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Frankly, I have no idea if anyone has or hasn't done any of this… But, if not, I'm wondering why some political science and economics think tank, or some university haven't as yet gotten their hands on a super computer, designed a complex political, socioeconomic matrix based on the US and set it up so that different fiscal, social and monetary policies could be evaluated and compared against each other.

We're saddled with this antiquated, completely illogical, hobbling and unaccountable faith based political system, that so many of us use to delude ourselves, rather than have any kind of effective tool to evaluate the quality (and freshness) of proposed governmental and economic policies within any semblance of certainty. Yet, whenever our shit tanks there really is no way predict with any reasonably acurate expectation that it was going to happen and we have no way to hold them immediately accountable for fucking our shit all up.

Basically, anyone in politics and outside of it can say just about anything and never have to be held accountable for their bullshit.

Who the fuck thinks of some plan that would cut taxes, raise both the cost and inaccessability of labor by mass deporting the undocumented, fail to the rebuild and maintain our infrastructure, not account for inflation and raise the cost of the military and not explode the debt and the deficit?

Where the hell do they get any of the models that claim that any of this bullshit will work? Don't we already have piles upon piles of empirical data that proves that these motherfuckers have no idea what they're blabbing about?

Given that data, what would it take to build a definitive statistical model to gauge the overall impact of their crazy ideas?

Our current process is so antiquated and vulnerable to charlatans like Trump, Carson, et al. No one ever has to make any fucking sense whatsoever and they don't.

Just once, I would love to see a predictive model that would evaluate their shit, by demonstrating the impact of their fucked up proposals, as in how they enjoy throwing sick and healthy people off of healthcare, beg for the continuation and escalation of foreign conflicts, the way they're all detached from the needs of the general welfare, insist on cutting taxes, so enamored with doing nothing about gun violence, devaluate people of color at every turn and ignore the need of women to have control over their own bodies, undermine labor unions and whatnot.

There's a lot to consider, as creating such a definitive, unbiased and effective matrix would end up being a daunting task. And of course, I'm sure that it would take quite a long time to code such a behemoth. But at this point, we really can't depend the critical thinking skills of anyone who thinks that Carson and Trump are even qualified to be president. (Not eligible, QUALIFIED.)

This is America, gawd dammit. Finding a better way to do things is our main sail.

If you haven't already watched this PBS Frontline episode on the NRA...


Other programs on the subject are linked as well.

I suggest that you'd all give it a look.

I'm quite convinced that the NRA incites people to love their guns more than to love their own children.

Video at link.

All you Vets, FALL IN!

USAF - 1983-2005!

None of their catch phrases were particularly catchy tonight…

I hope that the people who were playing drinking games were drinking at home.

Who else here thinks that the GE commercials are really fucking condescending?

Oh, yeah, so we don't know what a gawd damned computer programmer does?

He needs a sledge hammer or is a choo-choo train driver? His coding is just like a smartphone app developer?

So, Dude writes code for GE, why is that so freaking cryptic?

Ted Cruz's Five agencies…

I have this huge cup of iced peach tea that I'm drinking next to my computer…

I have to be very careful with it while watching this GOPer debate…

Is the primary over yet?

When will it end?

"Don't Believe The Liberal Media"

What "Liberal Media?"

Fall around here is pretty weird.

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