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Re: “Reader: You can't cherry pick the law

Vagrants are citizens, too. Just because "conservative" policies have resulted in economic failure does not mean this fact is negated. Citizens have rights.

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Posted by scubafox on 09/18/2017 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Jaywalking case exposes law enforcement embedded in far-left group

The "far left" opposite the "far right", privatize-everything libertarians (represented by the Gazette) would be state-own-and-run-everything communists ... which would be "state capitalism".

Turns out that "Much of What's Called Socialism is Just Pragmatic" ... that is, it *works* thanks to policies that correct for the failures and weaknesses of "invisible-hand", "free market" capitalism.

That should, one would think, make them be seen as independent of either the economic left or economic right. That they're not seen that way is because the economic "free market" right ignores, and mostly even denies, these failures & weaknesses.

Some of those weaknesses & failures are the economic effects of negative externalities, tragedy of the commons, positive externalities, inelasticities, long delays, path dependence, adverse selection, escalation, the attractiveness principle, game theory, monopoly & oligopoly (& monopsony) effects on competition, Net Present Value (NPV) calculations, and Cost-Benefit Analysis.…

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Posted by scubafox on 08/11/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Reader: Why not choose clean, sustainable energy anyways?

Mr Rocky Smith. Regarding your statement: "COST! First there is no money. Yes they could raise the price of elect. service but that puts more of a problem on consumers and many cant afford it now."

The *cost* to the public doesn't go away because it's not directly paid for. The public pays by the effects of pollution on public health ... who pays that? And also there's the cost of, yes despite rampant denial, the VERY REAL effects of Global Warming that's an Existential Threat to Life on Earth. What's that worth to you. Google, "The Physics of Global Warming" Powell.

You reveal yourself to be the "other kind of socialist" ... the "cost redistribution" kind of socialist. Yes, you're a socialist ... the kind you love.

Plus, costs documented at are passed onto the public to the tune of:

Production Fossil Fuel Subsidies $4.7 B / year.

There are a number of tax preferences, described below, available in the United States to producers of fossil fuels. The preferences below are all permanent provisions in the tax code. The annual revenue costs estimated for each provision are taken from the Mid-Session Review of the Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2015, which is available here:

Provision descriptions are derived from the General Explanation of the Administrations Revenue Proposal, sometimes referred to as the Treasury Green Book, which is available here:…

In total, the United States government has identified eleven Federal fossil fuel production tax provisions, as shown below. Combined, these provisions total USD 4.7 billion in annual revenue cost (nominal annual average figure based on the 10-year revenue estimate). The provisions are listed in order of greatest annual revenue cost to least.…

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Posted by scubafox on 06/15/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Mayor John Suthers warns against 'sanctuary city' policy, Green party pushes ahead

Mr. Suthers should know that ICE can come in to *any* part of the nation, period. There is *no* "sanctuary" from that.

What right-wing racists want is to appropriate city and state resources to carry out a federal function. That is the kind of thing "conservatives" have called an "unfunded mandate" on other issues. But not on this.

It is destructive because this war on law-abiding immigrants will increase crime because crimes won't be reported by those who fear police will reported them to ICE.

Besides, the U.S. farm policies and NAFTA *created* the illegal immigration problem by wrecking the livelihood of millions of Latin Americans. See "How NAFTA and Farm Policy Subsidies Created the Illegal Immigration Problem"…

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Posted by scubafox on 05/05/2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Initiative 2C, Ask a Mexican, Manitou schools, and more

When submitting a letter, one agrees for it to be edited. I'm happy they printed what they did.

Posted by scubafox on 11/01/2015 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs' turn to wake up

If 2C fails it will almost certainly be for the wrong reason (being anti-tax). If it passes it will be because of ignoring why it should fail (not taxing developers and growth).…

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Posted by scubafox on 11/01/2015 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Initiative 2C, Ask a Mexican, Manitou schools, and more

My letter above on "Different opposition" was highly edited for space and, it appears, political reasons. See it all at "Oppose 2C sales tax increase: Pay for Past Sins; Sin No More".…

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Posted by scubafox on 11/01/2015 at 1:31 PM

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