Jim Lincoln wrote: Apparently countries in Western Europe and Canada are doing things better than the USA like providing universal healthcare, because note-- The American Middle Class Is No Longer the Worldâ€™s Richest
From the link: "Finally, governments in Canada and Western Europe take more aggressive steps to raise the take-home pay of low- and middle-income households by redistributing income."
hmmm. "redistributing income"? Justifying government greed and theft again, Jim?
Unprofitable Servant wrote: The false assumption of the point being made is there is a limited amount of money, just for say illustrative purposes it is a billion dollars. Mr. Krugman is contending that if give a 9% raise to CEO's so that they make 13.9 million, then every else "down the food chain" so to speak, no longer has access to that money, so you are taking from the less fortunate and giving more to the fortunate. Therefore pay going to one person takes away from pay that could go to another person. That would be the same thinking that says if you give a job to a foreigner you take it away from an American because there are just a fixed amount of jobs in the world. We would have gone broke long ago if that was true. So, again, as usual Mr. Moyer is wrong.
One thing you can say about liberals is, they don't cotton to facts. I've said before they are bad at history and math. I forgot about economics.
Jim Lincoln wrote: --- I think Barry used a good word, "hate," to describe these behaviors no matter who does them. This White supremacist unfortunately was quite typical of them, that he couldn't tell the difference between Catholics and Jews. Perhaps the moron didn't care anyway, ---
Hate isn't a good word, at least not for legal purposes. You can be arrested for committing a crime, or planning one, but how do you measure the content of a perps emotions in the process? You can't; it can only be assumed subjectively. It is dangerous to liberty when governments do this and try to make whatever they deem so into a "hate crime." Anything could have the label applied, including speech and writing, as we have seen already. The notion of "hate crime" should be rejected outright. We need call evil what it is, and stop imagining what the criminals feelings must be.
Jim Lincoln wrote: Doesn't Anyone Disagree With Warren Buffett About Taxes?.it would be a shame that we have to do as Henry VIII. In England and smashed the biggest landholder in England the Romish church to free up the country's resources. It may come to that someday, though, if things keep going the way the Republicans want.
Buffett is an Obama supporter, as you know. When Buffet, in Nov 2009 agreed to buy the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe system, we note the timing, and ask why? Could it be that it is the major rail system transporting oil from north to south? Is it possible that Buffett supports Obama and his spend yourself into oblivion policy because he gets to continue shipping oil by rail, while Obama keeps the competing Keystone pipeline from being built? Nah, he just want the rich to pay "their fair share" for the drunken sailors in Washington, because he is concerned about debt.
"For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?"
I know someone who has a ministry in Hati. The Haitians are all dressed up. The men in suites, the women in dresses. Then I see the churches from the USA visiting this missionary wearing flip flops and jeans, and the women wearing the same. Or immodestly dressed. These Haitians have nothing! But they know to wear there best, on Sunday mornings.
Neil wrote: Inconsistent, I admit, but I don't fret about it; obviously, price fluctuations in general suggest that market feedback does work, over time. Who noticed or cared back when prices collapsed & oil workers were laid off? Why would a real collusion/monopoly bother to change prices at all? And I'd rather have Robber Baron price-fixing than a socialist monopoly like Pemex; by & large, I don't think American corporate monopolies were as evil as Progressives claimed. ---
I fret not so much about the + change, but the excuses for them do annoy. How dumb is it supposed we are? It would be better if nothing was said about "unrest in Sudokuland," weather fluctuations, or whatever other nonsensical reasons having little to do with pump price. Else when the unrest ceases, the weather calms, the price + would reverse, one might suppose, if those reasons were real to begin with. Deception has no place. Saying nothing is better.
Thanks for the link. I'll keep it in mind when traveling. Around here my favorite place is Kwik-Fill, a small 3 State convenience outlet providing Pennsylvania refined gas from North American only crude at 8-10 cent/gal lower price compared to other locals. Always has a line of cars.
Neil wrote: --- The international oil business is not as simple as you think, something lost not only on rabidly paranoid, anticapitalist Progressive Marxists, but many conservatives & Christians as well. It takes time for changes in crude prices to reach local gas stations, & there are many other factors as well like refinery capacity. What's more, fuel formulation varies seasonally & by jurisdiction, which complicates refining. Study up before you make sweeping accusations against a whole industry. This also bespeaks misdirected spiritual priorities; there are far worse things in life than an expensive tank of gas, which BTW, is still far cheaper in the US than in Europe. All in all, despite the general economic mess we're in, I'd say we're still pretty blessed here. The Fed fuel tax is still only 18%. Gas was around .30/gal during the period when the supposedly villainous Seven Sisters oil companies predominated (before OPEC). ---
We are blessed indeed, Neil. One thing needs slight adjustment, which I have followed for a long time. It does take noticeable time for the price at the pump to reflect a lower crude price. But when crude price increases, the reflected time at the pump is very short, if not immediate.
From the news: "Since it reopened in 1978 its congregation has gone from strength to strength as part of China's officially sanctioned Christian church â€“ along with thousands of others that have accepted Communist Party oversight in return for being allowed to worship."
Unprofitable Servant wrote: Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia! Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia! Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia! Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia! Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia! Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia! Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia! But the pains that He endured, Alleluia! Our salvation have procured, Alleluia! Now above the sky Heâ€™s King, Alleluia! Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia! Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia! Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia! Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia! Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia! Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia! Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia! Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia! Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia! Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia! Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia! Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!
Thanks, US, we sang this very one this morn at service. (Just don't tell anyone who wrote it, lest you be labeled something unkind. )
Barry from KY wrote: Okay, I need help. This rancher was feeding his cattle on federal land. They are trying to run him off. I'm not taking sides I'm merely ignorant of the facts. Why does the rancher feel he is entitled to feed his cattle on land he didn't pay for and does not own. Could some of the more level headed people here please explain this to me.
This might be helpful, Barry: http://www.westernjournalism.com/reid-bundy-ranch-connection-bit-stretch/
Jim Lincoln wrote: Common Core -- Myths vs. Facts Actually just reading what SA put up what the John Birch Org magazine (or they are at least one of its sponsours) said, they are getting hysterical because they're loosing the fight. One good thing for homeschoolers they can ignore the hysteria and adopt and adapt whatever they want out Common Core.
If the American Federation of Teachers union, and the NEA are for it, it must be good.