We didn't win the Cold War, we just had a bigger credit line than they
did and outspent them. Now, we have to figure out how to pay back all
the money Reagan flushed in his insane effort to show up the Russians.
I knew Reagan was sending us into disaster and I've been a
conservative Republican my entire life. Hell, I VOTED for Reagan and
now think he turned out to be one of the worst presidents we've ever
And news flash, neither party represents the working man. They
haven't for decades now.
Discounting the fact that "20 or 30 somethings " aren't old enough to have
any "perspective" on how much these things have changed, can you be certain
that the only reason they are "optimistic about things" is that they are
anticipating more SEX?
... work(s)(ed) for me. ;>)
Reminds me of the loggers protesting the spotted owl restrictions, many of
them driving foreign-made pickups. Something not quite credible about
that. (Not to mention the mill closure they were protesting was for a
mill that had been closed for over ten years before the spotted owl was
Not sure about OneNet, Rob, but PMUG definitely is. We have several
hundred members (600 or so) and a full classroom for the free basics
classes given to members on Wednesday evenings. (Portland Macintosh Users
Group) In fact, at the end of the month, there is an elementary class
being offered in basic drafting using MacCad for those who want to play
with drafting for simple projects.
Because *ALL* prices are going up across the board. We've been
talking about this for months now, woodworking tools are going up in
price because they've been artificially low for years now. It won't
be just Grizzly, it'll be every brand taking a 10-20% increase over
the next couple months.
Indeed. The prices of commodity like lead, copper and iron have
increased by 30-40% over the past year. Add in 50% increase in
energy costs and it's no wonder prices have been increasing at a
rate greater than inflation. Caterpillar has increased prices
by 3% twice in the last 9 months to accomodate rising commodity
It seems that the economic downturn lasted so long that many companies
closed mills. Now that the demand is way up internationally there is not
enough capacity to meet the demand. Add in the Chinese buying up all the
scrap they can get their hands on and the prices have gone WAY up... Also
add in the fact that the opportunity costs of opening a new mill are huge,
and the time to get one on line long, it's pretty hard for the industry to
respond to the high demand quickly... and with the investor's luck it's
arrival on the scene would probably correspond with a new downturn!
Glad I bought all my big iron in the past... except a big lathe that is. ;-)
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