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Kevin Drum: Top Ten Things You Might Not Know But Probably Should
Posted by: numbered
Date: December 31, 2020 04:09PM
Drum has a 10 item list with charts some of which challenge the conventional wisdom:


1. Falling numbers of people calling themselves fundamentalists, especially in the south (from the GSS)

2. Government spending (inflation adjusted) has been flat for 50 years. (from BEA)

"Total government spending—state + local + federal—was 34 percent of GDP at the start of 1975 and it was 34 percent of GDP at the end of 2019."

3. The federal judiciary is abou the same [in partisan terms] as its always been (shows a chart of appellate judges)

4. Spending on the Poor has increased a lot (CBO and Census data)
All his numbers are inflation adjusted of course.

5. Medical Costs are no longer skyrockting

6. Police shootings of unarmed suspects is down

7. Mortgage payments have not increased in 40 years (higher mortgages, lower rates)

8. The kids are (barely) alright
NAEP testing shows reading flat, math substantially up since 1990

9. The marriage rate is not historically low
It was lower until 1920.

10. Time spent in prison has been increasing
Even though the violent crime rate is down.
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Re: Kevin Drum: Top Ten Things You Might Not Know But Probably Should
Posted by: space-time
Date: December 31, 2020 05:30PM
5. Medical Costs are no longer skyrockting

tell that to those who cannot afford the medical insurance

6. Police shootings of unarmed suspects is down

tell that to the Black communities
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Re: Kevin Drum: Top Ten Things You Might Not Know But Probably Should
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 31, 2020 05:44PM
1- the word “Christian” has replaced “Fundamentalist Christian”. So that one is kind of .. “naw man”.
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Re: Kevin Drum: Top Ten Things You Might Not Know But Probably Should
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: December 31, 2020 06:00PM
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cbelt3
1- the word “Christian” has replaced “Fundamentalist Christian”. So that one is kind of .. “naw man”.

Nope.
Things have changed a lot. Drum forgets to mention changing demographics in the South.
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Re: Kevin Drum: Top Ten Things You Might Not Know But Probably Should
Posted by: Rolando
Date: December 31, 2020 09:13PM
6. Police shootings of unarmed suspects is down

The fact that police shootings (of minorities) are news is actually a good thing. Used to be status quo for a mouthy @#$%& or greaser to get shot, or, if he (ME, just before my 18th birthday) got lucky, just beat up and arrested for "resisting arrest".

EDIT: I notice the forum nannie clutches her pearls at N-*-G-G-*-R but is perfectly ok with greaser. How about "spic"?
2nd EDIT: Yep "Spic" is just dandy as well. Thanks alot from this @#$%&!



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"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Eli Weisel

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

"I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it." - Billy Graham 1981

"Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise" - Barry Goldwater



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Re: Kevin Drum: Top Ten Things You Might Not Know But Probably Should
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: January 02, 2021 09:11AM
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numbered
3. The federal judiciary is about the same [in partisan terms] as its always been (shows a chart of appellate judges)

Useless comparison, because who appoints a judge is a lot less important than the judge's jurisprudence and ideological orientation.

The current president has been replacing competent, center-right judges with radical, right-wing judges with big warning tags from the ABA. He's also not only been replacing retirees but filling huge numbers of already vacant spots. His judicial appointment totals dwarf those of other modern presidents.

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numbered
4. Spending on the Poor has increased a lot (CBO and Census data)

All Medicaid $$. Thanks, Obama.

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numbered
6. Police shootings of unarmed suspects is down

Police enforcement of violent crime in cities is also WAY down, as homicide rates are WAY up. Cops blame criticism from the public aimed at police, because as we all know, when people complain about how you do your job, the appropriate response is to stop doing it.

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numbered
7. Mortgage payments have not increased in 40 years (higher mortgages, lower rates)

Repeated recessions and a collapsing economy will do wonders for long term interest rates.

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numbered
8. The kids are (barely) alright
NAEP testing shows reading flat, math substantially up since 1990

These charts show that teachers are good at their jobs, but our society is terrible at closing the opportunity gaps for non-White kids. Good on teachers, bad on the rest of us.

This was a terrible article. Mother Jones can do better.



rj
AKA
Vreemac, Moth of the Future




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/02/2021 09:19AM by rjmacs.
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Re: Kevin Drum: Top Ten Things You Might Not Know But Probably Should
Posted by: RgrF
Date: January 02, 2021 01:42PM
Trump had less to do with the appointing of unqualified judges than did McConnell and Senators who sponsored them. When it comes to judgeship's, the corruption runs deep on both sides of the aisle.
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Re: Kevin Drum: Top Ten Things You Might Not Know But Probably Should
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: January 02, 2021 01:48PM
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RgrF
Trump had less to do with the appointing of unqualified judges than did McConnell and Senators who sponsored them. When it comes to judgeship's, the corruption runs deep on both sides of the aisle.

What?

Those are all Republicans you are talking about. Same side of the aisle.

Also, the Senate advises and consents. They don't nominate - the administration has been all in on packing the courts full of nuts.



rj
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Vreemac, Moth of the Future
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Re: Kevin Drum: Top Ten Things You Might Not Know But Probably Should
Posted by: RgrF
Date: January 02, 2021 01:52PM
And Dems won't do the same next cycle?

The corruption runs deep throughout
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Re: Kevin Drum: Top Ten Things You Might Not Know But Probably Should
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: January 02, 2021 01:56PM
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RgrF
And Dems won't do the same next cycle?

The corruption runs deep throughout

No, the Dems will not nominate crazy people to the judiciary.

Please provide some counterexamples if you wish to draw an equivalency to, say, Neomi Rao.



rj
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Vreemac, Moth of the Future
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