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(10581) Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich - Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture - YouTube
Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich - Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture - nelson mandela lecutre
/ this is just a speech, obama speech.
/ is like Robert Reich - saving capitalism from itself, reforming capitalism
/ part of the system - supposedly meritocracy - embrace it - if I can do it you can do it - clintons and obama.
/ obama suckerpunched everyone after being elected
/ the problem is system it is not just banks - system chaotic and irrational working against its sustainability bc of greed profit maximization and duopoly competition
/
PART 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0De24c0tyqs - Obama Says Inequality Led to Rise of the Right, but Takes No Responsibility for It (2/2)
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july 2018 by asterisk2a
Hillary Clinton's book has a clear message: don't blame me | Thomas Frank | Opinion | The Guardian
She seems to have been almost totally unprepared for the outburst of populist anger that characterized 2016, an outburst that came under half a dozen different guises: trade, outsourcing, immigration, opiates, deindustrialization, and the recent spectacle of Wall Street criminals getting bailed out. It wasn’t the issues that mattered so much as the outrage, and Donald Trump put himself in front of it. Clinton couldn’t. [...] But by and large, Clinton’s efforts to understand populism always get short-circuited, probably because taking it seriously might lead one to conclude that working people have a legitimate beef with her and the Democratic party. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41244474 &! https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/12/hillary-clinton-supporters-memoir-book
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september 2017 by asterisk2a
(100) Clinton Attacks Sanders in New Book – RAI With Thomas Frank (2/6) - YouTube
Thomas Frank wrote book about the left and democrats.
pointing out making policy by public opinion. always bad. for future and utopia. you are always behind the curve.
there is a civil war within democratic party (corporate centrist v progressive left) &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwiyWshR5Jo - Bernie Sanders Reacts To Hillary Clinton’s New Book | All In | MSNBC &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj7jerlSML4 - Hillary Clinton's New Book Filled With Lies & Finger Pointing &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6MAKOrUzro - Corporate Democrats Have a Vested Interest in Not Listening to Workers - RAI with Thomas Frank (1/4)
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september 2017 by asterisk2a
Lib Dems may back government on case-by-case basis, say sources | Politics | The Guardian
Party would be ‘up for talking’ to Tories about supporting issues such as mental health and housing outside of a formal deal [...] Instead, the party has said it will consider each proposal individually, so far backing Labour amendments to the Queen’s speech on remaining in the single market and voting against the main government bill.
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july 2017 by asterisk2a
(911) It's Worse Than It Looks: Lessons for Democrats from Election 2016 - YouTube
- win by small margin in states that flipped from blue to red, - Dems lost = long int the making, strong regional ie cities and coast, butnot party for the nation, - Trump hatte eine bessere geschichte erzaehlt als status quo kandidat HRC - 17:30, Obama hatte 2008 die beste geschichte zu erzaehlen und dann brach sein versprechen. lessons: people want dignity of jobs, not just fair jobs (protection), pause on progressiveness and liberalness? more centrism (because of the demographic bubble of white america), stronger institutions (see Niall Ferguson munk debate failure of institutions to deliver what they always promised but never did). // the blue states in the wall that switched, they rolled the dice, status quo was known since 2012 relection of obama //
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
(730) As Clinton Blames Comey & Russia, Authors of "Shattered" Expose Aimless Campaign - YouTube
mechanic experienced calculation (demonization, deplorable, Tim Kaine vs Elisabeth Warren, status quo Career Politicians Democratic Party no inkling of revolution), !!!decisions by committee!!! - vs - grassroots of Bernie Sanders - vs - angry demos populism //&! The Art of Persuasion is part Science and Part Art (the Actor trying to bridge divide ie through being a great orator like Barack Obama, or Donald Trump who says without a filter brazenly exxagerating wha was sache ist - "winning their respect") // &! Not Comey Letters - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZNFbiPmrRA
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
DNC Chair Race Has Very Disappointing Result! - YouTube
pro-establishment pick, centre to the right. // lets have bernie sanders tell ppl not to protest dnc townhalls - https://youtu.be/eMlLHh4eh7k
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Martin Schulz: Mehrheit hält den SPD-Kanzlerkandidaten für unglaubwürdig - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Was!? Man glaubt Politikern ihre Wahlversprechen vom Herzen und mit Emotionen nicht? // Die Mehrheit nimmt Schulz auch nicht seine Ankündigung ab, sich besonders für "hart arbeitende Menschen" einzusetzen. 57 Prozent halten das für "unglaubwürdig", 36 Prozent für "glaubwürdig". //&! Labour’s collapse among working-class voters is catastrophic – according to YouGov, only 16% would vote Labour now. That’s troubling enough for “the party of working people”, but it is made doubly damaging because, contrary to expectations, Ukip is not proving the main beneficiary. - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/25/wings-labour-blame-electoral-collapse &! http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-third-most-popular-party-working-class-voters-behind-tories-ukip-latest-yougov-poll-stoke-by-a7578641.html &! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/opinion/britains-absent-opposition.html?_r=0 &! http://gulfnews.com/news/europe/uk/brexit-has-changed-britain-s-political-landscape-1.1984533 &! https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/12/brexit-labour-identity-crisis-solution-return-to-roots
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Why the Daily Show had to change - YouTube
Donald could also be interpreted as a backlash (white, latino, black, .. BAME) that also the black guy didn't make it better for us (the workin folk) and HRC campaign was all about 'its all good.'
