• JohnEmerson commented on the blog post Reasoning by Metaphor

    2013-05-26 10:40:26View | Delete

    Models are metaphors. Bad models and bad metaphors cause problems. Good models and good metaphors solve problems, or make their solution possible.

    Rather than denounce metaphor, what we need to do is find the right metaphor and communicate it. We can’t just say “Trust Science, Not Metaphor!” especially since a lot of economists are hard right, but also because that argument doesn’t work any more.

  • JohnEmerson commented on the diary post Why Is The MN GOP So Messed Up? Sutton Running Buddy Ben Golnik is Part of the Answer by Phoenix Woman.

    2012-01-01 09:19:35View | Delete

    The Republican Party has become so crooked that it’s self-sabotaging. Sarah Palin is another example. From the beginning (the 2008 election) she was only interested in cashing in. It was like she won the world’s biggest game show.

  • Emma Sullivan is no longer a generic Kansas HS student. This should open a lot of doors for her. Hope she takes advantage properly.

    Not sarcastic. She seems to have a lot going for her, and hopefully this will open some doors.

  • JohnEmerson commented on the blog post ‘We Are the 99 Percent’ Photo of the Day

    2011-11-01 09:09:12View | Delete

    You do fail to understand.

    You don’t seem to be trying very hard. Why should I help you out? Continue to fail!

  • JohnEmerson commented on the blog post The 1% is all Mustache

    2011-10-31 06:08:16View | Delete

    There’s actually a story about Friedman. His wife’s family used to be worth a billion, give or take half a billion, through their share in General Growth Properties, which did real estate. In 2009 GGP went bankrupt.


    The numbers are uncertain, but after losing 90%-99%, the Friedmans are probably still worth $10,000,000 or so, plus his job. So they’re still in the 1%, but no longer in the 0.01%.

  • JohnEmerson commented on the blog post CREDO Calls Out DCCC for Funding Anti-Woman Candidates

    2011-10-15 12:03:50View | Delete

    No one should ever give money to the DNC,the DCCC, or the DSCC. This was already true before this issue came up. The advantage of central committees like these is that they have a national strategy and can direct the money where it’s most needed. Unfortunately, their national strategy includes maintaining center-right control of the Democratic Party, and they will always strategize against us.

    My understanding is that Collin Peterson is invulnerable as Big Ag’s #1 Democrat in the House. He may be a little more vulnerable now that he’s not a committee chair. I doubt that he depends at all on the DCCC.

  • JohnEmerson commented on the blog post A Trans-Walmart Moment

    2011-10-02 18:12:40View | Delete

    I’m not giving credit to Cheney, who remains a criminal regardless. He’s still a very bad guy on every issue but that one, and Walmart is still very bad on every issue but one.

  • JohnEmerson commented on the blog post A Trans-Walmart Moment

    2011-10-02 16:09:34View | Delete

    Walmart is an overall negative force in a number of ways. Their primary problem isn’t the way the treat sexual minorities but the way they treat everyone who works for them, minority or majority.

    Call me an asshole, but gender-identification issues are not that hard for the bad guys to deal with. Dick Cheney is one of the big villains of the last half-century, and he’s come out in favor of gay marriage.

  • JohnEmerson commented on the blog post Examining Obama’s Economic Beliefs

    2011-09-21 07:30:56View | Delete

    Obama is our Grover Cleveland. The Democrats had a hard time after the Civil War and Cleveland won by getting Republican votes, mostly because he was less horribly corrupt than the Republican candidates, but also because he didn’t push the Democratic issues hard. (Both parties were conservative, but the Democrats had a few saving graces). In office he was worse than expected, sending the Army in to crush the Pullman strike.

    Out of this came the Populist Party, which failed but frightened the other two parties enough to get some concessions and force them to think about certain issues.

  • JohnEmerson commented on the blog post Sarah Palin, Ironic Good Government Advocate

    2011-09-09 17:20:56View | Delete

    Who’s her new speechwriter? sounds “American Conservative”-ish.

  • I haven’t read Woodward’s book, but others about that era. My reading is that the Populists and Bryan Democrats frightened the D and R establishments so much that the Republicans tacitly allowed the Democrats to destroy the Republican Party in the South. In North Carolina Populists and Republicans were in coalition and between them swept the 1896 elections almost completely. Neither Party wanted that. Democrats spent months organizing a military assault and overthrew the Republican city government of Wilmington (NC’s largest city then). The Republican governor and national Republicans did nothing. In the 1898 election terror tactics were also used, the Democrats won, and they then instituted Jim Crow.

    McKinley’s 1896 campaign was the first big-money campaign. The Rs outspent the Ds 10-1 or more. Mark Hanna was the first election consultant.

  • Reminder Most Senators Will Be Long Dead before Social Security Trust Fund is Exhausted

    Not dead enough.

  • This is a joke, right? Rahm Emmanuel?

    They should be moderate and just ask that dumdum bullets and flamethrowers not be used.

  • JohnEmerson commented on the diary post The Death of Keynesian Economics and the Resurrection of Supply Side Idiocracy by masaccio.

    2011-07-31 16:24:50View | Delete

    Keynesian economics is as alive as it ever was, but the US has dumped Keynesian policy in favor of Mellonism: liquidate labor, liquidate capital, liquidate agriculture, purge the rottenness.

    Mellonists believe that suffering and unemployment are good things. They’re willing for the economy to shrink if they end up having tighter control of it.

  • JohnEmerson commented on the blog post Obama’s Last Lecture

    2011-07-17 15:45:18View | Delete

    He doesn’t compromise with *us*. “Don’t pander to the base” is one of his basic principles. It is diametrically opposite to the basic principle of the victorious Republicans.

  • JohnEmerson commented on the blog post Obama’s Last Lecture

    2011-07-17 15:17:13View | Delete

    The stuff he said to the students is for their consumption; his actual problem isn’t that he compromises too easily, but that he’s trying to do the wrong thing. He’s telling the students that THEY should compromise with HIM

  • JohnEmerson commented on the blog post Obama’s Last Lecture

    2011-07-17 15:07:27View | Delete

    A lot of that is Pol Sci 101. A large part of the academic / Pol Sci establishment has a horror of ideological and majoritarian politics, and the Democratic Party is dominated by Pol Sci types, often PhDs but at least people who have taken Pol Sci 101.

    The Republican Party, by contrast, is dominated by opportunistic, semi-educated, semi-criminal entrepreneurs from the College Republicans. Karl Rove spent a total of one (1) year in college.

    Who wins? Since 1968 it’s been the Republicans. Each Republican President changes the world, and each Democratic successor wins back only a small part of what was lost.

    There’s another, game-theoretical principle that says that if you don’t bargain tough you lose, and if you don’t take chances you never win much. This is never taught in Pol Sci 101, but the College Republicans figure it out on their own.

    If Pol Sci were an actual science, Democrats would win. It isn’t. It’s an anti-populist ideal, and a historical relic of past politics, but it’s not a science because it leaves out important things.

  • JohnEmerson commented on the diary post Upper Big Branch Disaster: Massey Kept Two Sets Of Safety Books! by Bill Egnor.

    2011-06-29 06:06:38View | Delete

    Just based on what’s printed in the national newspaper it’s been pretty clear all along what’s happening. The “run coal” memo above got national attention. So the average reasonably well-informed individual is somewhat on top of this. Will the legal system or the political system (the responsible parties, the ones with an obligation to deal [...]

  • Can’t taint a Republican.

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