“No, gun companies got written consent from the American people. I'm all for restricting all guns, but that will require re-writing the constitution, which I am also for.
Now, along with the NRA and our corrupt political system, they are writing their own consent, no need for what the citizens want, as long as they can buy politicians.
If you really want to make sense of things, then follow the money. Our system is built on the concentration of wealth and power and will not change until people understand the underlying issues that cause all the systematic problems that we all try to blame on each other.”
“So we should argue with the right based on all the points that the Left should despise? I just clearly state that I hate it as well, but because the policy is corporate welfare, not because of political propaganda.”
pbr56 on Nov 22, 2013 at 10:40:15
“The reason to support it has to do with the fact that it is a better system than we had before. You shouldn't complain about improvements just because it isn't the perfect solution.”
“And of that 90 Companies, all of them are responsible for convincing the world that Climate change was not happening over the last 40 years.
""It's kind of like saying that the hundreds of thousands of firearm murders in the history of the United States are the fault of Smith & Wesson and its ilk," he wrote in a Dot Earth blog post."
No because Smith & Wesson are up front about their weapons being able to kill people. I would argue it is more like the Cigarette companies being responsible for their products causing cancer, but producing propaganda and false studies that cover up the truth.
""Those who are historically responsible for polluting our atmosphere have a clear obligation to be part of the solution.""
That would be everybody, in our ignorance and carelessness we welcomed the free reign of cheap energy at the cost of our earth. I still drive a car, but would prefer to drive something that is truly renewable, not falsely renewable like electric cars that get their energy from the burning of Coal or Gas. Nor would I want Ethanol, that costs almost a much energy to produce as it produces. We need to wake up to the realities, not false narratives.”
Bdgold on Nov 22, 2013 at 08:57:33
“Cars are not designed with the specific intention of killing people.”
“Union shenanigans were not the reason, they were the excuse. I do agree with you on the garbage that unions enforce. I worked for a water company, and when the union said it took 3 hrs to complete, that's how long it took no matter what. If it took less, then you waited in your truck and took a nap.
Companies are not forced to move overseas, they choose to do it for workers who will work for a dollar a day, to countries that do not have EPA laws, Labor laws, and basically allow slavery. Unions have been on decline since the 70's and so have wages. The Decline in union activity has a strong correlation to the declining wages, and the lack of workers rights. If you look at Germany, they have one of the highest Union participation, they also have high wages and progressive labor laws because of the Unions. China, Indonesia, Thailand, and so on do not, which is why they have so many living in poverty. I understand your situation, and understand your anger toward your Union, but they are needed, and they are not all bad. Unions are supposed to be Democratic by nature, but led by people and should have to constantly answer to the people they govern.”
“People asking for a livable wage really needs to stop. Maybe we all should work for a couple of dollars a day so corporations can really profit. If you really fault the unions, then you have been brainwashed by the corporations.”
40 years on Nov 16, 2013 at 13:47:26
“Take off your union blinders! Hourly pay is not the issue-the issue is that union "pay for no work" programs do not allow a corporation an opportunity to make his products and thus he is forced to move overseas. Happened to my best job-I was making a good buck but union shenanigans were forcing us to not be productive-so my employer threw in the towel and moved to Brazil. Been there! Bye-bye pension!”
pjordan52 on Nov 16, 2013 at 08:04:59
“Not corporations... Just Fox News... I truly believe that when the Republicans decided to kill the public education system back in the 80s that those efforts are finally paying off. I can't believe America is so stupid to believe that the increasing income gap and obscene corporate profits are good for the economy.”
“As an Atheist I am disgusted by this.
"If you think about church, there's very little that's bad."
I whole heartedly disagree with this comment, the church itself is what I despise the most about religion, and this movement epitomizes everything that is wrong with religion. People need to learn to say no to these "prophets" selling you a lie, this is no different the evangelic congregations.”
HSC55 on Nov 11, 2013 at 11:36:22
“I think what is bad about 'church' is the powe and money that corrupts everything they originally stood for. Happens to every organization in the end; with or without god.”
“In your theory, what would happen, is that they would lower the wages of everyone, and pay their CEO's more. Board members would be paid wages instead of dividends. Investors would loan money with higher interests rather than traditional investments to avoid the Cap gains.
The reality is that it does not matter what we do within this system, regulations will always be bypassed over time. Large corporations have departments who's only job is to find ways around regulations, whether its the EPA, Taxes or Labor policies, moving the factory's to different countries, or by changing where the revenue sources are located, they will always find ways around the Regulations.
The crash of 08 is a perfect example of how this works. The government imposed regulations in the 30's that kept the banks at bay, but slowly they broke down the regulations, (corrupt government) and finally repealed the Glass-Steagall under Clinton, and within ten years collapsed the economy. The worst thing about this is that our country is so dysfunctional at this point in time, we could not even manage to get a shadow of the Glass-Steagall passed. In ten years, the minimum wage is going to be the least of our worries.”
