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  • Question about economics(vanity)

    04/30/2007 3:54:37 PM PDT · 11 of 48
    massadvj to aft_lizard
    The next time a liberal professor tells you the rich are getting richer, you can point out that the biggest single offender in promoting it is the federal government. About 60 percent of the federal budget goes to Medicare and Social Security. The average recipient of these programs has a net worth of around $600 thousand ($150 thousand median wealth); whereas the average CONTRIBUTOR to Medicare and Social Security has a new worth well under $50 thousand.

    The rich get richer under socialism. It is why the Kennedys, Rockefellers and Soros's and Buffets all support big government. They get to keep their wealth while government steals from the income earners to subsidize golf course haciendas in Sun City.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/20/2007 1:36:00 PM PDT · 65 of 70
    massadvj to showme_the_Glory
    You are an anomaly?

    Business professors like me are not typically leftists. Most are pragmatic Republicans.

  • Poll; Rudy Leads All Potential Challengers in N.J.

    04/20/2007 1:34:15 PM PDT · 30 of 30
    massadvj to Wallace T.
    With Giuliani, the Karl Rove playbook has to be scrapped.

    The sooner the better. The playbook is outdated.

  • Fox News/Opinion Dynamics 2008 National Primary Poll

    04/20/2007 8:16:47 AM PDT · 43 of 63
    massadvj to areafiftyone
    John McCain was giving away free hotdogs during his Bomb Iran speech

    I hear nuclear fallout is very effective in roasting hot dogs...

  • Fox News/Opinion Dynamics 2008 National Primary Poll

    04/20/2007 8:06:21 AM PDT · 39 of 63
    massadvj to TommyDale
    He hasn't entered the race!

    When you announce on national television that you are giving serious thought to running for president, you are entering the race. He made that move with the full knowledge that such an announcement would cause his name to be polled along with everyone else, and now he is seeing what it is yielding, for better or worse. And he will make a decision to take the next step or not based on that.

    Technically, Rudy and McCain are not in the race, either, since they have not formally announced but only have exploratory committees.

    Just to be clear, we are not angry with the Rudy-bashers over here on the Rudy side of the fence. Many of us, including myself, are good, decent conservatives with well-established conservative credentials. Steve Forbes, T. Boone Pickens and many others are over here waiting for the rest to join us. Yesterday we had milk and cookies for you, but alas they were all eaten up by the newcomers who moved us from 27 to 35. Today we have tuna fish sandwiches. Yum.

  • Rudy Down as Fred Rises

    04/20/2007 7:42:29 AM PDT · 15 of 25
    massadvj to Sturm Ruger
    And Rudy didn’t help his own cause with that talk of taxpayer-funded abortion in the CNN interview

    He took his licks on this when he went down to 27 in the polls last week. He is now back to 35. The informed public has pretty much absorbed the info, and adjusted. The uninformed public will swing in Rudy's favor because they are largely pro-choice, even the Republicans.

  • Fox News/Opinion Dynamics 2008 National Primary Poll

    04/20/2007 7:39:59 AM PDT · 27 of 63
    massadvj to TommyDale
    So far, Fred Thompson hasn’t made any attempt at gaining traction. So what? A national poll is meaningless when the elections are individual state-by-state elections.

    If you look at it state by state, the case for Thompson is even weaker. Fred polls weak in OH and PA. He must take at least one of these two to win in November 08. Rudy loses in OH but takes PA and NJ, and that makes him the only Republican candidate at present capable of beating the Dim nominee.

    These numbers will not change appreciably in the next 6 months, but if Fred Thompson ever gets to a point that he can beat the Dims in PA or OH I will rethink my support for Rudy.

    I live in PA and I can tell you it ain't gonna happen. He's 14 points back in the general here. A generic Republican would poll higher.

  • Fox News/Opinion Dynamics 2008 National Primary Poll

    04/20/2007 7:14:03 AM PDT · 21 of 63
    massadvj to Post-Neolithic
    900 registered voters nationwide, does not a poll make. Assuming you believe in polls.

    I am a marketing PhD. We thrive on polling, so I believe that whenever you make a decision, in business or politics, it is better to make the decision with at least one eye open than to go in blind. You take what imperfect information you have and make of it what you will.

