Posts by Nick Cassella

Daily Clips: July 27th, 2016

Daily Clips: July 27th, 2016

HILLARY CLINTON BECOMES THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR POTUS : An incredible moment in American history took place yesterday afternoon. Although our country is often embarrassing, we should be proud of this achievement. TRUMP HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT THE MINIMUM WAGE TRUMP ASKS PUTIN TO HELP HIM WIN ELECTION: The Don is clearly trying to grab the media’s attention during the DNC. And it’s working, as per usual. BILL O’REILLY VOUCHES FOR SLAVES’ LIVING CONDITIONS:  Horrific, but unsurprising. BILL CLINTON BECOMES FIRST MAN TO GIVE FIRST LADY SPEECH: It’s ironic that, in politics and other male-dominated public spheres, one of the roadblocks for women is objectification and sexualization, but when it comes to Hillary Clinton, whose ambition and brains have long rendered her bloodless in the American imagination, hearing her described as an object of desire could feel corrective and bizarrely just.

Daily Clips: July 26th, 2016

Daily Clips: July 26th, 2016

WHY THE NEWS SEEMS SO DIRE:  There is a difference between feeling safe and being safe, and the media understands this all too well. They manipulate our primal minds to make us feel like the world is spinning out of control, because that’s best for their ratings. As the futurist Ray Kurzweil put it , it’s not that violence is getting so much more common in the U.S., but rather that the information about it is more accurate. DAVID BROOKS CANNOT SELF-REFLECT: With no irony at all, David Brooks lectures Clinton on her candidacy, telling her: “You’re going to have to show you understand the way members of your class have slighted people who are less educated and less cosmopolitan.” This coming from a New York elite who didn’t see Trump coming and couldn’t understand why people were so angry at the state of politics…less than six months ago. And he has the self-righteousness to lecture Clinton. Good grief. MICHELLE OBAMA’S DNC SPEECH TRANSCRIPT:  Truly beautiful piece of work. She delivered it with excellent pacing and emotion, as well. TWEET OF THE DAY: Robby Mook said that Clinton is gonna turn heavily to economic message post convention https://t.co/p5v66u8gri — Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) July 26, 2016  

Daily Clips: July 25th, 2016

Daily Clips: July 25th, 2016

TWEET OF THE DAY: So, all HRC wants to do is to put the word “email” on the back burner. So, much for that… — amy walter (@amyewalter) July 25, 2016 FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DON’T FREAK OUT OVER NATIONAL POLLS: In fact, polling during the conventions is even less likely to be predictive of the final outcome of the election than polling at both earlier and later times of the year, says Princeton election guru Sam Wang. DAY 1 OF DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION: Bernie Sanders will take the stage tonight and “get one last chance to push his agenda in front of an audience of millions.” And oh yeah, he’ll also endorse Hillary Clinton. HOW ROUSSEAU PREDICTED TRUMP:  The political philosopher, Rousseau, was an anti-elitist and many of his warnings about concentration of power are coming true today. His take on human nature is…honest and runs against liberalism’s reliance on the individual: Rousseau refused to believe that the interplay of individual interests, meant to advance the new civilization, could produce any natural harmony. The obstacle, as he defined it, existed in the souls of sociable men or wannabe bourgeois: it was the insatiable craving to secure recognition for one’s person from others, which leads ‘each individual to make more of himself than of any other.’

Daily Clips: July 22nd, 2016

Daily Clips: July 22nd, 2016

WHY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SPEAK DIFFERENTLY:  Beautiful work from the Atlantic. They take an analytical look at the use of language of both parties over the past decades, noting how it has changed dramatically as partisanship has increased. SOLAR ECLIPSE: Fantastic and detailed article on the state of US solar movement. TRUMP SAYS “I ALONE CAN FIX” AMERICA: The rest of the speech is best dealt with elsewhere, but this entire week was powered by the vigorous applause of people begging to be led, to be directed, to be ruled. A wise old friend once told me that the most basic paradox in American history can be summed up in the question, “Do you govern or are you governed?” FLURRY OF ACTIVITY ON TIM KAINE’S WIKIPEDIA PAGE: Could this mean he’s the VP choice for Hillary? My gut says so. DAVID BROOKS THINKS GOP HAS LOST ITS WAY: Well, obviously it has. But his memory of the pre-Trump GOP seems slightly different than mine: The G.O.P. used to be a party that aspired to a biblical ethic of private charity, graciousness, humility and faithfulness. Mitt Romney’s convention was lifted by stories of his kindness and personal mentorship.   TWEET OF THE DAY: It’s Demagoguery 101: When you don’t have actual answers, exaggerate the problems with fear & hatred in order to blind people with emotion. — Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) July 22, 2016   http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/why-democrats-and-republicans-literally-speak-different-languages/492539/  

Democrats Need to Decide: Is College a Right or a Commodity?

