Open thread March 29, 2022 Dan Crawford | March 29, 2022 6:55 am Comments (19) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
Putin and the Myths of Western Decadence
NY Times – Paul Krugman – March 28
yes. thanks Fred.
I have been stunned that anyone believed Putin in the first place.
while he is repositioning his forces, we better be repositioning ours. his next move needs to be met with a “where the hell did that come from?” response.
I can’t think of any long term way to stop the aggression-by-nuclear-blackmail…by anyone…except calling their bluff.
people smarter than me can figure out the safest way to do that.
Russia says it will cut back military activity near Ukraine capital as talks to end fighting continue
Boston Globe – March 29
Strikes were reported … adding to skepticism
NY Times – March 30
Eastman v. Thompson (Case No. 8:22-cv-00099-DOC-DFM)
” Dr. Eastman and President Trump launched a campaign to overturn a democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history. Their campaign was not confined to the ivory tower—it was a coup in search of a legal theory. The plan spurred violent attacks on the seat of our nation’s government, led to the deaths of several law enforcement officers, and deepened public distrust in our political process.
”More than a year after the attack on our Capitol, the public is still searching for accountability. This case cannot provide it. The Court is tasked only with deciding a dispute over a handful of emails. This is not a criminal prosecution; this is not even a civil liability suit. At most, this case is a warning about the dangers of “legal theories” gone wrong, the powerful abusing public platforms, and desperation to win at all costs. If Dr. Eastman and President Trump’s plan had worked, it would have permanently ended the peaceful transition of power, undermining American democracy and the Constitution. If the country does not commit to investigating and pursuing accountability for those responsible, the Court fears January 6 will repeat itself.”
Dated: March 28, 2022
David O. Carter
United States District Judge
Central District Of California, Southern Division
Nicolle Wallace: “Why should a Federal judge & a Congressional Committee have to pressure DOJ to take action” on Jan 6 investigation? https://tinyurl.com/wdvrvc86 https://tinyurl.com/5c2xuujn
CONSPIRACY TO OVERTHROW THE 2020 ELECTION
January 19, 2022
(There’s nothing mysterious about it. It’s all out there.)
Will Justice Jackson get Senate approval?
Politico – March 25
(GOP senator Susan Collins will vote for her. All Dems – except maybe Kristen Sinema will for her. Possibly GOP senators Mitt Romney & Lisa Murkowski also. Confirmation seems to be assured, but the vote has been delayed.)
(BTW, NM Dem Senator Ben Ray Lujan, who suffered a major stroke in February was back on duty in the Senate as of March 3, so he will presumably be part of the vote to confirm Justice Brown Jackson.)
Sen. Ben Ray Luján returns to Senate, just one month after major stroke
Washington Post – March 3
Rising Wages Could Complicate America’s Inflation Cool-Down
NY Times – March 31
I have seen no indications of rising wages in over a year. Suggest you review NewDealDemocrat’s post on wages before you continue with this fantasy.
not seeing much of a rise in labor-level income here either. (labor-level=people making money self employed but at the same or lower level than those employed by others).
even if wages are rising, the “inflation” associated with that should be a good thing. the rest of us need to spend a little more on the people who make/produce out goods and services even it it means doing without a few purchases. it’s what “share the wealth”means. and it means it even if the people doing the sharing are not wealthy.
the fatal flaw of the left is they think they can bring about “equality” or at least “sufficiency” only by “taxing the rich.” yes, the rich need to be taxed more. but waiting for the rich to do the right thing has been going on for at least the last six thousand years without the rich actually doing it.
meanwhile, for the first time in history “the poor” are in a position to help each other. once they learn how to do that “the rich”won’t matter so much anymore.
just to be clear: fighitng inflation by buying less rather than demanding more should be at least as effective as raising the interest rate.
there is a problem with the cost of housing…corporate landlords, as with health care, are in a position to demand pay or die prices.
What we need pronto is more “W.I.N.” buttons!
Gerald Ford’s inflation response was “Whip Inflation Now,” or …
https://www.washingtonpost.com › history › 2021/11/16
Nov 16, 2021—Maybe not. WIN stood for Whip Inflation Now, President Ford’s Maybe not. WIN stood for Whip Inflation Now, President Ford’s program to combat rising prices in the mid-1970s with voluntary actions by U.S. …
Gerald Ford’s Inflation Response
Washington Post – Nov 16, 2021 (Behind a paywall of course.)
NYT: … MaidPro, a home-cleaning firm, has seen a surge in demand from professionals who are spending more time at home. But it is having trouble finding workers to keep up, said Tom Manchester, the company’s president.
“Our demand right now outstrips our supply of being able to service that demand,” he said. “Demand has just continued to be strong — like double-digit strong. And if we could find qualified pros to meet the demand, we’d be even more ahead than we are today.”
Mr. Manchester said hourly wages were up $1 to $3, adding to costs at a time when cleaning products have gotten pricier and higher gas prices have made travel reimbursements more expensive. MaidPro franchisees have been able to pass those costs on to their customers, both via fuel surcharges and outright price increases that have more or less kept up with inflation.
So far, they have lost few customers — in part because few competitors have capacity to take on new customers.
“If someone has someone that they really like coming in to clean their home, they don’t want to lose them,” he said. “They don’t want to risk saying, ‘I want to move away from MaidPro and try to find someone else,’ because in nine out of 10 instances, that someone else isn’t available.” …
Mr. Manchester said many maid service executives expected the labor crunch to ease when enhanced unemployment benefits from the federal government ended in September. But while there was some increase in willing workers, there was no sudden flood.
“Everyone is competing for hourly employees,” he said. “We’re competing with the Dunkin’ Donuts, the Home Depots, the Bed Bath & Beyonds — anyone that relies on hourly workers.” …
(It’s, like, labor demand is high – people are spending more on services than goods apparently – so wages should be going up, so eventually they will be, I guess. Maybe soon!)