“Let's have a list of luxury goods: mansions, expensive art work, professional sports teams, private airplanes, BMWs and Mercedes, vacation homes, jewelry, tailored clothing, sailboats, yachts, etc. I suppose there will be a lot more opportunities for people in the services: maids and butlers, private chefs, financial advisers, schedulers, escorts, etc. I don't suppose anybody goes poor catering to people with money.”
“Home Depot, Lowe's, and others seem to know that I'm in the market for a new refrigerator. I access Consumer Reports, so I suppose that's how they figured out what I'm shopping for. I'd buy one to replace the old GE refrigerator now nearing the end of its life, but it seems all the good refrigerators today are huge with features (ice makers) I could care less about. No wonder there's an obesity problem. People are buying these huge refrigerators, filling them with food, and there's always something enticing to eat.”
“The Speaker implies that he knows something about the economics of different approaches to dealing with climate change. That's a problem, because there's a good chance he doesn't. A lot of people seem to believe that any effort to curb fossil fuel use will kill the economy. Is this true? Just because a lot of people believe something to be true doesn't make it true. What's the evidence?”
“Life in Michigan is good with plenty of clean water but the state still needs to be diligent in safeguarding its surface and underground water resources. Great Lakes water is staying within the Great Lakes basin till it evaporates or reaches the Atlantic. It's time this country plan ahead for climate change rather than stick its head in the sand and celebrate myopia and ignorance.”
“It's difficult (or impossible) to run VA hospitals (or any government agency) without money and staff. When political appointees demand results but don't give sufficient resources to do the job properly, there are going to be problems. What the staff is alleged to have done at the Phoenix hospital is unethical, but not surprising. Most of the blame, however, belongs with elected public officials (the President and the Congress) for not properly funding the VA.”
“The heritability of liberalism-conservatism is fairly high. Perhaps it's a case where social learning reinforced genetic inheritance. With the exception of the older son, the acorns didn't fall far from the tree.”
“A 69 year old woman has about a 98.5% chance of surviving to age 70. A 76 year old woman has a 97% chance of surviving to age 77. It's a fair guess that Ms. Clinton, given her life history so far, is sharp as a pin and a lot healthier with a lot more energy than the average woman her age.”
ShirleyinColorado on May 16, 2014 at 10:55:19
“I guess Rove forgot that women have a longer life expectancy than men! Ha ha!”
“Why would members of Congress make it difficult on themselves and their staff members? Imagine them or a member of their staff making a phone call to solicit campaign money and a familiar and usually friendly voice on the other end says "Why did you vote against the extension?" You still expect me to write a check?”
“According to economic theory, housing is a private good (rivalrous, excludable). The market will supply it efficiently without government intervention. All of the government meddling over the years has only brought on problems. Home ownership is not for everybody. That's why there are apartments and rental properties.”
jimtpat on May 13, 2014 at 16:16:29
“Actually, the biggest thing that history teaches us is that housing rental has been an abject failure whenever those who believe in landlordism have allowed it to creep into their economies.
Only when THE PEOPLE have tracked down these lords and guillotined them have we been able to create liberty, justice, and equality!
How's that theory?”
garynofishing on May 13, 2014 at 14:15:04
“Just like when the Government meddles by funding all the war suppliers. Now they are so big and powerful-----and used to the unlimited income they receive----that very meddling you describe has caused problems just as serious as the stock and housing crash.”
“It feels good to express moral outrage. Unfortunately, the Wall Street parasite has its proboscis deep inside the host (the American public) and there's nothing that can be done about it until the host votes all of the boot lickers in Congress grovelling for Wall Street dollars out of office.”
“It's called communications bias and occurs quite often within organizations when subordinates are charged with conveying unpleasant facts to higher ups. I'm quite sure Americans don't expect their elected and appointed public officials to be totally truthful, especially when they've messed up.”
“Senator Mitch McConnell (the Senate Minority leader) and Hal Rogers (Chair, House Appropriations Committee), both from Kentucky, have disproportionate influence. I don't think much environmentally friendly legislation can be expected from representatives of a state where coal is a major industry, climate change be damned. What does energy conservation do for the profits of Peabody Coal?”
“Leaders should lead, not follow. If the American public is ignorant about the dangers of climate change, it's the duty of the president to show some leadership, tell them the truth of the matter, and tell them what needs to be done. It's better that a president, getting sound advice from scientific experts, set the agenda.”
“The drug war is a classic case of a failed public policy. Most first year college students taking macroeconomics can understand the laws of supply and demand. Attacking supply is a surefire recipe for failure. To the extent it has success, supply is reduced, leading to price increases, encouraging additional production and supply. This is a failure of program theory. Attacking demand has at least some prospects of success. The drug war is very costly and ineffective morality policy, little different (and far worse) than the failed effort at prohibition.”
“It sounds like redistribution occurs even among the 1%. Many of the 1%, rather than get respectable returns from an index fund, gamble away their money by sending it to hedge fund managers. No doubt few if any of these managers can beat index funds over the long haul. Still, they are able to charge exhorbitant fees for delivering some excitement and entertainment (although not above average returns) to their investors. It's a nice job if you can get it. Hedge funds are a casino for the 1%. The hedge fund managers are the House.”
Adam Woehler on May 6, 2014 at 13:56:33
“The strata of wealth we are talking about have so much money with only limited investment opportunities. They are desperate for their 5-7% a year return they'll park money just about anywhere. And with the rest they buy 12 homes and hang a Monet in every crapper.”
Overd0g2 on May 6, 2014 at 13:38:32
“Good for them. Start your own and see how it goes.”
“Perhaps in another 100 generations or so populations in the Southern state, due to natural selection, will be as healthy as populations in states that have expanded Medicaid. For that outcome, however, great patience is required.”
“For the oligarchs, the rule of law and democracy are annoying nuisances, things to be rid of, like a bad cold. The oligarchs may suffer some from the sanctions (it may slow the pace at which they further enrich themselves), but the main victims will be the Russian people.”
Reuben Somerset on Apr 28, 2014 at 23:29:33
“and the American in boomerang effect America instigated this nonsense for no other reason than:
America creates instability so that they can keep world hegemony in their subjective justification...
Factual US defense policy
"Our first objective is to prevent the reemergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed by the Soviet Union. This ... requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power. These regions include Western Europe, East Asia, the territory of the former Soviet Union, and Southwest Asia."
“Communities throughout the U.S. deal with the feral cat problem using trap-neuter-release. The SCOTUS would no doubt rule it unconstitutional, but arresting gang members, convicting them, castrating them, and returning them to the otherwise peaceful neighborhoods from which they came might work. It works for feral cats.”
G8tor on Apr 25, 2014 at 10:19:25
“Give you credit for originality. LOL”
fizzed on Apr 22, 2014 at 10:24:22
“You think they would be less violent without their balls? Don't think it changes anything if the castration is done after puberty. Might make them more violent since women wouldn't distract them as much.”
pciorlandosales on Apr 21, 2014 at 23:11:42
“John Strate for Chicago Mayor! I am a free thinking liberal and I would be totally down with that idea :)”
Sandy Beaches on Apr 21, 2014 at 23:05:16
“Here in S. CA, the police went to court with a fistful of gang names & had them declared in violation of the federal RICOH act, Now the police can arrest any 2 individual they see who are together. They also can charge any single individual in one of these gangs when arrested for other reasons under the RICOH act. No more of this in and out in 24 hours crap.
It has made a gigantic difference in reducing gangs & gang violence. We still have gangs, but they go out of their ways to be circumspect. No more territorial wars.
Do not understand why Chicago is not using this weapon.”