“Libya was on the UN human rights council? They might vote to kick them out. This will be a big deal. Why is our president spending time on gay marriage when there is a crisis in Libya? Who is in charge? Where is the sixth fleet? Who sent the inadequate ferry to pick up the Americans? The British, Greeks and even the Dutch got it right. Remember when we had a president Reagan?”
Rapid1 on Feb 26, 2011 at 07:59:29
“You might want to investigate how Reagan ran away from Beirut.”
“The teachers are setting a bad example for the students in the United States. They have jobs with benefits that the rest of us don't have. We can not pay more property taxes to support their demands. They have to give or they are going to destroy the country.”
sixtieschild on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:38:07
“Sounds like you need a union!”
Waiting for Something on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:15:01
“you are obviously ill-informed if you think teacher pay is destroying the country.”
BBROWN69 on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:13:22
“Doesn't destroying the Middle Class seem important to you? The Teachers have offered to give back money in order to help with the Deficit. But the money isn't the issue. Be careful, just because you don't belong to a Labor Union doesn't mean you are not next in line to give back wages to bolster the profit margin of your Employer. Or don't you understand that? Be careful what you wish for!”
MaineCon on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:11:22
“F & F as well”
Greg Petty on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:11:09
“Give what blood??????????????, No they are showing a great example to not settle for what is wrong . and take what a unqualified lunatic tells you ,He has lied about everything,including budget,their is a surplus, this is a power play,period.”
Rodger leMonde on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:10:25
“If you can't afford to pay teachers, why can you afford to give tax breaks to the wealthy?
The pattern with these tax lures is this. They demand infrastructure improvements and contribute minimally. They Don't hire locals for the better jobs but transfer people from their existing operations. In the end the tax payer loses out from the tax break and from the cost to retain these businesses.”
IllinoisObama on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:10:20
“they have agreed to a pay cut and to pay more for benefits
However, they do not want collective bargaining taken away
Please really I beg of you
do you "homework" before you comment and make statements that are not accurate
Google is a great place to find information and is what many people do so when they are responding to something they have the facts rather than hearsay when commenting.”
TimtheEnchanted on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:10:10
“you want what they have? get a cert. and start teaching! otherwise, sit back and chug another schlitz.”
Chimesmith on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:06:43
“Standing up for yourself and your peers is a bad example? Being willing to put principle before money is a bad example?
They have to fight or the country will become a a nation of slave drones working for an elite few.”
JimReed on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:04:18
“Their demands are to keep the collective bargaining of the union and their pensions that are already properly funded. They are setting a good example for their students, and showing them that when they grow up there might come a time when they have to fight against the rich to keep their rights.”
glomtt on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:04:18
“The teachers are showing their students what democracy is. What do you have against hard working teachers in this country anyway? What do any of you, posting such negative comments? You must be having flashbacks of the bad grades you received in Civics Class.”
GabeSmall on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:04:14
“They are willing to give, just not give up collective bargaining.”
Cat9 on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:03:55
“F & F”
Endersdragon on Feb 24, 2011 at 16:03:11
“They have said they are willing to take a pay cut, they just want to keep collective barginning. So which demand is it that you can't support?”
“In Egypt the people without jobs, the underemployed and poor were rioting against the government and government workers that had jobs and benefits. The have nots protesting the haves. In Wisconsin the public employees that have jobs and benefits are protesting the poor that can't afford the high taxes supporting the public employees. The public employee unions are destroying the United States of America and they don't care.”
PurpleTomato on Feb 20, 2011 at 15:47:56
“The deficit was manufactured by the Governor and the Republican Legislature with tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy,now the Republicans want to balance the budget on the backs of public employees,including Teachers.It seems apparent that Republicans do not support the working person.
Rise up Wisconsin!!!”
pita143 on Feb 20, 2011 at 15:41:37
“Oh WAKE UP, the Unions are protecting their right to bargain, they are also protecting the rights of the Average Worker in WI. The HAVES in this case are the Companies that will see benefits to their bottom line at the expense of the Workers. So try your rants some place else please.”
suds mcduff on Feb 20, 2011 at 15:38:42
“What about the rich corporations that pay no taxes in Wis? Why do the "poor" pay them all?”
