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A Halo for Selfishness

Dot462 Wrote: Apr 08, 2014 3:21 PM
It's interesting that the voting that goes on with satellite and cable TV shows Fox News outperforming the others by far. Maybe certain demographics watch Fox and other demographics watch MSNBC, etc., and maybe those who watch Fox actually vote. It would be interesting to research. I haven't watched much of the screaming about this SCOTUS decision, but I see it on the news outlets on the internet. Interesting how the left hollers when rich people like the Koch brothers contribute to political causes, but they don't scream when George Soros and rich movie actors do the same. It's all about money. Just like it's OK to drive the CEO of Mozilla out for something he did years ago that wasn't OK with certain people, but if a CEO or other business figure supports something they like, nothing is said.
Mr. Eich should never have allowed himself to be driven out and Mozilla's chairman should not have been so quick to cave in under pressure from loud activists. Thousands of people might refuse to use Mozilla, but other thousands will support Mozilla if it stood up to PC people who to not tolerate anyone who disagrees with them. I call the PC people "bash your face in" people because their general attitude is "if you don't agree with me I'll bash your face in." Such people can be found in the ranks of homosexuals, heterosexuals, religious people, atheists -- you name the group there are probably some in it who would institute an inquisition against those who disagree with them. If Mozilla is really interested in tolerance, they wouldn't can their CEO because he donated money to Prop. 8. Unfortunately, the "bash your face in" people scare companies and individuals. I'm sure Mr. Eich will find employment forthwith in a workplace with more tolerance. Perhaps he might be glad to leave California to the intolerance of the activist, intolerant groups which have invaded and polluted the state. Save yourself, Mr. Eich, and move where there's no state income tax.
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Minimum Wage: All Jacked Up

Dot462 Wrote: Apr 01, 2014 6:56 PM
Exactly right. I observed when Nevada last raised its minimum I think three years ago the unemployment rate went up 1% the next month. Coincidence? Nevada already led the nation in unemployment, so raising the minimum just made it worse.
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How Foreign is Our Policy?

Dot462 Wrote: Apr 01, 2014 6:41 PM
A majority can be anti-American, just as they can vote for expropriation of money from rich people, or elect a president who promises to cure cancer and lower the ocean levels. A majority can advocate or vote for anything they want to, which is the downside of democracy. Cultural relativism says that everybody's culture is OK because they believe it and other cultures can't question it. But, in fact, many actions and principles are (or should be) universal. Just because a majority of those who believe in Islam also believe in punishment based on sharia law sanctioning honor killings doesn't mean they should have the power to implement such law regardless of what Christians or Jews or Buddhists might believe. The principle that murder is wrong should be universal. If we are going to accept that liberals have changed the definition of anti-American, then maybe we don't have universal principles. I dispute that a majority of the electorate accepts a "new" definition of anti-American. More likely, many don't even have a definition of it that they can articulate.
Remember, union members (even those who are required to be a member) can opt out of the part of their dues used for political purposes. I don't think the Beck decision has been overturned yet. So, that option is open, sometimes only during certain times of the year, depending on the contract. Most people don't take advantage of this because they have to do it in writing and, therefore, the union knows who is doing this. One nice thing that a couple states have done is refuse to collect dues by payroll deduction, thereby requiring the union to collect directly from members.
If there are any "conservative" or "extreme Republicans" left in N.Y. (don't know why any are still there), take the message and get out. Go to a state that doesn't tax you to death and still has some individual liberty. But, if you come to Nevada don't vote for bigger govt, more taxes, restrictions on freedom. We've got enough refugees from the state to our west bringing their bad voting habits here.
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Do Americans Prefer Deception?

