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Second Time As Farce

Colin Powell holding up a fake vial of anthrax. vs.Nikki Haley standing in front of a stagecraft Iranian rocket
Colin Powell holding up a fake vial of anthrax. Nikki Haley standing in front of a stagecraft Iranian rocket

By fnord12 | December 14, 2017, 12:19 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



The Henry Ford Square Dancing Conspiracy

Do Si Do To Fight the Jews' Attempt To Bring Jazz To The Masses (wait, what?).


By fnord12 | December 13, 2017, 4:23 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



No, dummies. It balances it out.

Link:

As congressional Republicans' disastrous tax plan inches closer to reality, New Jersey's legislative leaders are getting cold feet about the Garden State's own tax plans that would boost working families, clean up the tax code and allow policymakers to invest in the assets critical to the state's future. But the GOP tax plan is no reason for lawmakers to shelve these plans -- it actually gives them more reason than ever to move forward.

In particular, these policymakers are suggesting that New Jersey might need to press "pause" on long-held efforts to make New Jersey's income tax fairer by asking the wealthiest residents to pay a little more so our state can build a brighter and stronger economic future. The reason: Fears about a "double whammy" if the Republicans' federal tax proposal raises taxes by eliminating state and local tax deductions used heavily by New Jerseyans. Those fears, however, are unfounded.

In fact, the Republican tax proposals in D.C. all favor the wealthy -- even if these deductions disappear.

I don't know why this is even in question.


By fnord12 | December 12, 2017, 9:08 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Too Much Democracy

Reacting to the modest reforms that the DNC Unity Commission made over the weekend (e.g. reducing - not eliminating - superdelegates), a pair of political scientists say, "Whoah, hold on there. Is the Democratic Party Becoming Too Democratic?". Here's their core argument:

Casting doubts about a party's legitimacy -- in particular picking a presidential nominee -- can have real electoral consequences. In 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders highlighted Hillary Clinton's contributions from well-heeled donors, and particularly her strong support among the party's superdelegates, as signals that the nomination contest had been fixed for her and that the only way for the Democratic Party to be a truly democratic party would be to nominate Mr. Sanders.

By the spring of 2016, democratic legitimacy was the overwhelming rationale of his campaign. In the general election, roughly one Sanders supporter in 10 ended up voting for Donald Trump, and many young voters defected for third-party candidates, possibly costing Mrs. Clinton the election in several key states.

Never mind that less Bernie voters voted for Trump than Clinton voters voted for Obama. Imagine thinking that those voters would have been more likely to vote for Clinton if they weren't given a voice at all. Don't appeal to voters, just tell them to get in line.

Just to spell it out a little better: the article acknowledges that the primary process isn't very democratic. It then says that the problem is that candidates might complain that the process isn't democratic, which will influence voters. And so the authors' proposed solution isn't to make the process more democratic, it's to eliminate the pretense of being democratic all together. Smokey Back Rooms 2020!


By fnord12 | December 11, 2017, 12:26 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



Obama's smart grid didn't kill coal & nuclear

I know facts and logic and words have no meaning anymore and i've basically stopped bothering trying to rebut right wing stuff, but this is still worth a read.


By fnord12 | December 6, 2017, 9:53 PM | Liberal Outrage | Link



The failure of incrementalism

Carl Beijer:

What Trump is showing us, however, is that even if you win a short-term incremental victory, you can still end up with nothing in the end. You can engage in years of modest pragmatic compromise climate change diplomacy and find yourself right back where you started a decade later; you can pass "achievable" business-friendly health care legislation on the assumption that this will engineer some kind of universal coverage down the road, and then have it gutted as soon as the opposition takes power.

By fnord12 | December 2, 2017, 11:30 AM | Liberal Outrage | Link



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