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Posted on May 29 at 1:50 p.m.

Oh man, alwaysright's first 'wrong' that I've seen so far...that's kinda disappointing.

To be fair, drilling requires that the oil be transported so this is related to drilling.

My biggest issue is that these protesters are largely the type of people who want to advocate more government instead of less. I am all for alternative energy and would like to see it replace oil someday, but more taxes and bigger government is not the way to get there. The government is not an expert at green technology, they are experts at corruption. They will invest in the wrong green technologies, they will invest in the ones that will help pay for their re-election.

How about we stop subsidizing the oil industry? That is a limited government solution that I think everybody except for maybe a few people in the oil industry could agree with. If gas prices go up, fine, taxpayers get some money back and can spend it on the increases and from that perspective it's a wash -

That is in simple terms - for those interested in the broader economic impact of such a decision, we can see that while oil/gas prices would go up, people would be able to afford those higher prices with lower taxes. But more importantly from an environmental perspective what would also happen is that the price of energy from cleaner alternatives would be that much more competitive with the price of oil. If you're paying taxes to support dirty energy, how is clean energy supposed to compete in the open market??

Whether or not you believe that clean energy can overtake oil, it should be able to compete on a level playing field. Even if the people who advocate oil over green technology are correct that it can't be done today, you never know what inventions are around the corner.

I may or may not end up at the protest on Sunday - I support clean energy taking over oil some day - I'm not just not on board with using government to do it. I think government is currently in the way of allowing this to happen. It also won't happen overnight. It will take investment of early adopters who prefer spending a little more on clean energy than dirty energy. The tech will get better and hopefully one day the transition will be feasible for all.

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Posted on May 29 at 11:56 a.m.

Opening up a new business? Want to save 23% on your wage expenses? Why not hire all women? You could drive the male dominated businesses out of business by offering lower prices and increasing marketshare.

If women really made a significant amount less than men for the same work, you would see a lot of female dominated businesses out there dominating the market by having significantly lower wage expenses. But we don't see this happening and that is how you can easily prove that the wage gap is a myth.

This is why these politicians have been relegated to the public sector. They don't understand economics or businesses or how they work, yet their job is to rule over businesses and the economy.

On Gender Wage Gap Bill Moves Along

Posted on May 28 at 3:31 p.m.

Our congressional reps in California are also considering a bill that would regulate porn actresses and force them to wear safety goggles during porn shoots to prevent eye contamination.

Government is such a huge waste of money.

On Gender Wage Gap Bill Moves Along

Posted on May 28 at 2:25 p.m.

alwaysright, if progressives understood basic economics they wouldn't be progressive. I mean, we are talking about a group of people who try to help poor people by making it illegal for them to work based on their own productive value (minimum wage).

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Posted on May 28 at 1:20 p.m.

This is what bothers me the most:

"passed off the Senate floor with a unanimous vote"

One of the dumbest anti-freedom bills ever, that is actually going to hurt women in the workplace, gets passed unanimously.. And people wonder why I am an anarchist. It is because we are being led by total authoritarian retards. I wouldn't trust any of these people to work in a business I owned, why do we let them rule our lives??

On Gender Wage Gap Bill Moves Along

Posted on May 28 at 1:14 p.m.

This is actually going to make things worse for women trying to find employment.

If you are a business owner and you have to have two or more employees doing work that is all "substantially the same" and you have an experienced male who has been with your company for some time, you would probably not consider hiring a less experienced female under these new rules because you will not be able to pay them less. You CAN, however, go out and find a less experienced male and pay them less...because that isn't 'gender discrimination'.

Not to mention, is the government really that good at determining what kind of work is "substantially the same" through every single industry, no matter how technical, no matter how much free form creativity is required? I mean, if a company starts creating different positions that do work that is "substantially the same" but pays one position less than another and that position happens to be largely female, is the government now going to investigate and determine whether it is "substantially the same"? If the government has no experience in that industry, do you think they would be able to make a good determination? Do you think this is a good use of the time we pay government employees? Do you think some women will try to abuse these new rules?

I don't understand what is wrong with our leaders - what happened to freedom and liberty? Why are they constantly trying to institute new tyrannical aspects into everybody's lives??

On Gender Wage Gap Bill Moves Along

Posted on May 28 at 12:37 p.m.

The truth about the gender pay gap:

On Gender Wage Gap Bill Moves Along

Posted on May 23 at 2:39 p.m.

Hey wultenviron, why give politicians a job to do that they aren't experts at? Why streamline corruption? You know the oil companies write the regulations anyway, you know they will benefit them in the end.

Why not hold the companies responsible? If they fail, they fail. They sell their equipment to another company. Or they get insurance and the insurers and the company can do inspections and their rates can be based on some metric that comes from a company who will actually be financially responsible if something fails. Companies who are safer will have lower rates, and this will give incentives to companies to be more safe.

That seems a lot more efficient and effective than having a bunch of pipe-cops running around.

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Posted on May 22 at 10:13 p.m.

Yes sbindyreader, no doubt local corruption will exist. But is it easier to pay off 50 state judges, 3,144 county judges and 19,354 city judges or is it easier to just pay off 269 members of congress? The more centralized power is, the easier it is to corrupt.

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