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It's almost like you can feel it in the air, if you listen. The will of a people toward freedom -- listing this way and that. Maybe someday stumbling onto it.
But then, how to keep it...
The federal debt is sort of like the balance on your credit cards, except with much lower interest rates (which we set ourselves). It also hasn’t been spent on consumer goods: it’s been spent on providing federal services, social services, and — generally — running the government.
So, once again this election cycle you will hear histrionic cries about how the national debt should trump (ahem) other priorities in the economic plan.
As long as we are comfortably able to keep paying the interest payments on the debt, there’s no particular reason to really worry about it — certainly not to the point of failing to provide needed services for the government. We have a solid track rating of paying our debts — one of the best in all of history — so we should probably not have a hard time refinancing if the situation ever becomes dire.
We pay about 2.5% interest on the debt, which ends up being a small fraction of our ~$17 trillion GDP. Much of the “debt" is actually money we t...
Anti-regulatory sentiment in US politics is a misdirection, because pretty much everybody sane loathes red tape and bureaucracy, but the result of deregulation has been an increase in corporate corruption and white collar crime historically -- without fail -- every time it is implemented. Already the average American citizen is being crushed between the demands of corporate profits (and the financialization engine that feeds on them) on the one hand and government cronyism and partisan gridlock on the other.
"Regulation" is just a fancy word for "law," as in, the body of law that has built up over the course of US history and that is widely credited as one of the major sources of US success in the global arena -- without a strong rule of law and the ability to enforce misconduct, we are literally less civilized. All that civilization is, is the set of agreements we hold in common, and pledge in good faith to abide by; the limits on our own personal ego desires we submit ourselves t...
Republicans do not like to elect women.
Stats of note:
GOP women make up only 4% of the current Congress.
12% are female Congressional Democrats -- for a total of 16.5% vs. 83.5% male legislators.
As a percentage of the historical collection of Congress members over all time, women have comprised only 1.7% of the total.
Women need more representation across the board! Let's do this, America.
P.S. If you have any need for a Slack bot that returns data on sitting Congresspeople, look no further! You can install this bot in Slack easily; you'll just need to set up a Fieldbook account
(As of 1/6/2015)
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Maybe CEO salary should be capped to whatever the Presidential salary is -- sort of like a "no one can stand taller than the King" sort of thing.
Historical Table of Presidential Salaries
President of the United States*
...with consumers their prey. And often government.
Anything will be said. "Trust us!"
Later, when deeply disturbing moral and ethical behaviors are painstakingly uncovered and whistleblown, the story becomes, "well, what did you expect, NOOB?! We are a business. Revenue is our highest calling and our only virtue -- everyone knows this, Khaleesi. Were you born yesterday?! Why did you believe our heartfelt and yet theoretically obvious gambit?"
Maybe sociopathy has now become the best one might hope for -- with the continuum pressing on well into the territory of the psychopath in modern times. With ruthless, win-at-any-cost predations glorified and held up on every pedestal, is it even a wonder?
Look: i'm not Christian but i was raised in the church and you know -- i can super get on board with, & always try to have compassion with my fellow humans. As #WWJD would have wanted. There's good stuff in there. But Kim Davis seems to miss the proverbial forest for the trees. It's like the freshly minted newborn foal that balks at the idea of Grace. She's ungainly and on spindly legs and trying to figure it out.I think at heart Kim Davis is actually trying to do the right thing, which is what is truly tragic in this bizarre situation that ultimately has more to do with the vicissitudes of Kentucky law than with any larger religious interest.Kim Davis has been a sinner in a very deep way -- more than most of us -- and she's quite honestly getting on in life. Not old per se -- plenty of years left perhaps should things go according to First World Plan. And yet myself as a "not quite starting with 4 but almost" person begins to understand the drive that Freud write about; that Kier...
Tests are evaluating tools that can only act as a diagnostic — they offer no improvement in the actual ability of children to learn. In the so-called "real world" we don’t take tests — we solve problems and tackle challenges that (ideally) resonate with us somehow when we manage to solve them. Unfortunately one of the more important parts of that equation — the passion, and the interest that drives us to ask questions in the first place — is often absent in many a modern life.
In service of stability, in service of family, of practicality, of a grim sort of tradition — for whatever reasons, we find ourselves here. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Moreover, tests are supposedly a heuristic that stands in for “teacher performance." But there are many quite consequential other factors that affect students’ performance on tests, most of which have nothing to do with the teacher and everything to do with the child and his or her life outside of school.
In other words, judging teacher ...
by doctor paradox · February 13, 2012
And Then There Were Seven of the Day: “Here in our state we have taken a long and difficult journey, and this is the last step," declared Governor Christine Gregoire as she signed the bill making same-sex marriages legal in the state of Washington.
The Evergreen State thus joins six other states (MA, NH, VT, CT, IA, NY) and the District of Columbia in recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry.
The law doesn’t officially take effect until June 7th, meaning opponents have until June 6th to gather the 120,000 signatures necessary to stop same-sex marriages and put the issue on November’s ballot.
In related news, New Jersey’s state Senate today also passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, but the Garden State has still a ways...