    This poll is roughly the same as yesterday's Gallup poll, so that adds more credence to it. But no poll has Rudy out of his front-runner status, nor Fred Thompson getting any traction, and that is what really matters. The numbers vary from poll to poll, but the message does not.

  • Rudy Down as Fred Rises

    04/20/2007 7:09:07 AM PDT · 12 of 25
    massadvj to Sturm Ruger
    Somehow, I doubt that they are taking Rudy at 35 and Fred at 8 to 10 as bad news over at Rudy Central. In fact, from what I hear, they are serving milk and cookies to all good conservatives who want to stop by, whether they decide to join the winning team or not.

    This conservative has joined the team, and I tell you it is warm and cozy and comfy, and the future is bright. Come on over, guys.

  • Fox News/Opinion Dynamics 2008 National Primary Poll

    04/20/2007 6:57:15 AM PDT · 14 of 63
    massadvj to areafiftyone

    Thompson down to 8. I am wondering if this is the public’s verdict on his lymphoma announcement. Rudy up after last week’s decline. Looks like the public absorbed his abortion revelations and is moving on.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 10:24:33 PM PDT · 54 of 70
    massadvj to Beagle8U
    No doubt baked and served by one of the queers he lived with.

    Hopefully, the person with the, shall we say, alternative lifestyle, will be welcomed into the fold so that we can get to a majority. But we'll have the cookies tested for various communicable diseases just to be on the safe side.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 10:21:31 PM PDT · 52 of 70
    massadvj to JustaDumbBlonde
    Or, put simply, you do not have any core beliefs that you are not willing to compromise for the sake of winning a political race.

    I did not say that. If this were true, I'd have supported Clinton over Dole. My purpose is simply to get back to the point that the most relevant discussions in politics are occurring within the Republican Party. Once that happens, you will find me vociferously opposed to anything anti-conservative Giuliani proposes, just as I have vociferously opposed much of GWB's agenda including Prescription Drugs for seniors, McCain-Feingold, Ted Kennedy's Education Bill, Harriet Miers, Amnesty for Illegals, and so forth.

    None of these political skirmishes would have been relevant without power. Today we have no power and the relevant discussions are at DU. When to surrender, now or next year. Great. We have to get the power back, and Giuliani is the only vessel capable of getting us there.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 10:11:05 PM PDT · 50 of 70
    massadvj to Graybeard58
    Do you really believe that?

    Well, I have a PhD myself in business, but I guess I wouldn't qualify as a scientist. But I have sat in numerous faculty lunchroom discussions with environmental science PhD's, geographers and the like. And I would say based on that, the majority seem to believe in man-made global warming, though they disagree on the severity, time line, effects, etc.

    But whether they do or not, the point is that the majority is not always right, in court cases, democracy, or anything else. In fact, I dare say that in my business I thrive because I do not subject my decisions to committee, as many of my competitors do.

    Within the framework of whatever is discussed, a minority view should be welcome. My credentials as a conservative are established, and I accept I am in the minority at FR. But that will not stop me from posting my observations.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 10:03:23 PM PDT · 49 of 70
    massadvj to ellery
    I don't see any viable candidate running as a 3rd party candidate. Maybe Ron Paul. But certainly not Hunter or Thompson or anyone else with mainstream credibility. Rudy's Veep will be plenty conservative, as will his stable of supporters.

    You cannot change the culture by changing politics. You can only change politics by changing the culture. The culture is not conservative anymore. Period. We can lament it until we are dinosaurs, but it is a fact. All of the data out there, including and especially the 2006 election results, say so.

    I am a businessman. As such, I assume the macro environment is something I cannot change. I must operate within the parameters as I find them. Most professional politicians approach their occupation this way, which is why people like Specter and Schwarzenegger have longevity whereas Santorum and Allen did not.

    In my heart, I wish it were not so. But it is. The sooner we all figure out how to come to grips with it, the better. If a conservative emerges who can demonstrably beat the Dims in the general, I will rethink it. But I am convinced that will not happen.

    And I will support my party's nominee whoever it is, whether I think he can win or not.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 9:47:07 PM PDT · 44 of 70
    massadvj to JustaDumbBlonde
    The vast majority of members in this forum are not buying that argument.

