“Would those same critics want us in a shooting war with Russia over Crimea? If you think Iraq and Afghanistan were expensive, taking a real military power would prove very costly indeed, both in treasure and lives. The US really has no interest in Crimea.”
“I paid for Social Security and Medicare out of my payroll tax. It is not a welfare program.
Most of the money spent on welfare programs is in healthcare and goes to private companies. The actual cash value is neglegible. Fix the economy and welfare spending will go down.
We want welfare to work, but we won't spend the money to make it work with job training, life training, parenting, child care assistance after getting that single mother working, a higher minimum wage. To do welfare reform right takes money which is something the conservatives refuse to spend, but they're happy to give away 800 Billion in corporate welfare every year.”
Somewhere along the line our government has started protecting the monied interests from the people. If the government is by, for and of the people, then what are we doing? Somehow conservative thinking says to go back to the gilded age of the turn of the century. Those ideas have been tried and they have failed.
Real welfare reform doesn't come cheap. It takes money which the conservatives refuse to come up with while they protect corporate interests. Those corporate interests are not concerned with the human rights or even paying a fair wage.
"He who fails to learn the lessons of history is doomed to repeat them." - George Santyana”
Probably the single best thing that we can do to help the poor is to fix the economy. To correct the problem that this country has become; an oligarchy. By concentrating wealth at the top (such as in the gilded age), you leave less and less for the people at the bottom. Now that bottom is taking a bite out of the middle.
Reparing and re-regulating (Glass-Stiegel) the banking sector is a first step and can keep another 2008 from happening. Ending corporate subsidies would give governments more cash to come up with real reform. Not allowing mergers of very large corporations (comcast/time-warner, comcast-nbc) would help. Not allowing content providers to own the apparatus for delivery of content. Declaring that corporations are not people and therefore not guaranteed the rights granted to individuals because, after all, a corporation is a group of people. Breaking up the big banks would create more jobs, because, after all, mergers reduce the number of jobs available. Increasing the top tax rate and start rebuilding the infrastructure would put a lot of people to work.”
“The Mayan's had their own earth based spirituality as did the Egyptians. The "Christian" mentality of arrogance (We're right and everybody else is wrong. That which is of the earth is not of God. That which is human is not of God) is what has stifled creativity and innovation. We won't get into the destruction of the library at Alexandria which housed much knowledge. Or the genocide in the Americas by those who professed to be "Christian," but never got the message of loving your neighbor as yourself is what has caused all the trouble. It goes on to this day. It's worse today, because it is done in the name of profit. I would refer you to the "Doctrine of Discovery."”
“It doesn't matter. Do the research, then put the remains back from whence they came. How do you know this person wasn't a relation to you. this person was a relation to someone. They were buried, probably with ritual and with artifacts for their afterlife. It's also just not right to criticize Native Americans for their beliefs just because they don't line up with yours or with science. More and more, science is coming to the conclusion that this stuff is not fable. There is substance to it. I, for one, am offended that you could be so insensitive to another's beliefs. It matters not if your Atheist, Christian or whatever. It's not your place to criticize. Whether or not you believe, you need to be respectful of other faiths no matter how ancient.”
“This is about reducing competition raising prices and slowing the roll out of faster broadband speeds and slowing innovation. Reduced competition results in higher prices and poorer service. Not that either of these companies are competing with each other.”
John Piwaron on Mar 26, 2014 at 16:59:22
“I've been considering doing exactly that with Time Warner. Just got notification of various items increasing - the cable box, DVR, etc. This includes several newly created fees. Electrons moving trough wires, etc. ;) (no they're not doing that one. yet.) Drop cable and phone and keep internet. Haven't pulled the trigger yet. I have to get the scoop on using a smart phone as my internet access. Maybe use a smart phone as a wireless hub. Dunno yet.”
“Yep and it creates a whole 35 permanent jobs at the cost of the environment, not to mention the treaty violations with the Cree in Alberta Canada or the environmental impact of tearing up an area of old growth boreal rain forest in Canada the size of Florida and leaving it black and totally destroyed. How much carbon impact of wiping out that much of the worlds oxygen supply, destruction of water supplies, wildlife habitat, etc., etc., etc. This is such a bad idea. It's dumber idea than fracking and fracking's a pretty dumb idea.
Please support the Cree in the defense of their land and our planet.”
“It's one thing to modify a crop via cross pollenation, it's another to directly modify the protein chains with DNA from another species or even with DNA from animals entirely. Even if the roundup ready corn isn't dangerous for me by itself, the elevated levels of roundup in it are. Or if that corn is producing it's own pesticide, making it toxic for pests, that means it's toxic for me and now its contaminating groundwater.”