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    • Thu, Nov 20, 2008 - 07:21pm

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      lundsta

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      Re: What a true and noble leader does not do

    A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”  Rosalynn Carter

     

    I just don’t have faith in our new administration. I am actually horrified by the bias, closed minded individuals he has been considering for staff positions. If anyone has articles or information to prove otherwise it would be helpful.  

    • Wed, Nov 19, 2008 - 06:12am

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      Re: The 700 Billion to possible 2 Trillion Challenge

    Pierre Abelard:

    The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth.

     

    There is so much uncertainty around us today. I have finally figured out what I might do. First, I would try to send the message that our lifestyle before is not going to continue in the future. I would try to use every media outlet to explain we get a "redo". This is not really a bad thing. We have an opportunity here to change the American Dream. This is a gift.

    The funds~

    We have forgotten how to take care of ourselves. It is time we revist a simpler time. I would use the money to redo how we do our Energy, Food and Housing.

     

    Energy~ invest in solar, wind and hydro energy. Help americans make the switch to use renewable energy sources. I would also invest money to continue finding new ways for energy. ( I dont know enough about all the options to elaborate) I would let the automakers fail. The auto workers would find new work in renewable energy. There would also need to be funds set aside to research replacements for fossil fuels.

    Food~ I would allocate about 500 billion to Organic Farming. Maybe focus on Permaculture studies. No more feeding our children food from other countries. We have all the tools we need in our country to be completely sufficient.

    Housing~ I would allocate 500 billion for "green" housing. We are wasteful. No one needs a 4000 square foot house. I would offer new housing developements (my goal would be to help those that are homeless from this mess). These new developments would be smaller 1200 squarefoot homes with renewable energy. They would be set up to allow the community to grow some of their own food as well. These communities would serve as a model for future homes.

    I would also use my presidential power to freeze all government salaries. If energy, food and housing are more affordable they could live on 45k salary. I believe this would save us enormous amounts of money.

    These are just general ideas I had. Thanks!

    • Tue, Nov 18, 2008 - 10:09pm

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      Re: Any comments on mass tax failure?

    I live in Oregon. Property taxes are due and I know alot of people who have claimed they are not paying. How many would have to not pay taxes before the government would give up? Is this the best strategy we have right now to get their attention?

    • Mon, Nov 17, 2008 - 07:53pm

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      Re: The 700 Billion to possible 2 Trillion Challenge

    Make all people in power take courses in economics, sustainability, applied sciences and social sciences. If Paulson had taken my sustainability class he would have failed and been forced to pick a new major. I am not saying being educated will solve all the problems, but it always helps. I know a copy of the crash course for congress is less than 2 trillion. 🙂

    • Mon, Nov 10, 2008 - 07:32pm

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      Re: Informal Retail Sales Survey

    Best Buy- Washington county, Oregon Electronics chain

    Bed, Bath and Beyond- Washington county, Oregon Home decor/supplies chain

    Macys – Washington county, Oregon Retail chain

     

    All reported slowest they have ever seen. They did not have data to back-up the opinion. 

     

    • Wed, Oct 29, 2008 - 01:47am

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      Re: Teaching our children

    Thanks for all the great responses. We appriciate all of them.

    • Wed, Oct 29, 2008 - 01:27am

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      Re: To all you Tree Huggers, Green Beings, and Eco Friendly Engi

    I believe this website could help. Enter in a year’s worth of cost and eletrical use (in kWh). It will show you exactly how much energy you need to generate with wind and the estimated cost. This website will also calculate the predicted enviornmental impact over 30 years.

    FYI~ These are the numbers using this company’s basic wind system. Depending on the system you install the results may vary.
    If you don’t have all your electric bills handy to enter in the data. Most homes use at least 35 kWh/day.

    http://www.bergey.com/Channels/1F.NJ.htm

    Hope this helps!

    I will research the conversion process and get back to you. 🙂

    • Tue, Oct 28, 2008 - 01:38am

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      Re: Lets make our own wanted list

    I hate to say it, but I feel we are all responsible. We elected the individuals you listed. Like you said,  we have much more power than we think. America is just brainwashed…..we think we need a large and "involved" government.

    • Mon, Oct 27, 2008 - 08:20pm

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      Re: Why Socialized medicine will never work in the US

    On a smaller scale it does work in the United States. I went to Oregon State University and we paid a $78 dollar fee every 3 months for medical care. All Doctor’s visits, labs, emergency visits and preventative care were free. I have found that paying 200 dollars for a doctor visit or 400 for lab work is all rediculous. You should be able to see a doctor for free. What you should pay for is the the actions prescribed by your doctor. I did not mind paying for drugs or hospital stays. However, no one should be able to charge what they do for a regular doc visit or lab charges. No one is worth 200 dollars for a 5 minute visit. A hospital should also not charge you 3000 per day plus physician fees and misc fees. Politicians need to focus on lowering the costs of all medical care first.

    When I had my daughter I went to one doctor, had a safe/normal delivery, stayed in the hospital 2 days and had full insurance coverage. I got 16 bills. I think it should only be one bill. The total billed to insurance was 16,000. I am sorry that is outrageous!! I was even mad my insurance company had to pay. Who knew that water in a hospital was 20 dollar/day?

     

    I know every person has a medical story like mine. I just don’t think a politician has the brains to fix these issues.

    Anyways I loved how they set-up the health system at college. I know on a larger scale that may not work, but it has to be better than what we have now.

     

    So this is what I usually paid in college: 

    Health Savings acct with High Deductible plan: 50 dollar per month

    College term fee: 320 dollars per year

    With this set-up I had no co-pays….visit, lab tests and preventative care were free. Major medical issues were covered under the High Deductible plan.  Alot cheaper and better health coverage. 

     

     

    • Mon, Oct 27, 2008 - 04:09am

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      Re: Advancements in Technology Being Controlled

    I agree with you. I would not put it past our government lobbyists, officials and monopolies in business to control advancements. That would mean they would have to think "outside-the-box"!!! Oh no what a scary idea haha! I find ironic that people that get to use the solar tax benefits are the people who have to use electricity as well. You cannot get the tax benefit if you are planning an off-grid residence.

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