Archive for August, 2019

Tariffs, Taxes, Trade, Trends (August 26, 2019)

Posted in Markets, Tariffs, Taxation, Trade on August 26, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “They’re back.”

J          “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the economy.  The tariff jaws are opening back up and may devour us.”

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J          “A tariff is a tax.  A tax raises revenue and raises the price of the tariffed/taxed product and shapes the behavior of the product’s consumers.”

K          “Our good friend price elasticity.  The demand for the tariffed/taxed product changes and in most situations goes down but in unpredictable ways and at a unpredictable rate in different economies and markets and regions and sectors.”

J          “The economists do not know what is going on in the economy as it is and definitely do not know what is going on when the tariff curve ball is pitched into the mess and the morass.”

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K          “The goal is to encourage domestic production, but domestic production is dead.  No businessperson is willing or able or capable of responding to the possibility that there may be some ephemeral interest in a product in America based on a whim in policy this week.”

J          “Why make the effort.  Uncertainty is the greatest foe.  No one is going to open a manufacturing plant in America except perhaps one run by robots that are cheaper than foreign labor.”

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J          “A tariff is a thinly disguised act of war.”

K          “This economy is so fractured and fissured and fraudulent that the next jolt could be the Big Jolt.”       

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[See the e-commentary at “Terrorized By Trumpi’s Tariffs (March 5, 2018)”, “Tariffs Are Tarrible.  Oh, And Happy Bastille Day! (July 16, 2018)” and “‘Mericanize:  Monetize, Mechanize And Militarize (December 30, 2013)”.

Bumper sticker of the week:

“Powerful nations can maintain themselves only by crime, little states are virtuous only by weakness.”  Mikhail Bakunin

Constructing Thoughts:  Overton Window; Morrison Door; Basic Box (August 19, 2019)

Posted in Architecture, Awards / Incentives, Genius on August 19, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Triple pane?”

J          “A better argon seal?”

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K          “That assumes that one has an incentive to think clearly.”

J          “There is that.  That is there.”

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K          “If you want to market an old idea, concoct a new name.  Why not enlist the name tag on your shirt and market yourself?”

J          “Comes down to marketing.  Everyone proclaims that they are ‘thinking outside the box’ while everyone is actually thrashing around inside their own self-imprisoning box.”

K          “If everyone thinks (s)he is thinking outside the box, is the only person thinking outside the box the person who is thinking inside the box?”

J          “So those who are thinking inside the window are really just thinking inside the box.  Only those who look outside around the window itself can see the outside that is outside the window.”

K          “Genius is two things.  It is simple.  It is obvious.  It is in the box?” 

J          “The window sounds like another form over substance pseudo-intellectual gimmick.  What do I know.”

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J          “Designing and constructing our intellectual house is an on-the-job task.  What about adding the Morrison Door to open one’s perceptions?”

K          “Triple hinges?”

J          “A better sill seal?”

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[See the e-commentary at “The ‘I’ Gene; The ‘We’ Gene: Searching For The Genie In All Of Us (April 3, 2017)”, “The Power Of Small Thinking (March 12, 2018)”, “On Standards & Quality (July 20, 2015)” and “So Many Words, So Few Ideas (Sept. 21, 2009)”.]    

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Bumper stickers of the week:

I think I think

Think big!

I think big, therefore I am, I think

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”  Upton Sinclair

Turning Left.  The Other Right. (August 12, 2019)

Posted in Affirmative Action, Constitution, Drugs, Freedom / Liberty, Gay Politics, Gender, Sanders, Tea Party, Trumpi on August 12, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “They say the country’s growing tolerance for LGBT rights and increasing decriminalization of marijuana are signals that the country is turning to the left.”

J          “Or turning to the right.  The other left.  Tolerating those who reveal LGBT inclinations is fundamentally a conservative idea to respect individual choice even if the individual does not make the choice.  Decriminalizing marijuana respects the fundamental liberty interest of every citizen to be free of government direction and tyranny.”

K          “So the country is turning to the other left.”

J          “Right.  The other left is the right.  Many folks find it right to turn left to turn right.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The Big Decision (December 13, 2010)”, “Less Government Regulation Series:  Love and Marriage (May 19, 2008)”, “Less Government Regulation Series:  Drugs (March 2, 2009)”, “A Second Party:  Trump or Sanders? (March 14, 2016)”, “Tea Party And Innocence Project Form ‘Liberty Alliance’ (September 9, 2013)”, “Constitutional Remedies With An Expiration Date? Affirmative Action and Marriage Neutrality. Again. (December 10, 2012)” and “On Freedom and Liberty (May 24, 2010)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Imagine using turn signals

So politics is a circle not a line or . . . a trapezoid with two parallel bases not a continuum?

House [Also] Repeals Constitution.  Oh, And Happy Civic Holiday In Canada! (August 5, 2019)

Posted in First Amendment on August 5, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky voted against it.  Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky voted against a similar travesty in February.  Kentucky is shining in the darkness.”

J          “Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii voted in favor of it.  She could have voted ‘Present’ instead.”

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K          “No one gets it.”

J          “When they get it, they will get it, but it will be too late.”

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[See “House Overwhelmingly Condemns Movement to Boycott Israel” in “The New York Times” by Sheryl Gay Stolberg dated July 23, 2019.]

[See the e-commentary at “Senate Repeals Constitution.  Oh, And Happy Presidents’ Day! (February 18, 2019)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

House Resolution 246 > United States Constitutional Amendment 1:  United States Constitutional Amendment 1 > House Resolution 246

Treason is treason.

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”  Maya Angelou

“To know who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”  Voltaire

The blowback will be unprecedented in human history