Comments by ljordan
Posted on December 7 at 11:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)
There's no question that the cost of our social safety net must be reduced, but exempting anyone, especially the rich, from paying a fair share simply because it doesn't fully solve the problem is silly. Our situation will only be solved through shared sacrifice. The Bush tax cuts and two wars put us in a hole, and everyone needs to do their part to get us out. Unfortunately, there are many who are simply unable to do more. They live hand-to-mouth. So for them I would say they're already doing all they can. But, there are many who could do much more without any adverse impact. And an even larger group that could do a little more with some belt tightening. This problem needs to be attacked from both the revenue side (shared sacrifice) and the cost side, and no one should get a free ride.
Posted on October 12 at 9:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)
My thoughts exactly while reading Lindinger's rant. You said it better than I could.
Posted on April 1 at 7:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Good job Don! Many will reject your analysis because many can't be bothered with facts or rational thought, e.g. cfield. Good sense and logic says that any strategy involving fossil fuels should include conservation and substitution. That's the way we buy time to postpone the unforeseen future you mention in closing. However, the naysayers should read James Howard Kuntsler to get a glimpse of what that future might be like.
Posted on November 20 at 11:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Hey Ken, you suggest the Occupy folks are hypocritical because they wear clothes and carry devices that are made by multinational corporations. Would you feel better about them if they wore handmade clothes and communicated only by word of mouth? Of course they buy the same stuff you do, because that's what stores sell.
And you criticize them because they haven't voiced a cogent statement about what needs to change. True, most of what they "say" with their signs address symptoms; bailouts to banks instead of people, corporate attacks on the environment, the supreme court decision to treat corporations as people, the dismantling of unions, etc. But anyone interested in truth can plainly see that they're speaking about fairness. They simply want a society where everyone has an equal chance. They look at the richest 1/10th of 1% in this country and see that they control 15% of the wealth of our nation, up from 7% just a few years ago. They're smart enough to realize that this didn't happen by happenstance or because the 0.1% are so much smarter. As Len Cohen says, " everybody knows that the dice are loaded...and the fight is fixed". The Occupy folks understand that their government sold out. Our politicians are owned by the interests that fund their campaigns and ply them, their families, and friends with gifts and promises. The revolving door between Congress, K Street, and corporate executive offices is evidence enough. Is it any wonder that the special interests get what they pay for? I hope the OWS movement can holdout long enough for that to change.
Posted on August 22 at 9:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Quite ironic you're so against finger pointing and fixing blame that you've got the 2008 financial blowout pinned down to Frank and Dodd. You might want to look at a Time list of those responsible http://www.time.com/time/specials/packag...
It will provide you with a group of 25 that you can not blame. Neither Frank or Dodd made the list.
Good letter! One of your "notable exceptions" is Warren Buffett, recently labeled a socialist on FOX News for his stand on raising the tax rate of the very wealthy. Imagine, Buffett a socialist. Just goes to show the twisted logic and rationale used by defenders
Posted on July 23 at 11:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Greed at the root...
Excellent letter Sandra - you hit the nail on the head. The huge potential riches of financiers, made possible by lax and ineffective regulation, attracts the best and the brightest away from careers that could make positive contributions to society. The money they make for themselves and their masters is nothing more than wealth of others being syphoned off and concentrated into their own pockets. No product is made, no value added, no benefit whatsoever, save a few getting exceedingly wealthy. Nothing but greed, made possible by some of that ill-gotten money buying the influence of those who make the rules.
Posted on May 3 at 7:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Terri Roben writes a great letter. Common sense dictates that the most effective way to get more energy is to use what one has more efficiently. It's a low cost, low impact solution that surprisingly gets little play. Well done Terri!