A common critique of the failures of cities like Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles is that the Government is too far left. As someone who shares a political perspective with Krystal, I find that explanation reductive. It all seems like a result of neoliberalism and/or late stage capitalism, however I don’t know for certain. What are each of your ideas of why these liberal cities seem to be failing?
Can you talk to Charles Hoskinson about how many new innovations in tech and finance have given us the capability to have more transparency in our government spending or even things like voting at a time when institutional trust is at an all-time low? Please also explain your take on the assertion that inflation is a hidden tax that disproportionately affects those with the lowest financial standing. When viewed through that lens, wasteful government spending can and should be monitored and exposed by independent journalists like yourselves. I think aside from a very select number of national security-related items, all the actual spending of our tax dollars should be easily accessible and itemized on a public decentralized ledger.
Am I the only one who thinks that there’s gotta be a better way to fund the government. Maybe we should pass a law where a CR automatically kicks in if a new budgets is not reached. Or is there political value to a shutdown that I am failing to see?
Hey, UAW local 12 jeep toledo The discussion on Counter Points you guys have right after the Biden visiting the picket line video today. The one about "right to work" and all that please release it on YouTube! I want to share it with my friends and family as a recruitment tool. I think it is such a perfect example of how you all take journalism seriously and a neutral, this is how it is, perspective. There are some people in my own union that really need to hear this discussion. Please and thank you!
Hey Krystal and Saagar, Surprised that I haven't heard anything from you two about Biden's Department of Education reinstating the gainful employment rule on colleges. Programs are following the rule if: their graduates have annual loan payments averaging no more than 8% of their total income, or 20% of their discretionary income, and at least half of a program’s graduates earn more than working adults in their state with only a high school diploma. Thoughts on the rule? Do you think this addresses some of the college issues you guys have highlighted on the show?