“I've long thought it's reached the point where we have two parties that are so alike it's like they're two sides of one coin or maybe one's diet soda to the other's regular soda.
As to politicians, I'd love to see anyone running for office - or at least anyone elected - required to live a minimum of six months on the right at the poverty line income for their family size with all access to their assets (beyond their temporary monthly income) and credit cut off for that time period. Then give them the applicable "assistance" from the safety net programs of their home state. Make sure at least half the lot is randomly assigned a family member that has to fake a chronic illness if there aren't enough such people - just so some of them can learn what it's like trying to find specialty care with Medicaid involved (presuming they're eligible). Either they'll finally start to fix the safety net because they'll see what it really looks like to use it - or they'll prove they have no compassion or empathy and may not be fit for office.”
BelaBela222 on Dec 20, 2012 at 14:48:28
“very well put......that's my wish also.....walk in someone else's shoes, esp if you're the one make the cuts.”
“Protecting low income recipients "perhaps by protecting them from a change to CPI indexing". Gee, that sounds dangerously like the same disconnect I heard from a lot of my Tea Party friends who got various safety net benefits and/or Social Security. It was always some variant of "no, really, the Ryan Romney plan is *only* going to cut benefits of those 'other people' and *not* anything that *I* get".
If they *really* wanted to protect low income recipients, and to be honest, what they'd do is fix the Federal Poverty Line - then they'd also apply the corrected FPL to safety net programs. Why fix the FPL? It doesn't accurately reflect expenses and one of the biggest ways it fails is that it doesn't *at all* take into account medical expenses - something seniors and the disabled tend to have. As a result, a lot of people who are poor aren't recognized as living in poverty and if you have a lot of medical expenses, safety net programs tend to see it as "money you should be spending on something else" (like food or rent). Your best hope with a safety net option is to try to get the local welfare office to deduct the expenses from your earned income which increases your eligibility for programs like food stamps.
The absolute minimum they could do is just come out and admit they're talking about some sort of means testing. Is it that hard for a politician to be honest?”
“There's also the true way it works as a gateway substance, which is by making you buy it on the black market and thus exposing you to all the other illicit substances with them often being sold by someone who often has a vested interest in upping their sales. So said seller will entice the buyer who originally *only* wanted cannabis into trying something else, which might - finally - REALLY get them addicted to something (much better for sales - and side industries the seller and their business partners operate). And some of the other things can kill you outright under some conditions.”
“It also controls, but basically always refuses to grant, the permits needed for research to prove it has any medicinal uses/benefits. There are also a lot of good, long standing questions into the scientific appropriateness of some of the "science" (I'll use quotes due to the level of persistent question on all these points) used to "establish" it as "unsafe".
And is the issued patent on Marijuana itself or on the synthetic THC, Marinol? Just wondering if I missed something.”
“Long, long ago *alcohol* prohibition was primarily a fight fought by women, meaning women's groups (the Women's Christian Temperance Union, for example) and women at large fought the fight. Marijuana? Not that I've seen. I'll admit my friends aren't a scientific sample, but online and offline they're pretty evenly mixed for and against - both male and female. The referenced YouGov poll also splits with around half each gender for and half against.
Do you have some stats to back up your allegations? Or did you pull them out of thin air based on the history of alcohol prohibition?”
“We never had a fair, rational, complete, health care debate. If health care was treated like the human right it is and should BE here in this nation (but isn't currently), we'd be saving a ton of money across a lot of other programs and there would be the potential for a lot of economic impact beyond the direct savings in government programs (by way of delaying or even preventing disability and death through people getting timely access to appropriate care). Reduced disability and death means lower disability payments, lower social security payments, lower food stamps, etc. and it also has the potential for more people able to work more or longer (presuming we have jobs available). Yeah, sure, the health insurance industry would scream like a bunch of stuck pigs. So what. They profit off of illness and misery. That's unethical at best or should be and especially so since they've in many cases twisted things so it's impossible to see a doctor without their product or a competing one or enough cash to pay outright. Free up some money and train the soon-to-be-former health insurance people and billing people to do something else, something useful that contributes to society.”
“Medicare has, BY FAR, been the best insurance I've had as an adult. By far. The *only* problems I've had the entire time on Medicare have ALL been with my Part D plans - all of the problems. Not one problem, not even a tiny glitch, has involved regular (Part A or B) Medicare. Every problem has involved Part D - that giant boondoggle to the for-profit health insurance industry (and big Pharma) established under the Bush Administration that masquerades as prescription insurance for Medicare recipients. Medicare recipients *could* have been given prescription coverage directly by the government, just like Parts A & B and just like prescription coverage is done by other government plans. But no, they wanted to involve the insurance industry.
