Friday, 12/17/10, Public Square


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21 responses to “Friday, 12/17/10, Public Square

  1. fragotwofortwo

    were a banana republic

    New York’s top one percent has an income share that one and a half times as high as the 23.5 percent historically-high national level….The city used to have a broad middle class, rooted in a vast manufacturing sector and mid-level positions in corporate headquarters as well as in education, government, construction and other good-paying blue-collar jobs. But manufacturing is about one tenth the size it used to be, and the city’s labor market has seen the disappearance of thousands of middle-paying jobs and the growth in their place of moderate- to low-paying jobs, mainly in services.

    Given its degree of inequality, if New York City were a nation, it would rank 15th worst among 134 countries with respect to income concentration, in between Chile and Honduras. Wall Street, with its stratospheric profits and bonuses, sits within 15 miles of the Bronx—the nation’s poorest county.

    And if you think that the rising tide of burgeoning financial services profits has improved the living standards of those at the bottom, think again:

    The concentration of income growth at the top does not necessarily mean that those below the top are not experiencing real income gains and generally rising living standards… However, over the period from 1980 to 2007 in New York, when total inflation-adjusted income in the state grew an average of 2.1 percent a year after adjusting for population increase, incomes for those in the bottom half of the income spectrum generally declined while those in the middle income range rose but at only a fraction of the pace of total income growth.

    • wicked

      That was GREAT!! My very first laugh of the day. May be the last laugh, but I’ll take what I can get. 😉

  2. This Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of a decision by five Supreme Court justices that handed the presidency of the United States to George W. Bush—the decision that exposed a legal system so complicated, contradictory, and shot through with fundamentally clashing political ideologies, that almost any controversial political question will generate plausible claims that a particular policy or course of action is prohibited by our laws.

    So it was perhaps fitting that, on the day after Bush v. Gore’s 10th birthday, a federal judge ruled that a crucial provision of the most important piece of domestic legislation in several decades was unconstitutional. Henry H. Hudson ruled that the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act—the part of the law that requires Americans to pay a tax if they fail to be covered by health insurance—goes beyond Congress’ power to regulate interstate commerce.

    As a law professor, I’m expected (at least by my students) to declare whether Judge Hudson’s ruling is a correct interpretation of the Constitution’s commerce clause. The answer to that question is fairly simple: The decision is obviously correct if one interprets the commerce clause as Justices Scalia and Thomas do, and just as obviously incorrect if one interprets the commerce clause as Justices Ginsburg and Breyer do. These various interpretations have plenty of Supreme Court precedents to support them.

    Of course this is a somewhat unsatisfactory answer, since what students want is not merely a prediction of how particular judges will decide an issue, but whether their particular decisions are correct “as a matter of law.” But in the end that question is quite meaningless: as both a practical and theoretical matter, at this stage in American legal history, the meaning of the Commerce Clause in particular, and the Constitution in general, is simply identical to the beliefs authoritative legal actors, such as Supreme Court justices, hold about that meaning.

    • 6176746f6c6c65

      Yep. Like it or not, this is the way it is and has been (not only with respect to the Commerce Clause, but other provisions of the Constitution) since the Marbury decision, which gave birth to our system of “Judicial Review”as we understand it.

  3. indypendent

    The most striking thing about George W. Bush being installed as president in 2000 was the fact that if any third world country was having an outcome like we saw in Florida at their voting polls, we would be the first ones there yelling how unfair and undemocratic their voting process was shown to be.

    Let’s review shall we? Baby brother is governor in the deciding state, the woman who certified the vote worked on GWB’s campaign, and the justices were the cherry on top. Hmmmmmm…….

  4. indypendent

    What I find to be so outrageous is when these Republicans loudly proclaim about free trade and capitalism, they always fail to mention the fact that in many cases the evil government is giving those businesses tax breaks and/or subsidies to make their profits.

    I don’t care what people do on their own dime- but don’t preach about capitalism and free trade while you have your hand out for taxpayer money.

