Tag: government


On the national debt

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. Hogwash. 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 ...

Regulation is a fancy word for "law"

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 o...

What about a Presidential glass ceiling?

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* Effective Date Payable Salary 1789 $25,000 1873 $50,000 1909 $75,000 1949 $100,000 1969 $200,000 1999 $400,000 https://pressgallery.house.gov/member-data/salaries

Corporations are institutionalized sociopaths

...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?

Why we should forgive Kim Davis like Jesus would but like she can't apparently do as only a 4-yr disciple

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 hone...

Tests are not learning tools

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 ...