Still, even with that, all the headaches I've had with Part D (ignoring the snafu right at the start) all pale in comparison to the AVERAGE trouble I had with insurance other than Medicare - or even Medicaid - as an adult. But that's most likely because I have multiple chronic health conditions and when for profit health insurance is working to maximize their bottom line people like me and our health care are inconveniences and collateral damage. The government can see health care for what it is and should be - a human right - and provide health care for us all. You might not always get a private room or every option your heart desires (or your doctor's heart desires), but you'd never go”
“Economics is a mix of art and faith, not science and certainly not a hard science - despite the fact it's touted like it has things as firmly proven as, for example, biology or chemistry. In many ways, it's a lot closer to a philosophy but specifically about the intersection between business and politics. If economists could admit this, we'd all be better off.”
“Somebody forgot to tell that to Romney before he made that comment about the 47%. It's comments like Mitt's about the 47% that convinced us that at least many of the leaders of the party think that. Nothing said by "this administration" or by "liberals" had anything to do with it - just a lot of what my Mom calls "open mouth, insert foot" by candidates and party leaders (and some of your pundits like Limbaugh and people on Fox News).”
justme2011 on Nov 30, 2012 at 18:43:20
“That was really taken out of context... and really am disillusioned that so many 'simpletons' believe that kind of thing. Just like the 'war on women.' Stoo-pid-ist thing I ever heard... then I find out that women were actually believing it! Soooo disappointed in the gender for that! And the fact that those two issues cancelled out all of obama's failures, economic collapse, unemployment, etc., was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. On a sidenote: I think your mom is definitely right - Romney needed water to wash down his foot!”
“It's a tiny step in the right direction. However, it misses an important point: many rapists - people who really ARE rapists - are never convicted. Actually, a lot of rape cases never even go to trial and even fewer result in conviction (even with the right suspect) in large part due to how trials are conducted putting the woman on trial. So is he saying that because a woman isn't one of the few lucky ones to get her rapist convicted, the rapist could STILL have the possibility of parental rights - or at least the right to take her to court to try for them? That's absurd.
If the standard is "convicted rapist" and has to stay at that, then he needs to also reform the courts and police departments so they more appropriately handle rape cases and their victims. Rape education would be nice too - you can't "ask" or "deserve" to be raped. The only one responsible is the rapist.”
“Does they think we're not listening? WE are supposed to lower OUR expectations "of what we're going to get" (as Blanfein stated about "entitlements" which represent things most other nations call matters of human rights or economic rights like medical care and programs to help keep people housed and, hopefully, minimally fed). Yet out the other side of his own mouth he talks of wanting to keep his tax cuts, tax loopholes, to expand his tax loopholes AND to keep the money HE gets from the government - and his cohorts echoed these sentiments. The reason the government is in financial trouble is in large part due to tax cuts and tax loopholes granted to him and his cohorts - and to the repeated bailouts given to their companies. Our nations NEEDS them to pay their taxes and to pay them at a reasonable rate (like before all this worshiping of supply-side economics started) and we need to quit unconditionally bailing out companies - especially Wall Street.
Blankfein and you other CEO's, my normally very polite Grandmother would have had some really unkind words for you. The nicest would have been that you should be ashamed of yourself - and she'd have been right about that much. What unmitigated gall.”
“Sen. Reid, go right ahead and do whatever you need to do to make sure filibuster reform happens. Sen. McConnell has just done your job for you - he's gone out of his way to PROVE this is NECESSARY. Why necessary and why now? Because it's become a tool of petty tyrants to strange the nation's government whenever they're not getting *exactly* their way on everything - if there's so much a "t" that's not correctly crossed or "i" that's incorrectly dotted, it's enough for them to throw a hissy fit, at least threaten to take their ball and go home like a group of spoiled brats. That is *not* how you lead and govern a nation in doing the business necessary for the people at large, though it might be how you play a great game of partisan politics and make sure your party's business or the business of your lobbyists gets done. Thanks for showing your true colors so clearly, Sen. McConnell.
McConnell and company are just mad at the risk of losing this "right" - which isn't a "right" at all. It's an abuse of their office.”
“I wonder how many of them don't want it because of Walmart (and other similar employers') open anti-union stance? Or if, perhaps, it's a "right to work" state where people can be fired "just because" - meaning "just because the employer felt like it" (as in they don't need a reason)? Either of these would be good reason to fear retaliation. Pair these possibilities with a couple of solid decades of being carefully trained by politicians and at least one popular media outlet to think that unions are "bad", "greedy", "evil", etc. and a lot of people, especially younger ones have effectively been taught not to want unionization or not to admit they want it.”
KittyKittyKitty24 on Nov 23, 2012 at 05:14:08
“Oh I definitely feared retaliation and that's a big part of why I didn't strike, that and nobody in my store ended up striking and at least two associates needed to be present to have the legal recourse to strike. Oddly a lot of my older coworkers are anti-union. It's disheartening to see them so easily swayed by faux news and what upper management tells them :(”
“What a gaggle of hypocrites the whole lot of them are. Even Collins in the process of "inartfully" explaining (or whatever you'd like to call it) his absence goes on to say he'd be "fully involved" in the investigation. Hello? McFly? Are you home? To be "fully involved" he has to ATTEND the briefings. He can't be out holding press conferences to do his political grandstanding.
