October 21, 2020

Open letter: In 2020, please vote a straight Democratic ticket

Please forward this to anybody you think it might help persuade.

Americans of different policy preferences are united in realizing: Trump must go. His dishonesty, incompetence and meanness make him unfit to lead any country. His contempt for limits on his power make him especially unfit for America.

But ousting Trump is not enough; Republican policies and legislators must go too. It’s not just that Republicans have enabled Trump for too long, or that they echo some of his vices, such as science denial, voter suppression, or general corruption. Beyond all that, REPUBLICANS ARE BAD FOR THE ECONOMY. I know it’s common to assume otherwise – but any such assumption is 30+ years out of date.

The American economy has always been driven by CREATION – of companies, inventions, science, arts, transportation systems, business concepts, political concepts and more. Factors like geography helped too – we were blessed to avoid the worst destruction of two world wars – but that’s mainly in the past. What happens in our economy, for the most part, is whatever the people in it do.

And Democrats’ policies are best for bringing us and supporting creative, smart, hard-working, risk-taking people. That’s what one gets from immigration. That’s what one gets from investing in education and research. That’s what one gets from backstopping people’s health care so they’re not afraid to change jobs. It’s not what one gets from mindlessly slashing services.

I have worked closely with some of the world’s great entrepreneurs, including the founders of Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce, and some of the great venture investors as well. I know many more in the next tiers down. None, so far as I can tell, would have done anything different if personal or income taxes had been at some other rate. And no policy that Joe Biden or even Elizabeth Warren has suggested would have done anything to slow those entrepreneurs down. (That’s less true of Bernie Sanders – but he lost the nomination, soundly, twice.)

I argued these points in more detail http://www.monashreport.com/2020/10/15/democrats-are-much-better-for-the-economy-than-republicans-and-this-is-unlikely-to-soon-change/ and http://www.monashreport.com/2020/10/15/why-democrats-are-better-for-the-economy-than-republicans/ In particular, I explained why the central myth of Republican economics – that giving money to the rich and powerful “makes more capital available for productive uses” – simply isn’t true. And when that myth is stripped away, then obsessing about taxes becomes little more than a manifestation of personal greed.

In the 2020s, we’ll need a government that supports our workers, rebuilds our infrastructure, protects democracy … and regains our trust. The science-denying, economics-denying Republicans aren’t likely to lead that. Please vote a straight Democratic ticket this year. And please ask everybody you know to vote one too.

Thank you, and let’s rebuild our country’s greatness.

Best regards,

Curt Monash

October 15, 2020

Much of the electorate is still undecided (about whether to vote at all)

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As always, a HUGE fraction of the electorate remains undecided.

But the rest – tens of millions of voters and tens of percent of the electorate – are undecided as to whether they will vote at all.

Election 2020 isn’t even close to being decided or over!!! Keep campaigning!! Keep campaigning as hard as you can!!!

One way is to spread the following message, and encourage other people to spread it further:

Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans, at the Presidential and Congressional levels alike. They’ve been better for 30+ years, they’re better now, and they’ll be better in the decade ahead.

I’ve posted two versions of the argument accordingly:

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October 15, 2020

Why Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans

This discussion is posted in two versions:

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Donald Trump and his supporters must be swept from office, for countless reasons, many of which have been highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. In broadest terms, these include:

Much in our country needs healing and repair.

Many Americans agree, and favor Democratic candidates, for their intent to govern with decency, empathy, and reliance upon established facts. And so Democrats expect success in the election now underway. Even so, one major Democrat/Republican comparison may still be worth spelling out.

In a nutshell, Democrats are much better and safer for the economy than Republicans, especially but not only in the growth industries that provide so much of our wealth, exports, and favorable career opportunities. Republican propaganda often claims the contrary. But the pro-Democratic view is supported by all of:

Let’s drill down.

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October 15, 2020

Democrats are much better for the economy than Republicans, and this is unlikely to soon change

This discussion is posted in two versions:

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For 30 years, Republicans have been bad for the economy.

And of course we’re in economic catastrophe now.

Not coincidentally, standard Republican claims have not held true.

Most fundamentally, Republicans wrongly claim that “making more money available for investment” does in fact cause significantly more investment. (This is how they justify tax cuts for corporations, tax cuts for rich people, removal of regulations, and the like.) But in reality, if that was ever true, it’s been false for decades. Read more

December 13, 2019

Election 2020 – party vs. party, all hands on deck

I am one of Donald Trump’s top non-fans. I’ve considered him a despicable crook (and bad businessman) since at least 1990. More drastically, as the child of Nazi refugees, I hate nativist wannabe dictators. Never, in my opinion, has there been a more important electoral task than getting rid of Donald Trump. Indeed, nothing else in US history has even come close. The survival of our free country is at stake.

Even so, I view the upcoming 2020 election as Democrats-vs.-Republicans at its core, rather than Trump-specific. Reasons for that viewpoint start:  Read more

December 13, 2019

The other side is crazy, and wants to steal your freedoms

I click on a lot of Republican Facebook ads, browse the occasional conservative political forum, and read what Republicans say in the news. A huge amount of the Republican messaging I see boils down to one or both of:

But you know what? Democrats use those same themes, and should use them even more. Read more

December 11, 2019

Republicans are extremists, and should be labeled as such

Republican and other US conservative political messaging is relentlessly negative.

And the Trump era has taken this to a new level of screeching. The “fake news” press are “enemies of the people”. Patriotic bureaucrats are a “deep state” “swamp”. Impeachment is a freedom-destroying “coup”. Anybody who opposes Trump should be locked up for treason. Above all, Democrats are nuts and want to take your freedoms away.

Democrats can use negative messaging too. But they face obstacles, including: Read more

December 10, 2019

Republicans vs. democracy

For traditionally patriotic Americans, rule of law is sacrosanct. But leading Republicans don’t agree.

And so the November, 2020 United States election will be desperately important. Republicans are sabotaging our democracy, and have done it much damage. So they must be temporarily removed from power, long enough for the system to be substantially repaired. This is essential at the national level, president and Congress alike. It is vital in individual states as well.

The importance of such repair is impossible to overstate; democratic government, once lost, can take a very long time to restore. Read more

October 26, 2018

Everything is at stake on November 6. Here’s how you can still help.

Summary: The November 6 election is hugely important to the future of freedom in the United States. The main remaining way to help is to donate to Democrats in very close races. My most specific advice is:

Further ideas are below.

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February 16, 2018

The wars on democracy and truth

The “War on Truth” is a new and somewhat useful cliché. But like any short phrase, it isn’t perfectly accurate. In particular:

*There also are a number of semantic and epistemological issues around the concept of “truth”, but let’s put those aside for now

For starters, let’s note:  Read more

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