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How much more can you redistribute? Half of the country pays ZERO Federal income taxes. Another huge portion is receiving free medical care. Millions get free phones. Still others get free child care, free food stamps, subsidized housing. What's next? Free cars? If more time was spent in Washington repealing fool-hardy laws and regulations that inhibit economic activity, the US economy just might grow and expand. An expanding economy would provide more jobs for people at all skill levels.
No extensions on unemployment benefits. None. Zip, Nada. Zilch. It's time to put this cr@p to rest.
That's pretty much it. Just as the politicians see themselves as more intelligent and righteous than the rest of us. They care for the poor more, and thus, must extract taxes to show their caring. They must pass Obamacare because they "care" more for those without health insurance. They must dictate the size of soft drinks that we can purchase in NYC because we're too stupid to know what is good for us.
The Earth's climate was warmer during the Middle Ages than it is today? And just how many people were burning cow chips, scavenging for wood, etc. to cause that man-made global warming? Were their cows, sheep, and horses emitting enormous amounts of methane? Perhaps man is having some impact on the climate, just as volcanic eruptions do. But we also need to remember that man has tried to control the weather for decades with the intention of producing rainfall. How has that gone? It has always seemed to silly to me that real, recognizable events, such as solar cycles and ADO/PDO receive such little attention and "credit" for the weather fluctuations we observe here on Earth. It seems to obvious that that big yellow orb in the sky just might have a bigger impact on Earth's climate that anything else.
Now that's a bad investment. Very few private sector companies would make an investment and expect to break even in 37 years. You can't run a successful company that way. Having a payback of 5-10 years is what many companies typically shoot for.
The current temperature is -6F with wind chills of -30F here in St. Louis. A little "climate change" would be welcome at this time. In actuality, all of this incessant talk about "global warming" never includes the fact that the Earth's climate has ALWAYS been changing. Personally, I believe that there is a lot more cyclical activity that is BEYOND man's control that occurs than most people think about or give credit to when yakking about climate change. Just as the Earth rotates on a regular basis, the tides roll in and out on a regular cycle, the Moon goes through various phases on a cycle, we know that things like Pacific decadal oscillation occur. Seasons operate in cycles, just as migration of birds and animals, reproductive cycles, etc. Cyclical activity is all around us. I'm guessing that the Earth's climate has similar cycles but the problem is that these cycles are extremely long and most people likely live in only one cycle, And, unlike lunar cycles or tidal cycles, these climate cycles are a LOT longer (say, hundreds or even thousands of years). If you believe in man-made global warming, that's fine. Plant trees, drive electric cars, keep your thermostat on 60F in Winter and 80F in Summer. But please leave me out of it. I like to think that I live my life responsibly, not wasting energy, recycling, etc. I'm not, however, signing onto the man-made global warming stuff when all around us there is ample evidence to suggest that we live in a moment of some very long climate cycle. That cycle will be altered when the next big asteroid strikes the Earth or a super-volcano erupts. Otherwise, I'm not convinced that man can much-impact what happens.
"Mass shootings tripled in recent years"? It's either George Bush's fault or a result of global climate change.
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Why Obamacare Cannot Succeed

mharris Wrote: Jan 05, 2014 8:29 AM
Someone once said that the republic is doomed once the voters learn that they can vote themselves raises (freebies). I fear that we have reached the tipping point.
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Why Obamacare Cannot Succeed

mharris Wrote: Jan 05, 2014 8:28 AM
One of the consistent failures of Democrats and Progressives is the belief that private companies don't know how to run the very businesses that they operate. Health insurance companies and, for that matter, life and/or auto insurance companies, set their rates based on FACTUAL analyses, not some pie-in-the-sky guesses about what might happen. Young men DO drive more and less cautiously. Old people likely have more accidents as they age because their eyesight fails and reaction time slows. Women consume more healthcare because, during child-bearing years, they have babies. These are not theories but long-observed facts-of-life. Forcing people to share in the cost burden of high-risk people is un-American. In my home state of Missouri, property taxes are assessed on homes based on square footage, valuation of the home, etc. So, someone with a larger home or improved home might pay more in property taxes than the neighbor two lots away. What sense does that make? Both homeowners are consuming the same amount of services from the government (public schools, fire protection, roads, etc.). Some politicians and bureaucrats can't just make-up facts. The ideas about how Obamacare would work, implemented without a complete knowledge of the insurance industry and actuarial information, is an illusion. It is tantamount to someone trying to defy the laws of gravity.
On-air "apologies" or statements by politicians or high-profile people are largely for show. Does anyone feel that Bill Clinton was sorry he lied about his Monica Lewinsky affair? Is Barack Obama sorry about lying to the American people about Obamacare or Benghazi or Fast and Furious or the IRS harassment of Tea Party groups? Is Melissa Harris-Perry sorry about her out-of-line comments about Mitt Romney? The answer is NO to all of these questions. What these folks are sorry about is that they got caught or that they got blowback from the public. They are NOT sorry about their actions but are sorry about the reaction from the public.
Walter Williams' words about success are right on. I'd add to this that MANY people simply shouldn't have children because they cannot afford them. Two adults, making $10 per hour, can lead a fairly good life in this nation IF they don't have children. No, they'd never be wealthy but they might be able to afford a small home and some niceties. Also, the statements about people's fortunes largely being dictated by life-style choices is so true. If you gamble excessively, you'll likely be broke. If you have a drug habit or abuse alcohol, you'll likely be miserable. You make $50,000 a year and have 6 kids? You'll struggle. If you don't make saving for your future a priority, you'll wind up at 65 years of age with little-to-nothing. Choices have consequences.
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