Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Early Primaries.
Texas voter turnout is up almost across the board.
Especially democratic turnouts so far which is awesome.,_2018#Early_voting_in_Texas_primaries.2C_2018

It is looking like a lot of people are riled up. Your not likely to see this for incumbents, people voting more than normal is a strong indicator they want a change.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Trickle Down vs. Rising Tide Economics

Also called Supply vs. Demand side economics, here is a really brief outline.

Trickle Down Economics

  • Basic idea is give more money to the rich and they will hire more workers, raise wages, etc.
  • Corporations have some control here because they can simply raise prices. This is however limited by competition and consumer demand. The exceptions are industries with monopolies or services such as utilities.
  • The GOP method is to apply corporate tax cuts, deregulation and tax loopholes such as putting money overseas.

Rising Tide Economics

  • Basic idea is give more money to the working class and they will buy more stuff which enables companies to hire more people to sell more stuff.
  • Workers have limited options in getting a raise, as long as someone else will take the job at a lower wage.
  • Increasing effective Take Home pay is the key and this can be done through Unions, income tax cuts, raising the minimum wage, lowering medical expenses and insurance premiums and child care assistance or tax deductions. Also lowering the cost of education plays a role.

Which is better?

Both work under the right circumstances and to a limited degree.
The weakness of Trickle Down is most of the money is not spent towards growing the economy and hiring more workers is only useful if you have enough consumers wanting your goods to justify the extra expense.
The weakness of Rising Tide is business expenses go up, so prices may rise as well. Enough volume can keep that from being needed.
Rising Tide is more effiecent as the same amount of money spread between more people means more people are buying things.  As demand goes up companies need to hire more people to meet it which means more people have more money to spend, etc. The cycle does a better job of feeding itself.

Also some Progressive strategies actually help both economic models.
Medicare for All lowers employees and employers medical costs at the same time.  So business expenses go down and their profits go up and employees have more money in their pocket.  The ones who suffer here are Insurance companies and  possibly drug companies, if the government allows itself to negotiate prices the way private industry does now. Most of America wins here and it works well for all the other industrial powers.
Another factor is too many people have to work two or even three part time jobs because employers prefer part time to avoid having to pay for medical benefits. This eliminates that problem.

Tuition Free College or tax credits for education. Educated people are less likely to be involved in crime and more likely to get better paying jobs and imp[rove the country with new ideas and inventions. The cost in taxes needs to be seriously considered, but hey if we can afford to repeal the Estate Tax for the rich or Pass Through loopholes or Hedge fund tax discounts we can certainly afford it and the effect will be better for the economy.

Lowering Childcare costs is another tough nut to crack. However it would lower crime rates and promote better developed kids if they are not left unsupervised.  I have known many single parents who have to turn down some good jobs because it wont work with child care. Typically they have to pick the kids up early and often the higher pay is not enough to offset the higher costs.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Oklahoma 2018 US House Races

Oklahoma 2018

Deadline to file is in April, we need more people to take on the incumbents if were to avoid massive layoffs starting in 2019

District 1

Incumbent: Not Running
Candidates in order of Financing: Kevin Hern, Tim Harris, Andy Coleman. Nathan Dahm, Danny Stockstill

District 2

Incumbent: Markwayne Mullin
Democrats: Jason Nichols
Republicans: Markwayne Mullin, Brian Jackson, Jarrin Jackson, John McCarthy, David Smith

District 3

Incumbent:  Frank Lucas
Candidates in order of Financing:

District 4

Incumbent: Tom Cole
Candidates: Tom Cole, Mary Brannon, John McKenna

District 5

Incumbent: Steve Russell
Democrats: Elizabeth Britt, Kendra Horn, Tom Guild, Eddie Porter

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Add Paul Ryan to the Obstruction list

I havent been happy with most of the GOP over how far they are going to protect Trump.
With the Nunes memo we now learn that Paul Ryan was cooperating in the conspiracy against the United States with Carter Page. Thanks to the GOP everyone now knows how long Carter Page has been under survelence, including those potentially working with him.  The GOP did not succeed in discrediting the Meuller investigation but they did send out a warning to others possibly involved so thy can run or destroy evidence.
Go back and listen to Carter Pages interview last October. He said he expected Speaker Ryan to release publicly info on the FISA warrent on him and the Dossier.
Lock Him up!

The GOP  has decided to go all in on attacking the FBI, DOJ and the FISA judges (Which last month both Nunes and Ryan voted to continue as is and said it was vital to our national security for them to be able to spy on Americans) and for what?
Another publicity stunt!
That is all the memo is. its the opinion of some of the GOP on the House committee. They hid a lot from us and are afraid to let the Democrats on the committee have their say.
The bias in the memo is clear and we know from media reports that a lot of flags had been thrown up on this, including by the Australian government.
Honestly, just listen to this guy talk and you can understand wht the FBI was watching him.
Maybe Trump was not working with Russia for help with the 2016 election.
However there is so much here that bears investigation it would be criminal not to.
Carter Page, Stephen Popadapolis, Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, Jeff Sessions, Betsy Devos, Blackwater, Jarad Kushner, money laundering, refusal to sanction Russia, The meeting with the Russian Lawyer, and more.
If Trump was actually innocent he would not have gone this far and made all these pathetic cover up attempts.

Carter Page
Listen to some of the other interviews this guy gave.