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jammer

climber
Apr 18, 2014 - 01:58pm PT
Highdesertdj wrote:

When the Part D Medicare plan went through back in 2003 Republicans made it illegal for the US government to negotiate down prices of drugs unlike is what literally every other hospital, insurance company and government in the world does. This means that a drug company can arbitrarily charge literally any price for a drug and Republicans require that the government pay that price.

If you want to be mad about public dollars padding Big Pharma profits, you might want to look pre-Obamacare.

And at one specific party and the policies they pass. Anyone who is dumb enough to vote republican when they pull that kind of crap...wow.

As for the Bundy crap, I wonder which politicians were the ones who passed the laws that allow for property taxes to be adjusted up astronomically based on some corporations interests in the minerals which lie under someones ranch land...
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 18, 2014 - 02:17pm PT
Every major problem America now faces started with this guy

Credit: Dr. F.
Yet all Republicans delude themselves that he was the great Conservative that saved America

it's just more of their backwards logic

Bad = good
Good = bad
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 18, 2014 - 09:58pm PT
Thatís All a Nobel Prize Winner Gets Paid?


Michael Tomasky
04.18.14
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/18/that-s-all-a-nobel-prize-winner-gets-paid.html
edited to compress

The only thing hypocritical about acclaimed economist Paul Krugmanís CUNY salary is the right-wingers suddenly begrudging someone his free-market value.

When I first read those articles Wednesday about Paul Krugmanís new City University of New York salary, I didnít even understand what the ďstoryĒ was supposed to be. I donít mind admitting that I had to have it explained to me that the $225,000 figure was supposed to mark some kind of hypocrisy on Krugmanís part. Oh, please. The only hypocrisy on display here, as usual, is that of his right-wing critics, suddenly begrudging someone his free-market value.

Paul Krugman is one of the most distinguished and accomplished economists in the United States. In the world. In economics, there are two great prizes: the John Bates Clark Medal, and of course the Nobel Prize.
Since the Clark Medal has been awarded, starting in 1947, 12 winners have gone on to win Nobels. Thatís your economics Dream Tream of the past half-century: Robert Solow, Joseph Stiglitz, James Heckman, and yes, conservatives, Milton Friedman. Krugman is on it.

Do you truly mean to tell me that someone whoís accomplished such notoriety is worth only $225,000 a year to his academic institution?

Oh, but itís not just the amount, they say. Itís that heís getting the money to study inequality. So thatís somehow ironic and hypocritical.
Give me a break

You donít have to sacrifice personal income just because you care about poor people.

It goes like this. Liberals, conservatives say, purport to care about the poor. Therefore, if a liberal makes too much money advocating on behalf of the poor, she or he becomes a hypocrite. Conservatives, however, who donít give a flying fig about the poor and openly admire the rich, are not burdened by conscience and should therefore be assessed no hypocrisy penalty, and can make as much as they damn well please.

Itís utter crap. We live in a capitalist system. I donít hear conservatives complaining about that too often, or about the crazy compensation earned by hedge-fund people or top corporate officers, whether theyíre creating jobs or destroying them. If those people deserve to make what the market will pay them, why doesnít Paul Krugman?

What conservatives really donít like, of course, is that Paul Krugman is dangerous. Heís amazingly good at what he does. His Times columns run stakes through the heart of these idiotic right-wing claims on a regular basis. They canít refute his facts, so they take nuggets like this, and rely on the general publicís profound naivetť about what people in Krugmanís category in life earn, and try to give him a little black eye. Donít buy it. The only hypocrites here are the self-proclaimed lovers of capitalism who think a man whoís obviously earned it should be penalized for his belief system while their friends at the big banks who nearly ruined the country should continue to skate away.


Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 18, 2014 - 10:21pm PT
Reagan screw America and it's people in so many ways.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 18, 2014 - 10:40pm PT
The irony of the delusional OhCOWpie MOOvement and their sacred COW Reagan cracks me up.


