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Comment: Re:Bernie Sanders (any real shot at winning?) (Score 1) 246

by PopeRatzo (#49603671) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

a) they prefer the significantly less free market system of Scandinavia to our current economic system

You might want to check on that again. There are Scandinavian countries with more economic liberty than the US and higher levels of economic mobility despite having secure public welfare systems that actually work, unlike in the US.

Comment: Re:He's also an interesting candidate for this (Score 1) 246

by PopeRatzo (#49603651) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

I always enjoy posts like this. Please tell me one thing. If the Democrat party advocates national health care, pro-choice, pro-union, racial equality and justice, gay marriage, college tuition support, market regulation, and all their other policies (not that they all get implemented), what do they have to add to that list to get on the left side of the political divide?

Easy. Just be as liberal as Teddy Roosevelt when it comes to corporate power.

Comment: Re:He's also an interesting candidate for this (Score 1) 246

by PopeRatzo (#49603635) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

There s debate as to whether a Free Market can ever truly exist at all.

Whether or not they can exist (probably not), there has never been one in the history of the world.

Markets don't appear in nature, and certainly not "free markets". To the extent that markets exist, they exist become of governance, not despite it.

Comment: Re:More religious whackjobs (Score 2) 219

I would suggest that Hawaii's strategic place in the Pacific has lead to a considerable influx of military money, military personnel and associated increase in the economy related to it

Just remember, all that "military money, military personnel and associated increase in the economy" also comes with a decrease in quality of life.

Just take a look at Fayettevlle, North Carolina. It's got all the wonderful benefits of having Fort Bragg, and yet it's one of the least desirable places to live in the entire United States. Drugs, prostitution, crime and it's entirely because of its proximity to Ft Bragg.

Having a bunch of "military money" and twenty-somethings who are away from home for the first time and have a steady paycheck for the first time could turn even paradise into a shithole.

Comment: Re:"long distance" (Score 1) 204

For $51/month that landline better have unlimited long-distance. How can my cell phone have unlimited long distance (even when calling landline phones!) plus data plus texts for $40 and this poor SOB was getting drilled for $51 for inferior service?

I think it might be time to take out the big anti-trust club and beat all of the major telecoms and broadband providers about the head and neck until they are broken into little pieces and have shown they know how to behave. It appears to be the only thing they respond to.

Seen on a button at an SF Convention: Veteran of the Bermuda Triangle Expeditionary Force. 1990-1951.

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