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How Government Can Actually Help Entrepreneurs

As the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire try to resolve the infighting at the Market Basket supermarket chain, business owners may have to rethink their opposition to government involvement in entrepreneurial affairs.
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I don't doubt that government CAN help business. In fact this is a pretty indisputable fact. the government not only has the power, but also the funding to do really about anything it sets its mind to. that includes helping business.

 

the question is, SHOULD the government be involved in business. In my opinion it is none of the governments' business. In real capitalism, a business has to thrive on its own and so well, or fail on its own terms. anything less than this is socialism, which, although  it looks great on paper, ends up with the people forever voting themselves more money until the government simply can no longer function.

 

There is no problem with having pro-business policies, but the government should not go out of its way to help, or prop up businesses.

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As World Boils, Fingers Point Obama’s Way

As World Boils, Fingers Point Obama’s Way | 2014 summmer politics | Scoop.it
Buffeted by international instability, the president stresses that there are limits to American power, and that the chief executive is not omnipotent.
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I am no Obama fan, thats for sure. I would not have voted for him, I do not agree with his policies, and I strongly believe that he has made a wide variety of large mistakes in his presidency. That being said, he still is our president. as much as I like to poke fun and list off all the chaos he has caused, it is important to remember one thing, that he is just a person. He cannot see into the future, and often, like all of us, he makes mistakes. That is just how the world works. 

 

If we take a moment to remember that he is just a human like the rest of us, I am sure we can all band together to make a change for the good, rather than just pointing fingers when things go bad. Maybe some of this craziness is Obama's fault. But then again, that's irrelevant, who did it does not matter, what matters is that we pick ourselves back up, dust ourselves off, and use the time we were waisting pointing fingers, to solve problems. Republicans, Democrats, Americans, Forigneers, we are all in the same boat, and in the same human family. Lets start acting like it.

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Chinese government's war on Apple escalates as it bans govt ...

Chinese government's war on Apple escalates as it bans govt ... | 2014 summmer politics | Scoop.it
The claimed reason for the omission is that Apple has not satisfied the government that its products meet energy-saving requirements, but the effect is that Apple products can no longer be purchased by any government ...
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China may be overreacting, but at the same time, they do have some basis to their worries. With global tensions heated throught the Russo-Asian and middle eastern region, it is not totaly rash to expect that the U.S. is keeping an eye on things. weather or not they are doing so through Apple and Micrsoft is hard to say. It is not likely, but also not impossible. Either way, the fact that the chinese governemnt got rid of these to brands is probably meaningless, becasue if the U.S. really wanted to moniter the chinese governemnt, we could, regardless of what commputers they use.

 

Maybe it is just a cover up on the part of the Chinese government to hurt our economy. I don't know. Honestly, there are a lot of quesitons here, becasue, like always, the government is a sneaky, corrupt group of bureaucrats with their only concern being total controll over their people, and amassing ever more wealth.

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West Sanctions Moscow, with Caveats - Trindle & Johnson, Foreign Policy

West Sanctions Moscow, with Caveats - Trindle & Johnson, Foreign Policy | 2014 summmer politics | Scoop.it
The United States and the European Union unveiled new sets of economic sanctions against Russia and threatened to ratchet them up even further if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin continues to support separatists in Ukraine. Behind the tough talk, however, is a careful set of measures with so many loopholes that they are unlikely to hobble the Russian economy.

Via shahriyar Gourgi
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Ok. Economic sanctions are fun and everything, but can we please get real? We are in the exact same situation as in WW11 and are doing almost equally as little to stop the advance of the impeading threat. When Hitler took the Rhineland, everybody shook their finders at him and said, well, he probably wont do it again. A year or so later, he has almost all of Europe. Here we se the same thing, Russia very easily takes disputed territory (Ukraine) and we all shake our fingers at him, and pass these petty meaningless economic sanctions. Guaranteed, if we continue on this path, something big is going to happen. Now i'm not trying to predict an all out nuclear and of the world war, but still, we need to make some actual diplomatic progress with the situation in Ukraine before it escalates, which it already has, as we can see from the shooting down of the Malaysian airline.

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US Senate passes cell phone unlocking bill without opposition | Ars Technica

US Senate passes cell phone unlocking bill without opposition | Ars Technica | 2014 summmer politics | Scoop.it

It could soon finally be legal to "unlock" cell phones and move from one carrier to another. The US Senate passed a bill last night under "unanimous consent" rules that would make it clear that unlocking phones is legal.

 

The bill was passed without controversial language about "bulk" unlocking that would have made it difficult to build a business around unlocking phones. It also directs the Librarian of Congress to "consider whether other wireless devices, like tablets, should be eligible for unlocking."

 

The House of Representatives passed a related bill in February that did include the "bulk unlocking" language that advocacy groups like Public Knowledge objected to. Now the two houses of Congress will need to sync up the bills so a version can be sent to President Barack Obama for a signature.

