After the tepid response to last week’s question about this feature, I am pulling the plug with this post. After making the decision there was a palpable sense of relief in pitching the newspapers on the desk next to my computer with potential articles…and after this post I can clear the emails from my in box with the same elan…enjoy these one last time. And just in case you suffer from withdrawals…I am not abandoning posting articles that I personally find interesting and that I hope expand the conversation. But I will post them individually and you can find them at: https://www.facebook.com/BloggingBlue/

Republicans are running out of justifications for their tax plan : nce again, economic data underscores the specious argument for a giant tax cut for the rich. As we have discussed, tax cuts’ connection to growth has been widely questioned. In any event, if we are growing at 3 percent already and unemployment remains below 5 percent, the grow-the-economy-by-giving-the-rich-tax-cuts argument makes less and less sense. If we want continued economic growth, doing nothing about the total level of taxation seems reasonable. How we distribute the tax burden, however, is another matter. Democrats are going to town on the Republicans’ plan to make the rich even richer.

Nearly 900 people dead in gun violence since Las Vegas massacre : [editor’s note: not including today’s church shooting in Texas] Nearly 900 people have been killed, and almost 2,000 wounded, by American gun violence since the Las Vegas shooting gripped the world’s attention at the beginning of this month.

Evangelical conservatives are proving their harshest critics right : For years, Democrats accused Christian conservatives of being closet theocrats, seeking to impose Christianity on the country and refusing to accept, let alone embrace, American diversity. That was a generalization, but it turned out to be more true than not.

The evangelical defense of President Trump has taken on a religious fervor immune to reason

2 Responses to What We Are Reading: 11/06/2017

  1. Dohnal says:

    To those with little knowledge of budgets and bills of the Feds. Unless we have 3-4% growth we will go deeper in debt and eventually become Puerto rico, Illinois. Obama and the Left here say that 1.8% growth is the new norm. Trump and the conservatives deny that.
    Without 3-4 % growth there will not be any SS and Medicare.

  2. Gregory says:

    No one seriously thinks that low growth rates are in line with where the nation needs to be–but there is also at this time no reason to think that higher growth rates are achievable without higher wages. Yet the GOP has undermined, time and again, actions and forces that promote higher wages–those very wages which are required to churn up market growth and job expansion–which THEN leads to what we all desire with higher overall growth in the economy.

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