Six February/March polls, ignored by the mainstream media, caught my attention. Combined results of three U.S. polls show Americans prefer free market capitalism over socialism by a margin of 6 to 2, and 40 percent of Democrats prefer socialism. China adopted capitalism to grow its economy, and over half, 54 percent, of Chinese prefer it.

Poll No. 5 found 79 percent of Americans think “climate change” is political, isn't man-made, and isn't a problem. Poll No. 6 in March found 17 percent of Democrats, 66 percent of independents, and 92 percent of Republicans are Trump supporters. Trump gets a big advantage if Democrats nominate a radical climate change socialist.

Gary Miller

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Mike Zeller

This has to be the most useless "Letter to the Editor" I've ever read. You didn't even mention Poll No. 7,8,13,21,.......[huh] [yawn] [huh] [yawn]

Gary Miller

Thanks Mike for reminding me. Poll #7 was Monday, also ignored by the liberal media. Trump job approval is up to 53%. Liberal media job approval is less than 20%. Will add 8,13 & 21 as available.

Gary Miller

Mike? Useless perhaps? Offered because GCDN never prints pro Trump stories.

Bailey Jones

"Americans prefer free market capitalism" - for some reason I thought that Trump was elected to save American jobs from the effects of free market capitalism.

Carlos Ponce

"for some reason I thought that Trump was elected to save American jobs from the effects of free market capitalism"
Don't know where you got that idea, Bailey.
When it comes to jobs, Trump was elected to save American jobs from the negative effects over burdensome regulations, many imposed during the Obama administration.
Trump was elected to secure the border.
Trump was elected to rebuild the military.
Trump was elected bring prestige to America, not go on an apology tour.
And the main reason people voted Trump - he wasn't Hillary.

Bailey Jones

lol. Jobs have been leaving the US since the 70s - because in a free market you can always find cheaper labor somewhere else. But yes - blame Obama, it's a nice deflection.

Gary Scoggin

Your last sentence should read, "And the main reason a minority of voters voted Trump.."

Carlos Ponce

Now you're editing my remarks, Gary Scoggin? Trump knew which states to court, Hillary ignored or took for granted certain states. Trump played to win. The game is won with the majority of Electoral votes. WELL PLAYED, DONALD TRUMP!

Gary Miller

Gary. A Minority of voters but a majority of citizens. The liberal problem is illegal voters can't change the Electoral College results. Ten million more illegals in California the result would have the same.

Gary Miller

Gary Scoggin. The founders chose popular voting for state elections, then added the Electoral College to protect the country from illegal voters in any state. States that permit illegal voting screw their own citizens but not citizens in legal voting states. A State gets it's Electoral College delegates according to the most recent census. Not according to how many illegal votes they permit.

Gary Scoggin

Hey, I like the electoral college. However, I would be interested in seeing data that proves that there was a massive number of illegal aliens that voted.

George Croix

No, from the effects of strangling regulations and a business unfriendly leadership....
Looks to be working quite well so far, especially for the demographics that have historically been workforce underrepresented.....

Gary Miller

Right on George. Trump never said he would help minorities with capitalism but has done a good job for them.

Paula Flinn

“Strangling regulations,” like making sure we still have clean air and clean water to drink. Making sure our rivers and lakes are not cess pools. Making sure benzene and other more harmful chemicals are not in the air we breathe, and glyphosate (Round-Up) and other cancer causing chemicals are not sprayed on our fields of oats, wheat, and corn. And coal sludge is not dumped in our rivers.
But Donald Trump changed those pesky Obama regulations so you don’t know what you are eating, drinking, or breathing. And guess what? It’s cheaper for corporations! Yay! But you won’t live long with all those deadly chemicals inside you.
Car emissions, too! Let’s all breathe that stuff that comes out of those thousands of tail pipes!

Carlos Ponce

Paula, name at least one Obama era regulation removed by Trump that was actually making a difference in air, water, or food quality.

George Croix

She CAN'T Carlos, because there WERE NONE.

PF you REALLY need to use your own good mind and stop drinking all that DNC sweet fruity flavored drink. Those talking points are so absurd, especially for a teacher, who sure as heck should know better.
It's like hysteria mounded on top of ridiculousness is expected by the 'resistance' and the less seriously messed up than those characters left wingers to magically turn reality into their own private world of perpetual misery and victimism, which they evidently enjoy, as shown by not just refusing to give it up, but EMBRACING one false narrative after another.