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
How The Democratic Party BETRAYED Workers & Its Base - THOMAS FRANK Interview Part 1 - YouTube
Dems doubled down on betrayal of labour - https://youtu.be/0TnS_P4JGDc // chimes w Mark Blyth and Matt Taibbi assessment. - propaganda game for HRC! - professional class could not accept Bernie. DNC adopted professional class, abandoned working class (left behind, picked up by Trump at the ballot box after Sanders was gone). [...] Dems wiped out! Now counting on Trump to screw it up. That is their strategy! [...] also the draining the swamp, no accountability in the big league game - see nassim talebs skin in the game. see bank bailouts nobody went to jail. sank economy, sank the world, the working poor and middle class have to pay for it. and 1-10% ask for tax cut and get it (trickle-down) ... Austerity. There is no deterrent from white and blue collar crime - financial crime, fraud, like accounting. GFC after-math is precedent, not deterrent from greed. //
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
"Democrats Would Rather Lose Than Win With A Progressive"-Former Sanders Official Nick Brana Pt 2 - YouTube
Democrats fought & stole it from Bernie because they rather would lose to GOP/Trump than move to the left progressives. // See also book Thomas Frank - Liberal - https://youtu.be/M9u2aR19P3g. & Matt Taibbi on GOP and in general the establishment - $ - choosing the candidate not the voter electorate and journalists feeding themselves co-opting into the game then wondering why they are called fake and luegenpresse. And Mark Blyth mentioning Bill Clinton finished what Reagan could not ( Surrender: How the Clinton Administration Completed the Reagan Revolution by Michael Meeropol (Paperback) - https://www.yo​utube.com/watch​?v=a0q_Ww1q1j8. And Obama did not fight GOP in public, he preserved the status quo, did not upset the DNC elite and establishments going to the left and much more progressive and then there was the Drone Warfare.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
SHOCKER! Candidate Calls Out Rigged DNC Primary To Their Face! - YouTube
see also Mark Blyth, nassim taleb - no skin in the game. not being accountable in their decisions and wrong doing. &! How The Democratic Party BETRAYED Workers & Its Base - THOMAS FRANK Interview Part 1 - Author Thomas Frank about the DNC - https://youtu.be/M9u2aR19P3g &! Matt Taibbi Insane Clown President about GOP &! Mark Blyth argues that Obama did not fight, instead TPP TISA TTIP et al https://youtu.be/PzbH2YE4a24
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Democrats won the most votes. Why aren’t they acting like it? - YouTube
Trump needs humility bc he won not a majority. Needs reaching out. But Week 1, nothing like it. [...] The WomensMarch was historic. Not the inauguration (crowd) of yet another white male as president.
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Donald Trump: Massendemos gegen den neuen US-Präsidenten - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Kaum ist Donald Trump vereidigt, protestieren weltweit Hunderttausende gegen den neuen US-Präsidenten: Allein in Washington gingen mehr als eine halbe Million Menschen auf die Straße. Doch die Zukunft des Widerstands ist unsicher. [...] Die Demokraten hoffen, dass der Protest in den kommenden Monaten und Jahren auch in politisches Engagement mündet. Die Partei muss sich neu organisieren, personell und strukturell. Eine emotionale Basis könnte die Arbeit erleichtern. Zudem stehen bald viele wichtige Senats- und Gouverneurswahlen an, die das Gleichgewicht in Washington verschieben könnten. Und je mobilisierter die Partei an der Basis ist, desto besser. [ mmflint build "regional resistance" ] &! https://twitter.com/AriBerman/status/823001984085164032
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Brexit: Boris Johnson warns against 'punishment beatings' - BBC News
And HSBC announced it was preparing to move 1,000 staff from London to Paris when the UK leaves the EU. [...] Guy Verhofstadt said there was 'no way' the UK could pick and choose aspects of the EU [...] German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "The be-all and end-all is that Europe does not let itself be divided, and we will ensure that with very intensive contacts.'' EU governments would consult their business sectors, she added, and she was "not worried that we will not stick together". [...] The Financial Times praises the prime minister's "bold vision" but warns that the road ahead will be perilous. [...] At Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Corbyn urged Mrs May to "stop her threat of a bargain basement Brexit, a low-paid tax haven on the shores of Europe".
