• comment on a post The Perot-Gore Debate over NAFTA over 7 years ago

    So strange, Ross Perot was more right than anyone could have believed.  I didn't watch that video, or the original debate (I was roughly Matt's age), but I remember Perot.

    A real free trade deal should take up no more than 1 page (plus signature pages).

    It should read something like this:

    We, the undersigned nations, shall make no laws impeded the flow of trade.

    Truly free trade means:  No intellectual property rights.  No labor rights.  No environmental protections.  Free movement of all goods.  Free movement of people.  No drug laws.  

    It means no government restrictions on trade.  It means no government subsidies.  

    Its a very scary thing at the end of the day.

    What NAFTA and similar deals are are pro multinational corporation trade deals that inflict damage on the working classes of all parties involved, not to mention usurping the sovereignty of involved nations.

  • on a comment on Paying for America over 7 years ago

    How about the fact that the wealthy use a disproportionate amount of government resources?  The wealthy have money to invest in big corporations.  Big corporations make money in large part due to government activities.  Look at the highways.  See all those semi-trucks moving goods around the country?  Wealthy persons who invest in the companies who's goods are moved disporportionately benefit from the existence of those highways.  

    The wealthy benefit from government work in negotiating trade agreements, they benefit from government subsidies, from corporate welfare.  The courts are heavily burdened with corporate legal matters.  

    A progressive income tax merely ensures that they pay more when they get more.

  • on a comment on Paying for America over 7 years ago

    However, generally speaking, a person working the same job in Tennessee as a person in NYC makes less than the person in NYC.  

    An engineer in Tennessee may earn a salary of $50,000.  An engineer in the same capacity in NYC would make $65,000.

  • on a comment on Paying for America over 7 years ago

    There's also the point, widely forgotten, that the US has become less representative, less democratic, over the years.

    The Consititution spelled out that we are supposed to have representatives for every 30,000 citizens.  Nowadays, each representative covers something like 300,000 people.

    The House should be MUCH larger.  The House is, in fact, in violation of the Constitution.  Technically speaking, We The People, can have them all impeached.

    The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative

  • on a comment on Open Thread over 7 years ago

    I've taken dates to bookstores.  Borders or the neighborhood used book store.  They used book store stays open until 1 am on weekends.  

  • on a comment on Open Thread over 7 years ago

    Hell, here in Chicago there are bars that are well enough lit to read, and some even have books.  The Map Room has National Geographics and an assortment of travel magazines lining the walls and the Old Town Ale House has bookshelves.  Grab a pint, grab a book, and have at it.  I've even seen people studying at the Ale House.  Then there's the bars with free wifi.

  • on a comment on Open Thread over 7 years ago

    I prefer the Economist.

    Makes me look smart and stuff.

  • comment on a post The Near-Impossibility Of A Brokered Convention over 7 years ago

    If you haven't read Fear and Loathing 1972, you should.  Hunter talks about a lot of the high drama that goes on behind the scenes at the conventions.  Not to mention the battle over the Illinois delegation (Mayor Daley brought a delegation, so did Jesse Jackson - only one got seated).

  • comment on a post NY 29: Bowling-Gate? over 7 years ago

    More donations since 2003.  Lets see...I'll search 2002, 2004, and 2006 cycles, all donations in 14424
    www.opensecrets.org says...a number more donations:

    5/19/03 $1000 - bowling proprietors association
    3/30/04 $1000 - bowling proprietors association
    5/9/05  $1000 - bowling proprietors association
    6/1/06  $1000 - bowling proprietors association

    and the two NRCC donations.  Wonder who the BPA supports?
    In 2006, the BPA gave $94,500 to Republicans and  $3000 to Dems (Ben Nelson), and $2500 to Joe Lieberman.  Kuhl got zip.
    In 2004, the BPA gave $90,000 to Reps ($0 to Kuhl), and $3000 to Dems (Nick Rahall and James Oberstar )
    In 2002, the BPA gave $33,800 to Republicans and
    $6750 to Dems (Baucus, Collin Peterson, Karen Thurman, Dennis Cardoza).  Nothing to Kuhl.  

    In 2000, 93% of their roughly $50k in donations went to Republicans, and in 1998, $35,400 in donations, 97% republican.

  • ATinNM - very true.  We should all know by now one of Bush's famous lines:  "You have to catapult the propaganda, you have to keep repeating yourself"

    The RWNM is all about repeating itself, over and over again, in order to try to create a CW.  It needs to be countered.  MyDD and other sites could help by including Pelosi's name in the title of any positive story about the Dem House.  We could help by g-b'ing Pelosi's name to the best stories out there about her and her leadership.

    Anyway,  the right's tactic here isn't about Pelosi, really.  Its really about (spooky voiceover) SAAAAAAN FRAAAAANNCISSSSSSSSSSCO.  Or the People's Republic of San Francisco.  Or teh gays in San Francisco.  Or any other "negative" right wing stereotype about San Francisco.  

    The good thing, for us, is that in the long run this helps us.  The GOP slowly but surely uses this kind of scapegoating to alienate entire regions against their party.  See the Northeast today.  

  • Google.  

  • They could start by adopting policies that don't alienate young people.  Baby steps.

  • comment on a post Did Bush Make the Decision to Fire Prosecutors? over 7 years ago

    wait a sec.  What he did, firing prosecutors for political reasons is clearly wrong, but technically, what law has been broken?  

    The President does have the right to hire and fire USA's at will.  

    Congress needs to get to the bottom of this, and ensure that USA's aren't used as political props, and that they can do their jobs independently, but I haven't heard of any actual law being broken.  There are plenty of laws this admin has broken, plenty of grounds for impeachment, I just don't think this is one.

    Now if someone tells me which law he broke, I'll gladly join the chorus.

  • how is it an attack?  Edwards has been referred to as good looking since 2004.  Obama is also consistently referred to as cute or good looking or whatever.  

    Seriously, Obama's the guy who had a photo of him without his shirt on plastered all over every paper in the country.

    You're really digging here.  Its pretty pathetic, really.

  • on a comment on Notes From The Underground over 7 years ago

    Daley sucks.  He's far from progressive.  He's a Republican, really.  He's anti-labor, pro-big business, and could give a flying F about the working man.  He happily panders to Republicans while telling working people to go screw themselves.  

    There is nothing progressive about the mayor.  

    And the SEIU and UNITE-HERE did a damn good job.  They won 5 seats outright, IIRC.  And there is a record number of runoffs in April.  Including in my own ward, where the ward-heeler and Daley appointee was supposed to be safe.

    That's one of the biggest problems in Chicago.  When an alderman retires, his replacement is appointed by Daley.  The seat isn't left vacant until the next election.  There isn't a special election.  The Mayor appoints the replacement.  I think something like 60% of the Council was appointed by Daley.

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