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vt_investor 298 posts  |  Last Activity: 8 hours ago Member since: Apr 29, 1999
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  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 28, 2015 9:57 AM Flag

    It's amazing at how quickly a rational discussion can descend into a personal attack.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Mar 9, 2015 7:15 PM Flag

    It sounds like it makes him someone who has no idea how this country works anymore.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 18, 2015 11:45 PM Flag

    Yep, and if it wasn't 2014, it was one of the other top ten globally warmest years of the past century :1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013. It's not easy to calculate the average global temperature to the hundredth of a degree, but it's really easy to calculate temperatures over the past decades to show what the direction of change is, and 2014 is certainly right at the top.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 19, 2015 12:00 AM Flag

    Reid is 75 years old now, and would be 77 if he were to run in 2 years. Anoth4r term would have him serving well into his 80's. Wouldn't you prefer someone a little younger, stronger, and more energetic? I certainly would.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Netanyahu just made Obama look like an absolute FOOL

    by c8w73 Mar 3, 2015 1:28 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Mar 3, 2015 1:35 PM Flag

    The part that's a little hard to understand is how Netanyahu could now say that Iran is years from creating a bomb now, when a couple of years ago when the initial agreement was created, Nethanyahu said that at that time Iran was weeks from creating a bomb? Why did he change his position??

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Feb 9, 2015 11:57 AM Flag

    "New data shows that the “vanishing” of polar ice is not the result of runaway global warming."

    Of course not! millions of liberals are up there melting the ice with their hair dryers!! ;) Haven't you been to Glacier National Park to see them at work there doing the same thing?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Why libs hate Walker

    by langosta_fla Feb 13, 2015 10:08 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Feb 13, 2015 10:52 AM Flag

    The issue for Walker and a bunch of other current Republican candidates is their lack of understanding of and support for American business. Businesses don't grow and are not created by beliefs. Businesses grow and and are created with technological and scientific advancements. No candidate who doesn't understand that should even be considered for the office.

    The right response for Walker and any other candidate is to explain the difference between belief and science, and then why he or she supports our scientific progress as the foundation of our economic and business growth, and the strength of our nation. Walker didn't do that. He punted. No one who punts on a simple question like that should even be considered for the office.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Mar 28, 2015 2:27 PM Flag

    In reality, Obamacare is only in a "death spiral" in the red states that have worked hard to make sure that Obamacare fails. There are many fewer problems in the states that have created their own exchanges, and that have worked to assure that their citizens can get health insurance.

    Insurance rates are rising in the red states where there are no exchanges, and where Medicaid money has been refused. This keeps millions still uninsured, and requires that those millions of uninsured people get their heath care in hospitals that are entirely funded by those with insurance. So insurance rates for people who do have insurance must go up. Insurance rates are flattening or going down for people with insurance in states that have worked to be sure that all are insured.

    In addition, because there are millions who have no access to Medicaid in those red states, they are huge drains on the hospitals that must treat them. And that is why there are hospitals going bankrupt in those states.

    And you are right about King V Burwell. If the Supreme Court says that those states without their own exchange can not get any federal Medicaid subsidies, then that will certainly put the nails in the red states that have chosen to not insure their own citizens. But, again, the states with their own exchanges will not be affected. Their citizens will remain insured,a nd their health care costs will continue to remain lower for all.

    Sometimes it's hard when you watch people commit suicide and there is just no way to stop them.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Great Job Barry

    by springer_1994 Mar 11, 2015 9:29 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Mar 11, 2015 1:06 PM Flag

    What is a "pre-emptive victory" in a series of talks? But, you might be right. It would certainly be a victory for everyone if Iran stops construction of nuclear weapons, and there is a reduced chance of war in the region. That's certainly the goal of these talks, and perhaps Iran now thinks that those goals will be met!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    IGLOO GASSES!

    by langosta_fla Apr 16, 2015 12:30 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Apr 17, 2015 1:04 AM Flag

    No, carbon is to CO2 as wheat is to bread. Just as wheat can be used to make bread, biscuits, pasta, or pies, Carbon can be used to make CO2, carbon monoxide, methane, butane, or any number of greenhouse gases.

    CO2 is no more of a pollutant than nitrogen is, but both can be a big problem if there is too much of it in our atmosphere. Most an chemist or biologist can tel you how much is too much, if you ask them.

    How often do people tell you when you are just being silly?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 31, 2015 2:28 AM Flag

    Yes, that would be about right if each of the 7 billion of us had one square foot of land to stand on. Unfortunately, we each need to eat, sleep, and buy cloths, houses, and cars, too.

    A better comparison can be found in the "per square mile" site by Tim De Chant that shows data based on individual resource usage and resource availability. He shows that if the world's population all lived like the people of Bangladesh, we would all fit in South Asia and Eastern. Africa. If we all lived like the people of Uganda, our 7 billion would fit in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. If we lived like the citizens of China, we would require 1.1 (just more than a whole planet) earths.to support us.

