Category Archives: I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords

Our Scientific Infrastructure Is Decaying

Let’s ignore for a moment that we just shut down a fusion power research center that recently set a scientific record. Because that’s just too depressing to think about. Instead, let’s move on to how we’re getting our butts kicked … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords

The Failure Of Governance Of D.C.’s Metro Rolls On

Once again, D.C. Metro is facing a failure of governance–and it’s not just Metro’s management, but the unwillingness of regional politicians to spend the needed money on the system. As a consequence, Metro, rather than transforming itself into a mass … Continue reading

Posted in DC, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords, Transportation, We're Really Fucked

The Politics of Hopelessness

I’m tired of feeling like we’re losing even when we (sort of) win (boldface mine): Amid all the accusations that Hillary Clinton is not an honest or authentic politician, that she’s an endless shape-shifter who says whatever works to get … Continue reading

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Sunday Sermon: Bernie’s Free Lunch

And one for Hillary as well, though she seems less inclined to take it (unfortunately). This is a point I’ve made many times before–deficit spending per se is not inherently good or bad (boldface mine): Not only do we not … Continue reading

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They’re Still Lying About the Post Office’s ‘Insolvency’

I’ve written many, many times about the false fiscal crisis that the United States Postal Service (‘USPS’) supposedly faces. In 2006, Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) which requires USPS to pre-fund 75 years of worker benefits … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Democrats, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords, USPS | 1 Comment

All Right We Are Two Nations

Recently, the Russell Sage Foundation surveyed what they called “elites”, people who are at or near the top 1 percent of U.S. wealth-holders and have an average income of more than $1 million annually. As the kids used to say … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords

I’m Going With “Economic Elite Domination”

There’s a very interesting post by Larry Bartels about a recent political science paper that examines which groups in the U.S. succeed in the political system. You’ll never guess what happened next! A forthcoming article in Perspectives on Politics by … Continue reading

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