You realize that most of the uber-rich are self-made, right?
That people advance/decline on the socio-economic ladder all the time, mostly due to what influences they exert upon themselves?
That our "poor" still enjoy luxuries and creature-comforts unheard of elsewhere?
Look, if you're dissatisfied with your financial situation, there's only one person who can change it, and taking steps to do so is FAR more pro-active that grousing about the choices, influences and decisions of others.
Be forewarned, I only read the first three words of a post, to get the feel.
"Your "sovereign" life is a product of global forces, spoiler alert"
My life, with all it's ups and downs, positives and negatives, assets and liabilities, is a construction built and shaped by myself, as is yours, so please spare me the suggestions that we're mere pawns on a global board.
This country is unique in offering opportunities found nowhere else--ask an immigrant--and if you still can't capitalize on the inherent benefits of being on these shores, then you lack the motivation, education, skills, etc. to leverage self-improvement, or do those diabolical, external forces--you know the ones that hire and provide income--conspire to keep you down?
It's far easier to blame others for personal fiscal malaise, but it ultimately serves no purpose or benefit, and just paints you as someone requiring scapegoats to justify your own failure and ineptitude.
Your "sovereign" life is a product of global forces, spoiler alert.
Obama's Pacific trade agreement will prove a decisive death blow to American manufacturing. Trump will get rid of it and NAFTA. PLUS you can get all kinds of protein on your very own! Right? Roadkill4all!
Your stunted, stilted, juvenile view of how macro-Economics works is laughable at best, as there are far more machinations driving a capital-based, entrepreneur-driven national economy than simple taxes, tarrifs and debt manipulation.
Lemme guess: you think the solution to excessive governmental oversight and regulation of the economy is...more government? *sigh*
You're obviously a "1%er", but at the other end of the spectrum. Best wishes in improving your lot in life; you're gonna need a miracle to succeed, but even a rudimentary understanding of fiscal matters would be a fine start, and I hope you undertake such an educational quest.
The government uses tariffs and debt leverage to throttle the economy that produces your paycheck, and it trickles down your face to your lips on the way to your belly. NAFTA not food stamps or whatever you thought, lunkhead.
I love Trump. He's tearing up the do nothing Republicans and has the Demo's sweating bullets, literally. They have no bullets. Go Trump. Keep it up! You are fighting the good fight. I've never been so flabbergasted by the hit-and-run attacks by the media. Trump is the only one to tell it like it is.
"the government determines the actual amount of money in your personal wallet and the type of food in your belly"
Perhaps, if you're a subservient, boot-licking regressive, and this will be shocking, but there are still multitudes within the populace that still think, act, do and fend for themselves and who don't rely on the Feds/Big Gov/the Nanny State to care for them from cradle-to-grave.
I'm curious; how does someone else's wealth affect your personal, individual, intrinsic ability to acquire some of your own? Is there some secret cabal of blue-bloods plotting ways to keep you down in a hidden grotto somewhere?
"How will the skill-deficient middle class compete with robots in the workplace? There doesn't seem to be much incentive to work harder for less" - They'll compete by increasing their skill set/s, education levels and core competencies so they're more valuable potential assets and resources, and as for working harder for less; please explain how arbitrary, non-value-added minimum-wage increases help employers.
Sounds like you're contemplating relocating to the "Great White North"; enjoy some Molson, back-bacon and a failed universal health-care system...
"We call a dead cow steak, hamburger, etc., but never a dead cow"
Well Aubrey, essentially, ALL our food is dead, whether it walked around or was rooted in place, and I didn't advance to the top of the food-chain to munch only arugula.
Living, sentient beings consume other ones--that's the way it is--and if we're not supposed to eat animals, then why are they made out of meat?
I suppose you'll tell me that you never "Eat anything with a face", but I have it on good authority that if you ask nicely, they'll cut that part off before serving, so let me know if you're ever in town, and I'll treat you to a plate of brisket and/or ribs!
Gentry expresses my opinion to a T. While Lathen professes to be a fiscal conservative and Gaebler is a Hillary acolyte, they are birds of a feather in that both are big defenders of the right of COS developers to do whatever they want with our tax dollars. Both women support building a $300M downtown stadium using sales tax revenue without a vote of the citizens. And Gaebler thinks COS should revisit the BLR annexation issue and give hundreds of millions of dollars to Jenkins for infrastructure, in spite of the fact that last year the Judge ruled saying ALL development costs are the responsibility of the developer. Wasn't building the SDS that cost utility rate payers $1 Billion so that Jenkins would have water for his BLR enough to pay in infrastructure?