“The DNC and Obama are inciting a riot. These are workers that have jobs!! Are we trying to be like Greece and France? Are Obama and the public employee unions trying to destroy America? All self employed people pay for 100% of their healthcare and pension. I don't understand the logic and find this upsetting. It is illegal for teachers and public employees to refuse to work.”
demorick on Feb 18, 2011 at 21:07:54
“"It is illegal for teachers and public employees to refuse to work."
Maybe in your fantasy world...in the real world they can, and do, refuse to work...especially when they're being screwed over...”
G52 on Feb 18, 2011 at 21:06:32
“They get thicker by the minute............”
anothervoice2 on Feb 18, 2011 at 21:03:02
HOSNE WALKER and his GOPer colleagues gave away 150M in corporate perks two weeks ago. He wants the teachers to pay for CORPORATE WELFARE! COWARDLY, PETTY, MEAN LITTLE MAN!
AngryBuddist on Feb 18, 2011 at 21:01:58
“You are inciting a riot... a laughter riot you drama queen.
Lemme ax you a question... Are you full blown R----- or just semi?”
azxff on Feb 18, 2011 at 21:01:16
“Man are you confused....”
hp blogger Joe The Nerd Ferraro on Feb 18, 2011 at 21:00:04
“so you give up your right to protest if you are a teacher?
“The public service employees have jobs and are unwilling to give up anything for the good of the state. They are being led by a bunch of thugs and are making themselves look selfish. This is upsetting and illegal.”
AngryBuddist on Feb 18, 2011 at 18:09:30
“That is a lie and you are a liar. go back to Country Kitchen before you miss the seniors discount hour.”
swengnikaerb on Feb 18, 2011 at 18:05:40
“Read the article, ya illiterate phock”
blueeyedbull on Feb 18, 2011 at 18:05:05
“It is not illegal.”
FoxyOldBroad on Feb 18, 2011 at 18:04:00
“Yeah right. The public service employees have already taken pay cuts, pension cuts and are paying more of their own health care cost.”
“President Obama needs to get on top of this. He always waits to see which way the wind blows then acts. Is he afraid to support democratic movement for fear of annoying dictators? He makes himself look weak and lazy.”
SallyT on Jan 28, 2011 at 15:44:02
“You should listen to Al Jazzera Live. They aren't seeing that way competely. They see the White House pulling back from Mubarak and not taking a stand against the protesting. This is a very touchy situation. We have to be careful.”
escribacat on Jan 28, 2011 at 15:42:08
“You mean he's supposed to swoop in with American jets and "solve the problem?"”
ljc on Jan 28, 2011 at 15:40:36
“Should we invade and occupy? What do they have we could steal?”
“Mr Reich does not see the big difference between public and private. Our capitalist system can not support the present size of government. New York's new governor said that the private is shrinking while government expands and this can not continue.
In Russia Putin puts private businessmen in jail and charges them with corruption if they earn too much money. Is this what Mr Reich wants?”
littlefaith111 on Jan 6, 2011 at 10:26:29
“What a crock. Have you heard about Oligarchs in Russia?”
mjtaylor22 on Jan 6, 2011 at 10:06:56
“with all that garbage in the streets and snow not picked up
NY needs way more city workers not less”
liberalandloveit on Jan 6, 2011 at 09:46:55
“"Our capitalist system can not support the present size of government." And you have what to back up this statement? Bupkus. But by cutting taxes, everyting will turn out great. Conservatives love to lie.”
LiveLoveLaugh7768 on Jan 6, 2011 at 09:33:40
“Yes -- sounds like a plan. However, the US won't do it. You see, when business "men" in the US make too much, they are given tax breaks so that they can keep more of the money they "earned". In the event that the business "men" got their money through illegal or fraudulent means, especially if they relly screwed over some middle class taxpayers in the process, they not only get the tax cut, they get appointed to a federal govt job. Sweet.”
