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Brand1533's most recent comments:
- On 28 Apr 2010
Could the twin towers have fallen because of ordinary corruption?,
This site has officially become too dumb for me. Cheers, all.
- On 26 Apr 2010
Personal Responsibility and Health Care Reform,
ZippyDDoodah says: Health care should be dealt with like food. We need both to live, yet health care has attracted massive govt. interference which has driven up prices.. whereas relatively unregulated grocery stores offer a plethora of affordable food.
What! Seriously? There is no American industry with more government manipulation than agriculture. Congress effectively decides via subsidies and tax credits which foods we eat, which size farms are profitable, and how much of each crop is produced and where. U.S. agriculture is as close to centrally planned as it comes. You can argue that farmers have choices, but ultimately the subsidies and price stops will decide profitability, and the farms get pushed in specifically intended directions (or get smashed up and absorbed into different farms).
- On 26 Apr 2010
Realtor At Party,
Eliza says: Teachers and their value is somewhat separate from teacher’s unions.
Yes, I agree. As another example, I feel that you can support our troops without necessarily supporting our wars. The organization as a whole is significantly detached from the individuals, who are generally dedicated professionals trying to do the right thing.
tatupu70 says: My lord–it has nothing to do with political affiliation. It has everything to do with the fact that nobody takes the time to learn who is running in school board races and people very friendly to teachers get elected because they run. When it’s contract negotiation time, this friendly board lets the union get very nice contracts.
A very similar condition exists for the fire department.
Yep, civic participation yields its rewards, and civic apathy has a steep price. Lots of local businesses and organizations push candidates who will immediately provide them with massive benefits. Builders do it with city councils to get obstacles removed in city planning, the various unions back candidates who will increase their pay and benefits, and so forth. Yet for all the citizens who express outrage over their city councils and the current state of affairs, it's difficult to find people who actually vote in those elections.