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Comment: After the cold war ended (Score 1) 212

by alfredo (#46081689) Attached to: Edward Snowden Says NSA Engages In Industrial Espionage
After the wall came down in Berlin, GHW Bush commented that the intel focus would shift away from military targets to economic targets. I don't remember the exact words, but that shift in focus stuck in my mind. The cold war was an economic war. The USSR didn't have the infrastructure to survive an extended global war and we knew it. All we needed to do was keep the pressure on, force them to spend more on their military and wait. Osama bin Laden tried that same tactic on us and GW Bush fell for it hook line and sinker.

Comment: Re:The more poor that sign up, the more the rich p (Score 1) 586

Even before the roll out the ACA has saved my family a few thousand dollars. The free mammograms and other preventative care exams that fall under the law have allowed my family to get checkups without having to worry about paying for them. Both my wife and I were uninsurable. I had to sell my business and get a government job to obtain health insurance. If the ACA was in effect back in the 80's, I might still have my business.

Comment: A private sector fail. (Score 0) 586

The first failure was the state government believing Oracle could build the site. Oracle promised but didn't deliver, and now the state is taking the blame. Maybe Oregon should call Kentucky and copy what they are doing. Even a "hick" like gov Beshear knows that if you want it done right, you do it yourself.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. -- Thomas Alva Edison