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    Godless reacted to MarginOfError in Student Loan Forgiveness Antireligious?   
    No, I don't think this is anti-religious. But I would agree that it is rewarding the irresponsible.  I think we would disagree on who are the irresponsible parties.
    I have major concerns with student loan forgiveness, because the origin of the massive loans is tuition and living costs at universities spiraling out of control. And they're spiraling out of control because universities are cutting and reducing programs, expanding administration, and building out higher cost living facilities for students.  All those costs get passed down to the students. These costs are not readily manageable, and thus more loans are taken out. Then when costs keep going up, student loan programs offer more funding, and the schools start competing to get that money.
    In short, higher education institutions are not competing for students, anymore; they are competing to get the students' loan money. And every time they make decisions (increasing tuition, cost of living, etc), the institutions get rewarded with more loan money. Offering loan forgiveness without reforming the loan program would just further reward crappy behavior on the part of the institutions. 
    Now, I don't want to take away from the fact that people have walked themselves into these problems by insisting on going to overpriced "popular" schools, or pursuing full on degrees at large universities that could have been completed just as well at smaller, less expensive schools. Or for insisting that they not work while studying, or any combination of a lot of factors. So I've never been a fan of complete loan forgiveness (in fact, I'm vehemently against full forgiveness). But I'm not opposed to offering some form of relief if there are substantive changes to the loan program itself (and no, I don't really have any thoughts on where to start).
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    Godless reacted to LDSGator in southern boarder   
    To me, that’s the biggest sign that the GOP has gone nuts. She had a 90% something rating from the American Conservative Union. She ain’t Susan Collins or Lincoln Chaffee. 
     
    But the Trumpers still wanted her dismissed because she didn’t bow to the supreme commander. Complete madness. 
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    Godless got a reaction from LDSGator in southern boarder   
    It's bigger than Trump at this point. A lot of those AF types turned on Trump after he failed to follow through on stopping Biden's presidency on/after 1/6, or at the very least dish out some pardons to rioters. He lost a lot more followers last year when he touted the vaccine. The movement is moving forward without him, and I don't even think he realizes it.
    I'm just not convinced of that. There's a rift, sure. But the leftist wing of the party knows that it can't survive politically without the rest of the party. They're actively trying to remake/reform the Democratic party to reflect modern issues and circumstances. America First is more likely to stab the GOP in the back than work to reform it. They'll divide conservatives and then cry fraud when they keep losing elections.
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    Godless got a reaction from Carborendum in 7%. Oy.   
    It sounds like Abbott has already decreased inspections in exchange for a commitment to increased border security from Mexican officials. So hopefully this situation blows over and turns out to be nothing.
    In theory, sure, these inspections should be quick. And it's possible that they are. But how many inspectors were made available for these secondary inspections? If it's less than the number of customs inspectors at the border, than the process will take considerably longer. And based on the fact that every local news outlet was reporting delays of several hours, I'd say that these new checkpoints were probably severely undermanned. I also seriously doubt that the Republican Ag Commissioner would have put himself in the crosshairs over a trivial supply concern. 
    We'll see what ultimately happens to shelf stock and prices. Whether due to an understanding with Mexico or political pressure, it seems like Abbott may have changed course quickly enough to avoid a disaster. However, it's worth considering that one of our biggest imports from Mexico is produce. It doesn't take much of a delay to spoil millions of dollars worth of product. Again, we should know more in the coming weeks if/how Abbott's stunt will affect food markets.
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    Godless got a reaction from LDSGator in southern boarder   
    A lot of them think Trump let himself be defeated by "the swamp", but they still admire what he stood for in the beginning and they want to finish what he started, with or without him.
     
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    Godless reacted to LDSGator in southern boarder   
    Yes….and no. He’s called the “teflon Don” for a reason @Godless. Also, if his followers really turned on him over those issues than maybe they aren’t as cult like as you and I think they are-and yes, I do think Trumpers are members of a cult. 
     
    That’s where we differ. Like I’ve mentioned on many other issues, time will tell. 
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    Godless got a reaction from LDSGator in southern boarder   
    It's bigger than Trump at this point. A lot of those AF types turned on Trump after he failed to follow through on stopping Biden's presidency on/after 1/6, or at the very least dish out some pardons to rioters. He lost a lot more followers last year when he touted the vaccine. The movement is moving forward without him, and I don't even think he realizes it.
    I'm just not convinced of that. There's a rift, sure. But the leftist wing of the party knows that it can't survive politically without the rest of the party. They're actively trying to remake/reform the Democratic party to reflect modern issues and circumstances. America First is more likely to stab the GOP in the back than work to reform it. They'll divide conservatives and then cry fraud when they keep losing elections.
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    Godless got a reaction from NeuroTypical in southern boarder   
    I can't promise that I can satisfactorily answer your questions, but I'll try my best.
     
