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Comment: Why is cable still usually a monopoly? (Score 2) 103 103

Comcast claims that the loss has forced them to raise the rates on all their customers

And that is how you know you are dealing with a monopoly. If there was actual competition, then it would be hurting only their shareholders as they'd be forced to keep their prices at competitive, market levels.

Comment: Re:USPS is still important (Score 1) 258 258

Just remove legislation protecting the USPS, together will any subsidies.

You mean remove the Constitution?

The Postal Clause AUTHORIZES Congress to create a post office, it doesn't REQUIRE it. And it certainly doesn't force Congress to fund it or give it monopoly access to delivering first class mail and access home post boxes.

Comment: Re:All he does is suggest "broad" change (Score 1) 302 302

Bills are written by the legislature, the President signs them. He can push an agenda, but he's not the one writing the actual bill.

I know - I learned that in college. Oh wait, no I didn't. I learned it from Saturday morning cartoons:

Comment: Re:All he does is suggest "broad" change (Score 0) 302 302

Where is the actually written bill?

He loves going place to place and telling that audience what they want to hear and then passing the actual work to Congress who he knows won't/can't do it.

What did you expect with a campaign slogan of "Hope for Change".

What? that wasn't the slogan - well, it probably should have been.

Comment: Neither Congressional nor Republican (Score 0) 302 302

I'm neither a Congressman nor a Republican, but you can put me in the 'wary of deepening the government's role in higher education' column. So far their meddling in the marketplace has led to an inflation rate for higher education not only several times higher than the general inflation rate - but even higher than the 'skyrocketing healthcare cost' inflation rate we are alway hearing about.

Comment: Re:Democracy has failed (Score 1) 569 569

...why not have subject matter experts randomly chosen to create legislature related to their subject. i.e. Teachers drafting education bills, economists drafting bills related to the well being of the economy. ...

Because those people would often have a vested in preserving the status quo. And, in general, would be likely to have personal/professional interests on the topic at hand that were different than the public at-large.

Comment: Re:Considering the Constitutional Nature.... (Score 5, Informative) 867 867

Please point out where in the constitution that it requires mail delivery. Thought so....

Article I, Section 8.

Did you not peruse your copy before posting that?

Did you? Please show where it is REQUIRED. I see where it AUTHORIZED. Maybe it's just that Congress has been ignoring the idea of being limited to only what they are authorized to do for so long, people don't even understand the concept anymore.

The Congress shall have Power To...establish Post Offices and post Roads...

For reference, this is what REQUIRED looks like:

Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same...

Comment: Re:How about .. (Score 2) 867 867

No, the Constitution specifically AUTHORIZES Congress to create a postal service it doesn't say they are REQUIRED to do so. They are perfectly within their constitutional power to not create one, or to scale it back as much as they want to.

The Congress shall have Power To ...
To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

vs. other places where Congress is specifically required to do something like:
Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same

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