He added: "It won't necessarily damage the EU but it would certainly damage this country." [...] Mrs May told MPs: "What I set out yesterday was a plan for a global Britain, bringing prosperity to this country and jobs to people and spreading economic growth across this country." [...] "not just nasty but also blind to reality".
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Universities announce fees above £9,000 limit
Universities in England are already announcing a tuition fee increase above the £9,000 limit before Parliament has even finished debating plans which would pave the way to raise fees.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Iowa caucus live: Sanders and Clinton 'in virtual tie' as Cruz beats Trump | US news | The Guardian
Texas senator Ted Cruz won an outright victory in the Iowa caucuses on the Republican side, while the Democratic side remained locked in a virtual tie between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, with nearly all the vote counted. Donald Trump came in second to Cruz by between three and four points. Trump delivered a gracious concession speech and looked ahead to New Hampshire. [...] Fighting Clinton to a draw in Iowa counts as a victory compared to where he came from – nowhere, with no press attention, no money and no establishment support (as he noted in his speech). When you couple tonight’s results with what could be a rout of Clinton in New Hampshire, it’s possible that Sanders could go into South Carolina with the buzz and name recognition that can start to make inroads with minority voters and eat away at the polling advantage that Clinton has largely by dint of familiarity, not policy.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
There’s so much to protest against. How to keep up? | Barbara Ellen | Opinion | The Guardian
On the eve of a House of Lords vote, more than 30 charities, including Mencap, Parkinson’s UK and Mind, plus peers, including Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson, have criticised the cuts (which would in effect reduce ESA to ordinary jobseeker level), arguing that they would put the disabled under increased pressure and make it harder for them to find work. [...] This is what matters at present – however dutifully the Labour party opposes cuts, the Tories clearly feel “unopposed” and thus free to continue unleashing their bombardments. People like me may also owe the shamed, battered Liberal Democrats an apology – during their time in coalition perhaps they did put the brakes on the worst excesses of Tory policy.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Economy concerns as household debt rises to £40bn in latest figures | Business | The Guardian
Families are expected to run up £40bn of debt this year, sparking fears about Britain’s economic recovery. [...] (OBR) forecasts have found that households have moved from a surplus of £67bn in 2010, the year the coalition took power, to a £40bn deficit this year. Unsustainable borrowing is on course to near the levels reached in the run-up to the 2008 financial crash, according to Labour. Seema Malhotra, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said: “George Osborne is relying on millions of British families going further into debt to hit his growth targets. [ as projected by economists, that household had to take up debt, shifting debt burden off the public balance sheet, when austerity plans were revealed together with LibDems, to meet growth targets/estimates, back then. same w decistions to increase student loans, convert grants into loan ie for nursing, remove allowances and grants. same w the green bank. shifting items off the balance sheet. and underinvestment. ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
MSNBC...Why the Fawning Interview With the Kochs? - YouTube
What is the Citizens United decision? Corporations are people. //&! GOP Has Turned into a Race Among Oligarchs to Own Everything - youtu.be/SNja0Iwpk8s "poison the channel of public information." = Fascism = merging of business and state interest. for the few. - via vice president Henry Wallace & Franklin d. roosevelt
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich - Timeline Photos
What about all the ballyhoo about manufacturing jobs coming back to America? Well, some have. But they pay lousy wages. The average wages of production and non-supervisory employees in manufacturing are lower today than they were in 1985, when adjusted for inflation. [...] Bottom line: Most Americans have got zilch out of this recovery. In fact, they’re worse off now than they were in 2000. Meanwhile, the top 0.1 percent is doing fabulously well. More and more people are concluding the game is rigged -- which it is. No one should be surprised at the surge in populist anger on the left and the right.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich: One of the Most Important Differences Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton - It all comes down to Wall Street.
