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Re: “Which side are you on? Trump, morality, and us

I'm not giving anyone a pass when it comes to radical violence, or infringing on the rights of people to peaceably assemble. I am not in any way a supporter of Anitfa when it comes to unlawful violence - their energy would be better spent picketing and letter writing in Washington DC if they are serious about combating Fascism.

That said, anyone marching under the black sun or other Nazi or fascist symbols should not expect to be given any sort of wide berth or deference to their message in the public sphere. This country buried many sons in foreign soil to stop the original followers of those ideologies, belief systems infused with the will to use violence in their furtherance. Still, absent an actual call to violence these present day adherents have every right to air their views as much as is possible in a shouting match.

As the activist Left is so often tarred by any association with their more radical elements, so to should be the Right, feel free to call Foul. Most recently every Leftist/Centrist gathering of note in the US has been reasonably well self policed to keep these elements largely dormant (Occupy, DAPL required vows of non-violence among participants), whereas on the Right they appear to not only be encouraged but to form the core of those taking to the streets. They also appear to be given much greater latitude by LE (Bundy, Malheur) for actions that would have triggered a full on police riot if perpetrated by the Left.

Until Charlottsville, The DOJ at the urging of GOP leaders had all but eliminated investigations into white nationalist and Right Wing radical organizations while they actively infiltrate and surveil virtually any Leftist organization that comes to their attention.

FWIW I consider myself a Centrist on the order of a Nixon-era Republican, basically what the current Right views as a full blown Commie anarchist. I view the extreme Right as being a larger danger than the extreme Left (or Jihadis with exception of 9/11 for that matter) in this country, and the facts overwhelmingly bear this out.

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Posted by Miller on 08/28/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Which side are you on? Trump, morality, and us

I predicted this a few years ago. As the US descends into Banana Republic status and the economy continues to contract, the Right Wing will take to the streets. It is important to turn them out when they do. As ugly as it is, this is one example of direct democracy in action.

The PTB will always attempt to woo or co-opt these hateful groups, as their goals are at least partly in line with those of the political patron class, especially when they are used against Leftists and (in today's climate) Centrists. Don't expect Republicans at the Federal level to speak out on this, or LE to take a proactive approach to infiltrating these groups as they do with left leaning organizations - no matter how benign.

The amount of leniency allowed to folks who showed up with shields and hand weapons marching under bonafide Nazi emblems is amazing - imagine the reaction if any of the Occupy encampments had decided to take up arms.

If someone of the Muslim faith had driven into a crowd of people, they'd have been charged with terrorism and/or disappeared into some interrogation center or shot dead when apprehended. We are "living in interesting times".

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Posted by Miller on 08/23/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “The hate that Trump bred

This is the result of too much uncontested historical revisionism.

Look to period documents re the causes and motivations of the Civil War, not to later re-writes that include "State's Rights" that allow ethical wiggle room for Confederate devotees.

It is dirty work now as then, but removal of Supremacist symbols should continue apace. Take out the trash.

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Posted by Miller on 08/20/2017 at 1:04 AM

Re: “How to reduce poverty: Boost workers' wages

A modest increase in minimum wage will not have any sort of dire effect. Relatively few workers even make the minimum wage. 11% of people under 19 and only 2% of workers over 25.

As long as the increases are not higher than the rate of inflation (which is not and hasn't been the case for years) any negative effect would be virtually non-existent.

Historically, increases in the minimum wage do not lead to labor reductions but to relatively small increases in price - you would only reduce your payroll if your business shrunk, otherwise most business already operate with the minimum possible staff. Expenses go up you pass on the overhead = a relatively small bump on the sticker price.

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Posted by Miller on 08/12/2017 at 3:25 PM

Re: “How to reduce poverty: Boost workers' wages

Another thought, take a closer look at the businesses that employ most of the HHAs and PCAs and see how much they really take in vs what they pay.

If the $'s there but not making it to the rank and file, its time to bring in a Union. Not like the boss can threaten to send all your jobs to Mexico....

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Posted by Miller on 08/11/2017 at 2:19 PM

Re: “How to reduce poverty: Boost workers' wages

Set public sector wages at all levels to a fixed multiple of the minimum wage. Minimum wage would keep up with inflation, driving other wages up based on skill/availability. Jobs that require some education and certification would certainly see wages increase.

The labor force participation rate is collapsing due to a lack of jobs, while inflation increases are glossed over with rigged CPI values. The former depresses wages, while the latter further reduces disposable income. In a consumer driven economy this is a recipe for disaster and the warning signs are everywhere.

I don't know an across the board raise for certain sectors is a fix, but certainly we've seen enough evidence that the medical care "market" does not respond to market dynamics in ways that allow it to function positively (the cost of a good or service being what the market will bear). The biggest problem is many people need HHAs and PCAs, but they can't afford to pay what that service is worth, leading to depressed wages AND a shortage of workers. In any other sector of the economy, the business would simply disappear.

@Luxembourg, a break on sales tax and gas taxes would help. A break on property taxes maybe less, landlords are not going to lower rents just because they have less overhead.

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Posted by Miller on 08/11/2017 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Trump's transgender ban: Another time to resist

@ Tom Janowski
This leak did nothing to warn us or inform us of anything dire. It serves only to further undermine Trumps already tottering credibility with foreign leaders, and illustrate how little control he (and by extension ANY of our elected officials) have over our intelligence and MIC.

Yes, he is slowly being hamstrung by leaks and unsubstantiated accusations etc (recall, NO member of US intell or Justice dept actually did forensic work on the DNC servers - it was all done by a private firm and accepted at face value!!?? And on this we pin all our accusations while the Seth Rich angle/ murder is crammed down the memory hole).

What does this say about the rest of our Govt and the threats and possible revelations waiting to be unleashed on the non-compliant? Why is our economy still spinning down the toilet, capable seemingly of creating wealth only for a handful? Our foreign policy degenerated to one massively debt-financed disastrous military intervention after another, again, benefiting only a handful of individuals? Common sense domestic policy initiatives that have widespread support languish and morph into big business give-aways that produce no tangible benefit, except for a relative handful, or stall to complete inaction.

Congress, normally gridlocked and more than willing to abrogate most of their responsibilities to the pres, suddenly swings into action to tie the president's hands, but not on any issue that directly effects most Americans.

I am no Trump supporter, but his struggles are dragging into light the fact that our entire federal Govt is facing a crisis of legitimacy, long in the making.

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Posted by Miller on 08/07/2017 at 10:18 AM

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