“States are trying to make up for drastic cuts in federal funds. In a state like mine that has no income tax, that means higher property taxes and fees. Actually, I'd like to see state and federal personal income tax take 90% of individual earnings from any source that total over 2 million dollars a year. The super greedy need a ceiling. Then I'd like to see those funds used for job creation, lowering regressive taxes, funding schools, etc.”
“"'[We're] trying to get them to be a little more sensitive,' Boehner said of fellow Republicans..."
Well, that demonstrates the problem, doesn't it? Either you have empathy for your constituents or you don't. Boehner is trying to get his Republicans to use "sensitive" language to dupe constituents into thinking they give a dang about anything other than their own re-elections.
If Rs are not popular with women and racial minorities maybe it's because of the disdain they daily show for those groups through the policies they promote. To paraphrase— by their fruits they are known.”
“"Just because the rent is high does not mean that wages are low..."
The article talks about rent relative to wages. The number of those paying more than 30% of their income in rent, a point that breaks budgets and puts people on the road to bankruptcy, has increased by 12%. Rents have gone up and wages haven't. Which means that wages are too low relative to housing and that the situation is worse now than in the past.”
Patricia013 on Dec 10, 2013 at 13:06:18
“I don't see how they are connecting wages to rents. They are two different things. The rent amounts to a decent price for the apartment plus maintenance, property tax, etc. Because wages are stagnent doesn't mean the rest of the costs associated with an apartment remain the same.”
Patricia013 on Dec 9, 2013 at 16:43:22
“Property taxes have gone up and go up almost every year. What do you expect landlords to do? Eat the difference? Less people are working, less revenue for the state...it has to come from somewhere I guess.”
“The secure cockpit doors that Ralph Nader had been advocating for years would have prevented that type of attack. Heightened awareness and action on the actual intelligence we DID have, without this kind of spying, might have enabled real law enforcement to round up those guys. No need to spy on everyone in the world!”
“Besides the violation of sovereignty of nations and privacy of millions of people, this kind of trolling for bad guys is unlikely to turn up any useful intelligence. The NSA has mountains of information that can't possibly be sifted through or analyzed. Just think of how much time, effort and money are wasted when agents could be doing actual police work on actual suspects. Instead of sifting through the haystack to find the needle, they just keep adding more and more hay! And that's assuming there isn't a more nefarious motive for collecting information on millions of people.”
“An intelligence chief who can access private information on practically everyone in the world has little to fear from anyone.
I always thought the Patriot Act was unconstitutional and opened the door to all kinds of abuse of power. Clapper may be the monster, but Sensenbrenner is Dr. Frankenstein.”
Ayden VA on Dec 6, 2013 at 21:55:37
argved on Dec 6, 2013 at 21:51:11
“Sensenbrenner is more like Igor.”
Ron Booth on Dec 6, 2013 at 21:47:06
“Let's not forget that though Sensenbrenner was the 'primary' author he wasn't the sole author and regardless of who wrote it, nearly all Republicans and Democrats signed off on it and its equally important to remember that sadly the PA enjoyed the support of a whole lot of the general public just as the invasion of Iraq enjoyed not only a scary amount of support from both parties and the American public.
Personally as concerned about further terrorist attacks as I was I was even more concerned about the PA and became increasingly concerned each time it was reauthorized. Similarly I was among those 'terrorist sympathizers' who spoke out against the invasion Iraq.
Yes its outrageous what Sensenbrenner and others have wrought, more outrageous and of greater concern to me is the willingness far too many of the American people have towards... well you know the old Ben Franklin quote about giving up liberties for perceived security..”
“Put yourself through school? Even state university tuitions are around 10K per year now. And did you not see the part where it said that 31% of fast food employees have some college education? When you have no money in the first place, how are you supposed to move to another location where job prospects might be better? They aren't expecting something for nothing. They expect to be paid a fair wage for WORK!”
Gnome56 on Dec 6, 2013 at 09:42:08
“You can get assistance. Go to a vocational school.”
“What do you suggest they sacrifice? The article says that they are in a position of weakness. They aren't in a union and are so low-paid they can't get out of the trap. Before there were strong unions, striking workers sometimes sacrificed their lives. Massacres of strikers were carried out by police, the national guard, and by agents hired by the company.
People of conscience should support the protesters by taking their business to companies that treat their employees fairly.”
wdancer on Dec 6, 2013 at 09:26:03
“Sacrifice a day's pay.It is not much anyway. Do staggered picketing.These companies have to see it in the bottom line before they understand.”