 

Consumers' right to unlock is on the verge of becoming law only after the major cell phone companies essentially gave up the fight under pressure from the FCC. They already agreed to enact policies allowing unlocking by February 2015. Now those rights will be codified into law rather than relying on self-regulation.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Personally, I am not an avid tech junkie. Regardless, after reading this article, I do have a few questions, comments and concerns. So according to my relatively limited knowledge on the subject, unlocking a phone means simply buying a phone from a company but using in under the service of another company. For example, AT&T sells the iPhone, but were I to unlock my iPhone I could instead use it under say Virgin Mobile. I would have an iPhone, but I would not have my contract with Virgin. Honestly, I think this could be a positive thing. As much as all cell phone providers claim that they get perfect service everywhere, we all now that some do well in some places while others do well in other places. For example, Over this weekend I was on vacation with another family, who if I am not mistaken has Verision. I, on the other hand, have AT&T. While we were in this small country town, we found that I would easily get service while my friend did not. So, I believe it would be nice to open up the market so that people could get the phones they want, under the companies that provide the best service to their particular needs, or area. Once again, I may not have any idea what I am talking about, but that is just my Opinion.

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The government has asked Verizon for customer data 149000 times this year ... - Washington Post (blog)

The government has asked Verizon for customer data 149000 times this year ... - Washington Post (blog) | 2014 summmer politics | Scoop.it
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The government has asked Verizon for customer data 149000 times this year ...
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Nobody likes the idea of being monitored on their phone, or any other device they might own or be near. That is fact. But honestly as disturbing as it may be to think about, sometimes to retain freedom, one must give up a little freedom. Now, would I prefer this wasent going on? absolutely, we would all prefer that. At the end of the day, however, I believe it is doing just as much good as we assume it is doing bad. What does trouble me, however, is the massive increase of requests from the government to cell companies to have permission to tap phones. Why all of a sudden is the government going crazy with the number and frequency of their requests? Is it just to keep up with population and actual numbers of cell phones? Or is it something more? Have they found something they didn't like, or caught somme lead? Who is to say? Whatever happens I think it is best we trust in our government. That does not mean reckless abandon, what it does mean is staying involved and electing the men and women who we trust and believe can run this great country in a safe, secure, and morally guided way.

 

On another Unrelated note, I did research my last post a little deeper, and did in fact find somme answers. California does not in fact have a larger GDP than Russia, but interestingly enough, they aren't very far behind. California rests at about a 2.003 trillion while Russia hovers just above at a 2.015 trillion. That still amazes me. I truly reveals the economic power of the U.S. and makes me wonder, Why aren't we doing more? Poverty and hunger are still a huge problem in the world today. With only one of our states pulling in more money than most countries do, its about time we step it up.

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How the Wizard of Oz Explains America's Foreign Policy - Foreign Policy (blog)

How the Wizard of Oz Explains America's Foreign Policy - Foreign Policy (blog) | 2014 summmer politics | Scoop.it
How the Wizard of Oz Explains America's Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy (blog)
The preferred foreign policy of voters at the time was isolationism, which wanted to see the United States stay as far away from grubby European power struggles as possible.
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A fascinating article to say the least. And a nice, lighter take on some of the more dismal issues of the day. Just goes to show the power of literature and media. All that's left that I can really say is READ IT.

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Obama: US Sanctions Are Straining Russian Economy - ABC News

Obama: US Sanctions Are Straining Russian Economy - ABC News | 2014 summmer politics | Scoop.it
Obama: US Sanctions Are Straining Russian Economy
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"Sanctions are working as intended in putting enormous pressure and strain on the Russian economy," Obama said. "That's not my estimation.
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Once again, the U.S. has involved itself in a big hissyfit over a problem that needs real problem solving, and real a real solution. Rather than argue about the irrelevance of who is going to economically hurt who the most, we need to start focusing on the real issue. The fact that Russia has actually invaded and taken another country without any retaliation whatsoever. not only that, but that relations between them and the U.S. are deteriorating quickly to Cold War levels. I'm not saying that a nuclear doom awaits us in the next few years. What I am saying is that if we ever want to solve our problems and bury the hatchet once and for all ( because we all know that the Cold War never REALLY ended) we should stop with the "I'm not going to be your friend anymore" bull crap and focus on the real issue, and possible solutions.

