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  • Funny thing, all the economic numbers are good or improving: home prices are back up, the stock markets are setting new records, unemployment has come way down and continues to shrink, etc. But, the average American is taking home less, and there where economics counts when it comes time to run for re-election.

    Most Americans don’t own stock and/or a home. So the “recovery” in those markets are neutral in the first case and bad in the second.

  • The Colorado Senate and Governor races might provide an interesting lesson. AFAIK, the Dem governor easily won, but Mark Udall, who made his last stand on the hill of contraception and women’s rights went down big time. Were there other relevant things going on there?

  • How can it be that in a country that considers income inequality to be the biggest issue and votes overwhelmingly to raise the minimum wage the party that most supports and enables income inequality and has blocked all efforts to raise the minimum wage nationally is the overwhelming favorite? I don’t get it.

    The Dems never really exploited their best issue and instead focused on less popular issues. Hmmmmm.

  • wigwam commented on the blog post Election Night Live Blog

    2014-11-04 22:07:49View | Delete

    So, if I understand correctly, raising the minimum wage won big as did Republican. Huh?

  • Christie seems to think that vote rigging is business as usual.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Homeland Discussion: Drone Queen “..find me a way to spin this!” by spocko.

    2014-10-08 21:12:24View | Delete

    Now for drones. Something I’ve said before. It is absolutely stupid for the US to be developing easily-duplicable technology that makes war less costly. With drones, US technological advantage is already gone and the manufacturing cost-curve is dropping. It is only a matter of time before some people have the bright idea of using a [...]

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Video: The All Muslims Argument Beautifully Destroyed by jbade.

    2014-10-03 12:05:36View | Delete

    I really appreciate Cenk. His rants remind me of my father.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Video: The All Muslims Argument Beautifully Destroyed by jbade.

    2014-10-02 12:32:31View | Delete

    We’ve seen such behaviors in the names of various other religions (e.g., Christianity) and various social movements (e.g., Marxism) and of various nations and ethnicities and races. Evil-doers always seem to find some way to claim they are serving a greater good.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Video: The All Muslims Argument Beautifully Destroyed by jbade.

    2014-10-02 03:09:58View | Delete

    Thanks. Rec’d.

    Reza Aslan does a superb job on this one. In fact, this interview disabused me of some negative conceptions about “Muslim nations” that I should have known better than to accept.

    Here is the same interview with hilarious running commentary by Cenk Uygur. I recommend watching both versions.

  • wigwam commented on the blog post Come Saturday Morning: LAT Hounds Non-Hack to Death, CIA Smiles

    2014-09-27 19:32:40View | Delete

    FWIW. In the very late 70s, I used to have morning coffee with a bunch of grad students. One day, one of them mentioned that after his tour of duty with the SEALs in Vietnam, he was a contractor for the CIA. He said that he would stand guard as DC3s were loaded with drugs somewhere in Southeast Asia.

    I was rather shocked and suspected that this guy might be bullshitting us, but he didn’t seem to be the type for that. When Webb’s story broke, I considered that to be confirmation of what the guy had said.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post View NFL Player Crimes in Interactive Graphical Form by spocko.

    2014-09-22 04:37:42View | Delete

    IMHO, violent crimes should be punished by the government and not byemployers.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Just Because We’re Natural Born Killers Does Not Mean We Are Not Good People by Masoninblue.

    2014-09-20 17:14:12View | Delete

    Our own nature is reflected various ways in literature, e.g., Lord of the Flies vs Catcher in the Rye.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post View NFL Player Crimes in Interactive Graphical Form by spocko.

    2014-09-19 18:26:32View | Delete

    But, just like Israel, Ray Rice had to protect himself. Proportionality be damned.

  • wigwam commented on the blog post The Uncivil Termination of Professor Steven Salaita

    2014-09-10 20:31:47View | Delete

    Hi Hugh. It’s good to see you commenting here again.

    I get the impression that Salaita sort of “lost it” over the slaughter of his relatives and fellow Palestinians at the hands of the Israelis. Apparently, he expressed hope for violence to befall the West Bank settlers and various commenters who supported the Israeli actions. I suppose such expressions could be called uncivil.

    But, if Jews made similar comments about Germans during the siege of the Warsaw Ghetto, I’d suspect that they’d be labeled “understandable” rather than “uncivil.”

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Real Fiscal Responsibility: What Chris Hayes Said by letsgetitdone.

    2014-09-09 09:31:01View | Delete

    The moral tradeoffs regarding healthcare for veterans are obvious and independent of the political and economic systems under which the government operates. That said, however, tradeoffs have to be faced in real time by governments that don’t print (i.e., issue) their own money, e.g., U.S. states and (most) European nations. Krugman makes that point here. By [...]

  • Why do polls and pundits (including Rachel Maddow) focus on the unpopularity and ineffectiveness of “Congress” in general as opposed to the faction that is responsible for congressional inaction? Last night, Rachel went on for about five minutes straight about the fact that Congress has not confirmed an ambassador to Turkey. She mention “Congress” and “the Senate” many, many times but the word “Republicans” was never uttered, and she is someone whose major focus is on the evilness of the Republicans, especially in the state governments.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Real Fiscal Responsibility: What Chris Hayes Said by letsgetitdone.

    2014-09-08 20:22:24View | Delete

    Rec’d.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Real Fiscal Responsibility 5; Carter: Environmental Degradation by letsgetitdone.

    2014-09-08 09:57:35View | Delete

    Continuing: The entire Krugman article is excellent and illustrates points that the MMT crew has been making for years.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Real Fiscal Responsibility 5; Carter: Environmental Degradation by letsgetitdone.

    2014-09-08 09:37:38View | Delete

    OT: Joe, I thought you’d find this by Krugman interesting, if you’ve not already seen it:

    … Canada has its own currency, which means that its government can’t run out of money, that it can bail out its own banks if necessary, and more. An independent Scotland wouldn’t. And that makes a huge difference. Could [...]

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Real Fiscal Responsibility 5; Carter: Environmental Degradation by letsgetitdone.

    2014-09-08 08:29:51View | Delete

    Thanks.

    I now recall that at that time an economist explained to me that the Fed’s first move toward raising interest rates had the opposite of the intended effect. People immediately borrowed more money in anticipation of further rate increases, which is pretty much explains what happened.

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