and THEN saw that, I'd feel really stupid.
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you see, I stated long ago that I could not vote for McCain so Obama was amongst my available choices. Now, a lot of other SE members said the same thing this past spring, but they seemingly have been able to rationalize their way around their previous belly aching to become full blown McCain fanatics.
I ended up not voting for McCain, nor Obama, since I think Obama will be a spendthrift president.
You voted for Santa Claus!
wasting yours? I mean, you are gonna vote for McCain, right? So if he loses...
I really think you need to go back and take some remedial classes about civics and democracy, Matthew. Of course... if it is your temperament, instead of your lack of knowledge that makes you say the things you do, then no amount of classes will clear the fog from your mind.
Should people who are apathetic or uninformed be voting anyway? The Founding Fathers sought to limit the franchise to those who have the biggest stake in the nation. They would undoubtedly be appalled at "Rock the Vote" and other such efforts to bring in every warm body possible.
It waters down and cheapens the vote of the serious citizen.
... a representational republic and not a true democracy. Hints about that little fact are given in first grade when one learns the pledge of allegiance. "the Republic, for which it stands..."
If busting me on the difference between a true democracy and a representational republic is the best gambit you folks can come up with... then I am ROTFLMAO.
Probably as much as Obama does...
However, if you were to listen to your own link, he states that the carbon emissions are what will be tracked... not the use of coal itself. That means if power companies want to produce energy without producing large amounts of carbon, then they can go full throttle with their projects. More emissions means more penalties = bankruptcy... what is so hard to understand about that ?
I have stated for several years on this forum, that the US should be working on clean energy technologies, that could be exported to the rest of the developing world. Why shouldn't we be the the world's leaders in selling clean energy production methods? If you build a better mouse trap, the world will come knocking at your door. Unfortunately, our energy industry spends most of it's advertising and lobbying dollars arguing that they should not be bound by emissions regulations.
The last major energy bill provided tax breaks to the energy industry through 2014. Those breaks were designed to encourage capital investment in infrastructure. It would be nice to see the energy industry actually use the tax breaks they were given for the original purposes, rather than just to pad their annual dividends.
...that I'd put away in 1986 when I quit smoking. It was in a top drawer, in the back. It still had liquid in it, so I decided to check it out and gave the wheel a couple spins. It lit on about the fifth try, probably had to clear a bit of corrosion off the wheel first. Worked just fine after 22 years.