David Brat is a right wing wacko

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Good afternoon:

I have a right-wing wacko alert.

Molly Redden and David Corn of Mother Jones have an article on David Brat, the Randolph Macon economics professor who defeated Eric Cantor in the Republican primary last week in Virginia.

He would have refused to raise the debt ceiling and he isn’t worried about climate change because,

If you let Americans do their thing, there is no scarcity, right? They said we’re going to run out of food 200 years ago, that we’re goin’ to have a ice age. Now we’re heating up…Of course we care for the environment, but we’re not mad people. Over time, rich countries solve their problems. We get it right. It’s not all perfect, but we get it right.

I feel sorry for his students.

31 Responses to David Brat is a right wing wacko

  1. monroe says:

    Brat is just another hateful right winger that hasn’t read the constitution which clearly states there will be no state religion and no religious tests to hold office. Ann Rand was an idiot that ended her life on the dole she so despised for others. The rich hate workers because without them they couldn’t even feed themselves.

  2. MKX says:

    And what kind of man is he?

    He was hit by a bottle thrown by a drunken teen and the injury may have ended his career. This is what he had to say to the judge:

    “He is a young man, and I have heard what happens to young men in jail,” Hibbert wrote in a letter that was read Thursday in Richmond Circuit Court. “My own pain and suffering would be increased substantially knowing that this young man would face that prospect.”

    http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/crime/man-gets-jail-time-despite-toots-hibbert-s-plea/article_6a440146-6349-11e3-9ad4-0019bb30f31a.html

    The entire article is what real Christianity is all about – forgiveness and redemption.

  3. MKX says:

    He attacks Beyoncé???

    Beyoncé, unlike a lot of popular singers, is a well trained vocal talent. And it take years of very hard work to get what she does right.
    I thought she did a bang up job playing Etta James. “At Last” is one of those songs that a singer would rather run for cover, than cover.

    Oh that’s right. Tea Baggers think “the blacks” have that musical gene. So any thing they do that is musical does not require hard work.

    So more FUs are in order for this thing that I can not bring myself to call a human.

    • Malisha says:

      I’d rather have Beyonce be a role model for my kids than either David Brat OR Eric Cantor!

      • MKX says:

        Or this man.

        Known as the hardest working man in music, IMO, Toots Hibbert, is one of the great vocal talents of our times. This cover of We Shall Overcome brings light to the darkest day:

        • Malisha says:

          Toots was singing, on-stage, in VA, when some asshole threw a vodka bottle onto the stage that hit him in the head and knocked him bloody to the ground. He suffered TBI and PTSD. His message was always love love love and look what happened to him in Virginia. And the guy who did it was, I believe, some lawyer’s son. Somebody who would have been called “the good guy” by Florida cops.

  4. MKX says:

    Oh Mr Brat, rational countries with modern economies solve problems by identifying the harm and doing something.

    In the early 1900s, thousands of Americans were being killed by smog. So the “evil” government enacted laws and our air is a lot cleaner.

    So, frankly, your diatribe about Global Warming is idiotic.

    And the “free market” used to think it was A-OK to have no real safety systems in automobiles. And I remember those golden days so well. When I walked to school, there would sometimes be a car that had hit a pole or tree to sustain damage that, today, we would not consider substantial. Being a curious lad, I would peek inside the car. There would often be blood and teeth on the seat or carpet. And there would be that round broken area in the windshield where un-belted occupants struck their heads.

    Yep, the 1950s were such a golden era till nanny government stepped in.

    Or did they just step in another direction?

    I mean isn’t restricting FHA loans to communities that were all white, as they did in the great 1950s, social engineering?

    Isn’t not allowing mixed race marriages, as they did in the 1950s, social engineering?

    • Malisha says:

      Don’t forget that in Virginia, miscegenation was still illegal until the late sixties when the US Supreme Court had to spank the whole state to strike that down. Even a couple who had married in ANOTHER STATE and then moved there were considered criminals! That is still the slave state and the slave-producing state; MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT.

      • bettykath says:

        Just prior to the secession movement sparking the Civil War, VA had determined that, although it no longer needed so many slaves for the fields, it could maintain its economy by providing slaves for the other states.

