bbrockva

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  • bbrockva commented on the blog post The Roundup for June 25, 2012

    2012-06-26 09:53:34View | Delete

    Shouldn’t the “3 Stunning Charts” include one on income inequality? If you look at the other charts in the post, they blame Social Security and Medicare for our deficit problems. Social Security is a stand-alone program that doesn’t contribute to the deficit, and Medicare is increasing because we’re getting ripped off by the health care sector.

  • bbrockva commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Pensions Are Good for You

    2012-03-13 09:28:07View | Delete

    “As to the article’s concept – well any spending has a multiplier effect as money is re-spent. Hard to see why this is applied to pensions as a reason for their existence. Indeed giving money to the rich who then spend it is as easily justified by this reasoning.”

    You aren’t aware that the middle class and poor are much likelier to spend money “given” to them by the govt. (i.e., a higher multiplier) than the rich, who are more likely to save it? It does make a difference who gets the money. This is pretty well established.

  • bbrockva commented on the diary post Liar! Liar! David Brooks Bids to Win Politifact Truthiness Award by Scarecrow.

    2011-12-25 07:41:26View | Delete

    yeah, Congress is “raiding” the trust fund in the same sense as the banks are “raiding” our savings accounts. I want to see my money!

  • bbrockva commented on the blog post Calling Obama’s Bluff

    2011-07-14 08:46:13View | Delete

    Yes, he’s a supreme disappointment.

  • bbrockva commented on the blog post Calling Obama’s Bluff

    2011-07-14 08:07:20View | Delete

    Yes, but (and this is not an exact science of course) it didn’t really start showing up in the polls until Obama started shouting. It could be argued that any President has the biggest bullhorn if they choose to use it and Obama may indeed choose to use it in this case, like he did with the govt=households argument. I’m not sure if you’re saying that Presidents can’t effectively use the bully pulpit or if Obama won’t use it. I gave an example where he did use it and I guess you’re saying that it didn’t have any effect? I’m not arguing in favor of Obama’s policies but he does have power to affect the discourse, as any President does.

  • bbrockva commented on the blog post Calling Obama’s Bluff

    2011-07-14 07:48:06View | Delete

    To explain over and over how the US government is like the average household to support his claim that we have a budget crisis. It apparently worked pretty well, judging from some polls.

  • bbrockva commented on the blog post Calling Obama’s Bluff

    2011-07-14 07:42:54View | Delete

    Cantor may win logically, but Obama holds a bigger bullhorn.

  • Newt’s statement about Ryan’s Medicare plan wasn’t intended to be a factual statement.

  • bbrockva commented on the diary post Tucson Heroes: Unarmed People Who Stopped the Armed from More Killing by Scarecrow.

    2011-01-11 11:58:19View | Delete

    Point is, they are females who are having these fantasies. If they are females having male fantasies, it starts getting a bit blurry to speak of “male” and “female” fantasies. It becomes a bisexual fantasy if you will. It’s about being a hero through the use of violence. You don’t have to have a penis, [...]

  • bbrockva commented on the diary post Tucson Heroes: Unarmed People Who Stopped the Armed from More Killing by Scarecrow.

    2011-01-11 09:59:07View | Delete

    Good post. But, I hardly think it’s only a male fantasy when we have the likes of Palin, Angle, and Bachman, to name just a few who, I suspect, have the same fantasies. There are plenty of female gun nuts out there.