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vt_investor 274 posts  |  Last Activity: 7 hours ago Member since: Apr 29, 1999
  • vt_investor vt_investor Mar 12, 2015 10:33 AM Flag

    Thousands of baby boomer US STEM workers are retiring every day now. Who is going to replace them?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Mar 12, 2015 10:30 AM Flag

    Obama has certainly asked congress to discuss the situation in the Middle East and to tell him was his powers are there, and what our strategy should be there. Have they done that yet? When will they get off their butts and tell him what powers he has and what powers he doesn't have? That's the job they were elected to do, among others. Many need to lose their jobs in Congress simply for being AWOL. Congress needs to be in session for 10 hours ad ay, 6 days a week, until they find solutions for this issue, and at least a dozen others that STILL must be addressed, but are now just being ignored.

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  • Reply to

    3 years per email.

    by springer_1994 Mar 12, 2015 9:01 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Mar 12, 2015 10:18 AM Flag

    Yeah, wouldn'ts and couldn'ts...

    It now doesn't look quite as bad as it initially looked. What she did was not illegal when she did it (although it may be now). In fact, it appears that it is something that many have done over the past decade or two. Also, that server, was not just a private 3rd party server. Instead it was one maintained by the secret service for an ex-president. But, politically, it still is never going to look very good.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Great Job Barry

    by springer_1994 Mar 11, 2015 9:29 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Mar 11, 2015 2:23 PM Flag

    Springer perhaps you should read what the goals of the discussions are before you post (I know, it can be hard sometimes!) But, the goals the of the talks are the nuclear disarmament of Iran, not the arming of Iran. It can be difficult following a discussion, when you don't understand the subject of the discussion.

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  • 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

    Let's All Go To Europe

    by w.heinlein Mar 10, 2015 4:51 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Mar 11, 2015 1:00 PM Flag

    And entry to the Louvre is free on Sunday mornings. It used to be every Sunday morning, but now, i think, it's just the first Sunday of every month.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Mar 11, 2015 9:48 AM Flag

    I don't know what the numbers are, but i could easily see how the number of guns owned might be up, while the number of people who own guns are down a little. There are a lot of people (paranoia? collectors?) who own dozens, or even hundreds of guns, while there are also millions who don't own a single gun. I also suspect that the average age of gun owners might be well on in years, like my father. When he died, I gave his rifle to an (older) relative, as none of my father's children wanted it. At that time, it became clear that his rifle was so warn and in such disrepair, that it was unsafe to use, so it was destroyed, eventually.

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  • Reply to

    An Imperial Proclamation

    by springer_1994 Mar 10, 2015 8:41 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Mar 10, 2015 3:47 PM Flag

    this is a pre-emptive strike against our own government.

    And how can anyone consider this anything but a treasonous action? I agree, they should all at least resign for the damage done to our constitution and our nation. Resign, at least, if not be sued for treason, as well. Write a letter to those who are among our worst enemies, providing support for their worst combative desires, rather than any attempt to find a route toward peace between our nations, and in their region. This is not something that nay American leader has every done before. They seem to be so scared of losing power, that they now do something that will absolutely assure the loss of their power.

    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.

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  • vt_investor vt_investor Mar 9, 2015 1:12 PM Flag

    you are right, and I was wrong. I forgot to multiply by 365. So, it is 2% of the federal budget for food stamps, not 0.03%.

    You are right cigarettes (and alcohol) are still problems, but at least around here, fewer and fewer are smoking. It's not allowed in restaurants and other public places, and many stores have just stopped selling them.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Mar 9, 2015 12:18 PM Flag

    No, they just still have a hard time with arithmetic. $4/day for all 300 million americans would only add up to $1.2 billion, this out of a $4 trillion budget. That's less than 0.03% of the budget for food stamps. There must be something else in that budget that costs a little more!

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  • Reply to

    Gridlock

    by w.heinlein Mar 7, 2015 8:17 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Mar 8, 2015 4:26 PM Flag

    Yes, and a great post, a well!

    I don't think that the people who brought this case to the Supreme Court really though through the consequences if they won. As you said, if they won, just the states without their own exchange would lose their Medicaid funding. If that were to happen it could easily bring them - or at least their hospitals - to the verge of bankruptcy. Those state with out exchanges of their own are mostly the same red state who have already lost a number of hospitals to bankruptcy because so few of their citizens have health insurance. In many of these red states fewer then 1 in 6 have health insurance (compared with better than 1 in 12 in many blue states). Without the Medicaid in states without their own exchanges, that number would get worse. There aren't many hospitals that can survive when more then 1 in 8 customers can't pay for the services. Service will get worse, and bankruptcies will increase, while state costs increase. Who will vote for the people in charge if those same people are responsible for the loss of their health insurance, and the disappearance of their hospital? Is this really what those who brought the case to court wanted to do?

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Mar 8, 2015 1:05 PM Flag

    Maybe you didn't actually read the articles? I assume that you refer to a bunch of articles with titles like, "Obama raises taxes for rich in new $4 trillion budget"

    Obama proposed a budget for next year and submitted it to Congress recently (as every president has done for more than 200 years). Some tax increases who part of his solution for balancing the budget. But, the federal budget is not put into effect by executive order!!!

