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  1. May 2020
    1. Although Mr Abe is known for economic stimulus, his term has involved two large rises in consumption tax, from 5 per cent to 8 per cent in 2014 and then to 10 per cent in October last year. In both cases, the tax increase drove the economy into recession.

      Makes me more sympathetic to Biden plan (no tax raises under 400k income)

  2. Mar 2020
    1. Biden went up a lot more, but he was taking votes away from Steyer, Warren, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar. For now, the debate still seems the most likely cause. That’s a little unusual, since conventional wisdom says that debates don’t move public opinion much, but maybe this was an exception.

      Perhaps it was more the fact that the electorate just didn't know or trust the Steyer, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar centrist crowd enough to vote for them with time running out. As a result the old tried-and-true guy you know pulls in all the people. He didn't really need an inciting incident other than the looming election. Following the debate without anything else to use to make a decision on, the choice was fait accompli.

  3. Jul 2016