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Older drivers do not represent any greater danger. That is a true statement. You can google this and get all the information you want. The age group with the most disproportionate representation in having the most expensive and serious car wrecks are young people. Usually between the age of 16 and 24. So until you get these hooligans off the road, don't even suggest asking seniors to give up their rights. By the way I am not a senior. But the reasoning to limit the elderly from driving is faulty. A lot of things in life are dangerous. It is dangerous for a welder to go to work every day. It is dangerous to work at the Eagle Ford Shale. It is dangerous to work in construction. We don't ask these people to stay home.
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I will never forget my 90 year old grandfathers comment when he had to renew his license. Bless his eternal soul. He read the letters off of the eye machine to the DPS officer at volume 10. I will never forget what he told the DPS trooper, my grandfather said " I hope you renew my license because I would hate to drive without one." The DPS lady passed him with flying colors.
You made a good point. I think they are two seperate things though. The government created a benefit for the public (county hospital). The government levies a property tax to pay for it. If you own land, you pay for the county hospital. Perfectly within the confines of our government to levy a tax for that. I just do not think that the bill the way it is written now will pass the commerce clause.
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Writein, I want to take a stab at answering your question. Has President Obama taken away any of your individual rights. I don't think President Obama is alone in this. Government in itself gradually erodes individual freedoms. George Bush passed the patriot act, at the time the a very radical encroachment according to most people on the left. But I will agree with the left on this one. The government has powers it never had before the patriot act. President Obama has been successful in passing Universal Healthcare. Without discussing the merits of health care. A government takeover of 1/7 of the U. S. economy. I think that there are many doctors, hospitals, clinics, medical insurance companies, and most of the U.S. public will think that the mandate is an encroachment on individual rights. I don't see a government interest in forcing individuals to buy a health insurance policy. People on the left, don't yell at me, I am just trying to stimulate the board. I think if the government had gone for the whole banana and had single payer and called it a tax, it would not run into any difficulties. As it is now, it will be up to the Supreme Court to interpret our constitution. I know the judges have biases like all people, but I think if they apply the constitution, it will be poured out. I forgot what are we talking about, the plantiffs will argue that this is a massive intrusion on individual rights.
Mike, I'll bet it is even difficult for our national security people to determine who is running things in those places. Who is running things in Iraq now? Is it the government we helped install? Or is it the hard liner clerical factions that really wield the influence. Gorbachev once said he thought it foolish to think that we could bull-doze democracy in those places. Hind sight looks like he is right. I think our leaders whether democrat or republican have to sell a war on on our desire for humanity and the hopes of replacing regimes with democracy. But at the end of the day we go to those places to retard their ability to vaporize us and our friends. Also, keeping those places manageable or stable helps us and our friends economies remain somewhat sane. Even if America did not need Iranian oil, someone would buy it. Who knows maybe Iran will drop their nuclear ambitions. Iran gets a lot of press lately on their grandstanding in their nuclear facilities. I think Ron Paul is off the reservation on this concept. He is like a college professor that has read his own book to many times. He continues to espouse the libertarian view that there is no proof and it is none of our business. Maybe there is no proof, but the moment there is, I don't think we should hesitate. The unfortunate thing is, I think the only thing we get out of these conflicts is to live to fight another day. But living to fight another day is important. Some would say, would you send your kid. No I would not. But I would go. I have heard American Generals say that we have the best force in the world because we are all volunteers. Thanks for listening to my rant, at home with the flu tonight. Mike , thanks for your blog. It does tickle the brain and I find it the most interesting one in the paper.
We should demand partners when protecting the world.
Even though hard to digest, it was a good tactical move to apologize for burning Quran's on a military base. Bad tactical move to burn Quran's in the middle east. The middle east heirarchy of dictators could care less. That just falls right into their hands of throwing gas on the fire that keeps their people incited. The dictators like who rule Iran operate the most cruel and oppressive governments in the world. I read in the Houston Chronicle this week that an Iranian publicly converted to Christianity and has now been sentenced to death. When all people know is oppression, they lash out where they can. We don't need to make things worse by insulting their religion. I don't think sanctions are going to work in Iran. Their dictator responded last week to economic sanctions by retaliating with the threat of cutting off oil exports to European countries. The dictator will cut his nose to spite his face. Unfortunately, I think the dictator will not rest until he has a hot ICBM. I think the US will have to get an international coalition an intercede at some point. I am tired of going it alone though. There should be many countries that are willing to step up and help pick up the tab. The US seems to take it on the chin the most when helping to protect the world. We should deman
In the face of great loss, you give. I have never met your family. The magnitude of your giving to save other children is the most humbling act of love I have ever witnessed. There is no greater act of love than to lay your life down for your fellow man. Absent from the body is to be present with the Lord in a new incorruptible body.