Daily Archives: January 20, 2015

SOTU, So So 2

Well, I have been watching the State of the Union Address.  Most of the discussion about economics was not bad.  Of course claiming that negotiating a trade agreement that the Congress is not allowed to see, but big corporations are writing for us is NOT a way to benefit middle-class wage earners in our country or any other country.

Raising taxes by eliminating unfair loopholes for the oligarchs is a great idea.  It takes from their grasp the money they are storing up to destabilize our economy.  However, balancing the budget with this money is an extremely bad idea. (See my previous post Replacing the Budget Constraint with an Inflation Constraint.)  Perhaps Bernie Sanders and his new chief economist on the Senate Budget Committee can finally knock some sense into the President’s head and into the heads of all Democratic candidates who might run for President in 2016. (See my previous post Is It Time for MMT To Become Mainstream to Save Us from the Second Global Financial Crisis of the Millennium? which links to the article Bernie Sanders opens a new front in the battle for the future of the Democratic Party.)

When the President got to foreign policy, he talked about using diplomacy as well as military power, but every initiative he wanted Congress to pass was an authorization to use the military.  He talked about opposing Russia in the Ukraine even though that problem was fomented by our giant corporations trying to gain unfair economic advantage.  I don’t see how applying our military might to aid the profits of our oligarchs helps the middle-class in this country or any other country.

Perhaps the President would have gotten around to talking about non-military efforts such as reaching agreements with Iran and easing pressure on the Cuban people.  But my BS limit had been exceeded, and I just had to turn it off.

The unfortunate upshot of this speech is that everything that the President proposed and I support will not make it through Congress.  Everything that the President proposed that I vehemently oppose will sail through the Congress, and be approved by the President.  So maybe calling this so-so was far too high praise to give this speech.

The rest of you can comment, and tell me what, if anything, I missed.

Faux Noise Becomes the Unwilling Star of a French TV Satire

The New York Times, that bastion of journalistic rectitude, has the story Fox News Becomes the Unwilling Star of a French TV Satire.

Fox was abject in its apologies, as was Mr. Emerson. Julie Banderas, a Fox anchor, said that “over the course of this last week, we have made some regrettable errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe, particularly with regard to England and France.”

“Now this applies especially to discussions of so-called no-go zones, areas where non-Muslims allegedly are not allowed in and police supposedly won’t go,” Ms. Banderas continued. “To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either country and no credible information to support the assertion that there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion.”

I know it has been cold around here, but I had no idea that Hell had frozen over.