• letsgetitdone commented on the diary post A Technological Fix for Failing Democracies by letsgetitdone.

    2015-01-13 07:59:45View | Delete

    Thanks, SC. This post is supposed to be an overview of the IVCS, and that’s why it didn’t go into particulars. Other case study posts that will address your main problem with it are in the works. Not sure what can be done about the technospeak since this post blends re-inventing democracy with a technological [...]

  • letsgetitdone wrote a new diary post: A Technological Fix for Failing Democracies

    2015-01-11 19:42:16View | Delete

    Dysfunctional democracies are provoking anger, confrontations, crises and conflicts for the following reasons: In many cases, the citizens of dysfunctional democracies are unable to decide who runs for office, who gets elected and what laws are passed because of obstacles erected to prevent them from doing so. Several of these obstacles, for example election laws in the [...]

  • letsgetitdone wrote a new diary post: The Technology Solution to the Democracy Crisis

    2014-12-17 19:49:16View | Delete

    The spectacular intrusion of special interests into the passage of the $1.1 trillion government spending bill on December 13, 2014 was breathtaking as bankers and lobbyists whipped the vote by calling Congressional representatives directly to demand a host of special interest provisions, including the following:

    Repealing the Dodd-Frank prohibition on locating derivatives trading activities in the same [...]
  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post Rebecca Gordon: The Torture Wars by Tom Engelhardt.

    2014-12-15 19:55:23View | Delete

    This is a great post and needs to be among the front-paged diaries here.

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post On domination by cassiodorus.

    2014-12-12 14:40:31View | Delete

    Great post, Cass! Thanks!

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post The Lawless Society by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-12 14:31:28View | Delete

    I Agree. It always bothered me that the Nixon pardon was so celebrated by the media. That celebration was definitely a moral deficit and we have been paying for it ever since.

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post The Lawless Society by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-11 22:16:18View | Delete

    No wonder Obama was so close to Rahm.

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post The Lawless Society by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-11 21:02:13View | Delete

    I empathize with undocumented immigrants, and favor very aggressive action in getting them integrated into American society. However, the President’s decision to cease enforcing the law on this issue is part of the pattern, the crime wave, I’m pointing to above. One can’t object to all the other instances of failure to enforce the law while [...]

  • letsgetitdone wrote a new diary post: The Lawless Society

    2014-12-11 21:00:31View | Delete

    The release of the Senate’s torture report reminds us of the central fact of American society, today. Any semblance of equal justice under the law is now gone from what our leaders claim is the world’s leading democracy. Instead, of a constitutional democracy living under the law. We have a gangster government that fails to [...]

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post The Economic Agenda for America: A Commentary by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-09 22:07:21View | Delete

    Sorry, I’m not into cutting any of them break. I just want to call a spade a spade and let the chips fall where they may. If everyone were like that maybe we’d have many more public servants who would serve us rather than the 1%. Sanders is probably the best in both Houses of [...]

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post The Economic Agenda for America: A Commentary by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-08 15:36:31View | Delete

    I like most of this reply, but this:

    And insofar as budget balancing is concerned (even though you’re outspoken against that as a priority), repealing the Bush-Obama tax cuts in their entirety would have brought in $4 trillion, adding higher rates on top of the top rate (the biggest problem with the Clinton rates is that [...]

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post A Credibility Problem? by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-08 15:04:31View | Delete

    A little schadenfreude please! :) :) :)

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post A Credibility Problem? by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-07 22:28:34View | Delete

    Well first, the trade is not free, since nations constantly manipulate “free trade” to gain advantage. Second, the claim of economists is the ecological fallacy. The claim is that nations in the aggregate are better off due to free trade. However, that doesn’t mean that all people within a given nation are better off. Who [...]

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post A Credibility Problem? by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-07 22:16:28View | Delete

    You bet. I thought about making that point, but thought it might be viewed as a cheap shot at the President. Since I rarely pass up a shot at him, due to my being so angry at his performance, I thought I’d forbear this time. Anyway, thanks for taking the shot. It is fully merited, [...]

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post A Credibility Problem? by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-07 18:59:12View | Delete

    Perhaps, but the way the Brisbane G20 conference has gone isn’t promising for the idea that these agreements are dead. The Republican Congress may give them a new lease on life.

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post A TWELVE STEP PROGRAM TO RESTORE PROSPERITY: THE BERNIE SANDERS PLAN by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-07 18:08:38View | Delete

    Randy Wray posted this after mine was completed. His take is somewhat different, and worth reading for its deep perspective on what can be done.

  • By L. Randall Wray (Cross-posted with permission of the author from New Economic Perspectives ) Here’s a summary of the plan Bernie Sanders has set out, along with my comments (in italics). 1.) We need a major investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. $1 trillion investment to create 13 million decent paying jobs and make this country more [...]

  • letsgetitdone wrote a new diary post: A Credibility Problem?

    2014-12-07 16:34:17View | Delete

    President Obama’s remarks to the Business Roundtable on Trade raise alarm bells for us all, and suggest that he is still pushing his pro- 1% agenda for all it is worth. Perhaps it would be better if Congress just treated him as a lame duck from here on in. Here are a number of statements from [...]

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post The Economic Agenda for America: A Commentary by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-07 16:22:38View | Delete

    Randy Wray blogged a commentary on Sanders also. Check it out!

  • letsgetitdone commented on the diary post The Economic Agenda for America: A Commentary by letsgetitdone.

    2014-12-07 08:47:37View | Delete

    Good proposals. Some people have started tweeting this piece at Bernie. See @MiamiDadeFLA

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