    I certainly won't deny that these problems exist. Politics has always been toxic, and it seems like it's gotten exponentially more so in recent years, with absolutely despicable behavior occuring on both sides.
    With rent specifically, the problem goes much deeper than that. Government isn't the problem there, but it could be the solution. But it would require an act of actual socialism to solve, so it'll probably never happen. Something similar to what happened in Berlin last year (which, it's worth noting, is likely to fail because it was a toothless referendum) but more actionable. 
    I've been watching this very closely. Before the 2016 election, I predicted that a Trump victory would ultimately destroy the GOP. Six years later, I still stand by it. The "America First" wing of the Republican Party is relatively small, but very influential. They have (at least) four members in the US House of Representatives, and several others in state legislatures. And they hate the Republican old guard a lot more than the left hates their Dem counterparts. I truly believe that there's a real chance that the far right will ultimately split from the GOP and form their own party. I don't see that happening on the left. 
    Hispanic people on the left have always hated that, which is why I never used it. I feel like I've been seeing it less frequently as (bipartisan) Hispanic voices have gotten louder in their opposition to it.
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    Godless reacted to Ironhold in southern boarder   
    The biggest demographic growth in Republican supporters has been among Hispanic voters. 
    One contributing factor is the fact that "progressive" pundits and talking heads insist on using "Latinx" to refer to those of Latin-American ancestry, which represents them attempting to force their political and social sensibilities on the Spanish language. 
    I myself have literally seen social media exchanges consisting of someone who is on the more "progressive" side using the term, people who are Hispanic asking them not to and explaining why they regard it as offensive, and the someone trying to defend their continued use of the term. 
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    Godless reacted to Ironhold in southern boarder   
    For those who aren't familiar with Spanish as a language - 
    The -o and -a you see at the end of many Spanish words is a result of Spanish being an inherently gendered language. 
    The prefixes "la" and "las", and the suffixes "-a" and "as", indicate an item or group that is feminine or female. 
    The prefixes "el" and "los", and the suffixes "-o and -os", indicate an item or group that is either masculine, male, or mixed-gender. 
    This even goes for inanimate objects. 
    los pantalones = a pair of pants = masculine
    la pluma = ink pen = feminine
    Gender is so inherent to Spanish, as a language, that it would be impossible to remove gender without utterly destroying the language and having to start from scratch. 
    The problem is that many people who self-identify as politically progressive are against gendered language in the belief that it's inherently sexist, to the point that a moderator over at controversial video gaming website Reset Era banned someone for repeated use of the word "German" in the belief that it was somehow gendered. 
    As a result, whenever anything dealing with Spanish as a language comes up, they insist on using "-x" as a gender-neutral suffix even though it has no place in Spanish as a language. Instead, it's nothing more than pure cultural imperialism. 
    Things like this are why an increasing number of Hispanic voters are shying away from progressive-leaning causes and politicians. 
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    Godless got a reaction from Traveler in southern boarder   
    The real truth right now is that there isn't a viable third option. Biden's approval ratings among Democrats is absolutely abysal right now, and it's because the old guard Dem establishment is horrifically out of touch with today's liberal voters. This guy put it perfectly: 

    I vote 100% Democrat in every election, but I do not consider myself a Democrat. I vote for them with the expectation that they won't screw things up too much worse than they already are, which is an expectation that Republicans have never been able to satisfy. It's a weak expectation, literally the bare minimum, and the fact that Democrats seem happy with it is the only thing keeping them from dominating every election cycle.
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    Godless got a reaction from Traveler in southern boarder   
    The real truth right now is that there isn't a viable third option. Biden's approval ratings among Democrats is absolutely abysal right now, and it's because the old guard Dem establishment is horrifically out of touch with today's liberal voters. This guy put it perfectly: 

    I vote 100% Democrat in every election, but I do not consider myself a Democrat. I vote for them with the expectation that they won't screw things up too much worse than they already are, which is an expectation that Republicans have never been able to satisfy. It's a weak expectation, literally the bare minimum, and the fact that Democrats seem happy with it is the only thing keeping them from dominating every election cycle.
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    Godless reacted to LDSGator in southern boarder   
    The irony here is that I vote the opposite way for the same reasons! 
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    Godless reacted to Traveler in southern boarder   
    I can easily see why they disagree with the Republicans - especially those that make their living as a member of the Republican party.  And I think I would understand your statement better if you included just one word in your explanation so it read as follows: "Simply put-they blindly agree with their platform."  I hope it is not because of the results of those they elect.
     
