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Taxation Fixation 0

Thom counters the glibertarian argument that “taxation is theft.”

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The Evidence of Things Seen 0

Man and GOP Elephant talking.  Elephant:   The President did nothing wrong.  Man:  He basically admitted it.  Elephant:  Fake news.  Man:  He released a transcript.  Elephant:  A perfect call.  Man:  He did it again with China.  Elephant:  Clearly a joke.  Man:  I saw it with my own eyes.  Elephant:  That's what the deep state would have you believe.

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Zero-Sum? 0

Sam uses a clip of Anand Giridharadas on The Daily Show to offer a technique for separating progressives from pseudo-progressives.

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Robin Hoodlum 0

Donald Trump aiming a bow at a target labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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Down at the Farm 0

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The Prophet from Mt. Side-Eye 0

Title:  The Chosen One.  Image:  Donald Trump in a robe before a burning bush bearing tablet that says,

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Obsession 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Noam Sphancer tries to figure out why Donald Trump is obsessed with President Obama. A snippet:

The answer is not that Obama is black, or a democrat. Rather, it is that in Obama, Trump sees his antithesis–everything he is not and cannot be. Politics aside, a fair look at what is already publicly known about the two men will suffice to conclude quite readily that Obama has basic decency, which is a core quality of character that garners intuitive respect across cultures and times, independent of one’s status, wealth or fame.

Follow the link for his reasons for reaching that conclusion.

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Collateral Damage 0

Catherine Rampell tries to make sense of Donald Trump’s claims of success in his trade wars.

Follow the link to see how well that works out.

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Economic Instigators 0

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Hoodoo Economics 0

Paul Krugman marvels at the zombie-like staying power of the Laughable Curve.

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The Vice of Experience 0

Catherine Rampell points out that Donald Trump’s economic strategy, when something doesn’t work the way he predicted, is to do the same thing harder.

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Responsible Fiscals 0

Frames One through Three:  Republica Elephants stands behind President Obama screaming

Via Job’s Anger.

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The Perverted Yield Curve 0

Title:  The Real Inverted Yield Curve.  Image:  To the right, a pot of money labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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Kickstarter 0

Donald Trump kicking U. S. Farmers in the rear while saying,

Via Juanita Jean.

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Taking Their Cut 0

Paul Krugman points out that, when it comes to economic policy, Republican orthodoxy is clueless. A nugget:

Republican faith in the magic of tax cuts — and, correspondingly, belief that tax increases will doom the economy — is the ultimate policy zombie, a view that should have been killed by evidence decades ago but keeps shambling along, eating GOP brains.

The record is actually awesomely consistent. Bill Clinton’s tax hike didn’t cause a depression, George W. Bush’s tax cuts didn’t deliver a boom, Jerry Brown’s California tax increase wasn’t “economic suicide,” Sam Brownback’s Kansas tax-cut “experiment” (his term) was a failure.

Nevertheless, Republicans persist.

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In Translation 0

Frame One, titled

Via Job’s Anger.

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The Rich Are Different from You and Me 0

They have all the money.

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It’s All about the Algorithm 0

David discusses how YouTube’s changing its algorithm is affecting his business model. I’m posting this because I think it is a telling commentary of the state of media today. Although I find David a sane and reasonable commentator–that’s why I from time to time feature his commentary–part of me agrees with Bob Cesca that we need to “bring back the gatekeepers.”

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Accountability 0

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Jobbed 0

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