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Why China Is Cooperating on Climate Change

lee362 Wrote: Nov 24, 2014 10:09 PM
While China is trying to clean up its awful air pollution problem, there are ways to do it that do not involve switching to more expensive renewables and they are pursuing these. But the Chinese motivation for agreeing to this climate deal is really much more simple. They have 16 years to enjoy watching America lose jobs and economic clout while futilely trying to switch to renewables before they simply can reneg on the deal. In 16 years the leadership will have changed and there will be plenty of intervening events to make a reneg plausible. In short, the Chinese have agreed to do absolutely nothing for the next 16 years while we tie ourselves up in knots. Doesn't sound much like cooperation to me. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Among the many problems with the line of argument made by Ms, Grossie and President Obama (among others), is that the claim that one's previous plan was junk is a lie. This is simply not true for many people whose policies have been cancelled. Of course, many people properly judged that they did not need psychiatric services or substance abuse services of healthy child visits or maternity care or etc., etc. but now they are forced to buy these things so that medical costs can be socialized. But even worse than this are the cancellations of many, many plans that had offered personalized plans tailored to the needs of the enrollee (New York, in particular, had a lot of them) or pre-existing plans with premium caps which were a godsend for retirees on fixed incomes. Both of these types of plans were actually better for the enrollees than anything that they might find under the ACA and both of these types of plans are illegal under the ACA. These victims of the ACA have all been cancelled now and it is too late to help the folks who have been ousted from their better-than-obamacare plans. The best we can do is to repeal the ACA to stop further damage. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
The proper point of this column is not to recommend a particular course of action but rather to remind us that government uses emergencies to erode civil liberties. In this particular case, I believe that the "emergency" is at least partially caused by public health officials on-going lying to the public about the nature of Ebola. It may or may not be intentional that this "emergency" is awfully self-serving for politicians. "He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security." Benjamin Franklin Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
The evidence for or against quarantines is inconclusive. What we do know, for a fact, is that our public health officials are lying to us at every turn. This includes not only the obvious lies about the improbability of the virus coming to the US and the on-going confusion about safeguards for healthcare workers, but also the lie that a 21-day quarantine is sufficient. The WHO has studied the issue in detail in Africa and has reported that while the vast majority of Ebola cases will become symptomatic within 21 days, 1-2% will not show up for up to 40-42 days. And a few people will get the virus and never become symptomatic. In America where malnutrition is virtually nonexistent and immune systems are more robust, we might reasonably expect even longer incubation periods. We may yet be safe because Ebola is not very contagious -- really contagious viruses can spread about 50 times more easily. But public health official past (and continuing) lies justifiably frighten people. Why should we trust employees of politicians to give us advice on health and safety when it is clear that they must place political expedience about good health? Beats me. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
The evidence suggests (though does not prove) that most of Saddam's chemical weapons were transported via trucks to Syria. This also explains the large amount of chemical weapons that Syria appears to have on hand. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Actually the news that "degraded" chemical weapons was issued during the first couple of years after our invasion of Iraq so it was never clear to me why Bush meekly apologized for not having found them, But more disturbing (to me at least) is the fact that we found 550 tons of yellowcake in Iraq and secretly moved it to Canada. This story was not published by the AP until 2003 when all the yellowcake had been safely removed from Iraq, But this story clearly demonstrates that Saddam Hussein at least had nuclear ambitions. It also pretty conclusively proves that Joe Wilson's report on yellowcake was false, perhaps due to a sly lie on his part, perhaps due to incompetence on his part. Yet the world still believes that "Bush lied" while Joe Wilson is still a respected voice on the left. The public continues to be misled by the media and there seems to be no way to correct it. When I have mentioned the yellowcake issue to anti-war friends, they ignore it or refuse to believe the AP article I forward to them. We live in a sad, ignorant world when it comes to these things. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Has anyone informed Mother Jones? They just published a long piece exonerating Udall staffers.... Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Stop This Voter Card Madness!

lee362 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 8:48 AM
You are actually arguing for cleaning up voter registries and that would be a good idea. Focusing on implementing a national identification system however undermines the most useful tools for preventing illegal votes (since most illegal immigrants can easily obtain such documentation in most states) while not addressing the real problems. Voter ID also gives the government a handy way to track citizens -- reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Stop This Voter Card Madness!

lee362 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 8:43 AM
Just a few years back, conservatives were (correctly, in my view) arguing against citizen card identification. What ever happened to your principles? While voter fraud is a real problem, in person voting fraud is quite rare. The real sources of voter fraud are usually rigged machines or massive absentee voting fraud, often relating to fraudulent registrations. Please stop arguing for a divisive and ineffective voter id law that will serve as a de facto national id system and focus on cleaning up voter registries and ensuring that voting machines operate properly. Le Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Governor Brownback’s Tax Cuts

lee362 Wrote: Oct 12, 2014 10:30 AM
The critics actually make more extensive charges than presented here: they say that tax cuts cause a slowing in the growth of GDP and a slowing in the recovery of jobs in comparison with neighboring states. While GDP growth and job growth have been laggard in Kansas, progressive critics do not consider the growth in fracking for neighboring states and the very real increases in other Kansas taxes which more than offset the income tax cuts. A fairer analysis would consider the average tax burden and, in Kansas's case, that burden has increased over Brownback's tenure in spite of the income tax cuts. According to the Census Bureau (census.gov) total Kansas tax revenues in 2010, the year before Brownback took office, were $6,492,996,000 and last year they were $7,620,282,000 which represents an average tax increase of 18.6% over three years. Progressives are demonstrably making false claims with regard to Kansas. It is Kansas's increasing tax burden that has largely been responsible for slow growth and slow employment recovery. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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