For example, back in 1981, the state of Washington paid 90% of the cost of a college eduction. Today? 30%. And now we have people who graduated from college with tax-payer subsidized educations telling today's youth, "I worked my way through college, so why can't you?" It's ridiculous.
All it would take is a service pack. Let users decide if they want Metro or not. Let users decide if they want the start menu taking over their entire screen. I can't see how this would be complicated. The biggest hurdle is getting a marketing department to admit they made a mistake. The only time I can remember that ever happening was with New Coke. Coca-Cola sucked it up, gave the consumers what they wanted, and saved their brand. The ball is in Microsoft's court.
New Coke wasn't a mistake. It was all part of a very deliberate, and successful, strategy to change the formula for "Classic" Coke, by switching sugar for high fructose corn syrup. The "Classic" coke people drink today is not the Coke of 30 years ago.
The super-high pressure of the planet, which orbits a rapidly pulsing neutron star, has likely caused the carbon within it to crystallize into an actual diamond, a new study suggests."
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2. Cheaper. Real soldiers tend to cost more - because we pay for their training, long term support, etc.
Not true. We do pay for their training: almost without exception, the guys who work for companies like Blackwater/Xe and Triple Canopy are veterans of elite military units. So their business model is essentially this: 1. Let the US government spend the time and money training special operations personnel and (just as important) getting them experience in real-world operations. 2. Entice them to leave the military (if they already hadn't on their own) with the promise of lots of money and less "bullshit" (rules), 3. Sell their services back to the military at ridiculously high rates. 4. Profit. If companies like Blackwater/Xe had to train their own personnel from scratch, their business models would fall apart. They're another example of "the free market" relying on the government to provide them the resources that they exploit to enrich themselves. And the vast majority of them seethe about "government waste, fraud, and abuse" the whole time they do it. I have first-hand experience with PMC's; I used to work for a competitor of Blackwater's. In fact, if the Obama (or any other) administrtion were to try to do this, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if they saw a bunch of "cyber operators" quit the NSA, Air Force, etc., and sign up.
Going back to see when the deficit started coming, it's rather obvious that the Bush tax cuts can't be afforded. Still, noone is talking about letting them expire.
That's not exactly true. Obama and the Dems tried to let at least some of them expire, but that was blocked by the Tea Party faction.
The legislation, supported by the Obama administration and a broad range of business groups and high tech companies, aims to ease the lengthy backlog in patent applications, clean up some of the procedures that can lead to costly litigation and put the United States under the same filing system as the rest of the industrialized world."
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This is in marked contrast to the 2000 election. In that case Bush lost the popular vote, but was catapulted to the Presidency on the basis of a controversial Electoral College vote.
Actually, I think it would be more accurate to say that he was catapulted to the Presidency on the basis of a controversial Supreme Court decision.