Tyndmyr wrote:It's essentially Dominos just hiring the same construction crews.
No, it's essentially (by analogy) getting the town addicted to taxes on gambling, and then finding that they are owned by the mob.
That's a strange analogy. Also, I'm describing what actually is happening. What, exactly, is the "mob" here? There's no surprise. Everyone knows the money is coming from Dominos. For Dominos, that's the point.
trpmb6 wrote:Get the mcdonald's on the exit to sponsor the sign so you do two things - reduce the cost of the sign and reduce the amount of signage required on the side of the highway.
No, it doubles the amount of signage placed on the side of the highway - the legally required exit sign, and a maximally distracting advertisement for McDonalds. (You don't think so? How intrusive are web ads?)
Not everything that could be financed by commercial interests should be. That's one of the problems with the Trump era. At present, the presidency itself
is a commercial interest.
McDonalds already puts signs everywhere.
Look, here's a concrete example that's already in use. The "adopt a highway" program. Basically, in return for doing periodic trash walks to scoop up litter and what not, you get a sign. Not any sign you want, a standardized government adopt a highway sign saying you've adopted this road. They of course, bill the company for the sign, cost of installation, etc. Net cost to the government is basically zero, and in return, they've gotten a public good taken care of, and we have less litter.
It's in use now, and it works great.
Thesh wrote:Because this is neither about rational economic interests, nor about things like morality, safety, etc. It's because immigrants are the scapegoat to distract from Republican's failed economic policies. They need someone to blame, and who better than "those people"? The harsher they treat them, the happier Republicans are. The more cruel this administration is, the more support they get.
Immigration has always been a scapegoat to some degree, sure. But it predates the Republican policies, and right now, the economy is doing great. So, it's not really a product of economic failures. Also, Trump's popularity rating is not extremely high. Considering how good the economy's doing, it's actually ridiculously low.
emceng wrote:Look at this. Evangelicals say they are for family values. If you ask them, they'll say they want to help people. They'll insist they're following the Bible. Then they back any dipshit with an R behind their name. Morality has left the Republican party, and not of its own volition.
Naw, they're moral. They just have a different morality than you. If you honestly believe abortion is murder, then lining up "endless murders" against almost anything else, and they're picking the lesser of the two evils, as they see it. Nothing has really changed.
gmalivuk wrote:It's win-win for Trump, though, because those increasingly unprosecuted drug crimes are another thing to blame on immigrants.
Eh, I doubt it. I mean, he might try to spin it that way, but ideally, anyone proposing a policy wants good outcomes from it, yes? A crackdown resulting in lower crime rates is generally trumpeted as the crackdown working. Having a crackdown, and having crime get worse is a hard sell as a success.
Maybe, if we're lucky, this'll contribute to the lower priority that lesser drug crimes have been receiving. Legalization is spreading, and if the conservatives are focused elsewhere, maybe we can get to a point where we can have rational drug policy?