Excerpts from the December edition of Harper’s Index

first_imgHOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 10: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Medical staff members treat a patient suffering from coronavirus in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) on November 10, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, COVID-19 infections are on the rise in Houston, as the state of Texas has reached over 1,030,000 cases, including over 19,000 deaths. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)Some people hide their COVID-19 symptoms. Some people—like the one in this ICU unit—can’t.Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a weekExcerpts from the December edition of Harper’s Index: At Daily Kos on this date in 2003—The battle for the soul of the Democratic Party:Divisions over ideology can be easily accepted in our party. We do have a big tent, and policy divisions are a reality we can learn to live with. Indeed, we have to live with them. Electoral realities mean that Democrats in the South have to be more moderate or conservative than those in the West Coast or in New England.But the hatred the establishment feels against Dean has nothing to do with ideology. Dean hasn’t paid his dues with the establishment. Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi has made his name working the campaigns of insurgent (hence anti-establishment) candidates like Jerry Brown. He is not part of the chummy inside-DC club of Democratic Party consultants.If Dean wins the nomination, he becomes the head of the Democratic Party. He gets to replace McAuliffe and fill the top ranks at the DNC. Suddenly, a “DNC Chairman Joe Trippi” is a real possibility, and for an establishment that has spent the better half of the last decade laughing at Trippi’s antics and dismissing him as a kook are suddenly standing on shaky ground.I always knew about the “establishment” distaste for Dean and Trippi, but Lizza’s piece puts the blame squarely on the Clinton crew.As the party’s split into Deaniacs and anti-Dean Clintonites unfolds, one of the most intriguing subplots concerns the machinations of Gore. Immediately after the Florida recount was decided in 2000, Gore’s senior aides were purged from the DNC and Clinton’s were installed. Some ex-Gore staffers are still bitter about the coup, and several express admiration for what Dean is doing.And Gore himself seems to be modeling his resurgence on the Dean phenomenon. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Hypothetical median income of full-time U.S. workers if income were distributed as evenly as it was in 1975: $92,000Actual [2020] median income of full-time U.S. workers: $50,000Percentage change since last year in the number of U.S. homes for sale: -35In the median home price: +11Percentage of Americans aged 18-29 who live with one or both of their parents: 52Rank of this percentage among the highest ever recorded in the United States: 1Percentage of Americans with symptomatic COVID-19 who deny having symptoms when asked by others: 34Who try to conceal their symptoms: 55Percentage by which men are more likely to try to conceal their symptoms than women: 32Percentage of Americans who think climate change poses a risk to people living in the United States: 61Who think it poses a risk to them personally: 43Portion of Democratic or Democratic-leaning Americans who are trying to “tune out” coronavirus news: 1/5Of Republican or Republican-leaning Americans who are: 2/5Percentage of U.S. Black Lives Matter protests in which no people were harmed and no property was damaged: 93 THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READINGTOP COMMENTS • RESCUED DIARIESQUOTATION“We don’t live in a world that suffers from doubt, but one that suffers from certainty, false certainties that compensate for the well of worldly anxieties and worries.”          ~~Les Back, The Art of Listening (2007)TWEET OF THE DAYx BLAST FROM THE PAST- Advertisement –last_img read more

People aren’t leaving because of New York taxes

first_imgSo where are they going? According to Politifact, using U.S. Census estimates, “Almost 70,000 New York state residents moved to the Sunshine State in 2015.The second-most popular destination was New Jersey, which gained about 50,000 people from New York state. California ranked third with almost 37,000 people from New York.”Does The Gazette Editorial Board really think people are migrating to New Jersey and California to escape high taxes and government waste?The only reasonable conclusion one can draw is that The Gazette Editorial Board is committed to an extreme free market ideology regardless of the facts. Rather than broad attacks on the state government and public service, the board should do its homework and provide fact-based editorials that inform readers on important policy issues.Jonathan RosenSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn its editorial of Jan. 17, The Gazette Editorial Board once again joins the free market extremist chorus by claiming that the exodus of 190,000 New Yorkers in 2017 is due to the state’s “high” taxes and anti-business climate. These claims aren’t backed by any evidence. According to the National Movers Study, residents give four main reasons for moving out of state: To quote the study, “One in four say they’re leaving New York because of retirement, 5 percent cite health reasons and 18 percent cite lifestyle changes. Almost half say they leave for jobs, but more — 59 percent of inbound customers — say they move to New York for jobs. The largest age group of people who left New York were between the ages of 55 and 64, followed by those 65 and older.” Despite the large number leaving the state, there was a net gain of 104,000 in population in 2017.In New York City, there was an unprecedented 4.4 percent population growth between 2010 and 2016 according to U.S. Census data.The city hasn’t witnessed such an equivalent growth in population in half a century. This growth is primarily due to more births than deaths and immigration.last_img read more