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You just made my point as to where real hard line conservatives want to be, "living in the past". Well the past has long gone, and you know as well as anyone, everything America once did can now be done off shore. In most cases at half the cost, so any business worth it's salt goes where the money is, not where you want it to be. So the smart thing would be, to create new industries that can't so easily be exported off shore. Clean Energy being one of them, yet this business has to compete against subsidised non clean producers. The model that you are promoting that built America does not apply in the 21st century I'm sorry but that is fact. It has to be refined to address a whole different set of circumstances and the wild west days are gone. There are 300 million extra citizens to look after and dwindling renewable resources.
Yes. The minimalist government, low taxes, low spending, free market model that I advocate BUILT America. We had great industries, working people worked, and there were jobs for them to do. The socialist welfare-nanny state, nationalize, regulate, subsidize every hare brained scheme that some quack dreams up that you advocate has been DESTROYING it since 1932.

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You need to learn some real history, not the "social studies" that they teach in today's socialist-minded public schools.
Our country was at its greatest in 1900. American industry was the mightiest in the world. American railroads had more miles of track and more rolling stock than all the rest of the world combined. American industry produced more goods than all of Europe combined. We mined half of all the coal mined in the world. The majority of the oil used in the world came from American wells. The U.S.A. was the world's greatest oil exporting nation.
Government did not subsidize any of that. None. Zero. Government didn't start subsidizing things that it deemed to be "in the public good" until the 1930s. Most of the things that it deemed "in the public good" were things that would not pay a profit and never did pay a profit.
It has been decades since I have been in school so what history I learned hasn't been from that!:)

You need to go back to school and learn how the government subsidized the railroads.

Most of the capital investment needed to build the railroad were got from selling government guaranteed bonds (granted per mile of completed track) to interested investors. The financial incentives and bonds would hopefully cover most of the initial capital investment needed to build the railroad. The bonds would be paid back by the sale of government granted land and prospective passenger and freight income. In addition to the railroad land grants which the railroads sold at low cost to pay back their government backed bonds (all were repaid) the 37th United States Congress passed the Homestead Acts which were several United States federal laws that sold an applicant 160 acres (65 ha) of unclaimed government owned land, typically called a "homestead", at low cost when the applicant did some prescribed work on it. There was now a strong and relatively low cost incentive for the settlement of the west which many thousands took advantage of. The railroads started new population growth and potential population growth induced many other railroads to be built and connected to the transcontinental railroad to serve communities and states off the original main track. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transconti...

I know, the awful government made the coal barons quit using child labor to sort coal and made the owners improve their mine safety.

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Yes. The minimalist government, low taxes, low spending, free market model that I advocate BUILT America. We had great industries, working people worked, and there were jobs for them to do. The socialist welfare-nanny state, nationalize, regulate, subsidize every hare brained scheme that some quack dreams up that you advocate has been DESTROYING it since 1932.
Sorry, the expansionist building days are over for the USA. We are in a new era. The old model no longer works. There is no new land or frontier to expand. Our infra structure does not need expansion as much as it needs maintenance and modernization. We have the energy grids. They need modernization to make the transport of electricity more efficient. For example, high voltage DC.

We have one of the poorest communication networks in the industrial world because of the patchwork wireless networks. If you look to the rest of the industrialized world you will find that our wireless communication is more costly and reaches a significantly smaller percentage than others. Another case where the "free market" is behind planned or as you put it, "socialistic" projects.

It is apparent that the market forces cannot and will not consider pollution or problems such as global warming. It will not get done by capitalists. This is a case where planned or government intervention must see to it that it gets done. If this is "Socialism" to you, you need to rearrange your thinking. It is for the good of the country.