    The vast majority of scientists believe in man-made global warming. That does not make them correct. And it certainly does not justify shutting down a minority view.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 9:39:27 PM PDT · 42 of 70
    massadvj to garv
    On top of that, the polls, like yesterday's Gallup, continue to show Republicans are unsatisfied with the current candidates

    This is total spin. If you are going to a restaurant and someone asks you if you'd like a bigger menu, are you going to say no? Who doesn't want more choices, in anything? It's a silly game being played by the MSM to try to gin up some controversy.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 9:36:41 PM PDT · 41 of 70
    massadvj to garv
    CNN and Amer Res Group 4/10 had Rudy at 27, probably in reaction to the public funding of abortion revelations. Now that this is behind him, both Gallup and Fox have Rudy at 35 this week, evidence that the predicted erosion is not coming. If someone is going to beat Giuliani, he had better put forth something positive rather than counting on attacks.

    Thompson's high water mark was LA Times 4/9 at 15. Today Fox News has him at 8.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 9:29:02 PM PDT · 37 of 70
    massadvj to ellery
    How do you reconcile your Constitutionalism with Giuliani’s dismal record on the Constitution and Bill of Rights?

    I don't. If I were to vote strictly based on my principles, I would support Ron Paul. But voting is a strategic act. It requires political judgment in addition to conviction.

    I have a PhD in marketing, and am very experienced in political consulting as well as market segmentation and brand positioning. Viewed through that prism, it is very clear to me that Rudy is the only candidate capable of winning the general election in 2008.

    There is no point to having an education if you let your hopes and dreams get in the way of your ability to objectively assess information.

    Put simply, I do not let my political ideology cloud my political judgment.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 9:22:48 PM PDT · 35 of 70
    massadvj to garv
    OK, these are just the Fox Polls. Even there, he is only down from 39 to 36 in 3 months. I am sure that is well within the margin of error testing the hypothesis of no difference from time period to time period.

    It still demonstrates that the guy is teflon, since the last few months have not been particularly favorable to Giuliani from a conservative point of view. The guy is a fighter. He takes a lickin and keeps on tickin.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 9:08:59 PM PDT · 28 of 70
    massadvj to garv
    I'll assume you're simply mistaken when claiming Giuliani has gained in the polls when, in fact, he declined in both the most recent Gallup and Fox News polls.

    Attention objective lurkers: Here is the link. You decide who is up and who is down:

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 9:03:49 PM PDT · 26 of 70
    massadvj to JustaDumbBlonde
    Any cheerleading for Rudy is not advancing conservatism in any way, shape or form.

    A conservative case for Giuliani can be made, and I have been attempting to make it. It is based on the assumption that the Giuliani path is the only path to Republican victory, an assumption that has yet to be disproven by a single poll or any other evidence whatsoever.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 9:00:55 PM PDT · 25 of 70
    massadvj to JustaDumbBlonde

    Well, then, you should take it up with JimRob. It is his site, and his ground rules. I agreed to his rules, as he privately conveyed them to me. I will abide by my word, as I always do, and I am certain he will abide by his, as he always does.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 8:54:17 PM PDT · 23 of 70
    massadvj to Extremely Extreme Extremist
    You're the band that's continuing to play while the Titanic is going down.

    The Titanic went down in 2006. We are trying to get it a new ship on the water so that the most relevant discussions in politics are again held here at FR instead of at DU.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 8:45:22 PM PDT · 21 of 70
    massadvj to JeanS is not a link to a poll, is not a link to a poll. Do you have a direct link to the polls? Are they online polls or actual polls?

    Here is the Fox News poll. Real poll. It is a pdf file. You'll need Adobe Acrobat to read it. The results are nearly identical to Gallup yesterday.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 8:40:05 PM PDT · 20 of 70
    massadvj to JustaDumbBlonde
    I know that you didn’t miss JR’s words today on continuing to pimp for Rudy. Why do you continue?

    I had a private discussion with him. As I understand it, he does not object to my supporting Giuliani, but to my criticizing conservatives. So I have agreed to refrain from criticizing conservatives or conservatism, which is not hard for me to do since I am quite conservative myself, as JimRob well knows. I have been around these parts for 9 years and if you want to traverse my thousands of posts going all the way back to Clinton's impeachment, you will find that I have been consistently a hard-line conservative constitutionalist.

