November 6, 2017

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110617)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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  1. This is what the politicization of intelligence looks like.

    The Big Reveal: The Story of How 470,000 Documents from Osama Bin Laden’s Compound Finally Got Into the Open

    The self-proclaimed “most transparent administration in history” had spent more than five years misleading the American people about the threat from al Qaeda and its offshoots and had paid very little price for having done so.

    IMO, the “most transparent administration in history” has rarely been held accountable.

    Comment by Par for the Course — November 6, 2017 @ 6:29 am

  2. How Many Robots Does it Take to Fill a Grocery Order?

    Many grocery stores have delivery services, it is only a matter of time before they replicate the automation success.

    Comment by dscott — November 6, 2017 @ 8:41 am

  3. It looks like to me that the GOP leadership in it’s dislike for Trump has once again stepped on it’s own feet in working on Tax Reform. In fact, it is as bad as their failure to repeal ObamaCare. The question is can these self obsessive morons be made to see that the campaign contributions from the special interests are fools gold????

    How many Eric Cantors do we need to for the GOP to realize the paradigm has changed?

    They couldn’t have bollixed the legislative process worse than IF actually they TRIED to do so. They didn’t start with principles but interest groups. It is failed public policy to use the tax code to induce behavior as it has the government to pick winners and losers which distorts the economy to non productive investments. A subsidy is nothing more than a guaranteed profit margin for a failing business.

    The proper tax reform process should have been to start with zeroing out every tax subsidy and tax credit to pay for the business tax cut. Doing so would have pitted the cronies (establishment supported) against the rest of the country. It would also eliminate the charge of tax cuts for the rich since it would be a net reallocation. We need productive business decisions which drives GDP growth, not government sponsored malinvestment via the tax code. The tax payers are not responsible for any business to make a profit, good management is.

    For the individual tax cut, they should have targeted a dollar for dollar spending cut to pay for the tax cut. We have spending problems, not revenue problems. Following this route would have pitted the personal self interest of the entire country against those of the bureaucrats and Democrats.

    Everyone of these GOP leaders need to be primaried, otherwise they may well be replaced by Democrats come Nov 2018. Remember what happened in 2006. The bottom line is the establishment types NEED to understand their tenure in Congress is over IF they don’t immediately change tactics of playing to special interest campaign contributions instead of the GOP platform. IF you want to be Cantored, just keep doing what you’re doing.

    Comment by dscott — November 6, 2017 @ 10:17 am

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