“Thank you Mr. President for the Affordable Care Act. My husband is a neuroscientist and his employer-based insurance cost us $12,000 annually plus co-pays. Thanks to the ACA, my husband was one of those that "quit his job" and now works at home with me in our business because we got insurance through the ACA for half of what we were paying through the hospital at which he worked. Better coverage for less money, plus freedom from the employer-based insurance slavery system. We living our version of the American Dream: working our business and living together with quality health insurance. Thank you Mr. President.”
Landfall on May 31, 2014 at 12:07:46
“This is a main reason why the GOP opposes Obamacare. It effectively gives many an option not to be dependent on an employer.
Obamacare destroys an employer's power to terrorize an employee.”
“I was born into a poor family. My parents both worked minimum wage jobs and it was insufficient to support a family of four. We had free lunch programs and at times we were on food stamps and medicaid. As an adult, I see this mostly as a systemic failure of our society. We permit jobs to be created that if done perfectly still keep the workers poor. That's a fairly sour reality for an advanced nation like ourselves.
Of my 30 aunts and uncles, and 60+ cousins, I'm the only one from what I can tell that escaped poverty. My parents are still very poor. My brother and cousins all had children too soon for what their skills and income could afford, and the cycle of poverty continued.
To escape poverty, I essentially had to divorce my family. I had to rebuked every system in which I was born, view it as less than, unacceptable, and demand accountability, action and outcomes. I was the first of any relative to graduate college and I did so with three degrees, including a masters of science.
The truth is, I'm an outlier. I'm one of the lucky few who played by the rules and made it out, but I gave up relationships to make it happen. Now I'm in the upper 5% and the income class divide between me and my family is enormous. If anything, it pushes us further apart and shows me how hard it is to make it.”
Oct 10, 2013 at 11:29:51
“Actually, it's not illegal. Simply those copyright holders abuse their copyright, and since they tend to have more money that folks rightfully using copyrighted material, the owner of the copyright wins enough though it was lawful use. Perhaps you side with bullies. I think they suck.”
“In additional to other lessons, the Government shutdown shows in hindsight how weak Dems were with the funding of the Iraq war. Refusing increases to the debt ceiling was kicked around in order to slow the funding of the war in the early part of the last decade. But, in the end, we decided it was wrong to shut down the entire government for a political position against war. But, gee golly, the Republicans stop the entire ship in hopes of preventing 50 million Americans from seeing their doctor and receiving health care. If we wouldn't halt funding of the war by shutting down government in 2004, but Republicans will shut the ship down to stop it's own people from seeing a doctor, what does that say about Dems? Even more frightening, what does that say about Republicans?”
muck-raker on Oct 2, 2013 at 10:47:05
“funding the Iraq war??? you mean the WAR ON A LIE brought to us by Wolfowitz , Neocons and the Repub party
1.5 million Iraqi civilians massacred by the largest army in the world...but wait...we now have in control one of the Worlds oceans of OIL.
and last today neither party represents the public..until Citizens united is changed the Corporations will continue to reap the benefits which is untold profits.”
BigFootJesus on Oct 2, 2013 at 10:44:06
“I can see the point you're making but remember that refusing to increase the debt ceiling negatively impacts the world economy not just us.”
742 on Oct 2, 2013 at 10:42:45
“It says that thanks to Republican gerrymandering, the will of the majority of the people in the USA are being ripped off by the GOP.”
“Rugbymom doesn't belong grading papers. It was performance art, not a graded exam. I don't have first hand knowledge of Selby's actions, but if he did in deed first get permission from the creator, posted a reference in print, and afterward says: Yeah my mentor inspired me and now I'm sharing greatness from that inspiration. Great job Selby!”
