Austerians Create Unemployment


 

Two Standards of Justice
Two Standards of Justice

Austerians Create Unemployment

Austerity Has Cost The U.S. Economy 2.2 Million Jobs: Study

Austerian doctrine states that if we can get the deficit down even during periods of economic slowdown and massive unemployment, we shall see an economic upturn. So far this hasn’t happened anywhere on earth. (There are some claims that two former states of the Soviet Union have done okay with it. I don’t believe that. If you want to, that’s okay. It’s just that I don’t go to the former Soviet Union for my economic data.)

But they have managed to move the economy. Their philosophy has resulted in the destruction of 2.2 million jobs and that’s only in the United States. Ideas move the world, and here we have solid evidence that bad ideas can move the world in the wrong direction.

James Pilant

The Real Cost of Austerity

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What I am watching–Surviving D-Day


Surviving D-Day Trailer – YouTube

I watch military documentaries (and every other kind) with some regularity. Some are terrible. This one is one of the best I’ve seen. Its analysis of the factors that contributed to survival in combat is excellent. I was impressed by the commentary and the eyewitness accounts. I wish they had been able to do a more thorough examination of the role of close naval bombardment in aiding the assault on Omaha beach but that is essentially a quibble considering the theme of the documentary, survival. D-Day naval support deserves its own film.

James Pilant

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What I am watching–Surviving D-Day


Surviving D-Day Trailer – YouTube

I watch military documentaries (and every other kind) with some regularity. Some are terrible. This one is one of the best I’ve seen. Its analysis of the factors that contributed to survival in combat is excellent. I was impressed by the commentary and the eyewitness accounts. I wish they had been able to do a more thorough examination of the role of close naval bombardment in aiding the assault on Omaha beach but that is essentially a quibble considering the theme of the documentary, survival. D-Day naval support deserves its own film.

James Pilant

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What I am watching tonight: Wings of the Luftwaffe – Me-321 – Gigant (6 of 14) – YouTube


Mussolini (left) and Hitler sent their armies ...

Mussolini (left) and Hitler sent their armies to North Africa and into Egypt against the British (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The Second World War has fascinated me since I was a teenager. I was born only eleven years after the end of that war and my early television watching contained a great deal of what were for many, the still burning issues of the war.

James Pilant

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Rational Choice Beats Patriotism?


Chuck Schumer Denounces Eduardo Saverin Defenders, Nazi Comparisons As ‘Appalling’ (UPDATE)

Grover Norquist, the head of Americans for Tax Reform, said Schumer and Casey’s legislation was similar to laws the Nazis wrote before World War II to make Jews pay to leave the country. “He probably just plagiarized it and translated it from the original German,” said Norquist, according to The Hill.

Schumer, taking to the Senate floor, called the comparison outrageous.

“I know a thing or two about what the Nazis did. Some of my relatives were killed by them,” he said. “Saying that a person who made their fortune specifically because of the positive elements in American society, in turn, has a responsibility to do right by America is not even on the same planet as comparing to what Nazis did to Jews.”

Chuck Schumer Denounces Eduardo Saverin Defenders, Nazi Comparisons As ‘Appalling’ (UPDATE)

I remember watching the film, Gettysburg. At the high water mark of the South, Pickett’s Charge, the confederates are almost to the top of the ridge, then the Union troops stand up to meet the charge, the American flag unfurled in the wind. I was so proud, my heart beat fast, and I wanted to be with those troops to fight that fight.

Eduardo Saverin is abandoning the United States. The United States has showered him with benefits and protections during all the time that he has lived here. He owes his enormous fortune to the opportunities and the laws found here.

This seems to be less than apparent to some commentators who have likened laws meant to punish those who discard their citizenship and duties as a form of Nazism. These men have also said that Saverin is merely exercising “rational choice” in his behavior.

I am enraged by this.

Memorial day is next week. Several hundred thousand Americans died often in the most ghastly ways so that this person could have the benefits of citizenship.

Every single day, he was protected by millions of serving Americans who live as soldiers, sailors and airmen.

Locally, he was protected by harm by police, fireman and ambulance services – all paid for directly or subsidized by taxes.

For all the time that he lived in this country, he drove on public roads, walked on public sidewalks, and benefitted from the kindness and law abiding nature of the good and great people that make up this country.

By his actions he makes it clear that these mean nothing to him – they are responsibilities that get in the way of profit and profit is the only “rational” choice.

In this kind of morality, patriotism is merely a burden, an inconvenience, an obstacle on the path of financial maximization.

This person has renounced his American citizenship, an honored status for money.

There is no sum worth giving up being an American. Not now – not ever.

James Pilant

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The Ideological Fantasies of Inequality Deniers — Daily Intel


The most important thing this article points out is the inadequacy of both the Republican and Democrat approaches to income inequality.

The Republicans wish to impose a system of taxation and corporate rules that will permanently enshrine an economic ruling class whose power will rival the most autocratic figures in history.

The Democrats wish to slow the increasing inequality by slightly raising taxes on the rich and protecting social programs.

One party is whole heartedly devoted to the interests of the corporate and wealthy elites, while the other is mainly motivated to serve the interests of the corporate and wealthy elites.

That’s not much of a choice.

The betrayal of the working class by the Democrats is a far worse crime than the willingness of the Republicans to barter away the middle class like so many butcherable farm animals. The Democrats were supposed to stand like Horatius at the Gate fighting for the great mass of the people, but once they discovered that the really big contributions came from the few, the wealthy and well placed, they found a new allegiance.

The disgusting spectacle of “Democrats” executing Republican policies is an almost daily occurrence everywhere in this nation in communities, counties, States and at the federal level.

The only way to get a party where the elected officials protect the rights and the income of the great mass of Americans is to organize and defeat any candidate who is on the other side, regardless of party affiliation. For too many years, I have been hearing the phrase, “We have to settle for what is possible.” This is used as justification for remaining passive while our supposed Democratic defenders sell us down the river, day after day, hour after hour, minute by minute.

I am fed up. It is better to let the Republicans win than to die bleeding drip by drip at the behest of the people we voted for.

I prefer open conflict than slow surrender.

I want a debate, a struggle, a battle between ideas.

Because when we talk about opportunity, rights, and justice we will win.

We will win because we are on the side of the great mass of working people.

We will win because we are on the side of civilization and history.

We will win because we are right.

Let’s start fighting.

James Pilant

Here’s a quote from the article.

Rising income inequality, like climate change, is an ideologically inconvenient issue for conservatives. They would prefer not to discuss it altogether. If forced to discuss it, they will generally either deny its existence or simply carry on as if it doesn’t exist.

The underlying facts, like the facts of climate change, are stark. Over the last few decades, income growth for most Americans has slowed to a crawl, while income for the very rich has exploded. That’s a reversal of the three decades following World War II, when all income groups got richer, with the poor and middle class rising at a faster rate than the rich. Crucially, the Congressional Budget Office’s new analysis shows that changes in government policy over this period have made inequality worse. (In CBO-speak: “The equalizing effect of transfers and taxes on household income was smaller in 2007 than it had been in 1979.”)

We’re not having a debate about how to reverse or even stop the growth of inequality. Nobody has a real plan to do that. The Democratic plan is to slightly arrest the growth of inequality by hiking taxes on the rich a few percentage points, so as to minimize the need to cut the social safety net. The Republican plan is to slash taxes for the rich and programs for the poor, thereby massively increasing inequality.

The Ideological Fantasies of Inequality Deniers — Daily Intel

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