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Now that a peer-reviewed study has revealed the lack of short-term environmental benefits in residue-based biofuels, should corn subsidies be lessened?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Not for other uses
 
 
 
 
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locomotive

Apr-23-14 6:06 PM

Some in North Dakota are not fully convinced anymore that federal funds are a "free lunch" as the ND Policy Council termed this traditional view.

With federal money comes federal strings. Maybe some in North Dakota ARE taking PJinfinity's figures seriously. If fed money was refused, then our state's burdens could be less, in theory.

Somehow, I don't think feds would be real happy with states telling the gov't to go away with its money and leave them alone.

And what about "unfunded" or "temporary" federal mandates, that the state is to eventually bear by itself?

Medicaid is one subject in this ND Policy Council's study...

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locomotive

Apr-23-14 5:57 PM

policynd . org/index . php?/site/SF/Federal_Aid_Fisca_Burden/

"Federal Aid or Fiscal Burden? Estimating the Impact of Federal Intergovernmental Grants on the State"

"Federal grants intended to provide temporary support often transform into health, transportation and public safety programs that become a permanent feature of state budgets. When grants expire, lawmakers often respond by increasing state taxes rather than face the political costs of budget cuts and layoffs for public employees.

"In other cases, federal grants are specifically designed to provide “pilot” funding for state projects, which intentionally increase demands on local funding sources in future years.

"According to the study, we find one dollar of federal grants lowers state tax burdens by an average of $0.46 in the current year but ultimately results in higher state tax burdens of roughly $0.22 in the future."

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PoeticJustice16

Apr-23-14 6:41 AM

Nearly 50% of the budget -- straight from Uncle Sugar.

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JackAaah

Apr-22-14 9:32 PM

PreJudice16.....I'm sure you feel the same as me and wish ND would take some lessons from our federal government of how to operate in the black...huh?

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locomotive

Apr-22-14 9:31 PM

"I'll stop buying pot when you stop buying military-style assault weapons and leaving them laying around for your psychologically scarred kids to find."

Wow, did PJinfinity really mean to say this?

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JustaMan

Apr-22-14 6:29 PM

landslide2014 Apr-22-14 7:25 AM

"Real Men"

"Compared to justaman.."

Believe me I'm real landslide.....I'm so real, every time I hear some 78 IQ with bad teeth spout off I rub up against'em and ask'em real nice where they got that thought from.....

Works every time!

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PoeticJustice16

Apr-22-14 5:57 PM

Sickworld

"Pj . . . check your food stamp balance receipts!"

_________________________

I've checked the food stamp balance on the whole mooching state -- and like most red states, North Dakota has been in the red for decades.

Practically half of the state budget is federal welfare. Put THAT on a Tea Party placard and parade around in a tricornered hat.

You people love to parrot back FOX talking points about "fewer taxes," "smaller government," and "less welfare." You grow strangely silent, however, when faced with the truth that half of your income is from Uncle Sugar.

I'll stop buying pot when you stop buying military-style assault weapons and leaving them laying around for your psychologically scarred kids to find.

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locomotive

Apr-22-14 1:14 PM

"I have known people who worked under the table, but it was so the employer didn't have to pay Social Security."

And, logically so, the under-the-table worker is also not paying his contribution to Social Security. That equals more ready cash without the fuss or muss, for that under-the-table worker.

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locomotive

Apr-22-14 1:11 PM

mom3, I don't think those working under the table are "bragging." They just state how it is...for them.

Humans generally try for loopholes. I'm not saying every human does. Those trying to be diligent in following all the laws passed each and every year can get very dizzy and rightfully so.

F'r instance, what about tax law? Thousands of pages of tax code, accountants going to seminars to find out what's new for each year for their customers, bureaucracies able or not able to carry out directives: the confusion abounds.

That's just taxes. Then there's criminal law changes, civil law changes, building codes, permits for any number of business activities, driving licenses, transportation rule changes, immigration reforms (or lack thereof), Food & Drug Administration policy changes...ugh!

There's more, I know, but back to the topic: a "lack of short-term environmental benefits in residue-based biofuels" reveals that BigGovernment can make mistakes.

