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Local Politics / Re: Candidate financial filings - puzzled?
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:34:08 PM »
A letter to the editor? Would they publish it?

It would be great if the local media would investigate things like this and report on them...

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National Politics / Re: Obama greatest economic president of modern times
« on: October 29, 2014, 11:33:18 AM »
He has been pretty good for some:

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Obama is right to be worried about income inequality — it’s gotten a lot worse under his watch

The president's economic legacy could amount to a bailout for the rich

There's a reason banana republics have high inequality. Trashing free markets and the rule of law in favor of bailouts and crony capitalism will do that.

1.  Wholly unchecked free markets often result in massive income inequality. 

2.  Do you really believe that if Obama if it were not for the United States House of Representatives, Obama would not have enacted a far more progressive tax policy?  You can't have it both ways.  He can't be the candidate who wants to "soak the rich" while also being that candidate that "bailed out the rich."

1. So that's why inequality has accelerated under Obama? Because of "unchecked free markets"?

2. Why not? You could jack up the top marginal rate to 99% and not increase what people actually pay, given the right exemptions, tax credits, and so on. And who would get those exemptions? The politically well-connected.

It's brilliant, because you can trick the low-info types (the Democrat base) into thinking you're "fighting Wall Street" and "standing up for the little guy" - while actually shoveling money to Wall Street and keeping the little guy in his place with a maze of regulations.

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National Politics / Re: Obama greatest economic president of modern times
« on: October 29, 2014, 11:01:25 AM »
He has been pretty good for some:

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Obama is right to be worried about income inequality — it’s gotten a lot worse under his watch

The president's economic legacy could amount to a bailout for the rich

There's a reason banana republics have high inequality. Trashing free markets and the rule of law in favor of bailouts and crony capitalism will do that.

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National Politics / Re: Racists want to close border to Ebola
« on: October 29, 2014, 09:55:42 AM »
Shameful! Panic and racism have set in at the Pentagon:

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Hagel considering Ebola quarantine for all troops deployed to West Africa

Rather than being quarantined, why not honor these heroes at the White House? The commander in chief can pin the medals on himself. ;)

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National Politics / Re: Racists want to close border to Ebola
« on: October 29, 2014, 09:47:50 AM »
Why has it become fair to label anyone with a differing opinion as "racist."

Because it's easier than making an argument.

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Local Politics / Re: Candidate financial filings - puzzled?
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:57:17 PM »
So how is this issue taken from a message board to the general public or appropriate body to evaluate these incongruencies?

What's the name of that company downtown? Makes the stuff you line birdcages with?

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Local Politics / Re: Tom Striplin's plan for the county
« on: October 27, 2014, 09:24:13 AM »
He would have been in the last time around if it weren't for the "D" next to his name.  Too many ignorant voters out there that will vote solely on party affiliation.

The same phenomenon that kept David Goad, Jim Stakem, and Kevin Kelly out of office. Damn those ignorant Republican voters! ;)

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Local Events / Re: Allegany Boardgaming Society
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:28:11 AM »
The Allegany Boardgaming Society will be hold its next Game Day on:

Saturday, October 25th, 11AM-5PM - at the Frostburg library meeting room

Come play some games!

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Local Politics / Re: McKay vs Scarpelli debate
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:45:50 PM »
Not really. I'm not against anyone getting a college education ... even if they will leave the area after they get that degree. It's a free world. However, in putting the casino money into over-priced college degree racket, they have forgone the opportunity to directly benefit Allegany County other than keeping them around for another 2 to 4 years. That is not the best use of the funds to help economic development.

So what was the better use of the casino money?

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National Politics / Re: Is A Basic Income Inevitable?
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:58:16 PM »


Of course, "free stuff is a human right" is used to justify all sorts of theft as well.

Of course, that translated means "work makes you free," not "free stuff is a human right."  That is far closer to to "work is good for the human psyche."

Right.

I was just pointing out that just because one idea is wrong doesn't make the other right.

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National Politics / Re: Is A Basic Income Inevitable?
« on: October 21, 2014, 11:22:08 AM »


Of course, "free stuff is a human right" is used to justify all sorts of theft as well.

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National Politics / Re: Is A Basic Income Inevitable?
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:13:51 AM »
The human psyche benefits from work.

