• you seemed to have missed the point.

    the point is where and why is the scope of who is to blame where the people opposing the project say it is.

     

    You could blame the terrorists themselves.

    You could blame al-qaida

    You could blame certain Muslim Sects

    You could blame people from certian Muslim countries

    You could blame Islam in general

    You could blame Monotheism in general

    You could blame religion in general

     

    But I have heard no good reason to put the scope of the blame on American muslims or Islam in general and stop it there. 

    Why does that make more sense than making the blame more narrow in scope (the terrorists themselves) or wider in scope (monotheism, or religion)?

  • incorrect.

    none of Lakrosse's or anybody elses arguments work unless you connect Islam in general to the terrorist acts.

  • on a comment on For Crist's Sake over 3 years ago

    well yeah, wall street has taken over as our primary industry:

     

    Simon Johnson:

    The Quiet Coup:

    From 1973 to 1985, the financial sector never earned more than 16 percent of domestic corporate profits.

    In 1986, that figure reached 19 percent.

    In the 1990s, it oscillated between 21 percent and 30 percent, higher than it had ever been in the postwar period.

    This decade, it reached 41 percent...

  • comment on a post A Startling Fact About the Black Electorate over 3 years ago

    Does this hold true for other groups that have historically faced discrimination?

    Do Hispanics, Women, Gays, etc vote more once we control for other factors like wealth, age, education, etc are controlled for?

  • on a comment on I ♥ the 90s over 3 years ago

    ugg, typo. yes I know it's "there". I changed the sentence and neglected to change the word.

  • on a comment on I ♥ the 90s over 3 years ago

    no, I don't want to "bluff them". I want their to be real consequences for screwing over the American people. Until there are consequences for that, we are screwed.

    What's clear to me is that continuing to be an automatic vote for Dems isn't working. I'm tired of continuing to bang my head against that particular wall.

  • on a comment on I ♥ the 90s over 3 years ago

    the GOP is going to come back into power sometime. If not this election, then the next or whatever.

    Menwhile, if progressive remain an automatic vote for Democrats who sell us out, we will forever keep being sold out.

    So it's a choice between never getting listened to by our representatives v. letting the Dems know they can't just do the bidding of their corporate masters and hastening the inevitable GOP resurgence by a few years.

    Not the choice I wanted, but the Dems and GOP are forcing my hand on this one. They've made it quite clear that they will not do what we want so long as they think we have "nowhere else to go".

  • I have yet to hear one single argument for why the community center should not be built that doesn't rest on prejudice.

    Unless you are attributing the acts of those terrorists to other Muslims, there is no reason to give a damn whether the thing is built or not.

  • wow, way to add to the discussion......

  • on a comment on I ♥ the 90s over 3 years ago

    yeah, that's kinda my problem with the "primaries" strategy.

    For now, I'm going with the "you incumbants better listen to progressives and make us happy or else we will stay at home during your reelection and you will be out of a job" strategy.

  • on a comment on Miss Him Yet?! Part II over 3 years ago

    who cares what he "wants" to do? There's absolutely ZERO, none, nada, no chance that he's going to get our elective officials to impose Sharia law (which would require changing the US Constitution).

    But there's a much bigger chance of anti-Constitutional-freedom-of-religion people like you getting their feeling enshrined into law by targeting unpopular minority groups.

  • on a comment on Miss Him Yet?! over 3 years ago

    oh, and by the formula the Fed usually uses for determining where interest rates should be, we should be at 5 or 6 points BELOW zero right now, which we obviously can't do (although we can use less accurate things like quantitative easing, and they are to some extent)

     

  • on a comment on Miss Him Yet?! over 3 years ago

    Reagan cut taxes in 1981, but he massively raised taxes a few times in 1982, including one tax hike that was the largest in US history in peacetime (%of GDP). so crediting the economy getting better in 1983-1984 for that 1981 cut and ignoring the 1982 and 1983-1988 hikes makes no sense and at the very least there's no good evidence for it.

    On the other hand, GDP growth tracked interest rate changes very closely in 1979-1984

  • comment on a post This House Is Not a Home over 3 years ago

    1) there have been more forclosures among the "rich" than in the poor, subprime market. This is primarily because the more well-off have just been walking away from their investment properties that are underwater.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/09/business/economy/09rich.html?_r=3&hp

    2) The problem wouldn't have been nearly as bad if banks hadn't leveraged mortgages 30X over.

    3) the tax code gives lots of breaks for home ownership. Most tax breaks are unavailable to those without lots of money and/or their own businesses. The mortgage deduction was the one were lot of people could maybe partake of it.

    4) there's no real reason in theory that more people can't or shouldn't own homes. People just shouldn't own homes they can't afford. If we could better encorage more affordable housing, more people could own homes without being out of their league financially.

    5) society benefits from the stability of home ownership. People take better care of their homes and tend to be much more involved with their communities if they are home owners. To the extent that we can encorage homeownership in a way that isn't too risky, we should. Lets start with not letting financial institutions break up the mortgages into tiny parts and leverage it so many times over.

  • on a comment on Miss Him Yet?! over 3 years ago

    absolutely wrong. It wasn't the tax cuts that engineered the upturn in the economy in the early 80's, it was that Volker stopped raising rates and instead started lowering them.

    Unfortunately, we don't have that option right now, since we entered the recession with rates incredibly low already (thanks for nothing, Fed).

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