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Bob Lord
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Typepad HTML Email “Get a goat, slit its throat and sacrifice it to the Gods why dont you”That quote says it all. What do you do when you want to mock religion, but you yourself still believe there’s an invisible man in the sky directing traffic? Why you speak disparagingly of goat sacrifices, of course, and you make sure that the reference to deities is plural, because, in your hopelessly confused little mind, believing there’s one invisible man in the sky is rational, but believing there are more than one is crazy. And, of course, the ritual of sacrificing a goat is crazy, but the ritual of eating wafers and drinking wine because they represent God’s body and blood, well, that’s totally rational.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2014 on The Way Forward: Tax and Spend at Blog For Arizona
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Posted by Bob Lord [Distributed via OtherWords.org] The Way Forward: Tax and Spend This strategy would reduce joblessness and inequality while stimulating the economy. By Bob Lord and Emily Schwartz Greco Have you heard? Our economic policy debate is getting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Posted by Bob Lord The Economic Policy Institute is out with a study that looks at inequality in America state-by-state: The Increasingly Unequal States of America: Income Inequality by State, 1917 to 2011. So, how does Arizona rank? All in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
I see your point. I was focusing on elected Dem officials and giving them the benefit of the doubt that they themselves were not bigoted. But underlying their actions, albeit indirectly, likely are differences in the underlying attitude of their constituents. So, yeah, when you get to the bottom of it, it is an attitudinal thing. Thanks for clarifying.
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Yeah, I think we're all making the same general point. The difference in the way Dem leaders have handled 1062 and 1070 doesn't reflect a difference in attitudes towards LGBTs vs. Latinos, but differing political calculations. When they think it's better to be politically craven on issues involving LGBT rights, like in the 90s, they'll be just as craven as they were about 1070.
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Tom, go back to the 90's and the early 00s and look at how Democrats, especially Democratic leaders, were handling DOMA and state level initiatives opposing same sex marriage. Even ENDA had trouble getting full throated D support. It's not the difference between 1070 and 1062, but the difference in the political environments surrounding them. More and more, the political battlefield these days is over abortion rights and LGBT rigths, with centrist Ds anxious to show their progressive cred to their base by taking strong positions on those issues, while quietly cozying up to corporate America on issues of economic justice. So, it's not that folks are less outraged at bigotry towards Latinos than they are at bigotry towards gays and lesbians. It's just that speaking out against bigotry towards gays and lesbians is really safe territory for D politicians right now.
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Actually, if you read this, it looks like Huppenthal doesn't even need robocalls. Based on what this letter writer had to say, the guy prefers to bug the crap out of people live -- http://azstarnet.com/news/opinion/mailbag/letters-to-the-editor/article_6167d56b-23c0-5b0c-8c71-4cecaf3bb973.html The letter writer: "Some years ago when he was in the Arizona State Senate, my privacy was regularly besieged with his message du jour via robocalls. It became so annoying that I looked up his email address and asked him to take me off his call list since I was not in his district nor was I aligned with his partisan ideas regarding topics important to him at the time. As a result of that email he not only didn’t stop the calls, but decided instead to invade my privacy further by telephoning me and attempting to debate his “rights” and his ideas. After I asked him what about “do not call me” didn’t he understand, I finally got rid of him by blocking any further calls. His ideas were dangerous in the Senate, but putting him in charge of public education? What were voters thinking?"
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Anti-choice politicians do indeed tend to be double-highs, although the thumpers that flock to the mega-churches tend to be authoritarian followers. And, in the context of choice, the hypocrisy of double high authoritarians surfaces whenever they are faced with an unwated pregnancy. A perfect example of anti-choice double-highs would be the C Street house.
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Well, your comment is telling. If your biggest beef with my analysis is that you disagree on whether the Waltons and Bill Gates will pay capital gains taxes, then I did rather well. After all, that item was minor, minor part of the post. And you're wrong to boot. For stockholders in publicly held corporations, dividends and capital gains are practially interchangeable. If yuu lower the cap gains rate, you pretty much have to lower the rate on dividends as well. Otherwise, corporations simply forgo dividend distributions and buy back shares instead. Truth is, one of the few things W Bush did that made sense was equalize the capital gains and dividend rates. And for folks like the Waltons and Bill Gates, dividend income is a fairly large chunk of their income. So, taking your lead and lowering the cap gains rate to 5% indeed would help our nation's plutocrats, not to mention the hedge fund managers whose incomes, derived from their carried interests, are largely comprised of capital gains.
