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WillyBurg Wrote: May 20, 2012 9:31 AM
Unfortunately, even in small cities -- for instance, Springfield IL, pop. just over 100K -- these antics abound . . . maybe because it's the state capital. The latest is an effort -- backed by the city government -- to spend millions making downtown Springfield (all 8 square blocks of it) more "liveable", cutting-out traffic lanes (a la Bloomberg in NYC) to make bicycle lanes, ostensibly because "urban professionals want to ride their bicycles to work". I'm starting to believe that any sort of government entity simply attracts people who no longer believe they provide "services" -- nooo!, they believe it's their mission to "improve" everyone else according to some template that has no connection to reality. Ultimately, nowhere is safe fr
johnsnare Wrote: May 20, 2012 2:26 PM
Why do liberals think they are so much smarter than the rest of us. I Am So weary of these Elitist, and their arrogance, by shoveling their Socialist mentality down our throats. The Progressive movement failed a 100 years ago, and will fail today. Something for nothing, and Government handouts has never been the solution. How about returning to the the old fashioned American way? Work for it.
oldnjal Wrote: May 20, 2012 9:17 PM
johnsnare, thank you.
Exactly what I have been saying.
Socialism, Marxism and Monarchy have all failed.
Capitalism, as practiced, here, is still making us a magnet for any hopeful denizen of Mexico or China, that can get here.
Of course you have the Progressives, which, in keeping with Newspeak, are not at all that.
Tried and failed, like the ghost dancers of the Native American tribes that saw the bison disappear. They thought, with their dances, that the Europeans would go and the bison would reach to the horizon, again. They died, still believing.
The USSR, Greece, Spain and Italy all were or are living proof.
Cuba guards its beaches, so people cannot sail, in flimsy boats, past sharks, to get here.
Still they believe.
oldnjal Wrote: May 20, 2012 9:26 PM
Just the fact that you are a Conservative is taken as evidence of your ignorance and lesser IQ. A given, to a Progressive.
Like a 13 year old, who has settled, with their friends, that their parents are hopelessly stupid. Then they grow up, and, miraculously, the parents' IQ jumps 100 points.
I suppose Conservatives can grow into OWS enthusiasts, but I suspect it is usually the other way around.
Socialism, Marxism and Monarchy should be assigned to the ash-heap of failed ways of governing.
They always end up with everyone equal, but some more equal than others.
Equality of opportunity is my goal, not equality of outcomes.
Don't Tread On Me3 Wrote: May 20, 2012 1:58 PM
Providing municipal "services" isn't "sexy" anymore. The elite want to dictate the "correct" lifestyle to the peons.
Hamilcar Barca Wrote: May 20, 2012 1:47 PM
I am certain the "urban professionals" will be finding something other than bicycle transportation in the winter. And the "planners" will not use bicycles at all.

At the end of a business week, or sometimes after you close a business day, associates will get together and rehash over beers or snacks. They analyze what went right, wrong, and try to learn from their experiences. Thoughtful reflection.

What do protestors talk about?

As they are drawing that first beer, do they reflect and say something like, “We really marched great today.” Or, “You know, you really carried that sign well today.” “Nice paint job on that sign.”

Maybe they critique themselves? “Joe, you could have done a better job breaking that window. There wasn’t enough glass spatter.”...