Back to the old Bennett...
I guess we need more people to pay into the ponzi scheme that is our social welfare state. What happens when you have run out of room?
"Outside of the conservative leaning media, this story is way down on the list of news and I suspect it will remain so."
You have that right. Maybe, someday, we could have a media that pretends to deliver facts instead of their opinion. A representative republic is SCREWED without that voice.
Good thing Bennett rushed the IRS cartoon down, things are just getting good. Coward.
It is really great when your public servants claim the 5th so they don't have to tell what they have been doing to you.
"But, their application was ultimately approved."
Probably about the time that they could see that the problem was going public and they could not be caught holding the bag. You are too eager to excuse your government. It is pretty safe to say that you would be all up in arms if the players were different.
The end justifies the means, right? As long as you like the end?
"You know political corruption has really gone amuck when your politicians actually believe their own lies, feel they’re entitled to illegal campaign slush funds, and demand that crooks be unhampered by the law of the land."
You can count on political corruption going amuck when you centralise power so much that the politicians not longer feel accountable to the citizens. We are LONG past that stage. Please consider that this problem is deeply rooted on both sides of the aisle.
"I don't think human nature has changed much in 100 years, but human culture and technology certainly has. It makes centralizing power easier and more efficient. Perhaps that's not better."
Technology for sure. Culture, I am not so sure. I look at the army of "zombies" in every public square staring into their "smart" phones and wonder...
We have been told that bigger and bigger companies and banks and government are necessary to compete in the world economy. It is very easy for all of these big, unaccountable and to-big-to-fail organisations to collude with each other. Who's interests come first in this arrangement, the power brokers in the organisations or the population at large? I think you know the answer.
It would probably be better if we demanded the break-up of the big banks, decentralisation of government control and enforcement of antitrust laws. Maybe this would slow down the pace of technical innovation, but I am not so sure that is a bad thing. It seems to me that technological change is coming at us so fast that we don't have time to consider if we like the direction it is taking us in.
I tell you, we should all be very concerned about IRS and ATF and FBI and EPA and USDA... overreach and lack of respect for privacy.
I don't even see anyone complaining about the government, through the IRS, taking peoples health records. I guess that is because progressives have been telling us for years that centralised health records are the key to reducing health care costs. Are we really buying all of this? Has human nature suddenly changed in the last 100 years such that it is safe to centralise this all of this power and not expect a bad result? I think not.
We need to turn this around before we see a political crisis of epic proportions.
I think I have better things to do today than spar with people that think it is a good idea to put women in direct combat roles.
Have fun people!
alprova said..."Am I to surmise that you feel that rape is a way to "toughen" a person up, in order to make them "stronger?""
alprova, I was specifically talking about women in (direct) combat roles. Of course there are lots of appropriate roles for women in the military.
I do not think women belong in (direct) combat. The few women that are physically strong enough are not worth the complications they bring to a very challenging environment. It does not matter what their particular role is in the combat arena, it is too likely that they will become something to defend. The effectiveness of a combat team is sharply reduced when any one member needs assistance.
It is really odd how the social engineers think they can manage away biological realities. Have you ever heard of the term, "the weaker sex"?