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Comment Re:DEA already has rescheduled and overruled itsel (Score 1) 148

Actually, their constitutional authority to exist is that the Executive Branch calls them into existence to execute the provisions of laws passed by the Legislative branch.

It took a constitutional amendment to ban alcohol, and that amendment has been repealed. This leaves no authority for any branch of the government to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or use of any drug. Any act of the congress that purports to do so is not a law at all, it is as James Madison would describe it, a usurpation.


Comment Re:so $250 for a new college text book to cover th (Score 1) 101

I've been preaching that for 20 years -- chronic double-digit increases are driven by easy loans.

As with a car, people wince at a $2000 radio upgrade, but an additional $30/month, sign me up!

Thus do large annual increases turn into small increases in your monthly loan.

Add in politicians favoring easy loans so all can get educations, and loan companies who don't care about risks because the government will pick up the pieces of a bubble burst, and you have the perfect storm.

One way to wrench it back down is refuse to guarantee loans to any school who increases cost beyind inflation.

Another way is to deny loan guarantees to any university with more than 50% sinecure positions (jobs directly unrelated to teaching.) Then drop it down by 1% a year until it is 20% or whatever the janitorial staff + HR is.

Comment Re:The obvious solution (Score 1) 66

This already happens with a lot of shows; on Amazon Prime, for example, the first season (or few seasons) of a show are available for free, but you need to pay for the more recent or final seasons. True Blood, for example... all the seasons except the last (or last two, I forget) were free. Sadly for HBO, the last two seasons were the ones not worth paying for.

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