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  • Saudi Arabia: Do The Math  [View article]
    "Where were all the deficit conscious "conservatives" during those 8 years of runaway debt and deficits?"

    Thus we now have tea party conservatives who "primaried" dozens of Republicans. Republicans under Gingrich showed fiscal restraint (and the dot-com boom along with capital gains tax rate cuts) boosted revenues. Republicans and Clinton got lucky.

    The Hastert/DeLay/Lott Republicans did not continue to hold the line on spending.
    Jan 27, 2016. 10:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Saudi Arabia: Do The Math  [View article]
    Michael Fitzsimmons:
    "It was Clinton's policies that re-designed the welfare system and removed millions from the dole. It was Clinton's policies to automate many functions of government and cut the government workface (back to the size of the Kennedy administration). Gingrich had nothing to do with those initiatives, nor did he have anything to do with keeping us out of wars."

    Clinton did not design welfare reform. He was convinced by his political advisor (Dick Morris) that it was the only way to win re-election. He signed the bill, he did not write it.

    He loved to take credit for "balancing the budget", yet he vetoed every budget Congress sent him until they added more spending.
    Jan 27, 2016. 10:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Saudi Arabia: Do The Math  [View article]
    @fripp1: " So your answer then is that the U.S. should remain indefinitely in any country in order to keep peace?"

    US has been in Germany since end of WWII 1945.
    US is still in Korea - since end of war in 1953.
    US is still in Bosnia - since 1997.
    US is still in Cuba.

    A small force in Iraq would not have been unreasonable nor unattainable.

    Micheal Fitzsimmons -
    Iraq was comparatively peaceful. It is not that today.
    Jan 27, 2016. 10:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Saudi Arabia: Do The Math  [View article]
    As to the war in Iraq, I disagree. The war accomplished its aims. Iraq was peaceful. Then US military was withdrawn with disastrous consequences. I find it hard to look upon the success of that operation and the witness the subsequent abandonment and failure.

    Yours is the more popular opinion, but I remain unpersuaded. As for securing the borders, etc. These are not either/or decisions. The US military can succeed overseas while we guard and improve our homeland. What is lacking is the will to do so.
    Jan 20, 2016. 12:20 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Worst Ideas For 2016  [View article]
    So glad I bought the 3-year extended warranty for my Circuit City TV back in 2007.
    Dec 29, 2015. 02:53 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan extends losses, now -15% this week  [View news story]
    How likely is it they are going to make less money (year over year) than before? Is there less oil and gas flowing? Are they running out of customers?
    Dec 3, 2015. 12:15 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan, Inc.: Is There A Storm Gathering On The Horizon?  [View article]
    In fairness, the author could not have predicted the Moody's downgrade when writing positive articles recently. When facts change, opinions change.
    Dec 2, 2015. 08:25 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Plains All American Pipeline: Is The 10% Distribution Yield Sustainable?  [View article]
    Thanks for the informative article.
    Nov 18, 2015. 04:23 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan: A Rough Quarter For This Dividend Growth Star  [View article]
    Snoopy44, what you describe is not a coming recession, but an enduring recession. Cheer up. The socialists in Washington will not be there forever. The time will come when a pro-growth, pro-capitalism government will loose the regulatory bonds that are suppressing growth.
    Oct 22, 2015. 05:17 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan: A Rough Quarter For This Dividend Growth Star  [View article]
    Unless you sold those warrants, you have not "lost it all" until May 2017. What are the chances that the oil & gas markets will turn by May 2017?
    Oct 22, 2015. 05:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan: A Rough Quarter For This Dividend Growth Star  [View article]
    I'm with you. If the stock price drops and dividend rises to 7%, I will buy more. I missed the September sale.
    Oct 22, 2015. 07:19 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Energy, mining giants begin to back global climate deal  [View news story]
    Big companies cheer regulation because they see a way to profit from it. In this case, the advantage is that they can protect or grow their market share. Smaller companies are less able to afford the costs of regulation.

    Carbon consumers are going to buy as much fossil fuel as they need. That sounds like a truism, but it is a very simple fact. So the total amount of coal, oil & gas that gets bought and burned is not going to decrease because eggheads and true believers cry, "boy wouldn't it be nice if that happened." It might decrease if the need declines or the price goes up. Carbon consumption is largely an economic decision. When there is a set amount to be sold, the race is to capture the biggest share of the market.
    Oct 14, 2015. 06:29 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Don't Believe Kinder Morgan Will Trade With A 9% Yield  [View article]
    I found the article persuasive, with above average clarity in stating the argument for KMI's value over a range of possibilities.
    Jul 28, 2015. 01:28 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Continues Down Unsustainable Path  [View article]
    NYCB is boring. It just keeps cranking out a steady profit. One of the best boring investments I ever made. Now KMI has given me much more excitement over the years.
    Jul 24, 2015. 02:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Continues Down Unsustainable Path  [View article]
    "I don't mess with the warrants (too risky for me, could expire worthless, no?)"

    I suppose that is true, but do you really think KMI is not going to trade over $41 some time between now and May 2017? $1.50 invested today could very well be worth $4 if KMI returns to $41 this year or next. That's an awfully good return.
    Jul 24, 2015. 01:55 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment