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"Once again, there is no comparison between allowing African Americans to serve in the armed forces and allowing people who state that they choose to practice sex in a certain way to serve. Every major religion says that homosexual activity is wrong" Not true. For example, both Epsicopal and Jewish faiths are tolerant of homosexuality. As for Catholism, perhaps if they were a little more tolerant, they would not have been plagued by sex scandals that were, until recently swept them under the rug. Mark, for as decent of a guy that you are, you ignorantly assume homosexuality is a choice. Based on your radically conservative/reactionary position on all topics, I will venture to guess that you do not know nor have you ever known (at least knowingly) anyone who is gay. I base this assumption on the fact that you speak of it like it is a disease and you would never associate with anyone who is gay. With that said, I am not sure you can really comment on this issue with any degree of authority.
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2010 on Don’t ask, don’t tell at Unfettered Letters
Oh good Lord! The self proclaimed master of understanding lag factors is now trying to tell us that the lousy $600 each family received in August of 2001 pulled us out of recession in a mere 10 weeks. Just like that $1,600 we received in 2008 realy saved the day, huh Kev? Here are some facts. The crash of tech boom in 2000, the resulting Enron and Worldcom scandals, as well as 9/11 kept the job market as well as the equities markets at bay for years. It was not until 2004 that we saw any meaningful job growth and even then it was meager. Based on data from the last 4 economic downturns, it can be concluded that turnarounds in job growth lag behind turnarounds in GDP growth by about 18 to 24 months yet partisan hacks from both sides seem to want to blame the prevailing party in power for factors beyond their control. Just as the Dems blamed Bush for slow job growth from 2001 - 2004, the repubs like to blame Obama for the current lack of job growth. Unfortunately, both sides ignore the fact that lag in job growth is just the nature of modern economic cycles in general.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2010 on Bush tax cuts debate at Unfettered Letters
Don't quit your day job there, STY. And it's quite sad that you can't even comment on something like the anniversary of Lennon's murder without the usual partisan BS.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2010 on John Lennon tributes at Unfettered Letters
Grammy nominated artist? That might be an flattering way to refer to Ke$ha or Kanye West but a grammy nomination is hardly worth mentioning when considering McCartney's accomplishments.
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2010 on John Lennon tributes at Unfettered Letters
Good point WM. The tax cuts were enacted in 2003 when Republicans controlled both the White House and Congress. Faced with an $800B war effort, they knew concessions needed to be made if they wanted to get tax cuts passed as well and that concession was to make them temporary since they could not fund them to perpetuity. It played out quite well for them I must say. Here we are 7 years later and the Democrats are coming across like the bad guys for simply not wanting to act on legislation that was put into place by Republicans.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2010 on Contradictions galore at Unfettered Letters
Hey Sammy. Hope all is well. You bring up some good point. I would have to say infracture costs drive up urban budgets more than sports complexes or bar districts. To what extent that city services are used by those from outside the district and how much incremental sales tax they provide vs. cost of service incurred would make a good study. In KCs case, the under assessment of housing values for decades might and general fiscal mismanagement maybe part of the reason why they constantly scramble to make their budget. As a KCMO resident I guess the earning tax, which comes to around .7% of income after federal tax deduction wouldn't bother me at all if I didn't have to spend 20 times that to send my kids to private school.
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2010 on Earnings tax overkill at Unfettered Letters
Or to present it in a more straightforward manner, letting the Bush tax cuts expire on the #250K and above tier. Even the wealthiest 1% would not see taxes increase on their first $250K of income. With that said, I am against letting any of the tax cuts expire for reasons cited by most conservatives. Zeno's point of it not making much of an impact on deficits is a good one. Reminds me of what all those recently elected Tea Partiers who promised to balance the budget are in for when they'll face with the 2112 budget approval process. Cutting the federal budget from $3.9T in FY2011 to $2.7T for FY2012....No problem!