Sorry, but as the complexities and growing size of population, there will be more and more regulations and government costs for maintaining society. Pay your taxes and quit listening to those who use taxes for getting votes. They are liars and know full well that taxes are necessary. Taxes are what you pay to maintain the social order necessary for you to help maintain your lifestyle. They are not your money but your dues. Listen only to those who do not promise lower taxes but promise for more efficient use of them.
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It has been decades since I have been in school so what history I learned hasn't been from that!:)
You need to go back to school and learn how the government subsidized the railroads.
Most of the capital investment needed to build the railroad were got from selling government guaranteed bonds (granted per mile of completed track) to interested investors. The financial incentives and bonds would hopefully cover most of the initial capital investment needed to build the railroad. The bonds would be paid back by the sale of government granted land and prospective passenger and freight income. In addition to the railroad land grants which the railroads sold at low cost to pay back their government backed bonds (all were repaid) the 37th United States Congress passed the Homestead Acts which were several United States federal laws that sold an applicant 160 acres (65 ha) of unclaimed government owned land, typically called a "homestead", at low cost when the applicant did some prescribed work on it. There was now a strong and relatively low cost incentive for the settlement of the west which many thousands took advantage of. The railroads started new population growth and potential population growth induced many other railroads to be built and connected to the transcontinental railroad to serve communities and states off the original main track. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transconti...
I know, the awful government made the coal barons quit using child labor to sort coal and made the owners improve their mine safety.
The federal government DID NOT subsidize the railroads as you say. The only thing that came close to it was during the era of carpetbagger rule in the South. The carpetbaggers did float a great many railroad bond schemes in which the bonds were guaranteed by the states. The schemes collapsed one after another. Most of them were total frauds. They build little or no railroad track. They did make the carpetbaggers millionaires.

The western railroads were built with private capital. That capital was raised by selling land. It worked this way: The government gave wilderness wasteland to the railroads. The railroad companies had to develop that land and make it accessible. Settlers bought the land and made it productive. Goods produced on the land then were shipped on the railroad, making it profitable.

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To Coal is King:
While I sympathize with the Appalachian coal miners, the plight is not limited to them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transconti...
WASHINGTON (AP)-- Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.

There is no doubt that the economy is in trouble with some gaining bountifully while the majority are losing ground. There needs to be some kind of adjustment. Labor in the USA is losing to foreigners, illegals, and technology.

Robot assemblers, computers, and others have eliminated or reduced assembly line workers, lathe operators, secretaries, for example, and many many others.

No longer are the masses of unskilled and semiskilled needed. The question is what will replace their jobs?

Then the problem becomes, who will buy the products if there is not enough wealth in the lower classes?
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While I sympathize with the Appalachian coal miners, the plight is not limited to them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transconti...
WASHINGTON (AP)-- Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.
There is no doubt that the economy is in trouble with some gaining bountifully while the majority are losing ground. There needs to be some kind of adjustment. Labor in the USA is losing to foreigners, illegals, and technology.
Robot assemblers, computers, and others have eliminated or reduced assembly line workers, lathe operators, secretaries, for example, and many many others.
No longer are the masses of unskilled and semiskilled needed. The question is what will replace their jobs?
Then the problem becomes, who will buy the products if there is not enough wealth in the lower classes?
Well we don't sympathize with you tree hugger environmentalists nor do we want your so-called sympathy.

There is no reasoning with you people. The only way to deal with you is head-on, bare knuckles confrontation. We're ready. As John Paul Jones said, "We have not yet begun to fight."

We're going to go after you and your Global Warming Hoax and fraudulent "green" technology from the ground up and from the top down. We're going to work hard to take the U.S. Senate and the White House back. Then we'll press our legislators to put an end to Obama's war on coal and end government support for the "green" energy frauds. We're also going to work at the local level, through state, city, and local ordinances and building codes, to get the wind and solar nuisances banned.
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The federal government DID NOT subsidize the railroads as you say.

The government gave wilderness wasteland to the railroads.
Glad you value land as zero & that the land of america was a wasteland.......so you can say the federal gov't did not subsidize railroads.

