Political truths that are worth sharing but aren’t funny

Kind of like how corporate observance of Pride Month involves commercializing it equally as they do any other holiday/special occasion. :roll_eyes:

I definitely research all the execs of a company that I can before seriously interviewing.

Not that I won’t work for a monoculture - I sure as shit did in my last job, the ladder was owned by rich white men. But it tells me what I’m stepping into. My company seems surprisingly good on DEI relative to its location. Still a string of old white men as CEO and President, but a number of Other Than Old White Men in leadership.


Sadly I think the answer is because they want to make doing all those things acceptable again, or “great” (for white cis men) as they call it.


ok. so no one is willing to work anymore



Obviously biased, but I don’t see a better thread, and IMO it’s not totally false.

As a counterpoint, Dubya had the goal of finding WMDs.


I find it so weird to lump the literal moon with our cold war terrorism.

Makes me wonder if maybe I should learn actual history at some point.

LBJ is not on that list. I guess he would be noted for Civil Rights Act, and not escalating the Vietnam War.

Was Clinton’s goal really to eliminate the deficit? I remember it more as being a byproduct of irrational exuberance, but it’s been a long time.

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IIRC, the deficit was eliminated due to capital gains taxes before the first internet stock crash. And only for a year or two. Clinton did nothing to make that happen.
But I could be wrong.

From Factcheck:

The Clinton years showed the effects of a large tax increase that Clinton pushed through in his first year, and that Republicans incorrectly claim is the “largest tax increase in history.” It fell almost exclusively on upper-income taxpayers. Clinton’s fiscal 1994 budget also contained some spending restraints. An equally if not more powerful influence was the booming economy and huge gains in the stock markets, the so-called dot-com bubble, which brought in hundreds of millions in unanticipated tax revenue from taxes on capital gains and rising salaries.

So, I’m half-right. Raising taxes on people who can pay them is a good idea.
It Makes America Great Again.
Not that anyone wanting that these days thinks that is the way to do it.


And, actually, Clinton’s goal, at least at the start, was also Universal Healthcare.


Maybe, maybe not, but it was kind of funny seeing the Republicans under GWB twist themselves into pretzels through the fed chairman’s about how eliminating debt was bad and that’s why we need big tax cuts for the rich.

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Clinton’s claim to credit for eliminating the deficit was totally phony. The budget “surplus” matched the temporary excess in the Social Security Trust Fund. That was due to fewer babies born in 1933, i.e., turning 65 in 1998. (Turning 65 meant they were eligible for full Social Security benefits).
The parents who had fewer babies in the depths of the Depression in 1933 caused the surplus. The Social Security trust fund had been added to national budget figures some time before. Clinton grabbed the headline, because nobody understands the trust fund.

I don’t know how current this is on Biden, but I’ll assume it’s accurate for the other Presidents.

Reagan (2) 160.80% increase
Obama (2) 64.4%
GWB (2) 72.6%
Obama (2) 64.4%
GHWB (1) 42.3%
Trump (1) 33.1%
Clinton (2) 28.6%
Biden (.75?) - 8.8%

Number in () is number of terms, Percentage increase in National Debt from start to finish in office for fiscal year closest to president term. Reagan is the runaway winner!

is that total debt during the term? or comparing end numbers to beginning?

so would a president going from$100 to $10 have the same result as going fro $10 to $100?

One year of births doesn’t move SS financing so dramatically that we’ll get one year of surpluses.

SS had surpluses before and after those few years of consolidated surpluses.

I looked at total surpluses in Table 1.1 here: Historical Tables | OMB | The White House

And I compared that to Social Security cash surpluses from table VI.A.3 here: VI. APPENDICES

(I took total income, subtracted interest income, then subtracted total costs to get cash surplus.)

Certainly, SS surpluses helped create the consolidated surplus. But, the consolidated number if far more volatile than Social Security. I vote for the other, shorter term, economic factors as the bigger story.

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It’s easy to forget that Trump has a ton of support from white women as well, because wtf is wrong with them.

trad wives. and women who vote pro life (or the candidate who delivers it). i am sure there are others - ignoring the deplorables who don’t know what they like but sure hate the woke libz.