Friday, January 20, 2017

Supply Side Economics

Sometimes, called Trickle Down Economics, the theory was that if we put more money into the hands of those who supply the world with goods and services and jobs, the prosperity would spread to everyone at all strata of the economy.

Now we have the figures. The economy has grown. In other words, the GDP has grown, which is a measure of how many goods and services the economy has created.

And how has that enlarged economy been shaped? The growth -- the bulk of the economy's gains -- has gone to the people at the top, while everyone else has the same (income and wealth) as before or less, sometimes a lot less. More people are underemployed working in menial jobs. Standards of living have gone down for many, while wealth for the very top strata have multiplied by many times.

These facts prove it is a deeply flawed model.

And now, many of those proponents claim that disparity in income and wealth is not a problem. But doesn't that depend on the viewpoint of whomever you ask? If it's not a problem, then what, exactly, were they predicting would happen with Supply Side Economics? They claimed everyone would prosper. But that has, in fact, not happened. Something quite the opposite has happened. Are they for shared prosperity, or are they not? The observed fact is something else.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Will Betsy DeVos be Secretary for Education?

Betsy DeVos bought the position. She said so. Why did the senators who questioned her not ask her about her direct statement? Don't the people deserve to hear exactly what DeVos has intended to do? I think the senators were too kind to her.
“I have decided to stop taking offense,” she wrote, “at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect something in return. We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues. We expect a return on our investment.”

She wants religious education to have more influence, and of course, specifically Christian religious education. She wants public money paying for that. She has used her money to achieve this and intends this position is part of her plan. She wants to turn education back to before the formation of this country, to ultimately allow control of the nation by the clergy of specific churches.

I can't think of how this appointment can be stopped, but I deeply hope it is anyway.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Waffle at day care in Montclair

The dog sitter added a final 's' to her name, but I can hardly complain, seeing how much fun she is having.

Pictures here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lost and found

Adirondack Trailways is a bus company that operates almost entirely in New York State. It's a small, family run company, run the old fashioned way. When I call the company for any reason, I get a helpful human who either helps me directly or takes a message for someone to get back to me. This week, I called because I left my helmet on a bus last week. Eventually, they tracked it down and held it for me. They're sending it to the New Paltz stop where I will be in a few days. That's nice, good old-fashioned service!

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Third Commandment

God is
Whoever or whatever you want God to be.
If you need God to be your father,
God is your father.
If you need God to be your mother,
God is your mother.
God is Mother Nature,
If you prefer.
God is,
if you prefer,
The collective conscious of all life.
God is,
If you prefer,
Not always in the same form.
Instead, God is
All things or anything or everything, or nothing,
If you need God that way.
If you need God to be
since the beginning, now and forever,
Then God does not exist.
God can be the power of positive thinking.
Or of negative thinking.
Whatever you want.
God does not want you to argue about who or what God is.
God is
Whoever or whatever you want God to be.

Today, I hear God's voice. Is it a fatherly voice?
Is it the sound of my father's voice when it was most loving?
Is it the sound of my own voice, when I am most kind?
Yes, I think it's both, and better. It has the voice of knowledge of infinite possibility.

Friday, September 16, 2016

"Dooring" a cyclist

Car drivers/riders, please check behind you before you open a car door. You could seriously hurt a cyclist.

Bicycle drivers, please don't move through the door zone. Even though the car user is violating a law when they open a door in front of you, it's a risk you do not need to take, for your safety or to comply with laws. The law does not compel a cyclist to stay so far right as to be in the door zone, and it's not a good idea in any case.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016