4 days ago

Does anybody remember ECON101 in High School?

There was a guns/butter price chart. Economic said that the more guns produced the less butter would result. Guns means military. Butter means consumer items.

Since no one is using classic economics jargon; does this mean that Trump asking for other countries to spend MORE on military is an attempt to start an ARMS RACE?

This is all crouched in other countries NOT paying their fair share. But there is no pie between nations that mandates they pay into the...

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There was a guns/butter price chart. Economic said that the more guns produced the less butter would result. Guns means military. Butter means consumer items.

Since no one is using classic economics jargon; does this mean that Trump asking for other countries to spend MORE on military is an attempt to start an ARMS RACE?

This is all crouched in other countries NOT paying their fair share. But there is no pie between nations that mandates they pay into the pie..I presume the 2% percentage based on gdp means everyone should build a military for their own country. No where is it written one country should fund all.

This one country invading other countries is not part of the equation for NATO. the US is not picking up somebody elses' share of payment. We CHARGE countries when we invade them so the $$ come back to us in many ways.

There is no transparency in $$ in and $$ out for the cost of war, invasions, etc.

This is all very unclear when one THINKS closely about what we consume in the news.

If the ultimate goal is to reduce war, reduce military spending, create PEACE....ramping up all countries in an ARMS RACE will continue to drain $$ off of what Residents in countries need. Example: Infrastructure like roads. Schools. Our own law enforcement, a healthy consumer society.

Any economists out there who can chime in? THANKS

If we take it even further and say military in Chicago is Police; Military for State is State Police; Military for County is Cook County Sheriff...,does that mean Chicago spends too much on military.

Evidence would say that 2/3rds of the city is a blighted slum and that is possible.
My block is not so bad but has 2 vacant lots and 3 abandoned buildings. However, neighboring streets have as many as HALF vacant lots. Some are 705 vacant lots and vacant housing.

Jul 07

Updated 5 days ago

What is your opinion of the Expressway shut down?

It was nice to see the Mayor, Superintendent, Marchers in solidarity.

  • @gpblight

    Yes, totally agree! That's why it's an absolute joke that Rahm marched. But most people are too ignorant to understand why this was ludicrous. There are things that Rahm can do and it starts with CPS and after-school programming.

    @leanord3000, I am not suggesting in any sense whatsoever that...

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    @gpblight

    Yes, totally agree! That's why it's an absolute joke that Rahm marched. But most people are too ignorant to understand why this was ludicrous. There are things that Rahm can do and it starts with CPS and after-school programming.

    @leanord3000, I am not suggesting in any sense whatsoever that the government is an answer to all of our issues. I am for much smaller government. But what our local government can most certainly do is improve school quality in these areas.

    Regarding jobs, that's great that you had the ability to move whenever you got a job but I think you are failing to understand that black youth needs jobs in their community to learn skills first, such as working in a local ice cream shop, fast food restaurant, grocery store, bussing tables, whatever. These jobs are non-existent because these communities are devoid of businesses.

    And about guns, why is it that I know many people with guns who have them legally, yet they haven't committed any crime using a gun? Don't blame the gun. It's an inanimate object. A kid in NJ was recently hacked to death with a machete. It's not the weapon because anything can be a weapon, even a baseball bat or a golf club so let's get real here.

    There is something profoundly wrong in these black neighborhoods and what they have in common is poverty, dependence on the government dole, no jobs, no city services, horrible schools, gangs and drugs. They are living in a horrific reality and stuck where they are. You think they wouldn't move if they could? It's not so simple.

  • Leonard2003 kyria

    With public transportation any 16 year old can get to entry level restaurant jobs which are plentiful downtown. Don't say they can't! Why do the jobs have to be on their block? Take a job any job. It's what I did. People around the world and here in America travel...

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    With public transportation any 16 year old can get to entry level restaurant jobs which are plentiful downtown. Don't say they can't! Why do the jobs have to be on their block? Take a job any job. It's what I did. People around the world and here in America travel miles to find work and to go to work. Why should it be different for the teenagers of Chicagos South and west sides. Poverty isn't exclusive to Chicago. I hear excuse after excuse. Complaining about this and waiting for hand outs. Not right. Get up and do it and you will see change.

May 17

Want to know why service sucks?

My expat friend in Bangkok sent me this link. The source is abc7
If you got time to list the little ways you are cheated in your everyday life plz post.

http://abc7chicago.com/politics/report-chicago-most-corrupt-city-in-us/3478310/

    Report: Chicago most corrupt city in U.S.
    A report released Tuesday ranks Chicago as the most corrupt city in the country and Illinois as the third-most corrupt state. "What we find is a very dreary picture.
    http://abc7chicago.com