If there is one big lesson to draw from the surprising success of the Brexit campaign it is surely that Britain’s political class has consistently underestimated the negative consequences — psychological, economic and social — of greater global (and European) interconnection on poorer people. (Financial Times)UPDATE: DISSENT has a similar take on Brexit.
Friday, June 24, 2016
The Brexit coverage is worse than the infamous "Missing White Girl" period in American news media. Here's one of the few rational opinions I've found:
Posted by Steve J. at 8:51 PM
Friday, April 22, 2016
Hillary is less sceptical than Obama about military interventions:
Clinton is more comfortable using American military power than Obama, and that she shares little of his skepticism of the military and foreign-policy establishments. To the contrary, she gets along very well with generals and former generals, especially gruff-talking Irish ones, such as Jack Keane, a former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, who was an architect of the “surge” strategy that President George W. Bush ordered in Iraq, and whom Landler describes as “perhaps the greatest single influence on the way Hillary Clinton thinks about military issues.”
In his account of Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, which lasted from 2009 until 2013, Landler reports that, during the administration’s internal deliberations over Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, she consistently supported the most interventionist option that was on the table.
Posted by Steve J. at 8:30 PM
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Phyllis "The Dinosaur" Schlafly has backed The Donald and as a result some folks in The Eagle Forum are thinking about having her thrown out of the forum. Even better, Mark "Foamer" Levin gets a strong taste of his own bile:
Posted by Steve J. at 6:55 PM
Monday, April 11, 2016
Friday, April 08, 2016
Wednesday, April 06, 2016
The unpatriotic "tax inversion" scam may finally be over:
Allergan, Pfizer call off proposed $160B mergerUPDATE: America loses a large amount of taxes because of inversions -
LINDA A. JOHNSON
April 6, 2016
Top U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and Irish rival Allergan are charting independent futures after scrapping a record $160 billion deal torpedoed by new Treasury Department rules meant to block American companies from moving their corporate addresses overseas — on paper — to avoid U.S. taxes.
The rules issued Monday, aimed at stopping the companies' "tax inversion" deal, wiped out its financial incentives and rationale for Pfizer Inc., though they had no impact on Allergan PLC.
It was Pfizer's third, and most expensive, failed attempt at an inversion, leaving analysts to speculate Pfizer will drop the strategy for good.
As of 2012, U.S. corporations had shifted as much as $111 billion overseas through inversions and other tax-saving strategies, according to economist Kimberly Clausing of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. “I estimate that multinational firms shifting profits away from the U.S. tax base likely costs the U.S. government in excess of $100 billion each year,” Clausing told Fortune this year.
Posted by Steve J. at 1:51 PM