“What example ? That public schools are not of service to the public ? That one must get permission to drink from a school drinking fountain ?”
sentimentiques on Dec 5, 2013 at 08:38:16
“Try to follow the thread....I was talking about the fact that he compared drinking from the public faucet giving him the right to partake of free electricity to charge his vehicle. You're comparing apples and oranges and just want to be difficult.”
“There must be some hidden animosity. Otherwise the school would have just charged him a nickel or a dime. This is unequal enforcement. Would they arrest a person for turning on a light to use the restroom, or flushing the toilet ?”
“The Democrats got one nominee, and promise of two more to be named later. The Republicans got rights to continue to silently filibuster the over 200 pending appointees, to use antiquated rules to thwart every future bill. That does not sound like McConnell lost to me.”
James Leeeee on Jul 17, 2013 at 10:54:27
“Same exact deal that McConnell put forward as far back as January. They put McCain's head on it instead of McConnell's, same exact deal, and suddenly the Democrats are crowing about "victory" and fist pumping like they just took back the House. You have to laugh at how gullible the Democrats are. By the time these appointments actually get in the office behind the desk and start their jobs, it will have been a full year since the election. Viewed long-term, that's a significant victory on the part of McConnell.”
“Stciappelletto buys the much disproved theory that suppy brings down prices. The oil industry is heavily manipulated. More world supply means more profits for a few, not lower prices at the pump. Meanwhile many miles of USA is in danger of pollution and Canadian lands are devastated. If the pipeline went to Michigan, Ohio, Indiana where American refineries supply US oil, it might be worth the risk.”
stciappelletto on Mar 23, 2013 at 17:50:34
“Supply bringing down prices and the prices being manipulated are not inconsistent. They are two countervailing pressures working against each other.
The pointless and destructive speculation on fossil fuels, people trading options on oil that will never be realized, means that trading paper has more effect on oil prices than the sale of real actual oil.
That needs to be stopped.
It involves one of the worst threats to the economy- when paper traded oil options vastly exceed the quantity of real oil, if a couple of whale investors elect to take delivery there can be an astronomical spike in oil prices as the counterparties are forced to buy up every drop of oil they can find to meet their paper obligations.
A minor version of that happened some months ago where a major investor exercised an option, fortunately it was a recoverable situation.
Sooner or later some whales- or economic saboteurs- will exercise options because it will greatly increase their value. There is a huge incentive to do it if you are big enough to do it and actually have a place to store the oil.
Supply does reduce price but the single most important thing to do is end pseudo investments that involve the exchange of no oil but which have a dramatic effect on the price. ”
First Officer on Mar 23, 2013 at 10:01:17
“Once the pipeline is in place, spurs can be built to those refineries too.
Supply and demand a disproved theory? This is big news to the economic community. The manipulation that you speak of wouldn't work if prices didn't reflect supply and demand. Manipulation seeks to control supply to drive up prices. This is OPEC's hallmark strategy. However, as we seen in the past, it delivers mixed results. It works for a time but the higher prices results in more suppliers coming to market. OPEC is then forced to cut it's production further to support prices but by doing so starts to actually decrease its own total revenue. But the suppliers keep coming on and the manipulation strategy collapses. We are in that part of that cycle now.”
abbienormal on Mar 23, 2013 at 08:39:56
“Exactly. The supply increase will not make any noticeable difference in price.”
“The concept of filibuster is valuable to protect the rights of the minority, however it needs to be enforced. The debate floor must be held by continuous talking germane to the subject at hand. No other business may be debated or voted. It will be necessary to use the constitutional procedure to get the rules passed to prevent repetitive calls for cloture as Senator Reid has proposed.”
“A basic rule of biology is that living things are not predictable like mechanical physics. GMO wheat has a biological drive to stay alive and reproduce. It can defy the best logic that should lead to extermination. That is true for the other frankenGMO's that are now extant on earth.”
“The filibuster can be effective if enforced. The floor must be held by a speaker, with no other business conducted. It will take some time for the general public to become aware who is blocking progress, but once that understanding is established, real progress can be made. The gentleman's agreement to avoid any topic just because some senator objects must end.”
“The rules do not need to be reformed. The filibuster simply should be enforced. A senator or group of senators must continueously keep the floor on one issue until 61 senators, pressured by their constituents, vote clocher. If no other business can be done because of a small minority, the real democracy will work with the vast majority of citizens demanding action.”
JSDKoeln on Nov 12, 2012 at 03:07:19
“And that has worked so well the last couple of years hasn't it?”
