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  • Obama's Loss Is the Economy's Gain [View article]
    70% - shucks - the U.S. would return to the times of that other great socialist, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the calamatous repercussions his wasteful government spending, e.g.the Interstate Highways, had on the economy. Perhaps the traitorous Obama will next reiterate Eisenhower's warning about the military-industrial complex.
    Sep 7, 2010. 08:28 AM | 31 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Net Neutrality To Sweep The Nation? [View article]
    chudzikb - No government - no civilization. That has been understood since coherent water distribution rules were applied in Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley and made progress possible. Hatred of bad government has made some people think that the cure is less government. Better government, in its various permutations never totally satisfactory, is essential for progress.
    Feb 26, 2015. 07:42 AM | 24 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    gggl - Explosions, deaths, a runaway well, oil spreading for hundreds of miles. Apparently, just another example of ''how the media blames others for their own wrongdoing." I am constantly amazed at the ability of some to self-delude AND manage to be convincing to at least a few (presently 3 likes ).
    Dec 3, 2013. 08:35 AM | 23 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    TakeFive - Let's humor Scooter and play around with his underfed cows and lack of production. Republicans want ''entry level jobs" to be placed on a restricted diet and expect better production. On the other end of the hierarchy, the Kobe beef treatment is considered normal for top executives with no protestations concerning waste.

    As for corporate experience as a prerequisite for leadership, Republicans from Lincoln to Eisenhower failed that test without obvious negative effects. However, Dick Cheney's corporate experience seemingly provided us with one memorable line that sums up the past 30 years of Republican fiscal thought, ''Reagan showed us that deficits don't matter". Throw in some macho man thinking on torture and you've got real leadership.
    Jul 31, 2013. 07:49 AM | 21 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Iraq Crisis, Bond Yields, GE Bid [View article]
    James - There is no doubt that many on the Right like our Prime Minister Stepen Harper see the Keystone Pipeline as a no nonsense decision. His government has recently announced its support of the Gateway Pipeline as well, that would send Alberta bitumen through Kitimat to Asia.

    British Columbia, numerous First Nations and the opposition political parties fail to see the logic there too. If one is willing to put aside environmental effects of the use of one of the "dirtiest" sources of carbon, and even question the science behind the assertions of Man's negative effects on the environment, then positive economic prospects make such projects seem "common sense". Fortunately, many take a wider perspective.
    Jun 19, 2014. 08:05 AM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Sobering Perspective on China's High Speed Rail [View article]
    Without the development of high speed trains in Europe and Japan, they would have greater sprawl, pollution and inadvertent subsidization of foreign oil. Americans may prefer their individual freedom, but they should be grateful for those countries who have decided to act collectively for slowing the rise in the cost of resources.

    Americans, by their relative refusal of collective efforts have augmented time in traffic jams to contemplate the benefits of individual freedom.
    Feb 20, 2011. 07:19 PM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Manipulated Monday - New Year Starts With a Bang [View article]
    mcdammit - Gilded Age social policy didn't work. And even those of that era realized that kids of poor parents should be educated by the wealth extracted through taxes from the rich. Perhaps you and others like you, who are convinced that they've made it on their own, should be reintroduced to the concepts of Social Contract and Living Wage.

    By his progressive political leanings, Mr. Davis demonstrates his willingness to pay more through taxes, as long as the less generous are also compelled to do so.
    Jan 3, 2011. 12:37 PM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Downgrade U.S. Treasuries to Junk [View article]
    You're right. The Emperor has no clothes, but no one will tell him, lest his economic subjects ( those who recognize the U.S.$ as the reserve currency) be stripped naked in the midst of an financial blizzard.
    Dec 20, 2010. 01:20 PM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    gggl - By your standards, the Madoff victims were to blame for their losses by not doing sufficient due diligence. As for Madoff, I presume that he was only guilty of ''mispricing his risk'' involved in running his Ponzi scheme.
    Sep 18, 2013. 08:39 AM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Metastasizing State-Bankruptcy Meme [View article]
    As long as people are unwilling to tax themselves for their governmental services, present and past, such "painless" solutions as bankruptcy will be proposed.

    Rational, forward looking countries such as Norway tax themselves and even largely exclude using present petroleum profits now. It is to be invested outside of Norway (so as to not inflate the economy) and is to be used only when the oil runs out.

    Alaska, and Alberta, the most American of our provinces, subsidize present spending with temporary petroleum income and provide only a lip-service retention of funds for future use.

    Taxes are seen as so negative in American political parlance that bankruptcy seems to be a more palatable alternative. It isn't.
    Jan 21, 2011. 01:39 PM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Iraq Crisis, Bond Yields, GE Bid [View article]
    BlueOkie - re "God in public places" - You should be delighted that morality has returned to the formally secularized areas of Syria and Iraq and that Allah's Sharia law (no-nonsense condensed version) is being implemented in the public space.
    Jun 19, 2014. 08:44 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    gggl - Before Americans rush to an excess of chauvinism, consider Florida in 2000.
    Apr 7, 2014. 08:00 AM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    Wyostocks - Your comment re the Obama administration demonstrates how subjective human reasoning can be. This is even more evident when one considers the objective record of the previous administration.
    Feb 21, 2014. 08:20 AM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get Set For The Relief Rally [View article]
    bbrady - Obama has always caved in the past. Thus, by not caving now in the face of Tea Party extortion, you could argue that by finally standing up for sanity, Obama has caused this mess. I do think that most rational people will think that by passing laws, Congress has also provided for their funding, even if that includes debt. To fail to raise debt limits, the House forces the executive branch to choose between past debts and current expenses, thus getting through the threat of financial freefall what they couldn't get through legislatively.

    Most in Congress understand this. Majority Republicans were willing to try extortion since it had worked in the past. But many would now willingly vote to stop this nonsense even if they might be "primaried" and lose their jobs. John Boehner has yet to accept that the loss of his speakership (Tea Partiers could not accept a "traitor'' as their leader) may be the price he must pay to return to sanity.
    Oct 7, 2013. 08:03 AM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    blueline - If some of the educated people on this board can so easily repudiate vaccination because of their personal ''evidence'' and supposed country of origin of the vaccine, is it any wonder that less fortunate and less educated people might consider polio vaccines some kind of nefarious Western plot?
    Jan 10, 2013. 08:25 AM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment