At times NobodyisFlyingthePlane will be a diatribe about the current state of affairs in the US and the world at large, at other times it will be an evidentiary discussion of the problem, and most of the time it will just be a collection of links I wanted to share.
A good argument for how the Presidency was broken before Trump even set it in his sights.
What the office has become is quote far from how it was designed. Some of its expanded roles are for the better and some not so. A look at just what responsibilities this country needs the President to take on may improve the quality of candidates we get.
until we fix the office, presidents will continue to be frustrated by its demands, and Americans will continue to be disappointed in their leader. We will enter another presidential-campaign season desperate for a good outcome, but unprepared to choose someone who can reset the terms of success.
When Harry Truman placed a sign on his desk reading the buck stops here, it meant that some decisions, only the president can make. It did not mean that the president is responsible—and therefore to blame—for everything that happens in the executive branch, much less the nation.
When will we stop blaming the poor and lauding the rich? The top of the socioeconomic ladder takes far more in welfare from the government than those at the bottom.
It’s not just monopolies, concentration of corporate power to just a few competitors in a field is not good for people.
corporate concentration leads to substantial declines in money going to workers across the country.
“Economic power and concentration increases inequality while also undermining economic dynamism.
We give welfare to corporations with seeming glee and abandon, but that’s only when the Public actually knows about it. Most companies and governments go to lengths to hide the deals they make for “economic development” from public information requests.
This seems like fraud to the staff at NobodyisFlyingthePlane.
We can’t escape the corporate grip on our government until we force government to be transparent in the deals they make.
Democracy dies in darkness
Do Taxpayers Know They Are Handing Out Billions to Corporations? https://nyti.ms/2HnuN8H
This is not a drill. The 1% are likely to achieve a permanent state of dominance by 2030.
“If we don’t take steps to rewrite the rules of how our economies work, then we condemn ourselves to a future that remains unequal for good,” he said. “That’s morally bad, and economically disastrous, risking a new explosion in instability, corruption and poverty.”
Corporate data abuse is being tempered by new European laws. Lobbying in the US prevented similar privacy protections.
Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T and companies that use their connections, like Facebook and Google, lobbied members of Congress. Congress passed a law this year, signed by President Trump, that not only repealed the protections but also prohibited the F.C.C. from ever again imposing such safeguards. The same coalition of corporate interests succeeded in discouraging California from passing a state privacy law similar to the 2016 F.C.C. requirements.Can Europe Lead on Privacy?
The United States government has a lot of explaining to do. Why is it that American internet companies such as Facebook and Google are required to provide privacy protections when doing business with European consumers but are free to not provide such protections for Americans? Why is it that Americans’ best privacy hope is the secondary effect of interconnected networks rather than privacy protections designed for Americans? Why shouldn’t Americans also be given meaningful tools to protect their privacy?
Pensions are under attack. The goals are twofold. Increase profits for financial companies and reduce the economic power of sharholders.
If the Kochs and their allies succeed in smashing and scattering these last remaining pension funds into millions of 401(k)s, they will do more than just undermine the retirement security of millions of Americans. They will silence their economic voice. The pension reform drive should be understood, at least in part, as a campaign of economic voter suppression. And it is coming, soon, to a jurisdiction near you, if it isn’t there already.
The Real Reason the Investor Class Hates Pensions https://nyti.ms/2FTd5po