gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

Is there any decent, wholesome American institution the president is not at war with? It certainly feels like war when he recommends that a carnivorous billionaire with no experience be placed in charge of children’s education. Ms DeVos doesn’t appear qualified to be a secretary, much less secretary of education. Like all of the Orange Baboon’s cabinet choices, she’s not so much a candidate for an important position as she is a slap in the face of everything decent this country stands for.

Public education should not be privatized. Education is about a lot of things, but it’s not about siphoning money meant for the public good into private pockets. It’s especially not a cash cow to be milked by unqualified billionaires with nothing better to do than drain it dry, and then move on to the next offense against humanity.

But we’ve got a president with the vocabulary and the rhetorical flair of a second-grader making important decisions about how our children will be educated. The word “irony” doesn’t seem to be familiar to him. Maybe that’s a third-grade word.

You know, it’s exhausting having to attack every choice, every proposal, every policy and every utterance made by this president. We should simply agree in advance that everything he has done, is doing now and will do in the future is unacceptable. The time it would save.

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Keynes Florida 20 minutes ago

In macroeconomic terms, an increase in taxes followed by an equivalent increase in spending (and that therefore does not increase the deficit) increases the GDP. It is called “the balanced budget multiplier” (you can Google it!), BBM.

Conversely, a reduction in taxes followed by a reduction in spending reduces the GDP, and therefore increases unemployment.

In this particular case (repeal of the ACA), the reduction in taxes benefits higher income people who have a relatively low “marginal propensity to consume” (Google it!), MPC, and negatively affects lower income people, who have a relatively higher MPC. The net effect is that a reduction in taxes and an equal reduction in spending will decrease the GDP by an amount larger than the reduction in taxes. The effect on the unemployment rate will be larger than predicted by the BBM.

Will the repeal of the ACA be the trigger for the next recession/depression?

How long will it take for the country to be plunged into a depression? (a) two years (b) four years (c) eight years.

It will depend on how large are the tax and spending cuts.

GWB managed to do it in eight years, but he started with a stronger economy and made no significant spending cuts.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

The real perpetrators of this scam are the people who voted for this transparent lying billionaire buffoon. Anyone who could have listened to this man and thought he was on the side of the downtrodden deserves to be trodden upon, and heavily. The only pleasure I feel these days is in knowing that they’ll feel the pain, first and longest.

That may seem like a pointless exercise, but so is flailing your arms when you fall off of a cliff. It doesn’t help, but it’s something you do when there’s nothing that can be done. Lemmings marched into voting booths all across America, and stepped over the edge. They handed the government to people who despise them. No matter how trenchant the post-apocalyptic analysis of people like Krugman turns out to be, the lemmings won’t get it. They’ll just blame the ground for rushing toward them.

While it may be useful to criticize a president or an individual cabinet appointment for this or that questionable decision, what purpose does it serve when every decision and every appointment is questionable, or even treasonous? Whom do we call when Gotham falls? Batman?

The country hasn’t merely made a bad decision. It’s gone down a bad road, and there’s no exit in sight. Buckle up. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

For maximum enjoyment, be sure to look down. The only satisfaction to be had will be watching the lemmings below you hit the ground first.

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sharon worcester county, ma

To all who are poo-pooing the election of Trump, saying give him a chance or it’s not as bad as it seems, I suggest they start following the news. The fear is real. I read of Kellyanne Conway threatening Senator Harry Reid and others who go against The Great And Powerful OZ with libel suits. Will jailing public dissenters be far behind? Will reporters be “disappeared” like in other thug-run nations? The right wing nihilists just elected an admirer of Putin and his tactics to lead the USA! Have we ever had such a dangerous president in the recent history of our country? Such a thin-skinned man-child who can’t control his itchy little twitter finger? MA GOP Gov Charlie Bake is on public record stating his concerns of retribution by the trump administration because Baker and our state refused to back trump in the election. Pundits say don’t worry, he’s constrained by the constitution but who protects us if the constitution is ignored? Who do we turn to? Our conservative courts? Our conservative elected officials? Our neutered Democratic leaders who will have a severely marginalized voice in trumpland? Who will speak for us? How will they hold his feet to the fire when they fear retribution? Would he attempt to silence critics like Sanders? Warren? The free press? Will he go beyond juvenile twitter and exact revenge in more profound ways? Will our voices be silenced under threat of lawsuits or jail? Our right to protest? America is quickly becoming unrecognizable. God help us.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

The polls are tightening all right. Like a noose. Half of America is ready to hang itself on the incoherent pipe-dreams of a certified narcissist who has as much in common with ordinary Americans as ordinary citizens have with a naked mole rat.

The suggestion that Trump has “policy ideas” is as absurd as saying Paul Ryan has policy ideas. I can see why Ryan couldn’t distance himself entirely from Trump. They’re kindred spirits, both bent on destroying the nation with fictitious economic policy schemes that do nothing more than protect the rich at the expense of the poor.

(The poor are an enormously valuable resource, like oil shale. Squeeze them hard enough, and a surprising amount of money comes out. Rich people know this instinctively, and they never get tired of watching the poor begging for money that came out of their own pockets. But I digress.)

