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by James Andre

  • Think About This – Monday 8/8/16

    fb headerHere are a few things to think about this week when you are talking politics and policy: • The world grows more peaceful and prosperous everyday. Violence and warfare have been declining since World War II. • Respect for civil and human rights in the U.S. is growing greater every day. More police are wearing cameras, and more are being… Read more… 

  • Haters, Whine All You Want. Hillary’s Nomination Is Unprecedented.

    151222_DX_Clinton-Praise1.jpg.CROP_.promo-xlarge21I just wanted to write a quick note to Hillary supporters with some info for when you hear haters complaining that Hillary is not the first woman to run for president. That is true, however:   • The Clinton campaign is not making that claim. Maybe some in the media have. • Hillary is the first woman to win the… Read more… 

  • A House of Representatives Sit-In? Whatever.

    democrat-protest.jpg.size.custom.crop.867x650Today Dems are staging a sit in in the House. Regular readers can probably guess my position on the matter. I don't want to denigrate other people's actions for change, but since the story is being so widely reported and commented on, I feel like I would be remiss in not sharing an opinion.   A sit-in is not legislating.… Read more… 

  • This Is Why Democrats Don’t Win

    murphySo Dems are conducting a filibuster in the Senate. I have to tell you this is another major fail, and exactly why Dems prove so ineffective so often.   We all know that with a Democratic president the Republicans main objective in the Senate is to do nothing. So far from making an impact on Republicans, a Dem filibuster actually… Read more… 


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Progressivism is not an ideology at all, but an attitude towards the world of politics that is far less black-and-white than conservatism or liberalism, breaking free from the false and divisive dichotomy of liberal vs. conservative that has dominated American politics for too long.

Progressives aren't simply liberals; progressives see the world for what it is, accept it as ever-changing and dynamic, and choose the best course of action in line with decidedly American values.

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CHART OF THE DAY: US Vs. UK Growth

Now the first thing to note is that the US has recovered WAY better than either the Eurozone or the UK. So if you think Obama has been a disaster, you might first acknowledge that the US has performed better than all its major Western peers.

But beyond that, check out the UK line. The UK was recovering on a fine trajectory right up until early 2010, at which point UK growth hit a brick wall.

What happened in 2010? That’s when conservative David Cameron came to power with an agenda of reigning in the debt. Sound familiar?

Basically we have a life test of a country that wants to do what conservatives in the US want to do: reduce national debt.

Doing so is a growth disaster.

 

SOURCE: CHART OF THE DAY: US Vs. UK Growth – Business Insider.