"If a violent person wants to commit an evil act, they'll find a way." I do not buy into that argument. It is much like saying, if a burglar wants to break into a house he will find a way, so let's recall any legislator foolish enough to pass laws against crime, particularly laws that call for stiffer sentences when criminals use guns in the commission of their crimes.
Mr. Bently dont grasp the fact that while our Government does not produce anything they sure buy a whole lot of things that are produced. Thats where the shut down harms production. Also while yes we are a Republic we govern under a Democratic form of Government. We stay true to our Republic by using the Electoral college when we vote. All that was changed in 1787 so its nothing new its just a more BS from the Republicans. If we were a firm Republic we would not have a Country wide vote for President. The House would do our bidding or voting for President and the Senate would for Vice President. Now think about what a mess that would be and if you disagree with me go get an Encyclopedia and look it up. Its Fact while we live in a Republic but we Govern under a Democracy.
typical politician, he goes from mr. tough gun guy to wife whipped symphony guy as soon as the election is over.
Excuse me, thinker. I should not have written earlier, "you do not seem to know all of the services performed by the government." I should have written, Len Bentley, the original letter writer, whose point of view you defend, does not seem to know etc."
One thing that extremists on both the Left and the Right have in common is a desire to see the government go into default, triggering a collapse of the world economic system, because they know the only way they can succeed will be to impose their will upon the majority in times of chaos and uncertainty.
Yes, thinker, I get the point, but you missed it. Of course I know that banks do all these things. I was being facetious and sarcastic. My point is that you do not seem to know all of the services performed by the government, many of which are so vital to the banking industry that the banks have been shrill and strident in their call to end the shutdown asap before it damages their productive industry any further.
By the way, did you notice how your simplistic argument against the government began to sound like Marxist propaganda when applied almost verbatim to banks?
gurudori, it is a pleasure to see someone who knows what he is talking about. When you consider the problem at the ACA website, which is higher than anticipated volume, the timeouts and delays are inconvenient, but not severe errors. The problem was handled gracefully. A true error would have been for the website to gather the info from consumers and pretend to process it while actually dropping it and losing it.
thinker, you should not attempt to explain engineering to an engineer. In common parlance, terms like "fine tuning" and "troubleshooting" may be more or less equivalent, but in engineering these two terms have precise definitions and they refer to two entirely different processes.
I see you have switched over to a new argument in your reply. Since when does the Republi-Cant Party get veto power over legislation? This must be some new amendment that has not made it into the Constitution yet. The ACA must be implemented because it was enacted and the Extreme Right Fringe cannot manage to get it repealed, though the repeal of the ACA is the only legislation they have been willing to engage in since its passage.
I assume when you write "the people don't want it" you are using the same polling methods that predicted a landslide for Romney in the last election. Even Ted Cruz said that the ACA must be stopped before implementation because once the people actually get to use it they will never give it up. What he did not say, but is implied by his statement, is that the people will see through the tissue of lies he and his ilk have been circulating for all these years--in particular, the lie that the program will be a total disaster once implemented. If the opponents of the ACA really believed that themselves they would not be so desperate to kill it now. They would just stand back and watch the president fall flat on his face.
Everything isn't as easy and instantaneous as internet email, and the new ACA website will have its issues at first. Interesting that everyone thinks it’s so easy to launch a website that has to cover millions users at the same time with multiple applications and programs.
At work, we launched a new website to replace our 18 year old one so that it would work with the new technology like Ipads & smart phones, and had to convert over 15,000 pages. Yes, there were many link problems that had to be corrected and it has taken over a year to complete the process, so I think the ACA website will need time to work out the NORMAL kinks with launching such a website.
Mr. K, if you're Engineering/producing a "widget", a field test and/or beta is fine, but when you're dealing with a sixth of the economy, it's far too risky a proposition to roll it out prior to full trouble-shooting. But it's what Obama and the Left wants (gotta have something in the way of a legacy!), so it's to be implemented, even though the GOP doesn't want it, the people dont want it, and even some Democratic legislators don't want it.
