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Cool. Glad to know that he doesn't urinate where he eats, he just prefers to urinate where *other people* eat.
FDR opposed public sector unions. It takes no great imagination to conclude that elected officials will be paying more attention to future union campaign donations than the interests of the taxpayers when negotiating with "public sector" unions. In the end, you get BART. Constantly increased taxes, rotten service, decrepit rolling stock and facilities while BART employees are among the highest paid in the world. Pass a new tax to update car stock, and the unions decide that money could be better spent on their wages and benefits. Which is why I now routinely vote against BART budgets because the improvements and updates never come - but the wage and benefit hikes rain down.
Sorry, but given that unions in SoCal are demanding that union shops be exempt from the proposed new $15 minimum wage, I find it hard to believe that the unions exist as anything more than a political slush fund in the 21st Century.
And unlike most of those who write joyous articles on the virtues of unionization and sing Union Maid at every party, I have actually belonged to a union.
What about Katrina Cottage style communities, arranged in a court with common land?
I hear that Chinese workers have been living in converted shipping containers for years. It seems various humanitarian groups have complained about this for years.
I wonder who has to clean up the pollution caused by those Tiny Houses that lack sewer connections?
Nothing like making slumlords trendy.
Why isn't there an equal effort to tax wine - after all, 5 oz. of Burgundy contains 127 calories, which means those who choose to consume two glasses with dinner add 252 empty calories, ingest sufficient alcohol to possibly make them dangerous drivers or prone to aggression, not to mention the literally millions of acres of cropland that could be producing useful food that is misused to grow poison.
Meanwhile, twice as much Coca-Cola, twenty ounces, contains 240 calories.
What about beer? A can of beer contains 156 calories, and it is rare to see anyone who stops with one. A can of 7 Up contains only 140 calories.
The argument that this is about childhood obesity is specious. Childhood obesity has been in a steady decline and is now dropping to levels not seen sice the 1960s. If the real concern were childhood obesity, similar restrictions would be imposed on grape and apple juice, which are not known for their nutrient density. After all, one mere cup of grape juice contains 154 calories, while 1 cup of apple juice offers 113 calories. Both of these beverages are essentially empty calories.
The real issue is regulating and taxing the poor. The middle and upper classes offer their children "healthful" apple and grape juices (empty calories) while insisting that poor people are too ignorant and unintelligent to be allowed to make their own decisions - and taxing the poor is much less likely to garner major opposition than taxing the affluent.
In other words, the soda ban is yet another "progressive" attempt to force the poor to behave in a fashion the affluent Progressives prefer.
I have a better idea. Quit irrigating golf courses. Quit having lawns.
I eat grass raised beef, lamb, and mutton raised on unirrigated pastures and high desert scrubland. This is a good use of fragile, drier soils when well managed. Plowing and farming these areas leads to such fun as the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
I don't have a lawn; I have a native plant habitat for indigenous birds and insects. I also have a wood chip covered back yard with a small orchard and raised garden beds. We use significantly less water than average.
Oh - and don't complain about the rice paddies in the central valley as they have replaced the traditional resting places for migratory birds since the traditional resting places were destroyed by development. The swallows no longer return to Capistrano since the grain fields were destroyed for expensive housing and estates.
And we could quit growing grapes; it isn't as if wine is an important part of anyone's diet. If we must use irrigate, let's use it for food.
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