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Comment: No power?? (Score 1) 386

by Uberbah (#49607273) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

Contrary to popular belief, the president has no power at all to deal with the national debt.

The Executive:

1) Writes the budget. The budget defines how money is spent. How much money is spent has just a little bit to do with the national debt
2) Signs or vetoes legislation. Presidents say "I will veto this bill if it does/does not do X" all the time.
3) Is the leader of his party, and largely dictates his party's agenda. Even as a lame duck, Obama can cut off campaign money for Dems running for reelection next year if they aren't "team players" on the budget.

The president has more power and influence over the budget than entire committees or leaders of the respective chambers. That's not quite the polar opposite of "no power", but it's pretty close.

Comment: Re:Ah Free Market Capitalism (Score 1) 386

by Uberbah (#49606641) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

Within 400 yards of my front door is a hydro power plant owned by a paper mill.

Power that probably is 1) regulated as a public utility or 2) has to compete with another provider, and cannot raise rates as they see fit.

Complete non sequitur and contrary to fact.

Quite the Randian gag reflex there. Post office! Municipal water! Boo!

Most people want cars, do you want to have to buy a Trabant? Everyone needs shelter, do you want to live in a "project"? Everyone needs clothes, do you want to be limited to what the government supplies? (Good luck if you need orthopedic shoes.)

Now there's a complete non sequitur. You're moving the goalpost from a natural monopoly to other markets that don't have monopolies. Because Randians have no honest answer on how to deal with natural monopolies or market consolidation.

Government control allows the appointment of political hacks to jobs that they're not competent to perform.

Grab yourself a time machine and find the laziest bureaucrat from the most run down Soviet plant you can imagine. He's not going to have a direct incentive to cut corners that get people killed the way corporate hacks do for your beloved capitalists.

Comment: Re:THINK (Score 1) 386

by Uberbah (#49606351) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

re LOST in every carefully examined recount conducted in exhaustive after-the-fact tests run by a panel of journalism outlets (including some that actively opposed Bush and worked to get Gore in office).

You mean the press study showing Gore winning a statewide recount under any scenario? If only all wingers were as considerate when debunking their own revisionist history.

No, the Supreme Court stopped a corrupt recount process, aided by a partisan state court, from continuing under unreasonable and unfair conditions. They didn't "appoint" Bush the winner, they called out Gore's cherry-picking, standards-shifting strategy for being the craven election-grab it was trying to be.

Deranged projection, noted. Florida was using one standard: determine the intent of the voter. Pretending that is "corrupt" because Florida had half a dozen different voting systems is being willfully obtuse. Ignoring the fact that all the corruption was coming from the GOP - voter purge lists, counting illegally cast overseas ballots, letting workers take home incomplete ballots to fill them out from Republican counties - is just sophistry.

Comment: Cute asshattery is still asshattery (Score 2) 154

by Uberbah (#49606247) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin

depicting Manning as a male

....as Manning was when the cables were handed over to Wikileaks.

standing next to the political fugitive mister Assange

FTFY. If it had anything at all to do with rape, the Swedish government would have taken Assange up on his offer to return to the country if they promised not to hand him over to the U.S. they way they did to Mohammed al-Zari. They never have.

Even i, a right-wing Greek, couldn't plan it better!

Are you a recent national socialist, or does it run in your family?

Comment: Re: Affirmative action crap (Score 1) 349

by Uberbah (#49543387) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

I will repeat, nothing in this "study" can logically be attributed to age discrimination.

There's a term for that....Willful Blindness.

Normally i would just end it there but I'm bored.

Not bored. Trolling. The sole purpose of H1B is to lower prevailing wages. Combine that with Google's preference for 20 somethings and you're out of excuses.

Comment: Try a little experiment this weekend: (Score 1) 349

by Uberbah (#49543289) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Friday night, go out to bars and talk up a bunch of girls. Tell them you work at McDonalds and that your goal for the next ten years is to pay off your car. Your used car that you bought with 100,000 miles on it.

Then, on Saturday night, go out to a different set of bars and talk up an equal number of girls. Tell them you work at Google and your ten year goal is to have your five bedroom house paid in full.

Then let us know what the response rate is.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.