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Why don't we just cut through all the middle men (persons?) and require all abortion providers to provide free abortions to every woman who presents herself? If it's fair to impose abortion costs on third parties such as employers, it's certainly fair to impose abortion costs on principal parties such as abortion providers.
Lawyers are way too able to horns-waggle civilian jurors more often than professional judges, so jury trials are here to stay. Some judges are much better than others, so bench trials are not automatically the forum of choice. But even a bad judge can be more predicable than a good jury. If defendants, rather than plaintiffs, got to choose a jury trial or a bench trial, there'd be a whole lot more bench trials and more consistent justice.
Before some genius-in-his-own-mind comments to the effect "Hey, that's only the Industrial Revolution!," that's the point! The unique characteristics of the Industrial Revolution led to a cataclysmic and unprecedented increase in worldwide material wealth. The Industrial Revolution undermined the hereditary aristocracy, spread access to goods and services, and made everyone richer. Fact is "statism," the theory that government knows best, is a throw-back to pre-Industrial Revolution times. Oh, governments were not very efficient and lacked things like computers to keep good tabs on subjects in those days, but monarchs were absolute rulers within the reach of their power. And by, "absolute" I mean absolute. As in totalitarian. Monarchs decided who lives and who dies, what commerce is permitted and what is proscribed, what prices may be charged, what lands are owned by whom, and who labors on what fields. All-in-all, that sounds like the progressive Eden big government types are promoting. Excuse me when I say "I don't want any part of that!"
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Make Congress Vote On War

OneDogGone Wrote: Jun 25, 2014 5:34 PM
Wow, what a hostile response to a commonsensical statement! What's your problem?
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The Education Establishment's Success

OneDogGone Wrote: Jun 25, 2014 5:43 AM
But the EduCrats that benefit from unending flows of tuition-paying (either actual tuition or tax dollars to K-12 schools) students are really jazzed by all that cash coming their way.
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Make Congress Vote On War

OneDogGone Wrote: Jun 24, 2014 9:00 AM
Unfortunately, you are quite right about American ignorance and apathy. Freedom depends on people in power voluntarily tempering their exercise of government power. Again, unfortunately, today's political class in no way chooses to palliate their grand schemes in favor of constitutional restraint. The absolutely wrong people are handed power in today's America. Mr. Smith would never run for office today, because politics is so corrupt, degrading, vicious, and vile. May God have mercy on our souls.
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Make Congress Vote On War

OneDogGone Wrote: Jun 24, 2014 5:12 AM
American lives simply ought not be put in harm's way without a formal, explicit declaration of war under the Constitution. The US failed, formally and explicitly, to declare war in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Each of those wars became political footballs through which partisan politicians played games with American lives. It was and is disgusting. But if there's a formal declaration of war, America, not just the Executive Branch, has committed to the war. In case of an emergency, no declaration would be necessary, of course. But true emergencies are few and far between. We'd still need vigilance to limit non-declared wars to true emergencies and to ensure emergency exceptions did not expand to consume the rule. The Constitution grants only Congress the power to declare war yet makes the President the Commander in Chief. Thus, limiting any president's power to make war to true emergencies and preserving to Congress the exclusive power to declare war is entirely consistent with the Constitution and the Founders' intentions. We should seek the benefit of the Founders' wisdom.
Political indoctrination in schools has gone on for generations. Subtly at first, but now in-your-face. No wonder the US is going to hell in a hand basket.
There is no "Economic Train Wreck" in my part of Europe. Factories are open, people are working, and valuable goods are being produced. And that's true even across the Rhine in higher-tax France. Germany's political leaders, unlike the US's, recognize that high taxes and large government expenditures depress economies. Having said that, I don't expect to see cutbacks in German government spending, just resolve not to grow government. With true "Economic Train Wrecks" like Detroit in America, Americans really shouldn't be pointing at anything in Europe. To do so is the pot calling the kettle black.
My parents let me play outside without supervision. Only now do I realize how abused I was as a child.
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Petty Annoyances

OneDogGone Wrote: Jun 04, 2014 3:21 AM
The words "zero" and "Oh" are now interchangeable for the number 0 in ordinary speech. That is so at least since the 1960s TV series "Hawaii 5-0," which means Hawaii 50, as in 50th state in the Union. Wholly agree that inanimate objects shouldn't be personified outside of literary use. But the truth is, people's grammar sucks, and that includes yours and I's.
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