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See, we can agree on something...
For such a reasonable sounding guy, he sure does hew tight to the Obama POV on every single point when push comes to shove. He's just a more intelligent (sounding) sohlman as far as I'm concerned. I have little patience for that anymore while the country swirls around the drain.
If you remember the lawyer in McCabe and Mrs. Miller, that's him.
Just because this board is filled with a bunch of right wingers doesn't mean I'm not a moderate.
You should hear the political discussions I get into with my friends who are left wing crazies. They're worse than these.
The position that Obama is fairly centrist because other countries are much more left wing wins my post of the day award.
You're right about that. Do you consider that a reflection on their integrity?
Just to be contrary, didn't some CEO in Japan commit suicide a few years ago because his company didn't do well?
Yes we can. And I'm sure you're a much more pleasant (if still probably cantankerous) OWG in real life, hahaha.
My Macro 101 wasn't meant to be a crack. I'm just pointing out the real fallacy in saying "We MUST enact cuts now!" or the "Well, I guess the sequester is okay because at least we get cuts" lines of thinking.
We do need cuts. Again. We do.
But the sequester is a horrendous way to do it. And a very large percentage of economists (not all, you're right) would actually say that it's one of the worst things we could do right now, from an economic perspective--never mind the way in which they are being done.
This is not just a sentiment. Political systems are generally measured from left to right in the world as a whole. Not just in the United States as some kind of vaccuum. That would be very odd.
I can't speak to any of his other opinions, but Alex's opinion fits well within the mainstream of Keynesian economics. This, of course, fits well within the mainstream of modern American economic thought. The question among Keynsian's is how soon after an economic downturn to you reel in expansionary fiscal policy. There are serious people on either side of that debate, and Alex's opinion on is well founded and fits within the normal spectrum of this debate.
You should hear me ranting about welfare or the baby boomer generation.
Honestly, among my friends (groups that include mostly pretty nerdy multicultural/white guys who live in the US), I'm definitely one of the more conservative. And I've moved further and further to the right in the last decade. I agree with Republicans on a whole slew of economic issues and I firmly believe in the ability of the free market to promote economic growth and improve lives.
I'm definitely left of the center on most social issues.
Oh, I'm cantankerous all right, just ask me about gun control - NO, not here and now!!!!!!!!1!!!11 lol
Doing the cuts now is ok if they are the right cuts - in fact in almost all large organizations there are anywhere from 1-5% of cuts that could be made at any time without really affecting performance.
I do agree that an across the board 2% cut to everything is perhaps the least intelligent way to do the cuts besides a dart or ouija board. And yes, I know about Nancy Reagan...
I do not agree that the sequester is a bad way to require the cuts to be enacted. On the contrary, like Ripley in Aliens, it's the only way to be sure...
From "Aliens" - 1986
Yeah, I can't claim to have the answer to all of our problems. We have to find a way to be more competitively globally as a country, answer the problems of inequality that arise from this global economy, yet keep our debt low enough to invest in our future.
shoot, earlier we were told that not prosecuting the bush administration as war criminals makes him "centrist."
Phatboy if you had any balls I'd meet you at the AFA Boxing gym and have Coach Weichers put some gloves on us.
It does compound the problem. However, I will also vaguely add that this is all coming to light as the negotiations continue. And in truth, it puts the mission of various agencies to serve the American people at risk far and above the risk of sequestration cuts.
I agree, failure isn't supposed to be no fault. It is what it is.
Failure seems to be the new norm. Just look at Congress, the Senate and the WH.
Agreed. And it's another reason we shouldn't be wasting time on this sequester BS. China is catching up fast, people. The Earth is undergoing very fast climate change that could kill us all or at least our grandchildren. We are falling behind and it's not helped because our political system is completely in shambles.
We need investment in infrastructure and human capital like crazy. We don't need partisan bickering and stupidity. There is room for disagreement but not stagnation.
This thread has survived totally absurd claims from bbpgtr on the right to sohlman on the left, but it cannot survive the introduction of alexterp.
Lock it up. Start 2 new threads- one where imalex and alexterp can debate the awesomeness of keynesianism and the rankings of european soccer players and another for the rest of us.
Go away, KA!
Lock it up. Toogs, Paul, someone.
If for no other reason, than "CHINA IS CATCHING UP FAST, PEOPLE!!!"
I'm confused as to why someone would lock this thread over that comment. I really am.
If you think I'm wrong, I'm all ears. Have you been to China? Do you know what you're talking about? Or are you maybe, just maybe, being an internet blowhard?
If we let China pass us, they will be the ones that aliens attack instead of us.
The Associated Press @AP
BREAKING: Homeland Security official resigns after release of illegal immigrants blamed on budget cuts
I suppose so... I suppose so...
The sequester claims ANOTHER victim!
not by you, antifrode, settle down.
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