Presidential Primary Recap

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016

 

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VICTORY SPEECH OR TRUMP SHOPPING NETWORK? 

 

With the nation’s attention focused on Trump’s hand/dong-size, or on Ben Carson bowing out and Mitt Romney bowing in (but failing), it’s easy to forget that actual voting took place in 9 states that held primaries/caucuses since last Tuesday.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump continued to Make America Hate Great Again by winning Kentucky (36%) Louisiana (41%) Hawaii (42%), Michigan (37%), and Mississippi (47%).

Trump increased his delegate lead to almost 100, but not nearly by as much as he hoped, thanks to Sen. Ted Cruz stealing a good share of delegates with 2nd place finishes in Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan. Cruz also racked up actual victories in Kansas (48%) Maine (46%), Idaho (45%).

Interestingly enough, exit polls showed that “recently decided” voters backed Cruz and Gov. John Kasich way more than Trump – which means that some of the Trump bashing has worked. Well, it worked for everyone except Basher-In-Chief, Sen. Marco Rubio, who mostly finished dead last despite altering his campaign to match Trump’s sophomoric buffoonery.

Florida is the first winner-take-all state of the primary season (March 15), and Rubio drastically needs all 99 to even be mentioned after next week. Polls show Trump with a commanding lead in the sunshine state, so it would behoove the #NeverTrump Republicans to put all their huevos in Rubio’s basket to keep Trump from getting those 99 delegates, but Cruz (who is all but out of it in Florida) will never let that happen.

On the Democrat side, Sen. Bernie Sanders had himself a helluva week as he won handily in Kansas (67%), Nebraska (57%), and Maine (64%); and eked out a surprising victory in Michigan (49.8%).

Sec. Hillary Clinton continued her southern dominance, and won by huge margins in Louisiana (71%) and Mississippi (82%)

Michigan’s results were certainly shocking, as almost every poll had Clinton destroying Sanders by over 20 points.

Sanders has struggled to convince African Americans to Feel The Bern, particularly in the south, where he’s only around 15% of that demo – but Sanders took over 30% of Michigan’s African American vote and it clearly pushed him over the top. On the flip side, African Americans make up 69% of Mississippi’s Democratic voters – and 89% voted for Hillary.

Clinton’s lead is now over 200 delegates, but with “superdelegates” it’s around 700. However, even though almost every “news” organization in the country insists on adding the “super delegates” to Clinton’s corner, they’re not set in stone and can be changed at any time. Unfortunately, it seems that ALL outlets, ‘Liberal’ or ‘Conservative’, have an interest in convincing you that Clinton owns the nomination before it’s actually won.

For those already looking towards the general election, take note of these two interesting facts about the frontrunners:

Clinton is dominating in Red states, but losing the traditional Blue states (except Massachusetts). Democrats will lose the south regardless, but will her apparent unpopularity in the north hurt her in the general election? Will Bernie supporters in the north stay home on general election day – and give their states to Republicans by default?

On the GOP side, is Trump really the unbeatable force the media (and Trump) keep telling us he is? Don’t forget, Trump still polls an average national disapproval rating around 64% – that is YUGE. He might be getting all the press, but Americans HATE Trump in a way they haven’t for any politician running for office in recent memory.

Up next we got Washington DC for Republicans (March 12), and then both parties take on Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina on March 15. In those states Democrats have almost 700 delegates in play and Republicans have just over 400 – so the Noms are still up for grabs…for everyone not named Marco.

 

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Trump and Clinton feel Super! (Thanks for Asking)

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016

 
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12 states held primary votes on Tuesday, and things worked out quite Super for Donald Trump and Sec. Hillary Clinton – who both won 7 states apiece.

On the Democratic side, Clinton swept the south, easily winning Georgia (71%), Virginia (64%), Alabama (77%), Tennessee (66%), Texas (65%), and Arkansas (66%) – and won by a slim margin in Massachusetts (50%).

Sen. Bernie Sanders was certainly deflated by the loss in super-liberal Mass, but is still Berning away thanks to strong wins in home-state Vermont (86%), Oklahoma (51%), Minnesota (61%) and Colorado (58%).

Easily the most striking statistic of the night was that in the 6 southern states she won, Clinton was supported by over 80% of the African-Americans.

