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.
In regard to the supposed disproof of Einstein's Relativity speculation, I had the pleasure of one or two conversations with Einstein while i worked at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and I would hazard a guess that his feelings wouldn't be hurt if some of today's scientists could prove his Theory of Relativity was incorrect. As a matter of fact, he probably expected that someone would come along and take issue with Relativity eventually.
Why else would he have called it a "theory of relativity?"
Einstein was wrong? Not so fast, Bird Dog. We have one experimental result that conflicts with Special Relativity, and everyone is still scratching his head over that. If I had a dollar for every science experiment that at first appeared lock-tight solid but eventually turned out to have a problem, well, I'd be as rich as an SOB (Supporter of Barack, that is).
OMG! Warren is typical of 99% of the female faculty on campus (tenured) today. They have not been required to do the "rigor" of classical analytical thought--they were quite simply "passed through" with flying high grades during the 1980's. Now. NOW we must all pay for their incompetence--we either do what they tell us (instructions they receive from the very type of people they protest about--cruel, vicious, thugs) . . . we either do what these gals demand (hands on hips, foot tapping, tongue clicking posture), or else they will be do something mean . . . what ever dirty little trick they can think of, or maybe one of their girlfriends in the salary department, or maybe one of the gals in the research funding applications department, or maybe some gal at the local bank. . . . . . . . those little gals whose turn it has become to "RUN THE WORLD" to be "AGENTS OF CHANGE" those little gals are causing incredible destruction that straight, white non-Jewish men have yet to comprehend and organize against!
CERN - actually, the scientists say that is what some data seems to indicate, but tge data and/or their analysis may be wrong and they are publishing with the hope someone will be able to figure what the heck is going on because they do not believe their own results.
Nobody got rich on their own? Her implication of course is that nobody got rich without government help.
OK, Ford would have gotten nowhere without loans. Private sector loans, which will not be possible if we keep confiscating private income. Oh, and roads had been in existence for thousands of years, nor were they all government financed.
Or airplanes. Yes, the government made grants and loans to develop heavier-than-air flight - but to a PhD at the Smithsonian who spent years going nowhere, not to a couple of nobodies from what is now called "fly-over" country.
As far as I know, the person who patented the shopping cart - which, with home refrigeration, made it possible to buy more than one day's groceries at a time - never got government money until the carts went on the market and the government bought some.
Ditto Howard Hughes' father for his oil-drill bit.
"Her implication of course is that nobody got rich without government help."
John, the implication is correct insofar as the Dems involved in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Solydra, Goldman Sachs, etc., criminal enterprises are concerned. But as for the average Joe who is not connected to the Democratic Party's version of Cosa Nostra, if he gets rich it's often IN SPITE OF, not because of, the federal government.
Re Elizabeth Warren. If she wanted to claim that people got rich on the shoulders of great Americans who came before us, going back to the founding fathers (and before), there'd be something to that. But she is stating that people who are rich today did so because of the help of "the rest of us," collectively, meaning today's college students and entertainers and real-estate agents convenience-store clerks. That is simply not true. You can't make much connection between (for example) Gates's wealth and too many other people, unless they were his parents or others in the computer biz. Her words are deceptive in this manner - whether by intent or stupidity, I don't know.
Gut feeling and God. Interesting, but as one of the people who routinely get those $1.05 -.05 correct, because I do look twice, I don't find it a powerful argument.
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I thought she just meant that most of the U.S. public (and hence workforce) went to public schools, got protected by police, drove on roads financed with public money - i.e. to which all taxpayers contribute. It's a fair point. Government serves some role. I think the more interesting question is why are you reacting so strongly to that, it seems pretty basic. The extent to which government takes over other aspects of economic and other life is another matter and worth debating.
There is no such thing as "public money." Government money comes from the citizens of this nation who have earned it in the first place. Warren's attitude seems to be that government services are somehow created out of thin air...and I suppose the way the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department are printing money these days, that just might be the case. Nonetheless, it's safe to say that the people who are her targets are not among the 47% of the citizens who pay little or nothing in the way of taxes to run the federal and state governments, but those people who are overburdened by taxes and already do pay for the out-of-control spending of government. Just a suggestion, but perhaps she should aim her remarks towards the first group rather than the latter.
Nobody in this country ever got rich on their own? Well, I say no government ever got rich on its own, either. Governments get "rich" by taking money from those who actually earn it. All those roads and fire stations and libraries and public schools were paid for by hard working people. If she's got a problem with that, well, many if not most of those services can be privatized, you know. In our economy, the private sector does a pretty good job filling most people's needs. As for the functions now filled by the government, perhaps we should let all but the basic ones that are explicitly enumerated in the Constitution go the way of the dodo bird. I'm willing to forego some of those government services we all take for granted if it means I wouldn't have to listen to the Warrens of the world argue over who is or isn't paying his fair share of taxes.