Plus: A dispute in LA over whether crime matters.
That LA Times article about the classical music in the subway is insane lol. It conflates the royalty-free classical music with the deafening, constant heavy metal that was used on detainees after 9/11!
I am a firm vote in favor of making the musicologist sweep needles and human waste in LA Transit stations.
I am a firm vote in favor of having the four dissenting councilmembers pick up a cordless angle grinder (or any other professional-grade power tool) for the first time in their lives to see what they can do. A cat cage is the funniest thing I've read so far this week.
How exactly is the city going to make people “ whole”? Cover the cost of the stolen part, to spare the thief from having a criminal record? Why not include all thefts?
Thank you for documenting and sharing the quotes from some of these politicians that show zero interest in actually reducing crime in their neighborhoods. It makes me wonder who exactly they are representing when they are on city council... At worst its the epitome of "we've tried nothing and we are all out of ideas" and at best its "we are trying to normalize a certain amount of crime" so we don't feel like we are bad guys or actually have to do our job. It's all ridiculous, and just like we should call out conservatives for terrible policy ideas, we should also do the same for progressives. Good work as usual Mr. Barro. I'm happy the voters are making their votes heard and pushing back.
What if Democrats see this as an opportunity to kill the whole "debt limit" hostage-taking? I agree it's how it's been done in the past, but its efficacy, I think, was based on the notion of actors acting in good faith. That, as we have now seen, is a historical relic. (and maybe Republicans will try to hew back to acting in good faith -- but it's a terrible status quo! we're past the point where we can build our politics around good faith) The point a lot of people have made is that the "debt ceiling" is an artificial device to create chaos and that the funding was already voted for. Therefore, any step taken to eliminate this dissonance is going to benefit society in the long run and that therefore it makes sense for Democrats to try to take it off the table permanently. (this obviously has similar vibes as the platinum coin)
It’s amazing that the Democrats deeply regret the one sane thing Congress has done post-Clinton. We are doing all of this in an economy that is running hot. Once we hit recession we are screwed.
My solution to catalytic converter thefts: A Nissan Leaf:).
I know it's just a temporary solution until thieves work out a quick way to grab battery packs for their rare earths.
Besides, I'm in agreement with what you said.
I don't understand what you are worked up about.
I have read it.
I've converted to numbers.
Thought this was moderate left?
Not head in the sand.
In the 80s we didn't have $31.5 trillion in debt and adding to it every year.
I've been around a long time and I didn't hear that in the 80s.
In the decade 2030-2040 the CBO estimates we add $1triillon to our debt every year even if we end all discretionary spending .... admittedly about 6 years ago. I need to review. Probably has gotten worse.
Give it a read.
We are already capitalizing interest.
That makes no sense no matter how you choose to dismiss it.
Not sure what your point is.
The National Debt we are leaving the next generation is unconscionable.
The politicians in both parties, in one form or another, are using taxpayer $$$$s to buy votes.
If you can't get your head around the National Debt at $30+ trillion consider this.
1 trillion seconds is approximately 30,000 years.