Nadia310 on Dec 6, 2013 at 03:32:34
“Do you know anyone that works at McD??? I do... it is a great training job. It teaches discipline, responsibility, customer service, etc...and a great stepping stone for a better positions. It has zero tolerance for any type of abuse and it encourages team work. How are these people being treated unfair? It's only a dead end job if you let it be. We're not talking about people that are building a pyramid.. we are talking about serving fries and flipping burgers. What the hell is wrong with you? Stop encouraging the ignorance.”
Seras Victoria on Dec 6, 2013 at 03:03:38
“jayemjay, you are completely right about this. f & f.”
“"Of those who have signed up, he said, 41 percent are under the age of 35."
When you consider that jobs for young people today have low wages and practically no benefits it's not surprising. The few places that still have unions, the new contracts cut younger employees off from pensions and other benefits. And that's not from companies that are on the ropes... that's what highly profitable companies are doing to American workers. I just read a story today that bank tellers are so low-paid that a large percentage of them are on government assistance of some kind. We are subsidizing these corporations to exploit the American people.”
“"'It needs to be pulled out root and branch and we need to start over,' McConnell said."
Of course Republicans want to rip apart what little we have of universal health care. They fought against the implementation of Medicare tooth and nail and now want to turn it into a privatized voucher system. It took us 60 years to get comprehensive health care reform, so they'd love to dismantle Obamacare and makes us wait another 60 years.”
PandJonB on Dec 5, 2013 at 18:34:14
“They also fought against Social Security and FDR during the depression, claiming that the economy will eventually fix itself. Now where have I heard that before?”
“Warren's analogy is flawed. It's really like not allowing a corporation to delve into the private issue of how an employee uses compensation for the work he or she does.
The ACA simply requires that the healthcare plans include comprehensive coverage for women, which according to healthcare professionals, should include all forms of contraception. (Contraception can be used for health issues other than pregnancy prevention.)
By the way, no business with a workforce of less than 50 has to provide health insurance. If employers don't like it, they should advocate for Medicare for all to relieve employers of health insurance responsibility. But no, they won't do that because their real agenda is to control women.”
“Perhaps you don't agree with Ronald Reagan's grand scheme of requiring hospitals to provide emergency care to everyone regardless of ability to pay. The cost to the hospital of providing that service is passed on to every paying patient. Did you ever wonder why a hospital charges patients $10 for a single aspirin tablet? To give Reagan credit, at least he didn't think that desperately ill or injured poor people should be left on the street to die.
Personally, I'd rather sick people be able to get medical care when they need it to reduce the overall cost. And I don't mind being in a pool with everyone else and their varying needs in order to get costs that everyone can afford. Most developed countries have more socialized systems of care than we do with outcomes roughly equivalent to ours, but at half the cost we currently pay. Of course, Medicare for all would be great, but the messy ACA is better than doing nothing.”
Pinchy on Dec 4, 2013 at 20:05:27
“So basically we need to buy insurance to cover every situation any enrollee might encounter??
Also, Medicare for all is not the answer. Medicare is already seeing mass defection of healthcare providers from their system. What good does a Medicare policy do if there are no doctors accepting it?”
“"And liberals think they can run a healthcare system !!??"
Yeah, Medicare, which is very popular and cost efficient.
The ACA is the kludge we're stuck with instead of Medicare for all because it's the compromise with the powerful insurance industry that was necessary to get any kind of healthcare bill passed. But at least the ACA is better than what the Rs offer, which is nothing, or wait until you're at death's door and go to the ER where the cost will be passed on to all the paying customers.”
Ron Styrker on Dec 5, 2013 at 15:39:34
“Obamacare roll out nightmare is just the beginning. Millions without coverage and millions don't get the medical care promised.”
“Physiology aside, it's important to note how emotionally attached we get to food: "real" men eating slabs of meat, and mom's comfort foods of meatloaf and fried chicken are examples. If we want to get healthy, preserve resources and save large swaths of humanity from starvation, we should redefine comfort food. Could things change if moms started serving, for example, a cup of aromatic herbal tea and a bran muffin as a treat and a comfort food?”
sabelmouse on Dec 5, 2013 at 06:17:32
“ideally comfort food should have nutrients. most comfort foods are sugar and starch as far as i can tell.”
“These snippets of Tesla's eccentricities make him sound grotesque, but he had a circle of friends, both men and women, who admired him and took it upon themselves to try to protect him.
He was too trusting when he first came to America and was taken advantage of by people including Thomas Edison. He had an aversion to being touched, had phobias, was obsessive and unarguably brilliant. He didn't talk about his own feelings to friends, but could talk endlessly about his experiments to anyone who would listen. Of all the speculation that certain historical figures were on the autism spectrum, I think the case for Tesla is the strongest.
