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While Border security is an issue, is it right to hold hostage the millions of hard working (or wishing to work) folks who are already here, while this separate issue is sorted out? Reality -- kill the option for illegals getting on gubermint welfare, nix chain migration, then offer marketplace based options for getting working visas of a wide variety of sorts. Result -- the vast majority of illegal border crossing issues go away. In other words, screw comprehensive stew by gangs (in the Senate). Deal with the border separately. Once worker immigration minus welfare is strongly dealt with that a many other problems will go away. After all, the Boston bozo's were on welfare, ... then citizenship. That's nutziod...
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No Skin in the Game

drfredc Wrote: Dec 06, 2012 3:12 AM
The clown pols, burros and many unions are protected from the havoc they spread by their defined benefit retirement plans -- plans that are underfunded and underperforming. Seems, with taxation being all the rage, these politicians, burros, and others with bankrupt defined benefit plans should have their incomes taxed sufficiently to bring their pensions back into solvency. It's likely such a tax will be pretty hefty, given the bloated salaries and pensions that have been passed out without much worker contribution. Perhaps it might dawn on some of these clowns that if they do something to promote prosperous economic activity by eliminating nonsense regulations and taxes that their pensions might grow and their taxes might go down.
The MW ought to be tied to a zip codes base wage (for example $7 @ 5% unemployment), plus or minus 10 cent per tenth of unemployment. This would reduce or eliminate numskull tinkering with the MW as there would be a marketplace check and balance to the MW. If unemployment is low, the MW would go up because marketforces would support a higher MW. If unemployment is high, the MW would go down, making it easier to hire and train employees. Areas with high unemployment might attract employers looking for low cost new trainable employees, helping bring these areas out of their doldrums by their own boot straps.
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Barney Frank Just Ripped You Off

drfredc Wrote: May 28, 2012 8:38 PM
The short version of the Dodd Frank finacial fiasco is it's all about moving money from outlying (red) small local banks to large (blue) city banks. For those still too dense to "get it", the fine print on why this matters is when loans and mortgages are paid off in the outlying areas, most of that money is sucked into the big city to be spent on big city interests -- like supporting Obamacrats. Sure, there's lots of other parts to Dodd Frank regulations, but basically, it all boils down to centralizing money and power for the politically connected Obamacrats. Oh, you didn't know that most big bankers now support Obamacrats? Go figure how the Media never mentions this fact -- your ignorance is the Obamacrats bliss.
If one looks at QE as a black economic box and tries to explain what it's supposed to be doing, one may find the more plausible notions is QE is all about adding some price to the underground economy to make it roughly on par with it's value if above ground, then 'taxing' it (by the QE amount) and instead of giving that revenue to Congress to waste, the Feds give it to the banks to spread around. As such, it's perhaps not as inflationary and economically damaging as one might otherwise think.
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