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I Can’t Sell It If I Won’t Buy It

A couple of months ago there was an article on another site arguing that one of the reasons some Democrats were against Bernie Sanders was that they were “afraid to sell the case for higher taxes.”    More particularly, meaning that they aren’t willing to make the case for the tax increases necessary to pay for all the programs he was proposing.   Leaving aside the rather nebulous nature of his healthcare plan, and the unlikelihood of his college plan being accepted,  my response was “Do you really expect me to tell people in my area that their tax bill will double?”  That would be a tough sell in any event, even if I was really enthusiastic about the programs.

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If You Don’t Believe Government Can Do Anything, Don’t Expect It To

In the previous post, I discussed “predictable outcomes” when it comes to regulatory weakness or lax enforcement in creating man-made disasters.  I said they were due to political ideology or short-term economic concerns.  There’s another type of disaster which can happen, when problems from a natural event end up being magnified into a man-made one.  These stem from political ideology.   Recently, a polar vortex moved south, and created winter storm  conditions in the South.  The result?  Atlanta, Georgia became a parking lot.  It wasn’t the only area in the South affected,  Birmingham, Alabama had similar issues.

A day after up to 3 inches of snow in parts of Georgia caused horrific gridlock on ice-covered streets — particularly in metropolitan Atlanta where thousands were trapped on the roads overnight — several major thoroughfares remained a mess due to lingering accidents and other problems.

In neighboring Alabama, there was a similar scene playing out. “There are still four or five areas on our interstates that are still treacherous. The traffic is still proceeding very slowly, but we are making progress,” Gov. Robert Bentley said.

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We Don’t Need Regulations? Oh Really?

One of the constant statements you’ll hear from conservatives is how “regulations are stifling business and the economy.”   Obviously, if only we could do away with them, it would lead to a major economic boom!  It’s a line that draws sympathetic responses, because most of us have our own experiences with various regulations.  I know I do in my work.  A good part of my job is filling out various reporting forms required by various state and federal agencies.  I’m also required to follow quite a number of regulations, and I receive annual – or more – inspections from them, to insure that I’m doing it.

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The Sequester: It’s not the amount, it’s the method

The sequester officially went into effect at midnight yesterday, as the President signed the order mandating it.  Addicting Info has an interactive map up to show what your state will be losing in 2013, because of the cuts in federal spending this year.  If you read through various comment boards, particularly the ones with a lot of “conservatives,” you’d come away with the impression that these will just mean some “wasteful” spending will be cut.  You even see it with many of the supposedly “informed” pundits.   After all, it’s only 85 billion, right?  The real issue they overlook is something the President said in his press conference: “”We will get through this,” he said. “This is not going to be an apocalypse, I think, as some people have said. It’s just dumb. And it’s going to hurt.”   Why is it dumb?

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Tuesday Tantrum

This past weekend saw the completion (mostly) of my blog overhaul.  As I said when I announced it, most of that has been “under the hood” work.   What turned into a much bigger project than I’d planned was going back through my archives and updating the formatting and tags on my posts.  I was very lax on that score the first year I  had this blog, as I discovered by going back through 140 some posts to fix them.    The other work I did is only visible if you’re paying close attention – and no, I don’t expect you to – or not visible to you, but makes the blog “efficient.”  Now on to another topic….

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