Does it? Hunter-gatherer cultures (the way of life for 90% of human history) only worked a few hours a day.

My psyche would benefit from nothing but beers on a warm beach.

:D

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National Politics / Re: Is A Basic Income Inevitable?
« on: October 20, 2014, 11:07:58 PM »
The human psyche benefits from work.

Does it? Hunter-gatherer cultures (the way of life for 90% of human history) only worked a few hours a day.

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National Politics / Re: Racists want to close border to Ebola
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:53:24 PM »
Who is the racist?

Sarcasm. :)

Anyone calling for restrictions on travel from Ebola-infested countries has been tarred as a racist. I was just pointing out that travel restrictions aren't quite the racist Tea Party plot they've been made out to be.

I am not saying they are racist, but...

Given the number of jihadis that are British, why are we not calling for a travel ban from London?  If there was an outbreak in London of the same type that is in West Africa, would there be the same calls for a travel ban?

Was the Mexican government acting out of racism when it kept the American cruise ship from docking?

How about Jamaica, Trinidad, and Guyana? Are their travel restrictions motivated by racism?

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National Politics / Re: Racists want to close border to Ebola
« on: October 20, 2014, 08:03:57 PM »
Who is the racist?

Sarcasm. :)

Anyone calling for restrictions on travel from Ebola-infested countries has been tarred as a racist. I was just pointing out that travel restrictions aren't quite the racist Tea Party plot they've been made out to be.

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National Politics / Racists want to close border to Ebola
« on: October 20, 2014, 01:30:54 AM »
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Mexico fails to grant access to cruise ship carrying Texas health worker

The cruise ship carrying a Texas health-care worker who “may have” handled lab specimens from Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan is headed back to the United States after Mexican authorities failed to grant permission for the ship to dock off the coast of Cozumel, according to a Carnival spokeswoman.

Si se puede? ;)

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Local Politics / Re: Cumberland City Mayoral Race
« on: October 20, 2014, 01:20:23 AM »
Mary Miltenberger said in the paper today that the city is keeping $190,000 of the $249,000 it received in hotel/motel tax money. The rest went to various tourism groups like the railroad and arts, etc. Where does this money go? I feel it needs to used for tourism. I don't agree with Mary's politics a whole lot, but she has a point here. Also, what happened to Jeffry Grogg?

The number from the FY15 budget is $230K. According to the T-N, the mayor and council disbursed almost $59K of that, leaving $171K.

I believe that in the past, some of that money has gone towards police overtime for events and things like that. Whether that accounts for all of the balance, I don't know. Perhaps one of our council members will inform us...?

I'd personally put public safety and infrastructure ahead of the tourist railroads and arts councils and basketball tournaments. You know what else tourists like? Well-policed places with streets that are in good repair.

I don't care where the money came from - that doesn't give anyone a claim on it. Do we take the money that CSX pays in taxes and give it back to them via a "Railroad Fund"? What about Queen City Motors, or Gianni's, or even you and me? Where's our fund? :)

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It's not just Allegany County. (And here's the New York Times, if you want a second opinion.)

Relative poverty is one thing; wealth has never been evenly geographically distributed. But just because you can't make as much money here as you can in Bethesda is no reason why our community should be afflicted with the crime, drug abuse, broken homes, and so on. You can make less money and still be a decent person.

Unfortunately, the root cause is not within our power to control. As long as Uncle Sucker keeps on paying people not to work, we can expect these pathologies to continue - and worsen. Incentivize bad behavior, and you get more of it.

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Local Politics / Re: McKay vs Scarpelli debate
« on: October 15, 2014, 01:21:02 PM »
See Baltimore city council member Rikki Spector.

But just because it might not be a legal issue doesn't mean it couldn't become a political issue. Kelly Moran's residency has come up with regard to her possible political ambitions.

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Local Politics / Re: McKay vs Scarpelli debate
« on: October 15, 2014, 01:09:59 PM »
Can Councilwoman Wagoner legally continue serving on the council if she is living in Clear Spring?

Most likely.

Maryland courts have taken the position that a candidate lives where they say they live. Baltimore politicians have been caught living all over the place - in a different council district, out in the county. If they can point to a house they own or even a room in a family member's place in the district, the courts have let it slide.

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