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"Gas prices are based on GREED, the oil companies will charge what-ever they can get away- with and not destroy the economy."
-- Isn't that what any producer does? Don't 99% of producers seek to sell their products at the highest price they can get away with? And don't 99% of consumers seek to buy the product at the lowest price, all other things being equal? So it seems that all prices are based off of greed, or better said, self interest? Either self interested producers seeking the highest markup over cost, or self interested consumers seeking the minimum markup over cost.
Who is to say one group's self-interest is arbitrarily higher than another group's self-interest? Why is it fair to use the law to benefit one group at the expense of another group? Aren't producers also consumers? Dont they also seek the lowest priced capital, labor, resources, etc, just like any other consumer? We should strive to avoid anyone benefiting at someone else's loss, a zero sum game, and instead try to achieve a positive sum game of wealth creating exchange. The government, unfortunately, is constantly being used by corporations or voters to try to rob the other group, in a never ending cycle that hurts everyone.
It's time we re-realize the purpose of the "general welfare" clause of the Constitution; all laws must apply equally to everyone, with no exceptions. That means no loopholes, excemptions, subsidies, deductions, handouts, etc, to anyone. This would basically require a complete repeal of the entire US tax code, and would be replaced by a equal, fair, and generally applying flat tax. I believe chatmandu002 posted about it earlier. No exceptions for oil companies, for grandma, or for bill gates. 6 days ago
Charter schools in AZ do not get to pick and choose their kids. Refresh yourself on the law: ARS 15-184. They are required to have a random lottery, with preference given to returning students, current student's siblings, the children of faculty, staff, charter corporation employees, and board members. That is not picking and choosing willynilly. Also, the law specifically prohibits charter schools from discriminating in admissions for students with a "disabling condition", so an autistic child's parents alone decide where to send their kids. If a charter school doesn't have the staff or resources to deal with special needs, the parents wouldn't choose to send their kids there, I hope...
Btw, "you and your precious little spawn" was a plural You, considering that I have no idea if osculate has children or not. I was generally referring to people who voluntarily decide to engage in the act of biological reproduction, produce an offspring, and then wish to dump some of the costs of raising their byproduct onto some other 3rd party, via coercive redistribution.
1 week ago
haha, who's complaining that teacher pay is bad in arizona? In 2012, Median HOUSEHOLD income was $45,000 a year. Arizona Median Teacher income, via the NEA? $47,000. So half of all individual teachers make more than half of all HOUSEHOLDS! Please, it is double the median american personal income of $24,000. Starting teachers in Arizona make about $31,000, well above the national personal income level. So Teachers are not payed poorly.
Furthermore, there is no correlation that higher paid teaches=better results, so throwing money at teachers, schools, etc, is not going to fix any problems for most schools.
Blindly lashing out at charter schools only shows your bias. The unique and outstanding characteristics of a charter school are:
1) They are independent, and can thus act as many little labratories to test out which education models work or dont work.
2) They can have their funding pulled and be forced to close down if they dont work, thus there is incentives to at least not fail, an incentive lacking in most public schools.
3)The bad teachers can be easly fired. Duh.
4) Most charter schools in AZ opperate with 1/3rd less per pupil funds, yet they are usually as good as most public schools when it comes to teaching. So at the very least, we can get the same results with less money.
The biggest issue with education is statistics; half of all children will always be below average. Half of all schools will always be below average. Half of all states will always be below average in terms of all things education.
The quicker we realize and accept that not everyone can achieve success, that most likely, we will end up clustered around the middle of a natural bell curve, the faster we can stop terrible programs aimed at defying nature, mathmatics, human limitations, etc.
Chances are you and your precious little spawn aren't special; So top wasting my tax dollars so you can continue lying to yourself and your kids. 1 week ago
meh, as long as the Fed keeps interest rates at all time lows, this is no actual recovery. Making it harder to foreclose doesn't change the fact that a homeowner can't afford his house. It's just repeating the same foolish policies that created the housing bubble in the first place. Does anyone actually think that 26% housing price increase in one year is remotely healthy? Let's see where prices level off once cash investors stop buying up foreclosed houses to rent out, which explains the valley's current soaring home prices. 1 week ago
I agree! Time to finally fix the problem and dramatically cut the federal government back to its constitutional limits. Dont allow the government to be bought and sold like a cheap prostitute. Reduce the power, scope, and finances of the government, and business won't want to lobby, spend and, fundraise to get political favors, kickbacks, and in Obama's case, get lots of seats on his Cabinet!
Anyone else notice the revolving door between the federal reserve bank, the treasury department, and Goldman Sachs?? Wonder why the stock market is at a record high, yet real wages have actually gone down since 1971? Why does unemployment remain around 15%, and work force participation continues to drop to an all time low? Wonder why 80% of "new job" growth occurs in low paying service industries, and why 120,000 jobs created in the same month as 350,000 new unemployment claims is considered job growth? Why are 8 out of the top 10 riches counties surrounding DC, the home of big government, and 6 out of the top 15 richest counties are around new york and wall street? The system is stacked against us, crony capitalism and big government benefit, you lose.
Time to starve the beast that was falsely sold to the sheep.2 weeks ago
It is a little shameful that the Bill of Rights is tossed out of the window when it comes to the military. I dont understand how the army can issue a command, the president issue an executive order, or congress pass a law that can just magically allows legal exceptions to the Constitution. I thought all persons, citizens, or people meant all persons, citizens, and people, but magically members of the military and "enemy combatants" are suddenly not included in the clear and literal words of the Constitution. I dont see anything in the Constitution exempting military members from their Constitutional guarentees.
I dont care if you are christian, muslim, budhist, athiest, or a statist, the Constitution strictly prohibits the federal and state government's from violating the individual rights of all Americans. 2 weeks ago
1.3 Million Americans under the age of 18 receive social security benefits... What happened to social security being "old age" insurance, like it was origionally passed to be? The way the program stays financially viable is that everyone is supposed to pay in, and then only those who actually life to retirement and beyond get benefits. But now, if you die while on SS, your children under 18, 1.3 million of them, get old age insurance benefits. This is why the social security "trust fund" is full of worthless government debt and why Social security just started paying out more every year than it takes in. 3 weeks ago
"issues of wages and fringe benefits are strictly matters of statewide concern" How about they are strickly matters of the market, the supply and demand of labor, and voluntary interaction instead?3 weeks ago
Bill, what are some of these "new anticrime methods " that Mesa and Phoenix have been implimenting? Please share this important information with us so we can properly petition the ASU and Tempe PD to enact these apparently effective policies. 3 weeks ago
please, the reason reagan failed to empower markets and private charity is because Reagan only talked about conservatism and markets, and in practice drastically increased government spending and expanded the size and scope of government. So critiquing Reagan as a conservative is foolish, when in reality, he acted more like a classic war mongering progressive/ modern liberal.
Government revenues and spending went up under Reagan, that hardly constitutes a return to limited government and private charities. Why not return to the government spending and tax levels that had the highest levels of charitable giving ever?? I am talking about the late 19th century and early 20th century, when adjusted for inflation, the magnificent "barons" of industry gave the most money to charity, ever! Andrew Carnigee voluntarily gave away something like $400 billion over his life time, which puts the pathetic Bill Gates to SHAME!3 weeks ago