Voters who are sickened by sleaze are disgusted—disgusted, I tell you!—with Clinton’s e-mail behavior. So they’d rather vote for a scummy, vulgar serial groper who orates with the vocabulary of a first-grader. They appreciate how difficult it is to grope with short fingers, so give the man some credit. You can’t say he doesn’t reach out to women, that’s for sure.

But some think that Trump is the lesser of two…you fill in the blank. Acceptable answers are “statesmen,” “intellects” or “human beings.” The only wrong answer is evils.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

We live in a country that would rather let poor people die than give them affordable medical care. We lock up a higher percentage of our citizens than any other nation on earth. We cling to the death penalty, worrying more about where we’ll get the next batch of poison than what it says about our system of justice. We lament our absurd murder rate while we hand out guns like Tic Tacs, yet we’re so afraid of guns that we shoot black people at traffic stops. We let rich people write laws that let them hoard all of the money, while the rest of us go begging. We let sexual abuse slide when it might embarrass politicians, sports stars or religious leaders, and then attack those who point out the abuse. We invent gods so that we can make homophobia holy.

We’re not an I-Thou sort of country. It’s become more of an Us-Them kind of thing. We were doing pretty well over most of the last century, giving unions power over robber barons, paying living wages, making sure old people had money in retirement, feeding the hungry, waking from the nightmare of racial intolerance, recognizing women’s rights, giving them control over their well-being and their bodies, realizing that gay people were people.

Conservatives fought against every one of these things, and the fight has paid off. After a long incubation, they’ve given birth to their philosophy’s apotheosis. Now it’s all about I, and Thou can go to hell.

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By the way, all you Hillaryhaters, if you are an idealist, remember she was as idealistic as you when she started out, only better at it. She is tarnished by having to work in the real world and make compromises with reality. That doesn’t make her evil. She has a hard core of goodness, and if you give her a Democratic Congress, you will be surprised at how good she can be.

The above advice is taken from a comment by a Susan Anderson from Boston to an op-ed by Lindy West, “Donald and Billy on the Bus” in the NYT on October 9, 2016.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

My goal, from now until the election, is to wake from this extended nightmare. There is no other explanation for us to be having this conversation, in which a minor shift in style or tone could put Donald Trump in the Oval Office. In my nightmare, tomorrow’s headline will read, “Trump doesn’t call Hillary a fat old lying cow with scrofula, soars in post-debate polls.”

If he doesn’t praise Putin or insult the mother of a dead soldier, will Trump get points? If Hillary grimaces or coughs or wears an unflattering outfit, will pundits declare her the loser? Is the bar really set so low that candidates must dig their way under it?

Conservatives got us here, having so beaten up our honorable two-party system that Donald Trump seems qualified to carry the Republican banner. They feign embarrassment while they watch Trump exemplify the ignorance, the blatant appeal to wealth and the denial of reality that characterized their game plan from the moment Obama took office.

Most people don’t follow politics all that closely. They see a headline, pick up the tone and talk among themselves. Conservatives commandeered the discourse and made income inequality holy, and healthcare for all an abomination. They rendered many of us stupid and susceptible.

So in a way Trump is your baby, Mr. Brooks, a veritable Rosemary’s baby, the evil spawn of ignorance and innocence. We may have to live with him, but you’ll have to change his diapers.

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gemli is a trusted commenter Boston

Here’s a path for a Trump victory: large numbers of Deplorables shamble zombie-like to the polls. They’re clearly in need of brains, but somehow they manage to find their way to voting booths and pull the lever for Trump.

The problem is not in our political stars, but in ourselves. If there’s even a possible path to a Trump victory, we’ve already lost. It’s not that Hillary Clinton is the ideal candidate, but she’s a realistic candidate. Her secretive personality is off-putting to some, but it’s not because she isn’t prepared to be president. She’s been preparing for decades. She’s done her homework.

In contrast, Trump never showed up for class. He’s an incurious, intellectually weak, grandiose, self-promoting ignoramus who ironically flaunts his ignorance. Somehow these failings make him rise in the polls.

We’ve been coasting along since the last world war thinking that we were exceptional. We made education affordable for returning GIs, built up the middle class, came to grips with racism, sent rockets to the moon and recognized the rights of women, minorities and gays.

Trump is a rude awakening. He took root in soil fertilized by conservative fear and loathing, and has blossomed into a toxic weed. Even if he loses, his inexplicable popularity will leave us with a sense of foreboding, a realization that we’re only one election away from the abyss. If he wins… Après Trump, le déluge.

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Bruce Rozenblit is a trusted commenter Kansas City, MO

All correct and absolutely none of these remedies will be implemented until the Democratic party controls both houses of Congress and the White House. In fact just today, Norman Orntsein of the American Enterprise Institute had an editorial published in the Washington Post prescribing these same remedies and chastising the Republicans for their ongoing obstructionism. He wants the Republicans to come around and do their jobs and move the nation forward. He gets it. They don’t.

Ornstien wants the federal government to spend money on many of the things that President Obama wants to do to stimulate the economy which is precisely why the GOP led Congress wont. They wont do anything that Obama wants. Ornstein cites their intentional and orchestrated obstruction as the motivation.

So there you have it from one of their own. Unfortunately, now that he has made his proclamation of common sense that embraces reality, he will be rejected as a traitor. That’s why nothing will get better until the Congress turns blue. You ever read the paper Paul Ryan? Put your Ayn Rand books down for a minute and join us. There is a world out here you might want to discover.

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