Daily Archives: September 13, 2011

Stimulus Tax Cuts Did Spur Growth and Create Jobs

The article Stimulus Tax Cuts Did Spur Growth and Create Jobs starts with the following:

There is a serious debate over the impact of President Obama’s stimulus. Stanford Economics Professor John Taylor, who served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs under President Bush, recently released a draft paper that purports to show that the tax cuts that were part of this stimulus had no effect on consumption. The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) is releasing a paper today that challenges Professor Taylor’s analysis.

If you are a professional economist, maybe you want to click on the link above to read more.

Otherwise, I recommend the article as a good sedative to be read at bedtime.  I could pretty much understand what was being said, but  I also do have a little background in computer modelling and a teeny-tiny understanding of statistics.   I would be willing to bet that for most voters, this will need to be translated into everyday English before they can get too excited about it.  I am not sure “excitement” is really the right word.

Democrat Warren to announce Senate candidacy targeting Scott Brown

The Boston Globe coverage of the announcement is Democrat Warren to announce Senate candidacy targeting Scott Brown.  At least for now, you can view it without having to have a subscription to the newspaper.

A senior campaign adviser has confirmed to the Globe that Warren will launch her candidacy by greeting voters across the state, beginning with a morning visit to a Boston MBTA station. She will then head to New Bedford, Framingham, Worcester, and Springfield, making similar appearances shaking hands and greeting voters.

I cannot find a clue as to where exactly she will be making appearances.

Her exploratory committee web site is www.elizabethforma.com.  Just about the only thing you can do on her website at the moment is to sign up for notifications or to donate.

There is an Elizabeth Warren Facebook page which seems to have significant activity.  You do not have to have your own Facebook page to view hers.

I have been posting everything I can on her Facebook page urging her to tell us where she will be and what we can do to help. See the discussion Topic: How To Help The Campaign

House Republicans Consider Reneging On Budget Deal To Force Even Deeper Cuts

Think Progress has the article headlined House Republicans Consider Reneging On Budget Deal To Force Even Deeper Cuts.  The article quotes from the Politico story, John Boehner tries to cut deeper on 2012 funds:

In a surprising bit of hardball, House Republicans confirmed that they had been actively considering a plan to tamper with the August budget agreement by cutting even more from 2012 spending in order to put pressure on Senate Democrats to come to terms faster on domestic bills for the coming fiscal year.

Surprisingly, the Think Progress link to the Poltico story points to page 2 of the Politico article which starts with the following:

Even Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was skeptical about cutting the CR funding levels, and having backed the idea, Boehner’s office appeared to be stepping away, saying that $1.043 trillion is the more likely final number.

“We did reach an agreement …and I am supportive of the CR being written at that level,” Cantor said. “I think we would try always to go below it, but I think that the risk of bringing back brinksmanship or another potential shutdown is not something right now that we need.”

Now, this doesn’t sound quite as bad as the scare headline and the quote that is used by Think Progress.   Of course, if you wonder what a CR is, and even if you figure out that it is a Continuing Resolution, you might still wonder how Politico can use the abbreviation without explanation.  That is when you go back to page 1 of the story and find that Think Progress has accurately quoted from the first paragraph of the story. You also find that Politico does explain that a CR is a Continuing Resolution.

I post this story only for the people who think that you can negotiate new concessions from the Republicans when they haven’t really bought into their 2% concession and your 98% concession that they agreed to on the last issue.

72 Percent Disagree With Perry That Social Security Is A ‘Monstrous Lie’ |

The brief item 72 Percent Disagree With Perry That Social Security Is A ‘Monstrous Lie’ was on the Think Progress web site.  Of course, polls are not real news, but the result taken from the CNN poll:

The Social Security system has been described as a “monstrous lie” and as a failure. Do you think those phrases are an accurate description of the Social Security system, or don’t you think so?

Sept. 9-11
Accurate 27%
Not accurate 72%
No opinion 1%

is a nice complement to my post, Why a Pay-As-You-Go System (Social Security) is not like a Ponzi scheme.  It shows that the vast majority of those polled believe that what Tea Partiers like to hear is recognizing as a lie filled sack of something.  Of course that does not mean that they will refrain from voting for a politician who says these things.

The other thing I take from this is that if we keep pounding the message that this is pack of lies at least as often as any politician repeats the lie, then there is hope that the voters are listening.  The moment we stop countering the lies, people will start believing them.  The politicians who spout these lies know that  they have a short half-life, so they know they have to keep repeating them.  Unfortunately the truth has just as short if not a shorter half-life as the lies.