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Interesting you raise Germany as a model! Germany permits only elite and academically-talented teenagers to attend its rigorous college-track high school. Mediocre minds need not apply. If, by the Fourth Grade (the Fourth Grade!), a German student is deemed college material, that student is sent to Gymnasium where college-preparatory courses are taught. Gymnasium is so intellectually rigorous that Americans who have excelled in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate coursework struggle with the work. Most German-fluent American high schoolers will not be accepted by Germany's Gymnasium schools. Period. If not deemed college material, Germany's intermediate students are sent to Realschule where they receive training that leads to being clerks and cashiers. Hauptschule awaits those heading to the vocations, where apprenticeships in useful arts offer real-world preparation for the job market. Again, this determination is made in the Fourth Grade! The bottom line is, Germany does not, as suggested, provide free community college education to the run-of-the-mill potential US-style community college student. Such a student has been weeded-out of the system eight years before.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has the better idea: Identify college degrees needed and find ways to reduce costs for those degrees. If we need nurses, reduce the cost of a four-year nursing degree to $10,000.00 or less. That way, we get skills we need at a reasonable cost. Obama, of the other hand, seeks to spend billions just to get a a few million more unemployed and unemployable art history majors.
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The Better Option

OneDogGone Wrote: Jan 14, 2015 3:55 AM
I live in Germany. There's a lot to like and appreciate about Germany. German banks are not one of them! I am having a problem with my German bank. A fairly substantial amount of money was sent to me at my bank. The money never was credited to my account. The bank insists the money "would be returned" to sender. The sender has evidence the money was sent and says the bank has not returned the money. My bank is, just now, after a month and a half of complaints and inquiries by us, starting to "research" the matter. My German bank continuously displays a "We could care less" attitude about finding our money. In the states, we'd say "Thank you very much," and march directly across the shopping center parking lot to a different bank with which to do business. If that one didn't suit us, we'd walk to one of the other two nearby choices. Doesn't work that way in Germany. If you are lucky, you have two choices (the other bank in our community has an even worse reputation than ours does). Plus, opening an account is far more of an ordeal than in the states, banks' operating hours are very limited, and banks charge for everything (giving them cash included). All German banks impose the same red tape, the same paucity of operating hours, and and the same promiscuous bank charges on their customers. They get away with it because, German banks have no real competition (and I suspect, but do not know for sure, German banking laws make sure they have no competition). German customer service, generally, is nothing to write home about. But lack of customer service among Germany's banks is particularly atrocious. Due solely to a lack of competition among banks.
"Community College's Have A Poor Track Record." Does Conn Carrol exemplify that record?
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Why is Jeb Bush smiling?

OneDogGone Wrote: Jan 07, 2015 5:41 AM
I lived in Georgia during Carter's governorship and in Florida during Bush's. I see two compelling similarities between the two: how poorly they really served as governor and how rarely pundits who know better called them on it. One Example. Bush signed the "Scarlet Letter Law," which compelled newspaper publication of the sexual histories of women seeking to place children for adoption. Needless to say, Bush's law caused an explosion in the number of abortions in Florida. To be fair, Bush did augment the Scarlet Letter Law's repeal, the next year. After a good bit of damage was done. And, Bush claimed to be hoodwinked into signing the Scarlet Letter Law by a third-rate Democrat political hack who later went to jail for an overabundance of corruption. But, the point is: Bush is NOT ready for prime time! If he could be so readily hoodwinked into signing something as patently and obviously atrocious as the Scarlet Letter Law, what makes any rational being believe he won't fall for something bigger, more evil and, importantly, so contrary to Bush's advertized political positions, should he be elected to the White House. Bush's father, as a candidate, pledged "Read my lips; no new taxes." Then the elected Bush Sr. promptly installed new taxes. Jeb Bush should be permitted nowhere near the White House. The GOP can, and must, do better. Much, much better!
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Democrats Can't Be Dad

OneDogGone Wrote: Dec 26, 2014 3:58 AM
"They don't think of babies as 'garbage' because they don't think about babies at all. A fetus is in no position to write a check, work for a campaign or vote. So they are simply not of interest to Democrats." And the difference is?
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Cuba Libré!

OneDogGone Wrote: Dec 23, 2014 4:16 AM
Let Chesimard rot in Cuba. Less costly to the American taxpayer and just as effectively imprisoned right where she is.
Politicians buy into Lord John Maynard Keynes because it provides cover for what they really want to do: Give advantages, especially government money, to their cronies. Politicians of all stripes are guilty. Businesspeople risk criminal and civil liability if they lie to investors. Shouldn't politicians also risk fortune and freedom when they lie to the American people? Eliminate government immunity. Allow the American people to sue lying politicians. Liability will take all the politicians' fun out of being other people's overlords.
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Crocodile Tears for the IRS

OneDogGone Wrote: Dec 22, 2014 3:34 AM
By the way, I live in Germany where we have the VAT tax. The VAT isn't bad. For the most part, stuff is cheaper here than in the States, VAT notwithstanding. Where Germany went wrong (and where the US should not) is Germany maintained the income tax and added the VAT tax. I'm talking full replacement of all US taxes, income, estate, employment, excise, tariff, gas, road. Every. Last. One! Emulate Germany in one other respect. Make the prices stores charge inclusive of the VAT tax, not exclusive of it like US states do with their sales tax. A loaf of bread is 55 cents in the aisles. You hand the clerk 55 cents and walk out the store with your bread. No tax on top of the advertized price. The 55 cents includes the VAT tax (7 percent on groceries, 19 percent on other stuff). Plus, the 55 cents Euro is about $0.61 US Dollars. Where in the USA can you buy a loaf of bread for 61 cents US? Including tax? Even not including tax?
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Crocodile Tears for the IRS

OneDogGone Wrote: Dec 22, 2014 3:20 AM
Bureaucracies always react to cut budgets (even the fake Washington kinds) by taking it out on the taxpayers. Cut these suckers heads off! Close the IRS and replace our entire current tax system with something radically different: a flat tax, a national sales tax, a VAT tax! Something. Different. Now!
The frat should sue the bejeezes out of Rolling Stone and Erdeley, And "Jackie" for that matter. If litigation doesn't go the frat's way, they can then riot and loot UVA's women's studies department and UVA law students can petition to have their exams delayed. Maybe the Redskins players can raise their hands "Hands Up; Don't Slander."
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