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Comment by Doone on April 11, 2011 at 2:27pm

MAYBE I'LL PICKET THIS FOOL'S GAUDY BUILDING

Donald Trump, more stupid than racist or more racist than stupid? Here's his latest angle on why President Obama wasn't born in the USA.Watch it.

Weirdly, Trump doesn't seem to realize that for the purposes he's discussing, an American mother makes you an American citizen. Period. Full stop.

What makes this all comical and egregious is that I don't get the impression that Trump is any sort of conspiracy theorist or racist. But if that's what's necessary to pump up his latest 'campaign' stunt, bring it on.

--Josh Marshall


Trump: Obama's Grandparents Put In The Birth Announcement To Get Benefits Like Welfare

Me - The Sleaze and Lies go on.
Comment by Adriana on April 11, 2011 at 1:40pm

You'll need 15 minutes? What will you use? a kiddie aluminum bat?

 

On a more somber note, don't you guys think the man has to be seriously mentally ill to do something like that? That person can never be allowed anywhere near his children. or any children for that matter.

Comment by A Former Member on April 11, 2011 at 1:33pm
All I want for xmas is a baseball bat and 15 minutes alone with that guy.
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Comment by Doone on April 10, 2011 at 8:10pm

Meep Meep Watch

Why do we always forget? Well, more to the point: why do I always forget? Here comesthe road runner:

President Obama will lay out a long-term deficit reduction plan later this week that will take “a scalpel, not a machete,” to programs like Medicare and education services and try once again to extract more taxes from the wealthiest Americans, his senior adviser said Sunday.

Appearing on several Sunday morning television talk shows, David Plouffe, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser and former campaign manager, laid out few of the contours of the deficit-cutting plan but sought to distinguish it from a Republican congressional plan announced recently by Paul D. Ryan Jr. of Wisconsin, the chairman of the House budget committee. He said the Republican plan “would give the average millionaire $200,000 in tax cuts” but double the health care costs of senior citizens “$6,000 a year down the road” and trim “energy investment at a time of record gas prices.”

And so Obama starts off this critical part of his first term by appearing to be above the fray and yet committed to compromise. Via Biden, he calls the GOP's bluff, draws a line in spending cuts for 2011, and exposes the draconian spending reductions that the GOP's no tax increase pledge requires. He comes back with a bid to tax millionaires, offers spending cuts that would be far more sophisticated and targeted away from investment than the GOP, and pledges to put his own proposals forward as early as this week.

Of coruse, for a blogger like me, you face a choice. Simply trust the guy and spin for him, or voice skepticism, outrage and disappointment and get played along with the GOP. But, of course, I don't mind gettng played. Because I want this president to succeed - and such success requires root-and-branch spending and tax reform.

He seems to be getting there - in that highly unsatisfying but politically shrewd way of his. So now we will have the Ryan plan and the Obama plan. Guess which one independent voters will like more?

Meep meep!

Comment by Doone on April 10, 2011 at 6:50pm

Why don't "pro-lifers" support birth control?

Category: Policy • Politics • Public health
Posted on: April 10, 2011 3:15 PM, by Tara C. Smith

There has been a lot of commentary this week about the GOP-led proposal to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Commentators such as Ezra Klein note the irrationality of this stance, since Planned Parenthood itself estimates it prevents more than 620,000 u... Why wouldn't the anti-abortion crowd support this increase in contraception, and subsequent prevention of abortions?

What's missing in this rationale is that many on the far right perceive most forms of contraception *as being equivalent to abortion.* So by their logic, Planned Parenthood isn't "preventing" these abortions--it's just doing them another way, via the Pill, IUDs, etc. instead of drug-induced or surgical abortions. To many who view the world this way, Planned Parenthood *is* using tax dollars to fund abortions, because they're using tax dollars to help provide patients with oral contraceptives and other means of birth control. After all, while the Pill mainly works to prevent ovulation in the first place, there is some evidence that a secondary action may prevent implantation of a fertilized egg. If you're of the mindset that a fertilized ovum is the equivalent of a "person", then it becomes outrageous to allow the prescription of a product that will "kill" that egg, and it becomes more reasonable to protest organizations like PP which provide women access to such medications (or, public schools which educate our children about such alternatives--hence their opposition to comprehensive sex education as well).

Do I agree with this position? Hell no, but I think it's necessary to understand and acknowledge it--and as such, to see why articles like Klein's above (and many others which I've seen appear in the past week or so) only serve to stoke the fires for those on the 

Comment by Doone on April 10, 2011 at 1:18pm

Sunday Conundrum…What the Hell Does This Mean?

