Follow the money. It's all about the benefits conferred by society on people who are married and are presumably doing the hard work of raising the next generation of citizens
Opposite sex couples "shacking up" do not claim the benefits. As I look at it, opposite sex couples who choose to get married but also choose to not have kids are freeloaders on these benefits. Gays and lesbians are free to "live together" right now without any change to the law. What they want are the benefits. If it were up to me, no one would get those benefits unless they were actually raising kids.
And no, I don't think gay and lesbian couples should be raising kids nor do I think _on-purpose_ single parenthood is a good idea either. A properly socialized child requires the full time presence of a man and a woman.Comment Posted By Locomotive Breath On 19.04.2009 @ 08:36
And where do you suppose he’s going to spend that tax money? At Tax-Mart? If we put a billion dollars into, say, building a bridge, I kind of think it’s going to go to Joe’s Bridge Building Company. Joe’s going to buy some stuff from Caterpillar and from Frank’s Cement. And then Joe’s workers and Frank’s workers and Caterillar’s workers will spend their pay at Sears, Target, Wal-Mart. And then all those retail folks will spend their money at McDonalds. Right? Money flowing from the taxpayer to the private sector.
You may have missed it but the taxpayer IS the private sector. The gov is going to have to tax the hell out of all the people involved to get the billion dollars back.Comment Posted By Locomotive Breath On 26.03.2009 @ 15:59
Alternate comback: "The rules are what make us dead".Comment Posted By Locomotive Breath On 13.02.2009 @ 09:03
What was really stupid was that the plant manager (THE PLANT MANAGER!!) had to talk to Janis to find out how the plant worked. 'Cause, like, there was no one else there with him who knew a thing about it.
Garofalo used to be kind of cute in a cherubic way. Now she's just a dried up old husk.Comment Posted By Locomotive Breath On 4.02.2009 @ 13:41
Ozzy Osbourne was the one who bit the head off a chicken.
At one of Alice Cooper's concerts, a fan did throw a live chicken onto the stage. Cooper flung it into the air back over the crowd expecting it to fly away. Instead the chicken augered in and the crowed tore it apart. It was subsequently misreported in the tabloid press that Cooper had bitten its head off.
In the interest of factual accuracy, I'm just saying.Comment Posted By Locomotive Breath On 20.11.2008 @ 08:18
Anybody remember the big flap about CFCs? They were supposed to be causing the hole in the ozone layer over the south pole that was going to cause all the poor penguins to die from sunburn. Or some such. So CFCs were banned.
Here we are 30 years onward and guess what? The hole in the ozone layer at the south pole is bigger than ever. The response of the atmospheric scientists who have been carefully observing the situation? "Beats the hell out of us."
When the climate modelers can tell us why banning CFCs didn't work, I'll be convinced that they can predict temperatures for the next 100 yearsComment Posted By Locomotive Breath On 19.11.2007 @ 11:05
When our victorious troops come home and have their parade I'll be looking for your brother on the newscasts. He'll be the one holding up the big sign reading "Abu Ghraib".
IOW, why the small-minded need to piss on someone else's parade?Comment Posted By Locomotive Breath On 17.04.2007 @ 10:27
I kept waiting for "That'll do pig". Maybe next week.Comment Posted By Locomotive Breath On 30.01.2007 @ 17:25
Anyone else notice the irony of a Kennedy complaining about a Presidential election stolen by voter fraud. Maybe he should go back and start with that 1960 election which had a lot more to recommend it as the target of a study like this.Comment Posted By Locomotive Breath On 2.06.2006 @ 10:18