Dot462 Wrote: Nov 20, 2013 5:31 PM
But, look, there are jobs available: Greeter at WalMart, checkout watcher at Costco or Sam's Club. They hire old people and handicapped people. It doesn't take much skill to do these jobs, but it does take patience and you can do it while collecting SS. If you're really out of luck and only get SS, but retired too early for Medicare, you might qualify for Medicaid. Don't feel like you shouldn't get on these programs; you paid taxes all your life, didn't you? You've been ripped off with FICA taxes all the time you worked. They won't cut SS off to you. The biggest fear you might have is that the currency is run into the ground and your SS money turns out to buy one candy bar a month. You might die before that happens. I retired a couple years ago thinking I might not live to see the impending chaos, but now I think I might and I'm not looking forward to seeing it. But, in the meantime, I'll take what I can get.
Only two ways Obama didn't know about the impending failure of the website: 1) His underlings were too afraid to tell him, maybe in fear of the shoot-the-messenger syndrome; 2) his underlings actually didn't know it was going to fail, so they couldn't tell him. I think the first alternative is the one, since he's such a narcissist and demands that his underlings kowtow to him and he could never admit that he was wrong about something. The second alternative isn't believable because probably a lot of programmers and systems people knew this thing wasn't going to work. They probably communicated this, although they may have said something like "my part works" and nobody tested all the parts together. Sebelius ultimately is responsible for this, being the Sec of HHS, but apparently she doesn't know much about computer systems or websites and maybe she also is the type of manager that underlings don't want to tell bad news to. It should be difficult for any intelligent person to look at the way this ACA rollout has worked and still have confidence that Obama and his minions know anything at all, other than the magical thinking that allows them to delude themselves that command-and-control systems with 300 million people affected can work.
Intentions mean nothing. Every politician says they want to help the poor. It's what programs they advocate that set them apart. If a program is based on a principle like taking some people's property and giving it to other people based on need then over time such programs lead to failure as the people being looted are either impoverished themselves or leave the area where looting is possible, leaving "the poor" as the only people living there (see Detroit). A reason for high rents and high property costs in NY is rent control. A reason for landlords burning buildings to collect on insurance because of no incentive to repair or maintain the building can be rent control. The intent there was to help people live in NY with lower rent, so inequities like one apartment renting for $600 a month under rent control being located in the same building with an apartment renting for $3000 because it's not rent controlled. Unintended consequences? Sitting down and discussing basic principles usually leads to clarity about what a politician really believes. DeBlasio clearly believes govt has the "right" (not just the power) to redistribute money from those he considers "rich" to those he considers "poor." If a reform agenda is based on that basic principle, then those who believe people have a right to keep what they earn and manage their property outside of govt-dictated rent are probably not going to reach much of an agreement. Kind of like a private property advocate debating with bureaucrats in the former Soviet Union.
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BART, Shutdown: Waiting for the Apocalypses

Dot462 Wrote: Oct 17, 2013 10:18 PM
You can look up BART salaries on a website. Just Google BART salaries. You might be amazed. It's ridiculous that these people don't have to make any contributions to health costs. A 3% raise each year for three years is higher than most people are getting. This is what caused Detroit to go bankrupt. Unsustainable pensions, ridiculous wages, paralyzing union rules, corruption, bribery, who knows what. The union is yelling that the 3% raise won't cover the contributions to pension and health, but a lot of people elsewhere get NOTHING as a raise and are glad to have a job. I know it's expensive to live in the Bay Area. I lived there up until 1995 and then found that I would have had to almost double my salary in order to continue to live there (husband became disabled), so I moved to Nevada and never regretted it. It's expensive in the Bay Area so salaries generally reflect that (note the high minimum wage in S.F.), but if you can't afford to live there while working for BART, perhaps you aren't managing your money very well. Somebody has to pay for higher BART prices. Even though some people think a business can run at a loss, eventually it can't, so paying employees higher than is justified just won't work. But, I guess we'll just have to see whether it's possible to antagonize even Bay Area residents against a union.
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Weaker by the Week

Dot462 Wrote: Oct 17, 2013 10:04 PM
Maybe we're at the point where the country has to learn what doesn't work by experimenting with European style welfare statism. The Europeans are turning away from it because it is bankrupting them, but we're not there yet. So, maybe we have to allow the Dems to have enough rope to hang themselves. Obamacare helps because it may fail. Expansion of eligibility for govt handouts such as SNAP and SS disability will accelerate the huge debt that we already have. By the time Obama leaves office, the debt may be $21 trillion. People haven't learned that debt can't be run up forever with no consequences and they may have to learn it through pain and suffering. The Repubs (old guard) labeled Ron Paul a nutjob, but he was telling the economic truth. A few in the Repubs (Rand Paul and some others) are carrying on with the message about the debt, but they're already starting to be labeled nutjobs and by their own party members (e.g. John McCain). The Repubs can't do anything if they are no different than Dems. They're seen as stubborn, recalcitrant whereas Obama is seen as statesmanlike and reasoned (this is the media spin on it). I guess you're right, Mike, that the Repubs don't have a good PR guy.
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