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In Topic: The Far Left Has "Flat Out Lost Its Mind"

21 September 2019 - 01:36 PM

It seems entirely appropriate that he apologized, blackface/brownface is bad. It is bad now, it was bad in 2001 and he should have known better then.
He has handled pretty much perfectly and anyone with a functioning brain that knows him as a public figure and Prime Minister is well aware of his conduct & policies regarding the ethnic minorities in Canada. That's why the whole thing will blow over.

There are a lot of interesting (but inconsequential) stories about the election: https://www.vice.com...ffice-in-canada

In Topic: Obamacare & Healthcare in America (was Tales of People Screwed by...)

21 September 2019 - 11:09 AM

View PostJackD, on 13 September 2019 - 04:55 PM, said:

But that wealth tax is opposed to pay for lots of other expensive programs too. As Frank Bruni cemented today, she was very slippery.
Good, all the Democrats should stay slippery on how to pay for things, the insistence on fully costed platforms with unpopular measures in them that are never going to get anywhere near passing congress is the dumbest thing in US federal politics.
"How are you going to pay for that popular policy?"
"The smartest people in congress are going to hire the cleverest consultants on K-street and we are going to game the living shit out of the CBO's models with absurd tax gimmicks until we can ram it through reconciliation at 4 o'clock in the morning on a Friday in July and by God, it will be glorious!"

In Topic: Minimum Wage Thread

20 September 2019 - 08:03 PM

View PostJ-CA, on 20 September 2019 - 07:47 PM, said:

Do you think that a transport truck in the United States should have required a permit from the federal government to ship undeveloped film over state lines, and then a separate permit to ship the developed pictures back to the state of origin?
I should also add that friends of mine have a family trucking company in Malaysia, they need a special permit to ship rice in the country. It is a constant source of uncertainty for their business and a source of corruption for the government. It depresses wages in the in the trucking business there, even if you are a good employee that value is limited by the fact that the permit constrains the number of employers and makes employment more tenuous.
This stuff is just stupid, and it is still pretty pervasive.. just try buying a commercial truck in Louisiana and drive it to North Dakota, see how many cash-grab permits you have to buy to cross a state line (full disclosure, my experience with this is about a decade old).

In Topic: Minimum Wage Thread

20 September 2019 - 07:47 PM

View PostBeelzebuddy, on 20 September 2019 - 06:08 PM, said:

Sounds like re-branded laissez fair to me but with an added political dimension. I'm agin it
Do you think that a transport truck in the United States should have required a permit from the federal government to ship undeveloped film over state lines, and then a separate permit to ship the developed pictures back to the state of origin?
Should the government be dictating the legroom and number of menu options on domestic airline flights?
This is the sort of stuff that "neoliberalism" opposed.

The thing about many people that rail against neoliberalism is that they are objecting to a whole package of policies, only a small slice of which are anything relating to the core tenets of neoliberalism as actually executed. You take a country like Sweden, more of the basic infrastructure is privatised there than in the United States, but you can't pay a municipal water plant worker minimum wage in Sweden. On the other hand if you find a way to reduce the energy consumption of your local water plant as a manager the government won't come over and tell you you can't do it because the local power plant needs the KWH to keep their staffing up. You can execute co-determination & strong unions, heavy environmental regulation, a strong welfare state and border-adjusted taxes in a neoliberal economic model - that is literally what the nordic model is.

I think this Friedman quote from the wikipedia article is informative: "Neo-liberalism would accept the nineteenth century liberal emphasis on the fundamental importance of the individual, but it would substitute for the nineteenth century goal of laissez-faire as a means to this end, the goal of the competitive order" - laissez-faire was an older idea, Friedman was the original UBI guy, that's not the sort of thing people think of when they think of neoliberalism.

I think it is extremely important that anyone interested in economic justice understand that we collectively need the benefits of market forces, I want to live in a world with better stuff and the best way we have to get better stuff is through competition. And we all have the power to set the parameters of the competition, we should fight for better parameters!
(This is where I go on an extended rant about zoning..)

In Topic: The most predictable disaster in the history of the human race

20 September 2019 - 07:07 PM

View PostRue Bella, on 20 September 2019 - 04:51 PM, said:

Remember SARS? We dodged a bullet there too.
The other good news with SARS, with all due respect to the personal tragedies for everyone directly affected by the outbreak, is that we need the odd bullet to dodge. As the decline in vaccination demonstrates complacency is the enemy, in the age of budget cuts upon budget cuts we need to stay vigilant that certain areas of public health is treated as non-negotiable even if we may not see the benefits on a regular basis.