on.fb.me/1LsCcNT - Finally, tonight, the American public will have a chance to hear the truth about what's happened to our economy and our democracy. Unlike the Republican debates -- which have been circuses of dishonesty, bigotry, and braggadocio -- tonight's Democratic debate offers an opportunity to set out the real challenge: turning a society that's become more rigidly stratified and oligarchic than it has in over a century into one that's inclusive and democratic. Most of the Democratic candidates agree on the problem. Listen for the boldness of their policies. But also know that good policies won't be enough. We need a candidate capable of forging and fueling a movement sufficiently powerful to overcome the regressive forces of big money. So listen also for their passion, their wisdom, and their capacity to move America. What will you be listening for?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum - BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Scotland's Labour and Lib Dem leaders to consider backing a second vote on Scottish independence. The plea came after Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie said their members could campaign for independence. Ms Sturgeon said she welcomed what her opponents had said but she found it a "curious tactic". Both Labour and the Lib Dems said the first minister should concentrate on her party's record in government. SNP leader Ms Sturgeon believes there should be a further referendum on Scottish independence if there is growing support for leaving the UK or there is a "material change" in UK politics. [...] She spoke out after Ms Dugdale said there was "no denying that 30% of Labour voters voted 'Yes' in the referendum" and that she wanted to lead a party "that is comfortable with people who voted 'Yes' and 'No' backing our values of creating a fair and more equal society for everyone".
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Vince Cable: ‘Historically, the coalition will be seen as a success’ – interview | Politics | The Guardian
[A] look at the post-crash global economy, is the first fruit of that freedom. After toeing the line for five years, he can go public with his criticisms of chancellor George Osborne’s handling of the economy. He warns that the emphasis on consumption rather than investment, the continuing reliance on house price inflation as the driver of growth, the decline in productivity and innovation mean fundamental problems are not being addressed. He is also the first minister to lift the lid on the coalition: we learn the Tories could be likable colleagues but “collectively appalling, with ugly tribal prejudices”; that Osborne and David Cameron were unable “to move Theresa May an inch”; that Osborne’s Treasury effectively controlled government, with a hands-off Cameron; and that, in Cable’s view, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander were too accepting of the Treasury line. [...] [ Cameron the PR man, being in office for the sake of just being in Office ] &! bit.ly/1KROBLk
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Where Next for the UK Economy? | 24.02.2015 - YouTube
min 37 BOE owns over 1/3 of outstanding gilts // pattern of global demand ([luxury, vanity, status, brand], [convenience, on-demand,] [software, automation, robots, driving down manual labour cost - corporate/wall street] [connection with your customer] [Data] // GDP growth (national income, profits from corp) outpaced income growth (income from labour). is double // austerity, fiscal policy: to force a surplus of the budget (and current account/balance of payments) over 10 year time frame (2x conservative parliament) without thinking where the demand comes from (income growth thus more disposable income thus consumer &* business demand (more employment), thus higher tax revenue). And only thinking about cutting, is a Career Politician move, sticking 2 his talking points of Plan A. // dont compete w BRIC/Developing/Frontier Market on price (exporting). It's a race to the bottom, it can not work. Thus it has to be Industrial Revolution 2.0 !!! Differentiate. Brand. Being Remarkable.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Why the 2015 British election is the closest in decades - YouTube
Conservative were not able to broaden their appeal - not to erase legacy and toxicity (although they deleted past records and speeches of their leaders and MPS from their own homepage after the 2010 election (ConLibDem coalition)), recovery lacked wage growth and decent jobs - and focusing on austerity, lowering top tier tax rate and ignoring tax evasion and avoidance schemes as well as not putting the hammer down on financial speculation (splitting from retail banking) - did not bode well with society after bailing out the largess of Wall Street to the tunes of trillions.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
An election that really matters - BBC News
Naturally, wearing my economic editor's hat, I can be sad that there hasn't been more explicit debate on the wealth-creating imperatives of boosting lacklustre productivity, reducing record personal debts and re-engineering our corporate sector to cope with the Ubers and the indomitable new sharing economy. But the issues that are on the table are huge, arguably the most important of my political lifetime. The choice between whether to have a referendum on membership of the European Union (EU) - offered by Tories and UKIP, declined by Labour, LibDem and SNP - is massive. // &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32605228 Conservatives and Labour are Crossdressing
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Großbritannien ǀ Königsmacher und Spielverderber — der Freitag
Großbritannien Schlägt bei der Unterhauswahl die Stunde der Nationalisten? Die „britischen Parteien“ verlieren ihre Hegemonie
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Schools face cash crisis, head warns parents - BBC News
A London head teacher has written to parents warning them of a looming "financial crisis" in secondary schools in England. [...] He has urged parents to challenge general election candidates about what he called "deep and damaging" cuts. [....] His letter says that within three years many secondary schools will face having to make significant savings of up to £1m in some cases. In the letter Mr Kerr said this has been caused by increased pupil numbers as well as rises in teachers' pay and schools having to make increased employer contributions to staff pensions.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Lib Dem Alexander challenges Tories over welfare cuts - BBC News
Paul Johnson, the director of the Institute of Financial Studies (IFS), has previously said that only £2bn of the proposed £12bn cuts had been outlined by the Conservatives so far. In response to Mr Alexander's allegations Labour leader Ed Miliband took to Twitter and said: "The Tories have drawn up plans to take thousands of pounds from millions of families. Child benefit & tax credits are on the ballot paper." // http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/grossbritannien-liberaler-packt-sparplaene-von-cameron-aus-a-1031469.html
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Does money affect children's outcomes? - YouTube
causal vs correlation // reduce stress and anxiety, mental health, // fairness of austerity on welfare and public social services - vs - going after (10x higher amount of savings compared to welfare cuts) tax avoidance and evasion by corporates and individuals // why isn't the IMF & OECD warning UK not to cut crucial welfare (that would widen inequality, social mobility, fairness etc) further if it already admitted that austerity for PIGS nations is not the right medicine!!??
