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Predatory Journalism

DG in GA Wrote: 13 hours ago (12:53 PM)
Thank you, Corbett. People who are consumers in the payday loan market are extremely high risk borrowers. They SHOULD be expected to pay an interest rate commensurate with that risk, or else they would not be able to get that money at all. If those borrowers qualified for a low interest rate loan, they'd be at the bank! As for the government artificially keeping the interest rates down on those loans, having been a banker during the Carter administration when we had double digit interest rates, people with GOOD credit couldn't get car loans or mortgages, due to the usury rates. Erwin complains about earning virtually nothing on his savings, well Erwin, you have a DEMOCRAT Congress to thank for that. The Dems abolished the minimum interest rates banks had to pay on savings accounts. And during a Democrat administration, Clinton, the Fed started keeping interest rates for lending artificially low so the economy would look better. This is highly inflationary, but who cares? Most Americans don't know the difference. But a bank that is forced by the market to make long term mortgages at 4% is NOT going to be paying you 5% on your savings account. Erwin, I highly recommend you purchase and read Dr. Sowell's books "Basic Economics" and "Applied Economics."
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Accuracy of Macroeconomic Forecasts

DG in GA Wrote: Oct 20, 2014 9:39 AM
I majored in Econ in college and always thought Macro was interesting but impossible to predict accurately because there are too many variables, and nobody can control all of them.
I have a few things to add to Doug's list: If your church has a STAGE, maybe you're not in church; If your church has TELEVISION CAMERAS, maybe you're not in church; If your church has a jazz band, maybe you're not in church; If your church sells CDs of the preacher or the "praise band," maybe you're not in church. Those things are all about show business, not God.
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When Paul Became Muhammad

DG in GA Wrote: Oct 02, 2014 12:10 PM
Interesting column. I have had similar conversations with my siblings. We all come from the same gene pool, we all have basically the same level of intelligence, were educated in the same schools, had the same opportunities to attend and FINISH college and had the same influences while we were growing up. It is not MY fault that a few of my sibs dropped out of college. It is not MY fault that they refuse to work. It is not our parents' fault that these sibs have no ambition and somehow feel that sitting around feeling sorry for themselves and blaming other people for their failures is a life plan. Winning the lottery is NOT a retirement plan either. Yet my underachieving sibs blame everyone but themselves for their failures and bad choices, and then resent the heck out of their sibs who worked hard in school and at their careers and have comfortable lives and will have comfortable retirements. Now the underachievers think the wealthier sibs OWE them financial support as they approach retirement. Our family appears to be a microcosm of greater issues out in the world.
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The Culture of Passing the Buck

DG in GA Wrote: Oct 02, 2014 11:59 AM
Do NOT reinstitute the draft. Our Armed Forces really don't want to have to deal with the dregs of society in their midst. It just gets more people killed. Better for the military to be selective than to have drug-addled troops and thousands of soldiers and sailors, etc., who really don't want to be there.
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Millennials Still Want to Marry

DG in GA Wrote: Oct 01, 2014 11:45 AM
While I hate to admit that Ken has a point in his post, I also have to look at the Millennial men in my life and I see clearly that none of them wants to get married, and a big reason why not is because they come from divorced parents. These young men saw the ugliness of divorce first hand as children, and want no part of marriage as a result. Even when one or both parents went on to have a happy second marriage, my Millennial men say they can get all the sex they want from the young women they know, without any form of commitment. Once the girls start talking about a more permanent relationship the guys split and move on to another girl. So these guys are getting everything they want, without having any kind of responsibility. A couple of them have even had vasectomies because they don't want children, and they certainly don't want to be paying child support to someone they didn't marry in the first place.
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Must We Loose This Mortal Coil at 75?

DG in GA Wrote: Sep 30, 2014 11:40 AM
One thing saw in his piece in The Atlantic is that Dr. Emauel was referring to his own PARENTS, who are in their mid-80's, as living unproductive lives and should be put to sleep. His father had a heart attack in his late 70's, and, as a result, had to slow down and give up his medical practice. He said they still enjoy life, traveling, gardening, etc., but they are not WORKING, so basically they have no value. How proud they must be of their absolutely worthless offspring. As for docs being reimbursed for having end-of-life discussions, I have news for you, they already have those discussions with their patients. There just isn't a separate reimbursement code for it. But I was with my MIL when she and the doc had "the talk," and my 90-year-old parents have already been turned down for a few medical procedures because of their age. Another friend's father had kidney cancer and the surgeon wanted to remove the kidney (the guy had cancer) but the anesthesiologist said no, because someone his age probably would not survive the surgery. So he lived for another two years with the cancer, and died quietly at 92. In the meantime he was playing golf, going to the country club for dinner, dating a nice woman, and living the rest of his life. While I think Zeke Emanual is a miserable excuse for a human being, anyone who thinks docs aren't already having end-of-life discussions, or that Medicare and insurance companies don't already have restrictions on what procedures they are willing to pay for on behalf of elderly Americans, you're kidding yourselves.
Mark, I would suggest that if their respective religious beliefs were truly important to them, they would have chosen mates who shared those beliefs. I suspect this child will be raised in the "we'll raise the kid with no religion and then s/he can choose whether or not s/he wants a religion when s/he grows up." So they will probably have a secular Christmas, Easter will be about eggs and bunnies and candy and not about resurrection, and the child will be an atheist when s/he grows up. I don' think anyone truly believes that the CLINTONS raised their child with a firm Christian foundation, considering how the two adults in that family have behaved over the years. I don't know anything about Chelsea's husband and his faith, but, again, if he was a religious Jew he wouldn't have married her in the first place.
It amazes me that people are surprised that Obama doesn't have a clue what is going on around the world. I remember during his first term it was widely reported that he never attended his morning security briefings. Why would anyone think he would have changed? Of course, I also think that he is in cahoots with the Caliphate builders, which woulde another reason to ignore the National Security briefings.
It amazes me that people are surprised that Obama doesn't have a clue what is going on around the world. I remember during his first term it was widely reported that he never attended his morning security briefings. Why would anyone think he would have changed? Of course, I also think that he is in cahoots with the Caliphate builders, which woulde another reason to ignore the National Security briefings.
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