    The Traveler
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    Godless reacted to LDSGator in southern boarder   
    Simply put-they agree with their platform and disagree with the republicans. There. That easy. It’s no grand conspiracy, they aren’t bad people. It’s just a matter of agreeing with their platform more than others. 
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    Godless reacted to NeuroTypical in southern boarder   
    What do you mean by "controlled"?
    I'm thinking the vast majority of folks hopping the border illegally are just wanting to get into the US for a better life, without going through "proper" channels.  (Understandable, because "proper channels" are more about political rivalry through legislation than about a sane immigration policy.)
    I'm aware how the coyotes and orgs that move them, press 'em into service as a way to pay for their transport, hold family members hostages, etc.  But 100% of them?  
    A source would be helpful.  That means a link to a study or article or something I can read.
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    Godless reacted to mordorbund in Justice Breyer to retire   
    Avatar checks out.
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    Godless reacted to NeuroTypical in Biden: What the???   
    This should be the headline: “crotchety old man tries to fight back against people being loud, ends up just looking senile”
    I mean, I get that this guy is president and that’s why it’s news, but is it really that hard to understand?
    People interested in presidents looking and acting presidential, have been disappointed for a long time. Surely nobody is surprised anymore…
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    Godless reacted to JohnsonJones in Drilling and the price of gas   
    The problem right now is not that we are not drilling enough gas, but pure and unadulterated greed.
    We EXPORT 8.63 Million Barrels per day.  We IMPORT 8.47 million barrels per day.  Overall, we already drill enough to supply our own oil if we wanted to.
    The price of OIL and Natural gas in Europe is being heavily impacted by the War in Ukraine and sanctions.  Those do not have (or should not have) a heavy impact on the US...YET.
    The price of Oil and Gas in Europe should be rising astronomically...BUT...the prices in the US should NOT be as they are NOT even really affected by it thus far (well, they've been affected with a 1% change, but compared to the prices we've seen at the pump...that's actually negligible compared to the price increase).
    Why has the price of gas risen then?
    Simply put...because they can.  Right now, the demand is high enough that as long as they keep raising the price, Americans will buy it...so why decrease it?  They may be using the War as an excuse, but it's not the actual reason the price is rising so quickly.  It really boils down to the CEO's made up an excuse and are using it to jack up the price because they can...because we will pay it regardless..at least thus far.
    The BIGGER question I have is whether this will hit us up for a recession.  Generally steep rises in the price of gas and oil is a fore telling of a recession that is incoming.  Last time a really steep incline happened I think was right before the 2008 Great Recession hit. 
    Cause and effect...
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    Godless reacted to Just_A_Guy in Drilling and the price of gas   
    The way it’s been explained to me is:
    1).  Drilling permits are good for ten years.  One of Biden’s campaign promises was to stop issuing new drilling permits.  Although he has not kept this pledge, oil companies fear that he may start doing so in the next year or two.  They have to hold enough permits in reserve to continue operations through the end of a hostile administration; they’re not about to blow all those permits with no assurance that they’ll be able to get more when they need them in 2023 or (should the gods curse us with a second round of Biden/Harris) 2027.
    American oil’s current business model has the rare advantage of being both cautious and (given rising prices) insanely lucrative—and we expect them to increase supply (forfeiting their unprecedented short-term profit margins) and endanger their future operations, just to raise the short-term political prospects of a president who is on-record acknowledging that he hates their living, breathing guts and wishes they were all unemployed?
    Yeah, no—not gonna happen.
    The trouble with spending fifty years whipping up hatred towards a particular group of people is that sooner or later—they start to hate you back; and a few platitudes about “patriotism” at the last minute when the going gets tough typically doesn’t undo half a century of malice. 
    2).  It’s not strictly a game of how much oil we can get out of the ground.  Ten or twenty years ago, US oil refiners largely gambled that most of our oil in the future would be “sour” (high-sulfur) oil from overseas; and they tooled accordingly.  North American oil is “sweeter” (lower in sulfur); and even if we pumped/drilled more of it, the capacity to refine it all domestically just doesn’t exist right now.
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    Godless got a reaction from JohnsonJones in Russia-Ukraine conflict   
    Good to know that we have the personal psychiatrist of both President Biden and VP Harris in this forum. Very enlightening.
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    Godless got a reaction from JohnsonJones in Russia-Ukraine conflict   
    I'm not here to defend Kamala, but in reference to the emphasized bit..... I mean..... surely you're joking, right? 🤨
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    Godless got a reaction from Traveler in Russia-Ukraine conflict   
    And to merge your two points, I don't know how many times I saw liberals try to play Dr. Phil with Trump when he was in office. It was dumb when they did it, and it's dumb when conservatives do it with Biden/Harris. Again, I'm not necessarily here to defend either of them, but unless you've personally evaluated them in a private medical setting, spare me your psychiatric "evaluations" and find something real to hit them with. 
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    Godless got a reaction from Traveler in Russia-Ukraine conflict   
    And to merge your two points, I don't know how many times I saw liberals try to play Dr. Phil with Trump when he was in office. It was dumb when they did it, and it's dumb when conservatives do it with Biden/Harris. Again, I'm not necessarily here to defend either of them, but unless you've personally evaluated them in a private medical setting, spare me your psychiatric "evaluations" and find something real to hit them with. 
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    Godless reacted to Grunt in Russia-Ukraine conflict   
    I agree 100% regarding a diagnosis, but you don't need to be a doctor to watch Biden and see something is wrong.   I saw the same thing with my grandparents and great-grandparents.   I couldn't render a diagnosis then, but we knew grandma was going to ask the same question 37 times and forget we answered it earlier.  We knew she was going to lose her train of thought regularly and not finish sentences.  We knew her mental acuity had declined.  While I couldn't say "she has dementia" and don't know if she did, but we DID know she wasn't fit for many things.