Thursday, December 01, 2011

Raise Taxes on Rich to Reward True Job Creators: Nick Hanauer - Bloomberg

At last. Somebody finally explains the obvious.
Raise Taxes on Rich to Reward True Job Creators: Nick Hanauer - Bloomberg:

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Political Animal - Proving the 99% right

Political Animal - Proving the 99% right:

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

News Flash: Rain Is Wet

I see Republicans -- most recently mega-billionaire Charles G. Koch -- are still pushing the meme that Government spending has been increasing at a "massive" and "uncontrolled" rate.

You have to love Republicans. They find one thing which, if looked at correctly -- that is to say, if you squint real hard and ignore everything around it -- could be loosely construed as true. Or not false, at any rate.

  • Government spending has increased
Yes, it has. Except when it hasn't. Are we talking about 2010 versus 2009? It went down. Are we talking about the projected expense for 2011 over 2010? It is scheduled to go up.

  • Government spending as a percentage of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) has gone up
Yes it has, and this is my favorite one. This is like saying "household expenditures, as a percentage of houshold income, go up during a heat wave." or "bleeding increases when one's arm is cut off." Yes, it's true, but so what? Let's rephrase that to be a true and meaningful statement:

  • There is less money coming into the government, thanks to the Great Recession
  • The government is spending more money on "safety net" programs because of the Great Recession
  • Less money in + more money out = spending, as a percentage of GDP, goes up.
Guess what? If the recession ends, if unemployment drops, a lot more money flows into the government. Spending, as a percentage of GDP, will go down. And guess who keeps trying to prevent that from happening?

Twelve bonus points if you say "Republicans!"

Oh, and I forgot: Did you know that your burn more calories walking uphill than you do downhill?

Saturday, July 09, 2011

The Growth of Government... Not

The next time your Republican friends tell you how the growth of government is out of control! you should just show them this graph. Point out that the size of the Federal government, in terms of how many people it employed, was larger during the Reagan administration then it is now. And then take a step backward to avoid being splattered by brain matter when their heads explode.

FRED Graph - St. Louis Fed

"We are ruled by charlatans and cowards. Our economy is in the tank, we know what to do about it, and we're just not going to do it. The charlatans prefer instead to stand by and let people suffer because that's politically useful, while the cowards let them get away with it because it's politically risky to fight back."

- Kevin Drum