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Computer guy living in California. I've been on this site for years now, so I'm not a newbie. :-)

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  1. 2 minutes ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Republicans have done nothing about the property insurance crisis either.

    In California, not a Republican stronghold, there’s also a property insurance crisis as many companies are leaving.

  2. 13 minutes ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Yes, and they’re booming, although they don’t tell you that on Fox.

    I can’t speak to New York, but I live in California. They have spent billions on homeless programs (enough to literally give each homeless person $100,000) — and the problem is getting worse.

    Source: Www.cnn.Com/2023/07/11/us/california-homeless-spending

    Opioids are a major problem here.

    The population declined enough (or other states grew more) so that California lost a seat in the House (although it did grow in 2023-2024 for the first time since 2020).

    Retail theft is still a problem (as I was writing this, I literally just saw a story on the news about one in Watsonville).

    There’s a $44.9 billion budget deficit (two years after they had a $97.5 billion surplus).

    Sources:

    calmatters.Org/commentary/2024/05/california-budget-surplus-became-deficit/

    apnews.Com/article/california-budget-deficit-gov-gavin-newsom-8f502d57d00d551c0b6b6331367f7a25

    How do you define “booming”? Do you live here to provide a valid counterpoint?

    I’m personally OK, but I own my house and have a good paying job that I can do remotely. Good luck if you’re renting and not making six-figures, though.

  3. about 2 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    That’s because people seem far less willing to compromise and think a “win” for the “other side” is a “loss” for “their side”.

  4. about 2 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    That’s presuming they survived. ;-)

  5. about 2 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    It’ll be gone as soon as the weather warms up, maybe April.

    And some medical experts also thought COVID might be seasonal like the flu. Some, like Fauci, also said people didn’t need masks — until more became known about COVID.

    People got things wrong about something we hadn’t seen before. Do you expect anybody to get new things right the first time?

  6. about 2 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    @Ichabod Ferguson I believe that’s a Churchill quite.

    However, he left off part — “And then we do the right thing better than almost anybody else in the world.”

  7. about 2 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    President Obama had to drag us out of the wreckage of bush II, just as President Biden dragged us out of the wreckage of trump.

    What was the “wreckage of Trump”? Employment was high (pre-pandemic), inflation was “normal” (about 2%), no cities were wrecked (except maybe Portland and Minneapolis, but that wasn’t due to anything Trump did), etc.

    You disagreed with his policies, which is fair, but what was the “wreckage”?

  8. about 2 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Quit paying tens of thousands for speakers to appear at college campuses, my fees should only be for teachers and classes. And please no lazy rivers or golf courses. I wish I could say no sports but I’ll be tarred and feathered.

    If the schools can finance the lazy rivers from donor funds or the sports pay for themselves, why do you care?

    Of course, most collegiate sports probably don’t pay for themselves; they’re sometimes paid for by other sports where some sports (especially football and basketball) are popular, but I don’t presume that’s always the case.

    I also have to wonder how many women’s college sports pay for themselves. Without Title IX, I suspect some colleges would only have women’s basketball and/or volleyball (and many might not have that) if sports had to pay for themselves.

    Men might not fare much better. Football and basketball often pay for themselves, and hockey and baseball might pay for themselves, but I doubt sports like track & field, water polo, fencing, lacrosse, wrestling, etc. pay their bills at many places.

  9. about 2 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    We are on a course that leads to hyperinflation and still spend on things that are worthless at best and harmful at worst. Abolish all Federal nonmilitary spending.

    So no national currency, no Social Security or Medicare, no national automobile standards, no FBI to investigate interstate crime, no CIA or NSA to keep track of foreign adversaries, no diplomats or State Department, etc.

    Re: Grand Coulee Dam, electricity generation without fossil fuels is a nice idea, but do you really think damming all of the wild rivers is worthy?

    Where did anybody say that? His point was that states are unlikely to be able to finance large projects, like some dams.

    While I’d like to cut lots of federal spending, I think there are plenty of worthy endeavors outside of the military.

  10. about 3 hours ago on Pearls Before Swine

    @markkahler52 No nation like the US. When we see a problem, we face it, roll up our sleeves…and do nothing!!

    I’ll ask some questions.

    First, what about the work America did in clean air to fight smog and clean water to fight pollution? The first Earth Day took place in America, for example. I guess you also forgot who helped win World War 2. (Yes, it took a while to enter it, but we certainly did a lot.)

    Second, what country does any better?