On the GOP side, Trump convinced Georgia (38%), Vermont (32%), Virginia (34%), Alabama (43%), Massachusetts (49%), Arkansas (32%) and Tennessee (38%) that he’s the right salesman to sell their angry platform.

Sarah Palin’s endorsement did jack-crap in Alaska, as Trump lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (36%). Unsurprisingly, Cruz also won his home state of Texas (43%), but that was all for the most disgusting politician in America guy who claims he’s the only “True Conservative” to beat the billionaire blowhard.

Sen. Marco Rubio took Minnesota (36%), scoring his first win yet this primary season. According to exit polls, many of the Florida Senator’s voters recently made up their mind, meaning Rubio’s new Trump-mocking routine might actually be working.

Gov. John Kasich and Dr. Ben Carson are still hanging around and making a difference. Kasich’s supporters in Vermont (30%) and Virginia (9%), could have taken victories from Trump, while Carson’s in Alaska (11%) could have possibly given Trump another win to make your head spin.

The biggest takeaway from the night is the HYUGE Republican voter turnout compared to lame Democrat turnout. Republican Super Tuesday turnout was up 70%, but down 28% for Democrats compared to 2008.

Virginia posted its highest Republican primary turnout in state history – and those folks supported the Donald in a big way. Trump is bringing in a ton of new voters, and that has to be scaring the shit out of Democrats and sane Americans.

Trump’s rise is especially frightening considering that in six of the Super Tuesday states, large majorities of GOP voters said they supported a ban on non-citizen Muslims from entering the US, as well as 2 of 3 in Texas, Virginia and Georgia, 7 of 10 in Tennessee, and nearly 8 of 10 in Alabama.

As Yoda wisely warned: Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to Republicans.

What’s next? The next two weeks see a dozen Democratic and seventeen GOP primaries/caucuses in states and territories, and contrary to popular opinion, things are far from over.

For Democrats, Sanders will likely stay in until the convention, and continues to rack up money and challenge Clinton. Although Clinton has the overwhelming edge in un-pledged superdelegates (457-22), a good showing over the next couple weeks could significantly close the pledged delegate gap (577-386) and keep things interesting. To have any chance though, Sanders needs to convince African-Americans to #FellTheBern.

For Republicans, it all comes down to who will drop out and when. Kasich and Carson will almost assuredly call it quits soon, although Carson loves his fund-raising scams. When they do drop, one would think Carson’s “evangelicals” would go to Cruz, while his “we want an outsider” supporters will turn to Trump. Kasich is courting the “responsible official” vote, and those supporters would likely go to Rubio – hilariously America thinks the Senate no-show is the most responsible guy left on stage.

But WTF are Rubio and/or Cruz going to do? Neither has enough support on their own, but their Conservatives & Party-first supporters NEED to band together ASAP if they want any hope of beating the fake Conservative billionaire. Unfortunately, both Cruz and Rubio have been running for President for over 4 years, always putting their own Presidential ambitions above their Senatorial duties – and neither will step away when they are so “close.”

It’s becoming more likely that Trump, Rubio AND Cruz will all march into the GOP Convention begging the Party to use their undemocratic power to pick their own candidate over the voices of the voters. Can the GOP afford to lose the new Trump support and put Rubio or Cruz on the ticket instead? Unlikely, but who the F knows?

Many Americans (and news networks) are excited for how entertaining this campaign is, which sucks because government should NOT be an entertaining reality show.

That might be why Google reported that searches for “moving to Canada” were up as much as 1120% on Tuesday.

Read: Super Tuesday election results – CNNPolitics.com

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Voter ID Laws and Voter Suppression

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016

 

 

John Oliver gave a great breakdown on ridiculous Voter ID laws enacted by Republicans to suppress millions of votes around the country.

After the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, 15 Republican-led states instituted new voting laws pretending to fight “voter fraud” (a statistically non-existent crime) but in reality will suppress votes of democrat-leaning voters.

It’s not just as simple as requiring an ID like Republicans pretend, but rather systematically making it harder for people to get IDs, not allowing certain photo IDs used mostly by Democrats (student IDs, Union cards, etc), closing polling places and limiting hours for voting in Democratic polling areas…the list goes on and on.

Its not conspiracy that Republicans are using these laws to cheat to try to win elections, they admit it all the time (watch here or video above).

