Daily Archives: July 14, 2015

Why I’m Leaving the South

The Daily Kos has the post Why I’m Leaving the South. Before I get any questions, let me make it clear that this is not my post, so the “I” in the headline does not refer to “me”, Steve Greenberg. Sharon and I have already decided that we cannot move to Florida, even if the climate is appealing in the winter.

Anyway, back to a quote from the post.

I have a master’s degree in counseling, and I’m particularly good with teenagers. For ten years I had a decent career, although counselors aren’t paid much. Then the economy tanked and social services were cut. I lost my job. Then another job. Nobody was hiring counselors; I got an hourly wage job. Lost my health insurance, lost my car, lost everything. I went into default on my student loans.

Things began to pick up for counselors, but there was a new question on applications: are you in default on your student loans? South Carolina and a few other red states passed a law saying that such persons cannot be hired by any agency receiving state funding, which for me and my degree, is nearly all the jobs here. Getting out of default would be feasible if I had a professional job, but on $8 an hour? No way. As a single person with no family, meager survival is nearly possible on that low of a wage.

I can just imagine the response from the legislators who thought that punishing people for defaulting on their loans would get them to pay up. As we always used to say in the Army when caught doing something stupid and being asked why we did it, usually by a sergeant, “Gee, Sarge, it sounded like a good idea at the time.”

Hillary Clinton Focuses On Middle-Class Wages In Sweeping Economic Policy Speech 1

The Huffington Post has the story Hillary Clinton Focuses On Middle-Class Wages In Sweeping Economic Policy Speech.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton focused on the problem of stagnant middle-class wages on Monday in the first major economic policy speech of her presidential campaign.

In sweeping remarks at the progressive New School in New York City, the Democratic candidate said that higher wages are driven by strong, fair and long-term growth, offering policy proposals that fit into each of those three categories. Clinton praised the policies pursued by President Barack Obama, but suggested that more needs to be done to help middle-class families. Her message echoed themes espoused by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has made her mark on the Democratic Party by arguing that the economy is rigged against the middle class.

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The story she told at the beginning about the history of this country over the last 35 years is almost exactly the story that Elizabeth Warren tells. The main difference is that Elizabeth Warren talks about the 50 years between the depression and the last 40 years when it all began to unravel. Warren also doesn’t tout the flawed policies of the Clinton administration which seemed so good at the time, but sowed the seeds of destruction that led up to the collapse of 2008-2009.

I don’t like Hillary’s message as much as I like Warren’s message, but if Hillary is able to sell it better than her rival candidates, then less power to her. It would be a shame if she were able to convince us that her husband’s policies weren’t a big part of the problem.

If only she felt that she could be completely honest about the whole story, she might be a candidate that I could eventually support. The fact that she has to gloss over certain facts (some would call it lying), makes me suspicious that she would be able to do all that needs to be done if she were ever to become President.

You can tell in the paragraphs above how my take on Clinton’s remarks changed even as I wrote the words.

Thanks go to Wesley Chrabasz for posting this on his Facebook page.

Pavlina Tchernerva Has Insights On Fixing The Eurozone and Greece 1

Not only does economist Pavlina Tchernerva analyze what is going on with the Eurozone/Greece economic crisis, she identifies what the fix to the situation is. We have this solution available to us in our own system, but we just refuse to use it.

The interview segment starts at 17:09 minutes into the video. To go directly to the interview, use the link YouTube Video starting at 17:09 minutes.

This is the time to cite Greenberg’s Law of Counterproductive Behavior.

If you see a behavior that seems to you to be counterproductive, perhaps you have misunderstood what the actor’s real goal was.

In both cases, the Eurozone and the USA, the behavior is actually accomplishing the divestiture by the governments of public resources so that the greedy oligarchs can purchase them at fire-sale prices. We call it privatization rather than admit that it is the equivalent of rape and pillage by the rich perpetrated on the rest of us.