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Re: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation (Commentary)
« Reply #630 on: March 04, 2018, 08:01:12 AM »
Shows that tax and invest works. California still has one of the nation's most robust economies. Someday, I hope California realizes it would be better off if it wasn't part of the socially backwards USA. Maybe the NE states will also form their own, more innovative nation too....

Jerry Brown’s Legacy: A $6.1 Billion Budget Surplus in California
https://www.wsj.com/articles/jerry-browns-legacy-a-6-1-billion-budget-surplus-in-california-1515624022
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Re: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation (Commentary)
« Reply #631 on: March 08, 2018, 09:42:59 AM »
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Re: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation (Commentary)
« Reply #632 on: March 08, 2018, 11:18:42 AM »
Yeah Capitalism is the worst system post-WWII and has turned Americans into the worst individual monsters in the world. People were much happier and better under Communism. Just ignore Stalin, the Gulag, the Soviet Holocaust, Mao, Castro, the Aral Sea (which is no more), Chernobyl and Vladimir Putin. Peoples lives were super awesome. That's why so many countries stayed Communist after the Soviet Union fell.  :D :D
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Re: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation (Commentary)
« Reply #633 on: March 08, 2018, 11:28:20 AM »
Yeah Capitalism is the worst system post-WWII and has turned Americans into the worst individual monsters in the world. People were much happier and better under Communism. Just ignore Stalin, the Gulag, the Soviet Holocaust, Mao, Castro, the Aral Sea (which is no more), Chernobyl and Vladimir Putin. Peoples lives were super awesome. That's why so many countries stayed Communist after the Soviet Union fell.  :D :D

So Communism = Socialism? No wonder you are freaking out. You don't even know the difference.

I'm going to make you feel bad...

we're already Socialist here in the United States and have been since the New Deal

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Re: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation (Commentary)
« Reply #634 on: March 13, 2018, 08:50:16 PM »
And then what, start a civil war?

Could Trump and Sessions send federal troops to California over immigration?
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/03/13/trump-sessions-might-send-federal-troops-california-immigration-laws-glenn-reynolds-column/417633002/
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Re: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation (Commentary)
« Reply #635 on: April 01, 2018, 03:28:31 PM »
The Unhappy States of America
Even with the economy humming, Americans are feeling more anxious, depressed, and dissatisfied with their lives than they did in 2009
https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/03/the-unhappy-states-of-america/555800/
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Re: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation (Commentary)
« Reply #636 on: April 07, 2018, 12:11:40 PM »
Why Not The USA

Although the Netherlands has a population of 17 million, only 11,600 people are locked up. That's a rate of 69 incarcerations per 100,000 people. The US, meanwhile, has a rate of 716 per 100,000 — the highest in the world. A number of factors underlie the Netherlands' ability to keep its crime rate so low, namely, relaxed drug laws, a focus on rehabilitation over punishment, and an electronic ankle monitoring system that allows people to re-enter the workforce. No surprise that among the most ardent opponents of legalized Marijuana are the for profit private prisons here in the USA...

Dutch prisons are closing because the country is so safe
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/dutch-prisons-are-closing-because-the-country-is-so-safe-a7765521.html
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Re: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation (Commentary)
« Reply #637 on: April 07, 2018, 12:26:30 PM »
The rest of the world moves forward while we implement 3rd World policy such as privatizing prisons.

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Re: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation (Commentary)
« Reply #638 on: April 08, 2018, 10:48:40 PM »
Except that we're #1...
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Re: Notes on the Decline of a Great Nation (Commentary)
« Reply #639 on: April 16, 2018, 12:09:18 PM »
Lawrence Ferlinghetti decades ago wrote and it gives me chills to read it today:
“Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.”
― Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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