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I was doing a radio show tonight so I missed most of the 74 minute Trumpsplainin speech, but what I heard was so dark – you would think we were living in one of those 1970s dystopian science fiction movies. I felt like stopping the car and going onto an overpass on 101 and screaming “Solyent Green is peeeeeeeopllllllle!!!!!”

It’s midnight in America I guess.  Gloom and Doom.

I mean, you have to feel for all the delegates.  One minute it’s “We’re all going to die!”  The next it’s “Look at all those pretty balloons”

Eeyore

Tonight Bob Froehlich will join me in an attempt to apply critical thinking to the Presidential election campaign in its craziest phase – the conventions. Specifically we want to invite those of you who supported Bernie to call in and discuss your November vote. How do you think you will vote and why? Obviously Bob and I can’t advocate for one position or another, but we do want to explore the thought processes. As someone who has voted both “lesser evil” and “third party protest” in the past I am very curious as to where local Bernie supporters are leaning. Join us at 7:00 p.m.

KMUD

Tune into KMUD tonight, July 7 from 7-8 pm, for the first show in a new monthly series called “Thinking Clearly” – a show about critical thinking, with hosts Julia Minton and Bob Froehlich. This first show will be an introduction to critical thinking, why it’s important, key terms and concepts and plans for future shows. Call-ins (707-923-3911 or 1-800-KMUD-RAD) will start around 7:30.

Julia Minton's photo.

Discussing Brexit and the potential impact on American politics with Chuck Rogers on Thursday Night Talk tonight. 7:00.

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Probably on par with Cap Weinberger’s myth of “Soviet Superiority” which then President Reagan used to jack up spending to pull out of his double-dip recession – which had been facilitated by supply side economics which he quickly ditched.  Instead, Reagan spent into a deficit which by 1984 exceeded all deficits combined since Washington’s Presidency.

Really, deficits are a minor economic issue unless they are high in proportion to Gross Domestic Product. But what Reagan came to understand for the late 80s was what Clinton learned in the 90s and the Republican opposition has refused to understand over the past decade is that the only way to reduce deficits is to expand the economy to increase revenue generating transactions.

President Obama, whatever his shortcomings, understands economics.  And during his Presidency, the deficit has been reduced by one trillion – something which has never been accomplished before.  But you wouldn’t know that from the media coverage.

From the article:

“The Republican rhetoric was ridiculously wrong. We don’t have a trillion-dollar deficit; the deficit isn’t the ultimate problem; and it’s not growing.
Strong growth in individual tax collection drove the U.S. budget deficit to a fresh Obama-era low in fiscal 2015, the Treasury Department said Thursday.
 
For the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 the shortfall was $439 billion, a decrease of 9%, or $44 billion, from last year. The deficit is the smallest of Barack Obama’s presidency and the lowest since 2007 in both dollar terms and as a percentage of gross domestic product.
Keep in mind, in the Obama era, the deficit has shrunk by $1 trillion. That’s “trillion,” with a “t.” As a percentage of the economy, the deficit is now down to just 2.5%, which is below the average of the past half-century, and down from 9.8% when the president took office.”

Budget Deficit

Again, I am not an expert on what I know nothing about.  Any experts want to comment?

Update:  Look, its a Facebook meme – this image is used over and over again for many different themes.  I don’t know anything about copper sulphate.  This was a critical thinking exercise.

Organic

Bob Froelich and I will discuss anarchism tonight – specifically the nature and practice of anarchy as it affects the existing political system.  Alas, Julia will be out of town so we’ll have to follow up in discussion with her another time.  7:00 p.m. at 91.1.

KMUD

I don’t think I’ve seen a local election quite this one-sided since I moved here.  And it got even more one-sided as the evening progressed.

Thanks to Mark Lovelace for the photo.

Mike Wilson

Redway

 

Not a bad turnout this morning.  Parked behind a car with a Bernie sticker, so that makes at least two of us in Eureka!

Unless the woman changed her mind…

Would love turnout reports.  Later in the afternoon I plan to phone bank for Bernie at the Labor Temple.  Everyone is welcome!

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