“Actually, you are wrong, under Marx, the incentive to produce is there, but the decisions of what to do with the surplus value is left to the producers of the surplus value not the users of the surplus.
Secondly, Communism, Socialism and Capitalism systems are all the same, they have always been conducted in the same method and all have the same failures because they do not work in reality, the way they are supposed to work in theory. All the systems, no matter which one are run by a set of elite. The elite siphon the surplus value from the bottom and pocket it. There are many ways, financial tools, political structures allow this, but the point is that all of them are the same.
Pure Socialism has never been tried, even when it has been tried, it was crushed by the US through economic or military pressures because the Capitalist run country does not want a country where public property rights trump private property rights, or else the elite would loose their power.”
“Actually we are still giving military aid to Japan today, in the form of protection. One of the mandates in the constitution that we wrote for Japan states that they would not develop a military, and they still have not today.
The fact that you fail to see the truth in the world, good or bad, proves that the American propaganda machine works extremely well and your blinded by your misguided faith.”
“Not to mention that we overthrew their Democratic government in the 50's and installed a dictatorship, it's kind of our MO. We repeated this process many times, Iran, Iraq, Chile, and the list goes on.”
abandonF on Nov 5, 2013 at 07:10:10
“It's an ugly world, and always has been with very little peace if at all between nations. Maintaining our level of prosperity in a World where 2/3 of the population is poor, is a difficult fact to accept as we continue to consume huge amounts of world resources. The U.S. is doing it's thing the next behemoth China, India, SE Asia!”
“Bill, if you really feel guilty, then start investing in America. Not through stocks or bonds, but start handing out loans to people, at low interest so that they can build small businesses. We need co-op's employee run businesses that allow for democratic ruling and put the power of decision making in the power of the producers rather than overpaid CEO's. Start thing outside the traditional realm of Capitalism and we will end up as a better world because of it. The ideas of how to fix income inequality and corruption in the political system are out there, we just need to start questioning the common narrative in the business world. You talk about riding the wave of credit, so start the new wave of inclusive business, where everyone gets a say. I guarantee you that of the producers ran the company, they would not vote to off shore jobs to gain a couple of cents on the stock price. They will not pollute their land to improve the bottom line. If you really felt guilty I wouldn't have to tell you this, you would all ready know, but my guess is that you just want the middle class to think your a human being because you have sympathy for those who didn't get lucky.”
Nov 1, 2013 at 09:34:51
“Many of our politicians are that stupid, but the people who are actually pulling the strings of the politicians know exactly what they are doing. Billions of tax dollars are not wasted, they provide profits to the industrial military machine. Profits to Drug lords provide profits to the weapons manufacturers, who supply both sides of the war on drugs. Prisons are not overcrowded since we privatized them, they are at the levels required by their contracts, once the get filled, the corporations demand more funds to build new ones. The government is broke because we are redistributing taxpayer wealth to the corporations, it is really that simple.”
“Amazingly, I just mentioned a couple of days ago that JPM would try to slip in an immunity clause. From a business stand point, it would not make any sense to enter into negotiations willingly, without protection from future lawsuits.
My guess is that the government will bend on this clause. I believe that this is more of a "get tough on banks" propaganda campaign, rather then actually trying to prevent them from immoral or illegal activities.”
“I used to like Bill as well, until I actually learned about his accomplishments...
NAFTA - The bill that promoted the off shoring of jobs, and allowed corporate rights to trump state rights.
Repeal of Glass-Steagall - a major contributor to the economic collapse of 08.
Yes, we need more of this to make America a better place.”
“Yes, you are 100% correct and I couldn't agree more. Another point to the extraction, ethanol is another fuel that is almost a 1 to 1 extraction, but it is being touted as a renewable energy.”
travalar on Oct 22, 2013 at 18:05:59
“And they get away with selling it as such. The most renewable part of the source is it's grown yearly. Not really what I would like to view as part of the energy mix going forward. Methane is renewable on every cattle operation in the world, and it doesn't compete with food directly. Not that we should convert to Methane for energy, but it's more sensible than further stressing our food growing areas.”
“Well, I think that the Keystone would have been approved sooner, but the outcome would be the same.”
travalar on Oct 22, 2013 at 17:56:02
“It seems like the more Keystone gets the spotlight on the project, the more it seems like a bad move. 1to1 for energy extraction isn't really where we should be spending our energy dollars. Alternatives give as good as or in some cases much better results. Just remember how dirty Keystone sands are, and how dirty the endevour will make us all.”
“It really doesn't matter, I believe Obama has all ready committed his approval to Big Oil and Gas, in order to get his environmental laws passed. Oil and Gas, sold out the Coal industry so that the future of electricity in America can be provided by Natural Gas.
My guess is that this all occurred the day that everyone showed up at the WH to protest the pipeline, while Obama was out golfing with Oil Execs.”
lk415 on Oct 22, 2013 at 20:19:12
“I think you're wrong. I don't believe President Obama is going to support this disastrous pipeline.”
travalar on Oct 22, 2013 at 11:18:12
“Would it be any different if an R was in the Oval?”