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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
A study with negative findings, demonstrating a "problem" is minor or nonexistent, does not lead to further funding opportunities related to the problem. Negative findings only benefit the taxpayer. I wouldn't be surprised that government grants are available to study & correct these conditions the left could consider either unfair or intolerable: 1. If you take any group of people and test them using any criteria at least half the people in that group are at or below average. 2. The sun always rises in an easterly direction; California is always three hours behind New York. 3. Pi is not 3 4. The public majority refuses to accept non-gender personal pronouns replacing his/her or he/she. 5. The public majority doesn't like dollar coins and two dollar bills. 6. Dihydrogen Monoxide is a very cheap and readily available chemical that is linked to thousands of deaths annually but people continue to use it, often carelessly. 7. 24 times a century February is given special treatment never made available to the other 11 months .
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The American Public Gets Smart

Ed52 Wrote: Nov 13, 2014 12:42 PM
This is just a blatant example of bureaucrats supporting the The New Commandments for Successful Politicians: 1. Rely on people believing (a) the title of a law regardless of what's in the law and (b) the law is the ideal solution and works perfectly. 2. Rely on people not comprehending the size of a billion (~$3.20/per person) or trillion (~$3,200.00/per person) or realizing the 1,000 times difference. 3. Reduce everything to a slogan. 4. Change education to superficially teach logic, math, literature, history and science. An innumerate voter is your friend; scientific illiteracy is a bonus. 5. Deny all absolutes - all statements & conditions are relative and subjective. 6. Use terms that allow the listeners/readers to interpret/understand that which is most favorable or comfortable for them. Good ones are: "diversity", "fairness", "affordable", "change", "inequity", "greedy", "poverty", "middle class", "rich". 7. Convince the majority that trying hard and meaning well is much better and more admirable than actually doing what you said you would do. 8. Rely on people thinking they don't understand the entirety of what you're saying rather than thinking you are talking irrationally or are living in some other reality. 9. Dismiss any unwanted but otherwise appropriate question as a nothing but logistical details and/or mere formalities. 10. The prime (only) responsibility is to get re-elected.
A lot of the expense factors in the housing calculations are incorporated into rents. Rental payments give one a place to live without building any equity - a fee for service arrangement. The biggest unknown as to investment value in house ownership is the volatility of the market combined with the presence (or absence) of a mobile, credit-worthy, employed population looking to buy/upgrade housing.
It seems to me that Boehner is a traditionalist caught in the past when we had "statesmen" in Congress. We need a Speaker who can lead while withstanding fear, intimidation, threats and taunts. Tradition consistently snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. The traditional Republican/patrician mindset is: 1. Always be a gentleman, fight "fair", honestly and honorably; never demean yourself by using the tactics of the Democrats. 2. The Democrats don't knowingly lie - they are just misinformed, mislead and, in their ignorance, misinterpret the true issues. We should try to educate them, not treat them as insidious, lying, power-hungry opportunists. All of us want the country and its citizens to prosper and grow. 3. The uppity newcomers are barbarians and are not to be accepted because they don't play by the "rules". Democrats understand and play by the rules, therefore they are more acceptable, even in their incorrect beliefs. We are confident the newly elected will learn over time.
Game Plan: 1. Envision the world they way you would like it to be, maximize warm-fuzzies, unicorns and stardust; eliminate cold-pricklies. 2. Assume that making it so, especially if it calls for diminishing the factors of capitalism: selfishness, productivity and prosperity; is not only GOOD but the only true path to a glorious future. 3. Pay no heed to those who do not agree with you. 4. Assume all world leaders share your dreams and are absolutely truthful, honorable, honest and desirous of sharing your self-sacrificial attitude – all for the good of the world (and, of course, the children). 5. Negotiate accordingly. Deem any result of negotiation as a success. 6. Lament Congress and most of the American Public are not as enlightened as the world leaders. 7. If it is not yet January 21, 2017, go to step 1.
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Educational Fraud

Ed52 Wrote: Nov 12, 2014 10:50 AM
I suppose this situation is not called slavery because of all the good intentions of those that mean well. A small percentage of the athletes will advance into professional leagues, fewer will make the big leagues. If those that make it mange to not get hurt they will do OK in life until their short careers are over and they have to make do on whatever they were able to hold on to when they made real money. The others will no longer be useful, having no marketable skills after being built up for a big let-down. The well-meaning administrators will lament that the students should have known better and taken advantage or their educational opportunities. Seems to me this is betrayal akin to wide-scale domestic violence.
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Sharyl Attkisson Vs. Cynical Liberals

Ed52 Wrote: Nov 12, 2014 9:26 AM
I don't think it's a coincidence that the quality of journalism - researching, questioning, relating to context and history and actually reporting - has declined greatly since the establishment of a "Journalism" major in colleges. In the before times a liberal arts major gave people at least a familiarity with history, geography, art, literature, economics, philosophy, psychology, etc. plus the skill to observe, research and analyze objectively. Current reporters don't seem to know enough to know what they don't know and seem to lack awareness, objectivity and those skills of observation, research, and analysis that lead to the formulation of pertinent questions. Of course, if they had possessed those skills they would not have absorbed, believed and sworn fealty to all the liberal twaddle from their professors and become committed to changing the world to conform to their wishin' & hopin' visions. There is, of course, the point that committing real reporting is hard work and is likely to hamper one's social life.
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America's Education Crisis

Ed52 Wrote: Nov 12, 2014 7:10 AM
The Democrats started the “War on Poverty” about fifty years ago. Since then there has been a reduction in individual responsibility and an increase in the institutionalization of victimhood and fixing the blame for failure as opposed to fixing the problems that hinder success. On a practical level, an uneducated voter is a Democrat's most avid supporter.
Yep, and they're shocked that outside the town centers there are no street lights, no sidewalks and quite a few unpaved roads. Fire & ambulance service is provided by volunteers, private companies pick up trash and they have to learn about wells and septic tanks. They complain while enjoying real estate taxes a quarter to a third of what they used to pay.
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The Fix Is In

Ed52 Wrote: Nov 11, 2014 7:42 PM
The administration of our current Fearless Leader only has to defer bad things from happening until the evening of Friday, January 20, 2017. Bad things are defined as anything for which blame cannot be avoided, denied, shifted or ignored.
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