True. But, the vast majority of that improvement came in the years of regulated capitalism. Much of that in the years of what you would call inappropriately regulated capitalism. (I would NOT call it inappropriately regulated capitalism.) Before there were many regulations we had depressions. Now we have much smaller downturns; recessions. It could be argued that one of those recent recessions was due to deregulation. I refer to the 2008 crisis.
I often find Mr. Rall’s ideas a bit too extreme. In this case he has a valid point.
It is highly debatable that unregulated capitalism lifted billions out of poverty. (One of many Republican talking points that is based at least partly on a falsehood.) What isn’t debatable is that unregulated capitalism has wild swings between boom and bust times which is destabilizing and unacceptable. Thus, the need for regulations.
Let’s be honest with ourselves. Everyone knew they were lying back when they said they believed Roe was settled law. Nothing was going to stop them from being confirmed.
I have never really been a fan of the progressive idea of forgiving all/some student debt. But, I did read an interesting point that supports it. When I went to college in the late 1970’s tuition, room and board were much less expensive. One of the reasons for that is that state and federal support for higher education was substantially greater back then. This government support made the cost of college much lower for my generation. The cost of higher education is much, much higher these days. Forgiving the debt of more recent students helps compensate for that. I haven’t really changed my mind completely but it makes the idea more reasonable.
As a person who usually votes for the Democratic Party I would advise you not to go overboard on the idea they are the “more intelligent” party." Many of the candidates from the Democratic Party are mediocre at best. Let’s call them the less un-intelligent party. Their mediocrity aside there is obviously no legitimate choice than voting Democratic these days.
It is unfortunate that you do not know the meaning of the words you use. The stories you describe have nothing to do with socialism or communism. It would be fair to say they are pro-Democratic Party and very critical of the Republican Party. To say they are pro-socialism is not true. To say they are pro-communism is inane.
I agree. The Times is better described as center than center-left
I have a small car that gets great mpg. But, I think we need to acknowledge that the rising gas prices are a huge problem for some people. One example is truck drivers. I do not have as much sympathy for someone who bought a gas guzzling truck when it isn’t needed for work. But rising gas prices are a real problem for some people considering what they do for a living and I hope some way is found to mitigate their financial pain.
I have lost faith in the American people. My hopes for this nation have slid so low that my only hope now is that he is not president again.