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October 05, 2006

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Sid

I disagree completely. What is missing is not leadership. What is missing is representation. Elected officials are supposed to represent us in government (representative democracy), rather than lead us (dictatorship?). It would be so refreshing to hear a politician say "while I disagree with this or that policy, I will vote for it because it is what my constituents want." Instead, we get people like Joe Leiberman who ask us to vote for him even though we disagree with him, because he is standing on principal. What we are lacking in Washington is proper representation.

Michael

thanks for the morning coffee! I would have to defend DeLong on this one: he was talking abt executive power, not legislative (on which count i can only agree with Sid). French and Germans, e.g., certainly do seem to be much better at getting experienced people into the highest office, but they are then plagued with 'gerontocracies'. i don't have a solution either, i guess. but thanks for the talk, once again.

Endang

people often, perhaps even uusally, do things for reasons other than the reasons they give.quite at odds with the reasons people give for why they like or respect others.functional, but for quite different reasons than people uusally give.This all seems to add up to a consistent expert consensus that humans quite often, perhaps even uusally, just don’t know why they do what they do. This seems to me to be a non-sequitur. People may very well know but give distorted or false reasons.

Gogineni

You will be applying to clleoge next fall and will be accepted in the winter. School's will not look down on you if you graduate early and don't start until the next year. they understand that most freshmen want to start when all the freshmen traditionally matriculate in fall as it is easier to transition into clleoge life when surrounded by people in the same situation. as for the loans, you will not be able to cover that tuition (much less room and board) solely on government grants and loans taken out by the student. the most grant money you can get is $5350 per year, and this amount is only reserved for the neediest families. Freshmen can take out up to $5500 in student loans. that amount increases every year. Some of those loans are subsidized (interest paid while in school) some are unsubsidized (interest builds while in school). After that the remainder of the bill for the school can be paid out-of-pocket or ur parents can take out money w a parent plus loan. if you and your parents are taking out the full amount of loans for all four years and pay nothing out of pocket then you all are going to be in HUGE debt when you get out of school as the interest on many of those loans will be building the entire time. if u do this, try ur best to pay the interest bills every month as the interest compounds (debt gets larger and larger) by month. you need to think wisely about this decision. can you and ur family afford to have u go to school out of state in an expensive part of the country? i would consider looking into schools in your home state as they are MUCH cheaper. you could always go to Florida after u graduate to work or go to grad school there. . . . please read the webpage below for info on federal loans. hope it helps good luck. . finaid. org/loans/

Sujal

Absolutely true. Deadly drugs in the form of pills pose one of the most insidious forms of stcodeiun to our youth. Pills take on the respectability of medicine and mask their true potential for harm. Possibly an emphasis on wellness might hold the key to changing one's overall viewpoint on what contstitutes value for anything we decide to put in our bodies? Thanks for a great article.

Vibha

Classic. I suppose that you are about haflway through the 12 step program to teach you how to stop arguing like a college freshman? When do they get to the part about ad hominen attacks? (Perhaps you should google that phrase) I am surprised and impressed that you managed to get through your comment without using the leftist's favorite empty combative words fascist or Nazi Personally, I have not listened to Rush in a decade and not regularly since the early 90s, when your previous false Messiah ascended to office.But the part that strikes me as funny is you using that dittheads term at the same time that we have just witnessed the biggest personality cult of myrmidons in our nation's history. I speak of the Cult of Obama and their unthinking, starry-eyed masses.

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