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by problembear

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
Thomas Jefferson

i am sure that something will pass through the washington dc meat grinder that purports to rein in the big banks. the banking regulation bill might even do some good. the question is, once the lobbyists have shot it full of holes with the aid of blue dog democrats and bank-bought republicans, will it be good enough to save america from itself?

greed can be good if it is regulated to serve the common upward trajectory of prosperity for all. but when it only serves a few investors and ceo’s at the expense of the populace, it becomes a liability.

by jhwygirl

No drunk like this one – and Montana has far too many of these kind – is stopped from getting behind the wheel because of the threat of a fine or jail time.

Montana isn’t going to find an instant solution to this. It’s gonna take years. We need to change the culture of drinking here – we need to start working with middle school and high school children.

We need laws that are actually enforced, too. A 20-year old UM student killed early Tuesday morning when she fell while climbing the fire escapes, trying to reach the roof between two downtown bars – the Rhinoceros and the Missoula Club? Wonder where she was drinking.

Education is cheap. It can change the world.

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