In general, the public Is extremely bad at determining the difference between a useful program that “works” because it benefits them (or someone they know well), and a “wasteful” government boondoggle. Worse, they don’t seem to even realize how bad they are at making the determination.
To quote the guy in this article who voted for Trump after improving his station in life dramatically via federally-funded job retraining…
“I think it’s horrible. I think that maybe there are some things that don’t need to be funded, but don’t cut things that are working like the Appalachian Regional Commission and the work that they’ve done,” Trador said.
Trador knows a lot more than I do about the Appalachian Regional Commission because it’s impacted him directly, and I respect that. Similarly, I have a feeling he knows a lot less about the “things that don’t need to be funded” than some other people who depend on said things. This isn’t rocket science, but it’s apparently beyond a lot of voters.
There was widespread dissatisfaction with the GOP plan from both House and Senate lawmakers — conservative and moderate — after the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 24 million fewer people would have health insurance a decade from now under the American Health Care Act, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s proposal to significantly change Obamacare.
I know Obama is probably just mostly horrified at the current state of affairs, but he has to look at this and laugh his ass off from time to time, no? Also, what problem is Ryan trying to solve, here? I honestly think he might believe it’s “the unfettered free market is not the sole determinant of who has health insurance”, and if he does, he is never going to get anything passed.
“As for the other problems in his life, he has put his hopes in Trump, who came to West Virginia saying he would bring back coal and put miners back to work. When Trump mentioned repealing Obamacare, Clyde wasn’t sure what that might mean for his Medicaid. But if he had a job that provided health insurance, he reasoned, he wouldn’t need Medicaid anyway, so he voted for Trump, along with 74 percent of McDowell County.”
Clyde here is 54 years old, and is currently an unemployed coal mine worker. Personally, I can’t imagine being in that demographic and thinking “a sustainable future scenario is one where I am back in that mine being a profitable asset for a coal company”, but my assumption is that a lot of people in this situation aren’t putting a lot of thought or research into market economics.
That’s why I wonder if the nostalgia people have for Reagan’s America, or whatever fictional version they have in their head, is for the actual socio-economic climate at the time, or simply an era where they were thirty years younger. That would fix almost all of Clyde’s problems (health, impending financial needs of old age, lack of economic utility in his field of choice), but I don’t think there’s a policy for that.
I have never been into MMA, but some of my friends are, and every single one of them gets super fired up when clueless, non-MMA watching people have opinions about the sport.
So I hesitate to say this (fired up people who are fascinated by the best way to break someone’s arm or kick someone in the head make me nervous), but… UFC reminds me of Uber in that it seems like something hyper-successful that’s run by seriously flawed, unaware people who we eventually be the end of it.
In his tweet, Jackson referenced Michael Graham, a talented player from Georgetown whom Jackson coached in the Continental Basketball Association. Graham and Jackson got into an argument in the middle of a game on New Year’s Eve in 1986, according to a profile of Graham in The Washingtonian. Days after the incident, Jackson’s team, the Albany Patroons, released Graham.
Gee Phil, that’s great. Tell us another story while you sign a broken-down Joakim Noah for eighty-bazillion dollars.
Carmelo is pretty worthless around the league at this point, but he’s a lot better at his job than Jackson is.
I’ll probably disagree with almost everything this guy does (I am of the school of thought that Jeffersonian-principles stopped being a useful judicial north star about seventy years ago, but that’s just me), but at least he’s a real nominee, and not some Trump buddy.
Still, the fact remains, the way the system is supposed to work, this pick shouldn’t even exist. The GOP made up this ridiculous “run out the clock” strategy back in March of last year to avoid confirming (or even talking about) a much more centrist pick in Merrick Garland. So I don’t really care what crazy resistance tactics the Democrats come up with (even though they won’t work) – the Republicans haven’t operated in good faith, as a group, in years. So do whatever you want. I’m not interested in defending behavioral norms for one side of a two-sided debate.
My point is only this: Trump is governing almost exactly how he said he would during a campaign that he won. No one should be surprised.
I don’t think people are surprised Trump wants to do these things. I think they’re a little surprised he’s just going ahead and doing them despite earning only the most technical kind of electoral victory, and not only lacking a real mandate, but actually becoming President with three million fewer votes than his opponent. So while he was clear about what he wanted to do, I think there’s some surprise he really thinks it’s the right time, as President of the entire country, to do any of it, particularly in this manner.
The rest of the reaction isn’t surprise at all. It’s just dissent, and its intensity is simply matching the intensity of the actions it’s opposing. Most people hate these policies, and they’re going to stand up and make noise about it.
Can a free society sustain this kind of rallying and resistance long enough to get us through this? I don’t know. It’s likely to take years, but I’m heartened we aren’t just rolling over. For all the crap we give millennials, this is the kind of fight they’re built for – they’re disproportionately smart, hard-working, interested in the well-being of others, resistant to being told what to do without a good reason. All of that can make them extremely challenging to work with, but it equips them (and society) well for this era.
FWIW, I’m now a dues-paying member of the ACLU. Godspeed, folks.
This is what’s particularly infuriating about our unique flavor of 21st century plutocracy. The owners – basically a high council of billionaires who can make the league do anything they want with no oversight – voted to enable something they actively think is a terrible idea, simply because they opposed the idea of one of their own ever having their actions restricted for the league’s greater good.
And now? They want some purple elephant to fall out of the sky and give them that exact greater good. They had every ability – and the only ability – to stop an outcome that is just as undesirable for them as it is for the regular people with no such ability at all. But they couldn’t be bothered.
Power without leadership or responsibility. That’s why people have lost faith in “elites”, whether they aim their rage accurately or not.