Monday, June 13, 2016

Humourless Sanctimoniousness

Eli,

Saw this about your favorite columnist. His dishonesty is the reason I stopped reading him a few years ago.

Bill

Trickle Down Racism

Eli,

Mitt Romney has the line of the year. Speaking of #BabyTrump:

Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle down racism and trickle down bigotry and trickle down misogyny — all of these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America.
#BabyTrump hates Romney, probably because Romney is everything Trump isn't. Romney is decent, Trump is vile. Romney is a successful businessman, Trump is a fraud. Romney has principles, Trump doesn't. Romney is smart, Trump is dumb. Romney is serious, Trump is frivolous.

But the GOP wanted Romney, and now they want a lesser version of Romney. Way to go GOP. Way to go.

Bill

Friday, June 10, 2016

Why Do Bernie and Hilary Hate Poor People?

Eli,

This is from the EIA






Shale gas and tight oil requires hydraulic fracturing. Bernie wants to ban fracking because he heard it's bad. Didn't hear it from the EPA which has studied fracking and found it safe. 60 years of fracking in Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Dakota and elsewhere and somehow those states have survived. Yet still, the environmentalists don't like it because, SCIENCE!

Ban fracking and oil and gas prices will rise, gas more than oil. That will hurt the poor more than anyone else since they'll pay more for heating, and the plastics made from gas. Plus the middle class manufacturing jobs dependent on gas exploration, production and processing will decline as well.

Fortunately for us all Bernie won't be President. Unfortunately for us, Hilary is adopting just about every ill-advised economic idea Bernie has (meaning all of them) as her own.

Why do Bernie and Hilary hate poor people?

Bill


Why Does Krugman Hate Women?

Eli,

My life is much calmer, and I'm much smarter since I stopped reading your favorite NY Times columnist.

Maybe the election is about angry white men versus women. I don't think it is, but what do I know. I think Trump is a fool and is an obvious fool no one would ever seriously consider for the Presidency. I think Bernie's economic views are delusional and could only possibly appeal to the young and ignorant, but I repeat myself. I think Hilary is the most unlikable candidate since Richard Nixon, and excluding Trump, the most dishonest as well  and yet the majority of the Democratic Party finds her the best one to compete against the worst the Republicans can offer. Or, they are nominating the only candidate who can possibly lose to Trump.

So maybe he's right and this all comes down to angry white men vs. women. Well I'm white, and while not angry I'm usually cranky (think Bernie on level 6 instead of level 11) and I will not be voting Trump. My wife is female and finds Hilary (and Trump) repugnant and Bernie ridiculous. My eldest daughter and youngest daughter dislike Hilary. My son is for Bernie, a super-majority of my sisters despise Hilary more than I do.

Yea, I know, my limited sample is not relevant, except to me, of course. Maybe he's right and women voters are so shallow they will vote only for a woman. Kind of a nasty thing to say though. Why does Krugman hate women? Maybe angry white men are angry because of women. Not quite sure what the mechanism of action is.

I have the sinking feeling that's how this horror show of an election will be framed: angry white men versus women. Ugh. Great, we can focus on that silliness instead of the real problems we face. I think I'll ignore the next five months and concentrate on other things.

Bill.


Quote of the Day

Bill

From my left wing favorite New York Times columnist 

 "...this is going to be mostly an election about identity. The Republican nominee represents little more than the rage of white men over a changing nation. And he’ll be facing a woman — yes, gender is another important dimension in this story — who owes her nomination to the very groups his base hates and fears."

Eli


Monday, June 6, 2016

Larry Summers Mugged by Reality.

Eli,

Larry Summers asks why the Anderson Bridge in Boston is taking so long to rebuild.

How, we ask, could our society have regressed to the point where a bridge that could be built in less than a year one century ago takes five times as long to repair today? Here are some of the reasons that have contributed to the delay:

In order to adhere to strict historical requirements overseen by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation had to order special bricks, cast by a company in Maine, to meet special size and appearance specifications from the bridge’s inception in 1912.

At the same time, extensive permitting and redesigns haven’t helped. For instance, once construction had already started on the bridge, the contractor, Barletta Heavy Division, discovered that an existing water main would need to be relocated. With the subsequent change order and additional Massachusetts Water Resources Authority permitting processes, an additional 357 days were tacked on to the original contract completion date.

To cap it off, after resisting for years the inclusion of pedestrian underpasses in bridge rehabilitation, MassDOT changed course in 2014 and agreed to revise the design so as not to preclude the construction of an underpass in the future. The contractor then had to move a major utility pipe so that an underpass could fit underneath; meanwhile, another 256 days of delay were added to the project. The entire project is now 22 months behind schedule.
Made me think of Irving Kristol's comments about being mugged by reality.

Bill

Friday, June 3, 2016

Shocker: McConnell worries Trump could ruin GOP's relationship with Hispanics

Eli,

From The Hill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) worries Donald Trump could ruin the Republican party's relationship with Hispanic voters....

"I think the attacks that he's routinely engaged in, for example, going after Susana Martinez, the Republican governor of New Mexico, the chairman of the Republican Governors' Association, I think, was a big mistake," McConnell added.
And let's not forget this from the Wall Street Journal

In an interview, Mr. Trump said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel had “an absolute conflict” in presiding over the litigation given that he was “of Mexican heritage” and a member of a Latino lawyers’ association. Mr. Trump said the background of the judge, who was born in Indiana to Mexican immigrants, was relevant because of his campaign stance against illegal immigration and his pledge to seal the southern U.S. border. “I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest,” Mr. Trump said.
 How the GOP could have chose the worst person in the world to run against Grandma is beyond me.

Bill