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commented on Lisa Benson
about 11 hours ago
Once again, you know nothing about rapid public transit in California. I live in the San Fernando Valley and the Metro Grid Bus System, along with the Metro rail and light rail systems has taken literally hundreds of thousands of drivers off the local freeways of the entire Los Angeles area! The Bart system does the same for the San Fransisco area as well. If you live here and do not take advantage of these excellent systems’ then it is your own fault. But, I do not believe that you live in California anyway. So all you want to do is to complain about the economic driver of the USA. California is the only state in the Union with an over $2 trillion dollar economy that feeds a very large part of the other states. If the rest of the states were as good at being makers (instead of the red state takers) the economy of the USA would have a GDP of over $100 trillion dollars instead of the $17 trillion or so that it currently has. And that $100 trillion would be almost twice as much as the rest of the world put together!
commented on Lisa Benson
about 21 hours ago
If only some 1/3 (that is only 33% for the math challenged) of the people of this state were to use a high speed rail system between LA, San Diego, San Fransisco, and Sacramento, that would be some 12 million paid passengers a year! And that amount of pollutants taken out of the air of the highly polluted Central Valley of California would be in the millions of pounds (if not tons)! To this Californian at least that would be well worth the cost. And you know how the cost figures are arrived at by the opponents of such a system, do you not? Of course not, being one of the kinds of people that oppose any kind of environmental improvement for ordinary people.
The opponents take all of the developmental costs, the cost of building the railway, and then add in the total cost of the maintenance over the 40 to 50 years of the system. Under those circumstances ANY infrastructure project anywhere is going to have the costs projected by the projects opponents in the same range as the opponents have stated the costs (usually per them)!!
Plus, if you do not live in California and will never use or pay for such a system, then why not keep your fingers off of your keyboard about it?? After all, being a civilized and caring American I do not oppose infrastructure improvements to your state. By the way, such a high speed rail system will mean far more good paying and continuing jobs than ANY oil pipeline will ever generate!!
commented on Lisa Benson
1 day ago
However, unlike the ultra conservatives of today, Ronald Reagan was also a pragmatist, whose original presidential hero was none other than FDR! There have been other either good or even great Republican presidents, such as Abraham Lincoln, the first republican president, and the president that many historians (yes, even liberals) consider the greatest president of them all. My own favorite was Teddy Roosevelt, who was a true conservationist (you just know that many of the ultra conservatives of today would consider him to be one of those tree hugging environmentalists), just as his close friend John Muir was). But without men like him there would be no National Park System, which I consider (along with NASA) to be one of the best things the federal government does! And of course Dwight D. Eisenhower, who would have been a great man in history even if he had never been the good president that he was. And who would never even consider having this country go to war in a preemptive manner!
Do you actually live in California (as I do)? If you do not, then why not just take your fingers off of you keyboard, as it is not your problem anyway!! After all, we of California do not in general complain about paying more to the federal government than we get back in benefits from the federal government, unlike most of the Republican states in the mid west and south do get greater (in some cases far greater) federal benefits than they pay in federal funds! We are after all, all a part of the United States!
I really get tired of all the disrespect of California by those ultra conservatives (such as Lisa Benson herself) that in all probability not only do not live in California anyway. However, most of us that do (who are doing just fine, thank you) live here are perfectly happy to not only live here, but are also perfectly happy to see others like yourself (that do live here) move to other places! If you are here then please do not let the door hit you on your rump on the way out!!
Governor Brown is doing a far better job than our last governor did (who did not even acknowledge that the deficit problem existed at all), and made no cuts or tax increases to help solve the problem one way or the other.
commented on Tom Toles
2 days ago
But just who told them that? I doubt if it was the Russians, as they already outnumber the Ukrainians by some ten to one.
commented on Scott Stantis
3 days ago
Tell me, exactly how does a military greater in cost than the next ten or so militaries combined protect us from religious fanatics armed with box cutters flying commercial airliners into tall buildings?? I mean they could not do that in 2001, so tell me, oh so wise one, just what makes you think they can do it now??
commented on Michael Ramirez
4 days ago
If you actually believe that the Iran of today could ever be the kind of threat to the rest of the world that Hitler’s Germany was in the late 1930’s, then it is you that is incredibly naive, and even ignorant of history!!
commented on Signe Wilkinson
4 days ago
But first he would have to even find his brain pan!!
Yes, except that none of those so called bombings were nuclear. And it takes a far greater level of technology to even begin to reach a well guarded nation half way around the world from the delivering nation.
Especially, as it is well known that nation not only can deliver enough nuclear bombs to totally flatten any other nation on the earth, but even has the will (from the time of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) to use those weapons if necessary. And it was that ability that made mutually assured destruction (MAD) a policy that kept humanity from wiping out all life on this planet for the years of the Cold War!!
Or don’t you even bother to know anything about recent history??
commented on Jeff Danziger
5 days ago
Does God really have a sense of humor? Well, you had better believe it, as he created the human race!!
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