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Libertarians: a definition

Libertarians: Those who believe that oppression is too important to be left to the government and should be handled more efficiently by the private sector.

Defunding Jesus

Ponder this: the self-proclaimed party of Christians just proposed a budget cutting the things that help the poor.  Yup, the Republicans defunded Jesus.

Why Republicans will continue to struggle to gover...

The Republican Congress is having a really hard time getting its majority to actually pass legislation. Why? It is almost facile to note that since Republicans don’t really believe in governance, they are unlikely to try to get good at it. But there is something deeper going on, too, and it has to do with the nature of democracy. A Democracy consists of diverse interest groups who all want slightly different things....

Trump and the AMT

The main thing we learned from Trump’s 2005 tax return: We need the AMT. The AMT is the “Alternative Minimum Tax”. It makes sure that rich people with a lot of deductions still pay a minimum amount of tax. In 2005 Trump made $150 million in income (that doesn’t count his businesses profits, just his personal income). After his deductions, he claimed he owed only 4% in taxes (FWIW that’s less...

How Trump hurts American Agri-businesses

How Trump hurts American businesses (agricultural version): Bloomberg BusinessWeek week recently reported that Brazil, Argentina, the Ukraine, Russia, and Australia are now all eager to displace the United States as the world’s largest exporter of grains and bulk food crops. Since–the article notes–Trump has signaled to the world that supplies and exports from the United States may become suddenly...

Motives on the left and right

I tend to resist facile equivalences. The motives and methods on the left and right are not the same. There are some principled Republicans who oppose any government involvement in health care. This is a principled stand, and people can disagree, but it is grounded in a certain worldview. Now it so happens that a lot of people who don’t want government in health care happen to be extraordinarily rich. Which has two...