Don’t forget, the 2016 Election will be the first Presidential election with the new voting laws, so expect to see HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS Americans unable to vote in many states.

If you can’t beat em, cheat em.

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Watch: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Voting (Youtube)

Watch: Republicans admitting Voter ID laws are for winning elections (Youtube)

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Bernie and Donald Take New Hampshire

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016

 

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GRAY AND ORANGE, YOUR PRIMARY COLORS


 

To no one’s surprise, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump dominated their pretend-Party’s New Hampshire primaries.

New Hampshirites came out strong to support two candidates (Sanders: 60% Dems, Trump: 35.2% Reps) with differing views of how to make America great again. One promises to give government back to the People, end American oligarchy, raise wages, strengthen entitlements, protect the climate, fix infrastructure, lessen income inequality, repair racial disparities, end American prison-dominance and put people to work. The other promises to build a wall, kick out immigrants, put Muslims in their place, eschew political correctness (aka say whatever he wants about women, minorities and handicapped) and beat Mexico & China into submission.

New voters accounted for 15% of each Party’s haul, with most of those supporting The Bern and The Donald.

A bit of history was made last night as Sen. Sanders became the first Jew to ever win a US Presidential primary. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, became the first ever candidate to lose to a Jew in a US Presidential primary. Mazel Tov to both!

Sanders slaughtered Clinton in every demographic, winning all age groups: 18-29 (83%), 30-44 (66%), and 45-64 (53 %); as well as both men (66%), and women (55%). Clinton did win two demos: ages 65+ (55%) and people with incomes over $200k.

Interesting tidbit: Hillary “dishonest” reputation, whether deserved or not, is a huge issue. 34% of New Hampshire Democrats listed “honesty” as one of the most important candidate traits, and 92% of those people voted for Sanders. Guess it just ain’t Republicans who don’t trust Hillary.

On the Republican side, Trump took around 30-40% in every age/gender demo – but the biggest surprise of New Hampshire was Gov. John Kasich, who finished 2nd with 16%. Congrats to New Hampshire for taking their responsibility as first official vote of the nation seriously, and raising the profile of the sanest candidate in the GOP field.

Three Republicans are all vying for scraps, relevance, 3rd thru 5th place with around 11-12% each, Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Jeb! Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio.

Iowa “winner” Ted Cruz’s shtick was never expected to play well with “Live Free or Die” voters, and Cruz certainly didn’t help his cause getting caught playing multiple dirty election-day tricks in Iowa.

Rubio personally acknowledged his brain-fart debate meltdown stalled his mojo, and with opponents like Gov. Chris Christie pounding the “inexperienced robot” theme, Republicans seem less enamored with the guy who was their “savior” just a week prior.

Jeb! and his “Please Clap” supporters will claim victory given they didn’t disappear into oblivion, and Camp Christie is surely disappointed Rubio-bashing didn’t earn him any more (Wall) street-cred.

Although the top dogs have enough money to hang around for a bit and wait for the other guys to F up, look for a couple GOP also-rans to start dropping out and endorsing anybody-but-Trump.

South Carolina is up next for Republicans, and we’re surely in for a scorched-Earth blood-bath. Trump supporters will NEVER turn, so expect the other candidates to go full Hunger Games in hopes of capturing each other’s supporters to overcome the Trumpeters. Jeb! and Kasich will pummel Rubio, while Marco and Cruz will out-Conservative each other for the “I’m the only one who can save Christians from scary Liberals and ISIS!” vote.

Gov. Kasich would like to keep momentum, but his sane/positive campaign won’t play well in ultra-Conservative South Carolina. Expect the other guys to mostly ignore him, but Camp Kasich will try to stay positive and push for a big win in Nevada a few days later on the 23rd. Trump might be dominating the disaffected voter demo, but Kasich will continue to sell himself as the Anti-Trump alternative also sick of Washington disfunction.

The Democrats bring their election gambling to Nevada, and Clinton will dig deep into her 3 decade bag-of-tricks to stop the Sanders surge. After losing many areas of NH she won in 2008 against Obama, Clinton has to deliver a better message than “It’s my turn.” It will be interesting if the no-negative campaign Sanders can sustain a full blown Clinton attack the likes of which he’s never experienced.

