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15201  General Discussion / History / Re: Was Christopher Columbus an idiot? on: July 27, 2009, 10:48:11 pm
He was an idiot, but to be fair, there was evidence available from fishermen and other sources that there was land far closer than where the eggheads thought China was.  The fault he and they shared was a failure to imagine the possibility of a landmass other than Eurasiafrica.
15202  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Smoot-Hawley Tariff on: July 27, 2009, 10:45:27 pm
Option 2

Smoot-Hawley's fault was that it was so excessive it ensured a world trade war that no one could win.

Mild and/or targeted tarriffs need not start trade wars and can be beneficial to developing countries that truly are trying to develop, such as the United States in the early 19th century.
15203  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Preceding Poster's Signature Thread IV on: July 27, 2009, 05:01:40 pm
How's Lilith doing?
15204  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the DMCA and the copyright extension Act on: July 27, 2009, 03:35:22 pm
Copyright serves a purpose, but copyright terms are way too long.  At a minimum we should go back to the minimum term allowed under the Berne Convention. (75 years for corporate works or life of author + 50 years for individual works)
15205  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: No stone left unturned in hunt for Australia's stolen curling rocks on: July 27, 2009, 12:43:43 pm
Hopefully the police will sweep up these crooks and put them on ice.
15206  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Informative article from American Thinker on: July 27, 2009, 12:42:05 pm
Why do I suspect that the original author had no problem with allowing 18 year olds to vote back when then trended Republican.
15207  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Forum World Cup --second matches team selections on: July 27, 2009, 12:20:12 pm
Bump!
15208  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Nicaragua and diplomatic recognition on: July 27, 2009, 12:14:48 am
One wonders why they haven't recognized Somaliland as an independent country.
15209  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Happy 26th of July everyone! on: July 26, 2009, 10:56:08 pm
Don't worry.  Someday, Cuba wll become our 51st state, though it should have been our 46th.
15210  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: Rebuilding the Union on: July 26, 2009, 09:40:15 pm
Horses as large pests?  Assuming any degree of horse knowledge survived they'd have been seen as very useful beasts for both transport and the plow.
15211  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Issue, part 77 on: July 26, 2009, 12:14:06 pm
Lean Yes.

There are a few infrastructure-heavy industries where the costs of duplicating the infrastructure are high enough that it makes economic sense to have regulated monopolies provide the service.  Basically the utilities such as landline phone service from your house to the local exchange, connection to the electrical grid, water & sewer, gas.

To a lesser extent, mail delivery and garbage collection also make sense as regulated monopolies so as to avoid having to have multiple service providers roaming the streets, but there competition is also about the level of service.
15212  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Issue, part 76 on: July 25, 2009, 10:42:24 pm
No.......the founders had their reasons and I"m not one to tamper with this one.

They also had their reasons for allowing slavery.

And not allowing women to vote. How dare we tamper with such things.

The Constitution has never barred women from voting.  Originally voter requirements was an issue left almost entirely to the States to decide.  The only original requirement was to equate the requirements to be able to vote for the House of Representatives to those required to vote for the largest House of the State legislature.  It wasn't until later the Federal Constitution was amended to touch upon various voting requirements ans always in a manner than served to expand rather than contract the pool of voters.
15213  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Obama's "ProfessorGATES" political damage meter...... on: July 24, 2009, 10:52:23 pm
It's a small distraction that killed the small chance that the House would pass health care before the recess, which may prove a good hing for Obama depending on what happens to it during the recess.
15214  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: President pro tempore on: July 24, 2009, 10:42:21 pm
Frankly it would be best if the Speaker and the President pro tempore were removed altogether from the line of succession, or failing that, placed at the end to provide a means to reconstitute the government in extremis.
15215  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your actual first name? on: July 24, 2009, 01:16:41 pm
Oddly enough, it's Ernest
15216  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Is it a sin/morally wrong to give/receive a golden shower? on: July 23, 2009, 11:27:12 pm
That entirely is up to whether or not both giver and receiver are comfortable with such behavior.  If it would cause either distress then it would be a sin/morally wrong.
15217  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you like poor people? on: July 23, 2009, 08:22:38 pm
Depends on how poor they are.  I don't like them if they are so poor that they've been starving themselves, but if they have just enough money as to be able to afford plenty of junk food to fatten them up so that they are well-marbled instead of tough and stringy, they go quite nicely with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
15218  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Fast Food Chains You Desire on: July 23, 2009, 05:15:30 pm
Jack in the Box and Krystal are both just close enough to torment me with commercials (from the upstate and Augusta TV markets respectively) while not close enough to eat at.

I've heard Chick-fil-A is very religious.  I had never heard of them until my step dad mentioned them being all over in the south.

Very religious is an understatement.  By company policy, all Chick-fil-A's are closed on Sunday.

We also don't have Jack in the Box... although we have Hardees, which is essentially the same thing as Carls Jr.