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Momofthree

Apr-22-14 11:32 AM

Landslide, Where do you go to meet people who will tell you that stuff? I have known people who worked under the table, but it was so the employer didn't have to pay Social Security. They have never been bold enough to brag to me about it. I always heard it second hand. So, my question is, where do you meet these people?

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JackAaah

Apr-22-14 10:10 AM

I feel I should use ethanol....but now I buy aviation gas for my small engines....

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locomotive

Apr-22-14 8:48 AM

Because some politicians in DC decided that "ethanol is good and gasoline is bad," the small engine industry has been having to explain to its customers that ethanol is damaging to their lawn mowers, weed trimmers or chain saws.

"Buy the premium gas, without the ethanol! Save your small engine!"

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locomotive

Apr-22-14 8:44 AM

"Anyone who's smart knows that it takes more to produce ethanol than what you get out."

So why are we subsidizing, promoting, mandating this substance again? Because it "feels" good, like Jack said. No rational answer need apply.

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Sickworld

Apr-22-14 12:07 AM

Pj, you could do one if two things... Either a) lay off the pot and you might remember, or b) check your food stamp balance receipts! That might jog your memory!!

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Sickworld

Apr-22-14 12:03 AM

Landslide, that's why It is sad to say, but real men supporting families are diminishing! Why try hard and work when you can get it for free! Heck they don't even have to have a family, just no job and they get free food! Now a days it Definitely should be a first dating question, making sure the man is not on any government assistance but rather works hard and supports himself! How sad!! Yeah, just a man, you are right for once. I only represent myself! The chick in the store was in "no need" of food stamp gas station pop and chips! Animal, couldn't run! Haha, I'm the first to say i do not like liberal winey mooches and feel the president should be unbiased! I would be called all kinds of names from non judgers because I judge people! It helps me steer clear of certain types.

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animal

Apr-21-14 10:36 PM

SICKWORLD FOR PREIDENT!!

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Peeweepeterson

Apr-21-14 9:28 PM

The economy is recovering. I think its time republicans take the white house so they can wreck it again. Same as this useless fuel that causes decreased gas milage. Anyone who's smart knows that it takes more to produce ethanol than what you get out. May make sense in republican brains, but not normal brains

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MarkHighwater

Apr-21-14 9:12 PM

Maybe this time Bush/Cheney can get Bin Laden and restore the 10 million jobless souls to the economy.

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MarkHighwater

Apr-21-14 9:09 PM

Lets give Bush/Cheney one more whack at the economy.

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JackAaah

Apr-21-14 8:32 PM

As long a Omama continues to give me my free phone, and as long as my EBT lets me buy steak and lobster, well...I feel quite fulfilled...

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PoeticJustice16

Apr-21-14 7:57 PM

Have you noticed that these beer belt bigots claim to hate non-Whites, yet they can't stop talking about them, staring at them -- following them into gas stations?

I couldn't tell you what I had purchased for myself in a convenience store last week -- let alone recount what some total stranger was buying.

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JustaMan

Apr-21-14 7:33 PM

Sickworld Apr-21-14 6:34 PM

Nice disguise sickworld!

You don't represent anyone personally, you don't speak the truth and you shame those who actually are in need!

Rand Paul & Paul Ryan tactics on admitting they looked over the fence once.....

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Sickworld

Apr-21-14 6:39 PM

The poor don't need to be using their food stamps on soda and chips from the gas station.

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Sickworld

Apr-21-14 6:34 PM

Just a man (maybe)...I live paycheck to paycheck. Some days my kids and I eat*****for dinner. But we make it and are happy and healthy. And we are not part of the huge 46.5 million on food stamps!! I'm responsible to feed my family, not anyone else. Blows my mind how you and many others don't understand that concept. That piece of reality!!

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JustaMan

Apr-21-14 6:26 PM

Russ98387 Apr-21-14 2:56 PM

"The "poor" don't care about the price of food"

Another believer of Republican instilled beliefs.....That the 12% really have a voice!

Guess the other 88% will continue to pay whatever while they singeth the whistle while you work tune.....

Why so many have no concept of reality is beyond me!

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