But Im sure that given enough tine they will find a way to assert that Reagan's failings were really Obummer's fault.
sci-fi

climber
Apr 19, 2014 - 03:55am PT
I'm pretty sure these guys are Republicans, but they are not the ones who got fooled this time:

Credit: sci-fi
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Apr 19, 2014 - 08:26pm PT
When I first read those articles Wednesday about Paul Krugmanís new City University of New York salary, I didnít even understand what the ďstoryĒ was supposed to be. I donít mind admitting that I had to have it explained to me that the $225,000 figure was supposed to mark some kind of hypocrisy on Krugmanís part. Oh, please. The only hypocrisy on display here, as usual, is that of his right-wing critics, suddenly begrudging someone his free-market value.

Do you make millions of dollars a year refusing to pay your workers a living wage? Capitalist hero!
Do you make $250,000 a year and criticize the system that doesn't pay a living wage? Hypocrite!
Do you make $20,000 a year supporting a family of 5 and complain that you aren't paid a living wage? Envious class warrior!
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Apr 23, 2014 - 03:54pm PT
check out the list of republitards who "rally behind" a tax evader rancher...



That is why republitards are wrong about everything....
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 23, 2014 - 05:06pm PT
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-skipped-aunts-funeral-went-golfing-instead_787272.html
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Apr 23, 2014 - 05:15pm PT
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 23, 2014 - 06:23pm PT
Survival that's giving penises a bad image.
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Apr 25, 2014 - 09:17pm PT
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 25, 2014 - 10:01pm PT
It's time to move away from the bigoted racist moocher
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 25, 2014 - 10:03pm PT
I hope there are less guns in my next life
It is a matter of public safety,
more guns = less safe
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 25, 2014 - 10:34pm PT

Elizabeth Warren Simplifies Thomas Piketty: 'Trickle Down Doesn't Work. Never Did'


Posted: 04/25/2014 2:52 pm EDT
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/25/elizabeth-warren-thomas-piketty_n_5213690.html

The No. 2 author on Amazon's best-seller list, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, weighed in Thursday night on the No. 1 book, identifying overlapping themes.

At a reading at the Harvard Book Store, the Massachusetts Democrat, author of A Fighting Chance, was asked about Thomas Piketty's new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, and specifically about its contention that trickle-down economics "definitively do not work."

Warren cut in. "Can we say that part again? 'Definitely do not work,'" she repeated. "Not as in that's somebody else's opinion or this comes out of a long-held political opinion. The data don't lie on this. He's got good historical data, and boy, what it shows is trickle down doesn't work. Never did, doesn't work. Just so we're all clear on the baseline. I just saved you 1,100 pages of reading." (The book is shorter than that; Warren may have assumed the audience would also read the online technical index.)

Warren, whose own book was going to be titled Rigged but ultimately went out with a more hopeful title, said that while Piketty's book could elicit despair, she found a hopeful note in it, too.

"You can read his book and you just wanna say, 'Ugh.' Because it says over and over -- look, I'll tell you the basic theme: The rich get richer," Warren said.

Piketty argues that the 200-plus years of income and wealth data complied by him and a team of researchers demonstrates that returns on capital (r) significantly outstrip growth in the real economy (g), which relentlessly drives up inequality. His basic equation -- r>g -- has upended the way economists understand wealth and income distribution.

"Here's the hopeful part in Piketty's book: Piketty makes the point that although the data keep documenting this happening, it's not like an act of nature. It's not like gravity and you can't fix it," Warren said. "Piketty's book makes the point that how much equality there is ... is a matter of the policies you choose to follow and that, for example, progressive taxation and investment in everyone's education helps to level the playing field."

Warren pointed to the period from the Great Depression up through the deregulatory era that began in the 1980s as reason for hope -- a period that she noted Piketty found to be an aberration in many ways.

"It is a time when we made those investments that built America's great middle class and we made those decisions -- not we in this room, but our parents, our grandparents, they made those decisions. They said, 'You put a cop on the beat so nobody steals your pension, you do that on Wall Street.' But they also said, 'You tax progressively and then you make those investments.' For those who made it big, God bless 'em, that's great, but they've gotta pay a piece of that forward so the next kid has a chance to make it big and the kid after that and the kid after that. That's what defines America."

