It’s Imperative to be a Critical Thinker

In today’s world it’s imperative more than ever to be a critical thinker.

Read from a variety of different sources. Get different perspectives.

You can always watch C-SPAN for non-partisan political coverage. (You may want to brew a pot of strong coffee first. Pre-Trump)

The following ranking of news outlets from liberal to conservative was compiled by economists and posted on How Biased Is Your Media?: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast.  I think it seems fairly straight forward.

Here’s how 20 major media outlets rank on Groseclose and Milyo’s slant scale, with 100 representing the most liberal and zero the most conservative:

  • Washington Times     35.4
  • Fox News Spec. Rept. w/ Brit Hume    39.7
  • Newshour with Jim Lehrer     55.8
  • CNN NewsNight with Aaron Brown   56.0
  • ABC Good Morning America   56.1
  • ABC World News Tonight   61.0
  • Drudge Report     60.4
  • NBC Nightly News     61.6
  • USA Today    63.4
  • Newsweek    66.3
  • NBC Today Show     64.0
  • Time Magazine     65.4
  • U.S. News and World Report     65.8
  • Washington Post   66.6
  • NPR Morning Edition     66.3
  • CBS Early Show   66.6
  • Los Angeles Times     70.0
  • New York Times     73.7
  • CBS Evening News  73.7
  • Wall Street Journal     85.1

Ideological Placement of Each News Source's Audience

Also check out:  AllSides News Source Bias Ratings

And here’s a chart of some well-known Congressmembers’ “Political Quotients,” based on their voting records. Again, 100 represents the most liberal, zero is the most conservative. (In the episode, you’ll hear where Levitt, Groseclose, and I rank on this “PQ” scale. You can take a quiz to find out your own PQ here.)

Newt Gingrich had been considered in the running for a position in a Trump White House.Newt Gingrich

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Talk about insight. This speech was two years before Brexit, Trump and Russia and China’s economic crises

Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming

Published on Aug 12, 2014
Nick Hanauer is a rich guy, an unrepentant capitalist — and he has something to say to his fellow plutocrats: Wake up! Growing inequality is about to push our societies into conditions resembling pre-revolutionary France. Hear his argument about why a dramatic increase in minimum wage could grow the middle class, deliver economic prosperity … and prevent a revolution.

Watch more TED Talks on inequality: http://www.ted.com/topics/inequality

TED Talks is a daily podcast of talks and performances from TED events, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.

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November 8, 2016: A Day of Infamy

Donald Trump wins the US Presidency2016 US Presidential Election  Donald J. Trump & Hillary Clinton

Sign the petition: End the Electoral College

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62 People Own Half the Wealth of the World

In a global economy where money isn’t infinite and 62 people own half the wealth of the world, debt is used to fill the income gap to maintain the facade on our standard of living in order to benefit a few.  This is not sustainable.

Buzzwords like “socialism”, “communism” and “capitalism” only serve to divide and conquer while governments and politicians are just pawns with the exception of a very few.

Where is all the money going? Not to the masses. Yet those few who benefit continue to push for more spending cuts and austerity measures that will never recuperate what a few take out of the global economy. This doesn’t even take into account the human cost, diminishing middle class. or the rise of extremism that comes with economic hardships.  Many of the financial problems that plague countries are only symptoms.  The main cause is income inequality.  You can’t make a middle class out of a sow’s ear. Don’t be fooled.

Here are the debt clocks of the world’s two largest economies as of September 29, 2016:

National Debt of China

National Debt Clock: China

National Debt of the United States

National Debt Clock: United States

In a global economy where money isn't infinite and 62 people own half the wealth of the world, Debt is used to fill the income gap to maintain the facade on our standard of living which is not sustainable.

Sources:
National Debt Clocks
Oxfam: 62 people own the same as half the world
The Guardian: China’s debt is 250% of GDP and ‘could be fatal’, says government expert
The National Interest:The World’s Number 2 and 3 Economies Have a Massive Debt Problem
The Wall Street Journal: Congress Passes Spending Bill to Keep Government Running Through Dec. 9

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The Reality:

At a time when Americans are facing an income gap and childhood poverty not seen since 1929, contrary to what Republicans are saying it’s not public assistance programs that are driving up state deficits.

It’s Medicaid. And death should not be the only option. The only way to rein in costs is for the government to do so. Private for profits don’t look after American’s well-being. The government should instead of catering to corporations’ well-being.

For all the criticism, any access to healthcare is better than none.

Ignorance is not bliss.  It’s costly and dangerous.

SUMMARY: NASBO STATE EXPENDITURE REPORT

Source: The National Association of State Budget Officers

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D-Day II, Republican National Convention, Cleveland, Ohio July 18, 2016

D-Day II,  #RepublicanNationalConvention #Cleveland, Ohio  July 18, 2016(For the young ones, D-Day was June 6, 1944 in World War II on which Allied forces invaded northern France to liberate Europe from the Nazis.  Now it’s time to liberate America.)

Throughout history when there are economic hardships it has led to extremism.

The struggling American working class is no exception.  However, we must learn from history and stop its spread in every state.

2016 US House of Represenatives

All 435 US House seats are up for election this November: http://www.270towin.com/2016-house-election/

As if the usual tax breaks for the wealthy and cuts for the poor weren’t bad enough:

 Here’s the  2016 GOP Platform:

Build “The Wall”
A 2,000-mile wall along the Mexico border

“Mexican government must assume responsibility for the cost. Trump says he will impound remittances derived from illegal wages and increase fees on some temporary visas and border crossing cards until Mexico agrees. Trump often says the cost of the wall is “a tiny fraction of the money” the United States loses to Mexico in trade deficits.”  How about protecting workers instead?

Christian Bible required reading in public schools as part of “American History.”
Akubar Republican?

Seeks to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling making same-sex marriage legal in America.
So much for no government intrusion, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Amendment endorsing anti-gay ‘conversion therapy.
Hitler’s SS Dr Carl Værnet didn’t succeed either.

Proposal calling for a complete end of governmental intervention in parenting.
This will defacto allow parents to keep their children not vaccinated, uneducated, and give them free rein to beat their offspring to their heart’s content.  Aside from stupidity, note the hypocrisy. i.e. Marriage, women’s’ rights..

Declaring pornography a “public menace” and “public health crisis”;
not mentioned are lack of healthcare, guns, or homelessness

Other proposals called for Federal land to be gifted back to the states, and that food stamps are unconstitutional.
What?? Makes as much sense as Sarah Palin.

Declares coal “an abundant, clean, affordable, reliable domestic energy resource”.
I presume they’ve never heard of black lung disease.

Sources:
Emerging Republican Platform Goes Far to the Right
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/us/politics/republican-convention-issues.html

The Republican Party Has Released Their Platform For The 2016 Convention, And It Is INSANE
http://occupydemocrats.com/2016/07/13/republican-party-released-platform-2016-convention-insane/

The GOP Platform Draft: The Stuff Nightmares are Made Of
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/07/12/gop-platform-draft-stuff-nightmares-are-made

The actual 2016 GOP Platform sugar coated version chopped up into sections as if it were trickle down economics:
https://www.gop.com/platform/

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