Expect some fireworks – and duds – between now and South Carolina/Nevada primaries on February 20.

Update: Gov. Christie and Carly Fiorina suspended their Presidential fundraising scams campaigns Wednesday.

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Iowa Caucused – Now What?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016

 

"THANKS A LOT, IOWA."

“GO HOME IOWA, YOU’RE DRUNK.”


 

The first official voting for 2016 is in the books. So what do we know?

Iowa Democrats split down the middle between Sec. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Democratic race ended in a virtual tie, with Hillary given the slight edge over Sanders (49.8% – 49.6%). Interestingly, 3 districts were so close that they were decided by coin-flips – and Hillary won all 3 coin-flips. Bernie needs a better coin-flip consultant.

(Update: Later reports say 7 districts came down to coin-flips and Hillary won 6 of 7.)

Both candidates are claiming victory, but everyone must be shocked how well the atheist, democratic-socialist Jew did in middle America. Bernie absolutely dominated the under-30 vote (84%) and took 54% of 30-45 year olds. On the other hand, Clinton took 58% of 45-64 year olds and 69% of those over 65. As the youth vote isn’t particularly reliable when it comes to actually showing up (youth vote down 4% from when Obama won Iowa in 2008), Clinton is still poised to be the more electable of the two.

As far as Republicans are concerned, they got themselves a genuine 3 horse race: Sen. Ted Cruz (26%), Donald Trump (24%) and Sen. Marco Rubio (21%).

Cruz declared this “a victory for courageous Conservatives,” but someone forgot to tell him over 70% of Iowan Republicans voted against him. Also, the last two Republican Iowa winners were Sen. Rick Santorum and Gov. Mike Huckabee – how did they fare again?

As far as numbers go, 64% of Republican Iowans are evangelical Christian, so it’s no surprise that Pastor Cruz led the way. Team Trump might be disappointed with a 2nd place finish, but with tens of thousands of more Iowans showing up than in 2012, it’s clear the Donald’s draws out previous non-voters (40% of total caucusers were first-timers) whether they’re motivated to vote for him or against him (only 3 of 10 new voters sided with Trump). Bronze-medal winning Team Rubio declared “victory!” to anyone that’ll listen, but Marco’s hoping to ride this 3rd place momentum to a 2nd (or higher) place finish in the less evangelical state of New Hampshire next week.

Gov. Bush won’t be bragging about his pathetic 6th place showing.  Jeb! was backed a mere 2.8% of Iowan Republicans, which means his campaign spent about $2,884 per Hawkeye voter. Someone take away the checkbook.

With the top 3 sewn up, the question becomes: as the others start drop out, who do their supporters back?

Dr. Carson’s supporters pride themselves on being outsiders, and would likely back Trump. Gov. Bush and Gov. Christie supporters would probably back the establishment wunderkind, Rubio. Sen. Rand’s libertarian backers probably go with anti-establishment Trump. Gov. Kasich’s supporter(s) would pick the “saner” choice in Rubio. Gov. Huckabee’s and Sen. Santorum’s supporters (aka their families) would probably back the evangelical Cruz.

Still anybody’s race(s). Let’s see what happens now that the next leg of the Tour de Presidency reaches New Hampshire.

Also, for a good chuckle, check out what 2013 Trump had to say about 2016 Iowa Trump:

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On a sad note, there are two candidates who won’t be reveling in celebration-sex today: Gov. Martin O’Malley and Gov. Huckabee both ended their Presidential campaigns after Iowans totally forgot they were running.

Read: 3 Iowa Democratic Caucus districts decided by coin-flip. – The Des Moines Register

Read: Cruz tops Trump in Iowa; Clinton, Sanders too close to call – Star Tribune.

Read: Iowa Caucuses: Ted Cruz Wins, Clinton declares victory – CNN. 

Read: How Iowa Voted – FiveThirtyEight.

Read: How Ted Cruz Won Iowa – Washington Post. 

Read: Iowa Caucus Results: 6 Things That Explain How It Happened – NPR.org.

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The Challenger Made Me Dream

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016

 

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“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’ — President Ronald Reagan


 

For many Americans, January 28, 1986, will forever be a “where were you when” day, but for me, the day the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded has always been something more.

