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Keep in mind that, while this is a company listed on the S&P 500 with a market cap of slightly more than $20 billion, it is now also officially headquartered in the United Kingdom. Payback for moving offshore?
So, let's see if I understand this: For almost fifty years, the government has waged an anti-smoking campaign, telling the American public that inhaling smoke into one's lungs is a bad thing, leading to cancer, COPD, and other horrible illnesses. Now along comes "medical marijuana" (not sure how that differs from "illegal marijuana"). And the states which have permitted its sale and ingestion are telling its citizens, "Yes, it's OK to inhale smoke if you have a doctor's orders to do so." What's the difference?
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Income Inequality

TraderBill Wrote: Jan 16, 2014 10:24 AM
Income inequality, however the left defines it, is a product of "voodoo economics". There will always be inequities in earnings. I worked in sales for more than thirty years -- no guaranteed minimum, straight commission, and the income I earned was a direct result of the effort I put into my work. In many of those years, I made a very good living; other years were a struggle as the overall economy determined how much of the products or services I was selling were bought in the market place. I was college-educated, but little of that advanced learning did much for my daily work, only proving that I could sit in a lecture room chair for four years. The deception which the left continues to put forth is that the minimum wage must be raised in order to provide a "living wage" for the least skilled in our society. The question then is: why are these "least skilled" not performing better? The answer is that the great dumbing-down of America's students led to this widening inequity in income, and the left is also responsible for the lowering of the education bar. To cover that collapse, they insist on more money for those whom the education system has failed.
With the switch to more eco-friendly lighting products, I found it interesting that -- today -- I took some burned out 4-foot fluorescent lamps to my local Home Depot and was told they will NOT accept them. They'll take CFLs, but nothing else. Fortunately I live in a city where a recycling center operated by our municipal government will take them, but I wonder what happens to the folks who live in smaller towns which do not offer such services. They'll be stuck with them and, if one should break, they would still have to call a HAZMAT team -- or not tell anyone and just clean it up. Which do you think will happen? Thank you, environmental geniuses!
As a resident of Texas, but living about 200 miles west of Rep. Lee's district, I want to face east and scream at the voters in her district, "Get rid of this babbling idiot! You're making the rest of Texas look bad."
Once again, we're seeing the "establishment vs. tea party" comparison. On a recent conservative talk show, a caller accurately described the difference between the tea party and the establishment GOP as follows: Suppose you are at a major league baseball game. Down in the sun-drenched bleachers is a group of fans who can quote each player's stats, their team's standing in the league, the details of the opposing team's lineup including its strengths and weaknesses, and the rules of the game. These are the folks who go to the concession stand, buy the hot dogs, nachos, soft drinks and beer. They root unabashedly for the home team and cheerfully clean up after themselves when the game is over and they are departing the stadium. Meanwhile, another group is in the air conditioned luxury box, chatting among themselves and occasionally looking at the scoreboard to see which team is ahead. During the game, they go back to the bar to order their double martinis, willing to miss two or three at-bats for the sake of immersing themselves in the heady social atmosphere which exists there, with only the overhead TV sets providing any clue as to where they might be. This group is the establishment GOP. The tea party members are the folks in the bleachers. With whom would you rather hang out?
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Barbara Boxer Wants a $10 Minimum Wage

TraderBill Wrote: Aug 28, 2013 8:02 AM
What was missing in the basic education of most of the dolts in Congress was Economics 101. Few of them understand how a business operates and that the bulk of most business' costs are tied up in labor. But we can't expect our overpaid and coddled representatives in DC to comprehend something that complex.
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Sharpton Leans Forward to Blur MSNBC

TraderBill Wrote: Aug 28, 2013 7:53 AM
The "Reverends" Sharpton and Jackson have strayed far from the principles of Dr. King as well as from the tenets of Christianity. Does anyone know what institutions granted them their ordinations? Have they ever actually been pastors in any church? They divide rather than unite; they criticize in a demeaning manner rather than seek peaceful understanding. What have they done to continue to be called by the title "Reverend"? Their credentials as clergymen should have been revoked decades ago.
Psy has had his fifteen minutes of fame, Kanye West is deeply in the liberal/Obama tank, Streisand washed out years ago (as did Madonna, only no one had the heart to tell her). Bette Midler used to be funny (she had her fifteen minutes about thirty five years ago), and, as for Sheryl Crow, wasn't she the one who suggested that everyone should only use one sheet of toilet tissue? The combined wisdom of this bunch doesn't even equal that of a stuffed owl, so why pay any attention to them anyway?
When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away...
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