Piketty indeed credits high marginal tax rates on wealth in the middle of the 20th century as a driver of flattening U.S. inequality during that period, although he also cites the destruction of capital from the world wars and the anomalously high economic growth rates that carried into the late 1960s and, in some countries, into the 1970s. He describes that high growth as "catch up" and suggests it will be difficult to repeat such a phenomenon in the 21st century.

Piketty proposes a steeply progressive wealth tax, which Warren referenced favorably on Thursday. The suggestion was widely panned by the political class, but it is already earning dividends. On Friday, New York Times columnist David Brooks suggested that conservatives respond by embracing a "beefed up inheritance tax" and "progressive consumption taxes."
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Apr 25, 2014 - 11:05pm PT
Candidate for South Carolina Lt. Governor wants to junk the public school system because it isn't in the Bible:



"Public education is an existential threat to [Christianity]."

Don't worry guys he wants to mostly replace it with private at home Christian education.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 27, 2014 - 07:24am PT
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HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Apr 28, 2014 - 07:00am PT
As Republicans push harder and harder to change guns from revered tool used for killing people into a ritual totem/fashion accessory we can expect a lot more of this kind of thing. Note the part at the bottom where the woman complaining about the gun at her son's baseball game thinks it would be better for the guy to flaunt his weapon at the Capitol.

This all follows Georgia's recent passing of a law that allows people to carry guns almost everywhere including airports and churches.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/man-gun-causes-scare-during-childrens-baseball-gam/nfhJS/

Parents at a Forysth County park abruptly stopped a children's baseball game after growing suspicions of the behavior of a man carrying a gun in a waist holster Tuesday night.

"He's just walking around [saying] 'See my gun? Look, I got a gun and there's nothing you can do about it.' He knew he was frightening people. He knew exactly what he was doing," said parent Karen Rabb.

Rabb told Channel 2ís Tom Regan the parents grew so alarmed that they brought the game to a halt when the man declined a request that he leave a parking lot overlooking the baseball field.

ďHe scared people to the point where we stopped the game, took the kids out of the dugout and behind the dugout, and kind of hunkered down,Ē Rabb said.

Park users flooded 911 with 22 calls about the man. Forysth County deputies questioned the man, and found that he had a permit for the handgun. Authorities said since the man made no verbal threats or gestures, they could neither arrest him nor ask him to leave the park.

Another parent questioned what point the man was trying to prove.

"Why would anyone be walking around a public park, with a lot of children and parents and people here playing baseball, and he's walking around with a gun? I don't think the parents would have been nervous had he just had the gun in his holster and was just watching the game," said parent Paris Horton.

Rabb's 6-year-old son Ethan was playing at the time and later expressed concern to his mother.

"When I was reading my son's story last night, he turned to me and said 'Mommy, did that man want to kill me?'" said Rabb.

The Forsyth County sheriff said he didn't believe the parents and children were in any danger and that parks are constantly patrolled. He said while the man was within his rights to carry the gun, his conduct was inappropriate.

"We support the constitutional right to bear arms. We will not tolerate bad behavior," said Forsyth Sheriff Duane Piper.

The director of Georgia Carry, a gun rights and lobbying organization, also questioned what the man was trying to do.

"There's a right and a wrong way to exercise your right. This is not the right way," said Georgia Carry Executive Director Jerry Henry.

Rabb said she, too, is a gun rights advocate.

"I own a gun. I have no problems with the Second Amendment. But they do not belong in a parking lot where we have children everywhere. If you want to make a statement, go to the Capitol," said Rabb.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 28, 2014 - 08:28am PT
"When I was reading my son's story last night, he turned to me and said 'Mommy, did that man want to kill me?'" said Rabb.


By strict definition this child has been terrorized so one pig headed fuqwad could flaunt his 2nd Amendment rights. If gun rights proponents had a shred of decency they would publicly condemn this man's actions. But they won't.
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Apr 28, 2014 - 08:44am PT
Note that black men with a bag of skittles or a wallet have been shot on sight but apparently white guys brandishing guns are immune to police intervention.
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