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  • Wall Street Breakfast: GM Faces New Ignition Switch Lawsuit [View article]
    Blueline - Both parties pass bills that they know have no chance passing in the other Chamber. Worse, House Republicans refuse to have votes on issues that would pass but with only a minority of Republicans in favor. This implementation of the Hastert Rule is the greatest obstruction to anything substantive being done in Congress.
    Jul 30 01:03 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: GM Faces New Ignition Switch Lawsuit [View article]
    James - A real Conservative Party!?! Further to the right than the Tea Party, and you revert to the old "Know Nothing" Party of pre-Civil War times. Anything further to the right than the Establishment Republicans and you're talking Fascism. O.K. - I see it now - Donald Trump in a stern Mussolini pose. He'd love it.
    Jul 30 12:57 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina Sends Last-Minute Delegation To Avert Default [View article]
    BlueOkie - Any monopoly, government or private, tends to become calcified over time.
    Jul 29 07:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina Sends Last-Minute Delegation To Avert Default [View article]
    gggl - The former mayor of Laval, Gilles Vaillancourt, is likely to go to jail after profiting for kickbacks over the years. The former mayor of Montreal, Michael Appelbaum, is likely guilty of having illegally accepted money for his campaign. That would have been legal under American electoral practices. It's no excuse here where too much money in a campaign is seen as an attempt to own the electoral megaphone and a hazard to democracy.
    Jul 29 03:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina Sends Last-Minute Delegation To Avert Default [View article]
    Mathew - We have no oil (so far) in Quebec, nor have we had any part in electing Rob Ford mayor of Toronto. If you wish to laugh at French Canadians. find some good reasons lest the laughs be aimed at the person trying to make a point.
    Jul 29 01:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina Sends Last-Minute Delegation To Avert Default [View article]
    James - As a ''great follower of Manifest Destiny", the precursor of American exceptionalism, it would seem that you would have been for a third war against Britain had you been around then. A least now, American warmaking is limited to reasons of "defense", though very loosely defined to even include Domenica. Such is progress. Americans generally don't ever want to think that they would be on the offense, and certainly not for crass territorial gain.

    You, James, are a true 19th century man. There were enough of them coming out of the horrors of the Civil War, still ready to spill more blood, that Britain thought it prudent to build up fortresses facing the U.S. and even suggest greater cooperation between the different colonies thus helping cause the modern political founding of Canada in 1867.

    I am indeed paying taxes for programs that I, and citizens of other civilized prosperous countries willingly pay, for programs that have been around since Bismarck started German Social Security. There are a recalcitrant few, mostly it would seem, citizens of the U.S., who have not yet stepped philosophically into the 20th century, let alone the 21st, and are fighting to maintain a distance between the ordinary citizenry and their "betters". At least, you are a progressive 19th century man. You would wish that separation from the riff-raff to be by merit. A few writers, just above, have indicated that their desire for a superior social position be by the older, and one would have thought, disgraced, factors of religion and race.
    Jul 29 12:06 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina To Default, BSkyB Acquisition, Glaxo Investigation [View article]
    Buckoux - One has to be ignorant of the facts to come up with such an inane comparison. Canada, English and French, had its 1775 moment in 1837. It was much less violent and was quickly crushed. The most violent sovereignty movement was that of Louis Riel and the Métis in Manitoba. This more closely resembled the American solution to the secession by the Confederacy. When the Quebec sovereignty movement grew out of the 1960's Quiet Revolution, moments of violence, by the FLQ for instance, led to condemnation by those seeking peaceful democratic independence, and a temporary drop in the polls for the sovereignty option.
    Jul 26 10:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina To Default, BSkyB Acquisition, Glaxo Investigation [View article]
    Mo Zii - No one has ever suggested that Putin "personally" shot down the plane. His initial reaction to the economic deal between Ukraine and the E.U., and further gambits as the situation played out, has however led to the present situation.

