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Can Trust Save Us?

Ed52 Wrote: Jul 09, 2014 2:59 PM
Recovery is severely hampered by (a) laws and regulations protecting the established and prohibiting competition without official sanction and (b) patent & copyright laws that allow for broad coverage stifling innovation and efficiency. Examples - laws against co-operative transportation arrangements will result in people being arrested for picking up their neighbor's cousin at the airport, owning a patent or copyright allows for blocking the use of the idea and preventing dissemination despite market demand.
Any implication of free choice and individual thinking is anathema to liberals who want to mandate everything they like and prohibit everything else, especially when some nebulous "they" end up paying for the mandates.
Unacceptable labels on which to run: Clinton Democrat Carter Democrat Kennedy Democrat Truman Democrat Roosevelt & Johnson seem to be acceptable.
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The Right to Paid Vacation

Ed52 Wrote: Jul 08, 2014 11:55 AM
I agree with bigbill10 and Heinlein's TANSTAAFL. Two weeks vacation raises payroll costs by 3.8% plus the cost of vacation coverage and/or production delays caused by reduced/replaced staffing. Those talking mandates seldom understand that if someone is not at work the work is not getting done and there are financial ramifications to the work not getting done. Those who are paid by government or non-profits have little concern for the real world problems and the difficulties in overcoming obstacles faced by those who pay the taxes and make the donations that fund their jobs. If they bother to think at all they assume that if they kill a golden goose there are always more goslings coming up to take their place.
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Common Core Becomes a Nightmare

Ed52 Wrote: Jul 08, 2014 11:29 AM
The common core standards are defensible; the actual implementation is not. The defenders conflate the two, trying and succeeding in confusing the critics and giving the media their talking points. The contracted cronies are businesses that control both the content of tests and the pool of remedial and coaching materials. It behooves the businesses to construct tests to guarantee mediocre to poor results in the beginning years so the remedial and coaching materials will sell well and will be proven to be invaluably beneficial over time as the subsequent tests will show. This factor get obfuscated when (a) political correctness drives the content and distracts from the larger intent and (b) people with no real world experience construct questions with answer choices that are vague or not mutually exclusive and (c) the underlying political power structure relies on an unaware and undereducated voting populace to blindly vote for them and keep them in power. And, of course, the elitist educrats can't afford to ever admit error and will always ridicule suggestions of conspiracy.
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15 Ways Liberals Are Like Bratty Kids

Ed52 Wrote: Jul 08, 2014 11:19 AM
It is not the liberal's problem that you overcame difficulties and succeeded without their benevolent and charitable help. The fact that you did that obviously means you are guilty of exploiting others along the way. At the very least by working in a productive, efficient and mutually beneficial manner that raised the bar for others, making some who demand jobs look bad because they do not grasp the concept of "work" or the required associated behavior. The best way you can assuage the guilt assigned to you is to quietly pay your "fair share" without any expectation of thanks.
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A Primer on Race

Ed52 Wrote: Jul 08, 2014 11:06 AM
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. C. S. Lewis
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Much Ado About Nothing

Ed52 Wrote: Jul 03, 2014 11:57 AM
At what point in history did a third party's unwillingness to pay for something become equivalent to depriving a person ability to acquire that something? In the past, employee coverage did not cover cosmetic surgery so a co-worker paid for it himself. This was an expression of freedom of choice – diverting personal resources for personal reasons. Obviously, this is a concept anathema to our current government. This attitude, with an underlying desire to establish “single-payer” for health care, will lead to further debacles as the populace increasingly believes such a plan will cover “everything” medical. The politicians and bureaucrats are unaware of the meaning of “everything” and the attendant details, they just think of Physicians, Surgeons and Hospitals. They leave out: Nurse Practitioners, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Services, Dentists & Dental Surgeons; Psychiatrists; Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies; Medical Social Work, Podiatry,Visiting Nurses, Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, Psychology, Mental Health Services, Laboratory Services, Orthotists/Orthotics, Prosthetists/Prosthetics, X-ray/MRI/CAT services, Prescription Medications and Vaccines, Hospice, Transportation Services (Emergency Ambulance; Non-Emergency Ambulance/Ambulette/Buses & Taxis); Durable Medical Equipment Purchase/Rental, Oxygen Services, Radiation Therapy, Renal Services, Vision Services/Glasses/Contacts, Hearing Services/Hearing Aids, Dental Appliances/Implants/Restorations, Home Care Supplies (including Post-Surgical Supplies, Diabetic Supplies, Ostomy Supplies, Incontinence Supplies), Residential/Custodial Services (Skilled Nursing Facilities, Health Related Facilities, Convalescent Care Centers, Rehabilitation Centers, Adult Day Care) and Non-Conventional Specialties such as Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Nutritionists, Midwifery. I probably omitted some others. Medical insurance developed over decades presenting coverage choices to various populations in keeping with the fundamental idea of insurance as a consumer's bet against bad things happening. Obamacare coverage limits the choices and increases insurance costs as the gamut of bad things increases along with adding more things that are close to inevitable.
The Declaration of Independence ends with: "we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor." We need to find and elect people who personalize that pledge and act accordingly for the good of the nation and its people (and recognize the redundancy in that phrase).
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Equality! Obama's the Worst!

Ed52 Wrote: Jul 03, 2014 11:26 AM
The quality of our elected officials, especially at the Federal level has declined greatly since the superficially educated have gradually increased and become an influential voting bloc.
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