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Friday, June 23, 2017

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Latest Scandal: A Case for Impeachment?

As the corruption scandal swirling around Wasserman Schultz’s IT staffers unfolds, each new development is more bizarre — and incriminating — than the last.

And it looks like some rogue IT staffers are holding dozens of Congress members hostage by blackmailing them with their own emails. That must be why this family of five Pakistan IT staffers, who are under criminal investigation for stealing sensitive congressional data, have been paid millions of dollars since 2010 for mostly no-show jobs. What is going on here?

Read all the details in my latest
at The Independent Voter Network.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Capitalism's Characteristics: Why Capitalism Is Good

When you have the great foresight not to consume every resource you've got, what's left over becomes savings.

When you have the great insight to trade your savings for tools that make you more productive, your savings become capital.

Why Capitalism Is Good

Capital is what makes work a little or a lot easier on you, and the key to getting ahead is spending less on consumption and investing more on capital.

Most people consume right up to their limit, and they stay poor or middle class forever.

Those who have great success in life are usually those who create more for the rest of the world than they consume.

Capitalism's Characteristics

Resources find their way into such a person's hand in great amounts because they will grow in that person's care.

Most of us are more or less given exactly as much as we can be trusted to be responsible with in this world.

For many of us that's just enough not to die or riot each month.

For a very few of us that's all the treasures of our great civilization.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The REAL Reason The 1% Has So Much Money and Social Justice Warriors Don't [Video]

The ever insightful Dr. Jordan Peterson at the University of Toronto explains exactly why high income earners make so much while social justice warriors who complain about them online make so little, while analyzing the choices and motivations of young female lawyers and the reasons for the income gap between men and women.

Absolutely recommended viewing for anyone who really wants to understand why some people make more money than others:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Virginia Shooter Asked: “Are They Republicans or Democrats?”

A shooter — identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkins — armed with a rifle shot as many as 50 bullets into a crowd of U.S. Congress members and their staff on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia Wednesday morning.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others were shot and wounded in the attack as the Republican congressional baseball team held its early-morning practice.

Two of the five wounded include Capitol Police officers and one of them was the gunman himself, who was shot by police, said Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown.

Sen. Rand Paul told CNN a massacre could have occurred if police and Scalise’s security team were not there.

A Partisan Motivated Shooting

Before the shooting, someone asked Rep. DeSantis “if it was Republicans or Democrats out there” on the field.

“Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) described a “very strange” encounter with a man shortly before House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va…

DeSantis said by phone that he and another congressman were leaving when a man asked them whether Republican or Democrat members of Congress were on the field.”

It was people. It was people out there on that field!

And actually nothing could make that fact more apparent than when bullets started flying at them.

The deadly seriousness of such a situation should be jarring enough to knock nearly anybody out of seeing them as Republicans or Democrats, and back into seeing them as people, and fearing for them, and thinking about their families...

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

When The World Is Led By A Partisan, Dysfunctional Media

If you keep hating Trump for the wrong reasons you're going to get something even worse...

This week the New York Times published an Op Ed by David Brooks entitled, "When the World Is Led by a Child."

In it the NYTs columnist begins by saying that President Donald Trump is not a budding authoritarian and rabble-rousing populist, neither a corrupt Nixon-type politician, nor a big business corporatist. Instead, Brooks claims, one can tell by the way Trump answers questions in long interviews that he's basically just a big baby. (Brooks used the term "infantalist," by which he meant "a big baby.") But his analysis of Donald Trump as an exemplar of immaturity and impulsivity appears to be little more than name calling to rile up readership disguised in the form of some staggeringly unsophisticated analysis.

As you'll see if you bear with me through this rebuttal of the article's three main points, the problem with Brooks' criticism of Trump is that he frames these character flaws as unique to Trump, when they are not unique to Trump at all. In fact the criticisms that Brooks makes apply equally to every major establishment politician in recent times, including at least the last two presidents before Trump.

If we succumb to the temptation to polarize and personalize the dysfunctions that are systemic to our political process, because it feels good (in the short run) to point and blame, we will never root out and solve these problems with our government at this time of urgent political crisis.

Brooks' analysis begins:

"First, most adults have learned to sit still. But mentally, Trump is still a 7-year-old boy who is bouncing around the classroom. Trump’s answers in these interviews are not very long — 200 words at the high end — but he will typically flit through four or five topics before ending up with how unfair the press is to him.

His inability to focus his attention makes it hard for him to learn and master facts. He is ill informed about his own policies and tramples his own talking points. It makes it hard to control his mouth. On an impulse, he will promise a tax reform when his staff has done little of the actual work."

Is Brooks unhinged? It's an easy way to dismiss a politician that the columnist doesn't like, but regardless of how much one may dislike the president because of other more substantial (and much worse) criticisms one can make about him, it severely strains credibility to assess a man like Donald Trump as unable to focus, lacking in impulse control, and bad at learning.