Absolute apples and oranges Mr. K.. Banks are privately-owned (admittedly, sometimes by those with an extremely self-serving agenda), and "contributions" are made voluntarily, as are agreements to lending terms, mortgages, etc., while the govt. insists on mandatory compliance. Banks are productive because they provide a service to others by providing them with interest if they open a savings account, IRA, and such, or receiving interest to fund operations, pay wages, satisfy share-holders (if applicable), etc. when they lend money. If I choose to patronize a bank, or become a member of a credit union, it doesn't affect you or the general economy, but if I choose to withhold taxes from Uncle Sam, it lessens the overall pool of funds to allocate and distribute to everyone. There are many other differences, but I trust you sufficiently get the point?
The "shutdown" is going to raise all sorts of questions, most of them legitimate. On one particular point -- could it be that because Johnson and Caslen are new to their positions they don't have the contacts tat might have provided them with better information to proceed? Not their fault, but the academies also have a strong political component.
I find the fight the Council has picked with Chris Melcher distressing. The Council is turning what is no doubt a difficult job into an impossible situation by insisting that each side have its own lawyer - as if the Council and Mayor were adverse parties in litigation. Before Chris Melcher was hired, I actually interviewed with the Mayor to be City Attorney. Like Melcher, I had no prior government experience. And I supported the "wrong" party - something the Mayor didn't care about a bit. I had never met the Mayor before then, but it struck me that he was just looking to hire the most qualified lawyer he could find. Given all the infighting, I can't imagine that the City could attract a better lawyer than Melcher if Council somehow managed to fire him. Or if he just gets so fed up with the nonsense that he decides to quit.
According to Len Bentley, the current shutdown could not possibly affect productivity because the government does not produce anything. Which is much like saying massive bank failures do not reduce productivity because banks do not produce anything, they only collect interest on loans, making their profits “on the backs of those who actually do create and produce.” From this “logic” it follows that any bank failure “would actually be a savings to those who bear the burden of paying”--paying off their loans, that is.
Bernie knows what public service is really about. I wish him the best in Denver as he tries to sort through things and represent us.
thinker, you may be a thinker, but you are not an engineer. The time to fine tune a new machine or process is precisely when it is in operation. Before implementation the new design can be coarsely tuned using prototypes and test data, but nothing replaces the fine tuning that can only be performed on a working system.
I suspect there will not be much need for fine tuning on the ACA as Massachusetts has already done most of it for us in deploying Romneycare.
The phrase "forever-befuddled front office" is a masterpiece of understatement.
HMM How about Able D. Smith who came to this area as a Wheel Wright in 1892 raised his family and started a cattle ranch that feed many in this community. Or maybe John F. Oneal that had a construction crew that helped not only build the only road to the Gold mines but built and maintained the roads many of us use to this day. Its not only the money people that had there hands in building this region but many common folks as well. Those folks should be recognized as well. Go find those folk in the archives. You cant because they didnt have there names in the paper but without them this region sure wouldnt be what it is.
This is a truly gorgeous piece of writing, as much about the human condition as about hummingbirds. I, too, had a last fellow at my feeder this year when the others had gone, and marked the moment. Time, as one ages, is such a weaving of glad moments and sorrows. Reading this piece was a glad moment for me.
Jonathan H. Reilly, I present to you (from taxfoundation.org):
"...higher income states bear a larger fraction of the federal tax burden—an imbalance that is sharply amplified by the progressive structure of the federal income tax.
For whatever reason, so-called "blue states" tend to be high-income areas that pay the vast majority of federal taxes. Some 84 percent of federal individual income taxes—which account for over 40 percent of federal revenue—are paid by the those in the top 25 percent of the income distribution. The majority of these taxpayers live in wealthy, urban, politically "blue" areas like New York, California, and Massachusetts.
Even if federal spending were equal in all states, wealthy states would still send substantially more federal tax dollars to Washington than they received in spending, simply because they earn a majority of the nation's income. This disparity is greatly magnified by the progressive rate structure of the federal income tax, which taxes higher income states more heavily than low-income states, regardless of the level of spending received."
Yes, studies also exist that would support your claim, but to cite simplistic red/blue distinctions is pointless and myopic, and the time to "fine tune" the ACA is prior to implementation, not after. The govt. couldn't even predict and employ the logistics needed to roll it out, why we should trust them to successfully implement it as currently written?
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