July 15, 2012 § 1 Comment
Anyone who was here state side during WWII can tell you of the rationing that went on. Everything was rationed. From bread to tires. They can also tell you that no matter what industry you were in, you were doing defense work. WWII took this country from nearly 30% unemployment to 0 unemployment over night. New businesses formed overnight to meet the demands. Struggling businesses like Willys Motors became major contractors.
There were factories and corporations making each other’s products to meet the demand of the military. RCA, Stromberg Carlson, and Bendix all making the same radios. Willys and Ford made the Jeeps. Whole towns grew up from nothing to support new ship and arms factories. One could say that nearly every corporation became a wholly owned subsidiary of USA Inc. The technology of the time expanded at a breakneck pace and the war paid for nearly all of it.
When WWII came to an end in 1945 the so called Cold War against what was called Communism began as well as a new war to fight it. Korea and the cold war kept many of these plants humming right along. And new defense systems needed new advances which meant lots of dollars for research and development and nearly all of it paid for by Uncle Sam. Working for a defense contractor – and at that time nearly all the major corporations were defense contractors – meant you could get whatever new and necessary equipment you needed to advance your project. And a lot of this made its way to the products that were sold to the general public as well.
Pretty sweet deal wouldn’t you say? Putting a good part of your research staff’s overhead on the government’s bill. And if the US military stopped being interested, you could also sell it to France or Egypt or Iran or Iraq or Israel or some South American country. And nearly every technical advance we saw had its origin or was advanced in some way through military material need – and I include NASA here . From television – improved for WWII, to computers – ENIAC for WWII became IBM. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 13, 2012 § 2 Comments
One of the comments to a post by David Seaton was this quote by Bertrand Russell.
“In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards”.
We do not see ourselves in a realistic light but in the way we wish we were or hope to become. This is true of racial relations, finances, politics…you name it. The so called American Exceptionalism. This is evident int the tax proposal of the president to except the first $250,000.00 of income from the tax hike. To same the Middle Class. But as Ted Rall points out in this column, this is hardly middle class. More like the top 2% of earners. Especially since the median income is $49,000.00. Bit of a difference, wouldn’t you say. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 11, 2012 § 2 Comments
It has been said that the two biggest motivations of humans are to obtain pleasure and to avoid pain. I believe with some variations, this is mostly true. Add into this our instinct for survival and you can probably explain most behaviors. But I am just guessing here, I suppose. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 8, 2012 § 3 Comments
We’ve all seem them. The iconic scenes of the train wreck or car wreck with the cars hanging off a cliff. Nobody dares move else they cause the whole thing to plummet into the abyss below. This is where the economy stands today according to Dr. Paul Craig Roberts in his current analysis. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 18, 2011 § 5 Comments
Wow, things happen when you are on vacation, and by things I mean Baby Jane
Hudson Hamsher’s blog meltdown the other day has turned into a thing of absolute wonder. It was very dramatic wasn’t it, her Baby Jane Hudson style meltdown, dumb m-fers, really? Yeah that is the way to win an election, start another big fight on the interwebzz between like-minded people, that definitely gets us to where we want to be, wait, wut?
This ridiculous behavior is just all too familiar to me, I still haven’t really gotten over the 2000 election. I can’t tell you how many well-meaning people I argued with back then who said they wouldn’t vote for Al Gore, who had become one of the more powerful Vice Presidents of our time, in terms of his mastery of government and his ideas of reform and modernizing government via the ever-changing world of technology. He brought in an era of reform among the ranks of government. Most people may or may not remember his Reinventing Government initiative, it was a program that worked, it was the result of Al Gores hard work and his experience in congress. Yet what was with the crowd that insisted Gore and Bush were essentially the same, and why are they doing it again after all they should have learned from the Bush fiasco Presidency. We can safely say there would have been no Iraq War if Al Gore had been President during 9-11. And yet here we are, discussing one more time how awful times a million the President is and his supporters are soooo stupid to ruin his chances like this, by supporting him, err or something. It has now reached the crazy stage, in fact since Hamsher and that other crazy irrelevant guy Pat Cadell are actively working to make sure this President isn’t reelected, how liberal could either one really be? Yes, we know the answer, not liberal. These shoddy analysis are pushed by the media. They rely on manufactured controversy to get better ratings, and that is their only goal. The problem with the “primary Obama” as led by Baby Jane is they seem impervious to facts, they seem unable to understand party politics, they just hope that the President will be in a primary race. That isn’t going to happen and if anyone thinks it will it is because they actually have their head planted firmly in the sand. The Party has her candidate and it will not be Alan Grayson or Dennis Kucinich. It is time to accept this fact and move on. I am hoping we won’t let a faction of “the always pissed off crowd” disrupt this election. I don’t know if they have the power to do so, but they certainly believe they have the power to do so.
