• Bill Maher Takes Apart Dinesh D’Souza Over His Fearmongering Film | Video Cafe

    Author and fearmongering filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza appeared on this Friday evening’s Real Time with Bill Maher and had his latest film, 2016: Obama’s America, and the justifications for his depiction of President Obama taken apart one by one by Maher.

    Whether it was D’Souza pretending that President Obama didn’t reach out to Republicans on their health care bill, when as Maher rightfully pointed out, it was Bob Dole’s plan from the ’90’s, trying to blame the President for the gridlock in Washington rather than Republican obstruction designed to make sure President Obama is not reelected, to pretending that President Obama did anything much differently than other presidents when it came to stimulus, regulating industry or that he’s somehow anti-capitalist, D’Souza just was no match for Maher.

    We’ve been down this road before here at C&L with a critique of D’Souza’s work, so anyone not already familiar with him might want to go back and read this post — Doing the Right Wing Limbo – How Low Can They Go?.

    Maher did a pretty good job with D’Souza if he’s going to allow someone like him who traffics in lies on his show in the first place. I still think the most brutal interview I’ve seen with him was Cenk Uygur from earlier this month which you can watch here — Cenk Uygur Destroys Anti-Obama Author Dinesh D’Souza.

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  • Romney campaign outraged by one man one vote in case of presumed military supporters | MyFDL

    The Romney campaign has declared it an outrage that the Obama campaign has sought to deprive military voters in Ohio of the right to vote the weekend prior to election day.

    Now, just in case you are so cynical as to second-guess the truthfulness of Romney campaign declarations, a US court in Ohio held yesterday in favor of the Obama campaign, and against a law passed by the newly all-Republican state general assembly late last year, that all voters and not just military voters (who enjoyed an exemption under the restrictive Republican law) should have the right to vote in person during the weekend prior to election day. So, military voters get exactly what they expected. Others get the same as military voters, which is what may outrage the Romney campaign.

    All right, that’s a clear, um, misstatement by the Romney campaign. Any time the Romney campaign brands another, er, misstatement as an Obama campaign outrage, though, it’s worth peeling the onion a little further to see just what outrage the Romney campaign is projecting on its opponents….(read the complete article…)

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Economics & The Economy

  • Environmental Economics: A common macroeconomic confusion

    Under the Dome:

    Two major financial backers of conservative political causes, Art Pope and David Koch, were feted Thursday afternoon at a reception just blocks from the Republican National Convention.

    Pope, a Raleigh retail executive, and Koch, a Kansas industrialist, were honored by Americans for Prosperity, an organization they started and which they both continue to serve as top officers – Pope as chairman and Koch as the foundation’s chairman. …

    Both Koch and Pope spoke briefly to the group. …

    Koch said that he was very concerned that the deficit would cause runaway inflation and “this country will see a terrible collapse. I don’t want to see this country to collapse like what Greece is doing.”

    Actually, a deficit could cause interest rates to rise as the government borrows money. Higher interest rates are likely to decrease investment spending which is likely to lead to lower inflation as aggregate demand falls. While “crowding out” is a concern, current deficits have not yet raised interest rates.

    Mr. Koch is probably thinking that the U.S. government might start printing money to pay its bills. While this has a non-zero probability it is not likely. Countries don’t start printing money until they are no longer able to borrow it by selling bonds and are unable to raise taxes (because people don’t have incomes to tax).


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