Bicycle advocacy groups are lobbying groups.
Who will be in charge of deciding when government nudging becomes force? The government itself? Your point is well taken in terms of what you "expect". No one ever expected the results of what they got in Soviet Union or in Nazi Germany.
I like your post at 10:43.
My sister-in-law "invaded" my house one day about 2 years ago and she started to extol the virtues of what national health insurance will do for her child with a disability; how costs would be shifted off of them.
She then proceeded to tell me that "they" should cut health insurance benefits to "all smokers" under this new coming system.
I asked her if that was so even for fat cat's who pay a lot of taxes into this new system but they happen to smoke cigars as they count their obscene profits?
I then proceeded to ask her what happens when the money runs out of the system and "they" decide that her child with a disability is too much of a drag on the system? She didn't mind "they" going after a group she found distasteful but when another group goes after her...well that's another story.
As you indicated - no more insurance industry, far fewer doctors and rationing will become the norm. When all else fails we will see how correct Sarah Palin was when she talked about death panels.
I have a question for you to answer on another post about Ted Cruz.
No one WANTS to use energy. It is a consequence of living on earth. If government directs that we use less energy, then our nation will decline economically, don't you think?
How can a low energy society be efficient? Pack us into apartments with our factories below us? It sounds like you want the Soviet or Chinese model for America. That is exactly what is being advocated by UN Agenda 21 Sustainable Development. I'll try not to drag my knuckles: it will slow me down on my bike!!
The US was doing just fine until Ted Cruz showed up on the scene?
What has all this consensus and compromise gotten us? $17 Trillion in debt, endless war, collapsing education, rising crime, lots of government dependent individuals and corporations.
One question that I would like you or anyone to answer:
Since the debt ceiling showdowns seem to be so bad for us, why don't we just remove the debt ceiling? 2nd questiion: How do you think that would turn out for us?
Sokya, great point!!
We drive cars for EFFICIENCY and PRODUCTIVITY. Has anyone done a study of the obvious negative impact that our economy would sustain by lost productivity?
If all this cycling is so good for transportation then why don't we "nudge" construction companies to get rid of bulldozers and go back to shovels? That will make people with strong backs once again. Why don't we "nudge" people to chop wood and cook over an open fire instead of using a microwave? Why don't we "nudge" people to draw water from a well instead of using tap water?
We already started doing that with these stupid rain barrels.
The goal of sustainable development is to drive America and all developed nations back by 125 years.
I have never been to Amsterdam and don't care to but I looked at the temp. ranges there: Average low 33 degrees. Average high 72 degrees. Bicycling to work in Chattanooga may seem great on a day like today but are we going to build all this UN Agenda 21 "green infrastructure" and introduce all these new taxes and regulations to "nudge" us onto bikes when our temp. averages are a full 20 degrees higher?
Cars are like cigarettes? This is an example of education that is coming to our children.
Rosa Koire in her book "Behind the Green Mask: UN Agenda 21" talks about the work of the Thunderhead Alliance, Complete Streets and others to pressure local officials to build sustainable infrastructure. The brown shirts in spandex bike shorts have descended into Chattanooga. Wake up people!!
well said sokya. This is not about party. Welfare is wrong in all forms: whether it be individual or corporate, tt produces the same results.
"very smart to partner"? "The fortune 500 drive America"?
I thought small business was the engine that drove American growth and job creation? That is what is always said...
The public/private partnership has been destroying our economy and will. Show me the example of a successful public/private partnership?
Hemlock? Wacker? VW? (You say yourself that they won't be here in a few years) Solyndra? GM? Give me an example of success? The Tennessee Aquarium? Look at the financial statements and you will see the reality.
We now build housing developments and mixed use developments with non-recourse loans through HUD that require 1% down. Is that captialism? That is more government inspired recklessness. I love when people make lots of money; they just need to invest and risk their OWN money and not ours.
You misunderstand me; I am in NO WAY for class warfare. I am for capitalism period! The public/private partnership between big business and big governement is keeping us from being competitive. It is in fact anti-competitive.
Answer the question: should people making $50,000 per year SUBSIDIZE those making $100,00 per year?
All the states engaging in attracting business is creating NOTHING. We are just transferring jobs and creating billions in debt and profit for bond brokers.
We are victims. Capitalism is the answer; not handouts to companies to shift jobs from one state to another. When companies focus on incentives, it takes their focus on making themselves a competitive business.
Good words Maximus...
The thugs, the lack of sales, and VW's lack of skin in the game will drive them away in a few years.
Why should the poor, welfare recipients and lower middle class of Chattanooga subsidize the $15.00 to $19.00 per hr. wages at VW, Alstom, etc... who get tax abatements and tax credits? And now WE in Chattanooga will be subsidizing UAW union dues!!! think about that one!!
Why should someone making $7.50 pay for someone else to make $19.00? That is exactly what is happening in our new economy.
This is what we get when we let our Federal, state, local government in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce go shopping for employers with our tax base.
Who will be held responsible for Hemlock? When Wacker NEVER opens its doors in Bradley, who will be held responsible?
Just like VW in western PA, Volkswagen will be gone from Chattanooga in 10 years or probably less. They DO NOT, nor do they care to understand the American car market. Don't be decieved, all these sales are "pipeline" sales which are dropping off rapidly now for the Passat.
They are going to start building a crossover. They are about 7 years too late. By the time they are introducing this vehicle to the market place, the cross over will go the way of the mini-van.
What is worse, there was an article about Haslam using financial incentives to keep VW from unionizing. This crossover will cost the tax payer hundreds of millions of dollars. Where does it end?
Capitalism works everytime it is tried. Government making business investments is evil and will ALWAYS fail.