one: It is my understanding that the incentives and subsidies to oil companies are for exploration of alternative energy sources and not fossil fuel development. As to "stand on its own if given subsidies", look no further than Solyndra and other Obama favorites that went belly up even with taxpayer money.
I'm all for dropping all subsidies and government interference and let companies thrive or fail on their own, in the open market.
Renewable energy would be able to "stand on its own financially" if we gave it the same incentives and subsidies that were given to (and are still given to) fossil fuel technology when it was still in the developmental phases.
Thomas: I'll pay $5.00 for yours right after you buy mine for $10.00. I see that you have already labeled me "backward-thinking" or I guess you just "suppose" it. And only because I had the audacity to question your limited insight into Obama's speech.
Typical "liberal" thought process is to name call and label anyone they see as having a different opinion, even if they have no idea what that opinion might be.
Let us visit some very plausible (some might say factual) reasons why things are as they are.
1. equal pay for women --- Facts show the reason women fall behind men in pay (in this day and age) is because they interrupt their employment continuity to have children. It could be argued (all other things being equal) that if one person works for ten straight years without break and another doing the same type job worked for two years took two years off to have kids and then worked six more years, person one would make more money. Or is that "backward thinking"?
2. There are honest people with sincere beliefs on both sides of this issue. Why is it that the side different from you has to be "backward thinking"? I personally believe the government needs to get completely out of the marriage business. Any and all unions would be by legal decree. If people wanted them to be sanctified or called "marriage" they could find a church to accommodate them.
3. Renewable energy can not feasibly stand on its own financially, at this point in time. Therefore, it needs a huge influx of subsidy dollars in order to function. I do not agree with Obama that our horrendous economic state in this country is of no import. Just like many "liberal" ideas, they sound good on paper but are not financially feasible. But, I suppose you think saving our country from bankruptcy would be "backward thinking".
Finally, your disingenuous, supercilious and sarcastic closing "Love, Thomas" further puts your character on display for all to see.
I'd love to write about all of my concerns but I don't think the Indy would dedicate half of their publication to me. (If you want, I can write a book of my concerns and sell it to you for five dollars.) These were just the ones I decided to touch upon. And I hate to break it to you, but the only reason the above issues are political is because there are backward-thinking individuals voicing their opposition. There have been a lot of people like that, like you I suppose, and they're the losers of our history books.
Response to Thomas Nelson: Perhaps you didn't see Obama's inaugural speech as liberal, because your vision was much too shallow. If your only concern is equal pay for women, gay marriage and renewable energy, then it is no wonder you cannot see the "unabashedly liberal" label. It might just be the polarizing "republicans and conservatives are always wrong" theme; or perhaps his case for bigger and bigger government, without thought to how to pay for it; or possibly that he cared so little for joblessness, he didn't bother to mention it. You may say "politics be damned", but Obama certainly wasn't saying it. He was making his ultra liberal case for government activism.
Kudos for Lenora Degen for voicing the exact and unspeakable truth (literally--in the council chambers of the present City Council of Colorado Springs) concerning fracking and council plans to sell out our local environmental future, the public's health, and the region's water supply. If the Colorado Springs City Council does not know the truths about fracking re its toxic effects on lives, nature, vegetation, ground water, and property values, it's because it refuses to listen.
Regarding the supposed energy void that would result from decommissioning the Martin Drake Coal-Fired Power Plant...
For the past ten years, a Canadian inventor has fought to call attention to his amazing discoveries in electrical power generation and usage. Simply put, the inventor, Thane Heins of Ottawa, has discovered how to double the output of generators and alternators while requiring only forty percent (40%) of the input power needed to turn the armature. This phenomena is linear, which means one hundred percent (100%) of output power could be created using one fifth of input fuel (20%), i.e, coal, oil, gas, hydro-electric, or wind.
To confirm his claims, I contacted two independent experts with hands on experience with his inventions--the Director of Innovation for a major producer of commercial generators and the senior science in charge of global standardization for the world's second largest producer of commercial electronics. Both verified the inventions do exactly what Heins insists...as has a professor of electromagnetism at MIT, experts at NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and European makers of electric cars and scooters.
The Colorado Springs Public Utilities Board knows of Heins and his inventions (because I informed two members directly during a recess at a board meeting)...and it chooses to ignore or disbelieve them in lieu of poisoning your future through its financial commitment to oil, coal, and gas.
