We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For years, it was assumed that a rapidly growing economy could pay for added programs. The result was the careless use of government for almost anything that made a good slogan or could support a lobby. The underlying economic assumptions were overoptimistic. Now, an aging society and uncontrolled health costs will automatically expand the size of government well beyond today's tax base. Demographics mean government will become supersized unless we trim its responsibilities.
We need a new public philosophy that acknowledges these realities.
...the Senators dryly noted, "Historically our government has helped a product compete in one of three ways: subsidize it, protect it from competition, or require its use. We understand that ethanol may be the only product receiving all three forms of support from the U.S. government at this time."
This exec dir of Friends of Maine's Mountains is eager to see what you tried to link to this morning...
Friends of Maine’s Mountains is a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed to foster a civil and fact-based debate with the goal of exposing the true costs of mountain-based industrial wind development in Maine.
We've got this insidious law that the outgoing gov fought hard far requiring that Maine's remotest mountaintops get blasted flat and crowned with 400' tall industrial wind turbines...
Our website is still a work in progress, but check it at www.friendsofmainesmountains.com...
I have a friend that supports her business with inventory from China and has worked there for years. She has always claimed that stats out of that place had to be completely made up. With their general level of corruption, bribes and propensity to lie in every business deal, there is no way they could calculate things the way we do. Now if we could only believe our own numbers, i.e. unemployment, unfunded liabilities.
We agree... look at Maine's law passed in 2008. LD 2283, An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development, and you will see what is wrong with the present approach - government mandates and taxpayer subsidies for enormous-scale mountaintop industrial wind is doomed to fail.
Last I checked mountains were NOT a renewable resource.
Belmont is running a thread of the sharks of Sharm el Sheikh, and Walt Erickson always kicks my muse --here's my two:
Israeli Sharks attack, swimming suspensions ordered, world laughs at charges; the headline:
Jews’ Jaws Gnaws, Pause Laws Draws Haws
From the Land of goddess Isis
(now ten thousand years in crisis)
from the Bedou desert warriors
(now the Sham el Chic-ish storiers)
comes a swarm of bloody predators
(no not the sharks, Egyptian editors)