I was in Second Grade at Temple Sinai. School administrators gathered all of us in the lunchroom to let us know the Challenger exploded, killing everyone on board. Like many kids around the nation, we knew that included Christa McAuliffe, the school teacher aiming to be the first private citizen in outer space.

As we watched the news together, our teachers consoled those of us sheltered little Jews for who this was an introduction to death, tragedy, and mourning. The horrific images of smoke plumes and shocked faces we saw that day will forever be imprinted on my mind, but I feel like I can actually trace much of who I am back to the day those 7 explorers and dreamers lost their lives.

The days following the disaster I became a 7 year old news junkie. I scanned the Miami Herald daily for answers (“obviously a major malfunction”), clipped articles and added everything I found to my black “Challenger” loose-leaf folder. From Reagan’s address to the nation, to learning more about the crew, to news of a faulty O-ring, to blaming freezing temperatures, to hearing the cabin remained intact after the explosion yet was destroyed when it hit water (I still shudder thinking about it) — I was obsessed.

Before Challenger, space to me was Star Wars, The Last Starfighter and Voltron – and space heroes were named Skywalker, Kirk, and Flash Gordon. After Challenger, it was Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, and NASA. Heroes now had real names like Glenn, Armstrong and Aldrin. Space was suddenly real, and there was so much to learn, so much to discover – and the crew of the Challenger (and the astronauts before them) dedicated their lives to this pursuit. How could this not inspire a curious kid?!?

I absorbed everything I could about STS Space Shuttles — which is tough pre-internet (ever heard of a Library?). David Cypkin taught me to draw shuttles, and I proceeded to draw them (along with some main fuel tanks and badass solid rocket boosters) in just about every notebook and schoolbook I had.

I discovered telescopes and planetariums. I found star charts, learned constellations, and studied planets. The Challenger didn’t make me fear space travel, it made me yearn for more. Humans barely made it out of our backyard, and those 7 astronauts could not possibly be the last ones America sent to explore our solar neighborhood.

When NASA finally announced the Discovery mission, I followed it the way I now follow sports teams – from the drafting of the crew to its eventual launch 32 months after the Challenger disaster. I still have all the clippings from its entire mission. And man, that day Discovery launched and returned us to space was one of the happiest (non-sports) moments of my life. My first big dream came true.

There is just something about the void, the great unknown, and those who seek to conquer it. It’s the reason all these years later we know names like Columbus, Ponce de Leon, Lewis and Clark. Names like Mike Smith, Dick Scobee, Ron McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judy Resnick, Greg Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe.

They’re heroes not just for achieving their wildest dreams, but for inspiring kids like me to have wildest dreams to begin with.

As humans, we always search for meaning in tragedy, and for me the meaning from the day we lost the Challenger was as clear to my 7 year old self as it is to me today: You can’t always reach the stars, but you’ll certainly be better for trying.

 

“And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.” — President Ronald Reagan.

Watch: Challenger Disaster – History Channel (Video)

Watch: President Reagan’s Address to the Nation (Video)

 

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What does Ted Cruz mean by “New York Values?” (Video)

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016

 


 
Sen. Ted Cruz has been catching heat for saying Trump’s “New York values” don’t match up with the rest of America.

“I think he may shift in his new rallies to play ‘New York, New York,’ because Donald comes from New York and he embodies New York values.”

He later followed up with “They’re not Iowa values, and they’re not New Hampshire values.”

What are New York values? Cruz claims it’s that New Yorkers care more about “money and the media”, but some (i.e. The Ryno) think the explanation is more dog whistle-y than that.

Generally, when us east-coasters hear evangelicals compare themselves to “New York”, we just hear: “Jews”. (West Wing conquered this years ago).

Hilariously, Canadian-Ted pretends to oppose New York values, but his wife works for Goldman Sachs and Cruz sure LOVES New York campaign money.

Ted Cruz is an asshole.

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2016 State of the Union (Full Text and Video)

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016

 

 

President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on Tuesday night, and it was what you’d expect as a mic-drop from one of our nation’s best orators – inspiring, motivating, full of lofty promises and a love-letter to a better America. Unexpected however, was the fact that Obama absolutely refuses to be a lame-duck President.

