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Wed Oct 22, 2014, 11:32 AM

Sooooo.... I was listening to a bit of Diane Rehm this morning,

and apparently some people are pushing the idea of toll roads, possibly/probably sold to private firms to run. This is because there is no way we'll ever raise the gas tax. ( ) The fact that the Highway trust fund was looted was passed over very quickly.

So, I'm thinking of what Elizabeth Warren said:

“There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory... Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea - God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

Instead of raising taxes on the general public, maybe it's time to raise the income tax on the people making all the money off good roads?

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Reply Sooooo.... I was listening to a bit of Diane Rehm this morning, (Original post)
hedgehog Oct 2014 OP
Enthusiast Oct 2014 #1
SheilaT Oct 2014 #2
Xyzse Oct 2014 #3
SheilaT Oct 2014 #5
Xyzse Oct 2014 #6
Hoppy Oct 2014 #17
Xyzse Oct 2014 #18
merrily Oct 2014 #10
FSogol Oct 2014 #20
Scuba Oct 2014 #4
belzabubba333 Oct 2014 #7
jtuck004 Oct 2014 #8
OldRedneck Oct 2014 #9
calimary Oct 2014 #13
merrily Oct 2014 #11
quarbis Oct 2014 #12
hedgehog Oct 2014 #15
Hoppy Oct 2014 #16
world wide wally Oct 2014 #14
Hoppy Oct 2014 #19

Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 12:02 PM

1. This is why I am boycotting NPR.

We had that single unbiased source of information that was NPR. Now they have undermined it. The FAR RIGHT® cannot play fair. If they play fair they lose every time.

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Response to Enthusiast (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 12:27 PM

2. NPR took a turn away from

 

liberalism and Progressivism a very long time ago.

I recall back in 1992 Cokie Roberts opining with great confidence that there was no way on god's green earth (well, maybe she didn't use that exact phrase but the sentiment was there) that Bill Clinton would ever get the nomination or win the election.

I was rather puzzled at the time, but over the years more and more of this kind of thing kept happening. I suppose it's because by the early 90's those people we were listening to had begun to move within the circles of power, and most of them were firmly ensconced inside the Beltway.

Diane Rehm has always had a somewhat conservative slant, and she doesn't always listen very carefully to what her guests are saying.

Terry Gross, who rarely deals directly with political issues, truly is a breath of fresh air.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 12:30 PM

3. I still love Kojo when he's around.

Heck, I shook his hand.

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Response to Xyzse (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 12:33 PM

5. We don't seem to get him here in NM

 

on any of our NPR or community radio stations. Too bad.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 01:02 PM

6. To tell the truth however, I have mostly boycotted NPR except for the weekends.

Wait Wait Don't Tell Me is a gem!
Prairie House Companion, I am sincerely going to miss.

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Response to Xyzse (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 07:29 PM

17. Is Prairie going off the air?

 

Probably don't worry. They will play re-runs for the next 20 years and save money. Just like they are doing with Car Talk.

I can't wait to learn what might be wrong with my 1972 Datsun.

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Response to Hoppy (Reply #17)

Thu Oct 23, 2014, 09:51 AM

18. I mean, Garrison Keillor is retiring right?

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 02:28 PM

10. It's a joke that Cokie counts as a Democrat on any panel.

I don't care what her voter registration may be out of family loyalty.

She even criticized Obama for going to visit his dying grandmother in Hawaii.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 23, 2014, 08:20 PM

20. Diane will let anyone lie as long as they are civil about it. The RW crap on her

show is sometimes mindboggling. She's been phoning in her preparation for shows for years now. Kojo would be better in her spot.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 12:31 PM

4. Also on the block ...

 

Parks, water and sewer treatment facilities, power plants, office buildings and - coming soon - the freshman class of elected government "representatives".

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 01:32 PM

7. i stopped listening and funding them

 

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 01:52 PM

8. They did a news story on who is trusted in media, NPR still gets high marks from "liberals".

 

figures.

NPR. Just put a FOX news sign out front and be done with it. Lying, traitorous bastards.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 02:00 PM

9. Privatization? Check out this website.

 

Privatization Watch:
http://www.privatizationwatch.org/

Scary. VERY scary.

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Response to OldRedneck (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 02:33 PM

13. Good find, OldRedneck!

Knowledge is power. And the more we know, the better armed and better prepared we can be.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 02:29 PM

11. Sounds oh, so DLC.

Yeah, yeah, I know. The DLC doesn't exist anymore.

Technically.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 02:31 PM

12. Ask Hoosier about selling toll roads

The money been spent and the company filed for bankruptcy and the road is deteriorating with no one to fix it. We are stuck with the bills.

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Response to quarbis (Reply #12)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 06:39 PM

15. i only heard a few minutes, but one guest was trying to explain the bankruptcy

as a good thing.

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #15)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 07:27 PM

16. He said the company that bought the road went bankrupt.

 

With it, the investors and bond holders lost. The taxpayers didn't lose a penny.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Wed Oct 22, 2014, 06:09 PM

14. I have satellite radio, so I don't have to listen to NPR anymore except when getting showered

In the morning. This gives me all I need to know about their sharp right turn over the past few years which keeps getting more and more extreme.
What bothers me most though is that I find myself arguing with some of my liberal friends who still think NPR is "fair and balanced".
Hey! Where did I hear that before?

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Response to world wide wally (Reply #14)

Thu Oct 23, 2014, 03:34 PM

19. I have Sirius and xm. Their public radio programming gets sucker by the month.

 

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