    It's now up to Congress to actually discuss the budget for next year, and pass one, either based on Obama's proposal, or their own creation. It's the Constitutional responsibility of the House to create a new budget, and raise enough taxes to pay for it. Nothing's changed. Obama has not raised any taxes on his own. That's what the House does, and taxes will only be raised, if the president agrees and signs the bill.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Reply to

    Gridlock

    by w.heinlein Mar 7, 2015 8:17 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Mar 8, 2015 3:08 AM Flag

    Lan, there are some who have argued that Obama is further to the right than either of his 2 Democratic predecessors, Clinton, and Carter, ever though of being.

    And the other option for today's Republicans is to split down the middle into two parties, just like the Whigs did in the 19th century,. The Whigs couldn't agree on the issue of slavery. Today's Republicans can't agree on what a government should even do, or how to deal with the national debt. At times that has sounded like a disagreement big enough to split them completely apart. It will be interesting to see how the now Republicans lead Congress deals with the necessary increase in the national debt ceiling that is needed in the next couple of weeks. I doubt that the moderate Republicans and the Tea party folks will easily find a compromise.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Three more things that I learned are RACIST!

    by ndfirstsection Mar 7, 2015 11:19 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Mar 7, 2015 4:50 PM Flag

    Hey, Lan, i hpe your snows are melting now....

    I just looked at a history of Buffalo whee they talk about the origins of the name. They list your story as one that has been told, with the name being derived from the French "beau fleuve", meaning "beautiful river". They also say that that story doesn't date back to the origins of the city, though.

    That history does say that the name comes from the name "Buffalo Creek" which runs in that area. They say that buffalo did live in the areas (and probably drank from the creek) but they were all gone long before white men arrived there. Instead a Seneca Indian who was said to have been a member of the Wolf clan and called "De-gi-yah-goh," or "Buffalo" by his tribe lived by the stream when white explorers first arrived on the scene. For that reason the stream became know as "Buffalo's Creek", which grew into the name of the city. They also said, "This could very well be the source of the name, since Indians did use animal names for themselves and not usually their places. It would also explain how the name got passed down among both the native and non-native settlers."

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Mar 7, 2015 10:53 AM Flag

    Lan, it's not just leadership, although that is certainly part of the problem. This Congress and the previous one have shown themselves to be the worst congresses of the past century and a half, in terms of accomplishing anything for the country, and the citizens they represent. It can't just be a leadership issue, otherwise we would have seen similar problems over the past century, and although there have been some issues in the past, there has never been anything this bad. If they are doing this on purpose, then treason should be a big consideration, given the tremendous destructive effects on our nation. If they are not doing it on purpose, than the only other possibility is incompetence. How long will voters vote for incompetent legislators, who collect their pay and do nothing?

    Sentiment: Hold

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    1st 3-Way 'mo"marriage"

    by page.roler Mar 6, 2015 2:13 PM
    vt_investor vt_investor Mar 7, 2015 12:10 AM Flag

    It's technically no longer legal here, either..

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Mar 6, 2015 11:08 AM Flag

    "Doesn't seem like the James Bond level operator we're told the Clintons are."

    Exactly right. It sounds incredibly stupid. Why would she even consider running her communications though some 3rd party that might be hacked by China, Russia, N. Korea, or Israel, when she could and should keep internal communications, internal.

    Sentiment: Hold

  • vt_investor vt_investor Mar 6, 2015 10:45 AM Flag

    There are dozens of things that congress has the power to do, but so far they have not not done anything. Congressmen who do nothing may have a hard time keeping their seats at the next election.

    - Fixing taxes, simplifying them, and removing loopholes? No bill, no discussion, no changes yet.

    - Jobs and employment? No bill, no discussion, no changes yet.

    - ISIS, and how we plan to fight them? No bill, no discussion, no changes yet.

    - Immigration and dealing with illegals? No bill, no discussion, no changes yet. (Except fr a failed attempt at removing all funding for dealing with this!)

    - The debt and federal budgeting? No bill, no discussion, no changes yet. (Except for the failed attempt mentioned above!)

    - Filling empty committee seats, and department heads to make government work again? No bill, no discussion, no changes yet.

    - Fixing the way the IRS handles 501c3 organizations? No bill, no discussion, no changes yet.

    In most cases, people who refuse or are unable to do their job eventually lose that job and get replaced with people who are willing and able to do the needed work. If Congress doesn't change their ways soon, Congressmen will soon have a big problem on their hands. It's almost as if there are a lot of people in Congress who just don't want our government to work and do what citizens want, and what is necessary to protect our country. At some point people who work so hard to simply destroy our country eventually lose their jobs - at least.

    Sentiment: Hold

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    Nety-Yahoo Wants War With Iran

    by trueallday Mar 4, 2015 10:22 AM
    vt_investor vt_investor Mar 4, 2015 12:31 PM Flag

    For some reason there is a group of people who think that the "proper" solution to every problem is to start a war. Those are the people we all need to watch very carefully because if we don't they will waste trillions of our dollars, waste thousands of our lives, and then win nothing, producing no significant result politically, in foreign relations, or economically. and in many cases, they will simply make our situation worse in the long run.

    The real problem appears to be paranoia. Certainly that is the case in the Middle East, where both sides are so scared of the other that they are unwilling to even consider another approach that might produce better results for both sides.

    Our real enemy is paranoia, and we still don't have a way to solve that. Both Jesus and Muhammdd (and others) have similar approaches to reject paranoia and to accept peace, but not enough seem to want to read those parts of their holy books.

    Sentiment: Hold

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