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Bernardo de La Paz

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Member since: Fri Jul 16, 2004, 11:36 PM
Number of posts: 27,887

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Lived most of my adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Left a piece of my heart there.

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Yes, next decade will be a bit bumpy & the one after a bit more so. The solution is ...

... one that the anti-socialist anti-communist anti-poor pro-tax-cut Trump-Republicon Party will hate.

... one that truly perceptive capitalists will embrace.

... one that is tried and tested and has (in smaller form) had big benefits for the US already.

I think what is needed is for society to guarantee a basic floor with the big three: Housing, health care, and a basic income for expenses.

EVERYWHERE THIS HAS BEEN TRIED IT HAS HAD POSITIVE EFFECTS: reduced policing needs, lower health costs, higher employment, fewer social problems. It saves money!

Hypocritical moralists and greedy people are blind to the fact (proven many times) that, when given the big three, people don't goof off and quit jobs and laze around. Quite the opposite. With a stable situation including less interruption due to health crises, people seek and find more jobs and work harder.

If the big three are taken care of for ALL residents in a nation, then capitalists would be much freer to introduce production and service systems that we can expect to lead to job losses and job transformations.

The nation can afford it. It truly can and the synergistic effects are wonderful. Look at the huge boom in the 1950s and 60s when massive GI housing, health care, and education expenditures were operative.

Pay attention capitalists! The alternatives all include social unrest in varying and greater degrees.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Mar 2, 2019, 09:08 AM (0 replies)

All part of the income & wealth inequality that is the biggest undiscussed problem the USA faces.

When the 0.01 % squeeze the 47 % with the help of their corrupt RepubliCon-Trump Party politicians and unqualified ultra-conservative judges, this is the result.

It will get worse before it gets fixed. I'm hoping it gets fixed peacefully and democratically. It will undoubtedly take Democrats to do it.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Fri Mar 1, 2019, 05:08 PM (0 replies)

So good to see. Absolutely possible to support all four women. Pelosi is very gracious.

Some here and elsewhere tried to sharpen differences between Pelosi and the wings (caucuses) those women represent.

It seems to me that every move Pelosi has made has run counter to that narrative; Pelosi has united the Party and among the elected members it is running very efficiently.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Feb 28, 2019, 08:14 AM (0 replies)

Only way left for tRump's wall is holding US govt workers hostage. tRump has got nothing but failure

He's had two years leading his party in complete control of the Congress, yet he has been unable to fulfill his central campaign promise: Trump's Folly: his wall.

Central Trump promise: a wall.

He failed.

He can't even get a simple wall built while having complete control of Congress.

Trump is a failure. His base will begin to abandon him now. His demise draws nearer and will be swift in action.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Dec 22, 2018, 11:52 AM (1 replies)

Now is the time for all the discussion about who is best for the Ds & policies, etc.

When we ask for unity in advance of elections, it is after the primaries and during the time when candidates with Ds beside their names are in front of the voters.

The flip side is that outside of those times we MUST discuss leadership and policies. Have it all out now so that later we can be united again when it counts.

Discussion of leadership and policies can be divisive but it MUST occur. Now is the time.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Tue Nov 13, 2018, 05:05 PM (0 replies)

Robots & Lean Manufacturing techniques are NOT going to die. Get used to it. Yesterday if not sooner

Shouting for them to die is as wise as commanding the sea to calm itself. It would be as successful as demanding that we go back to hand assembled vacuum tube radios.

It's not going to happen. It's not the problem. It's a solution and a good thing.

The problem is the inequality of distribution of wealth and income. Too much is concentrated in too few hands for the good of society. A civilization as powerful and capable as on that has robots and Lean manufacturing techniques is one that can afford health care for all and a roof over every head with clean water and comfort in old age.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sun Nov 4, 2018, 12:46 PM (0 replies)

No. The distribution of wealth & income is the problem, not the company size.

It is concentration of ownership that is a problem, not ownership. If the shares were more widely distributed, the companies would be the same size but there would be fewer people worth $100 million and many more people worth $100 thousand.

The top-heavy disparity in wealth and income is unsustainable. Such situations tend to end in:

* Economic collapse / crash, possibly accompanied by or precipitated by violent revolution

* Peaceful redistribution by higher taxes on corporations and/or rich and ultra-rich people who have benefited greatly from infrastructure and social expenditure by governments.

Ultra rich people are not lacking in money for corporate investment. Those kinds of opportunities can be increased by societal spending. When you give the rich and ultra-rich a huge tax give-away, they park the money in things like art and real estate which inflates the prices of those things but does not increase production or productivity.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Sep 13, 2018, 01:41 AM (0 replies)


Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon Sep 10, 2018, 08:14 AM (0 replies)

Truthful people only have to remember one story. Easy to remain on track with reality.

Liars have more than one story to juggle: reality and their lie.

Compulsive liars have several lies to try to keep straight, so they lose track of the truth.

Trump has so many he has lost track of reality.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Sep 8, 2018, 04:57 PM (1 replies)

Trump not going to kick Canada out. He can't kick Canada out. He would have tried if it served him.

US runs a trade surplus with Canada (goods and services) and a slight deficit (a few percent) if you only look at goods. And he lies about the specific aspects of automobiles, dairy, metals, and "national security".

Trump can't kick Canada out just by declaring so. NAFTA is a treaty that has been ratified. It takes Congressional action to complete an abrogation of the treaty.

It is not to tRump's advantage, politically, to kick Canada out.

1) He desperately needs a deal, any deal, because he hasn't made any deal with any country. The so-called "deal" with Mexico is only an agreement on a subset of issues.

2) Abrogating NAFTA would be an enormous disruption to the US economy and not to its benefit. Large numbers of tRumpLickers would lose jobs.

3) Other countries would be even more reluctant to trade with the US and would accelerate their movement to trade around the US by trading with each other.

4) If it was an advantage to the US to stop trading with Canada, he would have moved to do so already. Even if it was an advantage to him politically and a detriment to the US, he would have moved already. It is not even an advantage to him politically.

5) Massive punitive tariffs will be reciprocated and have drastic effects on the US economy. But they could be reversed quickly when tRump leaves office.

Finally, tRump has only one trick in his negotiating playbook: act like a bully and hope the other side falls for it.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Sep 1, 2018, 02:24 PM (2 replies)
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