    In fact, in Rudy's house, conservatives will be offered a warm blanket, hot chocolate and oatmeal cookies. I am a conservative, and I am in Rudy's house, and I tell you it's nice and warm and the future is bright and free of negativity.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 8:28:29 PM PDT · 13 of 70
    massadvj to JeanS
    That's very disturbing if true. Got links?

    To what? The 8 point gain? It is at I linked it. Fox News today has him at 35, as did Gallup yesterday. Last week he had fallen to the mid 20's. Exposing himself on guns and abortion? There must be 100 threads at FR alone.

  • Poll; Rudy Leads All Potential Challengers in N.J.

    04/19/2007 8:25:36 PM PDT · 13 of 30
    massadvj to LdSentinal
    Rudy comes into this primary with NY CA NJ firmly in hand. You can add to that the strong likelihood that he will take CT VT PA WA OR ME RI. That is a whole lot of convention delegates, even if they are from blue states. If the field is three, all Rudy would need to do is get around 30 percent of the rest to win.

    Unless there is a major stumble, I cannot find a scenario in which a challenger beats him.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 8:10:53 PM PDT · 9 of 70
    massadvj to TNCMAXQ
    I have to wonder what will happen when McCain and Romney start running ads pointing out Giuliani’s previous record of liberalism, his chumminess with Clinton, etc. This could cause him to fall.

    With Giuliani gaining 8 points in the last week in spite of numerous MSM hit pieces attacking him, I think the guy is pretty much immune from attack. He was inoculated the day his city was devastated by terrorists, and any hits targeted at him will backfire on the attacker. We are already seeing evidence of that.

    Whoever wants to beat Rudy will have to generate some positive reasons to support the alternative, not the least of which will have to be a demonstrated ability to beat the Dim nominee in the general. I don't believe it will happen.

  • Giulianiís Lead Shrinks ("It was cold in the pool")

    04/19/2007 8:00:24 PM PDT · 4 of 70
    massadvj to Mr. Brightside
    Bad news for Rudy Giuliani: his lead in the polls is shrinking quite dramatically. The main cause seems to be… (growing) support for Fred Thompson - who still has to announce his candidacy. Where, in February, “44 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents preferred” him for the nomination, “that figure is [now] down to 33 percent.”

    The truth is, in the past week, Giuliani has gained about 8 points even after exposing himself on abortion and guns. Here are the polls if you want to see them:

    If you want to know why all the anti-Rudy tirades on FR tonight, I suggest you take a look at the today's Fox News poll showing Rudy at 35 and Thompson at 8. All of the buzz Thompson is trying to generate has born little fruit as he has lost 7 points in the past few weeks.

    I think some good and decent conservatives are reaching the tipping point. The realization is sinking in that the political center has indeed shifted away from us, yet again. And yet again we are confronted with having to choose between ideology and relevance.

    Even if Rudy Giuliani is not welcome in your house, I am sure all conservatives will always be welcome in his. He will have milk and chocolate chip cookies waiting for you.

  • Giuliani Reports Skyscraping Early Money Total for White House Bid

    04/19/2007 3:15:11 PM PDT · 85 of 247
    massadvj to Jim Robinson
    The Republican party is (or was) the conservative party. Are you a conservative?

    JimRob, some of us think the Republican Party has not been conservative for quite some time. GHWB was certainly no conservative. GWB is not a conservative, although he is pro-life. When we had a majority in congress, they did very little that was conservative.

    About the only think in the Republican Party that is conservative is the rhetoric. Giuliani refuses to engage in the rhetoric, and in spite of the fact that I disagree with him on abortion and guns, I must admire his courage in refusing to pander the conservative activists in the party. The activists are in the minority, as we will see when this all plays out.

    Either you do not have a handle on the pulse of the American people, or Zogby, Rasmussen, Gallup and the like don't. Because they all say Giuliani is quite a popular guy with the public.

    The one thing I think you will find about Rudy is that, like Reagan, the criticism will flow off him like water off a duck. He was innoculated from criticism the day his city was devastated by the terrorists, and whosoever attacks him loses credibility themselves, in the collective minds of the public at large. That is an advantage the Republican Party cannot afford to ignore, especially given the current state of affairs.

    This is no longer a conservative country, I am afraid, JimRob, just as California is no longer a conservative state.