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2010 on Deficit reduction at Unfettered Letters
"And best of all, no more mortgage interest write-off" Yep, that ought to give the housing market that much needed jump start it is looking for.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2010 on Deficit reduction at Unfettered Letters
"Yet you can't see to name one. That really odd, Neal." How about the Telecom Act of 1996 which was originally introduced by Ed Markey (D-MA) before Larry Pressler (R-SD)sponsored it in the Senate. It's very convenient that you presented a conservative source to back your contentions. A very good article but subjective none the less. Unfortunately, the tech sector started surging prior to 1995. It can be traced back to a number of factors, none of which are very partisan in nature. Such factors include the advancement in fiber optic technology in the late 1980s, most notably fiber termination technology, the development of inexpensive routers in the early 1990s, and the opening up of long haul facilities in 1992 that were formally used for govt and educational uses (i.e the Web). But hey that is just my limited intelligence talking. You know what real limited intelligence is Kevin? The inability to look past your own belief system in an effort to determine the facts. Read more:
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2010 on Don’t blame Obama at Unfettered Letters
"You're not that sharp, so I wouldn't expect you to understand that it takes awhile for new legislation to take effect on the economy." No Kevin, you are not a dick at all. Must have been all WTKC. My bad. In my defense, I think I am probably more aware than most about lag factors when it comes to policy making. I just do not understand how one can be so obtuse as think that the reduced deficits of the late 90s could be attributed to one particular aspect of policy making. In your case, the 104th Congress, especially in light of the fact that we never actually saw a reduction in spending. Not saying they did not do many good things but to attribute all deficit reduction factors to one legislative session is a bit of a stretch don't you think? Since you are so much brighter than me, help me understand how the deficit reductions of the late 90s were solely the result of the 104th Congress and had nothing to do with the record tax receipts that resulted from tech sector led surges in the major indices from 1995 - 2000? What did the 104th congress do to spur the exponetial growth in the tech sector which in turn fueled the economic growth of the late 1990s and thus increased in tax revenues to the point where we were able to reduce the deficit? I'll give you a hint. There were several bills that helped usher in this growth but alas, not all of them were sponsored by republicans. On the Reagan trivia, the circumstances that resulted in the same unemployment rate in 1982 as we are seeing now were completely different a Z points out. I just find it interesting at the difference in perception regarding the cause between then and now.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2010 on Don’t blame Obama at Unfettered Letters
Yeah, Kevin is right about the national debt under Clinton (although he certainly doesn't have to be such a dick about it). We did start to see a balanced budget in 2000 but I am not sure how much Gingrich had to do with it given he stepped down in 1998 after suffering midterm losses in both the House and Senate (oh and that affair with the church lady). The bottom line is we started balancing the budget due to increased gains realized in the capital markets that was driven by enourmous growth in the tech sector which, I am sorry to say was not the result of partisan politics. Kevin, if you look deep enough, your own figures will tell you that neither the dems or republicans reduced spending during Clinton's term. The federal budget increased every year. Trivia for the day, how many people can recall where unemployment and deficit spending (as a percent of GDP) was under Reagan during the 1982 midterms? I'll give you a hint...the figures would look very familiar.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2010 on Don’t blame Obama at Unfettered Letters
You seem like you're wound kind of tight Z, a hit or two would probably do you some good. But I do agree about dissent. I am tired of the people who trashed Bush getting all bent out of shape when conservatives question Obama. Blatantly hypocritical. I suppose both sides are equally guilty. By the way, congratulations to our conservative friend out here. Quite an impressive coup. We were defintely in dire need of some balance.
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2010 on Tactics that offend at Unfettered Letters
You know Chalveyob, you really are a miserable little tool, you know that? What the heck did JoCo (who seems like a nice guy) say that warranted such a nasty little response? I bet you are just the life of the party.
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2010 on Prayers for KC Chiefs at Unfettered Letters
"Maybe next time there’ll be riots, sorry, big crowds he can join in on." Maybe GCYL should witness these gatherings first hand before before erroneously judging them as riot. I'm with Randy. I was on the Plaza during the so called fracas last June. It seemed a little rowdy but the even th Plaza needs to loosen up once in a while. It was certainly no worse than the P&L after a Tool concert or KU game. When I returned home and saw the over hyped story on the news, I just shook my head and chalked it up to sensationalism for ratings sake.
Mark, you are assuming that zero amount government funds are not funneled back into the private sector via investments, grants , etc when in fact most government spending is funneled back into the private sector. Do you honestly think Northrop Gruman would exist in it's current form without government spending? While I agree that tax reductions are more effective, your argument that government spending programs are worthless is flawed in that governmnet investment in private industry can creates jobs just as a private entity issuing equity or borrowing from a bank can create jobs. It's just not as efficient of a mechanism.
