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They told us all our lives to save for retirement. Even with several big stock market crashes, some of us had a little left. But keeping it in the safest investment provides almost no return. They git us a-comin', and they git us a-goin'.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2016 on Fed Watch: Curious at Economist's View
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From “A Natural History of Peace” (http://bit.ly/15Ua0Nc - pdf) by Robert M. Sapolsky (Foreign Affairs, January/February 2006): "[O]ne often encounters a pessimism built around the notion that humans, as primates, are hard-wired for xenophobia. Some brain-imaging studies have appeared to support this view in a particularly discouraging way… "More recent studies, however, should mitigate this pessimism. Test a person who has a lot of experience with people of different races, and the amygdala [the brain’s emotion control center] does not activate. Or, as in a wonderful experiment by Susan Fiske, of Princeton University, subtly bias the subject beforehand to think of people as individuals rather than as members of a group, and the amygdala does not budge. Humans may be hard-wired to get edgy around the Other, but our views on who falls into that category are decidedly malleable." I'd write a book (http://bit.ly/Q3zdMU) about it if I could ever find a publisher.
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Sure, push the poor out on the streets to die. Oh wait, that's what we're already doing! Just as Jesus said, which makes yours such a wonderful message at the time Christians celebrate his birth. Pull the plug on those free riding banksters first. Then talk to me about the free riding poor. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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A public option, as far as *I* can tell, would be an insurance program available to all Americans that is run by Medicare, a government agency. I really think the magic bullet is Medicare for all. But since our dear leaders took that off the table to begin with, greatly hobbling their ability to deal, the next best thing would be the option of buying one's health insurance from the government. If administered by Medicare, we could expect administrative costs of 2%, rather than the 20% or more racked up by private insurance companies. I'm old enough to remember before there was such a thing as for-profit health care or health insurance, so don't try to lecture me on how things used to be. As to why conservatives have more position papers, it's because THEIR millionaires and billionaires pay for that kind of thing, while so-called progressive rich people don't. As I'm not rich, I refuse to take responsibility for their lack of action. I've spent ten years trying to convince unrich so-called progressives to put our little bits of money together to fight the right-wing lies, but to no avail. Apparently, too many people want others to do the work for them. But that ain't me, so don't try to paint me with your tar brush. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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I don't know, but I don't know what the arguments were before them. I'm not saying this judge made the right decision, but I am certainly against forcing Americans to buy overpriced insurance so that insurance companies can increase their profits. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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Nonsense. Obama gave away the public option and then pretended he hadn't. Deal with it. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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Yes, the judge said that the commerce clause of the Constitution had never been construed in such a way that the government could force citizens to buy a PRIVATE product. Read the opinion. If there had been a government (public) option for health care insurance, as many of us insisted was needed to keep costs down, he wouldn't have been able to rule as he did. I'm not the one who's confused. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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No, thank Mr. Obama. He made a secret deal with the hospital lobby and then pretended for months that he really wanted the public option he had given away. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/miles-mogulescu/ny-times-reporter-confirm_b_500999.html Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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If we had a public option, the judge wouldn't have ruled against the mandate. Too bad Obama sold us out on that part. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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Yes, they verify. But they lobby for more and more visas, when there are Americans more than ready to do the work. It's wrong to keep Americans' wages down by importing cheaper labor. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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It's don't ask don't tell when they're not lobbying Congress to legalize the shifting of jobs from Americans to others. My profession of IT was one of the last areas of really good pay until the employers started getting special visas for foreigners to come here and work for less. Then, when insourcing didn't lower our pay enough, they started outsourcing as much of the work as they could, no matter how much the quality suffered. Never underestimate the ferociousness of American business when finding ways to pay workers less. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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The solution to illegal immigration is simple. Enforce the laws against hiring them. Put the employers in prison, if necessary. When there are no jobs for illegals, there will be no illegals. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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If the tea partiers are misinformed, it's not their fault, but the fault of progressives, who have refused to mount an information campaign, to counter the disinformation campaign mounted over the last 40 plus years by a few right-wing billionaire families. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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There's much to be learned from the right wing's attack on reason, starting in the early 70s. The right-wing elites didn't just sit around and wring their hands because the media weren't reflecting their views. What they've done so successfully is to develop their own media outlets and find, develop, and fund the talent that provides the content for those outlets. Meanwhile, on the progressive side, we have gotten along with a few lonely voices who are paid for their efforts, plus a certain number of dedicated people who do the work for the love of the cause. Naturally, most of those who are not paid for their political work cannot do it full time. They develop their message and they broadcast it in a cogent, coherent, and coordinated way. We don't. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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Yes, keep on blaming the victims of a more than 40 year multibillion dollar campaign to keep Americans ignorant. That will change the situation. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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I might as well blame a scorpion for poisoning the horse that tries to carry it across the stream. I blame the people who REFUSE TO FIGHT BACK in any meaningful way. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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Who is mounting a coherent, coordinated campaign to inform these people of what is happening in the real world? Nobody. I don't blame the people, I blame the so-called progressive leadership that won't take any responsibility for fighting the misinformation. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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Don't blame me, I didn't vote for Obama. Or Nancy Pelosi. Or Harry Reid. The ones I did vote for vote the way I want them to. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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I blame Obama and all the other members of the Democratic leadership for not fighting these stupid right-wing memes, rather than giving in to them. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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Well, you can lie down and get run over, but I'm not going to. I'm spoiling for a fight, and I'm betting that we could galvanize the entire country. The wording would have to be such that it couldn't be interpreted away. Per >About.com http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/usconstitution/a/constamend.htm Article V of the Constitution spells out the processes by which amendments can be proposed and ratified. To Propose Amendments Two-thirds of both houses of Congress vote to propose an amendment, or Two-thirds of the state legislatures ask Congress to call a national convention to propose amendments. (This method has never been used.) To Ratify Amendments Three-fourths of the state legislatures approve it, or Ratifying conventions in three-fourths of the states approve it. This method has been used only once -- to ratify the 21st Amendment -- repealing Prohibition. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2010 on Corporations are People Too? at Economist's View
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We need to start working on a constitutional amendment to fight this insanity. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
Toggle Commented Jan 21, 2010 on Corporations are People Too? at Economist's View
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It's time we stop worrying about what conservatives think. They've had their day, and they've failed utterly. Time to start doing the right thing and selling it as such. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2010 on "The Economics of Terrorism" at Economist's View
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>>How Effective Are Misinformation Campaigns? - Scientific American This article is about terrorizing the public to support wars, but right wingers have been using these same tactics against Americans for many years to frighten them into voting for Republicans rather than Democrats. And for many years Democrats have believed that the way to fight these tactics is to buy in to the fear, trying to outdo the right wingers. But only sorta. They just end up looking weak and being completely ineffectual. When will the left start fighting back in ways that get at the very basis of the oh-so-effective right-wing message? That appeal to Americans’ better nature instead of the worst that’s in us? Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2010 on links for 2010-01-18 at Economist's View
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Sunstein link: http://stopmebeforeivoteagain.org/2010/01/i_was_a_blog_troll_for_the_cia.html Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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Does Brooks sound like Obama advisor Cass Sunstein, who wants to trick us into thinking the way he wants us to think? There seems to be a surfeit of folks at the top of the economic/political ladder who think they're so far superior to us poor, unwashed masses that they actually are doing us a favor by manipulating our behavior. Carolyn Kay MakeThemAccountable.com
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