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Consider one of the underlying assumptions of this article: Four of the 9 Supreme Court justices will CERTAINLY conclude that the federal subsidies are consistent with the law, and are "constitutional." The only question to be considered is which way Roberts and Kennedy will go. And Roberts chickened out last time around.
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Beau Bergdahl’s Duty—And Ours

David1454 Wrote: 9 hours ago (1:46 PM)
As far as "duty" is concerned, isn't it perverse that the more [fouled]-up a country's government is, the more willing its soldiers are to die to defend it?
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Do Blacks Need Favors?

David1454 Wrote: 13 hours ago (9:38 AM)
People who assert that "Black culture is simply different" ignore the fact that prior to the invention of "affirmative action" and the "war on poverty," the social and academic norms for "Negros" were not all that different from "whites," particularly in the working classes. HS graduation rates were comparable, illegitimacy rates were comparable, unemployment rates were comparable - even among teens. The net result of all of the programs designed to "help" American Blacks has been to create a culture of defeatism in which millions of minority citizens believe that they cannot succeed without some sort of special consideration or handout. And if you believe you can't succeed, you won't.
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The Armpit of Academia

David1454 Wrote: Jul 21, 2014 9:45 AM
Trouble is, people with "studies" degrees often go to work in Government, where they end up leveraging their idiocy to influence public policy.
On the other hand, taxi companies are enduring the significant cost of playing by the rules established by the Public Utilities Commissions, and that's why they are so expensive. And the drivers pay these costs through lease costs and fees paid or deducted from their revenues. Anyone can compete against someone who is super-burdened. George Will has written quite a bit on the economic harms done by these licensing laws, but ignoring them or waiving them leaves the existing companies at a huge disadvantage. How would you like to be a taxi owner in Manhattan who paid a million bucks for his medallion, and now has to compete with a hundred college kids driving Prius's?
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Spending and Morality

David1454 Wrote: Jul 09, 2014 11:26 AM
I don't buy it. We elect representatives who, IN OUR NAME, create and fund these give-away programs. If we don't like them, the we MUST vote them out of office. If we can't do that we are stuck with what they do with our money. That's the way representative democracy works. This spending is all Unconstitutional, but it's not immoral. We have met the enemy and, unfortunately, it is US.
On the subject of "not getting it," Barry's solution to what is undoubtedly a temporary problem is to hire scores of new PERMANENT, HIGHLY PAID government employees, whom we will be supporting lavishly for the next 50 years. It's TSA all over again.
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Important Slow News

David1454 Wrote: Jul 09, 2014 11:16 AM
It is worth noting that the "24-hour news cycle" tends to induce news media to dramatize and exaggerate relatively minor events and trends, which makes it appear that things are spinning out of control as, for example, some crazy in Arkansas kills three other guys in a bar. In a country of 300 million people plus, in the big picture this is meaningless.
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Is There a Patriotism Gap?

David1454 Wrote: Jul 08, 2014 10:12 AM
"Traditional American values" are in tatters - we have abortion-on-demand, ubiquitous pornography, we have gay marriage in all 50 states, and traditional marriage is quickly becoming a joke, and self-reliance is obsolete as a positive value. Why wouldn't liberals be happy about the current trends? Patriotism is like everything else on the Left: If you allow them to DEFINE it, then they have gobs of it.
What is seldom mentioned (don't ask me why) is that MOST government workers become eligible to collect their usually-generous pensions at an age when most workers in the Real World are only just starting to think seriously about planning for retirement (early 50's). I regularly read sob stories about people in their late 50's who are going to be "devastated" if their retirement benefits are cut. Are you serious? I'm 64 and still working...do you think I sympathize? Also seldom mentioned is the fact that in big cities like Detroit, city workers and their families constitute a large plurality of the voters (as much as 25% of actual voters), and politicians are typically just buying votes when they sign contracts agreeing to these absurd handouts to employees who are often underworked sloths.
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