39 thoughts on “A Simple Question”

  1. by the way, jack reminded us we were using the wrong term to throw at roy. Ephebophile  may be the more accurate epithet to hurl according to wiki:

    Ephebophilia is the primary sexual interest in mid-to-late adolescents, generally ages 15 to 19. The term was originally used in the late 19th to mid 20th century. It is one of a number of sexual preferences across age groups subsumed under the technical term chronophilia. Ephebophilia strictly denotes the preference for mid-to-late adolescent sexual partners, not the mere presence of some level of sexual attraction.

    In research environments, specific terms are used for chronophilias: for instance, ephebophilia to refer to the sexual preference for mid-to-late adolescents, hebephilia to refer to the sexual preference for earlier pubescent individuals, and pedophilia to refer to the primary or exclusive sexual interest in prepubescent children. However, the term pedophilia is commonly used by the general public to refer to any sexual interest in minors below the legal age of consent, regardless of their level of physical or mental development.

  2. an observation today from a rather witty dana Milbank 

    We already know Trump has a tendency to repeat the last thing he heard, and he has a well-documented history of believing all kinds of cockamamie theories. What if it’s not just that he’s being “played” by Putin, as former intelligence officials say, but that he’s a willing organ?

    The following dossier on Donald Trump’s early years was given to me Monday by a man on a park bench in Lafayette Square. The man said he absolutely did not make up these events and exchanges. I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. He did not do what you’re thinking he did. I think he’s very insulted by it, if you want to know the truth.

    Source A reports that, as a young boy at Madam Dowdy’s Primary School for the Very Rich, Donald did not accept the unanimous view of the other children that Santa Claus did not exist — even though many children had caught parents and servants putting gifts under the tree. Donald spoke with his chief governess and reported back to the children: “She is very, very strong in the fact that she didn’t put gifts under the tree. I believe that when she says that she meant it.”

    Source B reports that, as a teenager at New York’s Academy for the Affluent and Bonespur Military Prep, Donald was unlucky with the ladies. They would frequently decline when he asked them on a date, or a second date. Donald told friends he accepted what the girls told him: “She said it’s her, not me. She said she just doesn’t have time for a relationship right now. I really believe that when she tells me that, she means it.”

    Multiple sources report that in freshman year of college, Trump got a C on his final history paper when he argued that “the Greeks told the Trojans they absolutely did not have warriors in the horse. I really believe that when they said it was just a peace offering, they meant it.”


  3. The elected GOP is large group of LIARS. They’re not out to create jobs. They are out to take the money.

    They LIE for a living…….Professional LIARS.

  4. The little man over at justice testifies to congress today.  Will the bama boy cajole, evade, outright lie or pivot to clinton?    No matter how many times jeff washes his hands?  He has russian dirt under his fingernails.

  5. What??…  you expect the gop to have some common sense??

    Besides…  everyone knows that the BS coming out of their mouths with a wink, wink is…  well…   BS.

  6. So here’s what I know about business.

    If a manufacturer makes widgets, they make X number of widgets to address demand. They hire Y number of employees to make X number of widgets. And they have Z number of non-manufacturing staff to do accounting and payroll and sales and delivery etc to get the widgets to market and count up the profits.

    When demand goes up, the company makes X plus % of demand but doesn’t necessarily hire more employees to make those extra widgets. And certainly no more non-manufacturing support is needed because it’s paperwork and process and the same territories.

    And of course, when demand goes down staff is cut across the board.

    So I’ve never believed that tax cuts increase jobs. Some of those tax cuts might go to R&D, but most businesses already invest in technology and ideas to improve their widgets. A business spends exactly as much as it costs for a new idea, and no more. Tax cuts go to pockets.

    You know who tax cuts – i.e. more money in pockets – actually helps? You all know it because most of you are smarter than me. Tax cuts help folks like us, because when we get more money we spend it. When we spend more money, the economy does better. And when the economy does better, thus creating a demand for more widgets, manufacturers actually need to make more widgets. A lot more widgets.

    And if they need to make a lot more widgets, more than current staff can actually do, then they hire more manufacturing staff, and maybe even more of that non-manufacturing support staff. And they are happy to do it not because they are creating jobs for local communities, but because they are making more money at a higher rate than they are creating more expense.

    Simplistic, of course. But more true than increasing taxes on folks who buy widgets to give cuts to producers of widgets who won’t use it to make more. They’ll put it in pockets, because it’s bad business to make more widgets than the market demands.

    So Craig, I answer your question thus. Republicans want to give tax cuts to big money makers who give them big money donations, so those donations can be bigger and they can stay in power to make more money and receive even bigger donations. These people have absolutely no interest in stimulating the economy. That’s why they put no condition such as you suggest on these tax cuts, and vomit the trite and historically refuted trope that tax cuts for corporations create jobs.

  7. all your answers make sense to me — democrats should propose a tax credit for hiring workers, just to make mischief

  8. Making mischief – I could actually get behind that.

    I think that if the system weren’t so broken, then a proposal such as you suggest for a tax credit to hire workers would actual be written in appropriate legal type bill language. It would go into the proper committee and be discussed, debated, added to, detracted from. Experts would be called. They would argue from knowledge, perspective, and need. And several months later perhaps a bill would either emerge as something different but potentially workable and worthy of further debate on the floor, or the proposal would be dismissed as silly and frivolous and totally unecessary.

    Yes, that kind of mischief I could certainly endorse.