Obama used his SoTU series-finale to not only remind Americans of his administration’s successes, but also to set an uplifting narrative for the 2016 race to counter the incessant doom and gloom dominating our political atmosphere. Most poignantly, Obama routinely stressed that Americans should stop hating each other, stop allowing demagogues to divide us for their political gain, and realize that the beauty of America is acknowledging our differences and coming together rather than letting our differences define us.

It was powerful stuff. Or, if you’re a Republican, it was a boring, tone-deaf rant filled with horrific liberal, Kenyan babbling out to destroy our country, make us weaker and succumb to Islamic terror.

Obama also used a significant portion of his address to plead for the American people to make America great again by coming together to “fix our politics” and return power to the people instead of letting moneyed-interests reign free.

“It’s easier to be cynical. To accept that change isn’t possible, and politics is hopeless, and to believe that our voices and actions don’t matter. But if we give up now, then we forsake a better future.”

You should read the full text here (or watch here), but I included some highlights after the jump

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Political Triumph in Paris Will Likely Still Lead to Scientific Catastrophe

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015

 

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“Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie – and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose.”

 

As leaders from more than 180 countries gather at the UN Climate Summit in Paris to celebrate their pledges to combat climate change, the sad truth remains – it probably won’t do much to avoid inevitable catastrophe.

As The Nation‘s Mark Hertsgaard points out:

But the combined effect of these voluntary pledges—even assuming, generously, that each is fully implemented—would still result in global emissions continuing to increase for decades to come, soaring well past the goal of limiting temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above the level that prevailed prior to the Industrial Revolution. Temperatures would instead rise to 2.7 to 3.5 C above the pre-industrial level, a catastrophic amount.

How catastrophic? Bear in mind, 2 degrees is often described as a “safe” guardrail, but the latest science and real-world observations demonstrate that in fact it marks the threshold between “dangerous” and “extremely dangerous” warming.

Calling 2.7 to 3.5 C of warming a success is akin to saying, when leaping a canyon 15 feet wide, that leaping only 10 feet is no cause for alarm. After all, 10 feet is farther than you’ve leaped in the past and represents undeniable progress towards the ultimate goal.

Coming to any agreement between 180 countries is a HUGE deal, but political triumphs don’t equate to actual success. Science and physics don’t care if Politicians get a “win”.

The pledged changes are a good start, but more ambitious efforts are needed to keep the Earth’s temperature from rising 2 degrees. Major societal and infrastructural changes are required, such as a “more rapid transition to solar, wind, efficiency, and other low-carbon energy sources.” However, with today’s political climate – especially considering that over half our country’s politicians are in the pockets of Big Energy and only care about protecting profits- the US won’t be leading any overly ambitious transitions any time soon.

At this point it’s a foregone conclusion that the climate and the world are changing – but the politics of valuing shareholder profits over everything else never will.

At least these 180+ world leaders can tell their supporters they tried.

Read: The Most Ambitious Emissions Pledges on the Table in Paris Would Still Result in Catastrophic Warming | The Nation.

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U.S. Deficit Lowest Since 2007

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015

 
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The numbers are in, and they seem to counter strongly held political narratives:

To be clear, the shrinking annual deficit should not solely be credited to the President or to the austerity Congress. Fed spending increased 5% from 2014, but tax collection also increased by 8%.

Bottom line: more people are working, paying taxes, and contributing to the system.

Embarrassingly, 73% of the public thinks the deficit continues to increase under Obama, and for that we can thank austerity-pushing politicians, as well as people just not knowing the difference over deficit (yearly) and debt (total accumulated).

In reality, the annual deficit (the gap between spending and revenue) has shrunk over $1 Trillion combined since Obama took office. Yes, that’s over a few years, but its a big decrease, not increase.

As nice as that sounds, our total accumulated Federal debt still tops a staggering $18 Trillion — and we certainly increase spending every year. But, it hurts the austerity-pushers’ case that US spending gets more wildly “out of control” every year when the shortfall between revenue and spending  decreases annually.

Also seems that domestic programs supposed to destroy our economy (Obamacare, anyone?) – aren’t quite turning us into Greece…yet.

Read: U.S. deficit now lowest since 2007 – Oct. 15, 2015.

Read: Deficit shrinks by $1 trillion in Obama era | MSNBC.

Read: The story behind Obama and the national debt, in 7 charts – The Washington Post.

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