I was stung, moved to cash before the biggest hit, moved back to the market
early this year and am mostly recovered from the market hit. You gotta
pay attention to what's going on and act rather than simply watching and
shrugging your shoulders.
Look into it. Bush has been expanding the cilly service without any reference
to war, terrorism or much of anything else. Iraq is budgeted outside of the
regular budget process. He and his cabinet have been expanding govt and
spending willy nilly to do it. Never give any idiot in govt the benefit of the
: In general, I agree with most of the Republican platform - smaller
The federal government is larger under the Bush Jr. administration
than under any administration since Johnson.
: stronger military
What do you think about the huge cuts in veteran benefits that occurred
-- Andy Barss
I looked at the OPM site and another downsizing site. The US Civil service is
about 2 million today. That is also about what it was during early Bush 1. It
had been on a downsizing trend in the 90s but 9-11 and the TSA added 160,000
Actually, independent, with a slight--very slight--conservative tilt, which
does not mean I bend over and grab my ankles every time big business and its
political buddies cranks up another screwing for John Q.
"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and
steady dedication of a lifetime. "
Adlai E. Stevenson
Makes me think of a statement I heard yesterday made by a founding father.
It Started out "This government was made for a moral people....." The basic
Gist is our government was designed to keep a basically honest people
honest. As soon as The dishonest people became prevalent (E.g. monopolies,
unfair employers) the Laws/regulations in the book grew in number.
"Violin playing and Woodworking are similar, it takes plenty of money,
While some may have been out of jobs in Houston, I recall Houston in the 70
as being a boom town with it being hard to hold on to good help by 1974. It
very easy to find a job in the 70's in Houston. At least every one I knew
that was looking for a job including engineers were tossing coins to decide
which company to go with.
Leon, Houston was indeed booming in the 70s and employing tens of thousands
of displayed auto workers from Michigan and other mid eaetern states. The
Windfall Profits Tax was proposed by Jimmy Carter and was enacted in 1980.
By 1983, Houston was a dustbowl with over 2000 forclosures a month, the VA
and FHA were selling forclosed homes in lots of 100 for about .25 cents on
the 1980 dollar.
While the rest of the US prospered on the low price of energy, we in the
south floundered and even our own legislators and a Texas president could
have cared less. Republican Phil Graham voted against federal money to
retrain displaced oil workers. GWB did nothing to help us either.
Those engineers that were tossing coins to decide where to work? They
didn't have coins to toss. I know guys that were making $5000 a month in
1980 that ended up working for $8 an hour 5 years later. Homes bought for
$150k were forclosed and sold at auction for less than 1/2 that. One
friend put $65,000, his entire life savings, down on a home and later lost
it to forclosure. Even after that much down, he couldn't sell it for less
than he owed.
All you folks despise the "evil" oil companies and forget that real people
with families are working for them, just like you. We're trying to pay our
bills, raise our kids and enjoy our lives too. Gasoline is, by an order of
magnittue, the most inflation proof comodity there is. If the price of
gas appreciated like the price of cars, you'd be paying $15 a gallon for
it. But do you see me whining about the excess profits of GMAC, which are
in fact, HUGE!! Nope because I want folks working in Michigan. It is good
for this country. Ross Perot was right about that huge sucking sound of
jobs going to Mexico and I hate it. I know it isn't good for the country.
Incidentally, I've done my part. I just bought a brand new GMC Yukon,
nearly $40,000, and I did it with OIL money.
*the NE blackout caused a refinery to close for 4 days and
*folks decided to take vacations, just as their kids are getting back
to school and
* someone discoved the mideast is unsettled (nothing to do
On Thu, 18 Sep 2003 04:05:13 GMT, "Doug Winterburn"
The article in our newspaper this morning said the Iraq purchases would
have been a momentary blip if not for other factors coinciding. I don't
remember them all, but one was that the mills had cut back production
last fall vecause of low prices so reserve supply was nil.
And then there's Isobel :-).
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