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    It will if the Democrats come up with even...

    It will if the Democrats come up with even scarier and more ridiculous proposals. Open borders, higher taxes and outlawing private health insurance all seem like steps in that direction.
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    I quite agree. I am, however, agnostic on the...

    I quite agree.

    I am, however, agnostic on the subject of paper straws.
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    So they have nothing more definite than “what we...

    So they have nothing more definite than “what we think is right”? Who gets to speak for we? Sounds like your cartoonish Republican straw man may be right to paint with an equally broad brush.
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    Once the ice sheet melts, there will be plenty of...

    Once the ice sheet melts, there will be plenty of valuable minerals available to be mined. Plus we’ll have a site to relocate detention facilities once the lease on Guantanamo expires.
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    I don’t know that any two of them could agree on...

    I don’t know that any two of them could agree on what American socialism would look like. I know I don’t have a clear picture.
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    Let’s Make a Deal

    Now I’m hearing the President is interested in buying Greenland from Denmark. That’s nuts. During my USAF years, that’s where they threatened to send you if you screwed up.
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    I don’t think Warren is a socialist in the...

    I don’t think Warren is a socialist in the classic sense. I would classify her as more of a statist who believes she can immanentize the eschaton through the tax system and a powerful regulatory...
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    I see Hickenlooper is out, reasonableness being...

    I see Hickenlooper is out, reasonableness being the narrow niche market that it is.
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    A bit too close to home, was it? Why do people...

    A bit too close to home, was it?

    Why do people try so hard to make everything an ethnic slur? Don’t most of us provide the world enough material to insult us in our own right?
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    I Know It Was You Fredo

    I see Chris Cuomo had a meme-worthy hissy fit after being called “Fredo”. Claimed it was an n-word equivalent, although I can’t see it unless perhaps he meant nonentity. I would have found his...
  11. I grew up in the Spring Grove/Fox Lake area back...

    I grew up in the Spring Grove/Fox Lake area back in the day. My dad worked out of Waukegan.
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    I hear Elizabeth Warren is catching up with Joe...

    I hear Elizabeth Warren is catching up with Joe Biden in the polls. That should please the dirigisme fans in the audience.
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    I would like to live like the guys in the...

    I would like to live like the guys in the original “Top Gear”.
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    Many’s the time I have referred to something as...

    Many’s the time I have referred to something as “an egregious insult to good taste”.

    I also would never have read “The Consolation of Philosophy” if it weren’t for that novel.
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    I tried “Infinite Jest” a few years ago, but...

    I tried “Infinite Jest” a few years ago, but couldn’t finish it. I sort of class DFW with Thomas Pynchon as one of those too-dense-for-pleasure-reading authors. It could be I’m just lazy.
  16. Protectionism seldom works out well for the trade...

    Protectionism seldom works out well for the trade warriors, although in the present situation there seems like plenty of blame to go around.

    I wasn’t aware that ginseng took such an environmental...
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    I believe most people like to think of themselves...

    I believe most people like to think of themselves as reasonable moderates. But they define “moderate” in some radically different ways. What is the moderate position on health care? Or...
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    Best day of my life? I slept through it.

    Best day of my life? I slept through it.
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    Great news. Best of luck in whichever you choose....

    Great news. Best of luck in whichever you choose.

    Odd how things like that often come in clusters.
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    A kid stealing candy is motivated by the same...

    A kid stealing candy is motivated by the same impulse as Bernie Madoff. It’s a difference of degree only.
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    Right, lacking anything more substantial in their...

    Right, lacking anything more substantial in their moral/ethical/social operating system, they fall prey to gimcrack political ideologies. This is happening all over, although not always with the same...
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    I think the lost, unmoored souls who construct...

    I think the lost, unmoored souls who construct reasons for committing some of these crimes are trying to fill some of the same emptiness as Twitter mobs attacking some perceived infraction or the...
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    If each generation makes it’s own, it’s not...

    If each generation makes it’s own, it’s not tradition it’s fashion.
  24. Debt is like any other tool. You can use it...

    Debt is like any other tool. You can use it effectively or you can hurt yourself with it. I understand the average college debt is something like $25K on leaving school. That doesnÂ’t seem so...
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    I think politics is filling a couple of voids. ...

    I think politics is filling a couple of voids.

    One is affiliation. The “bowling alone” thesis. As families fracture, traditional forms of civic and social involvement decline and organized...
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