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  1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    My girlfriend was listening to a podcast this morning discussing the concepts of socialism vs. capitalism in the American economy. They made a really good point which is similar to the thoughts I had reading through this thread. People like to argue about whether an American capitalist or, for some more recently, socialist economy would be better for us as a country. The truth is the economy is ultimately mixed - it's got aspects of both. They said we thrived from the middle of the 20th century up until about Reagan because both beasts were well-fed. Well, since then, they've done their best at starving the socialist side of the equation. Only Obama since then tried to stimulate it at all with the ACA and a lot of people think that was a compromise half-measure. But its not like most, if any, of these more socialist-style programs would just be straight giveaways. I think it's fair to put to rest concerns about welfare queens and lazy people who won't work. Most of our socialist programs now already have similar checks on them. You have to be 65 to get Medicare. You've got to be in your 60s to collect Social Security. You've got to prove financial hardship and/or be looking for work OR working to get unemployment or Medicaid. I've always found the complaints about people cheating the system a bit overstated. Similar checks would be implemented with new programs as well. It's simply impossible, short of a Dem supermajority in both houses of Congress, for such programs to pass without fiscal conservatives having some input, meaning those checks will be in play. These programs may wind up being more targeted than Dem Socialists like AOC may care for; regardless, they would still represent massive steps forward for progressivism in the U.S.
  2. Trump Foreign Policy

    And some day they will look back on the carnage, the broken foreign relationships, the cronies and grifters put in charge of federal agencies, the way he's coddled our enemies, but most of all, the lack of progress on substantive issues they care about- probably about the time healthcare gets unaffordable for them and the economy has a recession - and realize they don't get saved from it all because they liked Trump. Owning the libs only gets you so far before you realize you're not winning, either.
  3. Racism - It's a real thing.

    I was very happy to see them bring hate crime charges. Of course, it probably only happened because this occurred in deep blue Chicago. Regardless, you're right. I was struck when someone mentioned after this incident that there likely wouldn't have been any consequences for either the racist or the cop had there been no camera.
  4. The Republican Utopia

    Allow me to translate. "I am an utter rube; I'm going to cloak my shame in the flag and the cross."
  5. You don't fix what's ultimately going to help you. The terribly toxic byproduct of driving us further divided as a nation is inconsequential. He's just going to leave it be because he perceives benefit for himself.
  6. More likely I think the bolded are inseparably intertwined. Some day the apologists & truthers will wake up and realize they're in the same boat as the rest of us. They're chuckling and laughing about owning the libs today, but when all is said and done, they'll realize Trump sold us down the river to the oligarchs like the rest of us. They'll have the same boot on their throat, having forfeited yet more power to the wealthy who for all intents and purposes already run everything. Those people are short-sighted and misguided. Congressional Republicans? They're just playing the short game. They're convinced any action, any spin, any investigation and any propaganda that benefits the GOP as a party is worth the price. They're willing to spin and lie and mislead people to maintain or increase their own power. But they've been playing with fire playing to the worst fringes of their base for some time now. There's still hope this whole debacle inevitably blows up in their face. Ultimately, they're increasingly left catering to an ever-shrinking tent of hardcore Trumpers, cultural conservatives and single-issue voters. That coalition isn't going to hold up forever.
  7. Trump's America

    I'm guessing he got about the same education that his son-in-law did at Harvard.
  8. DOJ Initial Russia Hearings

    Update: Took it to the police station the other day and had an officer open it up for me. Inside was some graph paper and what appeared to be some small seeds in a plastic baggie looking thing. Pretty weird but we had no idea what it was. I took it to the Post Office to see if they had any further information about the address but they didn't. I left it with the Postal Inspector and went on about my way. It seems they didn't get me yet.
  9. Trump and the Press

    People wanted this man to be the new Speaker. It's going to be awhile before Republicans get the Trump stain out and can field people in important roles that don't make the rest of us want to gag.
  10. Both Sides

    I wish more people just saw simple vote data broken down by party for various priorities like in the post. The implication is there are a lot of ideas voted on in there your average (disengaged) voter probably supports that ultimately go nowhere. Whereas they might think politicians in general don't care, the truth is the GOP took it upon themselves to vote down these things as a group.
  11. Trump Foreign Policy

    This type of crap would get you fired from a Dunkin' Donuts. What an embarrassment. It never ceases to amaze me what people are willing to excuse from our president that they wouldn't accept from a teenager making minimum wage in a part-time position. Drunk Uncle rules! That bit is hilarious. I miss Moynihan on SNL.
  12. Both Sides

    This reaffirms my belief that Dems are by no small margin the less awful of the two major parties in America. Thanks for digging that up Knapp.
  13. Criminal Justice Reform

    A very important topic that hasn't gotten as much run as it deserves. This story caught my eye & made me remember it's definitely something we should be talking about. What do you think needs to be done? An Arkansas man complained about police abuse. Then town officials ruined his life.
  14. Trump Foreign Policy

    I often pontificate how much damage control the next president will be able to do in terms of foreign policy. I mean, hopefully our allies understand when we tell them we'd like to get back into things like the Paris agreement or reaffirm our commitment to NATO and our firm opposition to Putin's despotic Russia. Then I wonder about how much of the damage is permanent. One thing the Trump admin has taught the world is that the U.S.'s word cannot be trusted. Anything we agree to or join today, we could turn our back on and pull out of tomorrow. Congress is so broken it's not able to ratify treaties since they require a two-thirds vote. Treaties are the only way to make our commitments truly binding. Obviously a boob like Trump can come & shred every single important agreement we've made previously for this exact reason. What a mess.
  15. Trump Foreign Policy

    Besides the time frame, Trump literally had individual nation states of those groups (TPP/EU) explicitly telling him point blank they weren't going to negotiate bilateral trade agreements with him. They said we'd have to negotiate with the entire bloc as a whole. He went ahead and pulled out anyway. This is why you've only seen bilateral trade agreements announced with nations like Saudi Arabia, who aren't a member of either group. To the broader point, I mean, I think they can keep the charade going for a while. W Bush did his tax cuts in 2004. They were super popular until, well, 2007 happened, as a result of their sh#tty deregulatory policies that allowed the subprime mortgage crisis to occur & the Great Recession to ensue. So W made it until his final two years of a second term before people realized his economy was ready to fall apart. There's probably a lot more juice left to squeeze here before we hit a similar breaking point. But Moiraine is correct. A lot of this is predicated on people deciding to stop swallowing the crap Trump is spewing. Sadly, it seems they're happy to continue blaming the deep state for our embarrassing foreign policy woes, the Dems for their massive premium spikes & anybody but the Republicans for the piss poor governance we're seeing. Trump's base are habitual blame-shifters, and it doesn't appear to be getting any better.