    But, wait, it gets better.

    If we lived like the people of France, we would require 2.5 earths, to provide for all our needs. And it gets better still. If everyone lived like we do in the good 'ol USA, we would need 4.1 earths. Finally, if everyone lived like the citizens of the United Arab Emirates, we could do it with 5.4 earths.

    Maybe no population bomb, but if we are all going to live on this same earth, we are either going to need to find ways to better share the resources that we have, or reduce the population by quite a bit, if we expect everyone to live like us, in planet-wide democratic and capitalistic freedom.

    Of course if there was no population bomb issue, there should be no reason at all not to let millions of immigrants into the USA to help fill up all that unused, available space, and to make our country bigger, richer, and stronger.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    what happened to free college for 2 years?

    by hugebettyfan Feb 2, 2015 4:31 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Feb 2, 2015 9:03 PM Flag

    The 529 plan is an interesting tax loophole, one that anyone who likes flat taxes would certainly oppose.

    The median income of those using the 529 plans is $142,000, while the median income in the USA is about $50,000. Less than 3% of Americans use 529s, and they are almost all among the richest 10%. Very few of the 90% of Americans that include the middle class and below use 529s. Those who use 529s go to schools like Harvard and Yale, which cost more than $60K/year. They don't go to community colleges. 529s are one of many tools that work to keep the poor poor, and the rich rich, from generation to generation. It doesn't take much for the rich to make sure that the poor stay poor.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Fidel Breaks his silence

    by springer_1994 Jan 27, 2015 9:23 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Jan 27, 2015 12:37 PM Flag

    "even though he distrusts politics in Washington."

    You and Fidel seem to have a lot in common! You should work together some more!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Feb 1, 2015 12:24 PM Flag

    Under Obama government spending has been cut - military spending, alone, has been cut by 12% since Obama took office. Almost all of the GDP slowdown over the past couple of quarters has been because of government spending cuts, alone. Reagan did not cut government spending at all! Maybe we need to elect a Republican to increase government spending by 5 or 10% again!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Another Global Worming frolic

    by langosta_fla Feb 15, 2015 11:53 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Feb 16, 2015 12:16 AM Flag

    And meanwhile temperatures in Billings, Montana are in the 50's, and even close to 60 degrees. In Anchorage, Alaska, the temps are around 40 degrees, and even in Fairbanks, the temperatures are warmer than in New England.

    It looks like New England wins the draw this week!

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    This from George Will.

    by ndfirstsection Feb 6, 2015 9:04 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Feb 6, 2015 12:00 PM Flag

    Governments don't have views. We are the government. We, all, have our own view and opinions about religion, wars, the economy and much more.

    We elect people to run our government so that we can do things together that we can't do alone. Government is simply the only way that we have been able to defend ourselves from foreign adversaries, settle conflicts between citizens and businesses, and build a strong infrastructure that helps us all.

    Governments don't have views. The citizens who create the government have views that they use to create the government that they want. Peoples have view and opinions. Governments don't. Businesses don't. Even religions don't have views. These are all tools created by people to represent their views, and to carry out their wishes. I'll let you decide whether animals have views or not...

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Jan 22, 2015 11:10 AM Flag

    Our current 17.5 trillion debt will do the same thing to our children and grandchildren that the highest ever debt (at the time) in in 1946 did to us. (It was even higher, then, in terms of wages and gdp).

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Who is more patriotic?

    by springer_1994 Feb 25, 2015 8:03 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Feb 25, 2015 10:12 AM Flag

    How do you define "patriotic"

    Is someone who wants and works for good jobs, good healthcare, and good education for all Americans patriotic?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Another Global Worming frolic

    by langosta_fla Feb 15, 2015 11:53 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Feb 16, 2015 11:23 AM Flag

    All right, i'll check again:

    In Billings, MT, at 9AM local time, the temperature is 31 degrees F. The Billings high today is forecast to be 40 degree; tomorrow, Tuesday, 40 again,. On Wednesday, the afternoon high will be 52 degrees, and 55, on Thursday. On Friday, a chance of rain, and 47 degrees.

    Meanwhile, the highs predicted here, for the next few days are, 14, 20, 25, 16, and 14, with nighttime lows near or below zero.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Explaining vs. Justifying

    by w.heinlein Feb 17, 2015 7:27 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Feb 18, 2015 10:10 AM Flag

    So how is he (and we) favoring ISIS over Israel? It has always looked like we are giving a he!! of a lot more foreign aid to Israel than ISIS. If that's not the case, you should immediately get started on a "Stop ISIS foreign aid payments" campaign right now.

    Sentiment: Hold

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