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Despite improvements, region's population still declining

Yeah, well, I know, I'm glad you prospered Cambridge- the golden state seems to have worked out for you.
And I can't argue with that. You seem like a pretty decent guy, and I wish you well. End of Debate.

P.S. If I were in you're shoes I'd say the same. Good Luck to You.

April 17, 2015 at 11:37 p.m. suggest removal

Despite improvements, region's population still declining

The Vindicator isn't going to pay me- or any one else- for commenting, I know that. They pay their reporters already- if I wanted to get paid for "bloviating"- I'd have to open my own blog and there's quite a few people far less talented than me making a comfortable living doing just that. Definitely something to look into...

April 17, 2015 at 11:28 p.m. suggest removal

Vindicator building now part of business incubator’s Tech Block

This is an important story. That Incubator is the future of this community- a kind of "High-Tech Blast Furnace"- fueling the Youngstown economy in the same way the steel industry did in the early years of the past century.

The Vindicator is to be commended for making their original building a part of that story- and the cost to the incubator was just the cost of transferring operations to the new building. Also, they've helped the Incubator in the past with another building on West Federal. Funny, it's another illustration of how the "One-Percenters" the Left likes to assail do more than clip coupons- they actually do benefit society every now and then (actually a lot more often than that).

Andrew Carnegie gave most of his money away to build Libraries- including the one in Youngstown. And John D. Rockefeller arrived in this country with 16 dollars in his pocket and he created the foundation of what you should be thinking about every time you pull into a gas station for a "fill up". Makes you think, doesn't it? What do we owe to Karl Marx?

April 17, 2015 at 11:19 p.m. suggest removal

Despite improvements, region's population still declining

All right, Cambridge, I've just started my research and already I've hit pay dirt. Struck Gold, keeping it close to the Golden State.

Interesting Article in Forbes 7-8-13 (not exactly a Right Wing Rag) to the effect:

"Jerry Brown Stands Atop California's Collapsing House Of Cards"

"Brown has received such praise in connection with the California budget process this year, and the ruling Democrats’ self-proclaimed budget balancing. The real score in California, however, demonstrates that the budget is not really balanced and there is nothing but trouble ahead."

"First, to use Jerry Brown’s own words, California has a “wall of debt,” which doesn’t include unfunded pension and medical liability – and that wall of debt is NOT included in the budget. The total amount of that debt is somewhere in the $27 billion range and includes over $10 billion owed to the federal government. That money was used to fund California’s Unemployment Insurance Fund, and California seems to have no plan to pay it back – a sort of “reverse” unfunded mandate, if you will."

"The fact that California began borrowing that money in 2009 demonstrates the fallacy of the prior claims of balanced budgets. The fact that it is kept off budget, like the other debt mentioned above, demonstrates the fallacy of the 2013-14 budget."

"Of course, California has far greater debts than that. One study showed that California governments are over $1 trillion in debt. Most of that is in the form of unfunded pension and medical liabilities owed to state employees. California’s Legislative Analyst told Brown and the Democrat-run legislature to...."

"If you ignore all that, then California has close to a balanced budget. I say “close” because, in fact, the so-called balanced budget steals (sorry – “borrows”) $500 million from the State’s cap-and-trade environmental emission reduction program. Brown’s budget does that even with the recently passed, retroactive tax increase that produced higher-than-expected revenues."

The article continues from there. Read it and weep. I'm sorry I couldn't supply actual link, but I'm having trouble with browser doing that. I suspected from the very beginning- California Balanced Budget (oxymoron?)- was just "smoke and mirrors" and, apparently, I was right.

April 17, 2015 at 10:03 p.m. suggest removal

Despite improvements, region's population still declining

Cambridge, you don't have to spend time in a place to analyze what is happening there. It's done with statistical information- demographic information- which is freely available to anybody with an open mind to consider them. I mean, I hope your right. I really do, and maybe you are. Like I said, I'm going to have to research it a little more. And once I do, if I discover that I was wrong- I will admit that- won't be the first time I've had the stick at the wrong end and gotten jabbed by it.

California IS beautiful- seductively so. I know that- and the climate is gorgeous, I also know that. I have a friend who moved from San Diego to Northern Florida (for family-related reason)- hates Florida- every day talks about how much he misses California- the climate especially, bothered by Florida humidity. So, is some of what I said based on "Sour Grapes". Maybe. I guess, I just don't like Jerry Brown.