    There are positive aspects to what he has done, if you dig deep enough. Any country formerly part of the Soviet Union has been compelled to question their treatment of linguistic and cultural minorities, lest Putin find reason to "help". Policies of countries like Switzerland, Sweden, the U.K. and Canada are probably being examined in these former Republics of the USSR, with RESPECT being the common denominator of their different policies.
    Jul 26 10:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina To Default, BSkyB Acquisition, Glaxo Investigation [View article]
    mman - Think Chechnia in its relationship with Russia, and you might discover that it is not as simple or obvious as you put it.
    Jul 26 10:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Argentina To Default, BSkyB Acquisition, Glaxo Investigation [View article]
    Rasanders - Re socialism leading to running out of other peoples' money - As long as people are unthinkingly repeating clichés (even Maggie Thatcher's), they should at least pick ones that made some sort of sense. Socialism refers to who owns capital goods. That does not necessarily cause indebtedness, no more so than a capitalist structure. Indebtedness can come from being overly generous with public funds, usually viewed as a left wing bleeding heart problem, and thus the link to socialism. It can also occur when government taxes too little. The latter is usually associated with compassionless right wingers, with the seemingly forgotten neocons the most flagrant perpetrators leaving the U.S. in deep debt created during good times (you really have to screw up to do that). Now the right wing prodigal sons have returned to the pre-Keynesian goal of balanced budgets at all times model. Being a pre-Keynesian, Herbert Hoover had an excuse for the extent of economic damage from 1929 to 1932. Today's Republicans should know better,
    Jul 25 11:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Reynolds Lawsuit, Russian Ultimatum, Philips Earnings Decline [View article]
    Robert - You can get out of attack mode. I agree with you that modern liberals are not like 18th century liberals. Though modern liberalism can be close to Fabian socialism in policies, they come at it from different directions. Sorry for the grey nuances. Ignore the subtleties if you prefer a black and white world.
    Jul 24 05:40 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Reynolds Lawsuit, Russian Ultimatum, Philips Earnings Decline [View article]
    Robert - You are absolutely correct in viewing today's liberalism as different from 18th century liberalism. Europeans understand this easily in accepting that being a modern American libertarian is being their definition of a liberal, albeit a bit extreme in its limitations on the size of government. As the political spectrum has moved leftward over the centuries, they have added new identifications for more collectivist ideologies such as socialist and communist. Neo-conservatives in the U.S. are called néolibéral in France.

    The American method has been to accept that liberals were on the left end of the political spectrum at the time of the Enlightenment, and that liberals are still there on the left now though accepting a greater role for government in attaining liberté and égalité. If the spectrum has moved leftward, then those with the mindset of 18th century liberals are now conservatives with the believers in aristocracy and the new-fangled non-egalitarian fascists further to the right. All these latter groups believe in the division of the wheat from the chaff, (no danger of equality of outcome here), with the Far Right willing to give Nature, or is it the Market, a helping hand.

    Fabian socialists, to a great degree gave up on pure capitalism being the means of production in a modern civilization. Liberalism came earlier out of Utilitarianism, considering it possible to have a humane civilization with a tempered moderated capitalism with the goal of providing the greatest good for the greatest number. Today's liberals (American nomenclature) are fundamentally pragmatists weighing the sometimes conflicting goals of greater good while still protecting individual rights and caring little whether capitalism and a bit of socialism, Fabian style, is the better means of attainment as long as it works.
    Jul 24 04:56 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Condensate Exports, UBS Probe, GM Documentation [View article]
    Buckoux - I agree with you that Bob123 demonstrated that, he too, after numerous "juvenile and uncalled for" attacks on him, has succumbed to the temptation to retaliate. I assume that after months of seeing this type of puerile behavior, that you have finally broken under the pressure and decided to put a stop to it. It just so happened that Bob123 was the guilty party this time - pure coincidence - oh well!
    Jul 24 04:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Condensate Exports, UBS Probe, GM Documentation [View article]
    Crademan - Husker Bob and Robert's comments help explain the problem. Husker Bob insists that "tax revenues continue to rise" and both he and Robert insist that the revenue fails to show up in infrastructure projects.

    As Robert indicates, a dedicated vehicle fuel tax is supposed to pay for road improvements. The tax per gallon hasn't gone up in nearly 20 years and the vehicle fleet uses less gasoline per gallon. Obviously there is a shortfall. But people prefer to blame government for the lack of infrastructure and not even consider an inflation adjustment. This has numerous benefits if you're a conservative. Government continues to fail. Obama can be blamed for bad leadership and bad roads, and it prepares the ground for the election an even stronger group of conservatives who will demonstrate yet again that government can do no good.
    Jul 24 03:46 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: SEC Reforms, Tech Earnings, PayPal Expansion [View article]
    Husker Bob - There was an eventual assault on the victim, causing his death. Eventually, the jury decided that Zimmerman was not proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of a crime. This was a similar situation as that of O.J. Simpson except that proof of Simpson's presence at the scene of the crime was disputed.
    Jul 24 10:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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