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Posted by Bob Lord Let's hope this is one of the last gasps of a dying snake. The pathetic print newspaper industry, in a desperate attempt to preserve a statutorily-mandated revenue stream that lost its justification decades ago, maliciously attacked... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Posted by Bob Lord One of our readers and frequent commenters, Bess, suggested that we just ignore ole Thuckarooskie. That would be the conventional approach. But I actually think we may be on to something, so let's not stop just... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
This is what you do at two in the morning? Post moronic comments on blogs. State tax rates are not at all time highs. Again, you're lying to make false arguments.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2014 on Inequality Cartoon Says it All at Blog For Arizona
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I've already addressed this. Your reading skills are a bit lacking, my friend.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2014 on Inequality Cartoon Says it All at Blog For Arizona
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I think you just made my point.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2014 on Inequality Cartoon Says it All at Blog For Arizona
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The type of robocalls you reference in your comment are not the type referred to in the post. The suggestion was that Huppenthal continue to use robocalls to hawk the tax credit program for private schools, not that he make the usual campaign robocalls to which you refer. Do you not get that distinction? By all appearances, you're one obtuse dude. I don't think the issue is Huppenthal's support of school choice. Rather, it's what appears to be a clear preference for charter schools and private schools over public schools and a desire to dismantle the public school system as we know it.
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That's not the issue raised here. If you and Huppenthal are correct, why doesn't Huppenthal continue with the robocalls, and why didn't he announce the public service he was performing at the time he performed it? Why did it require Brahm Resnick to point it out? Truth is, Huppenthal, an elected official running for re-election with both a primary and general election opponent, would have us believe that he performed what he thought was a public service, but did nothing on his own to let the public know, in an election year. That's kind of absurd isn't it?
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This post makes an excellent point. We see this occur repeatedly: Politician is outed for corrupt conduct. He vehmently defends the conduct, but hypocritically discontinues it. The obvious takeaway is that a calculated risk was taken, with plan B being to defend but discontinue, thereby minimizing the downside. When you think about it, the hypocrisy is there even before the conduct is discontinued. In this case, for example, if Huppenthal's robocalls were as justified as he claims they were, why did it take an interview with Brahm Resnick to bring them to our attention? Why didn't Huppenthal issue a press release advising us that he was going to perform this public service?
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I could ignore him, Bess, but he's actually a fascinating case study. Think about the pathology here. He's a mental midget, but apparently reads a lot, or at least reads headlines and conclusions. Then, when he engages in his own analysis, he completely botches it more often than not. He purports to be ultra-confident in his views, yet not enough to stop hiding behind a screen name, and also not enough to own up to his own analytical mistakes.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2014 on Inequality Cartoon Says it All at Blog For Arizona
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Q: Was Cornelius Vanderbilt a "robber baron" or a "captain of industry" or both? A: He was a robber baron. During the Civil War he sold or leased to the U.S. Navy unseaworthy vessels at inflated prices, some were in such bad shape they sank before leaving port, at least two of his ships sank in open sea taking their entire crews down with them. After the Civil War he used lawyers and hired guns to steal land from settlers and indians to build his railroads on, the only reason he's considered a captain of industry is because his family wrote his biography. Have you ever heard the saying "behind every great fortune is a great crime", well, the Vanderbilt fortune was the source of that saying.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2014 on Inequality Cartoon Says it All at Blog For Arizona
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Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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Dang, Dang, good to have you on board on this one.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2014 on When Truth is Marginalized at Blog For Arizona
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Posted by Bob Lord Even those on the political left (not the ideological left) consider Chris Hedges to be on the fringe. That's scary. It's scary because when those making sense are marginalized, the end is near. Here are the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
I actually believe you grew up poor. Someone who starts out poor and escapes often is the most likely to be harsh towards those not as fortunate as he.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2014 on Thing Two About Thucky at Blog For Arizona
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Again, you evade. You've repeatedly used "top rankings" to breathe credibility into the views of the economists you idolize. But when I asked about Stiglitz's ranking, you evaded. And you don't seem to be acknowledging that Rogoff's ranking didn't prevent him from blowing it big time. The upshot is that you invoke the rankings out of expedience. When an economist you don't agree with is highly ranked, you minimize. As I said before, you're a fraud.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2014 on Thing Two About Thucky at Blog For Arizona
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No, I have. In both this post and the last I demonstrated that the synapses aren't quite firing for you. You even implicitly acknowledged so mjch with your arrogant yet pathetic statement that I "lawyer technicalities" while you "conceptualize."
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2014 on Thing Two About Thucky at Blog For Arizona
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