Unless, of course, what you were trying to "inartfully" not say is that he would be "fully involve" not in an "investigation" but in the usual witch hunt that your party so likes to do when it doesn't get its way and thinks that maybe, just MAYBE - somewhere, if they dig enough - there's some dirt to find on someone or another.”
“I've just about permanently reached the opinion that "socialist" to people like Rick Perry means "it does anything I politically disagree with - or it helps women, the poor or people or color in any way shape or form". Why? Because (1) the idea to "reform" health care by mandating us all to buy a plan from a for-profit health care company like those that currently exist was a REPUBLICAN plan first implemented in MA and that traces ultimately to the Heritage Foundation back in the 1990's and (2) they throw "socialist" around as an insult almost never to never using it for anything that remotely resembles what the word really means (for example, this mandate is authoritarian with corporatist leanings - decidedly NOT "socialist").”
“He's right, but he's at least a year, many offenders and a few dozen offenses too late. We didn't write off the party. The party wrote us off. Mitt doesn't work for the 47%. Many in the party who were running for office clearly dislike and/or disrespect women because they openly have issues with us having basic rights such as the right not to be raped and the right to control what happens with our bodies afterward. Then there were racist comments, racist pictures and displays, there was even at least one incident of a party official who made a "joke" about directing someone to disabled parking on the basis of their Obama sticker which he in the "joke" said was a sign of mental disability - that's flat out hate speech. Yet this was all tolerated or at most mildly backpedaled but ONLY after a backlash.
The party is in a deep hole of its own digging. It's going to take a long while to crawl out of this one - if they can. Step one is to stop insulting everyone who's not a rich, preferably white, male.”
“You'd better double check your Texas history. They won independence after a bunch of non-Mexicans (many of them Americans) immigrated and realized they didn't like the way Mexico was running things, basically it was a response to Santa Anna's dissolution of the Constitution and the troubles that followed. Many "Texans" were opportunistic Americans who'd moved in search of land - and Texas had plenty of that.”
maryt2054 on Nov 10, 2012 at 20:58:45
“You're correct, of course, but some Texans have a very selective version of the facts. Makes some of them ideal prey for the teabaggers.”
taylo on Nov 10, 2012 at 20:15:24
“texas won their independence from mexico.
...sorry. the republic of texas was it's own country. maybe you should take texas history again.”
“They've convinced the serfs that religious one-item votes (like abortion or gay marriage) are far more important than, say, a functioning economy or environment and that a straight GOP/TP ticket is the only way to "protect" those one-item issues.”
Genders on Nov 10, 2012 at 20:55:53
“Yup, Don't get m started on how the GOPT are the Anti-Christ!
Jesus is a liberal for the poor, who doesn't even like banksters nor rich folks.”
“Can we send an Wal-Marts remaining in the E.S.A. packing or at least require them to do what the company has so far refused to do: pay livable wages, offer benefits, etc so that their prices aren't subsidized by the various safety net programs (SNAP, Medicaid, etc.) and their employees aren't left either on safety net programs or making *just enough* to be disqualified but not nearly enough to reach a true point of self-subsistence?”
“That was rather well proven when Megyn Kelly openly called out Karl Rove about math leading up to Ohio being called for Obama. Rove didn't want to admit it was even a possibility that Obama could win and was coming up with all these increasingly bizarre scenarios to make it "possible" for Obama to lose and thus be a "Romney win" even with fewer and few ballots left to count. Megyn Kelly flat out asked him if what he was doing was stuff to make himself feel better or if it was real math (rough paraphrase). They finally had to send her down the hall to ask the people in the office that had said to call the election if they were "sure" and "how sure" - like they just absolutely could NOT believe it hadn't happened as they'd planned, in accordance with their "guts" and creative "math" that doesn't match up with any real math/statistics practices.”
“As long as colleges are allowed to handle such a serious crime while having a duty to ALSO handle and report statistics for such crimes that occur on their campuses they have a vested interest in brushing these things under the rug - on top of being ill equipped to handle such a crime.
My college police refused to even take a report. Without that report, the campus wouldn't do anything and the local law enforcement and courts COULD NOT. He moved on to stalking, the stalking got so bad some of my professors tried filing reports - campus police still wouldn't take reports, not even from them. They FINALLY took a report a year after I graduated when ordered to do so by another police department because that second police department needed the campus police report as part of their documentation - because he was STILL stalking me. Even so, they left it at "we took a report, what more do you want?" Um, doing something - anything - like your JOB while I was still attending would have been a major step in the right direction.
Campus police are fine for piddly stuff like littering up to perhaps public intoxication. Major crimes, I cannot possibly stress enough how badly they need to be handled by a non-campus entity - ideally the local, REGULAR police and court system. And this needs to be where discipline for such is handled.”