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The lefties/greenies mess everything up because they have no comprehension of "diminishing returns." I am old enough to remember the river in Cleveland being so polluted it caught fire, with raw sewage floating down local rivers, and so forth. The reason that environmental protection used to have quite universal support was that it was really needed. But the EPA and the like were (inevitably, by the way) taken over by leftist loonies who think that if 30 mpg was good, 40 would be better and 50 would be Nirvana. Of course it didn't cost that much to raise the epa rating of a car to 30. But it costs a lot more to raise it to 40, and by the time you're talking 50, you're dealing with coming up against the laws of physics (unless you get away from gasoline engines -- which is their agenda). Government regulations have raised the cost of a new car to the point that a large part of the American people can't afford a new car. Similarly, reducing various kinds of pollution by 95% (or so) is never good enough for them. To get up to 99% reduction would almost surely cost many, many times as much as getting rid of the first 95%, and the cost of getting rid of the last 1% would approach infinity. But the greenies want 100% reduction, no matter what the cost. And when people object to the cost of ever-increasing demands of the EPA, the lefties say that we want the Cuyahoga river on fire again, that we want cities lost in thick clouds of smog (as in China), and so forth. That is pure hogwash -- no one but extremely looney libertarians want no environmental regulation. But that does not mean that the EPA (or anyone else) should keep making stricter standards, which drive economic costs through the roof due to diminishing returns.
Darby, I think that the girl in the photo is Kate Upton, not one of the protesters.
"Wage mandates improve no one's standard of living." Very false, because it leaves technology out of the picture. Example: Local McD's employs 20 minimum-wage workers. Minimum wage is raised to $15/hour. Local McD's can't make a profit paying those 20 $15.hour, not can they raise the price of a Big Mac enough to pay for it without losing their business. So they put in an Automated BigMacker, lay off 19 of the 20 nerds, and keep the least incompetent to run the BigMacker at $15/hour. In other words, increases in the mandated minimum wage CAN help the one, at the expense of the 19 who lose their jobs. You see how this can happen every time you go through a self-checkout at the local store.
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What If Chevy Volts Were Mortgages?

tgwWhale Wrote: Sep 07, 2014 12:04 PM
Oldguy: Yes, Obozo's voters ARE getting exactly what they wanted. They are getting a lot of "free" stuff. The are getting gay marriage and legalized dope. They are getting (if they can somehow get the system to work) health insurance at someone else's expense. They are getting greenie bullc rap proclaimed as dogma, so coal power plants shut down, no Keystone pipeline, etc. They are getting Christians stepped on and illegal aliens protected. They are getting the gov't supporting the unions wherever possible. They are getting an anti-US foreign policy... Actually, they have been well-rewarded for their votes for the evil and corrupt Obozo. They are getting just hat they wanted.
The British, far more than the U.S., defeated the Nazi U-boats to winthe Battle of the Atlantic. To a great extent, Nazi Germany was defeated by the British Navy, the Soviet Army and the American Air Corps. The Brits were the main actors in the U-boat fight, the Soviets crunched them far more than we did on land (the Eastern Front was simply far larger than the Western), and the U.S., far more than the other two, broke the power of the Luftwaffe.
Geraldo isn't blind.
Geraldo isn't blind.
Correction, third paragraph: since WHAT they believe in... Gosh, I wish that TH would allow us to modify our posts.
Obozo was wrong from the beginning and now has nowhere to turn. As a doctrinaire leftist he interprets everything according to a single paradigm, that of oppressor vs. oppressed (I prefer big guy vs. little guy). And the little guy is ALWAYS the good guy. So in the Middle East he always supported revolutionary groups -- as the "little guy" they must be good! But of course he was wrong, and now the Islamists have proven that they are far worse than the thugs they replaced, in every single country. Yet if he opposes the Islamists as the "bad guys," Obozo has to admit that he was wrong all along about EVERYTHING -- that it is NOT always about the big guy oppressing the little guy, or that the little guy is always the good guy. So he and his gang cannot formulate any strategy, since the they believe in would require that we support ISIS. It would have been the same if in WWII our government had been composed of Nazis and yet had to formulate a strategy against Germany: it can't be done.
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The Dead-End Road Called Pre-K

tgwWhale Wrote: Aug 26, 2014 11:13 AM
Where in the sam-hades does Schlafly get the idea that the purpose of pre-K is to help the kids? THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF PRE-K IS TO EMPLOY MEMBERS OF THE TEACHERS' UNIONS in daycare jobs that would otherwise be filled by minimum-wage types in the private sector. The secondary purpose of pre-K is to get the lying leftist social propaganda going even earlier. Where did she ever get the idea that the purpose of pre-K -- or public schools in general -- was to help the kids? Sheesh....
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