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Our officials discussing using the US Constitution to remove the US President? This is outrageous. Our government officials are only authorized to discuss using the Venezuelan Constitution to remove the Venezuelan President.
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Nonsense! The problem, as usual, is a lack of synthesis thinking, putting things together. On one hand we have Trump and his national emergency. On the other we have the Veterans' Administration. So he drafts everyone for a day, and presto! Beveridge for All. And, we can all greet each other on the street with "Thank you for your service!" MAGA!
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I agree with the basic premise, which I have often emphasized on the basis of simple math: if medical costs keep growing faster than the economy, we're dead in the water. But by saying "...you need to fix problems Medicare has had for decades." your comment suggests that this is about problems specific to Medicare. It is not. I've followed some of the links you suggested, and read the article, and all I see is reference to many ("up tp 1/3") unnecessary procedures in all patients, Medicare and non-Medicare. The article at AngryBear also makes a similar anti-Medicare putdown, not backed as far as I can see by the rest of the article: "This is one reason why we don’t want to give everyone 40 to 65 a chance to enroll in Medicare. No one could afford it. (This idea was considered in the late 1990s. Do you have any idea how much 40-65 year olds would have to pay for our extraordinarily inefficient and wasteful Medicare system?". What exactly is inefficient and wasteful about Medicare but not about the rest of our medical care? I don't see it. If the point is that we cannot afford to cover all those 40-to-65-year-olds while spending as much as we do per capita, then make that case. It's not clear what case the article (and your excerpt) are supporting.
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“No, no, I use many stats,” he said. As well as many lies, and many damn lies.
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TDS is clearly a two-edged sword.
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Very well said.
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“Atlantic City is a disaster, and I did great in Atlantic City,” he said during a Republican Party debate last September, according to a transcript. “I knew when to get out. My timing was great. And I got a lot of credit for it.” [Apres moi le deluge.]
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Links (2/15/19) at Economist's View
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Excellent points. As I understand them: PK seems to be conflating debt-financed fiscal stimulus (like government hiring unemployed people for new projects) with a reshuffling of who pays. Medicare for All would not be stimulus, in fact would be recessionary (throw people out of work) which, if anything, would require stimulus (e.g. infrastructure projects), or more generally a "hot" economy as you point out.
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And tunnels!? Look at Gaza and the Israeli attempts to keep them from tunneling into/out of Egypt, as well as the occasional incursion into Israel itself. And this is a government willing to go to any lengths, including shooting unarmed civilians on the other side of its fortifications, in an arguable case of self-defense. Remember El Chapo's escapes? Elon Musk is just beginning to catch up. We may have dealt with El Chapo, but I don't see how we are dealing with El Topo.
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How on Earth would the Venezuelan military need help against Russia? or anything else? We (and our puppets in Colombia and now Brazil) are the only ones they might ever need help against.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Links (2/11/19) at Economist's View
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The plan does not argue for the elimination of air travel. This is what it says about transportation: "H) overhauling transportation systems in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible, including through investment in— (i) zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing; (ii) clean, affordable, and accessible public transit; and (iii) high-speed rail;"
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The first, and often the only, people to equate criticisms of Israel to anti-Semitism, are the censors of the pro-Israel right. The tweet in question is arguably insulting to congresspeople that support Israel for reasons other than campaign contributions. So, perhaps, she owed an apology to her colleagues. But to Jews? The pro-Israel censors are making this about Jews and anti-Semitism, not Ms. Omar. Those censors have a long, and these days ugly, history of using such accusations to silence critics. Look at the current efforts to make support for BDS illegal. Jews appalled by such censorship are in turn vilified as "self-hating Jews". Bernie Sanders must be one of those, since he called Omar to offer his support. I'll add an anecdote: when I was growing up half a century ago in a country far, far away, my Jewish relatives told self-deprecating jokes about Jews engaging in outrageous behavior, and claiming anti-Semitism when called on it. So this is not new. And if this is not nauseating enough, I'll leave you with a tweet from our President, yes, the same President who is calling for Omar to resign. He is talking about the influence of the largest Republican donor, and a staunch supporter of the right wing in Israel: "Donald J. Trump ‏ Verified account @realDonaldTrump Follow Follow @realDonaldTrump Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree! 3:46 AM - 13 Oct 2015"
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I've seen Aaron in several news programs and he seems really good and rational.
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Trump wants to lengthen the wall to 2,000 miles, and Democrats keep funding only afew miles. In the spirit of compromise, and inspired by Spinal Tap’s Stonehenge, I suggest we make the wall 2000 mi long and 18” high.
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:-)
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But of course, if she passed the whole Green New Deal program it would still be a nefarious bait and switch, since we all know it cannot pass the Senate.
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They are not selling a plan, they are selling a concept. The plan can only be fleshed out once people are sufficiently behind it. Lenin, who knew about such things, always wanted a slogan for any campaign. It had to fit on a sign that people could carry in a march. To take a simple example, look at Bernie’s “$15/hr minimum” slogan, which led to several successful strikes and contract renegotiations, and is still gaining traction. Compare it with Hilary’s, which said it should vary from place to place, and had pages of details from negotiating wih herself, and went nowhere, even before she lost the election. Was she right? Of course. But do you see anyone marching for “12.73 or bust”?
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I thought the problem was not the generation and wastage of heat, but the production of heat-trapping atmospheric gases.
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I'm sick of hearing "love thy neighbor" too, but it seems they'll keep repeating it until we get it.
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And you can go back further, see e.g. the last part of this: https://andrewtobias.com/jefferson-madison-and-washington-on-the-estate-tax/
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2019 on Links (2/6/19) at Economist's View
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You are wrong about Pelosi, and seem to make no distinction between her and, say, Lieberman. This makes your arguments worthless, even to those of us who mostly agree with your critiques of the Dems as a whole. "They're all the same" is a roundabout way of saying "TINA".
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The abstract in your link also says: "Lack of support among moderate Democrats, opposition from Republicans, and ambiguous messages from the White House are among the explanations for the public option’s defeat. "
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Jerry is smart, I bet he buried bottles full of dollar bills under the Arc.
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Damn, I was duped, I was for the train, but only because I thought the French Dip was a canal.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2019 on Links (2/6/19) at Economist's View
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Excellent series of comments.
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2019 on Links (2/4/19) at Economist's View
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