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I guess I should have followed up that during that huge dip at the end of the 2008 and 2009, our economy was declining at a rate of almost 10%, which is unheard of. By the way, your brother-in-law is right. China is one of the main reasons why gas prices are rising and not Obama.
I'm probably wasting my time, but educated people who aren't susceptible to close-minded views, consider this. Yes, it's true that gas prices were very low at the end of the Bush presidency, but that was because the ECONOMY was COLLAPSING!! In addition, gas prices was above $4 a gallon during the Bush era. Here's the facts from the Energy Information Act: http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=pet&s=emm_epmr_pte_nus_dpg&f=w
Do you realize how insensitive this post is? It's amazing the mindset that we have among people in Albany and across the US. I guess this absolves the ills of Nazi's and their attempt to kill all of the Jews. While it's true that a white man (Hitler) might have started the genocide of Jews, it was white men (FDR, Truman, Churchill), who saved the Jews. While both statements are true, it does not absolve the people responsible for starting slavery or genocide. Let's just recognize that there have been ills that occurred and rather than try to sweep them under the rug, acknowledge them and we can move on.
The world is complex and we are sophisticated to understand the nuances and special circumstances that take place. For instance, you said "Make murder, the the taking of a life". Let's think about Moses, who was a murderer, did God command his life be taken? Then what about the battered wife, who in a moment of rage, killed her husband. However, the circumstances weren't for self-defense, but rather anger for the abuse that she took over the years. In that case, she should be convicted of murder, but does she deserve life? Especially, if the man was despicable. We have evolved as a people and society and the days of hangings for offenses are over.
It's because the Founding Fathers were brilliant in drafting the U.S. Constitution. They wanted to set up a republic where our elected representatives would have the power to do that. Plus, why would you want to politicize the judicial process more? It's bad enough that people vote for court justices at the local and state level. Forcing judges to raise money and campaign will make them more susceptible to being influenced by special interests. Learn to embrace your U.S. Constitution!
So the one, who can't use "you're" and "your" properly is giving out grammar lessons...OK...
Yes, borrowing is high. However, don't you think young lives are important. Let's say you're parents that spent irresponsibly and have high debt. However, you're committed to watching your spending, but then you had a break-in where your window was broken and your daughter was shot. So are you saying that because of high debt levels, you're not going to spend extra money on a credit card to ensure that the window is fixed, so that you can protect your family?
@ Waltspecht, the only problem with your rationale is that Cal is making an argument against more laws under the premise of restricting freedoms. That has nothing to do with enforcement. Regardless, enforcement mostly falls outside the purview of federal government and local authorities choose to enforce laws to the degree that they want to. Laws will always restrict freedoms, but society is willing to give up certain freedoms if that means living in a more safe environment.
Humor me with your superior logic. When Cal says that "If laws were enough to deter criminal behavior prisons woud be empty", isn't it a fair assumption to take that a step further and say. We have implemented tougher laws on drug use, murders, robberies, etc, but last time I checked prisons are full of people violating those laws. Does that mean we should do away with them?
@ Black_Falcon, I actually agree with you. Gun violence is multifaceted. More funding is needed to mental health, but isn't government spending a dirty word to conservatives?? Now watch yourself...
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