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I'm having trouble with this one, so help me out if you feel. Economics is, obviously, a complex issue on a national scale, so I don't pretend I know of all checks & balances that may come into play.

But, it just seems to me that one of the absolute worst things you could do to an economy, struggling for years to get its head above water, is to regulate the hell out of its power companies.

Now, if they're serious about upgrading the electrical infrastructure, and doing so starting before new regulations kick in, maybe that could balance things out.

Knowing that not having fair regulations & taxes on many US based corporations, is the main factor in all of our outsourcing, power companies could be the worst possible choice to be placing a bunch of new restrictions on.

I'm FAR from placing, even, a toe into the conspiracy theory of Obama destroying the US from within, & in accordance with the Communist Manifesto. But, with Iran, his very loose & fast handling of racial justice & equality, this, and I know more is to come; he may not be the Manchurian candidate, but the way he's gone about things of late doesn't instill much confidence in me, that he's giving much thought, before reacting to the many whispers he must be hearing.

Sorry to say this, but I'm getting the idea that PC is stopping this, otherwise, brazen president of late from saying what needs to be said, and that's his fault if it is. Especially when it comes to the racial issues we face today. Obviously, these are only my thoughts.

I think Obama could do so much good with a prime time Oval Office speech to the nation, and just say it like it is. Tell Americans the bus for race relations is leaving & if you don't want on it, we won't be coming back for you. Nor will we, ever again, try to show why any racism is simply intolerable.

And, those who do get on the bus will be treated with no hostility or force. Instead, with care & a desire to better understand, & no one is allowed on the ride unless they are willing to forgive one another. To begin anew, these things will have to happen, eventually, anyway.

There, the only Oval Office speech I'll ever give.

I am merely pointing out that guns don't make you safer as far as the evidence we have shows.

#45 | Posted by bored

And, I don't disagree with that. The problem is, I believe several, to many, other factors must be in the equation for realistic data. How many of these homes had domestic abuse issues reported before an incident? How many had abusive or absent parents? How many had a teen who saw a shrink one time and was given Zoloft, who 1 month later shoots himself? What type of safety training, if any, did those in the house have, and for how long? Did they frequent a gun range knowing shooting is a perishable skill? Were they raised around guns and were taught early on, and forever after, about gun safety? Was a teen recently being bullied at school with parents who ignored the problem?

I think you know I could add many more questions to the list.

Lastly, having a gun in my house, even with me being the sole resident, logically has to increase the odds of an accidental shooting. Most likely it would be me shooting myself on accident. But, and my house, I just learned, has been broken into before I lived here, if my door crashes in one night & I have no gun, my odds of making it out alive are greatly decreased. But, that's me. A single guy, living on his own, owns a 9mm Glock which has its shell de-chambered & re-chambered, almost daily, solely for safety reasons.

When I take it in the car, 90% of the time I pull the slide a few times, dry fire the gun, then insert the magazine. This keeps the trigger in the back position and unable to fire, until the slide is pulled to load the chamber.

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