Joe Nocera reports that at least one famous conservative economist supports the Export-Import Bank.

Joe Nocera reports that at least one famous conservative economist supports the Export-Import Bank.
“There is, however, one conservative think tank that has refused to join the crowd: the five-year-old American Action Forum, or A.A.F., co-founded and led by the economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Since last May, it has issued a series of reports making the case that the country is better off with the Ex-Im Bank than without it. Given the way apostasy is treated among conservative ideologues, this struck me as courageous.”

A conservative think tank makes the case for the Export-Import Bank.
nytimes.com|By Joe Nocera

Timothy Egan: “a few rich guys (are) trying to buy the next presidential election.

Timothy Egan on the Koch brothers: ” At some point, you would think that average Americans would be appalled by a few rich guys trying to buy the next presidential election. And — hope alert! — you did see a great pushback against the Koches in red-state Montana this month. There, Koch-funded surrogates tried to keep poor people from getting health care, through the Medicaid expansion option of Obamacare. Koch agents were booed at one hearing. And they were shamed at another, for the stark cruelty of two people worth a combined $80 billion dollars trying to deny a basic human decency to people who earn $11,000 a year. Health care is on the way in Montana.”

As a political party of two, the Kochs may end up spending as much money to get their way next year as either of the actual political parties.
nytimes.com|By Timothy Egan

Paul Krugman asks, “So why has the Republican Party experienced a zombie apocalypse?”

Paul Krugman asks, “So why has the Republican Party experienced a zombie apocalypse?”

The Republican presidential hopefuls are resurrecting long-refuted ideas as if they actually worked.
nytimes.com|By Paul Krugman

NATO should initiate a No Fly Zone and Protection area in the north of Syria for four million Syrian refugees.

Just a few days ago, the NY Times reported that four million refugees wanted to leave Syria for safer havens. The problem is that the Europeans and Americans don’t want these people.  Should the United States and its NATO allies just watch as these people are bombed and starved to death.  I remember that a few voices called for intervention back when the war in Syria was just starting, such as Hillary Clinton —  quietly, and Nicholas Kristoff — more publicly.

It is time for the United States to try and rally NATO to initiate a No Fly Zone and Protection area in the north of Syria, where four or five million Syrians can live free of bombs, and start to rebuild with the help of the world community. Yes, it would cost some money, but many hands make lighter work. At least, the U.S. should try to organize NATO and the world community.

The Washington Post also supports this idea of a no fly zone, at the end of the following editorial, but in conjunction with developing a Syrian force to bring down the Assad regime.
They also write: “We’d like to hope that the words of the president and secretary of state suggest that the administration is reconsidering its refusal to take consequential action against the Assad regime, which continues to cross the red line once established by Mr. Obama by using chemical agents against civilians — and is the root source of the turmoil destroying both Syria and Iraq.”

A new report offers a possible path to ending the Assad regime and its crimes.
washingtonpost.com

Paul Krugman: Greece on the Brink!

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For retirees, who are dependent on the market, these dark clouds are worth paying attention to. There appears here, a sad echo between the damaging austerity climate in Europe, and the devastation caused by debtor’s prison in the US over traffic tickets and child support which has decimated the black male population.

Just as a workable economic compromise should be possible, a new government is wary of Europe’s intentions.
nytimes.com|By Paul Krugman

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Paul Krugman: Greece on the Brink!

For retirees, who are dependent on the market, these dark clouds are worth paying attention to. There appears here, a sad echo between the damaging austerity climate in Europe, and the devastation caused by debtor’s prison in the US over traffic tickets and child support which has decimated the black male population.

Just as a workable economic compromise should be possible, a new government is wary of Europe’s intentions.
nytimes.com|By Paul Krugman

Krugman: It takes a Party

Paul Krugman: “For example, any Democrat would, if elected, seek to maintain the basic U.S. social insurance programs — Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid — in essentially their current form, while also preserving and extending the Affordable Care Act. Any Republican would seek to destroy Obamacare, make deep cuts in Medicaid, and probably try to convert Medicare into a voucher system.

Any Democrat would retain the tax hikes on high-income Americans that went into effect in 2013, and possibly seek more. Any Republican would try to cut taxes on the wealthy — House Republicans plan to vote next week to repeal the estate tax — while slashing programs that aid low-income families.”

The 2016 election will be about ideologies, not individuals, despite much media attention to the latter.
nytimes.com|By Paul Krugman