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Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 06:26 AM PDT

R-Corps and the Two State Solution

by arlouper

I live in this fantasy world where there is a two-state solution to the ideological divide in our country. In this fantasy we make a rule that allows business owners to ignore ALL laws, all of them, as long as they put the word "republican" somewhere in their business' name.

Big Al's Bait Shop would become Big Republican Al's Bait Shop or Big Al's Bait Shop, A Republican Business. Big Al could have the freedom to decide. Big Al loves freedom... for him.

The trade off for Al is that he no longer gets access to the courts, the police, the fire department... any government service for that matter. This is good for Al because all these things are in the way of his success.

The idea behind this plan is judo inspired: use your opponents strength against him. In this case use your opponents idiotic ideology against him.

If you knew a business had no obligation to provide safe food you wouldn't eat there. If you couldn't sue if you slipped on his un-shoveled sidewalk you wouldn't go there. If Al couldn't call the fire department if his shop was on fire... he might (might) think twice about this plan.

The idea of this plan is to let Al find out for himself that his anti-government bootstrap nn-sense is essential to his customer's expectations of commerce and they will not engage him without certain expected conditions. So as Al's business dried up as a result of his ideology, so would his ridiculous ideology.

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Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 05:34 AM PST

Wait a Second...

by arlouper

... I've never even heard of this Kesha Rogers lady before today. I'm happy to believe she's a DINO, or a fraud, or whatever you guys are trying to say but this is the evidence provided:

My own Democratic Party must convict Obama on real impeachment charges, then vote up a bipartisan Glass- Steagall Act to crush Wall Street's power over our economy, and use federal credit to fund strategic nationwide jobs programs in water infrastructure, nuclear power, space exploration, and similar high production areas. This will stop gridlock over partisan nonsense.
Wouldn't we find most of the pieces of this quote good, reasonable, or interesting individually if they had come out of the mouth of Dennis Kucinich? What about Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren? Alan Grayson?
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Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:58 AM PST

CBO and Employment

by arlouper

Just a quick note so somebody check my math and/or let me know if I'm as guilty as the right in misreading the reports. In the last couple weeks two CBO reports have come out. The first, on the ACA's effect on the supply of FTE's (full-time equivalent workers). The second, on the effect of a raise in the minimum wage on the demand for FTE's.

Part One: CBO's opinion is that the ACA will allow 2.5 million FTE's to choose not to work. In essence a reduction in the supply of labor by 2.5M. We all remember the disingenuous republican spin on this report. Their claim that the ACA will lead to 2.5M layoffs was one more in a line of responses to issues that prove they are lying, stupid or both.

Part Two: CBO's opinion is that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 may have the effect of reducing the demand for FTE's by up to 1 million FTE's.

Is it me, or when you add part on and part two, does all of this result in a surplus demand for 1.5 million FTE's?


Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 07:22 AM PDT

The Problem with Republicans...

by arlouper

I have a couple sayings, when speaking politics, such as 'people aren't bad because they're republicans, they're republicans because they're bad people'. Chestnuts like this amuse my audience of rescued stray animals no end, but I believe it strikes at the core of the issue. We're not dealing with rational actors, we're dealing with people who are, quite literally psychopaths, at least of the second order.

Here's another aphorism I'm fond of: 'the problem with republicans is democrats."

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Oh, Morning Joe, if all the world be a stage then those who play at vacuous spew use Morning Joe as their green room. Liz Cheney this morning is continuing her media tour promoting the patriotic heroism of her father. Here's a stripped down summary of her talking points:

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Thu Oct 09, 2008 at 10:06 AM PDT

The P.O.W. President

by arlouper

if part of John McCain's qualification to be president is his time as a P.O.W., which of the Guantanamo detainees does he think will make for good future leaders...

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