MarkH commented on the blog post Kansas Supreme Court Rules Against Brownback’s Assertion of Legislative Supremacy
Many, if not most, states have a balanced budget provision in their constitution. If a profligate legislature & governor decided to ignore that and the Court said they had a duty to balance their budget it could come to the same argument — that the Court can’t demand legislation.
MarkH commented on the diary post Saudis Bankrolling Israel’s Mossad: More confirmation? by Barry Lando.
Bush close to the Saudis and the Saudis close to Israel and the Saudis close to Osama bin laden & al Qaeda
These dots connect to draw what picture?
Read The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk which is about Susan McDougal. This isn’t new.
What I want to know is *who* gave the orders.
MarkH commented on the diary post Thomas Friedman Escaped and Is Writing About Economics Again by Dean Baker.
We know to make the world economy go. GDP growth is better and corporate profits are very high. What we still have trouble with is regulating it and preventing lobbyists from changing things to screw it up and (the big one) creating a system whereby ordinary working folk get a good share of the pie [...]
MarkH commented on the diary post MENA Mashup: Egypt, Russia, Syria, and, a Valentine’s Fray by CTuttle.
So, the longer the fight goes on the more the Russians can sell arms in the region? Make it bloody for the Russians, so they have more incentive to end it quick. And, if they’re going to extend the suffering make them share in the cost of the humanitarian aid to nations like Jordan too. [...]
If you’re serious about changing the world you must vote. There is no viable alternative in America. Want to regulate companies and the rich better? Want to change taxation law? Want to do more to protect the environment? Want to change the way wealth is distributed (after being produced by work), taxed, saved and so [...]
Dean Baker makes it very clear when he said:
These changes have not been reflected in improved conditions for those at the bottom as minimum wage workers are more educated and experienced than ever.
The infrastructure is making their start better, but the work place and the larger economic system do not enable them to move [...]
MarkH commented on the blog post The Creep of Counterterrorism: FBI’s Professed ‘Primary Function’ No Longer ‘Law Enforcement’
I can’t imagine how the people at these agencies think they get to decide their own mandate. It’s the job of Congress!
But then, Congress hasn’t been doing its job very well recently. When Republicans don’t even think they have to show up it’s pretty pathetic.
I can’t say I’ve seen much of this group, but I recently watched (most of) a marathon of Breaking Bad. I was very impressed. I had previously watched Weeds, which is also about the drug business, but that was a comedy. They were both terrific with great writing and acting. Together they make an amazing story about something which is usually only horrific and tragic.
The “best actress” and “best supporting actress” categories are amazing lists of very talented women. How can you pick one, just one?
MarkH commented on the blog post Federal Judge Asks Why Wall Street Executives Haven’t Been Prosecuted
The Lib who don’t like the Wall St. rich want their scalps, but truth be told the entire scandal reaches down to real estate people and local banks and mortgage lenders all over the country. There would be thousands going to jail and it would indeed threaten the national economy. Whether it’s “too big to jail” I don’t know, but it’s not just a handful of rich Wall St. bankers.
Our leaders don’t operate by the code that the heaven’s may fall, but c’est la vie. They operate by a more pragmatic code that they just protect the republic and the people and our institutions.
It’s the time of the year when struggling teams begin to look for ways to improve their performance (too late for most).
One area of interest is “scoring more consistently in the red zone”. If they deduce the problem is simply execution of their plays, then focusing on then they may be able to achieve a lot with a few improvements. But, if it’s about the difficulties caused by facing a variety of defenses, then it’s harder.
How you deal with St. Louis may be very different than New Orleans or Detroit or New England or Baltimore and so on. But, focusing on each may be necessary nonetheless.
Jill Stein would never have a laughable, bungling, crashing, fucked up, password-insecure website like Healthcare.gov — she advocates a single-payer Medicare for All health care system which avoids the online health insurance gulag + Medicaid forced on the country by Obama and the Democrats
You’re right. She wouldn’t have had any reform through that Congress. We’d still have the Republican policy of “You’re sick? Hurry and die”.
Ideologues who don’t know how to get stuff done don’t really help the nation or people.
Everybody points the finger away from themselves. What’s new? But, the ACA website is improving and if they want to win they should support it instead of griping. Keeping it on the radar only helps the Republicans (until they gripe so long the people turn against them for being noxious). BTW, when will the public turn against the Republicans for being noxious and against everything for political purposes?
Obamacare is improving. Yes, we can.
The filibuster rules were rolled back some. Yes, we can.
There is an opening for peaceful relations with Iran. Yes, we can.
The key thing in all this is the Republicans couldn’t stop these. Oh, they may yet try with some deal with Iran, but until there’s a treaty which requires 2/3rds Senate ratification they can’t prevent good things from happening.
MarkH commented on the blog post JPMorgan Agrees To Pay Billions For Causing Financial Crisis
JPMorgan committed CRIMINAL fraud.
Took the words right out of my mouth. These are the people who belong in prison. I knew an inmate who was serving a 24-year sentence, and 5 years of it was for a cold check in the amount of one dollar and seventy two cents, that she had paid back. But, she is poor, so she lives in prison while these banking people wipe out lives. Disgusting.
It seems Romney was clearly wrong, corporations are NOT people, they are treated BETTER than people. The intent of corporate law was for them to do great things, but now they’ve taken the limited liability to an extreme which is very destructive. And, in Congress they let Bush do anything without danger of being thrown out. It’s the era of “personal responsibility” — your’re responsible for what they do.
I think Obama had to let them off the hook to keep the economy going. But, there has to be a day of reckoning and $ 13 B doesn’t seem to be sufficient. Also, will we see other bankers, rating agencies, mortgage makers and even realtors held accountable? This conspiracy was vast.
MarkH commented on the blog post US Drone Strike In Pakistan Blows Up Afghanistan Peace Talks
The American people likely feel it’s time we were out of Afghanistan & Pakistan completely. The view of our leaders that Taliban are a problem worthy of more drone strikes is probably not connected as much to our real goals as they are a result of being immersed in “the fight”. We have to keep our eyes on the true goals and refuse to just stay immersed there forever.
Fight al Qaeda, help stand up the Afghan military and then get out. Making the Taliban angry enough to come after us at home isn’t a goal.
MarkH commented on the diary post When Did ‘To Serve and Protect’ Become ‘To Seize and Profit’? by Jesse Lava.
Where’s the judicial branch in these seizures? Without oversight the police will always go nuts overboard.
The main thing which runs through my mind is the problem of trains running through populated areas and having to run much slower (perhaps a main reason they generally run slower today). How does the Steel Interstate overcome that? One big problem of a project like this is that it’s like a new baseball stadium [...]
Kim Jong Un gets a degree on economics from University
Now their economy may be in real trouble.
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