State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

Uncertain America
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The Anti-Broder Center Redux
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Capra-corn and the life of our time
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Free parking and/or markets.
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“To Mosque or Not to Mosque”
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QOTD
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In Which I Surprisingly Agree With Tom Coburn
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A Small Step Towards Sanity and the High Road
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No, Really, We’re Tolerant of Muslims
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“The Apostate”
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The comments...

@Mr. Prosser,
Government/corporate enmeshment breeds dishonest, rent-seeking executives -- it raised a herd at Enron.

Michael Drew
+ But E.D. doesn't, for example, resist the conservative/liberal dichotomy in practice. He embraces the conservative label, or at least I thought he did. [. . .]
Robert Cheeks

Lisa, my best guess is that by the end of Obama's first term you'll find considerably more "people (who) are actually living through shared problems."

+ I took 1 st loans when I was not very old and it aided my business a lot. Nevertheless, I require the financial loan once [. . .]
Mr. Prosser
+ @PD Shaw, Yes, Enron employees were definitely ruined, getting back very little when the dust settled. The same happened with Qwest workers thanks to Joe [. . .]
+ @Aaron, But the fact is, real estate is more expensive in urban areas than in suburban areas. That says the market wants more urban, transit-oriented [. . .]
Jaybird
+ @Rick Ungar, the flip side to that question is "Does Saudi Arabia allow people to protest the building of Mosques?" There are a lot of ways [. . .]
+ "And when it comes to uncertainty, all that matters is perception." Actually, reality matters. Sometimes there can be uncertainty, when in fact there is no good [. . .]
Rick Ungar
+ @Scott, As a Jew, I saw no reason whatsoever for the nuns to give up their convent at Auschwitz. Indeed, I thought it a fitting [. . .]
Ken
+ William Brafford writes: "it’s strange to me that a libertarian would be all right with regulations that make this decision for the businessmen. Perhaps [. . .]
Simon K
+ Stock options only work well as an incentive where the employee has a chance of influencing the company's success. I now work for a start-up [. . .]
Rick Ungar

@Eagle Driver, My pleasure...and my thanks to you and your family for your service.

North
+ All I know is that reform is needed desperately on the share holder level of corporate law. The interests of corporate management and corporate shareholders [. . .]
North
+ @Aaron, All that implies that stockholders would pay attention. The vast majority of voting stock would continue to be held passively by mutual funds, pensions [. . .]
Maxwell James
+ There is some evidence - not a ton, but some - that employee owned firms outperform their peers in terms of sales, productivity, and employee [. . .]
Aaron
+ @gregiank, I think this is largely right. Giving employees stock in the company implies a lot longer-term relationship with the employee in question than [. . .]
Aaron
+ @Trumwill, I certainly agree with everything you said -- the suburbs/exurbs depend on cars in a way that's not going to be easily corrected. [. . .]
PD Shaw
+ Weren't employee stock options at Enron a big source of hardship for employees who weren't diversified when it collapsed? For working class families, this [. . .]
Aaron
+ @Sam M, boy, I thought you guys were all about "creative destruction!" Or is it just when other people's ways of life are being [. . .]
gregiank
+ Well its a heckava lot harder to dump jobs if workers are stock holders. Also workers, if they are stock holders, will want their pensions, [. . .]
John Henry
+ Why don’t more public companies give stock options to their employees? Why isn’t this more common? Why don’t we replace health care as the employee [. . .]
Sam M
+ @Aaron, No, they don't just have to pay for "it." They have to pay to unravel a decades long system of incentives that they invested [. . .]
+ @Aaron, you may be right on the first part (denser urban areas), but I don't think you are right about exurbs. The exurb and suburb [. . .]
PD Shaw
+ @David Schaengold, Springfield, Illinois. I checked the zoning ordinance on MuniCode, and I think I am correct. No new building, major modification or [. . .]
David Schaengold
+ @Sam M, "Instead of a zoning board mandating parking requirements, we have a “commission” of some sort doling out permits and setting prices." The proposed [. . .]
Aaron
+ @PD Shaw, I think you're kind of missing the point. In the town I grew up in, an Ohio industrial city of about 70,000, [. . .]
David Schaengold
+ @PD Shaw, "In our Central Business District, I don’t believe there are any parking requirements." Then it would be a rare exception. What's your town, [. . .]

@Aaron, I wish there was some sort of soap opera where they would act out blogospheric dramas- it would make my life a lot easier.

PD Shaw
+ Cowen's piece did not resonate with my experience in a city of just over 100,000 with developable land around the edges. Big retailers come [. . .]
Aaron

@Rufus, watching John Cole lose his mind with the Republican Party during the Terri Schiavo affair was one of the blogosphere's more amazing dramas.

MadRocketScientist

related:
http://reason.com/archives/2010/08/18/the-new-debate-over-the-ground

Aaron
+ @Sam M, Yes, well, cities often keep the cost of many things below what the market would bear. For instance, they offer free parks [. . .]
Aaron
+ @Tim Kowal, but the point is that comprehensive transit is infeasible because of the conscious choices city governments have made, e.g., to require x numbers [. . .]
Will H.
+ @David Schaengold, Not sure what it's classified as, but I was referring to the Amtrak like that runs from St. Louis to Kansas City. [. . .]
Sam M
+ @David Schaengold, Whether it becomes a "boon" or not is open to interpretation. A lot of people would rather keep their parking spot and forego [. . .]
+ Rick thank you for an excellent logical discourse on the pros and cons of a government based on principles not on politics. Your comments are [. . .]
+ @Mark Thompson, I'd like to think the cruise industry could just incorporate Cuba into a robust 7-day package that would still include Puerto Rico. And [. . .]
Robert Cheeks

@Rufus, R-dude, I haven't heard from Mark yet!

+ @Rufus, There was a lengthy article about Cuba in a magazine years ago (I can't remember where I read it) that talked about how amazing [. . .]
Robert Cheeks

@ThatPirateGuy, Pirate dude, you are a Wikipedia ranger! I hope I can get you on my side and you can cite my stuff!

Robert Cheeks

@ThatPirateGuy, Dude, c'mon you keep moving the target! re-read my earlier post and give me a decent remark.

+ @Mike at The Big Stick, "There is an American population that would be falling all over themselves to visit Cuba if it became a tourist [. . .]
+ @Mike at The Big Stick, One of the first things I found startling when moving to Toronto were the travel posters for Cuba. I should [. . .]
+ I've been a big proponent of lifting the embargo for years. It's ridiculous. There is an American population that would be falling all over themselves [. . .]
Rick Ungar

@Rufus, I'm sure there will be. I should also be starting at my new blogging home in the next 30 days.

David Schaengold
+ @Will H., I don't think there are any systems classified as heavy rail transit that operate on the same tracks as freight rail tracks (though [. . .]

@North, Only Koz gives America hope of restoring conservative fiscal sense to that list.

 
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