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Danny Alexander calls for corporate tax evasion crackdown
"We are all in this together." << ya right .... /// "They see benefit fraudsters brought before the courts and small firms harangued by the tax man for modest VAT bills while giant firms and high net worth individuals know it's unlikely they'll be prosecuted for not paying all their taxes. [...] Danny Alexander concedes it might be a big ask to get a new law through Parliament making inaction in the face of tax evasion a crime but the Lib Dems will try." - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31574457 - HSBC 'open to criminal charges' &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31477788 - Balls pledges tax evasion crackdown &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31447703 - Treasury looking at tightening tax evasion laws &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31579026 - HSBC chief 'holding £5m in Swiss account' - Guardian report
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
What do the 1930s tell us about public spending? - Newsnight - YouTube
'we are all in this together' austerity and jailing benefit cheats vs not jailing nor putting them in front of a judge and jury - the tax evaders
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
As a jobcentre adviser, I got ‘brownie points’ for cruelty | Mary O’Hara | Society | The Guardian
"We are all in this together." << yea right. We just don't have a lobby like Canary Wharf and Fortune500 companies. // A demonstrable shift took place once the coalition settled in, says Neville. Along with “relentless” targets, huge caseloads, and less time to spend with individual claimants, she lists the increasing complexity of the system including the many and very complicated forms that needed to be filled in and problems with the fitness to work test administered by Atos. “It used to feel like we were doing something for clients, now it was [doing something] to them,” she says. Things were made all the more difficult, ...
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - NHS reorganisation was disastrous, says King's Fund
But they were described by NHS leaders as "so big you could see them from space". The changes, which came into force in 2013, abolished large numbers of NHS organisations. Purse strings The aim was to shift the balance of power in the NHS to give GPs more say over the way budgets were spent. It provoked uproar in sections of the medical profession, in part over the role of potential privatisation of some services. King's Fund chief executive Chris Ham told the BBC: "People in the NHS focused on rearranging the deckchairs rather than the core business of improving patient care. "That's contributed to the increasing waiting times and declining performance that patients are experiencing." [...] During the reorganisation, all 151 primary care trusts - which provided services such as hospitals, dentists and opticians - and the 10 regional strategic health authorities were abolished. New bodies called clinical commissioning groups were set up locally.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
What's up for grabs in May 2015? - Newsnight - YouTube
"people are sick of politics." &! https://www.facebook.com/naomi.wolf.author/posts/10153007217144476 - "When people say they have no politics, it means that their politics aligns with the status quo. None of us are unbiased, none removed from the question of power. We are social creatures who absorb the outlook and opinions of those with whom we associate, and unconciously echo them. Objectivity is impossible." "The illusion of neutrality is one of the reasons for the rotten state of journalism, as those who might have been expected to hold power to account drift thoughtlessly into its arms." http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/20/broadcasters-mouthpieces-of-elite-balanced-news-journalists
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Chancellor says new Scots powers could result in UK tax competition
The Tory minister was giving evidence to the Treasury select committee which is examining the Smith Commission plan. Mr Osborne said it would be up to Scotland to decide whether to vary future tax rates and therefore spark "competition". He added that Holyrood would bear the consequences of using its new powers. On Thursday the draft Scotland Bill is due to be published. That represents the next stage in a process to send more powers across the border. During the Scottish independence referendum campaign, the Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats vowed to give greater responsibility to Holyrood if voters said "No". On 18 September, the electorate decided 55% to 45% against change.
