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Re: “Good News, Bad News

In reality businesses don't pay taxes. If their costs increase, they raise the price of the good or service they sell. The consumer pays the increased cost. Some businesses sell products for which there are readily available substitutes. For example, if the cost of a restaurant meal gets too high, people will brown bag instead of buying lunch at a fast food restaurant. The fast food restaurant either finds ways to cut its costs and reduce its prices, or it goes out of business. If the restaurant must pay a high minimum wage, it can reduce its costs by mechanizing and reducing its labor force. Congratulations! You've just hurt the workers whom you were trying to help.

These concepts are basic microeconomics, and like basic arithmetic, they're not political or ideological. Hate it all you like, but it's how the economy works. Magical thinking won't change it, and meddling will have real consequences.

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 08/21/2016 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Good News, Bad News

So again, you must really hate any new change or changes that come your way...and you hate the very idea of treating humans like human beings.

Some policy makers have an ego and want thier buddy corp's to make more than perhaps 5% to 30% plus on profiteering.....don't get us wrong, we want and enjoy the fact the single proprierships , and or big corp's can and should make money....but dear god in heaven must it be at a fellow humans expense???????????????????????????????????????

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rhonda Cromwell on 08/21/2016 at 1:51 AM

Re: “Good News, Bad News

Let's connect some dots. If we implement policies that increase labor costs, eventually it's less expensive to mechanize and eliminate jobs. Businesses that decrease their costs will have a competitive advantage over those that don't. Another illustration of how policy makers actually hurt those whom they're trying to help by meddling with things they don't understand.

3 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 08/20/2016 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Bryant: 'No' to Trump

Putin compliments Trump...... Progressives foam at mouth.

Clinton slush fund takes millions of dollars from Putin...Progressive silence...

4 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by CommonSense on 08/18/2016 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Road to Nowhere

Mr. Nethercutt says Hillary won't "miss a political trick, because with the Clintons, obsessed with political power, the ends always justify the means" as if GOP candidates and their handlers and ratf**kers aren't exactly the same. He also says that a wise political maxim is: "You can't get hurt for what you don't say" and yet his party obsessively attacks Obama for not being politically correct by saying the words "radical Islam." Typical George illogical word goulash.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Cheneyswardog on 08/18/2016 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Mad as Hell

If technological advances are the cause of income inequality, and assuming income inequality is real and also bad, then the cure should be to outlaw technological advances. Accepting the cause of evil and simply treating the symptoms is immoral. Progressives need to have the courage of their beliefs and implement their Luddite tendencies.

6 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 08/18/2016 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Bryant: 'No' to Trump

This article completely misunderstands our relationship with Russia. In one of her brilliant moments of statesmanship as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton "hit the reset button" with Putin, thereby starting a new era of friendliness and cooperation. According to the beloved Bill Clinton, Hillary is the most qualified presidential candidate ever, so that must mean that everything is great with Russia. And as our equally gifted President famously told Mitt Romney when Mitt called Russia the greatest threat to us, the 1980's called and want their foreign policy back.

5 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 08/18/2016 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Road to Nowhere

Trump should learn from George. Claim an issue that your constituents believe in to get elected. Don't follow through on it.

Quite the insightful article. Let me sum it up. Don't say mean things about my friends, it's not presidential. Groundbreaking point of view.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ukillme on 08/15/2016 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Road to Nowhere

Oh George, I love the delicious,salty taste of your tears. Truth is, Trump is the creation of years of republican race-baiting, misogyny and sexism. Sad for you, he now represents the majority of your republican base. Why can't he just behave like a "normal" republican and use those carefully crafted dog whistles? All he did was take republican hate mongering to its natural conclusion sans the phony sugar coating. He has all the best words and a huge brain!

30 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by GregfromSpokane on 08/13/2016 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Road to Nowhere

Trump is a bully and a lout. Clinton is a pathological liar and thoroughly corrupt. What does it say about us when these are our choices in November?

5 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 08/11/2016 at 11:14 PM

Re: “Managed By Rifle

What is the rancher's name and address?

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by JayWest on 08/11/2016 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Humans First

If only gay men donated blood to other gay men, eventually they would kill each/every gay person and that would solve the problem.

2 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Romeomoon on 08/11/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Humans First

I wonder how many patients would accept blood labeled "obtained from a gay man who always uses a rubber".

1 like, 15 dislikes
Posted by Okie on 08/11/2016 at 12:21 PM

Re: “A Broken World


I give you credit for responding to those who comment on your article. Much of what you did was still reckless and misguided. What if that woman had robbed, attacked or murdered you? Then you're a victim and she's a criminal. Nobody wins. Nobody benefits. You, a common civilian- not a professional, put both people in a dangerous situation without a solid plan. I'm sure that homeless person doesn't appreciate being part of your conviction-building social experiment. I'm sure the police don't appreciate you attempting to be a vigilante. You could have done all the research necessary to have a plan (or not- and then decide to not act) from your smart phone before engaging that lady. Your naivete is dangerous. Encouraging people to interact with drug-crazed, mentally unstable homeless people, and invite them into their homes, is very irresponsible and dangerous. If you want to help: change the system, create a new system or at least organize better before you take the hands-on approach. Complex issues such as this warrant more thoughtful solutions than impulsively flailing your emotions to everyone's detriment.

3 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by andrewc on 08/10/2016 at 5:51 PM

Re: “A Broken World

Andrew C:

There were no pillows or ice cream fairies involved here. I am still haunted by the personal horror I witnessed that night. I believe by engaging people in these situations those of us who have never had to endure them will better appreciate the depth and breadth of the "tough love" and "soft love" solutions that are needed to truly help. The "tough love" I had at my disposal was trying to deliver her to the hospital. It didn't turn out well. For me this was certainly a conviction building experience. We learn something every time we attempt to help.

20 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Mariah on 08/09/2016 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Staying Engaged

He may not have boinked interns or staffers, but he sure boinked the country. The economy is lackluster, and foreign policy is a shambles.

3 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 08/09/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Humans First

For anyone that says the ban was based on research, must have last been educated in the nineties. This is 2016, and the statistics are now totally different. Besides, would you rather your loved one who needs blood get it, and get a totally treatable disease, or be dead. Some of the people here sound like they are saying death is the best option. I'd rather live with HIV the rest of my life, and take a pill every day than to be in the ground because someone wanted to help me, but couldn't.

20 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by K.A. on 08/09/2016 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Humans First

I agree the ban should be lifted. I have a family member that is alive today because of a blood donation. I wish I had the option to donate without lying on the form. Lifting the ban will get more blood flowing to those patients that need it. The patient that needs it could be your child, your parent, or yourself.

PS: I've had many friends over the years just lie on the form and donate anyway. I'm quite sure the US blood bank systems have received thousands of gallons of gay and bisexual mens blood and will continue to receive it whether or not the ban is lifted.

22 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Johnny Quinn on 08/09/2016 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Humans First

If the policy is based on solid research, it's not discriminatory. How we feel about facts doesn't change them.

7 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 08/08/2016 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Humans First

According to the Center for Disease Control, males having sex with males accounts for 78% of new HIV infections (this from an estimated 4% of the population). The testing for HIV is not 100% reliable and the "honor system" of not giving blood until a person has not had sex for a year is a joke.. Condoms have proven to be very unreliable. If I can't give blood after having visited Mexico due to the risk of malaria, why should individuals with a known high incidence of HIV be allowed to risk the health of others?

6 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Dr C on 08/07/2016 at 6:33 PM

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