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Posted on May 2 at 9:54 p.m.
I laughed out loud when I read this letter; it's so dumb it has to be a joke. I'm thinking its definitely stand-up material for the next local gathering of tea partiers. I thinking kind of a Lewis Black delivery. They'll eat it up.
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Posted on April 21 at 10:14 p.m.
With all due respect to your brother, could you provide some links or other data to substantiate the claim regarding Bakersfield's rates?
I'm interested, as our family lived in Bakersfield for 10 years. While there, our utility bills were huge, but that had more to do with needing air conditioning, and running a pool filter every day to keep the black sludge from growing over our pool. In other words, high usage vs high rates.
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Posted on April 16 at 5 p.m.
Depends on your point of view.
I've been told the cure-all was lower taxes, regardless.
Isn't that the lesson of the almighty Laughter (sorry, Laffer) Curve?
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Posted on April 10 at 9:31 p.m.
Here is some information regarding CA taxes. It may or may not support your comments. If you could provide information to support you assertions, that would be great.
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Posted on March 7 at 12:53 p.m.
A couple of things. Actually, there are a lot of public safety jobs on the chopping block... or at least talk of it. We should all be concerned about that. Think about CalFire cuts this summer when wildfires are raging.
Next, taking my examples above, lets make some attributions.
(1) Pell grants & student loans: US Department of Education(2) Graduate school assistance: US Department of Defense(3) Roads: US Department of Transportation (among others)(4) National Parks: US Department of the Interior(5) Clean water: US Environmental Protection Agency (among others)(6) Food safety: US Department of Agriculture (among other government agencies)(7) Water projects: US Bureau of Reclamation & Army Corp of Engineers (among others)
The above government agencies have touched my life directly and in positive ways. Your challenge was to "give an explanation as to how they think government helps anyone/anything but itself".
I did so. Challenge met :)
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Posted on March 6 at 4:09 p.m.
All kidding aside, I think there are things you'd really like about Bakersfield.
I think you'd really like the politics there. Very, very Red. The DNC's office is a phone booth. Its the Land of Big Oil, and Big Agriculture, which are two industries I'm sure you support.
The people themselves are very nice, and there are lots of churches. The schools on the west side of highway 99 are pretty good. Housing is cheap... lots of vacant homes for sale. You could probably buy a few of 'em.
Its a little hot and dusty sure, but the pollution is not as bad as everyone says. Speaking Spanish helps, but that's true in a lot of places.
So, don't be quick to rule it out, OK?
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Posted on March 6 at 1:35 p.m.
Well, I'm not exactly a liberal, but with regard to how Government has helped me out personally, let me give it a shot:
Going back to my college days, I personally benefitted from Pell Grants, and student loans. I studied engineering. Then I went to work for the Navy & Marine Corp, who helped me with graduate school costs. Its been a long time since I worked for the government, but they helped get me started.
When I was a kid, there was the time when my grandparent's ranch was threatened by wildfires, and the firefighters saved their house, barns, and a good chunk of the orchards. Then there was the time I was hiking up behind SB, tripped, fell, and broke my leg. The paramedics hiked up the trail 2 miles, and carried me out.
Of course, I've been driving on roads all my life, and have used State & National Parks for myself and my family all my life. I've been drinking clean water all my life. I've been eating California grown produce all my life, which was irrigated thanks to Federal and State water projects.
Would you like a few more?
So, would I like the government run more efficiently? You bet.
Do I feel like I'm paying in, and getting nothing back? Nope.
Posted on March 4 at 1:04 p.m.
You've probably been on 154 either behind a big truck, or with one behind you. Its not a safe situation. Every time I've gone down the Pass with a truck behind me, I worry about it. Trucks going to/from the valley can get there almost as fast and much safer on 101.
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Posted on February 23 at 8:19 p.m.
This will be a must-see concert!
We saw her at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and she was simply amazing.
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Posted on February 22 at 6:22 p.m.
I earlier asked if you would be kind enough to provide links to the "federal government data released last week" you cited in your post of 2/21 @ 8:21 p.m.
If it is not the link that Validated provided on 2/21 @ 9:16 p.m., could you please provide?
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