It is so very refreshing to read Linda Knight's letter exposing Gaebler's arrogance and disregard for the opinions of people who don't share her POV. The Gazette fawns over this proponent of higher and higher taxes - just as it did over Lathen - quoting her every driveling remark on whatever issue is on Page 1. It's obvious to even the most politically obtuse that Gaebler has been chosen by City Leaders for higher office. And, most importantly for her goal of being a Career Politician, she has the financial backing of her developer cronies. Which is worse - Gaebler as Food Commissioner or Gaebler as Mayor?
ok City Sage-
This column is a bit better. At least you mentioned our need for a street-car, trolley system.
You're dang right about looking back on 2016 as the time things changed. Also about us possibly regretting we didn't think through the change properly.
As for a third of a million annual visitors for the olympic museum? isn't that around a thousand people daily? let's be real... Jesse Owens dirty socks won't draw much of a crowd- the olympic museum is a losing idea.
Let's hope we don't have a minor league stadium downtown as well.
Otherwise yea- COS is part of the sprawling Denver Metro area and we're going to see rocket style growth, little doubt.
We are a "sport" city? let's embrace our part of it. Where are the x-games in COS? We have memorial park's skateboarding park- we have incredible climbing and mountain biking----why are we focusing on a sport like baseball?
And for where you might sell your home to move- well New Mexico has a lot more to offer than Las Vegas. Try Chama.
Related to Linda Knight's comment -the city, since the '40's - - has been most fortunate to have had a succession of city council members that have ranged from good to excellent with few 'problem cases'. Getting to gender differential, dating back to Margie Vasquez in the '70's to Lisa Czelatdko and Jan Martin most recently, there have been some very effective and powerful women on council who exercised their opinions and discharged their duties with a high degree of civility.
Jill Gaebler does not fall into that category! The level of rude behavior and the arrogance and condescending attitude of Gaebler - matched only by that of Amy Lathen soon to join the political action committee: "Colorado Springs Forward" does not bode well in whatever effort might be planned to offset the reputation of the community as one of politically divisive, poisonous and fractured as identified by findings brought forth in the 2009 Project 6035 Report.
Lathen will, most likely, be yet another 'failed' leader who have already come and gone through Colorado Springs Forward faster than crap passing through a goose as they try to become relevant to the community.
What are the chances Gaebler can make it without being subject to a recall?
So that begs the question Mr.Hazlehurst, Have you ever smoked or otherwise used marijuana? If so, do you continue to do so? And if so, would you describe yourself as an occasional, frequent or heavy user? And finally, medical or retail? Looking forward to your responses!
Miss Chambers Its not just Anschutz it his wallet and a few other wallets. When you buy a Politician you get favors or they use there influence to discredit you. Thats why he bought the newspaper thats what hes doing and the Voters are just happy to follow follow follow the money brick road. Jenkins has been doing it for years around here and the citizens keep getting screwed and yet they vote them right back in. If your truly tired of it use your vote and check someone else.
Yet another council member with a personal hatred towards Cannabis using his power and authority to push his personal agenda, and the Mayors...how much longer till the next vote?
It's an insult to every citizen that our city council begged money for pothole repair. From 1975 till recently ???? This was a normal part of operations and maintenance of our roads. Now we get a special tax for it...how irresponsible. Pothole repair equipment/personnel should be a permanent part our the city crew just as potholes are a permanent art of the landscape. What next.....they'll ask for a special tax to change the oil on their fleet vehicles and have it done by Jiffy Lube ! ....
The curbs gutters and sidewalks were funded by a grant about 8 years ago in order to in compliance with the ADA. Or so we were told when we called the street dept and asked. But it wouldnt shock me if 2-C money was being funneled that way we all know how this city works.
Mr Gearloose. Obviously you and Jere Joiner read the same articles. How about use your common sense and just open your eyes as you drive around town. FYI when a city engineer says something remember, they work for the city, not us.
1st The WHOLE reason for 2C was the potholes and road damage, very little of which is actually next to a curb.
2nd I have no problem with curbs, just the misuse of funds in building them. As curbs and gutters are a part of water management, they should be repaired with storm water funds, not with road funds.
3rd Pay REAL attention to how much road damage around town actually touches a curb. Maybe 5%.
4th You were snookered, and you are wrong.
Mr. Gearloose. Like Jere Joiner you are wrong. I suppose you read the same story somewhere. 1st Open your eyes and see how many of the actual problems are in the middle of the road as opposed to the curb area. About 95%.
2nd Curbs are drainage and should be paid for with storm water funds.
3rd The WHOLE reason for 2C was in response to pot holes and road damage, very little of which are actually adjacent to a curb.
To recap. You were snookered and are wrong.
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