    If you want to be relevant, you take the best coalition you can get. Giuliani is the only guy who can get us to a majority in 08, and more and more Republicans (yes, conservatives like Steve Forbes and T. Boone Pickens as well) are seeing that.

    I guess you'll not be posting photos of the president's day and holding inaugural balls after Rudy wins. You'll become more of a niche and less mainstream, but that may well be a good thing for conservatives in the long run.

    As for me, I think he is going to win, and I'd rather have some influence over the guy than be on the outside looking in.

  • Full Rudy Context [Rudy's Latest Abortion Stand]

    04/19/2007 2:48:57 PM PDT · 156 of 158
    massadvj to dirtboy
    So, anyone else agree that this is horse manure?

    Only all of America:

  • Full Rudy Context [Rudy's Latest Abortion Stand]

    04/19/2007 2:46:20 PM PDT · 155 of 158
    massadvj to Spiff
    So, let me get this right. What you’re trying to say is the pro-abortionist candidates like Rudy Giuliani are winners and that pro-life candidates are losers. Did I hear that right?

    Not necessarily. I am saying that Rudy Giuliani is the only candidate in the stable of potential Republican nominees with the capability to win the general in 08. His abortion position is really beside the point, although he does triangulate the Dems on the issue, which may be why he is polling so well.

  • Full Rudy Context [Rudy's Latest Abortion Stand]

    04/19/2007 8:27:42 AM PDT · 150 of 158
    massadvj to indylindy
    You are spinning horse manure.

    The only horse manure being spun around FR these days is that there is a pro-life candidate in the Republican stable who can win the general election of 08.

    A lot of true-believing conservatives are letting their political hopes and dreams cloud their political judgment. It would be laudable but for the fact that the stakes are so high.

  • Full Rudy Context [Rudy's Latest Abortion Stand]

    04/19/2007 8:19:40 AM PDT · 148 of 158
    massadvj to madprof98

    Rudy doesn’t need the American Spectator or anyone else to tell him how to finesse the abortion issue. He put the issue out there in the worst possible light, including his support for public funding. He took a 5 point hit in the polls, and now the public has absorbed the information. Giuliani is back to where he was before he took the hit, and never relinquished his front-runner status.

    Republican activists are going to find out that abortion is a back-burner issue for a majority of party voters. His abortion position actually helps him, because it increases his viability in the general election, and his support in the primary is driven by that.

  • Democratic Race Tightens as Views of Clinton Become More Negative

    04/18/2007 8:32:22 PM PDT · 9 of 21
    massadvj to Clintonfatigued

    The same poll shows Giuliani back up to 35 percent. I am still waiting for that dramatic fall off the social conservatives are predicting. Thompson, meanwhile shows no increase in support in spite of all the buzz he has been getting. Time to coalesce behind Giuliani and move on to the general.

  • America Is Preparing Kids For The Future As Servants

    04/18/2007 8:14:27 PM PDT · 106 of 107
    massadvj to A. Pole
    The forces propelling us toward a faster-paced, faster-evolving civilization are irretrievable and unstoppable, even by martial law. The Chinese even see that. The iron curtain fell in large part because information cannot be contained between national borders. The global market diminishes the power and sovereignty of national governments and is therefore a good thing, IMHO.

    But what I think does not matter so much as the reality that this train is moving and will not be stopped. It is far bigger than government, any government, including the US government. The US GDP is but 20 percent of the world economy.

    The macro environment is what it is. In business we assume it is beyond our control. So we attempt to predict it, and manipulate those variables we do control so that we benefit from the anticipated changes. My suggestion to any young person today is to stop making value judgments about the macro environment. All change presents opportunity. Welcome the change, anticipate the changes coming next, and figure out how to benefit from them.

    The best thing you can do for your society is to prosper.

  • America Is Preparing Kids For The Future As Servants

    04/18/2007 7:53:41 PM PDT · 102 of 107
    massadvj to A. Pole
    Go with your instincts. However, nobody in any field has a stable career anymore. Especially in medicine, things change so quickly you will be spending your career continually educating yourself as to the latest techniques and newest technologies. To be able to succeed you will need to be able to adapt. That is my point.

