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Doubling Down on Inflation

David4 Wrote: Sep 13, 2014 7:36 PM
On a limited scale, one way to force government to cut losses is to deprive them of tax revenue. It is called 'Starve the Beast'. It works for many governments. Doing it to the US Government requires a scale that we have not yet seen, and perhaps we would rather not see. Does anyone have any other ideas?
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Banks Threaten to Leave Scotland

David4 Wrote: Sep 13, 2014 7:18 PM
By the pro-human rights thinking that Europeans believe so strongly in, and promote so much, they can not refuse what the people vote for. If Scotland or Catalonia vote to leave, then they leave. In recent years even highly centralized France had to give the Corsicans some autonomy to avoid further protests. So an interesting contrast at how much effort European governments put into blocking votes by the public. Look at the recent EU 'Constitution': each government went to a lot of effort to AVOID putting THAT up to a public vote.
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Banks Threaten to Leave Scotland

David4 Wrote: Sep 13, 2014 7:13 PM
There is somewhat higher chance of Puerto Rico, or Hawaii, voting to leave the USA. And we will have to see what California thinks as its head gets increasingly detached from reality.
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Banks Threaten to Leave Scotland

David4 Wrote: Sep 13, 2014 7:09 PM
I recall years ago that the Scots considered the UK's part of the North Sea oil as THEIR oil, and weren't pleased to be sharing (most of) the economic benefit with London. ...
Add a thought to Michael Schaus' statement about cheerleaders putting their resumes up on Yahoo Jobs. Those cheerleaders can also get serious about promoting themselves. As an example, that is how Gypsy Rose Lee got to be more than just another stripper.
It all depends on the willingness and the demand of the public to see the team play. An recent example: Seattle eventually lost 'rabid' interest in their men's pro basketball team, the Supersonics. The team wanted a new arena with various features that would have provided more profit to the owners. The public wasn't interested in building them a new arena. The team was sold and now plays in Oklahoma City, under a different name. I haven't heard what Seattle's fans NOW think of pro basketball.
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Scots on the Rocks

David4 Wrote: Sep 12, 2014 6:39 PM
The Scots have long had a reputation for personal frugality. Look at their government closely and I doubt that their government warrants that reputation. In any case, they deserve a 'Yes' vote, and what ever they then go through to learn how to govern themselves. :-)
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God Bless America

David4 Wrote: Sep 12, 2014 6:31 PM
A big question that deserves an answer is "Why do we fight?" I remember an episode of the War of 1812. Early in the war a troop was organized in New York and marched north. The troop got to the US border, then stopped and refused to go one step further. Sometimes there is a reason to fight. Pres. Santa Anna of Mexico provided a good reason to the Texans. An oncoming airplane-missile on 9/11 was a good reason for a suicide air force mission. (Thankfully United 93 went down near Shanksville PA before the air force pilots had to make that sacrifice. Now some planes are sitting on the tarmac WITH weapons.) It IS hard to think of a good reason recently to fight, and hard to trust our leaders to choose our battles well.
Years ago I read of a Native American community that decided to name their high school time something intended to offend white folks. I forget what: Maybe "Fighting Irish" or "Vikings". They were amazed to discover that whites weren't offended by it. Something similar from about 10 years ago: the Frisco TX 'Coons, named for raccoons, were forced to change their team name/mascot because too many people thought it was a derogatory term for Black folks.
Quite a few of them disbelieve the archaeological evidence. They believe that they came out of a hole in the ground (sipapu) here in the Americas. Or something like that.
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Hold On, Mr. President

David4 Wrote: Sep 11, 2014 6:31 PM
Jungjoe's first sentence sounds like the usual left-wing criticism of US foreign policy. So it would be worthwhile to quickly pop over to a left-wing site to see what THEY say. My look last week was they were excoriating Obama for his aggressions in Iraq and Ukraine. What THEY think we should do? Hard to tell, since they spend their time condemning us for what we are doing, saying little about what we should do. But aside from the obvious: our leaders marching themselves to The Hague and surrendering to the Intl. Criminal Court to be tried on charges of Crimes Against Peace, we can guess that they want us to pull our diplomats and foreign aid out of all those places, take a posture of sitting on our hands, and ...
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