We now know how re-pubic-lick-uns view land.....
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Well we don't sympathize with you tree hugger environmentalists......
Coal barons never sympathized with anyone, specially the blue collars who made fortunes for coal barons.
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You can say that laws don't make any difference when it was proven beyond doubt they do. For instance Canada & Australia as well as quite a few Scandinavian countries had laws limiting what Banks could risk their money in, the same laws also demand a certain percentage of their liquidity to be on hand. In the US, some banks over extended themselves by as much as 150%, now clearly any drop in market would render them insolvent. Yet this was Reagan "cutting the red tape" on business by allowing self regulation. Clinton also helped as well. If you have concrete laws in place, like limiting how big any Bank, Media organisation can get that is also a protection from too big to fail. But that has been ignored also.
All the countries that did not have those laws took a huge hit, and by the way the financial markets are connected today there are no borders. So countries doing the right thing take a hit as well.
That is what you ELECT a government for, to look after the interest of the majority & the country as a whole, not just the Goldman Sachs' of this world. But as soon as someone mentions any form of government control, out come the words "socialist" , "commies" from to right trying to protect the status quo. They don't want any Sheriff in town. Global Warming is no different, it's big business calling the shots until someone has the ball$ to say enough is enough!
The countries you mentioned don't have a Federal Reserve. Like I said, Congress can make any law it wants, but they don’t control the banks or the money. In the United States, the only deposit categories currently subject to reserve requirements are net transactions accounts, mainly checking accounts. A depository institution can satisfy its reserve requirements by holding either vault cash or reserve deposits. An institution that is a member of the Federal Reserve System must hold its reserve deposits at a Federal Reserve Bank. Nonmember institutions can elect to hold their reserve deposits at a member institution.

Here are the reserve criteria:
• Between $12.4 million and $79.5 million must have a liquidity ratio of 3%;
• Exceeding $79.5 million must have a liquidity ratio of 10%.
• Effective December 27, 1990, a liquidity ratio of zero has applied to CDs, savings deposits, and time deposits, owned by entities other than households, and the Eurocurrency liabilities of depository institutions. Deposits owned by foreign corporations or governments are currently not subject to reserve requirements.

Now when an institution fails to satisfy its reserve requirements, it can MAKE UP THE DEFICIENCY WITH RESERVES BORROWED FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK. Such loans are typically due in 24 hours or less. This is how fragile our system is. Basically a bank never has to have a reserve. These banks are lending out at least 100%, leaving no reserve ratio, but instead just borrowing it every 24 hours from the FED. So you can see how the banks overextended by 150%, because the FEDERAL RESERVE ENCOURAGED IT, by allowing them to take out a loan every night. Glass Steagull would not have changed that fact because at the same time our government decided to guarantee all mortgage backed loans through Fannie and Freddy, thus creating the ultimate moral hazard. None of the banks felt that they were at risk because now the government will cover them and the Federal Reserve will loan them their reserves every day.

If you want to understand how these bailouts aren’t about us, here is just one example of 7 trillion dollars. GMAC was not eligible for a bailout in 2008 because it was not a bank holding company. The Federal Reserve, on its own, without congress or government oversight, approved an application for GMAC to become a bank holding company. GMAC then received a 5 billion dollar bailout. Seriously they would make companies into banks to give them a bailout.
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Remember it was the conservative attitude of freeing capitalism by relaxing banking regulations and influence of the mighty corporations that allowed them to go wild. The teabaggers seem to hate government yet support the very things that brought us to the brink.
It is more than the lynch pins of the Tea Party posting the Ten Commandments, praying in school, and Anti-abortion and gay marriage that we need to focus upon. As voters, we need to quit listening to the hot buttons of hatred and prejudices and focus on making America the country of the many. What caused the illegals in the country? We cannot blame the impoverished folks from Mexico. They just want to provide for themselves. The problem has been those who knowingly hire them because they can exploit them for profit. Otherwise we could have brought them across in a legal manner.
Getting back to the political influence of the conservatives, we see a definite rejection by them of the scientific findings of global warming and even pollution of the environment by industries. The ultra conservatives are playing fiddle to the industro-financial machine that is plaguing the USA.
Regarding the illegals, how can we blame just the companies who hire the illegals when there are sanctuary cities all over the country who flagrantly violated the law of the land, giving handouts to all? Don’t you think that had a lot to do with the illegals coming over?

