A shrewd person not guided by principles, especially a politician
It is amazing that Congress often worries about waste or fraud in programs benefiting the public such as Food Stamps, but seems totally unconcerned about the fraud and waste in the Pentagon budget. In fact, the Government Accountability Office cannot even audit the Pentagon budget because of severe management problems at the Pentagon.
The Republican Party is a cult worthy of Jim Jones, and all across America, it’s killing off its followers, just like Jim Jones did. For reasons that typically have to do with god, gays or guns, low-income people across America frequently vote Republican, thus becoming Republican cultist followers. And then, just like the followers at Jonestown, they let their leaders in the Republican Party pass out “policy Kool-aid” that actually kills some of them.
It’s just flatly wrong. We could make modest adjustments and make the system financially stable for a century, and we could make somewhat larger adjustments and make the system pay more for seniors who rely on it … The conversation for too long has been about whether to cut Social Security benefits a little bit or a lot. And that is flatly the wrong debate to have in mind. The Social Security system is not adding to the debt at all. More importantly, if we made no changes at all, Social Security would pay out at its current level for about 20 years, at which point it would drop by about 25 percent and pay out forever into the future.
Mistaking capitalism for a blueprint as to how to build a society strikes me as a really dangerous idea in a bad way. Capitalism is a remarkable engine again for producing wealth. It’s a great tool to have in your toolbox if you’re trying to build a society and have that society advance. You wouldn’t want to go forward at this point without it. But it’s not a blueprint for how to build the just society. There are other metrics besides that quarterly profit report. The idea that the market will solve such things as environmental concerns, as our racial divides, as our class distinctions, our problems with educating and incorporating one generation of workers into the economy after the other when that economy is changing; the idea that the market is going to heed all of the human concerns and still maximise profit is juvenile. It’s a juvenile notion and it’s still being argued in my country passionately and we’re going down the tubes. And it terrifies me because I’m astonished at how comfortable we are in absolving ourselves of what is basically a moral choice. Are we all in this together or are we all not?
I do not want Elizabeth Warren to run for president because I want her to continue to be my senator. I also don’t want her to run for president because she might lose — and, considering she hasn’t done anything you do to start a presidential campaign yet, that’s the way to bet right now — and then her message goes down the memory hole. Leave the Republicans out of it for a second. Among the Democrats, she immediately becomes George McGovern. The Schumers, and Froms, and Caddells, and Cohens get to tut-tut liberal populism into yet another early grave and they get license to start taking bids from whoever they see as the next Evan Bayh. If Warren stays in the Senate, she can keep pushing her issues and keep pissing off all the right people. (My dream is not Warren in the White House. It’s Warren as chair of the Senate Banking Committee, subpoena power and all.) She can do the work there that desperately needs to be done.
I think Elizabeth Warren should run if she wants to and if she has a decent chance of success. But we need good senators, too.(via dendroica)