This being the following statement from unsuccessful national candidate and half-term former governor Sarah Palin:

“It’s not America’s role not to be out and about nation building and telling other countries how to live…”
This isn’t snark.  (Or rather it is, but I am also experiencing genuine bewilderment.)

 

 

Treat this as a self-amuse open thread; one of the few genuine pleasures of the last couple of months has been watching Palin do the headless chicken, as she continues to strut, unaware that she’s well down Glenn Beck’s path, amirite?

So just give your babblefish a workout in an attempt to translate Palinese into coherence.

 

 Image:  Francisco de Goya, Still Life with Chicken and a Pan of Fish, 1808-1812.

Comment by Doone on April 10, 2011 at 1:13pm

The Salt Lake City Tribune is Shrill

I wonder if our net nanny will give them a Moore award for this:

 

The so-called federal deficit reduction plan announced recently by the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee is represented as a blueprint that makes the hard choices necessary to steer the United States away from fiscal disaster. But learned analysis exposes Rep. Paul Ryan’s prescription as a plan that differs little from President Obama’s vision in terms of total deficits, but apportions the pain in very different ways.

 

Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” runs through various fantasy lands, envisioning that large tax cuts, mostly for the rich, and huge spending cuts, mostly in programs that benefit the poor and middle class, will lead to unprecedented booms in hiring, homebuilding and other economic activities.

Ryan’s plan is mostly a means to shelter those who have already benefited from a half-century of fiscal irrationality and dump the burden on those who are to come later. Under Ryan’s plan, traditional Medicare will only be available to people who are already on it or less than 10 years away. Ensuing generations would instead be given government vouchers and tossed out into the very health insurance market that has gobbled huge portions of the private economy and given us the worst health-care outcomes in the developed world.

Ryan daren’t touch the benefits of people already, or soon to be, on Medicare, partly because it’s too late for them to arrange an alternative, but mostly because those are the age cohorts with the highest percentage of active voters.

Ryan’s plan is anchored in an open contempt for anyone who isn’t wealthy enough to completely take care of themselves in their old age. He describes Medicare as some kind of cushy “hammock” that people laze about in, when in fact it has been the difference between moderate comfort and grinding poverty for generations of retired Americans.

 

The editorial is titled “Attack on the Old.” What about the new tone? Moore Award! The math demands that we do this!

Comment by Doone on April 10, 2011 at 9:13am

A good post from Matt Yglesias about trades which do NOT become more productive over time - trades that involve paying attention to your fellow humans

The Economics Of Attention

One of the most important things about the health care and education segments of the economy is that part of what customers want is attention. Parents like the idea of small class sizes, and patients like the reassuring face-to-face presence of a doctor with a good bedside manner. But personal attention has the pretty special characteristic of being immune to productivity enhancements. This creates the following trilemma as economy-wide productivity rises:

— One: The wages of teachers and doctors can fall relative to average wages, because teachers and doctors aren’t increasing their productivity as rapidly as the average worker.

— Two: Paying the salaries of teachers and doctors can account for an ever-growing share of national output, because the rest of our output is getting more efficient and teaching and treating isn’t.

— Three: The amount of attention provided by teachers and doctors to students and patients can decline.

It’s not that you need to pick one of those three things, but you can’t pick zero of them. And it’s not that three necessarily needs to mean declining educational and health outcomes. Attention is important to people, subjectively, but it’s hardly the only thing that matters for learning and it’s definitely not the only thing that matters for health. If doctors spend less time with their patients but are able to prescribe more effective drugs, that’s a net benefit. And it’s possible to increase reliance on less-trained kinds of medical professionals who are paid less than doctors but may still be competent to perform attention-paying functions. On instinct, though, people’s preferences are for smaller classes, more face time with doctors, and more of a sense of personalization and customization. I still hear older people sometimes reminisce about the doctors of yore who’d pay house calls, hardly noticing that this inefficient use of medical professionals’ time just reflects low economy-wide productivity.

I find that a frustratingly large share of discussions of these issues involves too much talk of dollars and cents and not enough qualitative talk along these lines. That allows people to avoid saying what they mean. Hold the growth of federal health spending to the rate of inflation? Sounds great! But what does it look like? If the bottom third of the income distribution stops being able to afford to see the doctor, that frees up more doctors’ time to pay attention to richer people. So that’s one possible answer. But if that’s what you mean, that’s what you should say. And if you think we need to increase the relative wages of teachers while further shrinking class sizes and sustain that policy over time, it’ll mean steadily increasing taxes, no one-off increase will undue the Baumol Effect. That’s one possible answer—America is lightly taxed compared to other rich countries—but you owe it to yourself at least to face up to that.

Comment by Michel on April 10, 2011 at 2:17am
To think I've studied Latin for 5 years... to finally wind up in art school.
 
 
 

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