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
Autumn Statement 2014: Osborne's Cuts 'Will See Public Spending Fall To Lowest Level In 80 Years'
Tony Dolphin, senior economist at the Institute for Public Policy and Research, warned that Osborne's planned cuts were "implausible". "Given the scale of cuts in the public sector, [the OBR] can only make its growth forecast add up by assuming that consumer demand is boosted by households taking on more debt - and at an unprecedented pace. "Extraordinarily, the OBR thinks that by 2019 the household sector will have a financial deficit twice as big as in 2007 and 2008 when the financial crisis hit. As result, the household debt-to-income ratio is forecast 2 rise beyond its pre-crisis peak 2 over 180%. "This is pretty implausible. If the next government tries 2 follow the deficit reduction path set out in the Autumn Statement, it can only succeed in the short-term because the household sector takes on debt @ a faster pace than it did before the financial crisis. [this warning was heeded some years ago alrdy that consumer&corp would have to take on debt to spend to keep GDP # up!!!]
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
Osborne moves to cut spending to 1930s levels in dramatic autumn statement | UK news | The Guardian
As the BBC already wrote "The OBR calculates that spending per head in real terms in 2019/20 on the public sector minus health & schools would be £1,290, or 57% less than in 2009/10." &! ind.pn/1tQKhyR "Cuts are expected to be made in non-protected departments such as police, local government & justice in a mission 2 reduce £147bn spending 2 £86bn by 2019/2020 following a £5bn overspend which has caused the £1.5 trillion national debt to continue rising. Robert Chote, chairman of the Office 4 Budget Responsibility, predicts a "very sharp squeeze" as only 40% of cuts deemed 2 be necessary have been made in the current parliament while the next is required 2 account for the remaining 60%. [...] Nick Clegg 'Tory plans 2 cut budgets & welfare before raising taxes on the extremely wealthy as "complete and utter nonsense".' [...] Mr Cable also condemned [plans.] [...] Danny Alexander 'taxes on the wealthy = deal breaker in coalition negotiations come general election.' &! bbc.in/1vPkrk6
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
Why Are Progressives Great at Morality, Terrible at Messaging? - YouTube
The All New Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate by George Lakoff: tax evasion - tax avoidance = those people are the scum, the benefits of a welfare state ... financing public resources (infrastructure investment) ... private depends on the public!!! if private takes active measures to not bear the fair and reasonable weight they can afford ... than the public, anything that is provided for everyone, can not exist as is. [... you have to understand framing. how to frame x issue ... in terms that it feels/impacts everyone. every rational being seeing the issue at hand ... thus frame it in a moral and fairness / speak to the Gerechtigkeitssinn ... moral ... public resources/utilities give you freedom !!! < welfare state - ie abortion issue, birth control, reproductive rights is also about individual freedom - sex ed is also about freedom, kids making up their own minds, granting them the freedom to think for themselves - and not get their parents view. ]
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - What UKIP victory means
Only Nigel Farage can be totally satisfied today although he knows all too well that winning a national election which he described as a "free hit" on the political establishment is much easier than winning a single seat in Westminster. A year ago few took that prospect seriously. They do now. +++ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-27567744
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Election results 2014: Ukip blames London election performance on difficulty appealing to the 'educated and cultured' - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
Election results prove Ukip can damage Labour as well as Tories Both parties need to rethink their campaign strategies if they are to beat back the Farage fox in the Westminster henhouse http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/23/election-results-prove-ukip-damage-labour-tories-farage || + Ed Miliband NEED TO RAISE HIS GAME! >> What do the council results mean for the 2015 general election? It is not easy to extrapolate from local election results, but these ones could suggest Labour falling just short of a working majority http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/23/what-council-results-mean-2015-general-election ||| + London is Ukip's worst nightmare The local election results highlight how out-of-step London attitudes pose a serious dilemma for Labour and Tories ""LONDON is metropolitan elite concerned chiefly with itself."" - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/23/london-ukip-nightmare-labout-tories-local-elections-farage || +++ http://bbc.in/1qZCqn1
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Nigel Farage: UKIP to be serious players at general election
Labour Party gaining ground .... but will it be enough (traction) to replace the coalition of Conservatives/LibDems? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/events/vote2014 - waiting for further detailed analysis; http://www.economist.com/blogs/blighty/2014/05/local-elections "Most revealingly for the party’s long-term prospects, UKIP’s triumph in local elections is proof of its growing knack for campaigning on-the-ground and on domestic political issues. For years the party’s success was limited to European elections, where bluster about the EU and a strong broadcast presence was enough. Not any more. The party’s membership has shot up to more than 35,000, meaning it can now seriously compete in first-past-the-post contests." + http://www.economist.com/blogs/blighty/2014/05/shape-britain "LOSING America is popularly considered to have been one of the things that cost King George III his sanity. David Cameron, by contrast, appears to think that losing Scotland would not even cost him his job."