“Republicans know how to discipline those who break their eleventh commandment. Stories of "different vision for victory," is just code for: "Staffers know criticism of the creed will hurt everyone associated with the heretic."”
“The National Council of Churches will publish a report with pictures of the work of several cooperative churches' work. The first segment produced by the Presbyterian Church USA will air Friday, August 27th. The churches do not seek individual recognition, but rather seek to make their efforts as effective as possible by sharing their strengths.”
“Credits to small business might not do much as most small businesses will still be unable to provide health care. Employees of small businesses do not stay long enough to make that any benefit to them.”
Milex on Mar 23, 2010 at 17:10:15
“Can you try to be a bit more negative? I think you left room for a little more. Wow! Have you ever heard the saying that when a door closes, God will open a window. You can be depressed all you want. Not me. I'm very, very proud of our government for getting this bill through. For any right winger here, don't worry, we will not be discouraged by your tea party etiquette. I honestly don't believe these tea people know any better. To act like money is more important than lives? I'm glad I'm not you. Karma is a b!#ch. Better duck. Won't help. Lots of reaping to be done for that sowing you did.”
kelhanwil on Mar 23, 2010 at 16:39:03
“It is going to be a huge factor for our business. We have only 34 employees and premiums are kicking our butt. We were thinking of canceling benefits. Instead we couldn't give cost of living raises to try and offset the cost of premiums (which went up by 22%). We have a little bit of hope....”
Alpha11 on Mar 23, 2010 at 15:35:30
“This isn't true in rural areas and will help. I don't know why we have to continue to sell this, it should sell itself.”
proggirl on Mar 23, 2010 at 14:16:23
“Since the majority of business are small businesses, generalities like this are useless. Too many variables to accept the argument as a universal.”
“The Prayer Breakfast is another one of controversial but necessary events. If a president fails to attend, he is damned by the right. If he goes, he is condemned by the left. It is always better to go and show willingness to meet rather than to hide and give gossips a chance to describe what might have happened.
It is not run by a "shadowy" group, but but is very well known, but like the democrats, having a specific general adjenda but sometimes shifting priorities..”
“Ben Nelson accurately represents his Right to Work, anti-ethnic, state. Harry Reid is not representing either his state as senator nor the nation as leader of the senate. Nelson and Lieberman should have been shut out of senate leadership to show the DINOs in those states they need to join the US.”
“Compromise has been all by the liberal progressive side. Their original position was universal single payer program. The compromise road went down to: Everybody on medicare, then a nebulous public option, then medicare for 50 and older, a pool of profiteer offered insurances, Then not a compromise, a complete surrender : Buy insurance from the profiteers or be a criminal.”
JBoy on Feb 6, 2010 at 16:17:47
“That's my point: they started too far from the center.”
“Smiththomas opines that the stimulus should go to the private sector instead of creating government jobs. 80% of all the money did go into the dark hole of corporations. Even Congress cannot get Bernanke to tell where some of it went. I didn't see corporations making expansion, hiring new people. I did see a road interchange that had been on hold get completed, and I spoke with several construction people grateful for getting work. I believe the highway improvements in Tacoma will save commute time, gas and help work be better in a myriad of businesses. Investment in viable public infrastructure does not take jobs away from business, it promotes commerce.”
mogens on Feb 6, 2010 at 12:21:41
“The most efficient way to create jobs is public spending. It is also common sense. You repair and build public, when the private building sector is down, then you get more bang for the buck.
And on top of that you save on unemployment benefits. using money for nothing can hardly be considered a smart move, so use the unemployed either to build and repair the infrastructure or educate them, so that you can be able to compell on other things than low wages.
a modern society needs at ever increasing education level of the work force. Find out what you need (engineers, technicians, science teachers, biologial technicians ect) and pay for their education on unemploymen benefits.
People will then get new skills and a perspective in their lives, and that makes them more able to the work of the future.
Stop pumping money in the finacial black holes and use them instead on the people. make an extraordinary 10% tax on income over 500.000 USD and make a VAT to finance health care for all, so american firms can be able to compell internationally.”
tnkeating on Feb 6, 2010 at 10:18:38
“80% of the money hasn't even been spent yet, they probably will wait till election year 2012”
“It is not the votes that count. It is the count of the votes that affect the outcome.
A very few, very connected corporations have controlled the elections until the last presidential election that was to overwhelming that they could not not skew the count enough. The count was still skewed in several districts, giving Republicans wins in many races. The Democrats made a serious error in not reforming the system. ESS and a very few others still have the ability to make all the laws, regulations and reforms moot.”