Monday Open Thread

“Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self.”

–Charles Spurgeon

35 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnes says:

    Too old. Too boring. Too centrist for the primary.

  2. Zappatero says:

    A blog that ignores current events. 

  3. Zappatero says:

    The assumption that we “need” independent and undecided voters, when all evidence points to a solid Democratic majority base, both in Colorado and nationwide, is a creation of the Political Consultant class and shows great weakness in candidates who subscribe to it. 

    • itlduso says:

      You are so wrong about the "solid Democratic majority nationwide base".

      I learned over the weekend that Trump's approval rating was 44% and I was going to post how scary that is.  Then, this morning a new poll shows Trump with a 46% approval rating.  That just scares the crap out of me and should do the same for you.  Welcome to today's America.

      • ParkHill says:

        The problem is Trump's 90% rating with Republicans. That means there is no possible way for Republican politicians to be elected unless they are all-in for Trump.

        • The corollary to this is that it doesn't really matter who you throw against Trump; he'll get 44%, and his opponents will take 56%. Assuming we don't have someone atrociously burdened (e.g. HRC2020) or a strong 3rd party spoiler, you could throw anyone from Hickenlooper to Harris to Sanders out there and do just as well.

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        Thank you for splashing some cold reality in the faces of the delusional.

        • Early Worm says:

          The reality is the economy. As long as the economy remains strong, Trump is has a 50/50 chance of being re-elected. Given how strong the economy is, it is remarkable that he manages to keep his approval ratings in the low 40's. If he would just shut up and stay off of twitter, he could probably get up to 50%.

  4. Pseudonymous says:

    Fossil fuels industry urges Colorado lawmakers to delay hearing on proposed oil and gas legislation

    “We’re asking that Senate President Garcia and others allow for a transparent stakeholder process that includes impacted Coloradans, including local governments, environmental interests, regulators, and industry,” COGA president Dan Haley and CPC director Tracee Bentley said in a statement issued Sunday afternoon.

    “Our elected leaders can’t be asked to vote on a bill this complicated and this encompassing — and one with such grave impacts — without first a legitimate dialogue. No good can come out of legislation that is revealed on a Friday night and rushed through the legislative process,” they wrote. [irony bolding mine]

    Legislative staffers for Fenberg said Sunday that they had not received any request from COGA to delay the hearing. They said that, while the first hearing for discussion of the proposed bill has been set for Tuesday, they plan six public hearings and that lawmakers will vote four times before the bill could reach the governor — giving time to study, debate and amend this legislation.

    • Duke Cox says:

      For Dan and Tracee to say such a thing is insulting to the intelligence of everyone who hears or reads their words. Rushing legislation through the process in order to avoid scrutiny is something COGA and the rest know a little something about.

      There are no new issues on the table. The O&G lobby is just stalling for time to mount a counter offensive. Expect them to crap on everybody but especially on the gov.

    • gertie97 says:

      Oil & G whining, translated: “We didn't get to write the bill!''

      No, dudes, without a tame House or Senate majority, you don't get to write your own bills.

      Next from the industry playbook: packing the hearings with their blue-collar employees, preferably with cute kids in tow. The witnesses won't disclose unless questioned that they're being paid to attend, with transport and meals furnished by their kind employer.

      Then, the industry will proudly trumpet to the hills that the state has the toughest regulations of any state without mentioning they fought said regs by hook and by crook.

      I've seen this movie before. Yawn.


  5. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from Brad DeLong via Vox: "The baton rightly passes to our colleagues on our left."

    A Clinton-era centrist Democrat explains why it’s time to give democratic socialists a chance.

    Great interview with UC Berkeley economist BDL. His blog "Grasping Reality" is one of the best out there. ("To the right of the technocratic-center of the Democratic party is Rubble, Rubble, Rubble and neo-fascism.")

    Yet DeLong believes that the time of people like him running the Democratic Party has passed. “The baton rightly passes to our colleagues on our left,” DeLong wrote. “We are still here, but it is not our time to lead.”

    It’s not often that someone in this policy debate — or, frankly, any policy debate — suggests that their side should lose. So I reached out to DeLong to dig into the reasons for his position: Why does he believe that neoliberals’ time in the sun has come to an end?

    The core reason, DeLong argues, is political. The policies he supports depend on a responsible center-right partner to succeed. They’re premised on the understanding that at least a faction of the Republican Party would be willing to support market-friendly ideas like Obamacare or a cap-and-trade system for climate change. This is no longer the case, if it ever were.

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      According to an article on February 22 in E & E News / Climate Wire, the leading state governor today in fighting climate change might well be a Republican, Charlie Baker from Massachusetts.

      A Republican leading on climate change. Who would have thought?

  6. Pseudonymous says:

    "Free stuff"

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      I can't wait for the people who run the DMV and the post office to give a go at health care….

      • mamajama55 says:

        Post office employees are Federal, and it was established in the Constitution, but it uses no tax dollars at all, and is self supporting. . As far as I know, there is no plan to put USPS in charge of health care, but if there were, one could only hope that it is as well run as the post office. I'm in favor of offering banking through local post offices for rural areas.

        The DMV? Where the heck did that come from? Did somebody have  to wait too long for something?

        • Conserv. Head Banger says:

          Postal Service actually has operated at a huge deficit for a number of years. That happened because Congress did something to the Postal Service that has been done to no other federal agency. They have to pre-fund health care for prospective retirees years into the future. The money is not there for that even though the strictly postal side of things does make a profit. While first class mail volume continues to shrink, the Service more than makes up for that by handling packages.

          I agree with a return to post office banking. 

        • Voyageur says:

          If you want a bad government horror story, look at Denver building permits.  I've been trying last august to get a simple permit to repair and replace my back porch, which is 118 years old.  They won't issue a permit and won't deny it.  They won't answer phone calls.  The y just sit there with cow-like indifference.  I assume I will have t o sue but courts want you to exhaust administrative remedies first — and after seven months they still ignore me. 

        • MichaelBowman says:

          The return of postal banking would be a great idea.  This diary is a little long in the tooth but still contains some relevant info.  

      • Pseudonymous says:

        Those folks already manage healthcare coverage for about 115 million people (Medicaid, Medicare, TriCare, VA).  Also, there are about 30 million folks who might be happier with the DMV or Post Office making sure they got care at all, rather than none.  Folks like you might prefer those DMV folks not run their medical care delivery either, I suppose.  Of course, just over a fifth of US hospitals are run by the USPS-types.

        DMV-run systems provide better outcomes, longer life expectancy, and lower infant mortality, but I'm sure shitting on them is super fun.

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