Category Archives: Politics/Policy

Obama’s Agenda for a Second Term: Good Times

Dear America, Just under half of you have been warning us of this day. You’ve tried to tell us what it will mean if Barack Obama is re-elected, and he begins pursuing his agenda for America. And now it has … Continue reading

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A different way of looking at the 2012 Election: Party platform documents as word clouds

2012 Constitution Party Platform 2012 Libertrian Party Platform 2012 Republican Party Platform 2012 Democratic Party Platform 2012 Green Party Platform

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What “Occupy Wall Street” means to me – and probably to you.

So there’s a lot of yammering out there about OWS, and what it means, or doesn’t mean, and even some opinions that OWS protestors are less grateful than a panhandler, and perhaps more immoral, too, since they are capable, presumably, … Continue reading

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I’m not saying he’s a despot, but perhaps there are common personality traits…

Observed:                 No comment required, really.

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Might could dust off this little gem of Molly Ivins’:

The single most common misconception about [the Texas governor] is that he has been running a large state for the past six years. Texas has what is known in political science circles as “the weak-governor system.” You may think this … Continue reading

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Treasuries: Here we go again?

Via “The Marketplace Morning Report:” JEREMY HOBSON: Global stock markets are still excited about what the Federal Reserve said yesterday afternoon. That interest rates for banks that borrow from the Fed will remain near zero percent for the next two … Continue reading

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WWJRS?

Pretty sure if John Rawls asserts a good economy should benefit this at the bottom at least as much as those at the top (latest booms haven’t), then he would also assert that working our way out of a downturn … Continue reading

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On the debt ceiling

Via NPR: Raising the debt ceiling “simply authorizes Treasury to pay the bills Congress chose to incur when it passed years worth of spending increases and tax cuts that are now law.” So Congress voted for programs and tax cuts … Continue reading

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Corporate Power

I don’t know how people can hear stories like This American Life’s Game Changer: PROLOGUE. Host Ira Glass tells the stories of two professors, each making a calculation that no one had made before. One gets acclaim. One ends up … Continue reading

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Ecstatic

Absolutely ecstatic to find out that our possible new home will be in Mike McCaul’s district. I thought I was leaving good old CD10 behind. Also – absolutely chicken shit of the GOP to stop at just five districts in … Continue reading

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