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Fri Jul 25
I didn’t need to put this under political humor. Rick Perry is a joke all by himself.Source: Raleigh N&Ohttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oQp/5257572c

I didn’t need to put this under political humor. Rick Perry is a joke all by himself.


Source: Raleigh N&O

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oQp/5257572c

"The only difference between today’s Birchers and those of yesteryear is how successfully they’ve mainstreamed their message today."http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oQo/5257572c

"The only difference between today’s Birchers and those of yesteryear is how successfully they’ve mainstreamed their message today."

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Kansas Could Turn Blue as Democrat Paul Davis Leads Governor’s Race by 8—- What’s the matter with Kansas? Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has triggered a backlash among voters in the state that has him trailing Democratic candidate Paul Davis 48%-40%.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oLu/5257572c

Kansas Could Turn Blue as Democrat Paul Davis Leads Governor’s Race by 8
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What’s the matter with Kansas? Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has triggered a backlash among voters in the state that has him trailing Democratic candidate Paul Davis 48%-40%.

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Mr. Speaker, I have something for you… #VoteBlue2014http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oLt/5257572c

Mr. Speaker, I have something for you…

#VoteBlue2014

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Morning Plum: GOP lawsuit against Obama could play into Dems’ hands—-Dems plan to use the lawsuit as a major campaign issue in 2014.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oGK/5257572c

Morning Plum: GOP lawsuit against Obama could play into Dems’ hands
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Dems plan to use the lawsuit as a major campaign issue in 2014.

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Obama Seeks to Close Loophole That Firms Use to Shield Profits Abroad - NYTimes.com—-The president asked Congress to remove the tax advantages of inversion, in which corporations designate a foreign country as their official address.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oCq/5257572c

Obama Seeks to Close Loophole That Firms Use to Shield Profits Abroad - NYTimes.com
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The president asked Congress to remove the tax advantages of inversion, in which corporations designate a foreign country as their official address.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oCq/5257572c

Great post by Professor Krugman on Cali. First let’s set the stage:"The states, Justice Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing taxes on the affluent in the belief that this would spark a huge boom; the boom didn’t happen, but the budget deficit exploded, offering an object lesson to those willing to learn from experience.And there’s an even bigger if less drastic experiment under way in the opposite direction. California has long suffered from political paralysis, with budget rules that allowed an increasingly extreme Republican minority to hamstring a Democratic majority; when the state’s housing bubble burst, it plunged into fiscal crisis.”Disclosure: I (PPKFP) live in Cali and can vouch for the veracity of everything Professor Krugman says. The key turning point was electing Governor Brown who succeeded Arnie (who wasn’t that bad) and more importantly finally achieving a supermajority in the Legislature to pass budgets over republican obstruction. The net results was a budget surplus due to a modest (and temporary) wealth tax and increase in the sales tax:"In 2012, however, Democratic dominance finally became strong enough to overcome the paralysis, and Gov. Jerry Brown was able to push through a modestly liberal agenda of higher taxes, spending increases and a rise in the minimum wage. California also moved enthusiastically to implement Obamacare.I guess we’re not in Kansas anymore. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)”For those of you who don’t live in Cali, which is a wonderfully diverse place to live, what are the take home lessons?"So what do we learn from the California comeback? Mainly, that you should take anti-government propaganda with large helpings of salt. Tax increases aren’t economic suicide; sometimes they’re a useful way to pay for things we need. Government programs, like Obamacare, can work if the people running them want them to work, and if they aren’t sabotaged from the right. In other words, California’s success is a demonstration that the extremist ideology still dominating much of American politics is nonsense."Finally, Professor Krugman has a nice discussion of one of the current challenges in California (along with the drought) which is the rising housing costs. That is worth a read. If you currently own a house (i.e. are somewhat wealthy), then you like the restrictive land-use regulations that prop up your inflated house value. Of course the problem is that the majority of people don’t own houses.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oCp/5257572c

Great post by Professor Krugman on Cali. First let’s set the stage:

"The states, Justice Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing taxes on the affluent in the belief that this would spark a huge boom; the boom didn’t happen, but the budget deficit exploded, offering an object lesson to those willing to learn from experience.

And there’s an even bigger if less drastic experiment under way in the opposite direction. California has long suffered from political paralysis, with budget rules that allowed an increasingly extreme Republican minority to hamstring a Democratic majority; when the state’s housing bubble burst, it plunged into fiscal crisis.”

Disclosure: I (PPKFP) live in Cali and can vouch for the veracity of everything Professor Krugman says. The key turning point was electing Governor Brown who succeeded Arnie (who wasn’t that bad) and more importantly finally achieving a supermajority in the Legislature to pass budgets over republican obstruction. The net results was a budget surplus due to a modest (and temporary) wealth tax and increase in the sales tax:

"In 2012, however, Democratic dominance finally became strong enough to overcome the paralysis, and Gov. Jerry Brown was able to push through a modestly liberal agenda of higher taxes, spending increases and a rise in the minimum wage. California also moved enthusiastically to implement Obamacare.

I guess we’re not in Kansas anymore. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)”

For those of you who don’t live in Cali, which is a wonderfully diverse place to live, what are the take home lessons?

"So what do we learn from the California comeback? Mainly, that you should take anti-government propaganda with large helpings of salt. Tax increases aren’t economic suicide; sometimes they’re a useful way to pay for things we need. Government programs, like Obamacare, can work if the people running them want them to work, and if they aren’t sabotaged from the right. In other words, California’s success is a demonstration that the extremist ideology still dominating much of American politics is nonsense."

Finally, Professor Krugman has a nice discussion of one of the current challenges in California (along with the drought) which is the rising housing costs. That is worth a read. If you currently own a house (i.e. are somewhat wealthy), then you like the restrictive land-use regulations that prop up your inflated house value. Of course the problem is that the majority of people don’t own houses.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oCp/5257572c

Website allows donors to pay Detroit residents’ overdue water bills http://ow.ly/2KGGfZhttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oC2/5257572c

Website allows donors to pay Detroit residents’ overdue water bills http://ow.ly/2KGGfZ

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oC2/5257572c

Georgia Pastor Jody Hice Rises with America’s Militant Right | VICE United States—-Jody Hice just secured the GOP nomination for the 10th congressional district of Georgia, calls America’s record on abortion “much worse than Hitler’s six million Jews,” among other gems.http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oC3/5257572c

Georgia Pastor Jody Hice Rises with America’s Militant Right | VICE United States
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Jody Hice just secured the GOP nomination for the 10th congressional district of Georgia, calls America’s record on abortion “much worse than Hitler’s six million Jews,” among other gems.

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oC3/5257572c

Thu Jul 24
Anything Fox “news” has to say:http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8ofB/5257572c

Anything Fox “news” has to say:

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