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How Democrats Defeated Themselves

Ed52 Wrote: Nov 17, 2014 1:12 PM
The party has changed and lives in fear of the traditional blue collar Democrats noticing. Both Truman, a Democrat who integrated the military, and Kennedy, a Democrat who said "...ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." (He did not mean “pay more taxes”.) were Democrats of a different time, when government was still mostly “of the people, by the people and for the people” and politicians were not made rich through public service. Unacceptable labels on which Democrats can run: Clinton Democrat, Carter Democrat, Kennedy Democrat, Truman Democrat. Roosevelt Democrat & Johnson Democrat seem to be acceptable.
1. Looking back at history we see a myriad of programs that started out as basic assistance: giving adequate health care or giving people a chance to get back on their feet. The good-hearted liberals kept improving benefits without consideration of "unintended consequences" and developed situations where a recipient taking a low paying job suffers a huge loss of benefits and a lot lower total income. This is entrapment, one step above slavery. 2. Cultural attitudes, customs and liberal progressive programs seem to have resulted in the stifling of an entire race. At the time of the Emancipation Proclamation Blacks made up 12.5% of the population - 1 in 8. Even with Madison Grant's anachronistic "one-drop" rule the relative population has not increased in 150 years. It would not be PC (so it is neither necessary nor desirable) to discuss the reasons and factors for what would otherwise be an outrageous condition. As the situation becomes more blatant, the group members themselves may start thinking of themselves as individuals, become aware and empowered, and start acting and voting in their own interests.
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Sen. Feinstein Goes to War Against Airbnb

Ed52 Wrote: Nov 16, 2014 9:31 AM
Protecting the status quo is what politicians attempt throughout history. Unplanned and uncontrolled change frightens them. I expect stories of of legal problems and arrests of people (a) allowing vacationing friends or relatives to stay with them and (b) picking up friends or relatives at an airport or anywhere in a big city.
It's not my problem if someone gets the vapors when confronted with an image or word he/she finds disquieting. Allowing such people to control my or your actions grants them too much power and encourages escalation. Freedom of Speech implies neither a "Right to an Audience" nor a "Right to be Taken Seriously"; it does imply a Freedom to Ignore. Exercising the Freedom to Ignore against the perpetually indignant should occur more often.
I expect whatever China has paid to former presidents after they left office will look like chump change compared to to the "speaker honorariums" and "consulting fees" I suspect Obama will get.
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How to Get Away With Sleazy Sex Scenes

Ed52 Wrote: Nov 14, 2014 8:23 AM
The FCC is too busy trying gain more power, looking to can erect barriers so the internet has more difficulty competing with the government supporters in the broadcast world. Bothering the broadcasters might reduce campaign contributions to the current crop of Congress Critters who are leaving the FCC alone.
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.
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