    If you don't believe me or think differently, then go with your instincts. I am merely giving you the same advise I give my student advisees. Some take it, some don't. No big deal. It's just my opinion.

  • America Is Preparing Kids For The Future As Servants

    04/18/2007 3:46:35 PM PDT · 95 of 107
    massadvj to A. Pole

    In the history of mankind, doctors have always been among the most prosperous professions, so I would not bet against them. As the population ages, their services will be in greater demand.

  • America Is Preparing Kids For The Future As Servants

    04/18/2007 2:44:40 PM PDT · 93 of 107
    massadvj to A. Pole
    Can you be very advanced in many fields?

    I said functionally skillful, not advanced. Knowing a lot about a little will not get you far anymore, IMHO. It is the person who knows a little about a lot who will do better. In a changing environment, the successful person will be the one who can understand the synthesis of different areas. Health care marketing, for example.

  • America Is Preparing Kids For The Future As Servants

    04/18/2007 10:41:36 AM PDT · 60 of 107
    massadvj to ketsu
    And in what fields?

    If I were a young person thinking about a major, I would major in some technical field such as engineering or Biology, and minor in business. I would take my electives in introductory languages so that I had a working knowledge of Spanish and Arabic and Chinese.

    We simply do not know what will be important in the future. That is what makes the present so exciting. If I were designing a curriculum, I'd make students take 120 one unit classes to graduate, as opposed to 40 3 unit classes.

    The people who do the best in the future will be very adaptable, not particularly locked into any one way of thinking, and functionally skillful in a multitude of areas, both technical and cultural.

  • America Is Preparing Kids For The Future As Servants

    04/18/2007 10:30:51 AM PDT · 56 of 107
    massadvj to ketsu
    But in the future how will the American economy sustain itself?

    It will sustain itself as it always has. By being at the forefront of technology, information and innovation, and by adapting as the world changes.

    We cannot predict where the future growth will come from anymore than we could have predicted what the Internet would become in 1980. But we do know what kind of system will keep us competitive; and that is a system that is open and honest and free of government intrusion.

    You want to be rich yourself? Figure out the next big thing and make that thing happen. Given the fact that you have free and open, instantaneous communication with just about anyone in the world, there are very few boundaries except those imposed by your own fears. I suggest you stop thinking about what may not be possible and focus on what is possible.

    Every American economic pessimist in history was wrong. Don't join them.

  • America Is Preparing Kids For The Future As Servants

    04/18/2007 10:21:32 AM PDT · 52 of 107
    massadvj to Leo Carpathian

    Good for you, my friend. God bless and good luck.

  • America Is Preparing Kids For The Future As Servants

    04/18/2007 9:21:57 AM PDT · 40 of 107
    massadvj to A. Pole
    What is your definition of capital, may I ask?

    Capital is anything that can be traded. Labor, money, loans, stocks, bonds, goods. If it can be traded in a mutually beneficial exchange, it qualifies.

    Capital goods are goods used in the manufacture of other goods. But capital refers to all assets, whether tangible or intangible, that have value.

  • America Is Preparing Kids For The Future As Servants

    04/18/2007 9:15:55 AM PDT · 36 of 107
    massadvj to Leo Carpathian
    It's not the question of closing our system, but removing crippling regulations, unions, enviro BS that is driving wealth producting manufacturing offshore.

    This part I agree with. It's attempting to impose trade barriers in order to protect the regulation that I have a problem with.

  • America Is Preparing Kids For The Future As Servants

    04/18/2007 9:13:37 AM PDT · 35 of 107
    massadvj to ketsu
    That's a good point. But doesn't that process rely on continuous appreciation of the assets that are the targets of investment? What happens when you hit an inevitable down cycle and your assets are no longer good targets for investment? I'm specifically thinking of disasters in countries like Argentina when investment dried up.

    The problem with Latin American and other places was not the trade balance but government spending and government loan guarantees. The market would quickly have sorted things out had politicians not been involved. The capital would have been used for investment rather than socialism. It's the difference between teaching someone to fish versus giving them a fish.

    The problem in the US is out of control government, not out of control business. Business operates within constraints imposed by markets, which will be imperfect, but correct themselves quickly. Government operates outside those constraints. So asking government to constrain markets is like asking the wolf to guard the hen house.

