commented on What The State Can Do Today to Help Renters
I feel lucky that I own a home. I've been thinking about selling, and was worried about home value appreciation and what I can afford, but then I noticed what rents are in this city and I was floored! It's SO much cheaper for me to pay a mortgage than a rental on the same type of property. Wow. I feel really sorry for the renters in this city these days...
commented on Beleaguered Corporate America Needs Your Help to Fight the Growing Power of Big Labor!
@31 I see your point here, but shouldn't we be trying to actively make wind and solar work better, rather than trying to stop investment in these technologies--technologies that must develop if we're going to be able to mitigate any of the damage we're doing to the planet. Even if you don't believe global warming is happening due to oil and coal consumption, at some point oil and coal are gonna run out. Business is addicted to oil and coal because it is unrealistically cheap (who pays for the externalities of oil and coal? Not the businesses using them), and all modern business cares about is profit in the short-term. If business put any stock in long-term sustainability, there would be investment in clean energy programs to rival the investment in oil and coal and definite plans to reduce and eliminate reliance on oil and coal in the mid and long-term.
To say that business isn't greedy and short-sighted and reliant on short-term profit and ROI to the detriment of all else (environment, employee well-being, local communities and economies, etc.) is to ignore the lessons of the last 5 years. Thank god there are unions to at least look out for the rights of workers.