On Japan

April 13, 2016

I was reading Should We Be Turning Japanese? My comments on that are this:

While there are some mistakes in this article, due to it’s rightwing slant, the comments are far, FAR worse, due to their typical KKKonservative, RepubliKKKan ignorant arrogance.

The mistakes in the article are that:
[1] it paints too rosy a picture of the West.
[2] it uses a strawman argument, to distorts openness into “let everybody come, no questions asked”

1: Japan is a male dominated society??? ORLY??? Have you tried running for president as a woman in the West? and especially America? Of course that’s not the most determining factor of how male dominated a society is, but men control 85% of all wealth, 60% income, but 75% of all toplevel managerial positions in army, business and goverment and 99% of those in religion.
Let’s, once and for all, dispell with the notion that women in the West are equal to men. We may have equal rights, but despite trying, there are no equal outcomes.

We can’t copy Japan, because basic nature of both societies are very different. Americans first outlook is tribal, this means in practice that whites (and/or the rich) have been bending the law so that blacks (and/or the poor) would not get ahead. This is sold as “FREEDOM” which means in practice that the rich have the freedom to do whatever they want. Think back to the 1930s-1960s expression: “I am free, over 21 and WHITE” meaning that everyone like that could do whatever they want. Others were NOT FREE like that.
Japan by contrast, is for historic reasons, geared towards solidarity, which Americans juveniley mock as groupthink, but which they rampantly practice in their “hailed” red states, like Utah. Utah is the Western society that resembles the Soviet Union the most closely, including Cuba.

2: Of course we can’t emulate ALL of Japan but parts of it, SURE! No-one on the left is saying that we should open the borders, that is just the rightwing smear by both the WSJ and Fox. Canada has stringent conditions towards its immigrants. That’s legitimate.

But the suggestion here is that “openness” (whatever that maybe) is a major cause for problems in the West, which is ridiculous. The West is heavily complicit to the instability in the Middle East. It propped up dictators and thwarted democracy.
But for many in the West, the war only begins if the other persons FIGHT BACK. (likewise, Repubs only begin screeching “Class warfare” when the poor start to demand a better deal. Whatever the rich do to the poor, is NEVER war. Warren Buffett said about this: there was a class war and my class has won it decisively. I digress)

A treasure trove of Ye Olde Classic Conservative distortions of the Tax Question.

April 11, 2016

This article is a treasure trove of Ye Olde Classic Conservative distortions of the Tax Question. Williamsons starter question is, OF COURSE, NOT straight forward.

  How do we raise the revenue needed to meet government spending requirements in a way that is minimally disruptive to the productive economic activity that sustains public and private sectors alike?

 

Both spending requirements and minimally disruptive are not neutral things. Reps want SRs to be low and geared towards defense, Dems want them high for the poor and lower middle class and low for the rich and upper middle class. There’s no neutral, technocratic solution here. It’s value laden, fraught with subjective opinion

 

Likewise what constitutes minimally disruptive. To whom? For Reps,minimally disruptive towards the wealthy, for Dems minimally disruptive for the poor. Given how incredibly disruptive Reps are around Voter ID is a good indication.

Bottom line:

Everyone outside  Republicania thinks that Reps help the wealthy, not the middle class, and the poor are LOL to them.

Proof:

All the fiscal plans of all the candidates running. Without exception, they are ALL lowering taxes for the rich and increasing them for the poor and middle class.

(Especially poor Rubio, who is so arithmetically challenged that he seems to think that doubling the amount of breadcrumbs a poor person gets is, while giving a wealthy person $80,000, means that is some sort of redistribution DOWNWARDS instead of upwards.)

That dog just won’t hunt.

 

No, Democrats do not Underestimate Cruz

April 6, 2016

Latest NRO drivel is bordering on the insane.

(This is my comment about an NRO article called: Democrats Underestimate Cruz at Their Own Risk)  .  Read that one first.

Why are fairy tales written? Because in reality, life sucks monkey bolls. Super heroes (Cruz) are invented, because in real life the villains win. This article is exactly the same. What is conveniently forgotten is that both Trump and Cruz are monster of their own party’s creation.

GOPe(stablishmentarian) Republicans always think that elections are about personalities, this is why they prop up their fake “hero“, “messianic” image of Obama: it’s not their flawed proposals that made Romney and McCain lose, but oh wow, Obama was just a freak of Natural Charisma??? Liberals everywhere are always scratches their heads when they see a characterization like because, for ONE thing, OBAMA STUTTERED LIKE A MANIAC IN 2008!!!. This became painfully clear when he’s seen next to his wife, who ACTUALLY IS a naturally gifted speaker. Obama is not that. Public of the cuff speaking is hard for him. Clinton is in some ways better at this, but by no means a natural. Rubio would have made minced meat out of her, because he IS TOO a very naturally gifted and likeable person. As long as you don’t listen to WHAT he says. Gays love him, he would take at least take 33% of the gay vote instead of the usual 25. That’s 500,000 votes. Romney lost by 37,000 in swing states. Don’t forget that conservatives only have to win FL, PA and OH to win by 271. They also win the WH if its 269-269

 

Cruz will have the good fortune to face a woman most Americans dislike.

Hillary will have the good fortune to face a man most Republicans hate.….. with a vengeance!!! The man lost EVANGELICALS to a lefty Republican like Trump, will they really stand behind him now? Why? What has Cruz ever done for them?

 

But the fatal flaw in this piece and the whole “true” conservative movement, is that they offer Americans this deal:

You give your tax dollars to billionaires and we will say that you belong with us, the good guys. And you can substitute “good guys” with anything you like, from patriots to Christians to High Moral People to Those People That will Make it Big Any Day Now

 

The Trump voters have woken up and rejected that deal. Until they get a better deal offered, they will stay home.

Serena vs the bad calls.

May 31, 2015

Oh my GAWD! Serena Williams got one call in her favor, while playing a white blonde non-American girl!!! I wonder, would that compensate for the 257 times the calls went AGAINST her? Who cares? Because the great outrage is that Miss Generic Blond&Blue got a call against her, making that Elitist Angry Black Woman go all Uppity on her! We gotta stop this! This, of course has got NOTHING to do with race. Just like all the calls that went against Serena and Venus, Zina Garrison, Althea Gibson, Rodney Harmon, Levar Harper-Griffith, Angela Haynes, Tally Holmes, Chip Hooper, Liezel Huber, Jamea Jackson, Jarmere Jenkins, Scoville Jenkins, Madison Keys, Raquel Kops-Jones, John Lucas II, Lori McNeil, Nicholas Monroe, Megan Moulton-Levy, Asia Muhammad, Todd Nelson, Shenay Perry, Ahsha Rolle, Chanda Rubin, Bryan Shelton, Phillip Simmonds, Lucy Diggs Slowe, Sloane Stephens, Alexandra Stevenson, Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Townsend. You know.

Comparing the Two Major American Political Parties

November 19, 2014

Comparing the Two Major American Political Parties.

A really great blog. What we would need is to condense this into good soundbites, since that is what progressives sorely lack, and why they seem to me at least, to convoluted and professorial in debates.

A day in the Life of Joe the Republican

August 31, 2011
Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer’s medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance – now Joe gets it too.

He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained.

Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

He walks on the government-provided sidewalk to subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and DIED for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn’t think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It is noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime. Joe also forgets that his in addition to his federally subsidized student loans, he attended a state funded university.

Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards to go along with the tax-payer funded roads.

He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers’ Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make RURAL loans.

The house didn’t have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded RURAL electrification.

He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to.

Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn’t mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day. Joe agrees: “We don’t need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I’m a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have.”


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