"The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so."


ps:
Better give upo your car and go back to horse and buggy or biking, because every time you fill it up, you're letting BENZENE ([scared][scared][scared][scared][scared])
get into the air.................

[beam][beam][beam][beam]

C'mon, 40,000 plus liars and scammers hereabouts already have dibs on the 'benzene harm' phony claims baloney.
The 'they want dirty air and water' scam only fools the fools.
Nobody is trying to give you cancer by ruining the crops.

Pick something else to worry about that might actually BE a threat to your future....
Like, oh, 'resisting' reality.................[wink][innocent]

Gary Scoggin

Can I play?

The Clean Power Plan! In addition to the promised CO2 reductions would have resulted in very large corollary emissions reductions in NOx, SO2, Mercury and particulates. These are already regulated elsewhere so the public health impact of these regulations (climate effects aside) are generally not material. There is a proposed rollback of power plant mercury rules, although the rollback is generally opposed by the power industry.

That said, there was a lot more invective than fact in Paula’s post but she wasn’t entirely incorrect. There were no rules I can think of off the top of my head that backed off on benzene emissions, though.

Carlos Ponce

President Trump has asked the EPA to provide alternatives to the Clean Power Plan - one that would not kill jobs.
Read "Trump Is Seen Replacing Obama’s Power Plant Overhaul With a Tune-Up" October 6, 2017
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-06/trump-seen-replacing-obama-power-plant-overhaul-with-a-tune-up
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose repealing the Clean Power Plan - the Obama administration’s centerpiece regulation to fight climate change - and plans to solicit input on a rule to replace it, according to an EPA document seen by Reuters.'
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-epa-carbon-exclusive/trump-epa-to-propose-repealing-obamas-climate-regulation-document-idUSKCN1C90BY
Same goal WITHOUT killing jobs. Sounds like a winner.

Gary Scoggin

Unless and until the President’s alternative to the Clean Power Plan is known and implemented, it doesn’t count. I would be interested in knowing how any meaningful regulation that reduces emissions from the power sector doesn’t have a big pact on jobs, especially given that the marketplace is doing that already.

There were a number of legal problems with the plan and it may not have survived SCOTUS but it was a law on the books nonetheless.

George Croix

There is climate change.
It's been going on since there was a climate.
It's been effected by Man since the first guy passed gas, and really took off with the discovery of fire.
Ma Nature is still the #1 cause of it.
We need to continue to minimize our impact without marginalizing our existence.
A distinction the more...challenged....zealots might want to pay attention to.....

Bailey Jones

It's not climate change, George. It's climate change socialism!!!

George Croix

I only speak for myself, Bailey....I get in enough trouble with that without taking on anybody else's baggage....[wink]

Gary Miller

Bailey. Climate Change or socialism are dangers to the American way. One or the other are used by Democrats trying to create fear among voters. Climate change is nothing to fear, It's normal. Socialism should be feared. Many want it's promises but none want what it always becomes.

Gary Miller

Bailey. Climate change is used mostly by socialists but is not socialist. IT's a normal climate event socialists think they can use to gain political power. All they need to do is lie loud and long enough some voters will believe it.

Emile Pope

Which poll?

Gary Scoggin

I always get a kick out of opinion polls about scientific facts. The science is independent of people's opinions.

George Croix

A big problem, Gary, with this subject is when the science is twisted, interpreted, or even changed to fit people's opinions.
It's how, for instance, we got that BS about "97% of scientists say....." until the actual backstory became known....
It only takes one "Aw S___" to cancel a thousand "attaboys'...... [beam][beam]

George Croix

ps:
Gary, who do you think AOC and ALL of the announced Dem. Presidential candidates are targeting with that stupid 'end of the Earth in 12 years' cra_ ' if we don't get rid of all fossil fuels, if not PUBLIC OPINION.
Surely nobody claims THAT is scientifically sure.............

I wonder how much support THAT will get when the usual suspects wake up and realize that they'd starve to death or die of thirst in a few months with no fossil fuels....that will be the case for quite a bit longer than the ex-bartender or those other characters are going to be around..... [ban]

Gary Scoggin

My point is not about public support, its about scientific fact. Whether or not people beleive in something does not affect whether or not it is happening. When we apply ideology to our view of science we miss the point. This is true of climate zealots on both sides.

