PubliusJay

PubliusJay

  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    This would not remotely be a First Amendment issue. If anything, the First Amendment here cuts in favor of what Trump is doing as the status quo prevents political speech....
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    This is where it is heading: query how stable is a government that can only act 2 years out of eight?...
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    Yes, it is hopelessly optimistic. Trump's approval among Republicans is about 81%. Until that drops by a lot and/or he does something blatantly illegal, no impeachment proceedings....
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    The States are not part of the process of paying federal taxes....
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    And that is why I was a staunch if unenthusiastic supporter of the Beige Dictatorship and Hillary Clinton (its latest American incarnation) as it/she had the best shot of keeping transition gradual and safe....
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    Republican legislative opposition to the Executive Order on refugees is limited and focused on it as an impediment to America's efforts to fight "jihadi terrorism" or "Islamic Extremist" terrorism....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Colonizing Mars would be a lot harder. Even leaving aside issues of distance and exposure to radiation en route, Mars raises issues of oxygen level and much greater extremes of temperature....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    It is much more likely to be driven by a combination of inertia and aversion to short term costs. And because it is driven by inertia, the lines are not quite where you drew them. Negative impact in South America...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    No need for that; co-opting is so much easier than chopping. Ryan is neutered, McConnell is partly paid off - who needs to be chopped?...
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    What he is going to be able to accomplish is cut taxes for the ultra rich and gut regulations across the board. Beyond that it's pretty unclear....
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    Yes, the party establishment does not love him for the reasons you mentioned. However, his support from Republican voters is staggeringly high - you notice all the things Paul Ryan is not saying? This is't from liking but from weakness....
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    Bannon was far more junior when he left GS. He is not at all the same. I am not in any way pretending this was a usual election, but there is a lot of ruin in a nation. Just because...
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    The standard Republican play book referred to the Republican history and strategies of voter suppression. I am aware of the ideas of the Freedom caucus and recognize that they are highly radical and will have a lot of influence in...
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    America will have its Presidential election on schedule in 2020 and Mike Pence won't be the Republican candidate. (1) It is not possible currently to eliminate elections or change the constitution the way you envision because the political support for...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Government solutions are always going to be at the mercy of their officials, which is great if those are Barack Obama, but not so much if they are Donald Trump. Private sector solutions at least are not comprehensive; if Facebook...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Who said that? In a situation where there was an alternative, the status of the dollar as a reserve currency would have been seriously damaged by the credit bubble and subsequent events. (The USD is not in a good position...
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    Well, lets think about these. The Euro has a political structure that is problematic because you don't have a unified fiscal authority and coordinated bank supervision. It is unclear how much commitment Italy for example has to the Euro and...
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    With regard to the previous comment, the question is also which other currency anyone else would want to hold in size. Apologies for breaking this in two....
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    Against which currency do you imagine the US Dollar would devalue? It is certainly true that historically, the fact that oil was traded in dollars was an important support for the status of the USD as a reserve currency. Currently,...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Expectation of financial stability would be putting it rather more strongly than I'd be willing to as well. However, I do think that at least in the United States, given the response to 2008 which, while limited, was not wholly...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Four years would be extremely fast for a new financial crisis. Even assuming Trump is serious about gutting Dodd-Frank (which is a pretty valid assumption) he will only partially achieve this and that will take one to two years. Thereafter,...
  • Commented on A reminder
    It isn't binary. It's a continuum. Looking at the United States in particular: (1) Trump has done a number of things to discredit democracy; (2) he acts in an authoritarian manner, extolling both violence and his own unique ability to...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    The Voting Rights Act is still in force. What has changed is that Section 5 is no longer operative. Section 5 required certain jurisdictions (determined by Section 4, which was invalidated) to obtain the approval of the Justice Department or...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I have not read Bannon's writing and I am really sure that I don't want to. However, as Bannon is now one of six key players in the Trump Administration, I probably should understand how bad he is. (Obviously, when...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    What has happened, is a combination of a few factors: 1. Neo-liberalism has stopped delivering to too many for too long. 2. New technology has disintermediated old elites. 3. One side of the "Beige Dictatorship" happens to crack first depending...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Thanks Susan. That is interesting. I'm not sure that making up the geology or chemistry is any more consequence free than playing with the physics. (I'm also not sure than you can play with the geology or chemistry without playing...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    That is true, but relatively rare iron for industrial purposes doesn't mean it will be so rare as to be biologically inaccessible....
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    That makes sense - and I was thinking about it from exactly the why did iron replace bronze point of view. The political/historical implications become very complicated....
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    An interesting point, but in the case of armor, I would think bronze could substitute for iron, though you are then depending on the availability of tin or arsenic....
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    I hadn't thought about the bridges; good point. I think you are right in regard to ceramics....
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