Democrats Need to Decide: Is College a Right or a Commodity?

The US economy isn’t exactly working for most Americans. Wages for most of us are stubbornly stagnant, while college (the “ surest ticket ” to the middle class, according to our sitting president) has increased twelvefold over the past thirty years . This is a reason why a majority of our citizens still think we are in an economic recession. That’s a problem, especially when our president’s entire theory of economic growth relies on expenditure from a robust middle class. I can attest that I’d be doing much more for the American economy if I didn’t have to siphon off student loan payments each month. That money would be much better served going into local businesses or my savings account. I hope we can all agree that, in a more perfect union, it is not in the US government’s best interest to suck so much money out of the economy -especially when transactions occurring between individuals in our economy are at 40-year lows . WHY IS OBAMA DEFENDING STUDENT LOANS, THEN? The Obama administration seems to disagree. Recently, they released a report which concluded that the “$1.3 trillion in student debt is helping, not hurting, the US economy.” Talk about putting lipstick on a pig. The report states , “It is education, not student debt, that drives the persistent differences in homeownership.” Ok. So if indeed it is the case that education “drives the persistent differences in homeownership,” then why would the US government want to make higher education incrediblyfinancially burdensome for Americans to attain? Am I missing something here? According to the Wall Street Journal, the report also claims that “dropouts” who accumulate student debt but didn’t graduate with a degree “would still be suffering financially even without student debt, suggesting other factors are holding them down.” Talk about washing your hands of any responsibility. “Look, even if we didn’t put a ten-pound anchor around their neck, they’d still have drowned.” This reasoning is,
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Daily Clips: July 21st, 2016

Daily Clips: July 21st, 2016

US JOBLESS CLAIMS HIT THREE-MONTH LOW:  Claims are near a 43-year low – which is pretty incredible. Yet the US financial markets “were little moved by the data”. THE RELUCTANT FEMINISM OF AMERICAN MEN:  This was a really compelling article. Even as a young man, I understand that I carry sexist baggage, passed on from previous generations. It is necessary, therefore, to reflect on some of these outdated ideas that still live among us. Here is the author’s most cogent line: “Men who want one thing for their wives and another for their children.” She builds on this idea: This female empowerment narrative — of the daughter, not the wife — is one Americans are more ready to accept. A man who says he’s never changed a diaper and is on his third marriage to a former model may appeal to a resentful male minority, but will look unfamiliar and unappealing in much of the country. A successful child, though — that’s relatable and desirable. When men have daughters, their attitudes shift and they begin to adhere less stringently to traditional gender roles ; no similar effect happens to mothers of girls. Fathers of daughters are also  more likely to support reproductive rights than men who don’t have girls. WA’s UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS ABOVE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. SEATTLE’S MINIMUM WAGE ISN’T TO BLAME: Great read. TWEET OF THE DAY: It's a very Ted Cruz thing that his version of Reagan's scene-stealing speeches in '68 and '76 involves him getting booed off the stage. — David Roth (@david_j_roth) July 21, 2016

Daily Clips: July 20th, 2016

Daily Clips: July 20th, 2016

TRUMP ADVISER SAYS CLINTON SHOULD BE “PUT IN THE FIRING LINE AND SHOT FOR TREASON”:  Beyond words. Republicans have lost the plot. WHO CAN NOW SAY THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ISN’T A VEHICLE OF WHITE POWER:  An excellent read which outlines the ethno-nationalism of GOP. MOST MILLENNIALS ARE HAVING CHILDREN OUT OF WEDLOCK:   A few years ago, researchers published an eye-opening statistic: 57 percent of parents ages 26 to 31 were having kids outside of marriage . I must admit, that number is much higher than I anticipated. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS NOT DEAD. STOP SAYING THAT:  An excellent read on how the GOP could rebrand their messaging. If Trump drives America’s college-educated upper-middle class to the Democrats, Republicans just might start calling for hiking taxes on the college-educated upper-middle class to finance child credits for growing Latino families. TWEET OF THE DAY: A Trump adviser called for Hillary to be shot; GOP base wants her to be jailed. This is the modern Republican Party. — HawaiiDelilah (@HawaiiDelilah) July 20, 2016