  5. MKX says:

    An economist who believes it would have been ok to not raise the debt ceiling?

    An economist who thinks that a SS recipient getting three dollars for every dollar they put in is not fair?

    This man is a complete mathematical idiot.

    SS is a form of insurance with an end of working life payment that relies on collective risk. That how insurance works.

    Due to inflation of wages and prices, the premiums paid on various forms of insurance go up over time.

    A person making $30,000 today, if they had the same type of job for 30 years, probably was making less than $10,000 when they started. FICA relies on a 7% employee and 7% employer contribution taken out of wages. So, obviously, the person get three dollars for every one they put in. That three dollars can only buy what one dollar did when said employee started out.

    And then there are actuarial issues.

    A large number of people die before they ever get one SS check. So that money can go to those who lived longer.

    Seriously, there are three elements in the national income pie:

    Wages

    Capital income

    Transfer payments

    Unless one is truly blind, they should be able to see that there can be no capital income without labor. If J Q money bag killed all the workers, then his stocks, bonds, and real estate would provide no income or capital gain. He would be a Randian super man doing it all on his own who, in all probability, would be killed by a San tribesman.

    Back to the point.

    Over time, the share of the national income pie taken by capital income has gone up.

    Because capital income is ultimate the product of labor, I would propose that a 3% surcharge on capital gain be implemented to save SS. That way, there is a means to compensate for variance in what forms of income make up the pie.

    And it is economic justice.

    I am tired of these assholes who hold the ass {labor} that bears them in contempt.

    Any economist worth his salt knows damn well that modern societies are hierarchical system wherein the wealth enjoyed by the top is supported by a foundation of those who work from can to can’t and live from paycheck to paycheck. To hold the masses in contempt is to violate the social contract.

    • bettykath says:

      There was a time when capital gains paid the same tax as wages. Then the tax was cut a bit. Now it has been cut a lot. It seems to me that capital gains should be taxed at a higher rate than wages. Estate taxes should also go back up. And a tax should be levied on all financial transactions (stocks, bonds, etc.) Expect a scare tactic that such a tax would be on every check you write.

      One of the SS problems is likely to die out: specifically, the baby boomers are starting to die. Later generations are not as numerous. SS taxes should be paid on all earned income. The ceiling has been raised several times over the years but there are still many who can most afford it who stop paying in within a very short time.

    • He doesn’t believe in the social contract or doing anything for the common good.

      He’s better at nut farming than economics.

  6. Malisha says:

    OT, but this just crossed my view.

    I normally think of Norman Rockwell as only being the sentimental Christmas card guy. BUt look:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Problem_We_All_Live_With

  7. crazy1946 says:

    Professor, We are in total agreement on that statement. I have been watching and listening to the upper leadership in the GOP/TP for the last several months and I am now ready to make a prediction about who they will nominate for the election of the president in 2016. Because he has been so vocal about not running for the office in 2016 it will have to be Mitt once again. For the position of VP it will be Rand Paul, not because he is qualified (he isn’t) but simply because, for the GOP/TP to stand a chance of winning it will require the support of the Ron Paul Libertarians. Will Hillary run? I can’t make a prediction yet, but suspect she will not. Now think for just a moment about what would happen in this nation if we have a GOP/TP congress and Mitt and Rand in the executive office. Would this nation go into a sudden and swift death spiral? Time will tell…

    • At the rate they’re going, the Republicans are well on the way to eternally losing Latinos and the under 30 voters are not into their brand either. I’m hoping their days as a force to be reckoned with are numbered.

      The average age for the TP people is 68+

      On the other hand, you could be right and I intend to do what I can to assure their demise.

      • crazy1946 says:

        Professor the average age of the Ron Paul Libertarians is much younger and they will be a force to be concerned with… If they act like they did in the last Presidential election, they will be willing to do what ever it takes to win, be it cheating or threatening voters, they demand to win no matter what the physical or mental cost… Go back and look at some of the stunts they pulled during the last election cycle, and you will see what I mean… Like you, I will work to ensure their defeat, but it will not be easy..

