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Posted on April 1 at 10:41 p.m.

Yep, Walmart the business to emulate. So much for socialist, welfare queen, free-marketers.

Wal-Mart Stores collected well over $1 billion in state and local government subsidies during its decades-long expansion from a regional discount chain to the world's largest retailer, according to a report scheduled to be released today by a group that monitors job-subsidy programs.

But, Mr. Mattera said, the report argues that the low wages paid by Wal-Mart and the downward effect that has on wages at other retail operations, its negative effect on small businesses in the communities where it locates and its contribution to urban sprawl and traffic raise serious questions about the value of giving it sizable financial incentives to expand.

Bloomberg View: Yesterday, we looked at the benefit to McDonald's of having its workers subsidized by state and federal aid. Today, its Wal-Mart’s turn. Recall our discussion last month on the related subject of "How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens." We learned that employees of these two companies are often the largest recipients of aid in their states.

More recently, Wal-Mart’s holiday public-relations headache began when a Canton, Ohio, store decided to hold a food drive for needy local families for the holidays. What made this a PR nightmare was that the needy families were full time Wal-Mart employees who were working in the store holding a food drive.

On <em>News-Press</em> Photog Fired

Posted on April 1 at 5:56 a.m.

The ACA (Obamacare) healthcare was derived from the right-wing Heritage Foundation's plan in response to "Hillarycare". This right-wing originated plan eventually became Romneycare. Obama did not go with single-payer, but chose the Heritage Plan because it was assumed the right-wing would have no problem with it. Single-payer is socialism; Heritage Plan is not.

Fox News => "The mandate, requiring every American to purchase health insurance, appeared in a 1989 published proposal by Stuart M. Butler of the conservative Heritage Foundation called "Assuring Affordable Health Care for All Americans," which included a provision to "mandate all households to obtain adequate insurance."

The mandate was to ensure that US citizens "took responsibility" for their own healthcare. Healthcare is still being provided by private insurance companies - i.e. not socialism.

Under ACA, subsidies are being provided to those who cannot afford the full payment - but it is FAR FAR cheaper for the taxpayer, than the uninsured using emergency rooms for healthcare. Why were premiums skyrocketing before ACA - the increase was to pay for the 40 million or so uninsured when they had to use the emergency rooms to get treatment of illnesses that should have been treated months/years before.

So choose your so-called "socialist" poison

a) before ACA/Obamacare, premiums of the insured were paying for the uninsured, who could not afford preventive care, and thus ended up in emergency rooms where advanced, unchecked illnesses were far more expensive to treat.

b) after ACA/Obamacare, premiums of the insured paying for the previously uninsured, now subsidized insured, who are actually now contributing to their own healthcare because of the mandate. And as preventive healthcare kicks in and actually makes a difference, healthcare will become cheaper.

How could anyone not understand that b) is a far better bet financially and economically? Also, it is good for businesses for health to be kept at a higher level, so that sick days are less, and thus better for the bottom-line.

Once again - the subject needs more than a completely erroneous, superficial sound-bite than "Socialism !!!"

Here is another "reality check"
Obamacare was originally proposed by Republicans

On S.B. Health Status Report

Posted on March 31 at 9:54 p.m.

Wow - when a White billionaire, $ made through gambling, has politicians seeking the Presidency, scampering to Las Vegas to get some of that dough ......

On Chumash Want More Gamblers and Guests

Posted on March 30 at 10:21 p.m.

I think you should do a little research about temperatures not having risen meaningfully, because a bunch of far more qualified scientists will disagree with you. Scientists that have been doing measurements all over the world and for a variety of institutions, for a number of years. Also, the so-called last 17 years hiatus, is in fact a slowing of land temperature increase, but ocean absorption of heat has increased. There is a lot more depth to the subject than pithy, usually false one-liners, that people love to ignorantly parrot as repetitive sound-bites.

On God Goes Green

Posted on March 29 at 7:29 p.m.

A chunk of text has been duplicated. I guess that is where the list was supposed to be.

On The Garden’s Annual Spring Plant Sale

Posted on March 28 at 7:47 p.m.

The negative effect of CO2 is not one of toxicity. It is because of its greenhouse properties, which are not toxic either - it just causes heat to be trapped in the atmosphere. If there very low levels of CO2, the planet would be far colder than it is right now. It is a temperature relationship much like Goldlilock's porridge - too cold, too hot or just right, but depending on concentration. Plants will use CO2 at any concentration under suitable temperatures. If it is too hot, plants will probably not have enough of another vital compound - water, and therefore CO2 concentration will be of no import.

On God Goes Green

Posted on March 26 at 10:33 p.m.

Redistributionist, Obama? Come on - poverty is a pretty high level right now, and this includes working people. If Obama is a redistributionist, he has failed.

No, the start of biggest redistribution of wealth upwards happened under Bush - two huge unpaid tax breaks for the wealthy, supposed job creators, when wealth was supposed to trickle down, but did not - unfunded wars paid by the taxpayers, bailout paid by the taxpayers. Overall US wealth took a huge hit under Bush, and Obama has been trying slowly to reverse that - but the wealthy are still making out like bandits, while sucking at the gov teat with help for Walmart, McDonalds, oil companies, and tax breaks for the rich - many of whom have tax havens outside of the US.

It is sad that the truth can be so twisted as to be the opposite of what it is. Truly Orwellian.

Clinton - 23 million jobs
Bush - 1 million jobs
Obama - 7-8 million jobs

And the middle class has paid the biggest price, despite productivity outstripping pay/compensation. Who is responsible for compensation? The money-grubbers.

Unfortunately, this trend by humanity has been seen in just about every type of social system, the few at the top who like to grab the most money for themselves and kick the workers to the ground - Saudi Arabia, Russia, Gaddafi, Assad, the Robber Barons responsible for the Great Depression, the Banana Republics in Africa and elsewhere, North Korea, etc. It is a human failing no matter where - greed.

On The Water Crisis Is a Policy Crisis

Posted on March 26 at 1:12 a.m.

Well, the future, as in late 2014, may see the return of an El Nino.

Will California be prepared for it, as one commentator noted in the post at the link below "Yes, hell coming to breakfast in Cali, fixing their drought with a sledgehammer."

Possibly, CA should look very carefully in the next several months at doing something about storing more water - in storms, there is a great deal that goes pouring into the ocean. Too bad Goleta Slough was filled in for the airport - it was a natural water storage area for water streaming down from the mountains.

Possibly those in Montecito that can afford to do so, should change vast expanses of lawn into underground water storage. Don't procrastinate - plan to be self-sufficient and not reliant on others and needing vast sums of money to buy water.

Remove the trucked in soil at old OMGC and allow water to fill what was one a vast area of water storage - if not for human consumption, but for wildlife and to minimize flooding in surrounding areas. Ignorant humans destroyed 90% of wetland areas, that provide excellent buffers in the time of extreme weather and huge storms. That is what happened in Hurricane Katrina - destroyed wetlands would have provided a buffer to limit damage.

On Speed of Drought Confounds Water Planners

Posted on March 25 at 6:17 p.m.

Big dogs are far lighter than horses, and they would not damage plants - if they ever walked on them, which they rarely do.

The paths on SMF are better suited to hiking and walking, than riding horses or bikes.

On San Marcos Preserve Land Management Plan Finalized

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