This article is about the City Council Meeting on 1/24/17 on the Ordinance on the use of medians to put what's happening in a larger context. It contains my extended perspective on the economic context in which this issue arises and my reactions to the presentations and comments at the meeting.
Those who work for a wage in this nation have a tough time. This ordinance amounts to an action in a war on the homeless. Six councilpersons and the mayor asserted that "this is about safety". If it were, the city would be taking more actions to protect and provide for the homeless. That "it's about safety" is a veneer on what it's really about: penalizing poverty and homelessness.
It's poorly understood how greatly our economic system is rigged against those who work for a wage ... or would desire to work. I explain how and why. I explain why it's so difficult to recover from setbacks: path dependence and economic policies that drive people into poverty. I explain who the "takers" are: the Top 20% and especially the Top 1% showing data on "Tax Expenditures", aka, "Tax Entitlements". I describe the negative effects on our economic and political system: Oligarchy, Plutocracy, and Corporatocracy. I describe how economic development can be effective, not destructive.
People need help, not policies and penalties that make life more difficult.
This article describes The Physics of the System relative to Global Warming. Even though exact modeling of the climate for past and future average global temperature is enormously complicated, the physics, the facts, and what they mean are not.
One does not have to be a rocket surgeon to understand this. The facts and their implications are not up for negotiation. "Physics does not negotiate! Physics just does."
Let me be clear, this is an existential threat to life on earth. Please, pay attention and stop denying reality. Some against abortion of fetuses say that's "child murder", yet they are quite willing to vote for Trump/Republicans who deny this threat to all life on earth.
In 2001, Ron Suskind wrote in The One Percent Doctrine, Vice-President Dick Cheney announced that if there was "a one percent chance" that a threat was real "we have to treat it as a certainty in terms of our response." Cheney added, "It's not about our analysis, or finding a preponderance of evidence." If "conservatives" believe that about attacking other nations, why do they quibble over whether it's 45% or 97% certain that life on earth is threatened by global warming?
Trump/Republicans are a clear and present danger to all life on earth. This is the ultimate in evil.
I will not be around for the most disastrous consequences, so this will not affect me personally. I do not have children, but those who do and don't take this seriously are condemning them to a dystopian future in which billions of humans will die and countless species will go extinct.
Trump is correct that NAFTA is a disaster. But he states a misleading fact in order to lie about who's primarily responsible. Don't be fooled; that's Republicans by far. Regardless of Trump's stated opposition to win votes, the Republican Party has been, and is, all in for the "trade" agreement betrayals of the U.S. economy and U.S. sovereignty. Those who tell you otherwise are lying. Those opposed to "trade" agreements like NAFTA and TPP should vote against Republicans. Democrats voted overwhelmingly against them and against the presidents of their own party.
The votes on NAFTA and TPP put Hillary Clinton in a tight spot. She can't admit that the Republican Party is the major support for these disastrous "trade" agreements. That's because both Bill Clinton and Obama colluded with Republicans against majority Democratic opposition to get NAFTA and TPP Fast Track approved.