“I think these comments of plagiarism are from folks who didn't attend Georgia Tech or any college for that matter. Work isn't plagiarised when the original author has granted permission and is referenced by the performer. Selby's speech was more akin to performance art, there was no place to put a reference during the speech. Such references are provided in the agenda or playbill, or on a website, just like many dramatic works.”
rugbymom on Aug 24, 2013 at 09:55:44
“Actually that's not accurate. Even giving a reference does not entitle you to track the original source's language and/or sentence structure -- passing off a quotation as your own work. He'd flunk one of my freshmen writing assignments if he did this.”
“It just doesn't sound like freedom, nor a community in which I want to live where we begin telling poor people how to spend their benefits. Perhaps we should take all choice from them and set up food dispensary stations whereby the poor can only pick up subsistence items, enough to stay alive? Where is the line drawn? A single adult on food stamps maxes out at about $150 monthly on food stamps. My husband and I spent $800 monthly on just the two of us. If a person on benefits wants to spend a portion of their already meager benefits on crab legs and candy, that's called freedom. Welcome to the United States.”
“Rather honestly I didn't get past the Please a Woman. I immediately determined based on the written words used that the report was heterocentric. If, perhaps, you're suggesting that if I had only kept reading I would have found some that were more applicable to every man, well I suggest Huffpost do a better job being consistent. The article isn't news. If I missed something because I determined too quickly I didn't want to subject myself to a hetercentric article, well then I guess it's my loss. But I don't think I'm missing much.
I assure you the resulting conversation was far more productive. ”
incredulousnyc on Apr 12, 2013 at 20:22:23
“The article "isn't news" and yet you read at least a portion of it and took the time to register your opinion, as uninformed as it was. HP has a mix of news, opinion and entertainment. Surely you know this by now.”
“I agree with this: the moment he was asked to leave by the Hospital, he should have left, gone directly to his attorney, who would then served upon the hospital the valid POA, and perhaps he'd even have to go to court for an injunction preventing the hospital from preventing him from visiting, or demanding the patient be transferred. But what I just described takes know-how, resources, typically cash money; and from what I can tell, they don't have any of that. From what I can tell, he behaved as a husband feeling powerless in a situation in which he was likely correct, but had no systemic supports. ”
“He's such a fool. He says he wants a nation that doesn't even consider abortion but then supports every policy that can lead to it. If he means what he says then he'd follow science which shows abortion rates plummet when more people have access to contraception and sexual education, health insurance, job security, a living wage, and close-knit communities.
Yet, like the silly man he is, he suggests outlawing abortion as the solution. But last week he said outlawing guns doesn't stop people from using guns to commit crimes, but he thinks outlawing abortion will make that go away. He's a fool, illogical, and he's stealing the greatness from our nation.”
“Now when a person asserts his rights he's a drama queen. This reminds me of when women asserted their rights they were labeled hysterical. I think you lack historical perspective, which makes your thinking rather shallow.”
PeeWeesHerman on Apr 11, 2013 at 19:27:17
“It said he was physically blocking the door to the patients room and refusing to let hospital staff in...Id say thats a drama queen who behaved poorly, who then contacted the media and tried to spin it into being discriminated against because he was gay...”
“My partner and I celebrate 10 years today, April 11th 2003 was our first kiss, and we married in Canada April 11 2010 so we wouldn't have to learn a new date ;-) We've lived together for 9.5 of those 10 years, own our home together, have joint bank accounts, etc. We have a POA and it's denied routinely, as if it didn't exist. It's only a powerful document the hospital honors it. But if they refuse, the POA is just scrap paper. It has no strength. All they have to do is say: we won't look at it. Then, if you start making demands and behaving as if the POA was in effect, you end up like this man being labeled disruptive and arrested.”
cenourinha on Apr 11, 2013 at 22:51:23
“exactly. I agree with you completely.
congratulations on 10 years. My wife and I did the same thing...got married on the same date as the anniversary of when we first said we loved each other. We've been together 4 years now, but unfortunately we haven't been able to live together any of that time. She's european and I'm here in the states, unable to sponsor her. I have a visa application to go there, but I'm still waiting for it to come through. we only spent a total of 29 days together last year, but I sincerely hope this year will be better.”
