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Comment Re:Trains (Score 1) 160

of course if the cars were self driving then you could have your "rail provided power" on the freeway be good to go. If we got to the point where freeway access required a self driving car then we could probably increase the speed of those freeways safely. This seems like it is avoiding those requirements by putting the self driving ability on these little carts, which is good in that it would let us get to this vision sooner, but it is bad in that it requires an amazing amount of infrastructure to be built to make this work (tunnels everywhere).

Comment Re:Unrealistic for you, maybe (Score 1) 546

The welfare of the citizens IS the welfare of the country.

But maybe you need a better connection. We devote more money to healthcare than any other developed nation and we have worse health outcomes, this is a drain on the GDP... for one spending extraordinary money on healthcare is not a good use of money that could go to any number of other economic pursuits and two, the people who remain sick or less than ideally healthy are not as productive as they could be.

Fixing this problem would absolutely be in the interest of the general welfare of the state.

Comment Re:Trump knows there's no future in coal (Score 2, Insightful) 478

Yeah, if only we had elected a president that wanted to help these people by re-training them into a modern set of jobs but instead we got one who will cut regulations so that his rich mine owning buddies can make more money while employing a tiny fraction of the people who are out of work.

There must have been some other option in the last election, someone who proposed re-training these folks and encouraging new businesses in these areas...

Comment Re:Trump knows there's no future in coal (Score 1) 478

yeah but wouldn't it be cheaper both short and long term for those mines to hire the young folk? Its not like the union will last long when there are 10 jobs for every 100 men and the young folks will work cheaper (stupid yes, their best long term choice is to head for the hills but if people were planning ahead we wouldn't have so many people trained to mine something that wasn't going to be profitable over a generation or 2 from now).

Comment Re:except what youre saying makes no sense (Score 1) 478

You are implying here, without actually saying it, that coal is over regulated but where is your evidence for that? The article has laid out a ton of reasons why coal is in decline that have nothing to do with regulation what so ever. Plus, it clearly indicates that automation has gutted the number of coal jobs that are created so adding more coal capacity (or using what we have) will not employ more people than increasing capacity of renewables so if its not really cheaper and its not creating more jobs, why should we be so worried about how level its playing field is (which, again, you have shown no evidence for).

By removing what regulation there is we might temporarily increase the amount of energy produced by coal in this country but that money wont go to poor, out of work miners or plant workers thanks to automation that money will go to line the pockets of the people who own the power plants and mines, all it does is let them squeeze the last few dollars out of their investment at the cost of our environment. Thats not good economic policy, its a hand out to rich people.

Removing what regulation we have on coal doesn't put coal on a level playing field, it gives it an unfair advantage, letting the owners of these plants and mines make more money while pushing the cost of pollution onto the rest of us. We end up paying for the environmental impact that will need to be cleaned up envetually, the health care costs due to pollution, and even impact on other industries like fishing where many people might loose their jobs if areas are no longer fishable).

Its a loosing bet and your supposedly free market is going to produce better outcomes than letting this industry die a natural death. Right now its hard to see why we shouldn't accelerate the death of coal, encourage private investment in other energy sources so that we are ahead of the game and have a well secured energy plan for the next 50 or so years rather than propping up old tech at the expense of building new industry which could provide us with a big boon in the future when we are creating the turbines and solar panels that the rest of the world also uses.

Comment Re:Poor life decisions (Score 0) 360

the entire point you insufferable, bigoted, moron is that your imaginary school teachers are not getting fleeced at all, the money to pay for subsidizing housing is coming from the paychecks of other Californians who pay so much more in federal taxes than they get in return.

And yes, those people making 80K in Tennessee are absolutely leaching. Where do you think the money comes from for their highways? For their airports? How about support for their national parks? It comes from other states, from the tax money paid by places like silicon valley.

Comment Re:Poor life decisions (Score 5, Informative) 360

you realize Tennessee takes in way more federal money than it pays out, and that California does exactly the opposite right? Like it or not these economic centers are the engine that keeps this country running. The tax dollars they pay go to supporting the people of Tennessee and other states.

Comment Re:Poor life decisions (Score 1) 360

To be fair though, san fran could do some things to lower the cost of housing, like allowing for larger apartment building to be built and such. I'm not a fan of this "democratic cities" bullshit either but in this case they are making some decisions that are in some ways making the situation worse. Not like it would be cheep overnight if they did things differently, but it might slow the growth rate of the average persons rent.

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