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Has U.S. Democracy Been Trumped? Bernie Sanders wants to know who owns America?

#18361 User is offline   shyams 

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Posted 2021-June-14, 15:22

View Posty66, on 2021-June-14, 15:06, said:

Not just coyotes wailing along the trail these days deep in the heart of Texas.

The Unlikely Demise of Texasí Biggest Corporate Tax Break

(Quote from the article) "The unlikely demise of the stateís most coveted corporate tax break has become a rare instance of Texasí powerful business interests failing to get what they wanted from the Legislature. At least for now."(End quote)
Therein lies the rub.

A bit of prodding & pushing in the weeks to come, and soon enough there will be a loophole or an amendment or some other sleight of hand that extends the tax breaks. After all, the lawmakers have learnt never to disappoint the donor class.
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Posted 2021-June-15, 08:06

Matt Yglesias' take on the expanded Child Tax Credit: https://www.slowbori...od-is-happening
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Posted 2021-June-15, 10:30

View Posty66, on 2021-June-15, 08:06, said:

Matt Yglesias' take on the expanded Child Tax Credit: https://www.slowbori...od-is-happening


He says:

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I've also spoken to several people who have two big concerns about this rollout:

  • The people who do get money may not realize what money they are getting, or why, or who to thank for it.
  • The media leans left but also likes to be "tough," and so will probably focus a lot of attention on the minority of eligible people who, for administrative reasons, don't get the money.


That first point is a big deal. People need to be able to say "I understand the program. If I take actions A, B and C then the program will do the following for me. "
I know people who will be directly affected. They need to know exactly how they will be directly affected.
People who are struggling need to plan, and to plan they need to understand.
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Posted 2021-June-15, 16:03

As previously noted, Repugnant politicians are making up a FAKE argument against extended unemployment benefits because there are a lot of jobs that are unfilled and the Repugnants argue that some people would rather collected unemployment benefits rather than take excellent below living wage jobs.

Amazon burns through workers so quickly that executives are worried they'll run out of people to employ, according to new report

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Of the over 350,000 new workers it hired between July and October 2020, the report said, many only stayed with the company "just days or weeks."

Hourly employees had a turnover rate of approximately 150% every year, data reviewed by the Times demonstrated, reportedly leading some Amazon executives to worry about running out of hirable employees in the US.


Crap working conditions and low pay are the reasons people don't want those jobs.
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Posted 2021-June-15, 17:44

View Postkenberg, on 2021-June-15, 10:30, said:

He says:

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That first point is a big deal. People need to be able to say "I understand the program. If I take actions A, B and C then the program will do the following for me. "
I know people who will be directly affected. They need to know exactly how they will be directly affected.
People who are struggling need to plan, and to plan they need to understand.


I think this is his key point: who to thank for it.


A big problem the U.S. has is is expressing the value of the government. In many European countries, there seems to be a more direct impact on citizens' lives from the taxes they pay. If U.S. citizens could see and experience a more direct impact from government actions, I doubt there would be as much grousing about government, taxes, freedoms, and all those other right wing talking points.
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Posted 2021-June-15, 17:48

And now for some good news:

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The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a measure that would establish a federal holiday for Juneteenth, the day that marks the end of slavery in the United States.

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Posted 2021-June-15, 17:54

Matt Yglesias said:

Amazon lawyers getting ready to increase their billable hours.

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KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

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Posted 2021-June-16, 07:11

View PostWinstonm, on 2021-June-15, 17:44, said:

I think this is his key point: who to thank for it.


A big problem the U.S. has is expressing the value of the government. In many European countries, there seems to be a more direct impact on citizens' lives from the taxes they pay. If U.S. citizens could see and experience a more direct impact from government actions, I doubt there would be as much grousing about government, taxes, freedoms, and all those other right wing talking points.


Politically, you are probably right. I am more thinking about what the recipient needs, and I think clarity is a good place to start.


Simple example:
A couple have two children, one not yet of school age, the other of school age, the parents could work but the job would pay modestly. Maybe it would be best for both parents to work full time, employing child care, or maybe it would be better for one parent to take care of the kids while the other works, or maybe they should do this until the younger child is of school age and then the parent who had been doing the child care can get a part time job or maybe a full time job, or, or, or,...