Baby Jane Hamsher seems no different from Ralph Nader, she is a professional gadfly. She is a woman scorned no doubt about it, I believe the blogger Eclectablog that he was sent an email from one of her employees basically saying she is going to crush him, and keep him from getting paid writing gigs on the internet..it is kind of comical in a sad sort of way. Does anyone really have that kind of power on the internet? I mean this isn’t William Randolf Hearsts era anymore, so the email comes off as ridiculous. I am not convinced anyone has that kind of power to crush a voice on the interwebzzz. How can anyone take her seriously after this kind of behavior? The over-the-top anger seems so like TBag in its apparent irrationality. And this draws us right back to the Baby Jane Hudson metaphor; Baby Jane Hudson, a former child star whose light went out long ago, her one and only goal in life was to become relevant again, one more time, this time she wouldn’t blow her chance, except that she did, because she always blows her chances.
What I don’t get is the end game, because certainly if they help sweep in more Republicans, progressivism will be even further from the doorstep of American politics. Because my instinct tells me that if you really are progressive you would want to prevent a Republican from being President, because in this day and age they simply have proven to be a threat to America. I mean hell, they are willing to play chicken with the economy, i.e. debt ceiling fiasco. Republicans are holding a gun to their own heads and ours by their willingness to take the entire nation down in order to win a Presidential election, which is surreal and might I add unpatriotic! And shouldn’t we be rallying people around this fact rather than fighting over whether or not there will be a primary challenger for this President? (There will be no primary… it just isn’t going to happen).
Personally, I wish the war between progressives would end, ugh it is sooo tiring, and boring as the same issues are rehashed over and over again with no solutions in sight. Baby Jane is relegating herself to obscurity, by her own actions, and for what? Just to be a contrarian, a gadfly, a rabble-rouser? She never does explain why we are dumb mfers? Nor does she adequately explain how supporting the President is really hurting his chances, is it opposite day and no one told me? Well we will never truly be able to understand Baby Jane’s motives but I think they have more to do with making money rather than any real political agenda, she is just doing it the Rush Limbaugh/Scientology way, by building a base of fanatic followers who don’t ever think for themselves. Yikes what way to make money.
Cross Posted at The Angriest Liberal
July 14, 2011 § 1 Comment
First of all remember that the WH wanted a clean debt limit bill originally and to work on the budget as a separate matter. It was the tea party clowns in congress – Canter and Ryan – that insisted on tying the debt limit to cuts in spending. The WH said fine and presented it’s outline for cuts. The dems in congress as well as the WH then insisted that cuts had to be accompanied with revenue.
The repugs balked at this. Also the WH wanted it to be clearly a bi-partisan bill. Meaning any cuts to entitlements or military would also be owned by the repugs. At this the senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell said no. He would not sign on to anything that made them look bad and the WH look good. If the WH wanted to raise the debt limit, it had to go it alone.
At this the tea party loonies in the house went crackers. So, what we have now is the establishment repugs at odds with the tea party goof balls and the Speaker of The House refusing to put them in their place. This is the first time I remember a majority leader or speaker, in the senate or the house, of either party letting some junior congressmen run the show. Newt most certainly would not have done that or Hasert or Sam Rayburn or any of them.
Eventually a bill like the one Mitch McConnell outlined will get agreed upon. The WH may symbolically grouse but will sign it. But it brings up just how dysfunctional Washington has become.
July 10, 2011 § 1 Comment
According to the Boston Globe it would be disastrous for the economy.
“It’s the type of thing that could trigger another recession,’’ said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Inc., an economics research firm in Lexington.
“There would be an almost crisis of confidence, throwing the financial markets into turmoil.’’
The US government for years has spent more than it collects in taxes, leading to annual budget deficits financed by borrowing. Raising the debt limit, which allows the country to pay its creditors as well as finance government operations, has historically been a relatively routine procedure. « Read the rest of this entry »
June 20, 2011 § 2 Comments
“Our only political party has two right wings, one called Republican, the other Democratic. But Henry Adams figured all that out back in the 1890s. ‘We have a single system,’ he wrote, and ‘in that system the only question is the price at which the proletariat is to be bought and sold, the bread and circuses.” – Gore Vidal
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