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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Steve #Rattner on #MorningJoe on #Biden $1.9 Trillion - $2000 Check to #Rescue/Relief of Families and People

The narrative I heard this morning about how Americans of moderately high income did not need rescue/relief.  Perhaps so, but top down high income persons did not need Trump tax cuts and even worse they were not going to spend it.  Nor was corporate welfare going to do the middle class much good.

The upper income limit of who to "save" was probably a political calculation to gain/maintain support for the broader proposal. Stop with the disingenuous narratives.

The rescue/relief money will be spent and multiplied several fold.  So you get a good stimulus boost as another benefit  to the rescue/relief.


The rumblings of pushing the above narrative continues. Rattner's data is so aggregated so as to question whether it should just be ignored.  We need more light!  If more details within the income groups  complimented with data about age cohorts, and say the how debt pay downs are distributed we could be more comfortable in acting.  Without details everyone should be forced to admit the conclusions they draw are guesses and subject to their own "confirmatory bias" or worse their own "moral conviction".

We need more light!

Steve #Rattner on #MorningJoe on #Biden $1.9 Trillion - $2000 Check to #Rescue/Relief of Families and People #Stimulus side benefit #ConfirmatoryBias #MoralConviction "bias" 

Steve #Rattner on #MorningJoe on #Biden $1.9 Trillion - $2000 Check to #Rescue/Relief of Families and People #Stimulus side benefit. Upd 2021.02.05 -- we need more light! 

Steve #Rattner on #MorningJoe on #Biden $1.9 Trillion - $2000 Check to #Rescue/Relief of Families and People #Stimulus side benefit. Upd 2021.02.05 -- we need more light! Do this wrong and there won't be millions of grandchildren!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Final Five Voting ( #FFV ) and Ranked-Choice Voting ( #RCV )

What are they? What difference would they make?

Check out California and Washington State run their elections ... data ... a track record?

See The #SeditionSenators and The #PoliticsIndustry - Gehl & Porter

More Dark Money - Jane Mayer : The Koch Brothers

#FinalFiveVoting ( #FFV ) and #Ranked-ChoiceVoting ( #RCV ) #WA #CA Ends #Partisanship Stops #Gerrymandering - Ending #DarkMoney 

#FinalFiveVoting ( #FFV ) and #Ranked-ChoiceVoting ( #RCV ) #WA #CA Ends #Partisanship Stops #Gerrymandering - Reduces Under the Dome #Lobbying - Ending #DarkMoney 

Monday, January 4, 2021

The #SeditionSenators and The #PoliticsIndustry - Gehl & Porter

The "SeditionSenators" would be the perfect case study to include in Katherine M. Gehl's and Michael E. Porter's book "The Politics Industry - How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy".

Their book illustrates exactly why these Senators and a much longer list of Representatives are behaving this way - threatening democracy.  Gehl and Porter blame the duopoly, the Republicans and the Democrats.

The authors go way beyond a descriptive case for what has gone wrong - they propose prescriptive changes that will return politicians to truly represent the "public interest", not just money and special interests.

Read the book. Join The Institute For Political Innovation.  As a voter let your politicians know what you think needs to be done.

If you are from Wisconsin see Democracy Found.

Lawyers, Guns and Money Blog

The group is led by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and also includes Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steve Daines of Montana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Mike Braun of Indiana, and Senators-elect Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.

Together with Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, who announced this week that he would object to Congress’s certification of the election results, they bring to nearly one quarter the proportion of Senate Republicans who have broken with their leaders to join the effort to invalidate Mr. Biden’s victory. In the House, more than half of Republicans joined a failed lawsuit seeking to overturn the will of the voters, and more are expected to support the effort to challenge the results in Congress next week.

From The HBR blurb

Publication Date: June 23, 2020

Our political system in America is broken, right? Wrong. The truth is, the American political system is working exactly how it is designed to work, and it isn't designed or optimized today to work for us--for ordinary citizens. Most people believe that our political system is a public institution with high-minded principles and impartial rules derived from the Constitution. In reality, it has become a private industry dominated by a textbook duopoly--the Democrats and the Republicans--and plagued and perverted by unhealthy competition between the players. Tragically, it has therefore become incapable of delivering solutions to America's key economic and social challenges. In fact, there's virtually no connection between our political leaders solving problems and getting reelected. In "The Politics Industry," business leader and path-breaking political innovator Katherine Gehl and world-renowned business strategist Michael Porter take a radical new approach. They ingeniously apply the tools of business analysis--and Porter's distinctive Five Forces framework--to show how the political system functions just as every other competitive industry does, and how the duopoly has led to the devastating outcomes we see today. Using this competition lens, Gehl and Porter identify the most powerful lever for change--a strategy comprised of a clear set of choices in two key areas: how our elections work and how we make our laws. Their bracing assessment and practical recommendations cut through the endless debate about various proposed fixes, such as term limits and campaign finance reform. The result: true political innovation. "The Politics Industry" is an original and completely nonpartisan guide that will open your eyes to the true dynamics and profound challenges of the American political system and provide real solutions for reshaping the system for the benefit of all.

THE INSTITUTE FOR POLITICAL INNOVATION: The authors will donate all royalties from the sale of this book to the Institute for Political Innovation. To take action and learn more, go to

The #SeditionSenators and The #PoliticsIndustry - #Gehl & #Porter - #InstituteForPoliticalInnovation #PublicInterest #Duopoly Perverted Interests #Money vs #Votes as Currency 

The #SeditionSenators and The #PoliticsIndustry - #Gehl & #Porter - #InstituteForPoliticalInnovation #PublicInterest #Duopoly Perverted Interests #Money vs #Votes as Currency - Senator Ron #Johnson aka Joe McCarthy