I believe Clay intentionally takes issues, flips them around to the extreme just to stir the masses. The president has certainly tested the limits to which the public and other branches of government will let him act.
Funny, I see the president as more like Two-Face. The one that speaks to the public telling them what they want to hear, and the one that goes behind closed doors and does what he wants.
I see many instances around town where children are raised in homes receiving government assistance. The children develop the same attitude toward earning a living as their parents show. Why go out and work when you can sit at home and get a check every month? There is zero motivation, and it continues through generations. I know someone that worked for the state several years ago that would help secure funding for individuals that wanted education/training for a job, but then had to secure a job for an amount of time as a condition of the funding. Many people turned it down, because the paycheck would mean they would lose their government check. They made a conscious choice to turn down earning a living so that they could keep holding their hand out, knowing the government would give them something. I don't care what "side" your on in politics, you have to admit there is something wrong with that.
Your information is not 100% correct. Production cost and contract cost are completely different. People fight for wind contracts because they get credits, driving the contract price way up. Coal power is currently being produced at well below $.05/kWH.
Hydro power is the cheapest.
Yes, it's very much supply and demand. Renewable energy can not keep up with demand. And closing plants instead of seeking ways to keep them viable is going to cause supply shortages in the future. That's part of the reason the government is pushing for so much energy efficiency. People want nothing but "clean" energy, until you turn their power off in the middle of August because there isn't enough to go around. Anyone familiar with rolling brownouts?
Why doesn't the government invest in technology that can be used for energy production, even if through subsidies? Imagine the manufacturing that could come to the U.S. with really cheap, reliable power. Instead, I sit on a shuttle service and listen to people talk about their foodstamp cell phones.
As someone who works in the power industry, and having spent many years in a coal power plant, I can tell you that companies do spend hundreds of millions of dollars to stay ahead of EPA regulations when they can, only to have the EPA come back with stricter regulations. Eventually they move the bar so high, nobody can reach it. Plants with more polution controls than I have time to explain are being closed because of political reasons, not necessarily related to emission controls.
There is plenty of ability to clean coal plants up, but that would be political suicide for anyone to suggest it. Sure, it'll take spending money, and rates may increase, but what do you think will happen when they close down power production to the plants that make up 40% of available power? Those are also plants that provide for regulation of the grid. Nuke units don't change- they get up there and generate at a set point and don't move until they come off. Power demand does not stay flat morning, noon, and night. There is so much more to it than just getting rid of coal.
And these plants they are closing? It's not like parking a car for a week and just coming back to crank it up if you need it. These plants get closed and begin falling apart. There will be no going back.
All of these posts that have nothing to do with the cartoon.
I had a conversation with someone the other day about this issue, and they were saying that you can't discriminate against the mentally ill when it comes to purchasing a firearm. I'm not saying that the "metally ill" can't own firearms, but I don't see why mental issues can't be taken into account during the process, like the background check. Does it make sense to allow a person with a violent past and expressions of hate and rage to purchase a firearm?
A bartender can get in legal trouble for serving alcohol to someone that is "drunk", because of what they could do to themselves or someone else.
College education is expensive, no doubt. But student loans are about the worst possible way to fund it.
Many people don't realize that student loans aren't bankrupt-able. They don't go away. I'm all for using funding from the lottery to provide some sort of 2-year college education, with some sort of restriction of course (keep grades up, keep attendance up, etc).
When my wife and I got married, I soon told her parrents that I would pay off the loans. It was a burden that put my inlaws in a tough financial position. We quickly paid off the loans, and I am setting up plans to pay for my children's college.
Also, it would be a mistake to forgive student debt. That sends the wrong message- disregard financial responsibility. If you take out the loan, it's your debt to pay. You do everything immaginable to pay your debts in life.
People should be educated more on finances. Especially the government.
Visit Dave Ramsey's website and listen to his show sometime.
The only way Humans will not affect the planet is if we are not here. As long as we are around we will have an impact on the planet. Now, how much we impact the planet vs. what the planet can do to itself is debatable. There are plenty of sources of "pollution" that are released by the planet.
Humans are a virus on the planet. We consume and destroy. We multiply and spread. We are also a small blip on the timeline of the planet.
When is the EPA going to crack down on the planet for spewing harmful products into the air every time a volcano erupts?
Combustion processes on a large scale aren't helping the environment. But I'm not convinced that every time the temperature is higher than it was this time last year that it's time to start running around screaming "global warming!"