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03 August 2012

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Michael Anderson

Well, the best way out of this conundrum is for the two major political parties in America to put on their big boy pants and actually earn their salaries. Since that ain't gonna happen, these are the consequences. Not sure why you are against this tough love solution for a failed 18th century political system, George.

Earl Crabb

Republicans in Congress know all this and would never agree to any kind of deal that would let the Dems off the hook. More proof that neither party is interested in solving problems, only securing their own power.

George Rebane

Messrs Anderson and Crabb - I have concluded in these pages over the last years that there is no workable middle ground between the collectivist and capitalist ideologies that now dominate the national narrative. Unless one or the other of the sides concludes that it has come to an unworkable position (e.g. like the USSR did sometime in the 1980s and consumated its awakening in 1991), reason offers little hope for maintaining such a large and diverse union.

It seems that a democratic republic with such a schism in its beliefs has no profitable way forward. I don't know that our Founders ever contemplated that their legacy would be expected to survive such a trial. We recall that the republic was handed to us with the admonition "... if you can keep it."

Brad Peceimer

I saw a email that was received by Patti Smith with the local Americans for Safe Access that we written by Congressman McClintlock and found it interesting, especially when you look at State verse Federal rights.

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From: Congressman Tom McClintock
To: grassrootssol@yahoo.com
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2012 12:44 PM
Subject: RE: Medical Marijuana

Dear Patricia:

Thank you for writing regarding California's medical marijuana laws.

I oppose federal involvement in this state issue, which was decided by the citizens of California through Proposition 215. The U.S. Constitution limits federal involvement in commerce to that which occurs across state lines (interstate commerce). The federal government oversteps its clear constitutional boundaries when it involves itself with commerce occurring within a single state (intrastate commerce). Rest assured that I will continue to advance policies that restore individual freedom and return the federal government to its limited, constitutional role.

Thank you once again for writing.

Sincerely,

Tom

George Rebane

BradP 1118pm - thank you for the copy of that email. In the many years I have known Tom McClintock, he has never shown himself to be one of the morally malfunctioning politicians.

Michael Anderson

No worries George, the Great Divide in America is a lot less than you think. If you would just please take me up on my constant offer to host you at Burning Man, I am sure you will see the light.

Remember, we have an airport (-;

THEMIKEYMCD

On que...

Q: "Should Obama and Congress be arrested under the NDAA law?"

A:Yes

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/guest-post-should-obama-and-congress-be-arrested-under-ndaa

TomKenworth

Seems obvious to me that the vast majority of the original colonial farmers have been unable to "keep it" from being devoured by the capitalistic banker one percenters. Straighten that out and maybe the dream of the Founders will live.

George Rebane

TomK 934am - Your class warfare is showing through again. There is no evidence through our history that any cohort of "one percenters" have "devoured" any part of the ninety-nine percenters wealth. And there is overwhelming evidence that the uneven concentration of wealth gave rise to a tide called capitalism that lifted all boats.

You socialists keep preaching the doctrine of the fixed pie - that if he has more, then that is why I have less, because he cheated me out of some of what would have been mine. It is a powerful message, especially on the unlearned, and no one can criticize your continued use of it as you labor for collectivism. I only criticize your ignorance of the world that this message has brought about, and promises to reprise to the extent that you and yours are successful.

TomKenworth

These days, George, it's not a fixed pie any more. It's a shrinking pie, from the viewpoint of the middle and lower classes.

Back on law enforcement, here's a chuckle:

"A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas, and talked with an old rancher. He told the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs." The rancher said, "Okay , but don't go in that field over there.....", as he pointed out the location.

The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, "Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me!" Reaching into his rear pants pocket, the arrogant officer removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher. "See this fucking badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish.... On any land !! No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself clear?.... do you understand?!!"

The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores. A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher's big Santa Gertrudis bull...... With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he'd sure enough get gored before he reached safety.

The officer was clearly terrified. The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs...

"Your badge, show him your fucking BADGE!!""

George Rebane

TomK 403pm - Good chuckle.

To the extent the pie is shrinking for any subset of Americans, it is because they have not kept up with the skill sets for which jobs in America go wanting - e.g. a prime reason the Chinese are winning America's infrastructure contracts is that we cannot supply enough qualified welders to do the work; three thousand were needed for New York and Texas projects, and we didn't have them. Our overpaid idiots teaching and counseling kids in government schools don't even do the research needed to advise their charges as to what jobs are out there wanting, and what preparation is required for them.

Right now there are over 3 million jobs in the US for which Americans are not qualified. As a professional in education I would hang my head in shame. But the current generation of such dufuses can only point their finger at others - that too was probably Bush2's fault.

TomKenworth

And which groups of anti tax payers insisted on shutting down the voc ed (including of course, welding) programs as being "too expensive?"

George Rebane

TomK 626pm - not really. First, the admin overhead and pension expenses sucked the fiscal innards out of the schools; second, the little Johnnies and Joanies still needed more courses in how to read and write; third, the progressives padded the curriculum with crap like classes on 'The Joys of Gay Marriage'; fourth, none of the education professionals argued that voc ed was more important than college prep, since everyone had a right to a college education. You don't get into a good college by writing a readable essay on the advantages of welding, but you improved your chances if your essay was about the joys of homosexuality. A bit over simplified, but I think that the independent reader will get the point.

BTW, your "anti tax payers" are my kind of people, and we do know the relative value of welding vs trying to shove everyone into college through a politically correct funnel of secondary education.

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