AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
Not when you also deny it. Waterboarding is not torture, except to little girly-men that go to stylists instead of barbers.Nothing wrong with a proper emotional appeal, however, I spoke of laws and history. This really should not be a question.
Let them do their mourning if they like. I have little sympathy for them as it's more a celebration of death than anything else right now. But I'm patient too. I'll be glad to help you debate the issue and my username will probably stimulate more debate than is usual on this forum. Maybe even a bit of intelligent debate which incidentally, I haven't seen much of yet.I've tried and failed to get an analytical discussion going on the Osama issue on another thread but had to admit that many, many DP posters are not in any mood to analyse until they've got a little triumphalism and schadenfreude out of their systems... and I respect that actually. Several posters here have lost friends and family at the hands of Bin Laden and his crew, many are or have family members serving in the forces. I'm not about to criticise them for feeling a sense of relief, closure, triumph or satisfaction, much as I might have been totally opposed to the Iraq war and the 'War on Terrorism'.
I'm going to do as I choose within the rules. I don't reallly care all that much about anything else. You need to stop belabouring the issue of my username. Just watch how it is received here and you may be surprised. In the past it's always brought out both the best and the worst in people.To a lot of people, whether they chose it or not, this issue is far more than an internet debate, so however strongly you feel about this issue, show a little restraint and common human understanding rather than just pursuing your intellectual train of thought and damn the consequences. I probably agree with you more than 90% of other people on DP, but there are ways and ways of conducting a debate depending on time and context.
Actually I tire quite quickly of stupid people doing nothing but namecalling, insulting, and doing what makes them look good. Or tough, whatever. I'm not encouraged from what I see here so far. You being the exception. Just stop worrying about my username because it's betraying your feelings to do so.
And for the mods: Fact is I may have already been banned from this forum under a different name. If that's the case and they find I have I won't need to make a decision on whether to stay or leave. Can't help them with my former name though as there have been too many to remember.
The reason why I mistake you for American is only because I don't have enough interest in you to remember your name and your country. I could care less. Keep reminding me and I may remember when you become of some consequence to me.
I may be wrong.
I'be skipped over about 10 pages of worthless babbling. If anyone had something worthwhile to say to me please repeat it if it's worth repeating. No military posturing please.
I may be wrong.
BTW Mac, you don't inhale water either. Drowning is suffocation. Then the water may or may not enter the lungs.
Thanks for the link Simon. I read that carefully before I began here and concluded that it didn't forbid discussion of the fact that Osama could still be alive. If the mods want to push it then that's fine with me. I'll start a thread that centers around the theory that Osama could be alive. I like to play by the rules right up until the mods make it impossible to speak freely.
I do note though that on my very first day a person of your mindset shows up and attempts to censor what he doesn't like to hear. I'm not surprised as it's indicative of the quality of debate here. THis needs to improve and I'll be doing my best to help do that. We don't need trolls who want to keep it on their personal track do we!
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