There is a lot to sort out here, and the best choice is apt to strongly depend on how the program is set up.

Even if we just think of the politics, clarity can make people appreciative. Once upon a time I was a grad student on an extremely tight budget. The IRS decided that part of a teaching assistantship could be considered a fellowship and thus not taxable. The details mattered. For example I was partially supported by an assistanship, partially supported by a prof's research grant, and I taught some in the summer, or sometimes had a summer grant. What's what? So several of us called the IRS to get help understanding. We got several different answers, apparently depending on who picked up the phone at the other end, or perhaps depending on just how our questions were phrased. When you are married and have a child, and have no money left at the end of a week, it's nice to know the details of this generous tax plan. We will worry about who to thank later, the first thing is to understand it.
A grad student eventually moves on. Some folks are perpetually living near the edge, and I think clarity helps a lot. And clarity can make people thankful. Well, if the clarity is "You're screwed" then that wouldn't make people thankful.

Anyway, clarity is good. Knowing who to thank is good. Hopefully we can do both. Then we don't have to worry about which is most important.



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Posted 2021-June-16, 11:37

 kenberg, on 2021-June-16, 07:11, said:

Politically, you are probably right. I am more thinking about what the recipient needs, and I think clarity is a good place to start.


Simple example:
A couple have two children, one not yet of school age, the other of school age, the parents could work but the job would pay modestly. Maybe it would be best for both parents to work full time, employing child care, or maybe it would be better for one parent to take care of the kids while the other works, or maybe they should do this until the younger child is of school age and then the parent who had been doing the child care can get a part time job or maybe a full time job, or, or, or,...

There is a lot to sort out here, and the best choice is apt to strongly depend on how the program is set up.

Even if we just think of the politics, clarity can make people appreciative. Once upon a time I was a grad student on an extremely tight budget. The IRS decided that part of a teaching assistantship could be considered a fellowship and thus not taxable. The details mattered. For example I was partially supported by an assistanship, partially supported by a prof's research grant, and I taught some in the summer, or sometimes had a summer grant. What's what? So several of us called the IRS to get help understanding. We got several different answers, apparently depending on who picked up the phone at the other end, or perhaps depending on just how our questions were phrased. When you are married and have a child, and have no money left at the end of a week, it's nice to know the details of this generous tax plan. We will worry about who to thank later, the first thing is to understand it.
A grad student eventually moves on. Some folks are perpetually living near the edge, and I think clarity helps a lot. And clarity can make people thankful. Well, if the clarity is "You're screwed" then that wouldn't make people thankful.

Anyway, clarity is good. Knowing who to thank is good. Hopefully we can do both. Then we don't have to worry about which is most important.

Agreed. Simplicity helps clarity. You go to the doctor; it costs you nothing out of pocket; that is simple and clear and you know who to thank.
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Posted 2021-June-16, 20:40

View PostWinstonm, on 2021-June-15, 17:48, said:

And now for some good news:


And some not so good:-
Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona
Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama
Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia
Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee
Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona
Rep. Ronny Jackson of Texas
Rep. Doug LaMalfa of California
Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky
Rep. Tom McClintock of California
Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina
Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama
Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana
Rep. Chip Roy of Texas
Rep. Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin
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Posted Yesterday, 02:18

How old were you in 1968?
Watch young Americans debate whether or not to be in Viet Nam.
It's part of a series of youtube videos produced by documentary film-maker David Hoffman
https://bit.ly/YoungDebate
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Posted Yesterday, 07:48

Jonathan Bernstein at Bloomberg said:

We can retire the idea that President Joe Biden doesnít do press conferences. With one more overseas on Wednesday, Biden has now done four solo news conferences, already matching George W. Bushís first year and three ahead of Donald Trump in 2017; if he keeps up the pace, heíll be mid-pack on that score for presidents from Richard Nixon on.

Itís still early, and itís not unusual for presidents to take some time to figure out which formats work for them. Trump shied away from solo press conferences until his final year, but did a lot of joint ones with foreign leaders and took plenty of questions in other formats. Biden has only held two joint news conferences, with the pandemic cutting off normal diplomatic travel at first, but I expect heíll gravitate more to such events going forward. Iím happy to see the formal solo conference survive after Trump almost abandoned it in his first three years (averaging just three a year). It will never thrive again the way it did when the broadcast networks dominated, but it can still be quite revealing.

