Feb 8, 2013 at 12:34:39
“the standard measure is 20/60, meaning that a person sees at 20 feet is what an average person sees at 20. 20/20 is pure average, and then there are those of us who see a 20 feet what others have to be at a mere 5 feet to see.”
AquaBuddha on Feb 9, 2013 at 00:55:30
“The average visual acuity is expressed as "20/20". The first number indicates the distance in feet between the subject and the char. 20/60 would indicate inferior acuity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_acuity”
“Has the representative read the book? I doubt it. And the idea that we borrow money from China, when China has reduced the amount of debt they hold of ours, among other interesting actual facts about who the holders of our national debt are, is silly. Then to equate the entire NEH budget with this purchase tells me that he read a letter presented to him by some constituent and just accepted it hook, line and 8 pound sinker, and got incensed without taking the few minutes to see if the letter had any actual basis in reality outside the walls of a certain cable tabloid that claims to be a news channel. Or perhaps a combination of that and WND.”
“Correct me if I am wrong, but a semi-automatic is one that uses the gas from firing one round to chamber another, one per squeeze of the trigger, is it not? Assault rifle refers to a form factor, just a sub-machine gun refers to pistol ammunition used in, say, an Uzi or such.”
“The birth certificate is the only piece of evidence that actually shows citizenship, and has been available to the public since June of 2008 if memory serves me correctly. What is the point of college transcripts, those are just grades, and what is the point of applications? They only show what is on the original source document, the birth certificate, which already shows his birth location - and when a person is born in the USA of parents who are not diplomats, it matters not in the slightest what THEIR citizenship status is.”
“Ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons? To what end, exactly? A pistol with a magazine is a semi-automatic, but in reality of effective function a revolver can be reloaded nearly as fast. A pump shotgun holds a decent quantity of ammunition, as does a lever action rifle, the difference being that the reloading time on those are longer than that of an AR-15 or AK-variant. Banning the sale of semi-automatic weapons is in my opinion ridiculous, and the black and grey markets for those weapons would continue anyway - you just can't put that cat back in the bag. Try something else - regulate magazine sizes, for example, Ms. Feinstein.”
“The Congress has incurred all of it, as all appropriations bills must pass the Congress. The President at the time must sign them into law, to be sure, but it is the Congress that controls the purse strings. What I find mind-boggling is that the Congress can levy taxes, can incur the debt, and then for some strange reason can also say that they just won't pay the bills they have already obligated us, the people of the USA, to pay. That particular concept seems to violate the very checks and balances that were built into the Constitution from the beginning.”
“Agreed on the error of significant proportions with respect to how much debt grew under whom.
But where do you get the idea that President Obama is our lord and savior?
Now, here is what I know. I know that at the end of fiscal year 2000-2001, the national debt was about $5.85T. The budget/appropriations for that year were mostly set into law before the election even happened, so that is the reasonable time to evaluate the debt starting point. The debt (with a $1.4T deficit) at the end of the 2008-2009 was $11.9T, an increase of actually $6.05T (source on all of this is treasurydirect.gov). I did not look up our exact number for where we are today, but I know it is right around $16T, so that is an increase thus far of $4.1T - only about 3 times what Omori listed.”
“Which is in my opinion ridiculous, because people on SSDI, SSI and SS-Retirement aren't out buying gadgets, etc., but focused on buying things like groceries, gasoline if they own a car, utilities, that sort of thing. I understand to some degree not including fuel as a direct component, because it is a volatile measure. But food? That one I don't understand.”
“So, the list of cuts in the article are not actually cuts, but rather spending increases?”
ChrisMM on Dec 18, 2012 at 18:38:14
“There's no list of cuts in the article. There is a mention of the cuts that have been on the table since the beginning. You have a point. Those *are* cuts. They're just not new cuts.
They're the same cuts that have been on the table the whole time. The cuts that the Republicans have said again and again are not enough to justify raising taxes. The President initially said "$800 billion in new revenue" and the Republicans said ok and proved that they could meet that with closing loopholes. That wasn't enough, so Obama changed his mind and doubled it.
He's been inching down on new revenue while Republicans have been inching up, but Obama hasn't budged one inch on spending cuts or entitlement reform since the beginning of negotiations.”
“Explain chained CPI, please, or provide a link so that I can understand it.”
foresure6379 on Dec 18, 2012 at 18:24:14
I am not an accountant or an expert, but I am somewhat of a know it all.
My understanding that the Consumer Price Index is geared to a basket of product and products. The "chained idea" is when people make less money, they become more frugal and buy less expensive stuff, and therefore need more money. E.G. they buy powerded skim milk instead of fresh milk.
Those that used to buy real cheese, buy "processed cheese substitute".
If someone who understands this better, and tells you differently, I defer.”