April 17, 2015 at 12:11 a.m. suggest removal

Mahoning Auditor Meacham ends 4-day work weeks

Unusual language from Meacham- “I didn’t feel we could adequately serve the taxpayers” Wow, you don't hear that too much around here; "serving the taxpayers" (i.e. the folks that employ us). Strange talk coming from a public official in the Mahoning Valley. And stranger still, he actually "did" something to back up what he said- it wasn't just lip service or empty rhetoric at election time. What is going on here?

Oh, I forgot! Meacham is a REPUBLICAN- somebody who cut his teeth in the private sector where phrases like "serving the people who employ us" are commonly used- and acted upon. I'm going to have to get used to that- my ears are still ringing. I've been listening to lies coming from Stairsteppers and Political-con artists for so many years- that I need time to adjust. Wow! I'm still in a state of Shock....

April 16, 2015 at 11:53 p.m. suggest removal

Despite improvements, region's population still declining

Ok, Cambridge, you've spurred me on to investigate the matter a little more deeply- beyond making jokes, which, I have to admit, I dearly enjoy. It's just, that's it's hard for me to understand how any political entity run along California lines since the able Navigator Reagan left- can survive in the long run- since most other socialist states- Scandinavia for instance- eventually all return to some form of free-market economy- in order to survive. And California has the added deficit of a porous border with our neighbor to the South to contend with- so the Golden State has to deal with Mexico's social problems as well as it's own.

I hope you are correct, but I am betting- in the long run- you are not.

April 15, 2015 at 11:33 p.m. suggest removal

Despite improvements, region's population still declining

My God, 127 comments with this one- moving along: don't we hard-working commentators deserve something for our labors building-up the Vindy Message Board. At least, a photograph of Esther Hamilton framed in Buckram...

April 15, 2015 at 10:44 p.m. suggest removal

Despite improvements, region's population still declining

Cambridge, I'm not a "republican" at all- in fact, I haven't much use for the Republican party as now constituted- I pick em as the lesser of two evils. There's a lot of ways "to cook the books" to produce a surplus for awhile until the whole house of cards falls in and the Golden State comes to Washington to be rescued- just like Detroit. I'm betting that will eventually happen- unless an earthquake moves in first and saves us the trouble.

P.S. I don't have anything against California, really, except most of the movies coming out of Hollywood now suck. I like the old movies- and those are safely preserved somewhere else so if the big one strikes I won't be deprived. (I'm not being serious! Just more black humor...)

April 15, 2015 at 10:23 p.m. suggest removal

Despite improvements, region's population still declining

Tnmartin, I am so extremely glad you commented on this subject. You are absolutely correct. Hitler, like Mussolini, and a high percentage of top Nazis- Dr Goebbels, for instance was a Communist in his early days and he Never gave up his admiration for the Soviet Union- were all Socialists to start and they never gave up their sympathies. Hitler hated Conservatives and Nationalists- and in his final day's- holed up in his bunker- expressed extreme admiration for Stalin and the Communists. This isn't something I made up- I have the same information in 3-4 biographies of Hitler. The dichotomy between Fascists- Hitler and Mussolini- and Communists is a false one: they were cut from the same bolt of cloth.

The only exception to the rule was Franco of Spain- he was a Nationalist primarily- which is why he resisted Hitler and saved Spain from ruin and lived to die with his boots on- unlike the other two.

That is the greatest myth we have- Leftists are always bringing up "Fascism" and comparing it unfavorably with Communism and Socialism- in reality they spring from the same impulse: Social Engineering: an all-powerful state controlling individuals for ideological reasons.

Bunk may have a Bachelor's but what he says is Bunk, nonetheless. Anybody who would, in all seriousness, call for, or suggest, tearing up the U.S. Constitution has a serious screw loose somewhere. And, by the way, having a University Degree, is no guarantor of intelligent insight. Dr. Goebbels had a PhD., wrote novels and poetry, and a high percentage of SS members were college Graduates, but that didn't stop them from going on to become ruthless killers. Brains and education only means you become better at what you do and if what you do is evil, then you become a more efficient killer.

April 15, 2015 at 10:06 p.m. suggest removal



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