  5. indypendent

    We deserve the government we get when we continue to live in a fantasy world of God, Flag, Democracy, Yankee Doodle Dandy and mom’s apple pie.

    Both sides are rotten to the core of those apples – but Republicans continue to drag God’s name through the mud in their unquenchable thirst for power.

    Then they have the nerve to sing the song ‘God Bless America’. Just once I would love to see God reach down and smack them all.

    • wicked

      But…but…Yankee Doodle Dandy is one of my favorite movies! I do prefer cherry pie to apple though, and as for God and the flag…I won’t go there. The morning has been bad enough.

  6. itolduso

    “The morning has been bad enough”

    Sorry to hear, maybe the day will improve

  7. fragotwofortwo

    I am saddened and horrified to find out that, every time I have used toilet paper I have funded the brown shirts.

    Georgia-Pacific’s familiar consumer brands in North America include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Sparkle® , Soft ‘n Gentle®, Mardi Gras®, Vanity Fair®, and the Dixie® brand of tabletop products. The company’s leading European brands include Lotus®, Colhogar®, Delica®, Tenderly® and the Demak’Up® brand of facial cleansing products. The company also markets paper towel, napkin and soap dispensing systems used in commerical settings.

    • Koch Industry Gasoline:

      Union 76

      Koch Industry/Georgia-Pacific Products:

      Angel Soft toilet paper
      Brawny paper towels
      Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups
      Mardi Gras napkins and towels
      Quilted Northern toilet paper
      Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper
      Sparkle napkins
      Vanity fair napkins
      Zee napkins

      Koch Industry/Invista Products:

      COMFOREL® fiberfill
      COOLMAX® fabric
      CORDURA® fabric
      DACRON® fiber
      POLYSHIELD® resin
      SOLARMAX® fabric
      SOMERELLE® bedding products
      STAINMASTER® carpet
      SUPPLEX® fabric
      TACTEL® fiber
      TACTESSE® carpet fiber
      TERATE® polyols
      TERATHANE® polyether glycol
      THERMOLITE® fabric
      PHENREZ® resin
      POLARGUARD® fiber and
      LYCRA® fiber

      Georgia Pacific Building products:

      Dense Armor Drywall and Decking
      ToughArmor Gypsum board
      Georgia pacific Plytanium Plywood
      Densglass sheathing
      G/P Industrial plasters (some products used by a lot of crafters)-
      Agricultural Plaster
      Arts & Crafts Plaster
      Dental Plaster
      General Purpose Plaster
      Glass-reinforced Gypsum (GRG)
      Industrial Tooling Plaster
      Investment Casting Plaster
      Medical Plaster
      Metal Casting Plaster
      Pottery Plaster

      FibreStrong Rim board:

      G/P Lam board
      Blue Ribbon OSB Rated Sheathing
      Blue Ribbon Sub-floor
      DryGuard Enhanced OSB
      Nautilus Wall Sheathing
      Thermostat OSB Radiant Barrier Sheathing
      Broadspan Engineered Wood Products
      XJ 85 I-Joists
      FireDefender Banded Cores
      FireDefender FS
      FireDefender Mineral Core
      Hardboard and Thin MDF including Auto Hardboard,
      Perforated Hardboard and Thin MDF
      Wood Fiberboard –
      Commercial Roof Fiberboard
      Hushboard Sound Deadening Board
      Regular Fiberboard Sheathing
      Structural Fiberboard Sheathing

    • wicked

      frago, look at it this way instead: You’re wiping your @ss with them. 😉

      So am I.

      And copy paper needs to be added to the Georgia Pacific list. 😦 At least I recycle the majority of it.

    • tosmarttobegop

      Wal-Mart owns it, or so I was told they had bought it and they also make white cloud disposible diapers.

  8. fragotwofortwo

    No wonder these 2 morons can piss away 100 million dollars on wingnut causes. Just think about how much cash Koch has made from the two wars.

  9. fragotwofortwo

    Think about how much it costs the taxpayers to haul a load of soft n gentle to this place. I saw this movie on netflix the other day.