Andrew Wojtkowski on Jan 6, 2011 at 09:32:54
“No, but it isnt the Public employees who are the problem. While on one hand, Republicans are setting their crosshairs on DoE DoJ. You know who else are Public Employees? Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security.
Yeah, you know what? Let's just have private companies control our defense, transportation, and homeland security. Excellent idea.”
AnnfromCA on Jan 6, 2011 at 09:25:55
“Actually, I think the plan was to tax the heck out of them so that they all move out of the country. LOL* I guess that's one way to equalize society.
“Hillary Clinton for president in 1012. She works while Obama vacations. Obama seems confused on economic issues does not know how to put people back to work. He has promised to make it his #1 priority for over 2 years but gets side tracked on issues to make him look and feel good.”
jmpurser on Jan 2, 2011 at 10:37:52
“Hillary was "pre-sold out" for 2008 just like Obama is for 2012. You're NOT going to find a "solution" in either major party.”
“This is what happened when they took something away from the Sanitation Department in NYC. They made the entire city suffer for their budget cuts. In Greece the public employees burned buildings and cars.”
Ragnar Danneskjold on Dec 30, 2010 at 10:30:30
“Sounds like you condone violence.”
GardenerNorCal on Dec 30, 2010 at 10:12:55
“The budget cuts couldn't have been responsible for undercutting the ability to respond? Can you reasonably think one person can respond in the same efficent manner as the four that were previously employed to do the same work.
And your reference to Greece makes no sense.”
blastocyst on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:47:29
“It's simply playing musical-chairs with tax revenue as we send revenue-producing work offshore to low cost entities.
“Can we afford more wilderness? The government is not selling the land but destroying the economic value. This land is needed to provide jobs to the surrounding communities. I see first hand what has happened caused by the large wilderness areas in the Adirondacks of New York State. Economic development has stopped, schools have closed, the lumber mills have closed and the middle class with families have left. Entire townships are ceasing to exsist. NYS is now 10 billion in debt.”
B4warned on Dec 23, 2010 at 20:40:47
“Can we AFFORD more wilderness? The government is not selling the land but destroying the ECONOMIC value.
Do you know how ridiculous that sounds? We don’t need anymore brownfields!
The early indigenous people of North America showed us that we can live in harmony with nature. We should be preservist first and foremost, conservation is an afterthought when we fail to do the right thing, first. . The federal government should protect the land! I simply can’t understand why greedy capitalist want to destroy everything to make a buck, it makes absolutely no sense. Ergo, Sarah Palin, “whom” if she had won the office of the Vice Presidency (remember she didn’t exactly know what the VP did) she would be plowing through Alaska, (the last frontier) right now. Looking for oil reserves, believe me, it would not have stopped with oil, it would have been everything, and anything a dollar could be made from. There is a God!”
newtom on Dec 23, 2010 at 20:23:12
“Can we afford less wilderness?”
IHateTheGOP on Dec 23, 2010 at 20:15:39
“So what do you do once you've "used" it all? Then what?”
“This was the "Clinton Don't Ask Don't Tell. He had 8 years to fix it and did nothing. Does anyone care if someone is gay? Do we care about gay marriage? NO!! Let stop making a big deal and wasting time on these non issues.”
Chinstrap on Dec 19, 2010 at 11:07:25
“Do you even understand what DADT was originally created to do? Clinton saved the careers of THOUSANDS of gay soldiers with the ONLY TOOL AVAILABLE at the time, knowing full well it was only a small step and hoping that some day it woulod be moot.
And yes, Gay Marriage is an issue-- to those of us who believe in equal rights. Of which you, obviously, are not one.”
DSOTM on Dec 19, 2010 at 11:03:10
Talk about skirting the issue and going all the way back to Clinton to divert blame.