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Budget highlights philosophical divide
This philosophical divide between state intervention and individual liberty is one of the biggest pools of clear blue water between the two largest parties. But it has not dominated political debate in the wake of the Budget. + http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26666103 + Key points of Budget 2014: At-a-glance: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26626280 :: increase in personal tax allowance to £10,500 + http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26645108 + http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26563010
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Yellen losing Fed nod could have more to do with 2016 than Summers | ForexLive
The decision might be about gender but not in the way you think. Democrats hoping to place Hilary Clinton in the White House might think it’s a bridge too far to elect the first female President at the same time as Yellen leading the Fed. I tend to think the White House is looking for the best person for the economy but that might be naive in the cold, calculated world of US politics. In any case, Reuters cites a source close to Obama saying the president hasn’t made up his mind. + http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/07/24/janet_yellen_is_the_most_qualified_pick_for_federal_reserve_chair_so_why.html + http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2013/07/24/1579542/why-yellen-should-be-the-next-fed-chair/ > http://www.forexlive.com/blog/2013/07/24/financial-times-why-yellen-should-be-the-next-fed-chair/ >> two guys at the helm was never a problem. Sexism and gender discrimination is still alive showing its ugly face.
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july 2013 by asterisk2a
Van Jones: Protecting Society from Corporate 'Tyranny' - YouTube
Van Jones, Founding President of Rebuild the Dream, criticizes the influence corporations and special interests have on our political system. Jones argues that "the Tea Party is correct, our liberties are under threat," but their "negative" rhetoric is misguided.

***

In 2010, the United States Supreme Court held in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that laws prohibiting corporate and union political expenditures were unconstitutional. Citizens United made it legal for corporations and unions to spend from their general treasuries to finance independent expenditures, but did not alter the prohibition on direct corporate or union contributions to federal campaigns; those are still prohibited.

Wikipedia ...
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june 2012 by asterisk2a
Kotlikoff Says U.S. Deficit Too Much for Next Generations - YouTube
USA net-future liabilities +66tn
when you ask the wrong questions, you get wrong answers
my generation is being screwed.
Government fraud accounting
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august 2011 by asterisk2a
Obama Is Too Good for Us: Charles Fried on the Debt Fiasco - The Daily Beast
The debt deal fiasco proved that any decent, honest politician like the president simply doesn’t stand a chance against the likes of Michele Bachmann. Charles Fried on how the Tea Party ruined America.

Look at the roster of leaders vying for my party’s nomination. At the top of the list stand Mitt Romney, who will say anything, and Michele Bachmann, who assured us that defaulting on the national debt is no big deal, while a sensible man like Jon Huntsman is in single digits.
Oh, I know: it’s not funny, but one must either laugh or weep.
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august 2011 by asterisk2a
Another Deal Older and Deeper in Debt Currency Thoughts
 Politicians failed to segregate what needs to be done in the long term from what ought to be  addressed in the short term and, as a result, got both tasks wrong.

Below are ten consequences I expect from the Federal government’s latest handiwork. Obama will probably be a one-term president.
The increasingly skewed distribution of U.S. wealth and income will become even more so.  Because of the diminishing marginal utility of money, this trend dampens the potential growth rate of aggregate personal consumption.
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august 2011 by asterisk2a
Gay donors fuel Obama's 2012 campaign - Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.com
“He’s coming back up in the estimation of the gay community pretty rapidly, and I think justifiably,” said Ethan Geto, a New York lobbyist and key figure in Dean’s gay fundraising, who said many gay supporters had hoped “Don’t Ask” would be repealed during the president’s first year in office. “When things didn’t happen in (that) time frame and on the track that Obama had held out hope for, people got very disillusioned,” said Geto. “This was the time to strike.”
Others said that Republican candidates’ shots at gay rights in their attempt to appeal to socially conservative Iowa voters had reminded gay donors of the stakes. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum this week said gays and lesbians shouldn’t have the “privilege” of adopting children, while former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty suggested he would block the repeal of the ban on gays in the military, and Donald Trump compared same-sex marriage to faddish golf gear.
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may 2011 by asterisk2a
Why We're Fasting - NYTimes.com
This is a moral issue; the budget is a moral document. We can take care of the deficit and rebuild our infrastructure and strengthen our safety net by reducing military spending and eliminating corporate subsidies and tax loopholes for the rich. Or we can sink further into debt and amoral individualism by demonizing and starving the poor. Which side are you on?
