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    Let me add something to make this thread worth visiting.
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    I was a libertarian for years, basically all through college and my 20's. I was in college from 2005-2010. It was a lonely crowd as almost no one on campus was a libertarian, they were almost all lefties for Obama. Most of the kids on campus were almost certainly further left than Obama actually was. I only started drifting leftward in 2013-2014 when my dad fessed up to me that he was losing his house to foreclosure because he had lost of all his retirement savings in the market during the last recession. Actually, he had lost his retirement savings over a number of recessions 2001, 2004, 2007-2008. How could I in good conscience watch my own father, a man who worked a good living for 30+ years in the white collar world, lose everything and only have social security and medicare to live off of and stand pat as some Milton Friedman loving guy? How could I still adopt libertarian principles of every-man for himself, wanting to restrain government and gut the very social safety nets that were keeping my dad subsisting. Keeping him from not living in an apartment with me or on my sister's couch? It took a couple of years of introspection and drifting slowly to the left, but my heart and my logic told me it was the right thing to do.
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    just for the record Tater, things were pretty slow coming out of WWII. The self-interest piece of the Marshall Plan was to try to gin up demand to soak up some of the excess US industrial production overhang after the war ended, In addition there was a fairly stiff recession round about '58-59. The big difference wasn't so much how good times were, as that as *our* parents were War and Depression children, everything looked better to them than that, so perceptions were more positive- and also labor was still much less specialized, when an industrial worker did lose a job, he had a lot more choices for where to find the next one than today's workers who end up very narrowly trained in this economy do. In addition, it was while we were children that our mothers started joining the workplace. That increase in income masked the fact the single worker incomes were beginning to not keep up even then. It was GDP growth but it came with a cost. It provided our generation with more family income, but also led to radical shifts in family sociology which are still working themselves out today. And finally - maybe our single biggest advantage is that we boomers were the last generation to whom education was pretty much available to anyone that wanted it. We were the last generation who could put ourselves through college relatively easily, without external support and without going into debt. It is ironic though, that while the economic/monetary management in the post war era was mostly wrong headed (based on interest rates rather than money supply), the recession cycle was still shallower than the excesses of the dot-com bust or obviously the 2008 collapse.
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    I’m looking forward to discussing the opening day starter from this past season some more.
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    Winning does great things to clubhouse chemistry too.
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    Yes, and also tout that middle class tax cuts are much better for the economy because people will spend the extra money they save on taxes, whereas the upper 1% just socks the extra tax cut money away.
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    Trump just called his National Security Advisor "Mike Bolton" [stand by for Office Space resets]
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    That's assuming Republicans don't pick up a few more state legislatures and governorships, hold onto the House and Senate and then call a Constitutional Convention. If/when they do that, the right to vote and hold free and fair elections will be in serious jeopardy. Tom Coburn and Little Marco Rubio have already called for having a Constitutional Convention, so mainstream, elected Republicans are on board.
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    Let me put it this way - in 1968 the passions were personal. Young people saw Nixon as direct threat to their individual lives via Vietnam and the draft, none of us entertained any thought at all that he was a fundamental threat to the American nation. The passion today is global. The concern is not as much the fate of individuals (though it is certainly that also) but more the the absolute fate of the nation. It would be hard to put the loss of 50,000 US young men and half a million casualties plus several million Vietnamese deaths on the scales against the loss of the US as a functioning democratic nation. It's too much apples and oranges. Suffice it to say they are/were both big deals.
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    Maybe. Trump is taking actions that have implications that could lead to war against China, or indirectly lead to some other major global conflict. I think preventing that from happening is better than the public finding out about one's dirty little secrets.
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    I guess I don't understand how our healthcare system can't be defined as free market capitalism. I can choose from a wide range of insurers (all of whom charge an arm and a leg for decent coverage as long as pay a massive deductible first), I can choose from any doctor I want (who outside of an annual physical costs hundreds of dollars to see), and I can also choose which hospital to use (which any visit will cost hundreds and thousands of dollars). The free market falls apart in the hospital setting, where the ability to shop for the best price and services is essentially non-existent, and it's in the hospital's best financial interest to order every possible test and procedure. It also falls apart in the prescription drug market as price gouging is rampant, and competition for essential drugs either does not exist or is stifled. The health care industry needs major reform, and it's going to require significant government involvement and regulation to make it more consumer friendly. Capitalism is best solution for the vast majority of industries, but by its nature it's not a good fit for essential public services.
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    One could argue that if you if you win the lotto, you're rich. If you 'win' with your vote, you just elected the person that lied to you better than the other one.
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    I don't want to hear another lecture on civility from folks who name drop George Soros.
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    Fans angst over managers is tedious, overplayed and cliche, however, carry on.
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    Consider this thread a Devil’s Night chaperoned by Mormon missionaries who are not paying that close of attention.
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    I am rooting for the Dodgers. As much as I love JD and am fond of other former Tigers, rooting for the Red Sox — for me— is the same as telling your ex-wife you’re happy her husband bought her a new Mercedes S650 Cabriolet. It’s not going to happen. I also listened to all 162 Dodger games on the radio in 1982 when I was laid up from a serious motorcycle injury. It was the only baseball I could listen to in Tucson, Arizona so the Dodgers were my team for one year. GO DODGERS!
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    This breaks the recent trend of home-grown teams built from the ground up, even though a lot of the stars for both teams are their own - just punctuated with some expensive players.
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    Frame the question as what was it about Hillary that people didn't like and would they have made the same complaint about the same property in a man. Now clearly there were things that like her over embellishment of her experience (being shot at over Bosnia) that played badly in exactly the same way they play badly for a man - (Al Gore having invented the internet), but for instance her refusal to be penitent over the e-mail situation is exactly the kind of "in-your-face" ism that people love in a man - like Trump for instance. And for absolute certain, there had to be hundreds of thousands or more people for whom a primary complaint about Hillary was Bill. For how many men would their spouse be that kind of issue? I think she had enough failures to lose on her own, but I don't doubt a number of them were counted more heavily against her than they would have against a man.
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