Originally Posted by e1618978
The patent system in the US sucks - it totally stifles innovation when people do stuff like patent software algorithms (see Bezos "1 click" assault on the patent system). Patents are a good idea, but our system needs an overhaul.
OK, if that's what he meant. I just think have much larger priorities.
And from previous posts - yes, high gas prices are a good thing, they encourage alternative energy research and will end up with us burning less oil in the long run, which is why I burn as much gas as I can afford to.
The only downside to high gas prices is that it hurts poor people, and if it hurts them enough then society collapses. I was just up in the North Carolina mountains, seed potato sales are up 60% over last year - the poor people are adjusting in just the right way (rejecting non-local food and cutting back on SUV sales) to prevent that. Low oil prices are bad ===> oil conservation or subsidies are bad ideas.
Also, they encourage us to use 1/2 of the US corn crops to produce ethanol, thereby driving up the price of...everything. There is no real reason the price should be this high. All it's doing is hurting consumers...not just the poor, but the middle class. People like me used to pay $30 to fill their Toyotas. Now we pay $65-70. That's what...almost a $200 a month difference? That's $2400 a year. That's $2400 I could be using for many different things...saving, contributing to consumer spending, etc. And of course, the price of food has gone up too. Thank Congress for that.
I have no problem with anything attributed to Obama in this thread so far - yes, we need a safty net, yes
We have one. A big, wasteful one that discourages working.
- it is time to cut all oil company subsidies (they will make plenty of profit anyway).
No, it's not. We'll pay those subsidies at the pump. Just watch.
Free trade is great, but only when it is looked at carefully - last I heard China was trying to kill our semiconductor industry by dumping chips at below market cost, you can't let that kind of thing happen.
Great...how do we stop it? Does Obama have the solution?
And the Republicans can't complain about higher taxes - you all got us into a mess by collecting too little income and spending too much on the invasion of Iraq, and now you have to start paying down your debts - you know, the Republican party is supposed to be "the party of personal responsibility"? How come that personal responsibility is not showing up in this case? You guys are responsible for about $5 billion of new debt in the last eight years.
My lord. Government revenue went to record levels under Bush. Now spending...that's another matter. But the problem is not revenue. I do agree Republicans have sucked at limited spending. By the way, it's $5 TRILLION, not billion
Originally Posted by tonton
It's not the candidates that are campaigning on race. It's the bloggers and the media. If you have to ask how Fox News is frantically spreading race as the major
issue in this campaign, then you're really ignorant.
No really...indulge me. I'd like to hear how Fox News has "made race an issue." And if you'd like to start comparing bloggers, you're going to have a rude awakening.
Originally Posted by midwinter
I would really, really, love to see what happens if you walk up to a black, married, male co-worker and ask him how his baby mama
is. Or maybe if you walk up to a black, married, female co-worker and ask her if she is so-and-so's baby mama. That sounds like it'd be a hoot! I would personally like to see SDW use that phrase as often as possible when referring to black parents.
I've heard white people use it referring to other white people, but whatever. The point is that Obama and Mama form a sloppy rhyme. Tell me, who doesn't FNC get the get the benefit of the doubt here? Why is that Howard Dean can say "the only way Republicans can get this many people of color in a room is if they invite the wait staff in"
and not even be fucking questioned on it by the MSM...but Fox rhymes and all of a sudden they are "making race an issue?"
Ooh! Ooh! Or may you could walk up to a black co-worker and ask them if we will still call it the "White House" if Obama is elected?
Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Or you could buy one of those Obama sock monkeys
that some idiot in Utah is selling and give it to a small black child as a gift!
Or this t-shirt?
In the meantime, McCain called his wife a cunt
Question...did Fox or other major media make those? What are you saying...that there is--GASP!--racism in parts of America?
I can't see the McCain link right now.