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...you people.
Sock puppet alert!

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B as in B S as in S wrote:
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Ok I'll play just this once...
In the ENSO it is too!
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O'RLY?
Please show me a graph.
Not playing after all, huh?
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Not playing after all, huh?
Could you post the information you have on the enso-adjusted temperatures for the 15-year time frame?

“Let's X Change!!”

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The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act was passed by a partisan vote.The bill then moved to a joint conference committee to work out the differences between the Senate and House versions. Democrats agreed to support the bill after Republicans agreed to strengthen provisions of the anti-redlining Community Reinvestment Act and address certain privacy concerns; the conference committee then finished its work by the beginning of November. On November 4, the final bill resolving the differences was passed by the Senate 90-8, and by the House 362-57. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramm-Leach-Blil...
As you see, the bill was veto proof. This was after the conservative mantra reenforced by the right wing media that if the market was turned loose, everything would be utopian.
LOL.....so now it was bi-partisan instead of conservative? Why do you need to lie, son??

“Let's X Change!!”

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Sock puppet alert!
you trolls...

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Regarding the illegals, how can we blame just the companies who hire the illegals when there are sanctuary cities all over the country who flagrantly violated the law of the land, giving handouts to all? Don’t you think that had a lot to do with the illegals coming over?
I see. You are so uncaring that you wouldn't mind letting them suffer. Rather cold aren't you? The masses take care of their needs while the companies exploit their labor. Neat arrangement.

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<quoted text>LOL.....so now it was bi-partisan instead of conservative? Why do you need to lie, son??
I never lied. The attitude of the RW folks was projected to the country through the RW media with the Limbaughites. It is justice that Limbaugh is losing sponsors and carriers today. The Democrats are politicians like the Republicans and do what they think will get them votes. Most all of them,R and D are parasites. However you cut it, the regulations on banks were attacked by the R since inception.

They are doing the same thing today by attacking science.

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Could you post the information you have on the enso-adjusted temperatures for the 15-year time frame?
Here you go.

http://www.moyhu.org.s3.amazonaws.com/trend/N...

As you can see, the trend for the last 10 years might be flat, but the trend over the last 15 years is positive.

A ten year pause in ENSO-adjusted temperatures is not unusual in the models, according to the report *you* cited, in fact such pauses are predicted by the models.

A 15 year pause in unadjusted temperatures is not unusual according to the report B as in B S as in S cited, in fact such a pause is to be expected twice a century.

According to the reports you two cited, for a pause to be unusual, it would have to be 15 years in the ENSO-adjusted temperatures, or 20 years in the adjusted temperatures.

The current pause is not unexpected according to either report.

Trying to use a 15 year period in unadjusted temperatures to claim the models are off according to a report which talks about adjusted temperatures shows either ignorance or mendacity.

I have explained where you misunderstood, so you now have no reason to repeat the same claim except mendacity.

So, are you prepared to accept the scientific report *you* chose to cite, or are you a liar who will continue to misuse it to make false claims?
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Glad you value land as zero & that the land of america was a wasteland.......so you can say the federal gov't did not subsidize railroads.
We now know how re-pubic-lick-uns view land.....
Yes. Land has zero value until it is made productive. It does not even have potential value until it is made accessible to the markets. The railroads made the worthless land of the American West accessible. The railroads, not the government, gave it potential value. The settlers who bought it from the railroads gave it real value when the made it productive. The settlers who got the adjacent free land from the government under the Homestead Act got a free ride from the railroads and the settlers who bought their land.
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It's bad enough that you people are always promoting bad ideas, but when things go wrong.....you blame others for your decisions.
You're right! Those Democrats sure are different.

Remember when the Trade towers collapsed? The 1st thing The Republican POTUS did was to accept full responsibility for not keeping this country safe from terrorism. Oh... and it was the "True" American Patriots who got on TV and told The People that we needed the NSA: another new level of bureaucracy in our ever larger federal government.

Yup. "You people" are sure a bunch o' smart fellas.

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