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US, FIFA Should 'Reconsider' Holding Next World Cup in Russia, Sen. McCain Says

US, FIFA Should 'Reconsider' Holding Next World Cup in Russia, Sen. McCain Says | 2014 summmer politics | Scoop.it
(David Azia/AP Photo) Sen. John McCain and a leading Democratic senator are calling on American and international soccer officials to reconsider the decision to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia, casting it as a way to leverage power against...
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I disagree, the World Cup is still a long way off, and reconsidering the decision to have the World Cup in Russia might do more bad than it does good. Instead of sending a message, it might simply increase social as well as political tensions between the U.S. and Russia. Besides, nothing blows off steam like a little friendly competition. As I mirrored the situation we are in now with that of WW11 last time, I will do it agin now. Even in WW11 the Olympics were held inn Germany under Hitler's rule. By and by we still ended up at war, but suspending the olympics surely would have been considered an act of aggression rather than the U.S. proving a point. We may have worsened the war, or even got ourselves into it much earlier. Which now that I am saying that, may have been a good thing for the Jews. But I pray to God that will not happen again, in whatever situation we end up in with Russia.

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Another Pro-GMO President? | TheSleuthJournal

Another Pro-GMO President? | TheSleuthJournal | 2014 summmer politics | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton. Former senator and secretary of state. Mother. Grandmother-to-be. Potential frontrunner for the Democratic nominee for U.S. president in 2016. And Monsanto cheerleader. From back in the days when she worked for the Rose Law Firm, which represented Monsanto, to her ongoing cozy relationships with pro-GMO appointees Michael Taylor (Deputy Commissioner for Foods) and

Via Troy Mccomas (troy48)
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Great. This is yet another reason that nobody likes Americans, and yet another reason why we are so horribly unhealthy and don't know why.

 

As a quick warning before I start, I will admit that I am biased. I eat Organic and try to stay away from GMO's as much as I can. Oftentimes  people will tell me that it makes little difference weather one eats organic or non organic, or whether it is GMO or non GMO. I would disagree, but let me approach this from a neutral point of view. There is evidence that GMO's are bad as well as evidence that says it makes no difference. Now, I am not saying that the research that GMO's aren't bad is incorrect or a big lie, but it should be noted that the research projects that look into health effects are all funded by the companies that are pro GMO. I am not saying that they are paying for the scientists and researchers to lie, but they also have say on what gets published and how it is worded. And that power is very strong.

 

I think in this argument, one should also look out to the rest of the world. As highly as us Americans think of ourselves, we are not the only competent country in the world, and sometimes it is not bad to follow the ideas and findings of other nations. And according to many ,if not most, other nations, GMO's are most certainly bad, and in some places, even illegal. Now every country has the right to its own laws, but those countries did their own research not at all funded or influenced by any pro GMO companies. I think these are all important facts and figures to consider before we jump to elect a leader who is not interested in the real well being of a country, or who is simply not educated in how to achieve this well being. 

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Hobby Lobby Demonstrates That Expansive Government Is Religious Liberty's ... - Cato Institute (blog)

Hobby Lobby Demonstrates That Expansive Government Is Religious Liberty's ... - Cato Institute (blog) | 2014 summmer politics | Scoop.it
Hobby Lobby Demonstrates That Expansive Government Is Religious Liberty's ...
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The federal government has taken over ever larger swaths of American life, most recently health care.
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Finally! The promise of religious freedom is finally taken seriously for once! Dont get me wrong, helth care is an important part of what employees expect and deserve, but to make people completely disregard and go against their very moral fibers is totally unacceptable. Especially in such an unnecessary benifit. Health insurence, totaly required, but a plan that covers birth controll? Ever heard of chastity people?

 

Now obvoustly being Catholic puts me at a very stong bias, but regardless, that is what built this great counrty, being able to hang on to your biases and then make a place for them in the law. Maybe that is a kind of weird way to look at it, but I'm not wrong. Anyway, I think that this is just a huge win for the church, and church based organizaitons.

 

I think the wording of the actual law itself was great also, just in the fact that they never said that insurence plans COULD NOT include contraceptives, they simply put that they DID NOT HAVE TO. And that is a huge thing for people to understand, the church is not trying to take over, we just want our fair deal like everybody else. We believe in what we believe in and you believe in what you believe in, and the law makes room for us both. Problem solved. Boom.

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California has world's 8th largest economy, beating Russia, Italy - Sacramento Bee

California has world's 8th largest economy, beating Russia, Italy - Sacramento Bee | 2014 summmer politics | Scoop.it
California has world's 8th largest economy, beating Russia, Italy
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The state's $2.203 trillion gross domestic product in 2013 put California slightly ahead of Russia and Iraly and just behind the No.
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Maybe I don't totally understand the context of the article, and I do intend to look into this statement more, but I find it slightly difficult to believe the the GDP of California is larger than that of Russia. I can absolutely validate the fact that some of the European economies are in a worse spot than our own. In fact, I was just in Spain and saw firsthand the effects of their poor economy. Regardless, I don't understand how the economy of one state can match or even beat out the GDP of an entire country. California is absolutely a large state no doubt, but still only one state, and I am being led to believe that it is pulling in more money into its economy than the massive country of Russia, which is, let us not forget, considered a world superpower. I'm sure that the Sacramento Bee is not lying to me, but still, it will be interesting to research how this is actually possible.

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