“The biggest problem with these types of "articles" is they are often heterocentric. Rather than suggesting a 50 year old man should know how to please a woman, they could suggest he should know to please his spouse. Bam! Suddenly the "article" is inclusive.”
incredulousnyc on Apr 11, 2013 at 11:44:04
“I see your point, but not everything has to include absolutely everyone.”
M Valdez-Horne on Apr 11, 2013 at 10:36:51
“Well, I agree except that...pleasing a women is actually a feat and takes a lot of experience. Pleasing a man, especially if you are one...no brainer.
Our world is heterocentric, because most people are heterosexual. Does it sometimes suck to be a minority? Yep...I know because I am one on a few fronts. Political correctness and forced multiculturalism are not a cure.”
“Your logic works with the other scenarios. But your logic with this statement is flawed: "Don't like guns? Don't have one." Mostly because unlike the other two, a person can and will likely be shot unarmed, while the other two are elective. A gun can hurt non-gun owners. Whereas, marriage equality and women's reproductive rights hurt no one.”
Sister777 on Feb 3, 2013 at 10:05:41
“I thought I addressed that concern in the second paragraph. Our society is sick because we live in a debt based system. This means we have to be in scarcity for anything to have value. The fear associated with scarcity causes mental problems and has a high cost to society, such as random shootings. These things happen when we are lost in the fallacy of being separate. So separate that we can hurt another, take advantage of another to make a profit. When we are in a society that induces a feeling of connection, a remembering that we need each other, we need trees, we need clean air, then we remember we are symbiotic with the planet and each other. Shootings would not happen then. We may even choose to give up our guns. Laws are the way people who don't know how to solve problems slap a bandaid on the problem. Laws never solve anything. If you want to stop gun violence, then you have to change the predatory nature of our monetary system.”
Cowg3 on Feb 2, 2013 at 16:45:04
“#1ChildPerFemale would sure do a lot of good.”
roadwarrior09 on Feb 2, 2013 at 16:36:24
“"women's reproductive rights hurt no one"
Except the other life that they terminate for convenience...”
“We don't all have this kind of money, so we give in the ways we can. Mr. Lucas is putting his money where his values and integrity are and that is amazing. This is what I remember American's doing: putting their money where their mouth is. I'm proud of Mr. Lucas for exemplifying greatness, and supporting communities and education worldwide.”
“I am the only middle-class income earner in my extended family (parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins). A majority of my family is on some government assistance. My brother who is on disability has five children, and my two cousins who are in their late 20's each have one child and they both still live with their parents in the home in which they grew up, making for 3 generations in a 3 bedroom farmhouse.
I have no children. Why? Because I have 6-figure student loan debt, a mortgage, and can't yet afford them. My relatives all have children and the common theme among them is a perception that their children is their biggest accomplishment. Dreadful! Simply dreadful.
I don't even want to finish iterating my point because it feels so ugly, but here I go: Why is acting out biology through producing children someone's biggest accomplishment? Especially, if having children is subsidized by the community at large via needed programs like foodstamps, medical care, housing, etc.? If you want to feel accomplished through having children, the ability to pay for those children should be part of the equation. I'd feel like a loser if I was acting out biology while applying for government assistance.”
Ataleof2cities on Aug 1, 2012 at 05:47:25
“That's a great point! Aren't we tax payers, in a way, contributing to child raising? I mean, many parents have a lot of children they can't support, and the burden falls on the tax-payer. Plus, many child-free people help relatives with children financially. I, myself help my brother with his three kids. There are three of them, which means, one to replace my brother, one to replace his wife and one to replace me, that's enough, I don't need to have my one children.”
“Romney is ethnocentric, filled with grandiosity, and he offends most natural-persons every time he speaks. The headline should simply read: Romney Spoke Again. We'd all know immediately it likely offended large groups of people, communities and entire nations.”