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Old 02-25-2011, 03:57 PM   #79 (permalink)
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Super-Metro! - '92 Geo Metro Base

$250 Pizza Delivery Car - '91 Geo Metro Base
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90 day: 43.75 mpg (US)

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I wouldn't go as far as to say that the poor children should not get an education. Education coupled with a drive to succeed and common sense is the only way to break generational poverty. Please note that I did not say education and government programs alone can change this. Part of the problem with poor communities-be they projects or trailer parks- is culture. Either it is seen as being uncool to be intelligent and succeed in the business community or they learn poor lifestyles from their parents example. No amount of government spending can change that. In fact, government social spending may well exacerbate the situation by enabling people to live in bad but comfortable lifestyles and never forcing them to strive for something better.

Should we limit childbirth or enact a national eugenics program to eliminate the inferior people? No, that would make us monsters and put us in the same company as people like Margaret Sanger who founded Planned Parenthood for just such purposes. Sadly though we HAVE gone through just such policies in our past. Eugenics boards were set up and any child thought to not be intelligent enough by their teacher was then recommended to the board for forced sterilization. This could have been something as simple as one bad report card. Hundreds of thousands of children, many of which later became well educated adults, were forcibly sterilized by the government in the US in these programs. The last forced sterilization was either in 1973 or 1981 depending on which source you refer to. So, before you start down that road, remember: We have been there before and it did us no good. And for those who think the US government has never violated the human rights of it's citizens, go study history a little more in depth than what you got in the 10th grade. You would be shocked at what you find.
No green technology will ever make a substantive environmental impact until it is economically viable for most people to use it. This must be from a reduction in net cost of the new technology, not an increase in the cost of the old technology through taxation

(Note: the car sees 100% city driving and is EPA rated at 37 mpg city)

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