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We should not be surprised that our public schools are failing. Almost everything run by government is failing. Why not get government out of education and let the market take over?
There is no chance that any of this will happen. Washington has run out of money.
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Two Views of Capitalism

Christopher142 Wrote: Jan 10, 2015 8:24 PM
Capitalism has raised the living standard of the common man to previously undreamed of heights. This does not sit well with people who despise their fellow men. These misanthropes prefer socialism as the surest way to force their fellow human beings back into a life of grinding poverty.
It is worthwhile to recall the Fatima prophecies. In 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three Portuguese children in Fatima, Portugal and revealed many things about the future. In particular, she told us that the takeover of Russia by Communists would have devastating consequences for the entire world unless Russia were converted. This is because of the central spiritual and religious position of Russia among all the nations of the world. If Russia were not converted, Russia would use its central position to spread its poisonous philosophy to all nations. Well, Russia has not been converted, and meanwhile we have seen leftism spreading throughout all nations and even into the Catholic Church. Even New York City, a city created by the miracles of capitalism, has seen fit to elect a communist mayor. The solution that the Virgin Mary offered was simple: the Pope in union with all the bishops of the world must consecrate Russia to her in a solemn public ceremony. Once that is done, Mary will convert Russia to Catholicism in a dramatically short period of time. Soon after that all the leftist movements around the world will collapse very fast. But for this to happen the Pope and the bishops must consecrate Russia. This is the most urgent problem in the world right now. The Pope needs to worry less about global warming and get the consecration of Russia, requested by the Virgin Mary in 1929, done.
It's more likely to be sooner rather than later.
There is a long way to go before 2016, so don't assume the presidential race will be a Clinton-Bush contest. But if it is, it could throw the country into turmoil. That is because both the Bushes and the Clintons are knee-deep in scandal rumors. If those scandals erupt during the presidential election, we could be treated to the spectacle of both political parties coming apart simultaneously. It could be the most explosive election year since 1968. The mainstream media, of course, will do its best to keep a lid on the scandals, but in the age of the Internet, it might very well fail.
Mike Shedlock wants to scrap the whole damn thing and start over. It would be better to scrap the whole damn thing and call it a day. In particular, abolish Medicare, Medicaid, the FDA, Obamacare, and all government licensing requirements on doctors and others in the health care field. Leave it to the market and forget about it.
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Are Facts Obsolete?

Christopher142 Wrote: Dec 30, 2014 10:10 AM
The problem with the mainstream media is not so much biased reporting as biased non-reporting. Things that do not fit into their picture are not reported.
Why does leftism, despite an endless series of failures, never lose its popularity? There is a supernatural answer to it. In 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to 3 children in a small town in Portugal called Fatima. What was revealed there contains the answer to this mystery. We should pay attention to these revelations for two reasons. First, the Catholic Church has put its weight behind these revelations by declaring them worthy of belief. Secondly, many of the Fatima prophecies have already come true. What are these revelations? According to what the Virgin Mary is alleged to have revealed, what has caused the massive death and destruction of the last century is not simply the rise of Communism and its inherent evils, but the fact that Communism took over Russia of all countries. If Communism had taken over India or China or Brazil instead, the results would not have been nearly as devastating. According to the Fatima revelations, there is something special about the religious and spiritual significance of Russia. To our way of thinking, Russia is just another country, but according to the Fatima revelations, in its spiritual and religious significance, Russia towers above all other countries on earth. Once Communism took over that country, it became easy for the poisonous doctrines of Communism to spread throughout the world. So if we want to turn the world around, we must turn Russia around. According to Mary, we can do that easily enough if the Pope in union with all the bishops of the world will simply consecrate Russia by name to Mary in a solemn public ceremony. Unfortunately, the Pope and the bishops have been derelict in their duty and have not yet gotten around to doing this, even though this request was made 85 years ago. Until this consecration is done, the world will continue to stumble from one crisis to the next.
I don't usually agree with President Obama, but this one time he got it right. Our hostility to Cuba since 1960 has accomplished absolutely nothing. If anything, it has provided the Castro regime with an excuse for its failures and enabled it to stay in power. Normalize relations, and the excuses are gone. Castro has to produce or he is out. In addition, normalization gives Americans the opportunity to travel there. This is good for several reasons. First, it is not the job of Washington to determine how Americans spend their travel dollars. Secondly, Cuban has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Thirdly, Americans will have an opportunity to see what a mess socialism has created in Cuba. I say normalize relations with Cuba, then buy a plane ticket to Havana for the entire Harvard community. Maybe they will learn something.
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