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.
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Wednesday, August 3. 2011
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Rush has O’s campaign theme
Union Terrorists Drive Rhode Island City Into Bankruptcy
America fights on while Europe surrenders to Germany:
World War 2 is over: Germany wins.
Trillions of dollars have been spent on poverty programs, so why are the poor no better off?
Even this reasonable piece misses the real points: America has no permanent underclass, the poor in America are not poor by any world standards, bad choices result in bad results, and many people do not chose material gain as their life goal. I have talked to poor people, I know poor people.
Federal officials investigate eagle deaths at DWP wind farm
Dick Morris sees landslide loss in Obama’s future
Dick is often wrong about things
Trying to keep black folks scared
Insty: HOW BAD IS THE ECONOMY?
U.S. Education Dep’t Pushes Man-Made Global Warming, Saving the Earth at Children’s Reading Event
They didn't get the memo
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One can willingly lead a life of leisure in relative comfort and safety as a "poor person." Some of my youth was spent in such a family and it took a conscious choice to live otherwise. Beer, pot, and cable TV anesthesitizes any sense of boredom or guilt. The major downside is the time spent sitting in the welfare office.
We have a safety net that's too safe in this country.
Re: World War 2 is over: Germany wins.
They need to be careful or they'll get sucked into the black hole that is the EU. They, with the French who are not in as good a shape as Germany, have be fronting money to the economic disasters called Greece and Portugal. That can't last. Also, their biggest banks have been getting hit pretty hard lately.
Isn't it all a bit strange? When you read the list of banks that are on the hook for money they loaned to the Euro basket cases like Italy, Spain, Greece, and Portugal, you have to wonder what the banks were thinking when they plunked down their dough on such losers. Banks in Germany dumped money into Italy, banks in Italy poured money into Spain, banks in Spain threw good money after bad in Greece, and so on. Banks all over the continent became interconnected by the loans they made to borrowers in other countries. I suppose by putting their money into different pots instead of just one, they thought they were "spreading the risk" around. Well yeah, except instead of lowering their risk, they ended up exposing themselves to more risk, not less. Now as one weak country shows signs of going belly up, it's pulling the other ones down with it.
Next time, if there is a next time, the smart ones will think better of it and put their money into Switzerland instead.
as a rule, m always optimistic, we have more tools now then we ever did, and in some regards, julian simon like, things have never been as good, so there's f n hope; just feels nice complaining sometimes.
One reason we still have so much "poverty" after spending so much money is definitional. We define poverty relative to some economic threshold and the metrics used to measure it change over time. (http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/threshld/index.html)
We move both the line of scrimmage and the goal posts as time goes by. The programs put in place, and the money spent through them, were never intended to eliminate or severely reduce poverty. They were intended to spend money and buy votes - nothing more complicated then that.
If we had wanted to eliminate or seriously reduce poverty, we should have taken some absolute definition and measured against it. For example, according to dictionary.com
1. the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor; indigence.
2. deficiency of necessary or desirable ingredients, qualities, etc.: poverty of the soil.
3. scantiness; insufficiency: Their efforts to stamp out disease were hampered by a poverty of medical supplies.
By such an absolute definition, it would be difficult to claim poverty for people who have adequate housing, food, clothing, entertainment, access to transportation and other things, both tangible and intangible, that are often considered luxuries or, at least, comforts.
Many of our "impoverished" own homes or have access to housing that, if not wonderful, is certainly adequate, have sufficient food to become fat, enough access to medical care to visit their pharmacy regularly with prescriptions for hosts of ailments, have automobiles or access to other transportation, TVs, air-conditioners, and so on. Only at this point in human history has such wealth been labeled "poverty".
Sunday i see a 60 Minutes episode that tells of a Brazilian economy that is growing at 7.5 % a year. Brazilians speak Portuguese, so do the people in Portugal? Nobody else does. Isn''t there an economic bridge between these nations? Or is that, in part, buffered by the Euro?
I keep linking to Maggie's on my facebook account. I've shared it with my Ron Paul group, I've told all my relatives about it. I'm spreading the love!!
And obesity is a problem for our poverty-stricken people. How can that be?
re Economic destruction by Commerce Clause – farm equipment edition.
Wow. That is going to stir up a hornets' nest.
It could give the Iowa POTUS field a new question to answer.
I suspect that even if it is decreed, enforcement will be less than enthusiastic.
I've passed along a referral to many friends to check out "another.com...another.com...".
I've yet to hear a bad word.
Throughout socialistic literature there is the well-known insistence upon the materialistic interpretation of history - a conception based upon a hunger for things of material enjoyment, and for more and more of them. Fundamentally, they have as much centred their aim on an increase in material possessions as the veriest Napoleon of finance in Wall Street. An existence in which the acquisition of more material wealth is of very large - if not of chief - importance is in the thoughts of both. The ends sought for by the socialists are not, in effect, different from those of the mass of non-socialists who are striving to acquire wealth in order to have ease and leisure for enjoyment. Agreeing in their aims, their differences - which seem to most persons to place them as wide apart as the poles - really consist in choosing different means of accomplishing their ends. The ordinary hustler for wealth, without or within the stock market, may have no definite moral restraint except the fear of the law (in fact, he may even contrive to escape the law), and he accepts existing institutions; but he plans to gain his end, if honest, by productive processes and trade; or, if dishonest, by a thousand ingenious ways of transferring to himself the wealth created by others. On the other hand, the socialist proposes to overturn industrial competition and the institution of private property in the hope - vaguely outlined and not economically analyzed - of transferring the use of wealth from those who have to those who have not. "Socialism a Philosophy of Failure" Scribner's Magazine, 1887
The windfarm bird death article at LAT has 2 important quotes. One is that over 400,000 birds are killed by windfarms each year. The other quotes a windfarm lobbying group that well, so what, cats kill birds and other stuff kill birds.
This is hilarious. We shut down drilling over some obscure lizard, devastate logging over an owl, stop coal mining over some clam or something I can't even remember, ExxonMobil faces huge damages over 70 dead birds, etc but windfarm deaths don't matter.
I don't live in Rwanda, I live in America, and in America I'm poor. It's a matter of context. There are things I need to save up for, and at the moment I find myself behind in my saving. Which means I have to do without things you can obtain without worrying about it.
Having clinical depression and Aspergers doesn't help matters any. Indeed, the two together make saving for necessities harder than they would otherwise be.
"World War 2 is over: Germany wins."
And they learned to do it the nice way, without violence. They won fair and square by being pacifists. Let's put them in charge of everything.