ach week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy “Feedback Friday” response comes from occasional LA Progressive author Adam Eran, who commented […]
Adam Eran: Mandating mixed-use, including housing, would solve a significant portion of the affordability problem. After all, the land in these centers is already owned–in other words, it’s free!
Adam Eran: Honestly, this “we Democrats were the good guys, while the Republicans were bad, very bad” narrative doesn’t wash. It doesn’t pass the sniff test.
Adam Eran: The conventional narrative is that there’s some zero-sum game where environmentalists wins come at the expense of job losses, but that’s manifestly not true.
Adam Eran: Fast forward to the sub-prime/derivatives meltdown–a bank scandal 70 times the size of the S&Ls–and how many referrals for criminal prosecution under Obama? … wait for it… ZERO!
Adam Eran: To show how little they learned, California’s Democrats have now put Holder, a candidate for the crookedest AG in history, on retainer to defend against the onslaught of Trump’s not-yet-committed crimes.
Adam Eran: The real outrage is that private banks receive far more money than any social safety net program would need, but the proposed cuts impact only safety net programs.
Adam Eran: In the wake of Reagan’s policies, although it was previously the world’s largest creditor, the U.S. became the world’s largest debtor. Now we have a middle class economically eviscerated by the lost equity in their homes, who tapped this equity during the housing bubble to sustain their consumption.
Adam Eran: The metaphors that frame the current Federal budget and debt ceiling debates are completely inaccurate, and if the media coverage is any indication, the public has swallowed them hook, line and sinker, too.
Adam Eran: Intolerance is costly in other ways, too. The U.S. doesn’t get the cheaper, more effective single-payer health care now because racist Dixiecrats in Congress were concerned that federally-sponsored health care would mix the races in Southern hospitals.
Adam Eran: My best wishes to Ms. Cronan, and anyone else commited to willful blindness about facts, with an added plea: Please, be careful not to bump into the furniture. Meanwhile, I will refrain from calling Ms. Cronan “the barbarian.”
Adam Eran: Waiting for a race of cyborg/celebrity super-teachers distracts from the egregious income inequality and the childhood poverty that worsens educational outcomes in the U.S.
Adam Eran: Historic tax reductions on the wealthy, and the Wall-Street-Fraud recession, have reduced public revenues, and this reduction now makes otherwise too-popular-to-cut programs vulnerable. But are such cuts really necessary?