Friday, December 02, 2016
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Again, I don't have any interest in defending Stein. Boo Stein! But I don't think it's clear that absent Stein, Clinton would have won. More importantly, so what? Presumably we're going to have 3rd party candidates in every election. You can think they're assholes and that people who vote for them are assholes, but that doesn't make the candidates go away or their voters vote for the Democrat. For various reasons I do think Nader was actually a spoiler candidate, in part because he got an immense amount of media coverage (when does anybody on the left get an immense amount of media coverage?) But generally...just a fact of life. Can't wish them away, and can't assume their voters would vote for you even if the candidates didn't exist.
And if you're earning $70K at peak earning time, it means you didn't always earn that, it means that you didn't earn that much when you were at peak necessary expenditures (kids, college for kids), it means you probably aren't looking at a cozy retirement, and it probably means you certainly don't have much of a buffer against a late life layoff.
Good liberals like to say the Right pits the poor (white) against the poor (black). Probably true! But liberals (elected ones, at least) are too often only interested in helping the "poor" or the "working poor" or whatever we're calling them that week. Those medical subsidies, tax credits and deductions, college financial aid, and what meager benefits we have all start phasing out pretty quickly once people star to "make it." It isn't just that being middle class is only aspirational for the poor, it's the being "middle class" is largely aspirational for the supposedly middle class. And, yeah, we can always point to people who are poorer and more in need, but that isn't so different from the Republican tactic of always pointing to people who are more "deserving."
Life shouldn't be so hard, either for the poor or the not so poor.
The UK would consider making payments to the EU after it leaves the bloc to secure the best possible access to the EU single market, Brexit Secretary David Davis has said.
Mr Davis told MPs the "major criterion" was getting the best access for goods and services to the European market.
"And if that is included... then of course we would consider it."
But Brexit-backing Tory Peter Bone said "people would be absolutely outraged" if the UK continued to pay the EU.
Yah driving around NYC can be a nightmare. Often the subway (or even walking!) is a better choice. If the subway isn't a better choice, it's probably because it's having increasing maintenance problems, something a mayor would be more familiar with if he rode it more.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
I've seen a few waves of national dem-party-linked-but-not-quite-controlled movements being birthed and then smothered in their cribs. It's hard to control the tiger, after all. Then the election losses happen, the voters are blamed, people cry "organize!," and the two years later it's a month before the midterm elections and a bunch of DCCC blessed rich people who can partially (at least) fund their campaigns run a bunch of shitty ads and lose, or even when they win fail to build an organization on the ground because they're, you know, just not that into that. And they lose the next time voter mood shifts a bit.
Maybe I just need a nap.
So we get to stay in the common market and have no restrictons on travel or work or EU residency or use of social services and you must keep your disgusting filthy pieces of shit citizens out of our country and it is very divisive of you to suggest otherwise