Sources: Growth Energy, The Detroit News
quote: The true problem of American politics is people who are too damn lazy to go learn anything about a candidate other than what they see on TV ads.
quote: What's the solution, only let people with a certain education level vote? Or just accept that the US's education level is so bad that we've passed the point of no return to have an effective democracy?
quote: Think i give a rats ass about abortion,gay marriage or green energy when we have 15-20% unemployment and our economy is in the dumper?
quote: Academic theory is not the way to run a country our current president has proven that without a doubt.
quote: They used to teach civics and detailed American history in school which both are a requirement in my mind to make an informed vote.
quote: The current ignorant generation (20 to 30 somethings) better get it together
quote: And getting rid of the Department of Education and letting states/cities/towns best decide how to educate their kids would go a long way.
quote: The Department of Education collects data and kind of set the minimum standard. Their biggest role is helping fund the poor areas. Since education budget is based on property taxes, the poor areas will barely have any money. One local community is only going to care for their school district and not their neighbors. That is when the Dept of Education steps in to subsidize some of that difference and try to give those poor kids a more equal chance of education.
quote: Why is that the federal governments job? Shouldn't that come from the individual state? Every state has poor and rich areas. Some spend more of their budget on education and care about it, others do not. My taxes should not fund not only the schools in my state, but the schools in some other state that doesn't think funding their schools is important.
quote: I think this is one of the fundamental flaws in how the federal government has gotten too big and out of control.
quote: And the Department of Education does a lot more than just collect information. They tell schools what they should teach and aggressively push things like Common Core.
quote: And states can't apportion money properly themselves for poor areas? If a state has clear bias then fine residents can sue for whatever reason they think the state isn't being fair. But unfairness doesn't mean that the federal government gets to step in and manage things unconstitutionally.
quote: Via Ryan Grim and Matthew Yglesias, some seriously disturbing Fed transcripts. Basically, back in 2004 staff members presented data seriously suggesting a housing bubble; not only were the data disregarded, Greenspan wanted no hint of the discussion made public:"We run the risk, by laying out the pros and cons of a particular argument, of inducing people to join in on the debate, and in this regard it is possible to lose control of a process that only we fully understand."
quote: Only about 5-10% of people bother to go vote in primaries which is how you get a candidate on the ballot in the first place. And then people whine and moan about there being no good candidates.
quote: The true problem of American politics is people who are too damn busy and geographically isolated
quote: And then people whine and moan about there being no good candidates.
quote: I have no problem with interests spending money to promote someone that agrees with their interests.
quote: Corporations and other "special interests" don't get to vote. So don't try to tell me they elect politicians. People do.
quote: All parts of ethanol-from-corn are stupid.
quote: Using food as fuel is retarded
quote: As Robert Sapolsky of the Stanford School of Medicine puts it: “Those with Williams Syndrome have great interest but little competence. But what about a person who has competence but no warmth, desire or empathy? That’s a sociopath. Sociopaths have great theory of mind. But they couldn’t care less.”