Quote of the day!

From Zero hedge here:

The United States was falling behind on education. That meant people who were losing their jobs weren’t being retrained to the jobs that were available. Also, the US doesn’t have a strong safety net. So when people lose their job they can fall quite far. That’s why America is much more focused on strong growth than other countries. Since the safety net is so weak it needs strong growth in order to avoid public anger.

Recent history also shows when you push for extremely strong economic growth you also end up with fraud and abuse which is inflicted on everybody not in the ruling class but minorities especially.

In a post industrial society you can get your goods and services from two places:  from the government or from companies.

Look at healthcare — you have a half baked healthcare system (Obamacare) that was always afraid of having government pick up the tab (outside of the successful Medicaid expansion) so it has floundered.  Or you have the corporate insurance market where you’re at the mercy (or not) of insurance companies.

If we didn’t have such a shitty government we wouldn’t have to endure such a shitty, predatory economic environment.

Everybody stay out of Connecticut!

From Reuters here:

Connecticut may become first U.S. state to allow deadly police drones

Yes, it was only a matter of time!

As the article points out, the first Americans to be droned in America will most likely be African American.

Because that’s our American tradition to use excessive force against non-white people.

This is another great step forward.

Big shocker, Wayne Tracker has been disappeared!

From Bloomberg here:

Exxon Mobil Corp. says a technical glitch may have prevented it from automatically preserving emails in a secondary account used by former Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson to discuss climate change risks and other issues under the alias Wayne Tracker.

And it appears to be a completely accidental technical glitch!

I can’t believe it!

Literally, I can’t believe it!  It’s not true.

Smells like a war on black folks to me!

From NBC News here:

In five weeks as attorney general, Jeff Sessions has taken fire for his testimony about past meetings with Russia’s ambassador and been criticized for the abrupt removal of dozens of politically appointed U.S. attorneys around the country.

But Sessions is getting a much warmer welcome among the nation’s law enforcement community, which has largely embraced his plan to prosecute more drug and gun cases, crack down on immigration offenses and ease up on suing local police departments accused of violating minorities’ civil rights.

Ah, the grand ol’ (and disgusting and racist) American tradition of persecuting black folks in America because you have nothing better to do with your life.

Looks like Trump voters get the joke regarding TrumpRyanIncreasedSicknessPlan!

From the LA Times here:

Just 23% of those surveyed said they believe the House bill would “decrease costs for people who buy their own insurance.”

And though Republican respondents were most sanguine about the legislation, only 46% said they believe the House bill would reduce costs. By comparison, 47% said the bill would either raise costs or not change them.

Americans had a similarly dim view about what the Republican plan would mean for consumers’ deductibles, which are already a major barrier for many patients.

Forty-one percent of respondents said they believe the GOP legislation would lead to insurance plans with higher deductibles, compared with just 25% who said it would lead to lower deductibles.