Why didn't Bush fix this problem, remember his 2000 campaign motto, " I'm a Uniter, not a Divider"
Coinyer101 on Dec 19, 2010 at 10:56:45
“That durn Clinton!!”
teron678 on Dec 19, 2010 at 10:55:09
“LMAO .. bitter bitter bitter ... LOL”
NWRICK on Dec 19, 2010 at 10:54:51
“Not very well versed in history, I see.
You need to do a little research and then try again.”
“Any kid in high school knows that e-mail on the internet is not secure. How can our government not know that e-mail is not secure? Was this done on purpose by the Obama administration to finally get rid of Hillary Clinton?”
Knowitall on Nov 30, 2010 at 18:38:18
“Reread my post. It sounds harder than I meant it to. I'm still stunned by the posters reaction to Assange's remarks. I think he's getting more credibility than he deserves. To me that's the issue right now, and it's much larger than whether or not someone knows the internet is secure.
Government e-mails are supposed to be on a secure network, and the problem here is that too many people have access to that network. One of the big parts of this investigation will be to find out why a 23 year old Private First Class had access to this information, and why he was a classification analyst at that rank in the first place.”
Knowitall on Nov 30, 2010 at 18:18:09
“Oh Please!!! You do know we're talking about a decades worth of e-mails, and probably well over a million e-mails, communiques, documents and transcripts? Now how did the Obama administration manage to do that several years before they were in the White House?
The kids in high school should read up on the facts before they start coming up with conspiracy theories.”
“War on obesity. War on drugs. War on poverty. War on global warming. War on crime. War on pollution.Government healthcare. We are not all stupid and do not need the government as a babysitter. Our government fighting for us and against us.”
“A few observations: I live next to the Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lowville, NY with over 200 wind turbines. When there is no wind or too much wind the turbines do not work so there has to be a backup power source. The turbines were engineered and built overseas. The turbines were erected by out of state workers. They get hit by lightning and have to be rebuilt. The blades keep braking and have to be replaced. Some days the turbines are shut off because there is no room for the power from the turbines on the grid. The turbines are in a state Empire Zone so they have lower taxes.”
RealistBC on Nov 23, 2010 at 23:20:04
“If the grid has too much power on it, shut down the coal plants.”
“NO to the body scans and NEVER to the Pat-Downs. How long before the images show up on the internet? The TSA workers wear gloves to protect themselves from the passengers but use the same gloves between their invasive pat-downs. This is gross and unsanitary. All health care workers must change gloves between patients.”
Existentialist21 on Nov 23, 2010 at 17:16:21
“The government hasn't even raised the issue of spreading communicable diseases amongst passengers . . . not to mention the possibility of other more potentially, fatal illnesses that may be transmissible through physical contact.
Why don't they release the written training manual that describes how a pat down should be conducted? What is the protocol for changing gloves between pat downs? Can you imagine how long that would take, but they should have to take such actions if they are touching people's genitalia, orifices, and other open wound sites. The TSA employee may be protected from contracting a disease, but not the person whose skin is then touched by the contaminated gloves.
What about those people who travel with no underwear? I can go on and on and on . . . .
“The CEO of a corporation or business owner must make a profit to survive and keep their job. Government regulations and taxes dictate how they do this. If they have to have fewer employees and outsource to make a profit because of government regulations this is what they will do.”
WoodyCPM on Nov 23, 2010 at 17:15:06
“That has not been true for the past 30 years in this country. The last time business and CEOs had it so good was the Gilded Age. This is Gilded Age II.”
GardenerNorCal on Nov 23, 2010 at 16:52:47
“Exactly what taxes and regulations? They've had fewer regulations than ever before, yet they continue to lay off employees. Do you honestly think with no regulation they would behave honestly and fairly?”
“This is a example of government working against the people. We should not fly until they correct their mistakes. I refuse to be treated like a criminal.”
Elllllllllllll on Nov 21, 2010 at 22:38:00
“I agree. I wish people on this board would quit joking around like sleepwalking drones and realize how serious this is. (though I can understand and appreciate the *occasional comic relief joke... :-) )”