Something the right has done extremely well over the past few decades is play one sector of the middle class off against another. As long as people are fooled by this they do not lay the blame where it truly belongs. The blame really goes to Congressmen Wamp and Fleischman and Senator Corker who allow the 1% or corporate America to keep wages stagnant.
According to a recent MIT study entitled Addressing the problem of stagnant wages, between 1980 and 2009, labor productivity increased by 78% but the median compensation of 35 to 44 year-old male high school graduates (with no college) declined by 10%. It also goes on to say that, the broken connection between labor productivity growth and compensation growth for average workers has undermined mass upward mobility and the ideal of a growing middle class.
Drew wants EPB to fail. He wants Chattanoogans to resent other Chattanoogans that are employed by EPB. If EPB fails, then many Chattanoogans would lose good paying jobs. Why would an editor of the paper we subscribe to root for the downfall of its citizens? Because he doesn’t care about you or this city and as long as Drew and the groups he believes in succeed in playing one of us against another all wages will spiral downward. And that is what Drew and the 1% really want.
Ayn Rand's 'philosophy' is immoral. Although Ayn Rand's version of the preamble would indeed be more succinct, I GOT MINE F. U., I don't see anything in the Constitution's preamble that remotely resembles an immoral philosophy. I see just the opposite. And I would much rather live in a country that respects the rights of all of its citizens, not just the top 1% of its wage earners.
Happy with the new bulbs handed Drew his lunch so I'll just say this.
Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher ' standard of living' is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television, and the chance to find a pasque flower is a right as unalienable as free speech.
These wild things, I admit, had little human value until mechanization assured us of a good breakfast, and until science disclosed the drama of where they come from and how they live. the whole conflict boils down to a question of degree. We of the minority see a law of diminishing returns in progress; our opponents do not. - Aldo Leopold
aae1049, Forgive me for replying in such succinct terms but it seemed appropriate because you seemed clueless or had an agenda.
continuing with yesterday's lesson...
municipalities then go to Wall Street to raise those funds. A Wall Street Bank gave Chatt/EPB the best deal they were willing to give them. I know you have been paying attention for the past 4 years so,you have good reason to believe they may have received a bad deal because Wall Street typically behaves unethically toward its clients and refers to them as "muppets" (see link). That's the system we have made and you feel is better than government. So whats the libertarian alternative? loan sharks?
aae109, Forgive me for replying in such succinct terms but it seem appropriate because you seemed clueless or had an agenda.
continuing with yesterday's lesson...
municipalities then go to Wall Street to raise those funds. And because I know you have been paying attention for the past 4 years, a Wall Street Bank gave Chatt/EPB the best deal they were willing to give them or ripped them off which are the terms you would use because you know that on Wall Street banks refer to clients as "muppets" (see link)and routinely rip them off. That's the system we have made and you feel is better than government.
aae1049, and the money from the bond is used to build a smart grid - something useful for my community - Bond issues are how all cities improve their infrastructure.
I am already inundated with commercials for comcast on my TV. I also receive one piece of junk mail from comcast each week in my mail. There's no need for my paper's editorial staff to carry their water as well.
Also, you neglected to mention that when I pay my EPB bill my money goes to improving my community. When I sent money to comcast it went to buy Time Warner in NYC.
You will have to change your schedule in order to take advantage of the times where electricity is cheapest like in the late evening and early morning.
If we use our existing energy sources more efficiently we won't no need to build more power plants. Obviously, this will keep the price of electricity low.
By making our buildings, appliances, and systems more efficient we are able to use less energy without sacrificing the luxuries of energy services, like hot showers and cold beer.
Power Meter Demand Response refers to the strategies used to reduce customer demand for electricity. One way to think about the effectivness of demand-side management is to consider a simple equation:
Your Bill = Electricity Rate x How Much You Use
Utilities are often pressured to lower their rates so they can reduce their customers' bills, but those bills could also be reduced through lower usage. ERT researches a number of different demand response strategies which have the capability to reduce overall energy use at peak hours, including:
• Energy load response = responds to the cutomers' electricity demand
• Price response = responds to the utilities' cost of generation
Another type of demand-side management program is one where utilities offer customers incentives to reduce their electricity use during periods of critical system conditions or periods of high market power costs. ERT works with utilities and policy makers to pilot and evaluate -- as well as develop the business case for -- demand response systems and efficiency programs to provide affordable and reliable electricity services to the public.
Do teapartiers think we aren't paying for the uninsured already? The cost of the uninsured is reflected in the high cost of care. Really??? someone doesn't know this.