Hardly surprising since the same company owns both Carl's Jr. and Hardee's.
15219  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP Representatives oppose public option because it's "cheaper", "saves mone on: July 23, 2009, 04:33:16 pm
As I've said before, I feel the best solution to the health care crisis is a double mandate with people required to have health insurance, and health insurers required to accept everyone with no price discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.  Ideally, subsidies in such a scheme would be handed out to the insurees, not the insurers, be they public or private.

I agree except those with pre-existing conditions should pay more in premiums, if dumb enough not to have insurance, or poor enough, with the higher premiums also subsidized on a means tested basis. Do you really want the taxpayers subsidizing my premiums because I have rather expensive pre-existing conditions? I think not.

Torie, there is no way to have universal coverage with private insurers if persons are penalized for having preexisting conditions.  If you feel that lack of coverage isn't a concern, then you likely feel that there is no health care crisis that government should be addressing.
15220  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP Representatives oppose public option because it's "cheaper", "saves mone on: July 22, 2009, 11:26:43 pm
If the plan costs less because the costs are borne by the taxpayer instead of the insured, its a problem.  If the public plan is subsidized, private plans should benefit from the same or equivalent subsidies unless the objective is for the public plan to be a stealth effort at implementing single payer.

There's a very good reason it costs less, and that's because, among other things, the public plan wouldn't gouge rates or spend a huge portion of the money on administrative costs, designed to push people off the rolls. Also, the government is able to get drugs at a much cheaper price.

If the government is going to dictate drug prices for its public plan, why not simply impose price controls on all drugs?  That way the savings would be available no matter who is paying for it, whether it be a public plan, a private plan, or the uninsured.

Basically, it's cheaper because there's not as much of a profit motive corrupting the business.
So the profit motive is the problem?  So then why aren't the existing not-for-profit organizations that offer health insurance able to outcompete the for-profit companies that offer health insurance by offering more affordable insurance?

You're assuming in your statement that the private market is just fine with costs and the government shouldn't go below those costs because it would hurt private businesses. This is lunacy. Not only does it focus on money and not, you know, lives to save, but it shows a rather large disconnect as to why we have the problems we have.
Ignoring money may be fine in fantasy land, but in the real world someone must pay or the service won't be provided. If you favor single-payer as the way to do it, that certainly is one way to do it, but trying to sneak it in is certain to provoke a political backlash.

Keep your "indy" cred up though.

I certainly do try, but I worry more about my "realism" cred, something Democrats and Republicans both ignore all too often.

Understating the costs of health care reform will end up biting Obama in the ass politically, just as understating the costs of the War in Iraq bit Bush's hiney.  It will be more difficult for the Democrats to get what they want passed if they don't resort to accounting gimmicks, like those Bush used to pass his tax cuts, but it means that the programs are far likelier to continue once he's out of office as well.

As I've said before, I feel the best solution to the health care crisis is a double mandate with people required to have health insurance, and health insurers required to accept everyone with no price discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.  Ideally, subsidies in such a scheme would be handed out to the insurees, not the insurers, be they public or private.
15221  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Random GOP Senators Nobody is Talking About on: July 22, 2009, 06:25:15 pm
Graham ... could have a large impact...

Doubtful, especially for 2012.  Graham has been close enough to the center that the wing nuts don't care for him while he hasn't been enough of a RINO or a media darling to be all that attractive to swing voters.  He might be useful in the VP slot if a candidate such as Romney wants to cover certain chinks in his base support without using a wingnut who would scare off swing voters.
15222  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Issue, part 75 on: July 22, 2009, 04:06:35 pm
At most a modest form of dual citizenship so that kids who have parents who are citizens of different nations don't have to choose which they keep until age 21 or 25.
15223  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: GOP Representatives oppose public option because it's "cheaper", "saves mone on: July 22, 2009, 04:03:14 pm
If the plan costs less because the costs are borne by the taxpayer instead of the insured, its a problem.  If the public plan is subsidized, private plans should benefit from the same or equivalent subsidies unless the objective is for the public plan to be a stealth effort at implementing single payer.
15224  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Random GOP Senators Nobody is Talking About on: July 22, 2009, 01:48:08 pm
I can't see Graham running for President in 2012, but I could see him accepting a VP slot if asked.  Not that I expect him to be asked.  Of course, it was even more surprising that Palin was asked in 2008, so logic doesn't always apply to these sorts of decisions.
15225  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on: July 21, 2009, 10:49:23 pm
Lunar, even before the Great Recession started, in most industries if a strike lasted 90 to 100 days, the strikers will find themselves replaced well before then by others willing to work for the wages and conditions offered by the employer, or that the employer has either shut down or relocated.  While the latter two conditions are likely to still pertain, unconsensual binding arbitration removes the threat of being permanently replaced that workers face if they strike, so even if the arbitration is scrupulously fair, its addition to labor law does represent a significant tactical advantage for unions.
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