Only you can "say no to the status quo."
James Perry Kelly
Former Surrogate Spokesperson for the GW Bush White House
author of "The Sibyl Reborn"
@Christy Le Lait: Nothing in the constitution is about hunting or about need.
There are many definitions for the word "ranger." I've never assumed "Ranger Rich" was impersonating someone from our military, but instead, is a person who, "ranges or roves."
If the Lone Ranger was the Lone Ranger before the Army had Rangers, does that mean the Lone Ranger owns the word and there can be no more Army Rangers??? Does Ranger Rick, the magazine for 7-12 year-olds published by the National Wildlife Federation, have to stop publishing???
Organizations don't "own" words. Even the military. If they did, no one could make general remarks about a subject. Like rangers who don't like liberals but are pretty liberal with their general remarks about them.
"I am so thankful we are not having an "Arab Spring" in this country, YET, but if these imbalances continue we certainly will!"
Well, Elaine, for once you may be correct: as people grow increasingly tired of fostering dependency by supporting others through entitlements and govt. programs, who knows what revolution/s may transpire.
And as "siggie" asked as well: just what portion/percentage of their income would you consider to be a "fair share" for the "rich" to pay in taxes?
Wow, longtooth, I was involved in a similar incident while dining out a few years ago!
During mine, a man walked in with a gun and attempted to rob the establishment, but several patrons that had been carrying concealed firearms (quite legally), convinced the perpetrator to cease, then subdued him until authorities arrived. No robbery occurred, no one was injured or killed, and everyone (except the criminal) went home afterward.
Now, since both our accounts are fictitious, I ask you; which seems more plausible?
A few years back my wife and I were enjoying dinner at a local quiet restaurant. A couple walked in and sat at a table near us. The man was wearing a side arm and was seated with his back to the door. After we finished our meal I approached his table and I said this to him.
"Sir, we are in Heaven. A few minutes ago a man walked through that door and hit you over the head. He then took your gun and killed us all, you, your wife, me and my wife."
He didn't say a word as we left.
Miz Elaine Brush: we know that you are simply a mindless boob that parrots what you hear without any actual thought, but --- would you please define the term "fair share" for the reading audience?
Mr Lyndell: thank you for your service. The reason Tosches feels justified in using the term "ranger" is that he is a rump ranger. He is also a liberal and therefor a hypocrite.
siggie: actually, yes, President Obama did say that, and so has the media. and that still doesn't explain Mr. Lamborn's refusal to sign in a tax break for the vast majority of citizens.
Good job Indy! Let's celebrate diversity. Seems as though liberals and liberal rags only celebrate diverse opinion when it is opinion they believe in. Five letters touting gun control. Boy, that's balanced.
And I just loved little Timmy Rowan's ridiculous pronouncement "No one is talking about hunting rifles or self-defense hand guns, not now, not ever." Sure Tim, we all believe that one.
Joel: here's what you "don't understand". You and nearly all of the uninformed wage earners will likely be surprised when you see your actual tax bill next year (for 2013). Yes indeedy, you are going to pay more taxes and it is not because you are making $450,000.00. There was a temporary social security tax relief in place. It has now expired. Figure on paying an additional $1000.00.
Your friend Obama didn't tell you that, did he?
Hey Kev. You ought to see some one about that crack in your cistern. It's leaking and...
RE: — Larimore Nicholl
The only thing you truly need to be afraid of your Government.
You can make all the idiotic laws you want, it won't amount to a hill of beans! You can tighten gun laws, it won't help. If you really want to stop the gun violence mainly in the young adult males we need to start early. That means tough love, CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN THE SCHOOLS! The sad part is the majority of schools in America are run by wussy administrators most of whom have never done a hard days work in their lives and it shows! So you need to start by getting rid of these ninnies and wussy union teachers. Another idea would be to turn all of our crappy public high schools in to military schools. It's been tried and it works! Example there was an inner city school in East Chicago that was a disaster. About 10 years ago the U.S. Marines took it over. After the first four years they had their first graduating class. Everyone of the students not only were accepted into college(s) but everyone of them also got a scholarship. I challenge any public school in America to beat that! Oh wait they're run by union wussies so it's probably not possible!!! NEA/AFT losers once again!!!
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