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Immigration Reform Madness

David4 Wrote: Jul 09, 2014 8:23 PM
¿ What would be "a solution to the problem"? The best that the Democrat activists can come up with is to throw open our Golden Door and taken in the wretched refuse of those teaming lands. Credit Emma Lazarus for the words used in the previous sentence. We are posed a question: How many tens, or hundreds, of millions of those homeless tempest-tossed can we take in before there simply isn't any space for it any more? A rephrase: how much like India do we want to become before we cannot go any further?
We have a deficiency of choices. When the choice comes down to "same results" and "different flavor of same results", then one has problems. Some places don't even have that much choice. I have seen a few elections where the choice has been 'The Incumbent', and a blank line or a 'Whoszat?!' for a challenger. -- Do you have any suggestions to get better choices?
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Obama Reinvents 1979

David4 Wrote: Jul 09, 2014 12:31 PM
Businesses don't exist to spend money, or to lose money. Businesses that attempt that go out of business, cease to exist. Businesses exist to make money, and to pay those profits to the owners. Now is not a good time to do either, make money or pay the owners. That is why nothing is happening.
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Obama Reinvents 1979

David4 Wrote: Jul 09, 2014 12:23 PM
I can't remember a time when there was no US Govt. DEBT. Perhaps you are thinking of no DEFICIT. Yes Virginia, the US Government has sometimes had a surplus budget. IMHO, 1969 and 1989 were both better years than 1979. But since it is SEVENTY-NINE that we are re-experiencing, it is time to get out the cardigan sweater again, set the thermostat warmer, or colder (according to the season) and review those other energy saving tips. Remember ancient wisdom: high prices for x don't affect you if you don't buy or use x. :-)
Since 1776 this nation has had at least three disturbances, shakings of the body politic in upset at our government. None have overthrown that government, but they have caused significant changes in our society and government. Jerry Bowyer mentioned one, the US Civil War in the 1860s. That one seriously diminished the authority of the states. A second was the progressive movement of about 1900. That one gave us the 17th Amendment direct election of the US Senate and the 19th Amendment women's vote. A third was the 1960s civil rights and anti-war movement, which gave us the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights act, and changed elections of state legislatures. A possible fourth was the Great Depression, and all its New Deal changes in the relationship between the Federal Government, States and individuals. Q: Are we due for another one? ------------- Jerry Bowyer quite possibly overlooked that many revolutions happen because they have to happen. Pressures build up and have to be resolved. If we look at some nearby countries, Canada had rebellions in the 1830s and 1860s that led to reorganizations of its government. Mexico had its War of Independence in the 1810s, its Reform War in the 1850s, which had a second season with French intervention in the 1860s, and its Revolution in the 1910s. Pres. Kennedy remarked that if change can not happen peacefully, then it must happen violently.
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An Honest Jobs Review

David4 Wrote: Jul 08, 2014 9:52 PM
A comment on a small part of the article: I think that belief in the power of "pent-up demand" is over-rated. Under enough pressure, people will change their goals, and that "pent-up demand" could be deferred for a long time, or perhaps forever. There was a parallel situation in Japan. People noticed an economic boomlet, which was fueled by all the young folks who had given up on getting a home and having kids, and decided to live for today, live it up, a toast to today at the local bar. That can not be a long-term or sustainable economy.
I recall a version of this topic reported on NPR some time back. That article was about certain companies that collect arrest records and other embarrassing information about people and makes it available, unless the subject pays them money to have the information taken down. A sort of modern day blackmail.
Important to note: That applies to both elections they voted in many times: 1) Municipal (and state, and federal) elections 2) For their union local president and union president. Both sets of politicians promised what it is not and was not possible to deliver.
I would amend your last two sentences. Areas with lots of poor people have low voter turn-out, and the ones who do turn-out, including the dead and the fraudulent, vote Democrat. Rich areas either vote for Republicans, or for limousine Liberal Democrats, a different sort than elected from poor districts. Why one or the other is one of the great mysteries.
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Under the Good Jobs-Report Hood

David4 Wrote: Jul 05, 2014 5:10 PM
A reality check. Those "jobs working at water parks and amusement parks" go into the seasonal adjustment. The raw numbers before the adjustment* were May=139,179K June=139,761K, a gain of 582K, vs. a gain of 288K after seasonal adjustment. * = Adjustments for the Labor Dept.'s Birth-Death model go in before the seasonal adjustments. I don't know whether the raw numbers I repeated here are before or after the Birth-Death massaging was done.
The sense I got out of the 1960s called the legitimacy of the US government into question. A government that resembled an oppressor abroad and at home more than it did the voice of free people. An important part of the first portion of the Decl. of Independence was a depiction of what government is supposed to be and how it is supposed to related to the citizenry. The second portion listed the people's grievances against the British government. We need to revisit those ideas. Until we can get some consensus of what is currently wrong and what it should be instead, we will not be able to make progress back towards freedom.
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