On Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:35:31 -0800 (PST), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
There is less and less upward mobility in the US as time goes on. A
lot of this is because the Republicans have cut spending on education,
so it's much harder for low-income families to get their children a
good education. Then at the same time, the wealthy can get subsidies
(vouchers) for keeping their children out of the public schools.
The current price of a college education means that fewer will go to
college, and when they do they're so far behind the 8-ball that many
of them will be paying off their student loans for decades.
The only people that are really doing well are those at the top of the
corporate ladder (where they make truly ridiculous amounts of money,
and far more in proportion to regular employees than in other
countries), those who have inherited family wealth, and the Wall
Street types in banking and finance. So then the Right-wingers want to
reduce their already low tax rates even more. Sure, just give them the
everything and screw the poor and the middle class.
The "Tea Party" is even worse. They're the deluded pawns of Wall
Yes, that's the common claim of conservatives - "They don't really
want to work." You're really a hateful person. Your prejudice and
bigotry are showing...
That is BS. The US spends more on education than any other country,
but we have 10th ranking students. That is because the liberal
educators have pretty much ruined what school is supposed to be.
It stated in the 60's when you could get a draft deferment it you were
a teacher or taking college courses to become one. The liberal draft
dodgers are not the school administrators.
It does not matter is the student can find Europe on a map as long as
we don't hurt their self esteem.
What a lie. We spend more today than ever on education.
And we spend the most per student of any country in the world,
except Switzerland, which is just slightly higher. The fact that
students today are dumber, don't know who the VP is
and are scoring far lower on tests than students in countries
that spend less, is not a spending problem. But that
is the image the liberals try to portray to try to justify throwing
even more money and more big govt at the problem.
Then at the same time, the wealthy can get subsidies
That's pretty much a lie too. There are very few places that
use a school voucher system. I'll bet it's way less than 1% of
the total public school system. It actually would be a great
idea. It would allow poor and middle income parents in
schools that are doing a
terrible job of education to use their voucher at a school that
works. IT would give them choice. It would introduce
competition into the system. But the libs won't allow
it because they insist on protecting the teachers and failed
schools. The rich? It doesn't matter to them because again,
they aren't getting vouchers and are paying for public schools
through their taxes and private schools out of their own pocket.
You conveniently forget that the other part of most of
the Republican plans to cut tax RATES included changing the
tax system so that people would pay about the same taxes.
It would get rid of page after page of all kinds of deductions,
to arrive at basicly the same number.
I call most of them patriots. For example, all of them are
focused on trying to reduce govt spending before the country goes
bankrupt. That point isn't too far off at the rate we're going.
When's the last time you heard Obama or any of the libs
warning of the problems of rapidly increasing debt, of coming
up with any plan to reduce spending? Why
Pelosi was out just last week saying it's simply not
true that we have a spending problem.....
And there you have it folks. The race card played. For the peanut
gallery, here is what I actually said:
" People start out at a low paying job and then work
their way up to a better job. Or start a business. That is how
it works, at least for those that want to get off their ass. I just
had two painters over here to give me quotes on painting
a great room and a foyer, $3,600 - $4,000. Are you gonna
tell us that skill set is beyond the reach of the common
person? I could do that job myself in a week. Do the math
at what income that works out to. "
I didn't say that all people don't want to work. I actually
said quite the opposite. Most people start out at a low
paying job and work their way up. It's the lying libs like
you that pretend everything is static. Because someone
is making $8 an hour today, 5 years from now, because
there are still people making $8, they must be the same
people. And obviously the prices painters are getting
here in NJ show there is opportunity for even those with
limited education to move up.
On 02-25-2013 13:24, email@example.com wrote:
One-note Wes here again, pushing the bicycle option.
Bike: $400 (more than thirty years ago; would be 1000-2000 today)
Panniers, each big enough for a gallon of milk and more, $70/pair
Trailer two-thirds the size of a shopping cart: $350
Repairs (bearings don't like going back to work after a twenty-year
Things to prevent frostbite, if you live where I do: $100
Now comes the full disclosure part...
Hospital visit after forgetting the right way to turn a corner in a
blizzard: $150 co-pay.
But you could always stay home when there's a blizzard.
I'm not really saving any money on fuel--I just get it at a different
store. But the insurance and registration is a lot, and the $150
repairs in three years (that I probably won't have to repeat for
ten more years) is WAY less than car maintenance.
Nobody believes a theoretical analysis — except the guy who did it.
On Feb 25, 6:24 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Li batteries are reckoned to last about tens years with 80% of
capacity remaining IF they are well looked after.
Technology is constantly evolving, hopefully prices will reduce.
BTW lots o fLi was found in Afghanistan. Any connections?
People who don't ride seem to think we can ride forever plus a day
on a tank of fuel. I've had four bikes so far. The largest is the
current one, a Suzuki Volusia, 805cc. All four of those got around 45
mpg. It has a four gallon tank. A lot of bikes seem to have smaller
That's usually ok. I need to get off to stretch anyhow.
I think there was a sign on Highway 6 east of Denver, CO long ago.
It was on the border. It said something like "Last gas before Denver".
The best mileage I ever got from a highway-capable motorcycle was
about 60 MPG, and that was with a Honda CB360. It wasn't something
you'd want to take on an extended trip on the highway, but it was
enough to handle anything in-town and also highways for roughly 30
miles one way. Anything more than that and you wanted a larger,
A friend had a '77 Sportster that he claimed got 70 MPG, but I never
knew whether to believe him or not. :-)
I had much smaller motorcycles that didn't really get any better
mileage than the 360 did. I think a Suzuki 100cc bike that I had did
better, but I only ever used it for very short trips within my
I had a number of 650 and 750cc bikes that didn't even get as good
mileage as did a Ford Festiva that I owned for a while (It always got
a bit over 40 MPG.)
Oddly enough, I think the most fun I've ever had with a street bike
was with that CB360 or the KZ400 that replaced it.
You see a lot of people with nothing but a golf cart in some large
retirement communities, They can go anywhere, including to their
doctors on the carts. 'The Villages" is one of the largest, and you see
a lot of golf carts, but very few cars.
I've never been that far south. Tampa is about as far as I've been.
Some communities around here give the golf carts the right of way.
They ignore stop signs, and drive down the middle of the roads. If they
pull out in front of a car, the car's driver is at fault. They even got
the state to build a private golf cart bridge over US-441 near Leesburg.
23:38:35 -0500 typed in rec.crafts.metalworking the following:
Have one here in Washington. Oh, and those aren't "garages"
(which are for cars) but "hangars".
And aircraft have the right of way, cause they do not have a
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