“Republicans get into state office and then attack teachers. They attack them personally. They attack their unions, their pension plans, their tenure, and everything else they don’t like about teachers. To be fair, Republicans show the same contempt towards almost everyone. They show due deference to the corporate overlords, who will replace them in a heartbeat if they do not kowtow. They have nothing but disrespect for working people, the retired, the disabled, the sick, the poor, the homeless, women and minorities, and all the rest of the “takers” and yet misinformed voters religiously vote against their own interest to put these people in office. (Along with a little help from outright election fraud, not to be confused with voter fraud.)”
scrapiron5 on Dec 7, 2013 at 16:37:32
“I think I want to become a corporate overlord. This sounds like a pretty good gig. Where do you sign up.”
Mary Nanninga on Dec 6, 2013 at 20:49:37
“Texas DemO, that is the best thing I've read all day. Bingo!”
“As the saying goes, “The best advertisement is a satisfied customer.” As more people hear success stories from friends, family, and coworkers, more people will sign up themselves. Eventually, there will be an exponential upward swing in enrollment, and the GOP obstructionists will have to explain why they were against providing affordable health care for their constituents.”
HonestyTriumphs on Dec 5, 2013 at 19:40:21
“And THAT is their GREATEST Fear!!
Once people come to know the benefits involved in ACA, they would never want to go back to anything else. That is why the GOP is throwing everything at it to destroy it BEFORE people get to know about its benefits.
But it could also backfire in a way they never calculated themselves because IF Obamacare/ACA succeeds, the people would be even more angry with the GOP for this senseless obstructionism.
And to think that the ACA was a Republican idea from the late '80s and early '90s !! Pres Obama never claimed it to be his original idea. He has always said that he modeled his from MA's. Apparently, Schwarzenegger had proposed something very similar for CA and the GOP had supported it then, though it didn't succeed. So, the GOP did support both CA's and MA's.
So, where does that leave us? The obvious conclusion is that they cannot stand Obama doing something for the nation which they themselves could never do. They just cannot stand it, even if the idea was theirs and even when MA's has succeeded so well.”
Locem Lee on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:15:44
“Except there are NOT any good stories or "satisfied customer" to brad about.”
leticeberry on Dec 5, 2013 at 12:42:54
“Except that most of the mainstream media is not reporting on the good stories. They take hold of any bad story and run with it for days.”
“He knew he was lying, he just tailored his comment to pander to the audience, The CSRA Republican Women’s Club, and tell them what they already believe. It’s surprising that any informed woman would support the GOP.”
“This is yet another example of a member of the “get-government-out-of-your-life” party demanding that government should interfere with an individual’s private life. Is this another virulently anti-Gay Republicans who eventually comes out?”
“Mot chut thoi. I was an interpreter while serving in Vietnam. Unfortunately, I don't get a chance to use it much, so my language skills have diminished over the years to near zero. ”
cuoi on Dec 3, 2013 at 14:23:36
“I knew very little when I was serving there. About 10 years ago I returned for a visit and ended up making it my 2nd home. By now, I thought I'd be fluent but I have a long ways to go. Learning some songs is helping me. Went through the Rosetta Stone program but it is Northern dialect. My wife is South Central dialect and is quick to "correct" my pronunciation and word use. Some folks from Mekong area I hardly understand at all. Amazing the variety of the language.”
“There no reason for this to happen. We have the technology to override human error. There are various ways to monitor and limit the speed of a train. In an age where microwave ovens, toasters, and washing machines are controlled by microprocessor chips, it borders on insanity that something as critical as the control of a commuter train is still subject to human error.”
DrinkerOfTheRye on Dec 3, 2013 at 11:18:17
“The Federal Communications Commission has to approve construction of antennas that would be part of the system. Republican House members in August urged the FCC to hurry up.
“I live in a college town with two state universities. From time to time I check the job postings. What surprises me is the number of administrative positions that have nothing at all to do with teaching, but come with astronomical salaries. The requirements for these positions are highly tailored for the inbred ranks of academia. The basic assumption appears to be that anyone with experience outside of the hallowed halls of professional education has nothing to offer. Consternation aside, these salaries are surely contributing to the ever increasing tuition and fees that are making a college education prohibitively expensive. Let’s be fair and include unenlightened legislators who cut education budgets and impose greater burdens on students. When no one can afford an education, who will lead the world in innovation? For those who believe that education is not important, think about how WWII would have ended if not for the educational advantage the U.S. had over its enemies. We all benefit from a well educated society, and can’t compete, succeed, or even survive without it. Regrettably, we have a new “Know Nothing Party” which has successfully misled a large portion of the public. Other nations are investing in alternate energy and safe, reliable, energy efficient, mass transportation while we watch our infrastructure crumble.”
namora on Dec 3, 2013 at 11:17:41
“I fully agree and I'm finding that every state in the union is strapped for income. Like all budgets they must balance theirs. When the political climate dictates that taxes must not be raised then spending must stop. High student fees are just a more direct form of taxation.
I wonder how Texas would benefit from the rescinding of the oil depletion allowance and a federal return on the resulting corporate taxes. I doubt that lower student tuitions would be the result.”
Dec 2, 2013 at 11:55:00
“My all time favorite Christmas special ever was “The Great Santa Claus Switch” which aired on the Ed Sullivan Show in December 1970. The cast included Art Carney and the Muppets. Apparently, there’s some controversy that prevents it from being released on DVD. The great Art Carney plays both Santa Claus and the evil Cosmo Scam who kidnaps and then impersonates Santa. The Muppets, as always, were delightful.”
“Are the police going to charge him with disorderly conduct and destruction of private property?
Will the owners of the shopping carts which were temporarily in the hands of the homeless sue for damages?
Rep. Tom Brower, have you no shame sir, attacking the needy and defenseless?”
“History will remember the current day Republican Party as a collection of petulant children who were installed into political office by plutocrats to serve their interests at the expense of the public.”
be4reel on Nov 15, 2013 at 10:02:19
“Exactly. If I were a Republican I would be outraged and embarrassed.”
“I had the same experience on job interviews. On several interviews, I was told outright that they don't hire Vietnam veterans because they're mentally unstable. I let my car insurance lapse while in Vietnam and when I returned to the U.S. the insurance company tripled my premium using the same excuse.”
“Your Service In Iraq Makes You A Threat To Society . . .
Why does that sound so familiar?
I wish I could draft that judge into the infantry and send him to Afghanistan.”
bluecatb on Nov 12, 2013 at 12:51:41
“Could have said the out of control training and effects have caused you to become a threat to the Society at large, but I will remand you to a program that won't make appointments long down the line.
In fact..., Ms clerk bring me some programs after lunch break, and I will offer him a few choices to relax his mind with fishing, no gun shooting unless hunting and then not every day of the season. and gardening to help provide healthy foods for the families with real vitamins, not chemicals that interact with the body's function to heal.”
NorseMarine82 on Nov 12, 2013 at 12:38:49
“And imbed him with an EOD unit.”
Graywolf48 on Nov 12, 2013 at 12:26:32
“This is nothing new. As a Vietnam vet, people who knew I served walked on eggshells in my presence because Vietnam vets were thought to be unstable and have a penchant for violence. That wasn't true, of course, but it was the perception caused by a few vets going "postal" and making headlines. I was actually denied a state civil service job because the guy doing the interview felt that returning young "vets were unstable and too volatile". That was 1969 in New Jersey. I'll never forget it.”