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Obviously, Ann has never played soccer or she would understand the physical demands of the most popular sport in the world. In basketball, athletes run 2.5 miles during a game. In football, there is only 11 actual minutes of activity. In baseball, they don't even run a hundred yards (and a lot of those players look like they need to lose thirty or forty pounds). In soccer, they run nine miles per match and much of that at high speed bursts. Without question, all professional sports require an elite level of athletic skill, but soccer is by far the most physically demanding (there is also quite a bit of contact). That said, I will certainly allow that the histrionic flopping that plagues the game can be quite annoying (though the same might be said of basketball).
Although I deeply oppose the socialist worldview espoused by members of the big-government coalition, it would be a richly rewarding (no pun intended) experience to observe redistributionists lining up to give away their wealth first, before laying claim to anyone else's wealth.
Karll: Well said, although I wish I shared your "optimism". The Code of Laws of the United States of America (U.S.C.) = 200,000 pages, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) = 255,950 pages, and the U.S. Federal Tax Code = 73,954 pages. We only needed 7 pages of documents to found this country.
David1454: Excellent point. It was interesting to discover that during the government shutdown a few months ago, there are 800,000+ "non-essential" federal employees.
The only way to "properly" employ Keynesian economics is through a government powerful enough to enact and enforce its policies. Hence, the larger the government, the more likely it becomes to embrace a financial philosophy that requires ever-increasing power to justify itself.
Brilliant! The nuanced and selective concern for the rule of law exhibited by the Obama Administration is truly a wonder to behold.
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Making College Affordable

Ghost of the Republic Wrote: May 16, 2014 10:42 AM
Ed52: Brilliant point and absolutely spot on!
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Making College Affordable

Ghost of the Republic Wrote: May 16, 2014 10:38 AM
annfan_777: You raise a valid point. I would add that all parents, regardless of personal belief, should ask themselves if they are willing to subsidize the indoctrination of their children into whatever worldview that particular college espouses.
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Making College Affordable

Ghost of the Republic Wrote: May 16, 2014 10:29 AM
Richard Vedder, the economist mentioned in this article, is a distinguished professor of economics emeritus at Ohio University. He has produced copious research that every parent and potential college enrollee should read. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 54% of college graduates are un/under-employed. Vedder also noted that 2.4 million people with BA's or higher are employed as waiters/waitresses, parking lot attendants, receptionists... There is no shame in working an honest job, but spending six years (the avg. time it takes someone to graduate from college) and accumulating $26,000 of debt is not why those people graduated from college.
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The Real Vote Fraud

Ghost of the Republic Wrote: May 11, 2014 1:18 AM
Mr. Chapman: What a delightfully pleasant world you reside in, free from facts, evidence, or common sense. You must have a valid ID to do the following: hold a protest or rally; open a bank account; write/cash a check; use a credit card; test drive a car; purchase a motor vehicle; apply for a business license/building permit; secure employment; pick up your children at school; board an airplane; rent tools or an apartment; obtain a refund with no receipt; buy over-the-counter allergy medicine; get married; obtain a passport; rent a hotel room; close a real estate deal; apply for a credit card or home loan; pick up box office tickets; purchase a firearm, hunting and fishing license; purchase alcohol; purchase tobacco products; serve on a jury; redeem a lottery ticket; purchase spray paint; apply for welfare; apply for food stamps; admission to the hospital/see a doctor. But asking someone to present ID to cast their vote is somehow a waste of time? Democrats seem to be willing to go through an enormous amount of trouble to ignore a crime that has become increasingly widespread. As an independent, I can live with the election results as long as I know they are legitimate.
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