    I am a business professor with a PhD in marketing. To fully understand what I am talking about requires quite an education. I have had eight years, and still do not understand it fully. But certain things are well-known, even to liberals. One of them is that free markets are way more efficient than controlled ones.

    The two industries with the most out-of-control pricing are health care and education. It is no coincidence that these are the two industries with the most government regulation. Imposing more restrictions on imports and exports would yield results comparable to those we face in education and health care: it would dramatically increase the price of everything and produce a semi-permanent class of people who produce nothing but useless paperwork.

  • America Is Preparing Kids For The Future As Servants

    04/18/2007 8:49:00 AM PDT · 29 of 107
    massadvj to ketsu
    Right now our economy is operating at a net loss(correct me if I’m wrong) which is sustained by an influx of foreign capital.

    Capital is a product no less valid than a tangible product. Is the money you spend to go to a movie less important than the money you spend on an iPod? The fact that the iPod is tangible makes no difference as far as economic flows are concerned.

    We attract capital because we are the most efficient, open and honest system in the world. So long as we remain so, we have nothing to worry about. Closing our system, imposing more regulations and barriers, would dry things up in a hurry, and be quite counterproductive to what protectionists claim as their goals.

  • Mexico leads in migrations

    04/18/2007 8:43:28 AM PDT · 12 of 27
    massadvj to LNewman
    The northward flow of Mexicans to the United States is one of the largest exoduses in modern history. The equivalent of 10% of Mexico's population of 107 million people now resides north of the border, according to estimates.

    It's the socialism, stupid. The disparity in wealth between the two countries has always been there. In 1950's and early 60's there were lots of migrant workers, and it was never a problem. The problems started occurring after we granted noncitizens access to our social services. It was like erecting a giant electro-magnet to pick up all the debris within hundreds of miles of our southern border.

    Erecting a wall will not solve the problem, it is merely a fruitless attempt to lock in our socialism. No socialist system can survive with open borders. So I say keep the borders open and let the socialism implode of its own weight, and then maybe we can reverse the tide. Otherwise it will just be bandaid after bandaid, where a tourniquet is needed, for years and years to come.

  • America Is Preparing Kids For The Future As Servants

    04/18/2007 8:29:49 AM PDT · 20 of 107
    massadvj to A. Pole
    Please stop the fear-mongering. That should be the province of the left. This country is in better economic shape today than it has been at any time in history, precisely because we have been willing to adapt and refused to close our system to outsiders.

    If doctors, nurses, systems analysts, engineers and the like are mere servants, then I would say there is great honor in service.

    In the United States of America, there are plenty of avenues open for someone who wants to break out of poverty, or the working class. You have to get past the hucksters and charlatans to find the path but it is there if you wish to find it. A practically-free education is available. Open access to worldwide markets is available in just about every industry you could name.

    The world economy is like electricity flowing all around you, and all you have to do is make a decision to plug into it to participate. Placing more legal restrictions on the economy would only harm those who seek upward mobility, not help them.

    Maybe you'll find a more receptive audience at DU. Over here we like ingenuity and hard work, and think it should be rewarded.

  • Cho Seung-Hui's Plays (From his writing class)

    04/18/2007 8:18:38 AM PDT · 71 of 99
    massadvj to Sender
    if there are hundreds of gore fest scripts being written by college students on the level of “Richard McBeef”, then we may as well resign ourselves to picking the vegetables Americans don’t want to pick.

    There are a lot of students out there who want to be the next Quentin Tarantino, and there are plenty of communications professors willing to push them in that direction. This kid's writings were no more shocking than a typical Tarantino script. The difference is pretty much in the the writer's having no depth of understanding as to what drives the characters to violence.

    The line that separates "art" from "fart" is very, very thin these days.

  • Cho Seung-Hui's Plays (From his writing class)

    04/18/2007 8:11:37 AM PDT · 70 of 99
    massadvj to ReignOfError
    but his grammar and syntax appear to be at least competent,

    This is why he was going to graduate. Most liberal arts professors are relativists, afraid to pass judgment on content lest they appear too judgmental. So they grade the grammar. This particular student was smart enough to have figured out the language without understanding anything about the nuances of the culture that the language is a part of. I'd be curious to know what his GPA was. I suspect it was in the mid 3's, which would shed quite a light on the nature of today's higher education system.