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Coast to Coast, for those who don't know, is the radio show started by Art Bell in the late 1980s that discussed UFOs and other government cover ups.

It now covers all sorts of topics both mainstream and 'out there'.

Jeff Sharlet is the author of the book 'The Family' http://jeffsharlet.blogspot.com/... an expose of a far right wing organization that is publicly known for it's prayer breakfasts but privately supports right wing dictators and promotes views, for instance, that the rich deserve to be rich and the poor deserve to be poor.

A number of member of Congress are members of this organization including so-called 'moderate' Republican Senator Chuck Grassley. It would please me greatly if that came out during the show.

Coast to Coast airs from 10PM to 2 AM PDT
Here is the listing of affiliates: http://www.coasttocoastam.com/...

Jeff Sharlet will most likely be on from 11PM on.  

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Tue Aug 04, 2009 at 01:22 AM PDT

Our way  just works better

by Adam T

The title of this diary is what Bill Clinton said at the 2000 Democratic Convention. ("We've tried their way, we've tried our way, our way just works better."

At least in regards to economic growth, the data is now in to confirm that:

Calculated from information from www.measuringworth.com:

Growth of real GDP per capita under Clinton: 1993-2000: 2.65%
Growth of real GDP per capita under Bush: 2001-2008: 1.42%

Some may say that this comparison isn't entirely fair because Clinton took power when a recession was just ending, whereas Bush took power when a recession was just starting. So, we can modify the results to exclude the first year:

Growth of real GDP per capita under Clinton 1994-2000: 2.63%
Growth of real GDP per capita under Bush 2002-2008: 1.55%

Still a huge difference.

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Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 04:33 PM PDT

A way to prevent future asset bubbles?

by Adam T

This isn't a big concern right now, but it will be again in the future.

Increase the capital gains tax rate during periods of 'irrational exuberance' and lower it during recessions.

When there is inflation in asset prices but little actual measured inflation, why should interest rates be pushed up to deal with asset price rises? Raising the capital gains tax rate would push out the speculators but likely not effect most beneficial economic activity (depending on how much the rate was increased).

The problem to this idea is, of course, political. Politicians will never raise any tax and the right wing gasbags on the financial news shows would lie that raising the capital gains tax rate would be the end of capitalism.

Using fiscal policy like taxes to fine tune the economy has gone out of favor since the 1970s, and generally rightly so, but there are usually exceptions to every rule.

I'd recommend giving the Federal Reserve the power to set the capital gains tax rate.

Also, anybody know of any liberal forums dedicated to economics?

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Consider this a companion piece to Benawu's diaries on Congressional candidates: http://www.dailykos.com/...

I hope to post this series on candidates as they enter the race to take on Republican incumbents or in Republican open seats. The Republicans have a bit of an advantage in candidate recruitment at present as they have candidates in over 80 districts held by Democrats while the Democrats only have around 40-50.  

So, hopefully this series will do a little bit to increase the exposure of Congrrssional Democratic Candidates.

Part 1 is here: http://www.dailykos.com/...

Part 2 is here: http://www.dailykos.com/...

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Consider this a companion piece to Benawu's diaries on Congressional candidates: http://www.dailykos.com/...

I hope to post this series on candidates as they enter the race to take on Republican incumbents or in Republican open seats. The Republicans have a bit of an advantage in candidate recruitment at present as they have candidates in over 80 districts held by Democrats while the Democrats only have around 40-50.  

So, hopefully this series will do a little bit to increase the exposure of Congressional Democratic Candidates.

Part 1 is here: http://www.dailykos.com/...

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Consider this a companion piece to Benawu's diaries on Congressional candidates: http://www.dailykos.com/...

I hope to post this series on candidates as they enter the race to take on Republican incumbents or in Republican open seats. The Republicans have a bit of an advantage in candidate recruitment at present as they have candidates in over 80 districts held by Democrats while the Democrats only have around 40-50.  

So, hopefully this series will do a little bit to increase the exposure of Congrrssional Democratic Candidates.

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I haven't been keeping up with the health care debate all that much (I'm a Canadian citizen) so, I don't know what the lastest is, but I gather as of a week ago at least, the Democrats were trying to get Republicans on board for whatever plan the Senate tried to pass and I remember Barack Obama trying to ensure that Charles Grassley was able to speak at some meeting held a couple months ago.

I gather Charles Grassley is an important player in whatever negotiations take place.

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DesMoinesdem wrote this diary yesterday: http://www.dailykos.com/... and it inspired me to post this diary.

I came up with a list of about 20 names after the 2008 presidential race, I've dropped a few since then and added a couple.

On the list

Governors
1.Sarah Palin, Alaska
2.Charlie Crist, Florida
3.Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota
4.Haley Barbour, Mississippi
5.Mark Sanford, South Carolina

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Forgive me for posting a non political, personal diary here, but it is fascinating and people may learn some things (any excuse will do! :))

For about 2 weeks, I was virtually brain dead, I don't just mean being 'brain dead' like people say when they are very tired, I mean it literally.  And, no, this is not a joke.

As I started going down the process, I asked a person I know on another board about the chemical process of brain functioning in general and he replied (not an exact quote) "dopamine is essentially the oil that regulates brain function and moves thoughts along."

Well, for two weeks, the dopamine was basically not working.

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The polls for around March 24 have finally been posted on the Survey U.S.A site.  I put '50 state' tracking in quotes because they only poll 14 states now :(.

http://www.surveyusa.com/...

The polls are broken down into a lot of categories (though the error rates would likely be fairly high for each).

They have them broken down by gender, age, race, home ownership, marital status, job status, party affiliation, ideology, income and religion.

I don't post any of that here. (It would be too much clutter)

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Sun Mar 22, 2009 at 01:23 AM PDT

Let's pushback on the banker's pushback

by Adam T

According to the corporate stenography newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, the bank execs are pushing back against the potential of bonus eliminations.

I'm getting really tired of hearing this "if we don't pay them bonuses they'll leave meme."

To be sure, some bankers may simply retire, a minor loss to be sure.

1.It is one thing to think about leaving or threatening to leave when it is one firm (AIG) with a couple hundred effected employees. What are the job prospects like when there are a several thousand bankers all threatening to join the job seeking line all at the same time?

2.If they don't want to stay at a failing bank that can't pay bonuses because it takes TARP money, what are the prospects of staying at a failing bank that refuses to take TARP money?

Let's give these greedy bankers the cold reality, and then see how much bravado and bluster they have.

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This Washington Post article is mostly decent:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

It covers the attempt to bring in 'card check' unionization.

I'm interested in it here for one quote:

Anne Layne-Farrar, an economist with the consulting firm LECG who produced a study predicting job losses if the bill passes, said in a conference call organized by employers that increased productivity had not resulted in larger wage gains in recent decades because the growth was mostly the result of technology. "If the productivity of labor went up, then the wages of labor would go up," she said.

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