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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 11 Nov 2005, 11:14

Her er et innsiktsfullt essay om forholdet mellom USA og Europa, skrevet av en amerikansk journalist bosatt i Oslo.

http://www.hudsonreview.com/BawerSp04.html
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Congress Ranks Last in Confidence in Institutions

Gallup, July 22, 2010

Gallup's 2010 Confidence in Institutions poll finds Congress ranking dead last out of the 16 institutions rated this year. Eleven percent of Americans say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress, down from 17% in 2009 and a percentage point lower than the previous low for Congress, recorded in 2008.


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The Gallup poll was conducted July 8-11, shortly before Congress passed a major financial regulatory reform bill, which President Obama signed into law this week.

Underscoring Congress' image problem, half of Americans now say they have "very little" or no confidence in Congress, up from 38% in 2009 -- and the highest for any institution since Gallup first asked this question in 1973. Previous near-50% readings include 48% found for the presidency in 2008, and 49% for the criminal justice system in 1994.

This year's poll also finds a 15-point drop in high confidence in the presidency, to 36% from 51% in June 2009. Over the same period, President Barack Obama's approval rating fell by 11 points, from 58% to 47%. However, confidence in the presidency remains higher than in 2008 -- the last year of George W. Bush's term -- when the figure was 26%.

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Military Still No. 1

The military continues its long-standing run as the highest-rated U.S. institution. Small business and the police occupy second and third places, respectively. These three top-tier institutions all earn high confidence from a majority of Americans, something no other institution achieves this year.

The military has been No. 1 in Gallup's annual Confidence in Institutions list continuously since 1998, and has ranked No.1 or No. 2 almost every year since its initial 1975 measure.

The high level of confidence in small business contrasts with the low level of confidence in big business; the latter is tied with HMOs at 19% for next-to-last place. Confidence in organized religion is similar to where it has been since 2002, but is significantly lower than in prior years.
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Innlegg QIQrrr 10 Aug 2010, 05:43

The Weekly Standard, August 16, 2010: While Republicans advocate repeal of President Obama’s sweeping health care reforms, Democrats are pulling out all the stops to build support for the legislation. And the president’s party has a not-so-secret weapon at its disposal: a network of well-funded academics and researchers working to discredit the existing health care system. The Commonwealth Fund, a liberal think tank headed by a former Democratic staffer, leads the effort. Typical of the Commonwealth Fund is a recent study claiming that the U.S. health care system ranks last when compared with seven industrialized countries. It’s just the latest in a string of policy studies from organizations that want to see a European-style, government-run health care system brought to these shores. Democratic politicians and their allies then use those studies to bolster the case for dramatic reforms. Whereas scholarly comparisons use objective data, the Commonwealth Fund study embraces mostly subjective values, with “equity” being the most indefinable. The Commonwealth Fund isn’t the only group regularly pumping out suspect studies. Others include Families USA and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. They, too, always seem to find that more government control improves quality while lowering costs, and are praised in the media for it, while getting a pass on their assumptions and methodology - Last in Credibility
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Innlegg QIQrrr 12 Aug 2010, 20:36

Det går mot rekordavlinger i USA:

    United States Department of Agriculture, August 12, 2010: U.S. farmers are on pace to produce the largest corn and soybean crops in history, according to the Crop Production report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Corn production is forecast at 13.4 billion bushels and soybean production at 3.43 billion bushels, both up 2 percent from the previous records set in 2009. Based on conditions as of August 1, corn yields are expected to average a record-high 165 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from last year’s previous record. Soybean yields are expected to equal last year’s record of 44 bushels per acre. Cotton production is expected to jump 52 percent from last year, to 18.5 million 480-pound bales. Average yield is forecast at 837 pounds per harvested acre, up 60 pounds from last year. The August Crop Production report contains USDA’s first survey-based estimates of yield and production for corn, soybeans and other spring-planted row crops - U.S. Farmers on Track to Produce Record Corn, Soybean Crops, USDA Reports
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The San Francisco Chronicle, August 24, 2010: CALIFORNIA - State leaders on Monday used a recently passed law to delay payment of nearly $3 billion in funds to K-12 public education and a welfare program, a decision that officials acknowledged will exacerbate difficulties for school districts and counties that already have had to lay off workers. The move transfers part of the state's money shortage crisis to counties, school districts and local officials, who will be left to decide how to bridge the gap to continue providing services to the public. "Essentially, this is ... the state pushing its cash management to local districts," said Jack O'Connell, the state superintendent of public instruction. The state is also preparing to begin issuing IOUs - in one to three weeks - to vendors, taxpayers and others doing business with the state, as it did last year to deal with the budget crisis. State lawmakers, who face solving a $19 billion deficit, have still not agreed on a budget, which is now 55 days late - State defers schools, welfare program payments

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The Miami Herald, August 27, 2010: Hate crimes directed against Muslims remain relatively rare. Jews, lesbians, gay men and Caucasians, among others, are all more frequently the target of hate crimes, FBI records show. Reported anti-Muslim crimes have declined over recent years, though they still exceed what occurred prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In 2008, 105 hate crime "incidents" against Muslims were reported nationwide. There were 10 times more incidents recorded as anti-Jewish during the same year, the most recent for which figures are available. The number of anti-Muslim hate crimes leaped to a record 481 in 2001, apparently prompted by the terrorist attacks. It hasn't been nearly that high since - Hate crimes against Muslims rare, FBI data shows

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Gallup, August 30, 2010: Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences. The 10-percentage-point lead is the GOP's largest so far this year and is its largest in Gallup's history of tracking the midterm generic ballot for Congress. This marks the fifth week in a row in which Republicans have held an advantage over Democrats -- one that has ranged between 3 and 10 points. The Republican leads of 6, 7, and 10 points this month are all higher than any previous midterm Republican advantage in Gallup's history of tracking the generic ballot, which dates to 1942 - GOP Takes Unprecedented 10-Point Lead on Generic Ballot

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Rasmussen Reports, September 6, 2010: 48% of Likely Voters would vote for their district's Republican congressional candidate, while 36% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. This matches the largest advantage ever measured for the Republicans. When Barack Obama first took office as president of the United States, the Democrats enjoyed a seven-point lead on the Generic Ballot - Generic Congressional Ballot: Republicans 48%, Democrats 36%

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Washington Examiner, September 13, 2010: Gallup has released a new poll asking respondents to assess the major accomplishments of Congress in the last two years. The pollsters found majority opposition to all those measures, with the exception of financial reform. Although the bank bailout was passed with significant bipartisan support, the news is terrible mostly for the House and Senate Democratic leadership. It's even worse for Democrats when you single out the opinions of independents - The public hates almost everything Congress has done

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Federal Bureau of Investigation, September 13, 2010: During 2009, violent crime declined for the third year in a row, with an estimated 5.3 percent drop from 2008 figures. Property crime continued to fall as well—for a seventh straight year—with an estimated decrease of 4.6 percent. That’s according to our just-released report, Crime in the United States, 2009. These latest statistics come 80 years to the month after we took over the responsibility of compiling and publishing the nation’s crime data from the International Association of Chiefs of Police - Crime Rates Continue to Fall

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The Wall Street Journal, September 28, 2010: On the brink of insolvency, California may have to pay its bills with IOUs soon. A budget was due three months ago, and the legislature hasn't passed one. The lawmakers can, however, point to a list of other achievements this year. Awaiting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature, for example, is a bill that would bar the state from filming cows in New Zealand. It's the fruit of five committee votes and eight legislative analyses. California lawmakers also voted to form a lobster commission. They created "Motorcycle Awareness Month," not to mention a "Cuss Free Week" - There's No Budget, but California Is All Over the Foreign-Cow Issue

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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 07 Okt 2010, 06:38

http://www.dagbladet.no/2010/10/06/nyhe ... /13725684/

Vanvittige USA:

Brannmenn så hus brenne ned uten å ville slukke flammene
.Årsak: Familien hadde glemt å betale en årlig abonnementsavgift på 435 kroner.


