J. Goodrich

J. Goodrich is a recovering economist and the sole proprietor of the political blog Echidne of the Snakes. She also blogs for TAPPED.

Recent Articles

THEY LOVE US NOT

THEY LOVE US NOT . A recent poll for the BBC World Service covering opinions in 27 countries has the United States taking the bronze medal as the third most negatively viewed country among the same 27 countries. Only Iran and Israel are viewed more negatively, on average. These findings partly follow the expected fault lines between the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds. Still, the only places where the good ol' U.S. of A. gets a majority of positive ratings are in Africa (Nigeria and Kenya) and in the Philippines. And naturally at home, although even here the percentage believing that the U.S. has a positive influence on the rest of the world (57%) is declining from previous poll levels. What does this mean? A neoconservative might argue that such beauty contests are meaningless and just a distraction from the ruthless way forward for the American empire. But a career diplomat might worry about the future difficulties these views presage in anything that requires international cooperation...

ME, A POLITICAL EXTREMIST

ME, A POLITICAL EXTREMIST ? No way! I alone inhabit the sane middle. A more serious inquiry into what constitutes political extremism can be found at the Swampland where Joe Klein gives us two lists of characteristics for such extremism, one for the right and one for the left . But they both end with this: --regularly uses harsh, vulgar, intolerant language to attack [the opposition] I wonder if Joe got interested in this topic because of the faggot comment by Ann Coulter and the initial reluctance of the traditional media to take her to task on that? Or is it the foul language that the liberal/progressive bloggers are accused of that caused these two posts? In fact, the extreme (and even less extreme) right and the extreme (well, almost not at all extreme) left use language quite differently. The right hardly ever uses naughty words, even when advocating genocide or the lynching of judges or journalists. The left, on the other hand, tends to express its anger in a dirtier but...

THE ENEMY WITHIN.

THE ENEMY WITHIN. For George WIll it includes labor unions. His recent column is an elegant plea on behalf of corporations and against the proposed Employee Free Choice Act which would allow unionization of a firm without the secret ballots currently required. Will believes that unions are pure evil, and by pretending that I knew nothing about the topic I was almost convinced by his prose until I came to this bit: Today's work force is marvelously flexible. People entering the labor market at age 18 will have, on average, 10 employers by the time they are 38. Such mobile workers often do not see what value union membership would add to their lives. Imagine that! Those flexible workers just planning to change employers every two years or so! To keep life interesting! No wonder they have no use for unions. But ... if this is true, why Will's concern with this whole issue? Happy transient workers are not going to check those cards for union representation, the system the proposal would...

TEH FUNNY

TEH FUNNY . That "teh" is intentional, to show how well I know Internet slang. And what is "teh funny" for the day? My candidate is the Conservapedia, a new rival for Wikipedia. Now, Wikipedia has problems with accuracy and non-bias, so perhaps it's not so surprising that alternatives would crop up, and this is the alternative from the rabid fringe of the Christian right. So what is Conservapedia? Here is the answer for you : Conservapedia is a much-needed alternative to Wikipedia, which is increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American. On Wikipedia, many of the dates are provided in the anti-Christian "C.E." instead of "A.D.", which Conservapedia uses. Christianity receives no credit for the great advances and discoveries it inspired, such as those of the Renaissance. Read a list of many Examples of Bias in Wikipedia. Conservapedia is an online resource and meeting place where we favor Christianity and America. Conservapedia has easy-to-use indexes to facilitate review of topics. You...

THE POOR ARE GETTING POORER

THE POOR ARE GETTING POORER . So suggests a new McClatchy Newspapers analysis of the 2005 Census: The McClatchy analysis found that the number of severely poor Americans grew by 26 percent from 2000 to 2005. That's 56 percent faster than the overall poverty population grew in the same period. McClatchy's review also found statistically significant increases in the percentage of the population in severe poverty in 65 of 215 large U.S. counties, and similar increases in 28 states. The review also suggested that the rise in severely poor residents isn't confined to large urban counties but extends to suburban and rural areas. The plight of the severely poor is a distressing sidebar to an unusual economic expansion. Worker productivity has increased dramatically since the brief recession of 2001, but wages and job growth have lagged behind. At the same time, the share of national income going to corporate profits has dwarfed the amount going to wages and salaries. That helps explain why...

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