Remember, all presidents do these things ó one-on-one interviews, quick hits with local stations, call-ins to talk TV and radio, formal press conferences, informal sessions with the White House press corps ó because it serves their purposes. Itís part of representation, as they explain to voters what theyíve been doing in the context of their campaign promises. Itís part of electioneering for those presidents seeking (or at least potentially seeking) another term. Itís also a way to negotiate; there are times when itís useful for the president to make his or her positions public, thereby making them harder to walk away from. And press conferences give presidents an opportunity to direct attention to programs or organizations or people, meaning that they create opportunities to offer something valuable.

Biden handles all of this Ö adequately. Heís more articulate than either Bush; more in control of facts than Ronald Reagan; able to speak directly to regular voters better than Jimmy Carter or, in this format, Barack Obama, who never really found a way to make formal news conferences work for him. Like most of his predecessors, Biden is an experienced politician who knows how to duck questions he doesnít want to answer and transition to topics heíd prefer to talk about. Thatís the good side. Biden also can seem old (which isnít surprising, given his age); heís fine on substance, but he does search for words often enough that itís noticeable, and his apparent energy level isnít consistent. And heís apt to lose his cool if he thinks a question is foolish, as happened Wednesday. Leaving aside Trumpís tantrums, Biden on this score is probably most comparable to Harry Truman; it didnít help Truman, and it doesnít help Biden.

That said, Biden also apologized a while later to CNNís Kaitlan Collins, which is also something unusual about him ó he is, perhaps uniquely among presidents, an apologizer. Sometimes he takes it to silly extremes, as he did during debates last year when he more than once apologized for going over his time limit, something virtually every candidate does and virtually none of them are sorry about. I donít know that itís especially important, but I do think itís refreshing to have a president whoís able to say heís sorry about things.

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Posted Yesterday, 09:25

 pilowsky, on 2021-June-17, 02:18, said:

How old were you in 1968?
Watch young Americans debate whether or not to be in Viet Nam.
It's part of a series of youtube videos produced by documentary film-maker David Hoffman
https://bit.ly/YoungDebate

I was 17, and it sucked to be 17 in 1968.
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Posted Yesterday, 11:59

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How old were you in 1968?
Watch young Americans debate whether or not to be in Viet Nam.
It's part of a series of youtube videos produced by documentary film-maker David Hoffman
https://bit.ly/YoungDebate


This was an interesting video, I may try watching others in Hoffman's series.


I was 29 in 1968. I was a first year faculty member in 67-68, my second daughter was born in 67. I think it was in 66 that my student deferment was cancelled and I was re-classified as 1A. But I was 29 and mostly they wanted younger guys. So I was not completely safe from the draft, but it was unlikely.

I was not a hippie. I grew a beard and long hair for a while but decided I looked ridiculous. When I went to the barber to get the long hair cut off he was ecstatic. Business had been slow. He brought out pictures of is family, his wife and kids, told me how hard things were for barbers, and was really glad to see me.

I voted for Hubert Humphrey in the fall. He was a Minnesotan. His career was really ruined by being VP for Johnson. His own fault.

I was busy with traditional life. I might be the only person of my generation who has never smoked pot. I had friends who used LSD. I don't think it went well for them in the long run.

A crazy era for someone born in Minnesota in 1939.

It was interesting seeing those high school kids from back then.
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Posted Yesterday, 14:25

Is the Manchin infrastructure compromise a win for moderation? From what I've heard today, 11 Republican senators are in favor of this compromise, 1 more than is needed to pass the 60 vote threshold. It does appear that Moscow Mitch has been unable to reign in his stallions.

Surely, that has to be a step in the right direction. The one thing Biden seems to understand is time - nothing big gets done in haste. And that includes battling back against the far right tide.
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Posted Yesterday, 18:59

View PostWinstonm, on 2021-June-15, 17:48, said:

And now for some good news:



That is absolutely wonderful. Now if we can only get California to pay reparations for slavery we can all live happily forever after.

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