• on a comment on Anti-Labor, Pro-liberal over 9 years ago
    This is really an example of what economists call free-riding.  You like the social benefits that have been the result of union organizing and mobilization, but you don't want to contribute any effort to those goals.  And indeed, why should you if you get the benefits anyway?  But you see what happens when more and more people free ride:  benefits get slashed, wages and salaries go down, and your children increasingly will live in a winner-take-all society...fine if you're cum laude at Harvard, but not so nice if you graduate from State College.
  • comment on a post Anti-Labor, Pro-liberal over 9 years ago
    and not be pro-union.  Yes, I know the history of labor unions and the past corruption and anti-democratic practices.  But the only way to raise the social living standard is to have an organized labor movement powerful enough to play the political game.  It may seem like chicken-and-egg, but it's not.  The great advances in economic equality in the US came after the Wagner Act.
  • comment on a post Bush's Faltering Approval over 9 years ago
    He'll act as if he's sporting 80% ratings.
  • on a comment on Right Wing Power Grab over 9 years ago
    Right.  or to come out in favor of a campaign calling John Kerry or Max Cleland a traitor.  Or to describe a recount as an attempt to steal the election.  

    A call for nonpartisan districting will be framed right back atcha as a Democrat(sic) power grab.

  • I think what the Republicans are doing is attacking institutions and groups that have historically supported Democrats.  The fact that the institutional attacks also support pet GOP policies is a plus, but the main thing is to make sure that when popular discontent with Repug policies increases (oh...say, about 4 years from now), there'll be no support infrastructure capable of sustaining a progressive counter-attack. I would appreciate it if anyone has links that would help me flesh out these thoughts. A cursory survey:

    1. The attack on laborin general, and public employee unions in particular, is central.  See Borosage for all the ways this is happening.

    2.  The tort-reform effort is an attack on lawyers in general and trial lawyers in particular, as well as an attack on one of the few ways private citizens have of gaining some relief from renegade corporations.

    3.  No Child Left Behind is--especially in its current underfunded version--an attack on public schools and, by implication, teachers' unions (a key constituency for Democrats).  It has the added appeal to the thugs of providing down the line (when even good suburban public schools are having difficulty meeting the unrealistic standards) a rationale for vouchers and charter schools.
  • comment on a post The Daou Report over 9 years ago
    Phil Carter's

    for excellent military/legal analysis.

  • on a comment on New Partisan Index Chart over 9 years ago
    Thats "Democratic" not "Democrat."
  • on a comment on New Partisan Index Chart over 9 years ago
    Isn't this backwards?  My impression is that the white south is closer to Democratic positions on policies than on values.  They believe in a demonstrative religiousity that many northerners find immodest at best, and are too accepting of racial and sexual prejudices that offend many of us who live in diverse neighborhoods. At the same time, poll after poll shows that when policy positions are described accurately, rather than with Rove's labels, southerners agree with Democratic policies.

    Am I wrong?

  • comment on a post Book Club Update over 9 years ago
    I've already read Lakoff, so it's easier to be ready; but I want to read Franks.  Choosing Kansas? would motivate me to get started.
  • But, if I'm not mistaken, in voting to delay it, they were voting to ignore a statutory requirement for publication.
  • on a comment on Exit Poll Potential Problems? over 9 years ago
    In the words of my dear old papa:


  • comment on a post Kerry Closing in NV over 9 years ago
    OT:  Does anyone know the permanent link to the NYT's profile of Kerry (Kerry's Undeclared War) that ran several weeks ago?  

    My original link sends me to the pay-for-view archive page.

  • comment on a post Shock-and-Awe or Rope-a-Dope? over 9 years ago
  • on a comment on Winning the Debate over 9 years ago
    Ask him how many margharitas he's had
  • comment on a post Debate 2000 postscript over 9 years ago
    because he uses it so often is "my opponent and I have a difference of opinion,"

    implies that facts, evidence, etc. don't matter.  It's all "opinion."  That gives listeners licence to simply choose whose opinion you like better.  I don't have to look at the evidence, after all, I have a right to my "opinion."



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