Ba om hjelp
Gene Cranick ringte etter hjelp da det brøt ut brann i et verksted i nærheten av familiens hjem, men fikk beskjed om at siden han ikke hadde betalt en abonnementsavgift på 75 amerkanske dollar (cirka 435 norske kroner) til byen South Fulton, så ville det lokale brannvesenet ikke sende ut mannskaper for å hjelpe.

Glemte gebyret
Til The Associated Press har Cranick senere fortalt at han har betalt avgiften i en årrekke, men at han rett og slett hadde glemt det i år.

Og selv om han tlbød seg å betale kostnadene ved å slukke brannen, nektet brannvesenet å svare på Cranicks gjentatte henvendelser i løpet av de to timene det tok før flammene spredte seg fra naboverkstedet til familiens hus. ...

Ordfører i South Fulton, David Crocker, sier til en lokalavis at «brannslokking i dette tilfelle ikke vil være noe insentiv for noen til å betale sine gebyrer. ...



VM: Dette var et offentlig/kommunalt brannvesen som fulgte pålegg fra demokratiske vedtak i kommunestyret (eller tilsvarende) - et vedtak forsvart av ordføreren! - om å la hus brenne ned dersom brannavgiften ikke var betalt.

Et privat firma hadde ikke latt huset brenne ned. De hadde antaglig hatt en sats for å slukke branner hos folk som ikke hadde betalt. Kanskje hadde denne satsen vært høy, f.eks. 50 ganger årsavgift (for å hindre at folk lot være å betale og isteden satse på at brannvesenet kom og slukket også hos de som ikke hadde betalt.)

I dette tilfellet ville det ha vært penger å tjene for et privat selskap på å slukke. Kun et offentlig sleskap som ikke var motivert av profitt og som ikke hadde behov for å ta vare på sitt rennomme ville la huset brenne ned.


HVIS NOEN VIL LEGGE UT DETTE I DAGBLADETS TRÅD OM SAKEN SÅ MÅ DE GJERNE GJØRE DET!
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Innlegg lba 07 Okt 2010, 12:24

Denne saken minner meg om et eksempel som ble tatt opp i spørrerunden etter en forelesning av Milton Friedman i denne filmen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev_Uph_TLLo

Eksempelet dreier seg om en gammel mann som døde fordi strømleverandøren valgte å skru av strømmen da mannen ikke klarte å betale for seg, og han frøs da ihjel. Situasjonen er til forveksling lik et hus som brenner ned fordi eierne ikke betaler brannsikketsregningen. Begge situasjonene er selvsagt utrolig triste, men i begge situasjoner angriper folk feil syndebukk.

Friedman svarer med et enkelt spørsmål: Hva ville skjedd dersom selskapet hadde for rutine å aldri skru av strømmen selv om folk ikke betalte?

På DB.no ser det ut til at svært få har tenkt gjennom saken før de postet en kommentar.
Jeg skulle ønske noen av dem stilte seg det tilsvarende spørsmålet: Hva ville skjedd dersom brannselskapet hadde for vane å slukke alle branner selv om huseieren ikke betaler regningen (uten å illegge boten VM foreslår)?
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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 07 Okt 2010, 12:45

lba skrev: ...Hva ville skjedd dersom selskapet hadde for rutine å aldri skru av strømmen selv om folk ikke betalte?...


Kanskje følgende: Selskapet burde ikke finansieres av betalinger fra den enkelte bruker, men skulle være finansiert over skatteseddelen og gi gratis strøm/brannslukking/mat/klær/hus osv. til alle som trengte slikt.
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