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april 2011 by asterisk2a
Prospect of WikiLeaks Dump Poses Problems for Regulators - NYTimes.com
 “high-tech terrorist.” (Such was Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s description of Mr. Assange over the weekend.)And just Monday, Mr. Assange told a reporter from The Times of London that he had enough material to make bosses of a major bank resign.
You’d think that bank executives would be quaking in their Gucci loafers.But guess who may be even more nervous about the possible data dump?Regulators in Washington.

It seems the prospect of gigabytes of e-mail and other documents from financial institutions can be viewed one of two ways: as a treasure trove for regulators to scrutinize — or as an embarrassment for the United States government, which has spent millions of dollars investigating Wall Street in the last two years without a scalp to show for it.
Inside the Securities and Exchange Commission, the organization is bracing for a public outcry,
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december 2010 by asterisk2a
Debt Pyramid Scheme Now the Norm in U.S.: Roger Lowenstein - Bloomberg
The tax compromise that the president, after protracted bargaining with Congress, signed into law Friday represents the worst of each party’s principles. Democrats agreed to forgo their insistence on raising taxes to narrow the widening budget deficit. Republicans forgot (again) that they are supposedly the party of smaller government.
In effect, each party stuck to the portion of its principles that will be popular with the electorate right now -- and dismissed the part that would be unpopular. The Washington compromise is symptomatic of the disease infecting government at many levels. It is known as short-termism.
The better course would have been the simplest one: Let the Bush tax cuts -- on every income group -- expire.
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december 2010 by asterisk2a
Axis of Depression - NYTimes.com
China and Germany are on the warpath against the Fed, accustomed to running huge trade surpluses. But for some countries to run trade surpluses, others must run trade deficits — and, for years, that has meant us. The Fed’s expansionary policies, however, have the side effect of somewhat weakening the dollar, making U.S. goods more competitive, and paving the way for a smaller U.S. deficit. And the Chinese and Germans don’t want to see that happen.

For the Chinese government, by the way, attacking the Fed has the additional benefit of shifting attention away from its own currency manipulation, which keeps China’s currency artificially weak — precisely the sin China falsely accuses America of committing.

But why are Republicans joining in this attack?

Milton Friedman, who blamed the Fed for not acting more forcefully during the Great Depression — and who, in 1998, called on the Bank of Japan to “buy government bonds on the open market,” exactly what the Fed is now doing.
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november 2010 by asterisk2a
Jon Stewart Rally Shifts Blame to the News Media - NYTimes.com
So instead the host of “The Daily Show” took steady aim on the one American institution that everyone can agree to hate: The Media. Within the first minute of his deft, very articulate stump speech at the end of the rally, Mr. Stewart turned his gun sights on the, um, fake news, which he called, “the country’s 24-hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator,” which, he added, “did not cause our problems, but its existence makes solving them that much harder.”

“The press can hold its magnifying glass up to our problems bringing them into focus, illuminating issues heretofore unseen or they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire and then perhaps host a week of shows on the sudden, unexpected dangerous, flaming ant epidemic,” he said, to roars of approval from the crowd.
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Mervyn King Warns Winners Of UK Election Will Be Kicked Out For Decades Due To Unpopular Austerity Measures Needed | zero hedge
Perhaps all the hype over the November elections is misguided: perhaps the Republicans realize that should they win by a landslide, with the Obama administration desperately delaying the implementation of inevitable tax hikes until after the elections, they will be vilified as the party which will be forced to deal with the cleanup of the biggest private-to-public deficit transfer in history (and a vice versa on the wealth side), and thus result in massive subsequent losses, leading to a second term for the president and a firm entrenching of Democrats in control. Perhaps the prudent move would be to simply concede the election and let the existing administration flounder in its attempts to resolve the insolvable budget and fiscal deficits currently being created.
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may 2010 by asterisk2a
Op-Ed Columnist - Fiscal Scare Tactics - NYTimes.com
But there’s no reason to panic about budget prospects for the next few years, or even for the next decade. Consider, for example, what the latest budget proposal from the Obama administration says about interest payments on federal debt; according to the projections, a decade from now they’ll have risen to 3.5 percent of G.D.P. How scary is that? It’s about the same as interest costs under the first President Bush.

Why, then, all the hysteria? The answer is politics.

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february 2010 by asterisk2a
The US budget: Budget day | The Economist
Making hard choices is all but impossible when political gamesmanship is at the fore.
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february 2010 by asterisk2a

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