Daily Clips: July 19th, 2016

Daily Clips: July 19th, 2016

FRANK LUNTZ THINKS COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE LEADING MILLENNIALS TOWARDS SOCIALISM: We have lost, it’s not like we are losing, we have lost that generation. And I don’t care if you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, none of the above. The fact that 58 percent [of millennials] say socialism is the better form of economics, that is the damage of academia,” he said at a breakfast event in Cleveland. It’s so weird how little agency Republicans give those that disagree with them. Socialist? Must be indoctrinated. Democrat? Must be on food stamps. REP. STEVE KING WONDERS WHAT ‘SUB-GROUP’ BESIDES WHITES CONTRIBUTED MORE TO CIVILIZATION:  So ahistorical and so racist. Does he not remember that Christianity set human progress back for hundreds of years? THE REPUBLICANS’ DISASTROUS DAY ONE:  A good recap of last night’s stupidity. I don’t know how you can be a thinking person and vote for this Republican ticket. These imbeciles offered zero policy prescriptions. They merely talked about the maliciousness of Hillary Clinton. “Lock Her Up” was actually chanted by the crowd. It cannot get much lower than this, people. THE WORLD IS TAKING ITS REVENGE AGAINST THE ELITES. WHEN WILL AMERICA’S WAKE UP? Everyone was down with the international entrepreneuriat in those sunny days. Less than a week after Obama’s salute to them at Stanford, Hillary Clinton paid a visit to an innovative co-working space in Denver and rolled out a plan for rewarding this very same cohort of clear-eyed, tech-respecting citizens. “Today’s dynamic and competitive global economy demands an ambitious national commitment to technology, innovation and entrepreneurship,” declared the “ briefing ” her campaign released on that occasion; to make that commitment, Clinton proposed deferring the student loans of young people who start businesses … because I guess the promise of tech riches isn’t incentive enough. TWEET OF THE DAY: I woke up this morning to find out that one of our two major political parties is an ethnonationalist party. At least it's official now. — Shadi Hamid (@shadihamid) July 19, 2016  

Daily Clips: July 18th, 2016

Daily Clips: July 18th, 2016

THE PARTY OF SMALL GOVERNMENT IS NO MORE:  A beautifully written piece by FiveThirtyEight. And it more or less confirms my beliefs (always a pleasurable experience). The author argues that Trump has exposed the true motivations of Republican voters. For years, we’ve “assumed that adherence to a certain conservative purity was the engine of the GOP.” But Trump, quite clearly, shows this to be false. Rather, the GOP’s engine room, as it were, can be found “closer to the neighborhood of cultural conservatism and racial and economic grievance rather than a passion for small government.” UBER REACHES 2 BILLION RIDES: Six months after hitting it’s first billion rides, Uber seems to be exponentially growing. Uber is now in 450 cities worldwide, “up from 311 a year a go.”  THE REPUBLICANS WAGED A 3-DECADE WAR ON GOVERNMENT. THEY GOT TRUMP:  Great read from two authors that penned, “Let’s Just Say it: The Republicans Are the Problem”…four years ago. I remember reading it at the time and thinking, “This is spot on.” Now today, they have another excellent take on the state of the party of Lincoln. Here’s the crux of their argument: In the end, the exploitation of anti-government sentiment by Republican leaders, and the active efforts on their part to make all government look corrupt and illegitimate, reached its logical conclusion. The Republican political establishment looked no less corrupt, weak, and illegitimate than the Democratic one, and the appeal of a rank outsider became greater. THE INVESTOR WHO BOUGHT TRUMPPENCE2016.COM IN APRIL FOR $10:  A “political junkie” bought the domain in April of this year and now plans on selling it to Trump for a lot of money. ALL ACROSS THE WORLD, TEACHERS ARE FIGHTING AGAINST AUSTERITY:  For the love of god, invest in education. At all levels. TWEET OF THE DAY: this is a pic of everyone in America a who can afford to take an unpaid internship pic.twitter.com/lwAqpKz7ou — jonathan frandzone (@NotAllBhas) July 17, 2016

Daily Clips: July 15th, 2016

Daily Clips: July 15th, 2016

HERE’S WHAT OBAMA LOVES ABOUT TRUMP’S PICK, MIKE PENCE:  Interesting read via Vox.  REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS SHARPLY DIVIDED OVER MUSLIMS IN AMERICA:  This news is hardly surprising. According to Reuters, “78 percent of Trump supporters and 36 percent of Clinton supporters said that when compared to other religions, Islam was more likely to encourage acts of terrorism.” MIKE PENCE WAS A PIONEER IN THE ASSAULT ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD:  Woah. Here is some disturbing dirt on Pence: He was one of the pioneers in the assault on Planned Parenthood. This past March, Pence signed a bill that would force women who undergo an abortion to…wait for it…pay for the funeral of the aborted fetus. TWEET OF THE DAY: Oh, and one time Pence wrote an op-ed titled “Smoking Doesn’t Kill.” pic.twitter.com/5K38GlXO4Y — The Briefing (@TheBriefing2016) July 15, 2016