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Mr. Prager, You are Wrong on Marijuana

cpatterson Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 9:09 AM
Thus the founding documents of our country, Liberty! Where in history has any government sustained power and encouraged prosperity while legislating against stupidity? Those that believe that marijuana is harmless has not lived in with teenagers in a city/state that recently passed a law decriminalizing small quantities. Those who believe we can win via outlawing fail to acknowledge history. Part of the "war on drugs" that was working was dropped which was the educational campaign aspect. If we could return to liberty, we would recognize that individuals have the right to be stupid. However, we would also recognize that violating another's liberty, life or property then society has the right to severely punish the offender.
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A Minority View: Higher Minimum Wage

cpatterson Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 2:25 PM
Governments cannot provide what you are asking. The socialist theory has failed everytime. Only freedom has proven to elevate the masses. The poorest of the poor in this country are way better off that half the population in any 3rd world country. From working the foster care system, I can testify to the effects of well intended but ill concieved government programs that ignore unintended consequences.
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A Minority View: Higher Minimum Wage

cpatterson Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 2:05 PM
Nixon tried it, it didn't work then either. Prohibition didn't work. FDR prolonged the Great Depression. The mandates to elevate home ownership. Even the war on drugs has fundmentally failed. Government can fix stuff like this, but we keep ignoring that fact even though our founders had already figured that out.
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A Minority View: Higher Minimum Wage

cpatterson Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 1:57 PM
Unemployment on the whole is not the point being made. It is the affect on the employment of lower wage earners by raising the minimum wage. Hence the 85 studies supporting that claim. Minimum wage helps create the poverty trap and feeds the dependency programs while providing the unions a basis for raising wages at the next few levels. So you have 4 groups singing the praises of raising the minimum wage. 1. The clueless low end workers that think this will really help them. 2. Government workers who can expand their power in feeding dependency. 3. Unions and other workers at the next level to add artificial pressure to raising costs for everyone. 4. The "guilty" liberals & Politician patting their back cause they "care".
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A Minority View: Higher Minimum Wage

cpatterson Wrote: Feb 27, 2013 1:42 PM
Have you really looked into a McDonald's kitchen lately? Since we seemed to be comparing everthing to 25 years ago, they have invested in automation and reduced the number of bodies needed to produce a much expaned menu. Nothing wrong with that, but you are correct in forecasting the effect of artificially raising wages. Hence the problem of an advancing technologies that raises the standard of living while our education system keeps falling behind. There is a high demand today for technology based employment and less demand for cheap human labor. Raising the minimum wage will only add fuel to that fire.
" Instead of addressing crushing deficits, economic stagnation, political gridlock, and the erosion of middle-class security, politicians and pundits obsess over gun violence" Duh!, that it the point. They don't want to address the real problems, that would be doing something responsible and could possibly subject them to possibly exposing how corrupt or inept ther truly are.
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Obama Gives GOP a Bailout

cpatterson Wrote: Jan 12, 2013 2:28 PM
The conservative that stay at home, don't vote or stand up and do something are just a guilty as Boehner and liberal whiners. The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. Samuel Adams
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Confessions of a Bad Woman

cpatterson Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 11:15 AM
I appreciate that, but I don't believe the few minutes of my contribution compare to the 9 months of hers.
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Confessions of a Bad Woman

cpatterson Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 10:58 AM
I have always believed that women are special with the grace as the bearers of life. Raising one in today's world is quite a challenge especially now that she is in College, in Cambridge MA, she faces the deluge of pop culture and neo-feminisn. But like her mother was, she will be strong and faces these critisms without hate or fear. You go Girl!
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The Role of 'Educators'

cpatterson Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 12:46 PM
That battle has be lost many times, because they are not stupid. They always come up with a politically correct reason. Thus most conservatives that would love to be teachers, stay away. That is a decision I have always regretted.
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