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I know this Krugman post is almost a month old but what he says needs to be read by anyone paying attention. This reader's letter is also illuminating: "Hitler knew that most people could only be affected using blunt and emotionally charged rhetoric, and anyone following this campaign and listening to the hatefulness spewed by this lineup of Republican candidates should recognize the similarities between their tactics and those of the Nazis. I'm visiting Texas from Japan with my wife and son, but I long ago gave up on reasoning with people here about politics....
Most others tell me that I don't really know that Democrats are any better, even though I've often spoken out about the stark differences between the parties on issues like climate change, the wealth gap, voter rights, education, unions, guns, and the right to a living wage and to proper medical care. They doubt your credibility, so you encourage them to read anything by Paul Krugman or Joseph Stiglitz, to which one person recently replied that she couldn't understand them and that they needed to write in ways that ordinary people could understand. And that said it all for me: as hard as Professor Krugman labors to explain things in layman's terms, he can't make it simple enough for the Republican base because they can't or don't really care to learn."
Both the Krugman piece and this letter detail why the Republican party is now called the stupid party. I agree with this note that the Nazi tactics of the Repub party need to be watched carefully.
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I feel the Bern. Bernie Sander's agenda if elected: "invest in enormous infrastructure projects that he said would create more than 10 million jobs. He would expand, not shrink, Social Security, and move the United States to a single payer health care system. Legislation that he intends to propose or already has would automatically register anyone older than 18 to vote, kick private corporations out of the prison business, make public college tuition free, guarantee sick and paid family leave and a “couple of weeks paid vacation” to workers.
He would break up the banks that are too big to fail, keep us out of any more wars and pay for much of his spending program with a tax on Wall Street trading."
I am more than ready for this change....
The words are full of passion, but the senator and his followers speak to an angry vision of a broken system that requires fundamental change.
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Another excellent post form Krugman which you should read, but even better is this reader's response to his post: 
"Thoughts From GOP Prime Time Debate I - "American Idol".
Like American Idol, you had three moderators and many amateurs vying to remain in the race. All reminding the viewer that President Obama towers over all candidates in this race. Something the history books will most certainly note decades from now; and the populous no later than the end of 2017.
While each candidate was clumsily pandering to the base - including the all important "god" litmus test - the only economic problem discussed was the wealth gap. A GOP field - reducing taxes, "fixing" entitlements and replacing the marginal income tax with a regressive consumption tax (even stupider since 75% of US GDP is consumption, making it an economic contraction policy) - could only provide formulas for an even greater wealth gap. 
Again what was striking, was how difficult Obama's shoes will be to fill. How to fill a combination of charisma, intelligence and reasoned decision making? How to replace a president that has not once sullied the White House with scandal, knowing that if Reagan or Clinton could be investigated, surely any dirt on Obama would have long been exploited. 
History will show Obama as a consequential president. From presiding over and fixing a failed economy, to winding down two dumb wars, to landmark health care reform, to restoring diplomatic ties to Cuba, to a Kissinger-esque opening to an old enemy Iran; Obama is a bar too high for any 2016 candidate to meet."
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I really enjoy Krugman's Zombie metaphor, best comment so far: "[Insert name of program] and the right wants to kill it, everything from FDR on, including every last thing instituted since. food stamps for hungry children? Forget it! Never mind the fact that we now have more poor children than any of the other first world nations. Weekends? Gone, according to Scott Walker. Oh, and according to Jeb! we don't work nearly enough! Money for education? No way! Let's just open up the H-1B visa program even more. Infrastructure? No! Let the states deal with that through fines and taxes. This is all money the .01% could be siphoning off for itself. Healthcare for the elderly and disabled? Only if they pay their taxes throughout a lifetime, and then pay again for the services they receive, and let's call that a voucher for good private insurance. Yeah, that's it! That's the ticket!
The IRS? Who needs it? Surely not corporations and non-profits (you know, the PACS) who should be paying taxes but aren't. 
It doesn't matter that these things have been tried and the public didn't buy it. Now that they think they have the leverage, they'll try again. Here's a spoonful of medicine? Smells just like cherries. Try it! You'll like it! 
There is a good reason why crowds are flocking to Bernie Sanders even in Texas and the rest of the Deep South... After Trump implodes, Bush/Walker 2016 will not be the main attraction.
Go, Bernie!"
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From the article: "Because Sandra Bland was driving while black, because she was not subservient in the manner this trooper preferred, a routine traffic stop became a death sentence. Even if Ms. Bland did commit suicide, there is an entire system of injustice whose fingerprints left bruises on her throat."
When will this police war on blacks in our country stop? What can we do to stop it?
There is an assault on the spirit of black people in this country, and dashboard cameras are no protection.
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