Autistic people can be empathetic when they witness suffering, but have difficulty understanding and dealing with the complexities of emotions in human relationships. It doesn't surprise me that such a lonely man would find in a beloved pet a purpose for his life. It was the kind of simple relationship that he could deal with.”
wxw101 on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:59:30
“Actually enjoyed your synopsis. Looking at some of the comments, people are quick to judge someone who obviously had special needs in a time that had no appreciation for people with special needs. But, it just shows how different all of our gifts are. The world would be way different without his gifts.”
bush4god on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:28:17
“autistic? not the slightest of chances. mild ausbergers? possibly.
the man was certainly extremely obsessive”
PALEOLOGOS DRAGASH on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:11:35
“Indeed. The article makes him look like some kind of freak of nature, which he never was. In most daily aspects, he was a remarkably unremarkable and rather ordinary character. What did set him apart from the rest of the humankind much more than these few isolated idiosyncracies is his firm, absolute, almost religious faith in his science and his vision. Tesla truly believed that he had seen and witnessed the other side of physical reality, the side that is veiled, implicit, and not easily revealed to the rest of us mortals, the reality beyond great maya. He may, in fact, have been correct and the rest of the world may, in fact, have been wrong -- again.”
“Is there no such thing as juvenile detention in New York? Why on earth was this 16-year-old put in Rikers without conviction and as a juvenile? That should be enough for a law suit, let alone the 3 years of unlawful imprisonment and the abuse.”
Kaelyn on Dec 3, 2013 at 09:16:48
“At 16, being accused of a violent crime gets automatically gets you charged as an adult.”
“I haven't seen many of his films, but in everything I've read about him, he was a really good guy. He loved animals, worked for charities and was an involved dad. Yeah, it's sad that his fans will miss his film work, but it's sadder that the world has lost a decent human being who tried to give back. There are too few of those around.”
“I'm with you. Shopping makes my feet hurt and I hate navigating crowds. After 27 years in the same house, I look around at the junk I should be getting rid of and I have little appetite for bringing more into the house. I don't want to buy new stuff because then I'll have to find someplace to send the old stuff (preferably not the landfill).
For the past several years I have been turning more toward donations to charities like Heifer International to celebrate Christmas in the true spirit of the season.”
“"The statute governing political activity by these nonprofits says that they must work "exclusively" on their social welfare purpose, but the regulatory interpretation of that statute says that 'exclusively' means 'primarily.'"
The statute is clear cut. Where did this regulatory interpretation come from? Exclusively means to the exclusion of others; only; solely. For an interpretation to change the meaning of the law to "primarily" leaves a hole wide enough for a (R) elephant herd to stampede through.”
“I took all my money out of Chase and put it in a credit union where I get 6% interest on the first 500 in checking and the first 500 in savings. That's if you have your paychecks direct deposited. Sure, the CU is mostly self-serve and doesn't have as many branches, but I won't let the big evil banks get a cent of my money if I can help it.”
“You're correct that our understanding of topics in science is always changing because we can never have complete knowledge. However, while we may improve our understanding of how gravity, evolution or global warming works, the factual evidence and theory confirmations we have so far are overwhelming. The broad strokes of these theories are pretty firm and we're unlikely to completely discard them, but we'll certainly refine the theories.”
“Did you even look at the graph? ALL of the wealthy countries that have better life expectancy for about half of what the US spends have more, in some cases, much more involvement of the government in their health systems than we have.”
“A lot of people who revere the Bible as holy have no problem with evolution as accepted science. They are able to think for themselves, understand context and derive deeper meaning from biblical stories.
The reason some people believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible is that they are conservative authoritarian types to begin with. In their view, if the Bible isn't literal, then it undermines God's authority and in turn undermines the authority of any other leader they rely on to tell them how to think and behave.”
Bizmark on Nov 22, 2013 at 18:10:07
“On the other hand you have to experience belief to understand it. The Tao is modern physics in another language, one of images in the mind. To see the images you hold dearest, melting away like the icebergs is tough to take. Just what it takes to hang onto imaginary numbers when the icebergs are melting is something we can't know.”
jeb50 on Nov 22, 2013 at 17:54:40
“I was in a Catholic school and science classes had no problem with teaching evolution and this was in the 1950s. I notice most of the creationists just call themselves "christians" but don't mention a specific church or denomination. If their beliefs are so popular they would be screaming it from the roof tops.”