George Croix

I know what you said, Gary.
And, of course, you're right, in a sane and reasoning world.
Where's that one at? Mars?
In this one, perception and group think rules now, and whatever is on Facebook or other 'social media' (the name should be changed to anti-social media with all the liars. scammers, and bomb throwers on it....) is what MILLIONS believe, and that's how we end up with people wailing about the end of the world in 12 years.....I'd call that a sanity point missed, for sure....
THAT is why you have many more millions who don't believe a word of the subject.
They KNOW the climate changes. It HAS to. Always HAS. But there have been enough phony data and prediction pushers and nutty zealots to the point that the REAL science has been shoved aside by the 'political science'....and it's now, to them, ALL political, because that's NOW, DAILY, and actual changes go so slowly they're here before noticed.
You're a VERY SHARP guy on the subject.
It must be frustrating to KNOW and be told to go pound sand.
I've had that feeling a LOT myself over the years.....[beam][beam]

Gary Scoggin

I do get tired of the refusal to acknowledge the seriousness of the issue on one side and the sensationalism of it on the other. On this issue, as in many others, the ends of the spectrum suck the oxygen away from the reasoned discussion in the middle. All I can do is to continue to advocate for reason and do a little prodding to those on the extremes. To that I’ll offer three statements of fact, not opinion.

1. Earth’s climate is getting warmer at a faster rate than man has observed before.
2. Mans activities are largely responsible for this.
3. It is not an existential threat to our species, or even our society, as some would have you believe.

George Croix

Gary, no argument from me to THOSE points, except maybe to wonder if any updates will be issued on the 'man effect', even short term, after the next major volcanic eruption somewhere...[wink]
I'm about to experience my OWN major woman caused climate change because my Better Half has ordered me into the attic and 25 years of accumulated questionable treasures ordered out.....the temperature up there is changing by the hour.....

Hang in there.
[smile]

Paula Flinn

But Galveston is sinking at a faster rate than thought. Where are the top scientific minds on that? Apparently, since Galveston is an island, nothing can be done about that!

Carlos Ponce

Paula, Ellis Island and Liberty Island were once all connected to the mainland . Sea levels rose to form those islands THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO. It occurs NATURALLY.

Gary Scoggin

Yes it occurs naturally. It can also be man made. The two are not mutually exclusive. One difference is that pace. The natural sea level rise occurs over hundreds or thousands of years, not over tens of years.

Charlotte O'rourke

“China adopted capitalism to grow its economy ...”

Yes - very true, but China is still a communist/socialist country even though it adopted a market economy, just as the US is still a republic where capitalism is the main driving factor even though socialistic aspects like welfare, food stamps, public education and VA healthcare exists.

I’ve always been leery of polls unless one can see the details and the language of the the questions, but if conducted without bias, I find polls interesting glimpses into others’ views and OPINIONS.

If the question is posed correctly, I doubt very many Americans would really want a totally socialist country. But I believe Americans would want capitalism without the huge growing financial debt and gap between the richest and the poorest in our society.

How do we achieve that balance should be the primary question?

George Croix

1) Would you like for the government to give you $10,000 to spend as you wish?
2) Would you like the government to take $10,000 from you to give to a total stranger to spend as they wish?

My own personal poll to separate the 'socialist' walk from the talk.....[beam][beam]

Charlotte O'rourke

Lol. Why aren’t u in the attic?

George Croix

Charlotte, right now, two full P/U loads post-TC Biosphere, I'm taking a break for a half dozen or so cold Diet Cokes while my wife has gone to the store.
She's the only person on the planet who actually can scare me....because she's the only one around when I am asleep..... [beam][beam][beam][beam]

Jarvis Buckley

George I love your humor 😀

George Croix

Jarvis, especially when you're a rotating shift worker so might be sleeping at any given hour or day, and you make the Wife mad, and she tells you "You've got to sleep sometime!!"....Those are words to live by, my friend.....
And nothing funny about the, uh, possibilities.....
Spoken to me what will soon be 46 years ago...and never forgotten......!!
BTW, the attic is now clean as hound's tooth.....[beam][beam][beam]

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