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Great fact finding. Precisely what was needed. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
I agree with the basic analysis. But when the DC court reviews the decision in full, it will probably be overturned since Obama packed that court with progressive judges following Reid's implementation of the nuclear option. Still hope remains for this line of attack. There are two more similar cases pending in Indianapolis and Oklahoma City. Since those two district courts have solid Republican majorities in judicial positions, it seems likely that at least one of them will declare the HHS/IRS disregard for the plain language of the law is improper. Then the case will have to be heard by the Supreme Court. Still, the Supreme Court could go either way. Remember Chief Justice Robert's mental gymnastics to justify the individual mandate as a "tax" when even the law's advocates were declaring loudly and publicly that the individual mandate was not a tax. We live in sorry times. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Dr. Paul: I agree with you on just about every issue I can think of but I do believe you are at least partially wrong on this one. First, all of the things you said weren't being reported on have, in fact, been reported -- not always in the major media but that information is readily available either on FOX or in popular websites. But the evidence for blaming Putin/separatists is much more overwhelming than you seem to believe: We do have the initial tweets, we do have the blatant lies being promulgated by pro-Russian media, we do have the obvious obstruction of the investigation. But I do agree with you on the main issue. The fact that Putin is a thug and the fact that the ethnic Russian separatists are a minority attempting to impose Russian will on a majority Ukrainian population does not mean that we should be arming the nationalists who also appear to be bad lot or even imposing economic sanctions on Russia. Our involvement can only make a very bad situation worse and would impose unreasonable costs on Americans to boot. To the extent that you are arguing against the counterproductive proposals of neo-cons, bravo. To the extent that you are arguing that Putin or the separatists are perhaps justified, brickbats. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Where's That Inflation I Was Promised?

lee362 Wrote: Jul 17, 2014 7:02 AM
I think the most interesting issue is the question of why, given the massive increase in available money, inflation has not soared. If the economy were actually growing, it might be absorbed without inflation, but that is clearly not the case. I do have some hunches about the increase in foreign demand for American cash and the outflow of cash to lower tax foreign countries. I don't know really but I would sure like to know. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
New Bedford has absorbed about 400 mainly Mayan teens recently. All have received permisos and most have moved into the local high school. High school proficiency testing in Math and English showed student proficiency declined by up to 50% from the start of the school year to the close of the school year. The damage is being done in primarily minority and poor communities like Lynn and New Bedford. As an open border advocate I would welcome hard working families but no one can approve the effects of luring needy, sick, malnourished, kids and teens here to become dependent on taxpayer-funded welfare. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Immigration is good for our country and our restrictive immigration laws are harmful. Immigrants generally create more jobs than they take (with only a few exceptions in Europe). I would welcome more productive hard-working families since they would add to our communal wealth and keep consumer costs down. It is however wrong to lure dependent, needy kids here with the promise of a permiso and force taxpayers to foot the bill. Ron Paul is both honest and correct in his positions on this crisis. President Obama meddled with the immigration system to cause this humanitarian crisis and is now lying about sending these kids back. It's not happening. Locally here in New Bedford, 400 Central American kids have already been absorbed and are stressing local services. Read the recent series of articles on the crisis in the New Bedford Standard Times to see how this is playing out in one community. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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The Real Vote Fraud

lee362 Wrote: May 11, 2014 7:19 AM
Having extensive experience monitoring elections, I want to congratulate you on getting the facts fairly straight. Vote fraud is real enough but it is seldom a result of impersonations. Republicans should drop their demands for ID laws for three reasons. First, it does not correct any real problem. Second, it doesn't even work to disenfranchise Democratic votes -- the studies done so far indicate that ID laws do not suppress minority votes. Third, it makes it easy for Democrats to call Republicans racists. Correcting real vote fraud would involve cleaning up absentee balloting and cleaning the voters rolls. While some Republicans have worked on these issues, few understand voting issues well enough to recognize the problems. Thanks for contributing to the debate that might correct this shortcoming. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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A Personal Note on Inequality

lee362 Wrote: Mar 08, 2014 8:47 AM
I too am a libertarian but I do think your observations are inaccurate for the subset of people at the bottom of the socioeconomic heap. I went to a nice Connecticut school in a community where blacks and Jews were not allowed to live (by covenants) and even Roman Catholics were suspect, I was probably the poorest kid in the school. Over time I have done very well economically thanks to hard work and talent and some luck but in the process I have been desperately poor when I was paying for college and graduate school and under apprenticeship. So for years I lived in hovels with cockroaches and rats in decrepit buildings in crime-ridden slums and got to know a lot of neighbors. Most of these neighbors were trapped in poverty and saw no way out of it. They rode in taxis while I walked because the govt paid for transportation and they chased their spouses out of the house because govt inspectors would take away their few benefits if a man was found, etc., etc. They were too frightened of losing their govt handouts to do anything that might improve their long-term prospects of success. I tried to talk to some of them about making better decisions but I was dismissed, "It's easy for you because you're going someplace else but we're stuck here forever." And I was probably poorer than most of them. Those of us with good value systems often underestimate the barriers to mobility for the neediest people in our society. I don't have good answers to the problem but I do know that poverty truly cannot be overcome by people who are chronically addicted to immediate gratification and have been convinced that this is the correct or even the only way to live. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Vladwe is correct and it is even worse than he says. The only place where Russians actually dominate (in spite of Stalin's starvation of native Ukrainians and the forced resettlement of much of the country with generally unwilling Russians) is the Crimea which was forcibly stolen from the Tatars who were forcibly relocated to central Asia. They have been joyfully trickling back to their homeland since the fall of the Soviets and now form a small but decidedly anti-Russian minority in the Crimea.. Yes, Russia wants the Crimea -- nice beaches, warm weather, beautiful landscapes -- called the "Gem" of the Soviet Union -- as well as good access to the Black Sea and hence the Mediterranean and the rest of the world. But giving the thief his loot, even if he has held title to it for decades, is not justice. I would not argue for intervention -- we already meddle too much in too many places -- but we justifiably may express moral outrage over the continuing depredations of an imperialistic and inhumane regime in Russia. And we are obliged to use moral suasion to convince the Russians to back off -- worldwide condemnation might work as it worked to convince colonial powers to leave Africa, the UK to leave India, and apartheidists .and slavers to go into new lines of business. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Why We Lost The War On Poverty

lee362 Wrote: Feb 08, 2014 10:07 AM
Excellent essay. I'll try it out on my progressive friends. I doubt it will work -- they are usually immune to facts and prefer their ideological misconceptions -- but I am making headway with a few of them. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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