“I agree with you in principle, but many of those fundamentalist states would forego federal money to avoid having to teach evolution, and thus further hurt the children in those states. The politicians would then applaud themselves for their states-rights stand.
I can certainly picture the Texas Board of Education doing so.”
FromaNawlinsLevee on Dec 6, 2013 at 19:07:02
“From New Orleans:
...they'll only "forego" that federal money until it hurts THEIR interests, baby. So let's go for it.”
ivsciguy on Dec 6, 2013 at 17:15:17
“I very much doubt it. A huge portion of their funding comes from the DoE. I think even Texas has enough rational people that duping those funds would never fly.”
“I completely agree textbooks need to be made more affordable, but who is going to pay for free textbooks? Publishing is a fairly labor-intensive business, and writing a textbook is typically a multi-year endeavor which professors are not going to do for free (and FYI--it is not professor/author profit driving the prices--the typical author contract is for $8-$10 on a $120 book. Those who sell lots of books profit; most everyone else ends up having written the book for less than minimum wage).”
“Yes they could, but birth control is part of health care, and no employer should have the right to dictate what aspects of health care their employees receive. That is PRIVATE, and between a person and his/her doctor.
Should Jehovah's Witnesses who own million-dollar corporations have the right to not pay for ANY health care for their employees? No, they can refuse health care for themselves but not their employees (or, it turns out, their children in life-threatening situations).”
hoosieradam on Nov 27, 2013 at 13:34:50
“First, the company is not dictating the health care the employee can receive. They are dictating what insurance the employer will subsidize.
Second, yes, million dollar corporations should, in my opinion, reserve the right not to pay for their workers' health insurance. Just as a company and worker can negotiate a salary, they can negotiate benefits. I would not work full-time for a company that does not offer me a good benefits package, unless I had no other option.
Refusing to fund health insurance is not refusing health care. The employer cannot stop their employee from visiting a doctor and paying that doctor for his services.
In summary, I disagree with the law as it is written, and health care and health insurance are not equivalent.”
“They pay for INSURANCE, not for birth control. The whole concept of both insurance, and taxes, is pooled resources for a wide array of services (but no one will use all the services)>
I'm opposed to my tax dollars going to pay for drone strikes, but it's still the law that I have to pay up.”
hoosieradam on Nov 26, 2013 at 17:13:14
“I'm sure that if you write a nice letter to the IRS, they will make sure all of your tax dollars go to other programs.
Health insurance companies use actuarial models to determine the cost of certain services, and they could certainly do that for these plans, eliminating the portion of the premium that would cover such services.”
“Let's get this straight: Darwin said NOTHING about the origins of the world. NOTHING. The theory of Natural Selection/evolution is how the world developed diversity of species, and why some species/traits survived and others did not.
Your arguments are specious, at best, highly i g nor ant at worst, and you have thus revealed your lack of knowledge about Darwin's theory.”
“I agree (but think he should have been more assertive about filling some of those vacancies as recess appointments--if the Repubs want to play political games, he should have bested them at their shenanigans).”
Icouldbehappy on Nov 22, 2013 at 12:56:13
“Obama can no longer use recess appointments because of the DC court ruled presidents can no longer do this ...The same court Obama is trying to fill with three nominees .. That's how important this court is ...”
“The minority (in this case, the GOP) have only been interested in throwing a wrench in the wheels, not trying to have any impact on the positive lawmaking abilities that they are supposed to engage in.”
gingerred on Nov 22, 2013 at 12:42:10
“Because they were protecting the constitution from the EXTREMES
that the shrinking majority trying to impose on GROWING minority.”
“Actually, it's people like you, who think others are beneath you because they haven't had the same educational opportunities as you, and who thus think those people deserve to work full time yet not be able to afford food & lodging, who have brought this country to the brink--we're headed to third-world status, with large swathes of have-nots, and mega-rich haves who would rather hang onto the millions of $$ they have than participate in any kind of humane social contract. Do CEOs really need to make 380x what the people who actually PRODUCE goods & services make? http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/19/news/economy/ceo-pay/
Read your history--empires decline after the middle class declines in favor of the wealthy few.”
“And might there be a reason to unionize Walmart? E.g., that they pay wages requiring their employees to need public assistance?
You need to read "The Jungle" to understand why unions are necessary in light of corporate greed and malfeasance.”
Freespeechrules on Nov 21, 2013 at 08:44:27
“Unions are outdated and strictly a scam....and anyone paying attention knows it. Walmart pays the going rate for retail jobs.....they don't control the economy so your comment about public assistance is absurd. Using your logic, my boss needs to give me a huge raise because I want more "stuff". And before you spout public assistance means food etc, whose fault is that? The company that hired your sorry behind in the first place or the fact that you haven't acquired skills to move beyond Walmart.
You apologists and union hacks have brought this country where we are now.”