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    we had an ice storm that took out power for 6 days and stressed our old dog out so much he died.  I know why the power went out for so long and it is because the utility companies don't bother keeping tree limbs trimmed back from power lines in any regular and organized fashion (its not 'cost-effective' is likely their excuse).  This is what happens when government 'leaves it to the 'free market' or private sector to maintain the integrity and reliability of critical infrastructure.  Dennis Kucinich tried to fight private interests that wanted to take over the utilities in Cleveland in the 70's and Kucinich was fighting them.  The banking interest that defaulted on Cleveland's debt and was trying to force Cleveland to sell the utility was later found to be have a financial interest in the entity that was looking to take it over.

    In an ironic twist of the republican meme that government is the problem, I happen to agree ... but for completely different reasons.  Government refuses to do its job to control the private sector and its lust for profit ... all under the common meme between the parties that free markets (doesn't exist in the real world) and the private sector is the answer to society's problems.  Its not and the dismal state of affairs in the US today are a direct result of this reality.  The future will make this self evident for those who haven't figured out yet ... as if what has occurred over the last 10 to 15 years is not enough proof already.

    "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance." -James Madison

    by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 07:38:39 AM PST

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