  9. Travis points to the main problem with supply side stimulus in regard to job growth.
    Part of the problem with demand is tied to population. I don’t know about you all but here at cassa de Jack; we aren’t buying near as much stuff. our house is full and we are in the process of decluttering. We aren’t near as active consumers as we were 20 years ago.  GenX or the busters can only spend so much and millennials are just starting to go into their prime spending years.  So even money spent on the demand side can only do so much.



    so the interesting thing is if tax break money isn’t  going into demand or production where is it going?

    Over the last 20 years the answer is obvious, Toward asset inflation, Bubble after bubble after bubble. In the end the tax cuts have made matters worse. ex the economy of 2008 and 2009.


  11. Great point Jack.

    When we’re not buying, when we don’t need to buy or don’t have room for more, or simply don’t want anymore for whatever reason, where does that extra money go? It goes in savings. When we save, we still stimulate the economy because of how we save and how that saved money works when it gets invested.

    Or maybe we travel, stimulating the economy by spreading the wealth around. Or we support local charity. Or we help the next generation with education to improve their circumstances. Or we take care of our parents and let them be the worry-free mentors to our youth.

    If money were no object, I would…do just about anything. Or stated another way, if I didn’t have to worry about not having enough money, I just wouldn’t have to worry.

    I don’t think these are difficult concepts. It’s just that these Republican elected officials don’t give one good damn about supportive government.

    Yeesh. I just described Utopia. Sorry about that. 🙂

  12. So if I was a democrat I would propose this trade. In return for  eliminating  corporate taxes,   eliminate tax breaks for dividend and asset sale income, change capital gains to only productive plant, equipment, ect with the  tax break going to the person that owns the productive asset or share holders if a corporation. Expand the amount that can be put into and IRA/401K


  13. the guardian:  
    Jeff Sessions: ‘Not enough basis’ for special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton

    Sessions tells House committee he will not be appointing special counsel
    ‘The Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically’ 

  14. I subscribe to Mr Jack’s proposal of 11:20 am.

    Individual tax breaks for the .1% go directly to inflate prices at Sotheby’s.

    Corporate tax breaks go directly to corporate officers, and then on to inflate prices at Sotheby’s.

  15. In a heated exchange with Jim Jordan, a Republican congressman from Ohio who asked what it would take to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations against Clinton, Sessions said: “We will use the proper standards, and that’s the only thing I can tell you.

    “You can have your idea, but sometimes we have to study what the facts are, and to evaluate whether it meets the standards it requires.”

    A fiery Jordan continued to allege misconduct by Clinton. Citing additional reports that her campaign and the Democratic national committee funded the Fusion GPS dossier into Trump’s ties to Russia, Jordan maintained it “looks like” there was enough evidence to warrant naming a second special counsel.

    Sessions tersely responded: “I would say ‘looks like’ is not enough basis to appoint a special counsel.”

    soooo, jeff, are you saying there’s more than just “looks like” evidence in that little investigation that generated the Mueller appointment?

  16. Put another way,

    soooo, jeff, you ARE saying there’s more than just “looks like” evidence in that little investigation that generated the Mueller appointment.

  17. reuters: U.S. attorney general could plausibly seek Senate seat in Alabama race -lawmaker

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a plausible write-in candidate for next month’s Alabama Senate race, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday.

    “He fits the mold of somebody who might be able to pull off a write-in,” said McConnell, who repeated his call that Republican candidate Roy Moore withdraw from the Alabama contest following allegations of sexual misconduct.

    McConnell said he did not know if Sessions would be the candidate. “That obviously would be a big move for him and for the president,” said McConnell, who was speaking at a forum on the economy. 

  18. plan b if roy wins:

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is discussing the idea of having Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed to his old Senate seat if Alabama GOP candidate Roy Moore wins election and is immediately removed from office, said a person familiar with the exchange.

    McConnell raised the idea in a call on the GOP tax bill with Vice President Mike Pence on Monday, the person said, adding that Pence didn’t advocate for or against the idea. The person said McConnell also floated the idea of Sessions running as a write-in candidate for the seat.


    It’s too late to remove Moore’s name from the ballot under Alabama law. If Moore wins, senators could vote to expel him, which under the Constitution requires a two-thirds margin. Then the governor of Alabama could appoint a temporary replacement, such as Sessions or current Alabama Sen. Luther Strange.

  19. If the neocon ‘bamans abandon moore to write in sessions, Jones could beat both sessions and moore, and maybe even combined. I imagine that the gop turnout will be somewhat depressed.

  20. Dorothy Sessions (Can’t remember Shit (CRS)) really went all out today.  Just another one of the slime that crawled out of the swamp. I look for the day when a real president is sworn in and fires all the creeps.

  21. CRS?  I resemble that remark.

    travis, the thoughts and prayers of our critters plus $4 will get you a grande latte at Starbucks – and damn little else.

  22. If sessions isn’t faking, and he really does suffer from CRS, trump really will want to get a new Attorney Gen’al. Maybe, sessions can resign, trump can appoint moore to be the AG, and then sessions can run a write-in campaign. I mean, who gives a shit if a senator has CRS ? Who gives a shit if the AG is a perv ?



  23. Just watching Morning Joe this morning about the discussion of the lack of diversity in SFF’s Justice Department nominees for DoJ and judicial posts. I suppose that SF’s concern really is not MAGA, but MAWMA.

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