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  • Jun 16, 2013 04:44 PM
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    That Republicans have been trying to destroy the USPS for years. They look at it and see nothing but profit opportunity from breaking it up and turning the most profitable services over to the private sector, costing us more for what we'll end up with and leaving others with no affordable postal services at all.

    The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, the requirement that the USPS pre-fund a trust account to cover anticipated retiree health insurance premiums 75 years into the future, is not only unique in country (no other agency or private company has to do this), the mandatory $5.5B payment to that fund each year is bankrupting this non-profit, universal public service.

    It's time to put an end to that legislated burden that targeted the USPS exclusively and to return the funds collected to the service.
  • Jun 08, 2013 09:24 PM
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    I catch the news highlights each morning at news.google. That's it for the day. Everything else presented as news is mostly noise and of no substance, and as I age I realize that less and less of even the real news has any impact on me and mine.
  • Jun 08, 2013 11:04 AM
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    I don't use the term "Right to work". I call it for what it is, "Right to work for less".
  • Jun 05, 2013 02:57 PM
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    This was discussed three weeks ago in the "What will happen in 2016" thread. Glad to see that the media has caught up with our personal observations.
  • Jun 04, 2013 11:39 PM
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    We used to burn wood, peat and dung for fuel. Then we discovered that charcoal burned hotter and was easier to transport. It was superior to what we'd been using.

    We replace widespread use of charcoal when we found coal deposits, because coal was a more efficient fuel than charcoal.

    Once we learned how to extract mass quantities of oil from the ground, we began using it for many purposes including fuel, for as fuel it was superior to coal in several ways.

    We haven't yet run out of coal, or charcoal, or wood or peat or dung. Unless technological progress deviates drastically from the historical norm, before we run out of oil we'll have adopted a superior fuel that will be in widespread use.

    The sky may not be falling.
  • Jun 01, 2013 07:14 PM
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    There's no shortage of groundwater. The adjacent Amargosa River (mostly underground) drains almost 3100 sq mi.

    The area is no more uninhabitable than is nearby Las Vegas. It is not inhabited because like 90% of the state it's federal land and is not accessible to the general public.
  • Jun 01, 2013 07:14 PM
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    But they sure tried to establish the nation's nuclear waste dump in southern Nevada, the third-most active earthquake zone in the country. Harry Reid finally scuttled that lame-brain project.
  • May 29, 2013 03:19 PM
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    pr Wrote: I think Ronnie Raygun was the actual beginning - most people just didn't realize it at the time and many still don't today!
    I certainly hold him responsible for initiating our easily-sold borrow-and-spend fiscal policy. That disconnected taxpayers from the cost of government. We enjoyed lower taxes and the cost of government went straight up, non-stop, because "we" weren't paying for it anymore - somebody else in years to come will get the bill.

    Unless and until we reconnect how much we tax with how much we spend, there is no incentive, by anyone, to restrain spending. Only voters can control that and unless it hits them in the pocketbook every payday, they have no reason to.

    That disconnect has severely damaged our economy. The hard shift to the right after Clinton was elected has damaged the Republican Party politically. Today we're screwed by both situations and they both come from one source: the GOP.
  • May 29, 2013 03:19 PM
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    pr Wrote: Wrong! The Republican Party changed when the Tea Party took over control. For many years the a republicans were the good guys and the Dems the bad, now it's totally reversed thanks, in part, to Bush jr but mainly because of the Koch bros buying into the Tea Party and trying to destroy the 98% of the country!
    I see their deterioration beginning with Gingrich's Contract on America.
  • May 27, 2013 04:39 AM
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    jamesn Wrote: Zach The title says it all but I think the title may be a little misleading:

    The way I read it the state has a "PREDICTED" budget surplus of 850 million to the end of next year. And the Ca lege has until 15 June to finalize a budget which the guv will then sign. So it is far from a done deal. Considering that the state of Ca is in debt to the tune of nearly 60 Billion, their problems are far from over.

    I am for him and hope Guv Brown gets them on the right track and they do get a surplus but a "PREDICTION' is just a best guess and it is good to be cautious when predicting what politicians will do with a budget.

    Too soon to celebrate.
    It looks like a budget surplus in California is predicted in much the same way that a budget deficit in Washington is predicted. Either the numbers point that way, or they don't.