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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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Christopher142 Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 9:05 AM
An admission by Khalid Sheik Mohammed does not count as evidence because he was waterboarded dozens of times before making this confession.
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Christopher142 Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 9:03 AM
When the US Government first went into Afghanistan, both Condoleesa Rice and Colin Powell promised that they would present the evidence implicating Al Qaida to the American people in due time. It's been over 10 years now and it still has not happened. I am still waiting.
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Christopher142 Wrote: Dec 16, 2014 7:20 AM
What evidence does Sowell have that Islamic terrorists were behind the September 11 attacks?
I doubt that they will be able to push through a single payer plan now. But even if they did, it would still create the same problems that Obamacare created. It is typical of advocates of government intervention that they are willing to admit that their interventions have failed, but insist that they could have worked if only they had been done right.
Liberals seem to have something of an artistic or literary bent. When dealing with controversial incidents, instead of looking at the actual facts of the case, it is almost as if they are assembling material for a novel or a movie. Whatever makes the most interesting story line instead of what corresponds to the facts is what catches their attention.
Admission policies to Harvard do not matter much anymore. Harvard has been living off its reputation for decades. It offers a second-rate undergraduate education today. So do most of the other Ivy League schools. Worse still, Harvard and other Ivy League schools are where America's ruling elite send their children for college. That might sound like a compliment, but America's ruling elite are mostly corrupt. Stay away.
Why not put Obamacare fully into effect and let it bankrupt Washington? Washington would default and that would be the end of the Federal Government. It would be cold turkey, of course, for the Democratic constituency, but then again who cares?
A fine article. Unfortunately, there are other problems with wireless technology that are even worse than the problems mentioned here. There is considerable evidence that wireless technology, which depends on microwave signals, is dangerous to human health. Of course, wireless technology is relatively new and it might take time for these problems to manifest themselves. But cell phones have been around now for about 20 years, and I fear that we are running out of time. My guess is that we are headed toward a massive public health crisis and an epidemic of cancer, ADHD, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, and a wide variety of mental and emotional problems. Throw away the cell phones and stick to land lines.
Jonathan Gruber came from MIT, one of America's elite universities. Unfortunately, America's current mess owes much to the fact that it is precisely our elite universities that have the worst departments of economics. Most of the movers and shakers in America, especially on the East Coast, went to one or more of our elite universities. Whatever one might say of these universities in general, what is taught in the economics departments is mostly crackpot Keynesian economics.
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