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2010 on Rich, poor gap spreads at Unfettered Letters
STY, I think the only fair way to assess the impact of the ARRA is to determine what unemployment would be if the act had not passes. Unfortunately, I sincerely doubt any of use can find a source for that data that is not politically tainted. I do however stand by my position that the ARRA did not have the impact it was thought to have had because of the government's inability to distribute funds in an efficient manner. They still haven't completed distribution. On the other hand, the 2008 tax rebates didn't do much good either so I guess we can conclude that this recession is way to deep to be saved by fiscal policy alone whether it be tax cuts or stimulus dollars.
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2010 on Rich, poor gap spreads at Unfettered Letters
Z, I found this to be an interesting and fair summary. Tell me what you think.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2010 on Democrats to blame at Unfettered Letters
That very well may be Zeno, but as someone who appears to work in the industry, you more than anyone should know that the bulk of this problem came about not so much at the point of origin but because of the depth in which these mortgages were securitized, packaged into derivatives, etc. You also know damn well that investment bankers smelled lucrative profits in doing so because of the above average yields at a time when the debt and equities markets were pretty stagnant markets were languishing (i.e 2004 - 2005). One last thing Zeno. What percentage of foreclosures (in total dollars) since 2007 resulted from mortgages you were supposedly forced to make under CRA requirements? I have posed that question to every person who claims the CRA was the primary reason for the housing crash and not a single one could ever provide me with an answer. Can you? I'm open to any evidence you can bring to the table here.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2010 on Democrats to blame at Unfettered Letters
"She should have a history lesson. It was the unions." I seem to recall that many of the jobs that are being outsourced are tech jobs (call center functions, help desk functions, etc). I don't recall those positions being unionized when they were still in the US but it must be nice to live a world as simple as Mr. Minear where every problem has a simple cause. You like your $600 dual processor laptop and your $79 per month wireless 4G plan, Mr Minear? You better thank outsourcing for that. Don't even get me going on the CRA bunk. Besides the fact that every mortage banker I know was never required to make risky loans, the CRA certainly did not require banks to collaterize their debt obligations then sell them down stream multiple times. This greatly exacerbated the problem when homeowners and speculators alike (were they mentioned in the CRA as well?) went into default and caused a liquidity crisis unlike any we have ever seen. You all need to hone up on how the secondary markets work.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2010 on Democrats to blame at Unfettered Letters
I'm just basing my observations on what we saw in 1994, Z. Lots of promises made by all these renegade "outsiders" regarding federal spending cuts but in the end, federal spending increased every year that the Republicans controlled both houses. Regardless,while I consider myself non-partisan, I do hope Republicans assume power of either the House or Senate. IMHO, that is the only way we are going to see any meaningful dialogue take place.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2010 on Obama damages U.S. at Unfettered Letters
That was sort of my point as well Indy. Extreme viewpoints of both sides are strikingly similar when it comes to condeming their adversaries. While I believe federal decifits are out of control, I think one also has to look at the ramifications of drastic federal budget cuts and the effect they would have on the private sector and employment numbers vis a vis cuts in goverment contracts, particularly DOD cuts. It's easy for the Rand Pauls and Christie O'Donnells of the world to chime on about cutting government spending but once they are in office, they will likely cave to the same special interests as the current encumbents.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2010 on Obama damages U.S. at Unfettered Letters
I'm pretty sure this exact same letter was published in 2003 except with a different Biline.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2010 on Obama damages U.S. at Unfettered Letters
That's awesome STY!
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2010 on McClanahan column at Unfettered Letters
Agreed Cranky. What cracks me up is I am sure Cindy typed her letter on a computer built by a nasty corporation using software designed by another nasty corporation before getting into her car which was perhaps built in a foriegn country and drives to any one of several coporate run markets in the Smithville area. Stick up all you want for a guy like Chaveljob, GH but even you must admit that the guy defintiely qualifies for douchebag of the year.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2010 on Corporations winning at Unfettered Letters
You seem like a very nice man Mark. Unfortunately, it appears the world has changed quite a bit since you were in high school. If it were only as simple as you like to think it could be.
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2010 on End anti-gay bullying at Unfettered Letters