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This is a shameful fact about the country in which I was born. There is no excuse for such reckless ignorance.
 
It's incredible that, in the most rich and powerful country in the world, 78% of the population get the answer to a very simple question completely wrong.

Religion poisons everything.
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Some of you might have seen this post yesterday, so I apologize if this is a duplicate.

I'm switching my Google services to a new Gmail account, so I have changed my Google+ account as well. If you would like to continue following my posts, you can do so at this link:

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Why do people keep blaming deficits on Obama Rather than Bush?

Another article making the point that Obama ought to be making: the deficit is the result of out-of-control spending and tax-cutting under GW Bush. A few tidbits:

"According to Nutting’s calculations, spending has grown only 1.4 percent per year under Obama – one-fifth the rate under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Following is a chart accompanying the article. [Go to the original article to see the chart]

"...I don’t want to get into the nitty-gritty of whether to allocate all spending in fiscal year 2009 to Bush or Obama. I just want to note that the [incoming] president has very little control over the budget one way or another; the vast bulk of spending is baked in the cake the day he takes office and changes can only be made incrementally and over time.

"This fact is illustrated by looking at CBO’s last spending projection of the Bush administration, which was issued on January 8, 2009 – 2 weeks before Obama took office and containing no Obama initiatives. It shows that spending was projected to rise to 24.9 percent of GDP in 2009 under laws that Obama inherited – almost exactly what it ended up being."

..."Another thing that is clear from the CBO data is that the budget deficit is as much the result of lower taxes as higher spending. Revenues fell from 17.5 percent of GDP in fiscal year 2008 to 14.9 percent in 2009 and 2010, rising to just 15.4 percent in 2011 and 15.8 percent this year. Had revenues stayed at their 2008 level, combined federal deficits would have been $1.3 trillion smaller since 2008.

"And this estimate actually understates the extent to which Bush’s policies devastated the government’s revenue-raising capacity. In the postwar era, federal revenues have averaged 18.5 percent of GDP. They averaged 18.2 percent during Ronald Reagan’s 8 years and 19 percent under Bill Clinton’s 8 years, but 17.6 percent during George W. Bush’s 8 years and just 15.2 percent for Obama’s 4 years thus far.

"_At a minimum, this puts a lie to the ideas that we are overtaxed, that Obama has raised taxes, or that low taxes stimulate growth._" [Italics mine]

Please do read the entire article before commenting! Doing so will hopefully lead to more substantial discussion.
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This is the best coffee shop I've found in Los Angeles. It's too bad it's in a part of town that's hard to get to. I wouldn't want to have to find parking here during the week either.
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My wife and I come here for the chanpon noodles, which are somewhat rare in Los Angeles.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
My wife and I stopped here for the first time last night in order to have a drink for New Year's. Because it was the weekend, parking was surprisingly easy. We both had a Carmenere varietal, and it was as good as we expected. Also, the atmosphere was nice. They had live music, but it was not to my taste. The service was friendly.
Public - 2 years ago
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This is where my wife and I do most of our shopping. The meats and vegetables are both good quality. The bbq on Saturdays is great too.
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I'm giving this place a single star for the service. My wife and I were looking for an authentic German restaurant, and we found this place online. Unfortunately, the service in this place ruined the whole experience. When we walked in, the only employee, who acted more like a bartender in a dive bar than a waitress, ignored us for several minutes before telling us we could sit anywhere. Then we had to wait almost ten minutes for her to come by our table to get our order, followed by an additional ten minutes for her to bring our drinks. The food took almost thirty minutes to come out. Finally, I had to go to the bar and yell to get the woman's attention in order to get our tab.
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I prefer their Pasadena location, but I still come here for the convenience. If you need Peruvian in the San Fernando Valley, this is a decent option.
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My wife and I eat here regularly. It's good home-cooked Italian food. Not groumet, but very good casual Italian. Furthermore, the portions are generous. They also have excellent Gilato Ice cream.
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