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It's really easy to talk about grand, sweeping reforms... it's a completely different game to actually see them implemented. All you have to do is look at Obama's presidency if you want an example.
I may well vote for Bernie Sanders in the primary but aside from the fact that his big plans would go pretty much nowhere with at least half the government in the hands of the far right he would never get to the point of attempting to implement them because there is no way once the general electorate has a look at the massive tax increases he is proposing he is going to get elected. The idiot American voter is perpetually angry, and wants this that and the other (often contradictory) thing, but he sure as hell doesn't want to pay a dime for it.
PS. And also, remember when you form your circular firing squad make sure to tell the person across from you shooting them is for the betterment of mankind.
Yes, and that Marxist's name was "Vladimir Lenin"
Lenin's "worse is better" has done more harm both to the world and to socialism than any other piece of socialist ideology, yet Socialists can not let go of it.
Another component that continues to do damage to socialism is Trotsky's vanguardism, of which we have a lovely example here in Mudede's lecture on the correct emotional posture a socialist must adopt, and the correct expectations a socialist must hold.
Kuznet's? No, there is no Kuznet.
@16 a tax for universal healthcare is more than offset by not having to pay health insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles. It's probably a good idea to know the basic stuff before calling others halfwits.
The Sanders campaign is simply an elaborate voter registration drive for Hillary Clinton. And, since you're already registered anyway, please bother to vote for the least evil candidate on Tuesday, November 8th. It matters.
This article sounds more like the conservative notion that solutions cannot be piecemeal. Then again, that "pessimism" is embedded in Charles' last point.
Income disparity is greater now than any time since the down of the Industrial Revolution and the only way shit will change is from the populace... and thanks to the economic policies since 1980 (and before) the deck is stacked against anyone in this world who actually works for a living.
For me, Bernie is the last hope of my generation. As anyone who has argued with me on the SLOG knows, I've always said Bill Clinton was the greatest Republican president of the late 20th century... except any Republican who isn't a millionaire is too stupid to realize it.
Obama promised us Hope and Change... and never prosecuted a single person who robbed and torpedoed our economy. That is his greatest failure. To me, he was Bill Clinton 1.9.
Hillary will be Clinton 2.0 if she's elected.
I sent Bernie $100 last March, which is like sending him $500 today. I don't make a lot of money and things are tight at the moment, but I'm going to send him another $100.
For me, he's the last hope on the horizon for the middle class and the poor.
If I'm wrong, give me a name of someone who can.
it seems likely that many states will expand medicaid in the coming years, as a few have already. Hillary's bloodthirstiness will b constrained by Russia's presence in the Middle East
Clinton 1 worked ok with the Republicans. at least we should get larger flows of skilled immigration. probably measures like subsidy for people who take lower-wage jobs and forego UI benefits will b agreeable to Ds and Rs. fiscal policy will loosen via military spend under anyone but Bernie. after ebola and zika scares we'll probably get legislation for public health response updates. also lots of white people do hard drugs now so drug treatment may b better funded. the feds will hire a ton of young forest firefighters, El Ninyo or no. if an R wins, congress will probably run massive deficits and build a lot of port and pipeline infrastructure
fiscal strength returns to local govs - look at all the plans for tracks and tunnels around here. Tacoma passed a road repair bill last year. baby boomers retire and China's workforce ages and gets raises. Wal-Mart and McDonalds just raised minimum pay. new minimum wages take effect in many cities and states over the next few years, and more will share the ballot with POTUS, including CA and FL. when the oil price drop exits the CPI calculation and these wage hikes enter, we'll have juicier bumps to inflation-linked payouts like SocSec. we're still doing +100k jobs per month. Uber-style work options r hella numerous, ez to get. renewable energy credits were extended longer than before + exponential installation growth pattern for rooftop solar should put lots to work
demographically - lots of workers r retiring in most economically important countries, including US. wages r growing gangbusters in China. milennials will have families
things look aight for US workers, imo