Sunday, October 15, 2017

"Nice economy you have there;" Tweets to Paul Krugman on the CSR default and NAFTA

The cut off of the ACA CSR payments are a well-considered extortionist tactic, not random spite. If Trump keeps badmouthing the Exchanges people will stay away, with who knows what effect on profitability.

You worry about NAFTA, I worry about payments on the national debt. When he was a crooked developer in New York City, his policy was never to make the last payment. That is what he has done with the CSR payments. He may wait to the worst possible moment, then default on the national debt.

Nice economy you have there. Be a shame if anything happened to it.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Trump Clearly Just Loves Stiffing People

Trump clearly just loves stiffing people. That's the method in the ACA sabotage. It also suggests that eventually he will default on the national debt.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Blogging Quiet

I haven't been posting much lately, as I am sure you have noticed. I've been busy, for one thing, and, for another, I'm basically a dilettante (that's a hard word to spell) amateur political scientist and this isn't a time for theory – we need to be out in the streets, or at least writing our elected officials. I do have a long and historical Second Amendment piece in the works that has turned out to be unexpectedly topical, but it's going to be a while yet before I get through putting it into shape for publication.

Meantime, here's a link to Indivisible, which seems to be the most effective of the resistance groups.

So, quiet for a while. Be well, all of you. Resist!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Department of the Economy?

When the Federal Reserve System was created in 1913, it was in an effort to stabilize the US national economy, which was beset by panics and fraud. It is a semi-independent government agency, with its Board of Governors appointed by the President, and the individual bank presidents selected by the member banks.
  The Federal Reserve was created before Keynes, before there was a macroeconomics worthy of the name. To implement the insights of Keynes, which is to say, to implement macroeconomic management policies based on our best knowledge, we need a Department of the Economy, which has power over the whole of national economic policy, and laws that order that policy, so that this power is exercised in a democratic fashion.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fascists gotta fash

Over on Twitter, I see surprise among the health care policy set that the Republicans are just trying to jam an appalling health care bill through without so much as thought as to who it will affect. But why, after all? This is what the Republicans have been working up to for 20 years. They're an authoritarian fascist party now. Brutally mistreating citizens and ignoring law is what they want to do.

Remember this: they're fascists and must be opposed.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Cold Civil War

That's what I'm going to be calling the current internal conflicts of the USA. It's not just disagreement; we have factions which actually want to see people dead.

(There may be more to say about this. But I'm not sure what, and I want to get this out.)

Monday, September 4, 2017

To a Trump Supporter Who Calls Himself Christian

(I decided not to post this in Facebook comments, but liked it enough to save for this blog.)
You are part of a long line of people who wish to rewrite not only the law but historical fact itself to make it support you. To deal with some of your historical claims:
  1. Fred Clark reminds us that most US Protestants did not believe abortion was murder 40 years ago; this "biblical" "truth" is literally newer than the McDonald's Happy Meal. (It is also not in the Bible.) It was largely a belief of Roman Catholics, widely despised by the more radical Protestants. This was made into a widespread belief through extensive propaganda in the 1980s, and this was done because racism had lost much of its power.
  2. Somehow the Supreme Court did not find an unlimited firearms license in the Second Amendment for 200 years.
  3. The Constitution never was Christian. "Nature's God" in the Declaration of Independence refers to the distant Creator of Deists, nothing like the interventionist God your kind of Christianity believes in. The Constitution is deliberately non-religious.
None of the historical claims you make in support of your views are grounded in fact. Trump is a racist, probably a rapist, and a man with a long history of not paying his debts, which the Bible anathematizes. Against this, Hillary Clinton is a devout Christian and practices the Christian virtues, staying with her philandering husband despite his offenses against her and resolving their conflicts. If you were looking for a good Christian candidate, your side could have done much worse than to support her
  And, finally, don't you worry about the state of your own soul? In the Gospels, Jesus condemned pious hypocrisy in the strongest terms multiple times. As a public Christian you must know your views are considered hypocritical by others who profess Christianity. I suppose, in your view, they are the hypocrites and apostates. But have you considered the possibility that you might be wrong?