“I think the point of the article is a good one, but unfortunately the person they used to make the point is a bad choice. That kid is an idiot. He finally started to get ahead after working 3 jobs, and he blew his money on a car he couldn't afford and then risked destroying it in an attempt to feel like a big shot. But it does illustrate another problem we face which is the "American Dream'" used to be about being able to live a safe, simple life. Now it has become the expectation of fame and fortune. I grew up poor, and I still have a lot of friends who are technically working poor. But the thing is, they all get by, and they're all happy. Because they don't place their happiness on material wealth, but rather quality of life.
If that kid had spent his hard earned money on a sensible but reliable car, he could have used it to broaden his job range, and possible used the skills he was learning to look for a better job. But now he's messed that up and he's starting form the beginning again.”
worker beenumbed on May 8, 2013 at 14:28:54
“Most young people make mistakes.Now the USA has an oversupply of labor which is only exceeded by the Depression.”
“I think that the whole idea of paying money to a for profit company that then turns around and gets to decide what medical services you can and can't have is insane. The for profit medical insurance industry is a scam. However, right now, it's a necessity. I'm self employed and I buy the cheapest plan available. It basically covers some of my bills in the event of an emergency. I do it because if I ever have to go to the hospital, I'll be charged the "allowed rate" as opposed to the massively higher listed rate. It does nothing for me unless there's a huge medical need. But it's something. And every month when I have to pay that premium, I feel like I've just been shaken down by a bunch of gangsters with guns.”
LibDutchman on May 8, 2013 at 13:18:00
“I am in the same situation, health care with a high deductible, and was told that a simple CAT scan would cost me over $7000.00, a procedure that would take 20 minutes. And that was WITH the "special" rate I would get because of my insurance.”
“Quite frankly, I lived in England for awhile, and the idea of non profit hospitals is only attractive until you've had to live with it. But I agree that there is a lot of work that needs to be done in our system. I think that Health Care Insurance for profit is a corrupt and insane system, but as things stand now, it's your only chance of not getting totally screwed if you have to go to the hospital. I am self employees and buy the cheapest insurance available, just so that if there is an emergency, I'm only charged the "allowed rate". But every month when I pay my premium, I feel just a little bit like I've been shaken down by gangsters.”
“You don't really need all of the facts. You either believe in democracy and think that we should live by our own rule, or you believe that it's okay to throw out all of the rules of our society when you don't like the religion of a suspected criminal. It's really that simple.
It's just like believing in the right to free speech, even though you might not like what some people say.”
fmn62 on Apr 23, 2013 at 17:11:54
“The question is does this guy fit the designation Enemy combatant?
On 27 October 2008 Leon ruled that the definition of "enemy combatant" he would use was that set forth in the 2004 rules for Combatant Status Review Tribunals
Enemy combatant’ shall mean an individual who was part of or supporting Taliban or al Qaeda forces, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners. This includes any person who has committed belligerent act or has directly supported hostilities in aid of enemy combat forces.”
fmn62 on Apr 23, 2013 at 17:06:24
“Its also a matter of classification by our laws. Minor? Adult? Federal state? Where does he fall? You can't ignore the judicial system that operates to support the constitution. I am not agreeing or disagreeing I'm just stating I will not rush to take a position without knowing the legalities.”
“You think because I don't want to kill someone who doesn't vote the way I want him to, that makes me :OK with the current dishonest and dysfunctional process totally controlled by the highest bidders i.e. the globalist corporations and global bankers"? That's a pretty big jump. Good thing you're not reactionary!”
“Have either of you heard of these things we have called "elections". They happen every few years. I'm not sure, but I think we have them so that you don't actually have to shoot your representative when you're unhappy with them. You can just vote them out. However, this process depends on your ability to realize that your opinion isn't the only one, and that you can't always get your way.”
BadHaBritt on Apr 22, 2013 at 10:44:40
“Candidate say the usual buzz words to get the votes, most times the voters are voting for a pig in a poke. It's only when the representative gets elected that one finds out that they were fed a lot of BS. The fact that some voters don't take notice of what their elected officials are doing and then fall for the same old BS on the next election cycle is sign of a democracy working as it should. Politics is a game that has little to nothing to do with serving the people of this country but to obfuscate their true intentions of serving the fascist Oligarchy. I guess you're OK with the current dishonest and dysfunctional process totally controlled by the highest bidders i.e. the globalist corporations and global bankers.”
Richard in CO on Apr 22, 2013 at 09:10:56
“That's kind of sort of what I have said, in several posts on this thread (including the one above). I am OPPOSING the threats of violence, NOT agreeing with it. Just thought I'd clarify this.”
“I agree. Time for all of those government contractors to stop taking our tax dollars to fund their for profit companies, then cutting jobs at bases as soon as the free government milk stops gushing down their throats.”
“So, the only cuts to the military are: 1) Contractors, which are for profit companies that use our tax dollars to boost their bottom line, 2) Deployments, which means the soldiers will still get paid, they just won't be working, and 3) Air shows?
What percentage of our tax dollar goes to military spending? And they can't find a little more waste to cut in that massive budget?
And before all of you conservatives jump on me, I'm an army brat, so I know what goes on on military bases and how much money is wasted.”
“I think the key here is that you never "heard about" the Bush girls going on vacation. I'm pretty sure that they traveled just as much, but Democrats didn't have a hissy fit about it, and it didn't become a major news story.”
“I guess that "Pray the gay away" program works for her, but it seems to be leaving her miserable. Might be easier to go back to being a lesbian who disappoints the church, rather than a christian who hates herself.”
“Skip Lululemon and buy Zella yoga pants. They are a tiny bit less expensive (though I do still feel like I've been kicked in the stomach after I pay $80 for a pair), and the cut is amazing. There's no peeking through, even in their bright colors.
I tried to buy Lululemon pants several times, but could never do it, even with the hoards of adoring fans in the store oohing and aaahing. I just never bought the hype. They never felt like they were worth the money.”
“Everyone wants less government spending, until you take away the programs that they depend on. Every one of these programs was important to somebody.”
eljefefx on Mar 13, 2013 at 20:18:01
“Ma'am, I spend my days risking my life - 70+ hours a week when I'm in homeport and moths away from my family. Call me strange, but I'd actually like to finish my education while doing a job you probably never were brave enough to do.”
tnlcallen on Mar 13, 2013 at 19:49:57
“They are cutting those programs that they know will elicit a response. Certainly there are many other government programs they can cut instead of this. Maybe we can stop paying people not to work instead.”
tumbler snapper on Mar 13, 2013 at 19:46:23
“Too bad the Congress doesn't want less spending. It has nothing to do with the President. He can either sign or veto spending Congress has already approved. That's all.”