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  • in reply to: That’s All I Can Stands, I Can’t Stands No More #26911

    Oh, please, stop with the generational war thing. Why are so many baby boomers not retiring or going back to work? Because those on fixed income are being massively screwed by ZIRP. What led to insanely high home prices you can’t afford? Fed policies, not up for a vote by baby boomers. What led to massive increases in college costs? Bankruptcy protections granted BY GOVERNMENT to lenders who then gladly lend to anyone for any useless degree, sub-prime lending redux, which then results in “what the market can afford to pay” college costs, the amount that can be afforded being GREATLY increased by those LOANS.

    And what have the millennials given us? Women’s rights, civil rights? Already accomplished by baby boomers. How many have broken away from their tweets about what they’ve had for lunch, looked up from their iToy screens, and actually marched against ANY of the ridiculous wars where TRILLIONS have been wasted along with thousands of lives while accomplishing absolutely nothing other than turning the entire Middle East into one huge and dangerous quagmire. I HAVE. Where were you?

    So, don’t make this into some kind of generational blame war. You’ll lose.

    in reply to: The EU Uses Every Crisis To Grab More Power #23806

    “A reaction from Nigel Farage that was dripping with vile bigotry was the best reaction I read about to the speech, and in my not so humble opinion that is desperately sad.”

    From the link you provided, Nigel Farage said:

    “Thank you. Mr Juncker you’ve simply got this wrong.

    “As I warned you in April, the European Common Asylum Policy sets its terms so wide that to say that anyone who sets a foot on EU soil can stay, I said it would lead to a flow of biblical proportions and indeed that is what we are beginning to see and that’s been compounded by Germany last week saying that basically anyone can come. It is a bit too late now to draw up a list of countries from whom can stay and can’t stay. All they have to do, as they’re doing, is to throw their passports in the Mediterranean and say they’re coming from Syria. As we know the majority of people that are coming and the Slovak Prime Minister has been honest enough to say so, the majority that are coming are economic migrants.

    “In addition we see as I warned earlier evidence that ISIS are now using this route to put their jihadists on European soil. We must be mad to take this risk with the cohesion of our societies. If we want to help genuine refugees, if we want to protect our societies, if we want to stop the criminal trafficking gangs from benefitting as they are, we must stop the boats coming as the Australians did and then we can assess who qualifies for refugee status.

    “I noted your comments because there is a referendum coming in the United Kingdom. I look forward to seeing you in the UK, I know you intend to spend tens of millions of pounds of British tax payers money telling us what we should think. I have a feeling that the British people will warm to you on a personal level but to suggest that getting rid of a few EU regulations is going to change our minds, sorry unless you give Mr Cameron back control and discretion over our borders the Brits will over the course of the next year, vote to leave.”

    HOW is that “vile bigotry”?

    in reply to: Behind The Global – Game Of – Thrones #19083

    “Call – or write to – your Congress(wo)man”

    Sorry. It will take something like the economic crisis in Greece for a citizen-responsive political system to be brought to power in the US and, for that matter, in any other so-called representative democracy in the world:

    2014 Princeton Study
    Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens


    Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

    When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.

    The Lesson of Greece: Only Collapse Makes Real Change Possible (February 5, 2015)

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