        • Malisha says:

          But I see among the young who used to be “John Birchers” a new brand of psycho-entitled-enraged-useless-little-snots. I see kids growing up now who have learned the language of lying from their earliest days. NOT that they lie about not taking cookies out of the cookie jar or anything so “leave it to Beaver” as that; they lie about their position in the world, their view of the world, their expectations. It’s damned scary. A lot of it has to do with this constant “role-playing” of the computer games and the “winner/loser” stuff they’re saturated with.

          Kids used to do role playing until they were old enough to start doing things that were real. Now they don’t have any line of demarcation any more. They NEVER do real stuff! And you can make it through life and die rich still never doing real stuff. There’s more than a little “Elliot Rodger” in more than a few kids growing up today. (Though most of them can manage to get laid before they are old enough to buy guns.)

          • crazy1946 says:

            Malisha, I think you have them pretty well figured out. Well said! If one were to think for just a moment and reflect back on the Ron Paul Campaign, you will see a lot of that style of campaigning in Mr. Brat’s style, if Cantor was blindsided then it was because he was not expecting the “stealth style” that was the norm in Ron Paul’s run for the nomination. It is impossible to anticipate in polls voters that do not acknowledge the possibility that they will vote for or against a candidate. I predict that we will see a lot more primaries and elections won or lost in this same way. If the Democrats are wise (a big “if”) they would look at this debacle and learn from it, but will they? I predict that they will not… and by not doing so, they will go down in flames.. along with the country..

          • MKX says:

            Excellent analysis. IMO, Libertarians are, in fact, Property-Libertarians, who elevate property and those who have a lot of it to a religious reverence. And John Birchers were very fixated on private property as Kubrick showed in this classic scene:

            Skip to 2:58

      • racerrodig says:

        On that note, when I was in High school, in southern NJ, we had the Young Republicans, the Young Democrats, the Young Independents and who knows what else and we held mock elections and the like.

        Even then, those 3 Republicans took such a beating at the polls.

    • fauxmccoy says:

      should that nightmare scenario come to pass, i will use the option i have to move to europe on mitt’s dime. he happens to own the company (through a subsidiary of a subsidiary of a subsidiary) where my husband does IT work.

      their european offices look quite nice, as do the ones in australia. either is a viable option.

  8. crazy1946 says:

    After reading his comments during the run up to the primary, I don’t think that Mr. Brat is a TP’r, what he is however much more dangerous to the stability of the country. He is a Ron Paul Libertarian, pure and simple… If he is like most of the true blue Ron Paul supporters, he is racist to the core and against equal rights to the max…

    • Malisha says:

      Why aren’t people embarrassed to be so crazy?

      • Remarkably, they believe they are sane and their conscience all too often is their accomplice.

      • crazy1946 says:

        I don’t consider these folks to be crazy so much as I consider them to be selfish. They think that laws that help them are good but that laws that might help someone else are bad. They think that they should not have to pay for government, but others should. Like I said, IMO these people are far more dangerous that the Tea Party folks are… If they had their way our government would go down the tube in a simple heart beat to be replaced with “who knows what”! They think that the white race is the only race that should have rights, but they mask that by saying that other races can have rights as well, just not equal to the ones they enjoy. The sovereign citizen movement is just another branch of libertarians, and except for being more vocal is pretty typical of the movement in general…

        • I do regard them to be a clear and present danger to our democracy.

          The are a much more serious threat than jihadis in the ME.

        • fauxmccoy says:

          i think the term you are seeking for these folks is ‘anarcho capitalists’ a nutty ass bunch if you ask me.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarcho-capitalism

          • crazy1946 says:

            fauxmccoy, Thank you, that term is quite accurate in describing the current crop of alleged Libertarians following Ron Paul and indirectly by proxy Rand Paul. The other terroristic Libertarian that is basking in the public eye is Ted Cruz, who in my opinion is as dangerous to this nations stability as anyone could ever hope to be… These people wish to destroy this nation and form a new one more favorable to their political and theological beliefs.. The bad part is it is the very people that stand to lose the most that are currently supporting these individuals…

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