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Gas Prices and Political Mythology

J352 Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 12:09 PM
"The bigger reason the price plummeted in 2008 was Bush announced they would open up production, and the market believed him" - Wow, you think US domestic "confidence" effected globally determined oil and then refined petroleum prices? Show us some analysis regarding this effect; FYI you won't find any because it isn't remotely true (sorry).
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Obama Sells Old Ideas as New

J352 Wrote: Sep 06, 2012 12:02 PM
Wow, Jonah - this is shallow even for you. Since when has innovation been partisan or political? Can any political party these days claim to be innovative and the promoter of new ideas? Come on. "Politics" is so devolved (and decoupled from any notions of governance or leadership) that it no longer can claim to be a dynamic process. Pick on politicians if you wish but the effort is wasted. Nevertheless to be pragmatic investment in our infrastructure is critical. Jonah cherry picks some silly comments to critique the Pres and touts that the US is far and away doing fine (no need for old, bad ideas like folksy "alternative" energy). Yet check out (http://www.economist.com/node/18620944) for context. And yes the Economist leans right.
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The ‘Risk’ of Being Poor

J352 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 9:59 PM
Money where my mouth is? You don't need to justify what you do to me in the context of poverty why should I justify my actions to you? I am simply some dumb liberal to you - what could I possibly do (or have done) that would satisfy you. Again, I applaud your good work; keep up the hard work.
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The ‘Risk’ of Being Poor

J352 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 9:53 PM
Lifestyle choices; this is your take home message regarding the folks you help? Dig deeper and you may appreciate what it is you do on a more profound level. Your indicators of what's wrong with the people you help are fairly shallow (cell phones and tattoos?) and not really indicative of anything - for many poor, money is ephemeral (here today, gone tomorrow) so what? should they be investing it - perhaps but how so?. Yet you recognize a systemic issue here (children raising children). Poverty is a complex issue; transcends lifestyle choices. You do good work, no doubt. You may learn more if you try.
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The ‘Risk’ of Being Poor

J352 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 7:53 PM
Ok. So what?
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The ‘Risk’ of Being Poor

J352 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 7:47 PM
Jenni, the world you live in must be pretty sweet. In your world all it takes are "better choices" to be free of illness and injury and likewise have excellent healthcare, to never be laid off, to never have to care for aging parents, never get old for that matter, to never be under employed, to always have reliable transportation, to always have access to inexpensive and healthy food, to always have affordable housing, etc. No irony either in a conservative touting safety net programs while (I am guessing here) simultaneously despising such programs and hopeful their budgets are eliminated. In your world poor people uniformly make bad choices and shelters and what not allow them to have cushy lives nevertheless.... Awesome.
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The ‘Risk’ of Being Poor

J352 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 7:36 PM
No irony in "AliveinHim" is there. You must be doing Him proud.
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The ‘Risk’ of Being Poor

J352 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 7:35 PM
Yes, there are really poor people in Mexico. There are really poor (in absolute terms) people in Africa. There are really poor people all over the world; so that means that there are not poor people in the US? People of my "ilk" just don't get it do we? Do me a favor and look up relative poverty. I bet Wikipedia has a decent page.
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The ‘Risk’ of Being Poor

J352 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 7:04 PM
Better choices. Hmm. Is it not possible to be born into poverty? There is really no point in arguing with you as you seem to have it all figured out.
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The ‘Risk’ of Being Poor

J352 Wrote: Sep 05, 2012 4:44 PM
Bruce, I like how you base your (what appears to be a generalized) opinion here with a sample of 1. You aren't alone here in TH where the world is black and white and n=1 is good enough to base a broad opinion on. This is the kind of analytical power that appeals to the Neal B's of the world.
Thanks for this comment. hawkins sure complains a lot about an America where someone can be a "professional" blogger and (presumably) make a living making shallow lists.
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