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  •  Bunk. (0+ / 0-)

    People are voting on their opinion of the media — they don't trust it and they don't consume it.

    But finding accurate sources of real information is difficult, time-consuming work. I spend probably 3-4 hours a day or more becoming informed. Most people do not have the time and it is as mean as cutting food assistance to blame them for this.

    Some issues are easy to get because they are personal — like marriage equality. People realize their favorite uncle is gay, or a loved coworkers, and they evolve. Campaign finance reform is never simple. You put an issue on the ballot and it HAS to be complicated and wordy – and easier to lie about and mislead people.

    We had an excellent amendment on redistricting on our ballot here in Ohio last year which would have improved our political climate 500%. Our GOP secretary of state made sure the ballot language was verbose and misleading, and shadowy PACS spent millions lying about it.  So it lost. Everyone in the state (except GOP leadership) would have benefited. The COUNTRY would have benefited (IT would have produced a closer to 50/50 division in our congressional delegation, instead of 3-1 Republican like we've got)

    How do you get word out? Our right-wng dailies dissed it on minor procedural issues and trivial speculative problems. Our daily in Cleveland is just a mouthpiece for the Greater Cleveland Partnership, an entity with a corporate agenda that is basically the local wing of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    What do you do and how?

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

    by anastasia p on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 04:57:05 PM PDT

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    •  My dear sister, you too are describing logistics (0+ / 0-)

      I am describing the meta.  Please allow me to pose a simple explanatory example.

      You mention the Cleveland daily.  I've stopped reading my local Chicago Tribune within the last year.  Now for me this has to do with MMT economics.  I know that the Govt's budget is nothing at all like a household or business.  The US Dollar comes from the US Govt, so I basically dismiss any source that doesn't acknowledge that our nation can never run out of our fiat currency.  And the Chicago Trib is full of right wing (and left wing for that matter) misinformation about the nature of our national finances.  So I read other sources that suit my personality and understanding.  

      This brings up two concepts:
      1) Time
      2) Source material

      1) I can easily spend the same amount of time that I used to reading other sources instead of the Trib.  So that element is irrelevant.  Now if I used to never had the time or inclination to read, this would be different.  But instead, I spend the same amount of time, I just give my time to a different source.

      2) If the people in your area have had enough of your local Cleveland daily and stopped reading it and instead found alternative sources.  The business model for the paper would fail in the aggregate.  If not fail, then they would have to adjust to the changing dynamics of their readership, just like any business must change over time in order to maintain or expand market share.  However, the mere fact that the daily remains is evidence of the fact that enough people want to read what the Cleveland Daily is selling to keep them in business with their status quo.  YOU may think that your paper is a mouthpiece of the Chamber of Commerce, but obviously yours is not the opinion of enough people to force the paper to either change or go out of business.  Just like my hatred of the lies from the Trib is obviously not the prevailing public POV in my area given its continued existence.  If you had a paper that spoke the truth 100% in the way that you personally wish it would, and that paper resonated with so many of your neighbors that they all cancelled their subscriptions and bought your paper.  This would be a signal that other papers should get involved in copying this imaginary paper in order to try and take advantage of that latent demand.  The fact that this has not happened is the clear as day evidence that the public or market does not share your POV.

      Its like me here at Kos.  Too many of my fellow Kossacks believe we need to raise taxes in order to afford rising SS spending in the future.  Now this belief is completely wrong, its actually absurd if one thinks about it and understands even the most fundamental nature of fiat money.  However, I recognize that mine is not the prevailing POV.  It frustrates me to no end, but I simply can't deny the reality.  I can try and try to post comments  and links about why the prevailing myth is widely believed, but my comments rarely get tipped, and more people than not want to argue that world is flat.  So, if my payroll taxes unnecessarily go up because the majority of kossacks believe in something false, the market would have decided in this example.  And this is no different than anything else I've said here..

      MMT= Reality

      "The Earth is my country and Science my religion" Christiaan Huygens. Please join our Kos group "Money and Public Purpose". The gold standard ended on August 15, 1971, its time we start acting like it.

      by Auburn Parks on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 05:38:32 PM PDT

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