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Paul Szep

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  1. jonesb

    jonesb said, over 3 years ago

    It’ll flood “The Big Dig”.

  2. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 3 years ago

    How is that deregulation working?
    Look up Crystal River Power Plant.
    The CEO decided to save a few million by a do-it-yourself replacement of pumps, and ended up with cracks that would cost $2.5 billion to fix.
    So customers have been paying more for electricity generated by conventional means.
    Customers may get a refund of some of that money, then have to pay $1.65 billion to put the plant in safe storage mode.
    It has been closed since 2009.

  3. jamnarama

    jamnarama said, over 3 years ago


    thanks for the post. i believe it was 2010 when the History Channel ran a show,“The Crumbling Infrastructure of America”. the main point was the US is 30-40 years anc about $1 Trillion behind in infrastructure updates and maintenance.
    But what are our gov’t officials concerned with? The last week of 2012 Obama signed an executive order giving raises for congress and VP Biden, and here in AR the governor wants a 2% raise for all state employees.

  4. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    This is a classy drawing. I love the way the background gray-white is used against the black detail, and the yellow beam of light really stands out.

  5. Ellen Gwynne

    Ellen Gwynne said, over 3 years ago

    Good grief! Somrthing else to blame on women.

  6. Erichalfbee

    Erichalfbee said, over 3 years ago

    Indeed, my thoughts exactly as soon as I saw it!

  7. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago

    That’s what I immediately thought when I saw it ;-)

  8. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    @ Dr. Canuck – there is an office full of people who for years have reviewed the way the military trains its people and the way bases use contractors to do work on bases. Recently, one of those workers discovered a chronic problem with the way contracts were written and how these problems cost taxpayers millions. One of the people offered to rewrite those contracts, which many thought would be impossible. That office and that worker is now in great demand and is saving millions with every rewrite. Well supported regulators, inspectors and efficiency experts can do amazing things. If we aim them at war costs and infrastructure costs, we might yet surprise you. As an educator, a psychologist, and with the discipline necessary to become a third degree blackbelt, you have much more to offer than your more acerbic comments suggest. Please consider providing direction rather than division.
    @ Howgozit – May I call you Howie?
    Dr. Canuck enjoys yanking conservative chains as much as you enjoy yanking liberal ones. The difference is Dr. Canuck actually offers an occasional idea for making things better. Despite his tone and apparent non US citizenship, he likes our nation’s ideals and sets for us a high bar. It is our actual behavior, divisiveness and lack of commitment he decries. I may be wrong, but I think the good Dr. wants to like us, but finds us difficult to like.
    I know you use GC as a way to vent and assault the self righteous among liberals, but you are my neighbor, and I believe you love your country. You do yourself, your neighbors, or our future any honor by making short insulting comments. You can be a good conservative voice worthy of respect, and we need you to be that voice.
    When I was still seeking my own voice in these forums, I spoke disrespectfully to you and you asked why.
    I still appreciate how you’ve made me open my mind.
    Please…reconsider how you use GC. We need thoughtful ideas.
    You have the chance to turn the pages over. With the power to be powerful….
    We are already a divided people, we need to be United.
    With great respect,
    and sincere hope,

  9. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    I have difficulty with the terms “liberal” and “conservative”, partly because I think they have moved around over time, and it gets confusing who means what by which. There was a time when “conservatives” believed in community and “liberals” believed in individualism. I think of “capitalism” as an invention of “liberalism”, as opposed to “merchantilism”, which was “conservative”. Maybe the history of the words doesn’t matter so much, and maybe we should just try to figure out what they mean now (though my training as a philologist tells me that history does matter).
    I also think that there is some misunderstanding, perhaps on both sides, of what the positions mean. For instance, some “conservative” posters seem to think that “liberals” are opposed to “free enterprise” and “capitalism”. Hey, I to the left of most liberals, and I think the free market and competition are great — so long as they are adequately regulated.
    And some conservatives seem to think that “liberals” don’t value hard work and individual initiative. That really gets to me, I have to say. You and I, and by and large the “liberals” I know, have worked our butts off to get where we are, and we try as hard as we can to instill the value of hard work in our students. I totally reject the accusation that I don’t believe in hard work and individual initiative. But I also believe that some people need help, and in a secular society it makes sense that the government should be one of the primary tools in helping people who need help.
    What are the “liberal” misconceptions of “conservativism”?
    And then, what are the main ideas that really express each side? Perhaps we could try to get that straight, and then we could have a discussion. I would suggest we think about community, and tradition, and individualism, the role of government, and a good analysis of power relations in society as starting points.

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Hello Dr. Canuck,
    I wrote a lengthy essay over a 4 hour period in reply to your comment. Offline events have pulled me away many times as I tried to explain there was no slander intended. I deleted it in favor of this shorter essay and request.
    My GC email is The comment I want to share with you is not one I wish to share in front of the ‘children’, tho there are many on the forum, thoughtful and mature, who would appreciate it as I hope you will. I will reply to you and you can let me know in forum if it was indeed you who wrote.
    The resume’ you have presented over the months I’ve been on GC makes you a valuable mind with much to share were you to find open minds with whom to converse. My mind is open, perhaps to a fault.
    In your reply to my comment, you specifically presented what you like about my country, things to which I alluded in my comment regarding you. It is because you have such regard, and such righteous disappointment, that I wish to speak to you.
    I am happy to talk to ANY one willing to participate in a dialectic conversation so this is an open invitation, but I do specifically wish to talk to you.
    With Sincere Respect,

  11. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago


    Just trying to imagine a “conservative” argument worth consideration. Here’s an attempt. A society is a complex interwoven network of relationships, and therefore it is dangerous to change things too quickly, for fear that the essential social bonds fall apart. In revolutionary situations we see change move too fast, and we see the terrible consequences. Therefore, even though there may be injustices in society, it is a mistake to try to change these quickly. We need to conserve before we change, and therefore we should be conservatives. Does that argument have merit? What is the counter-argument from the “liberal” side?

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