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Bren November 2, 2012 at 06:13 pm
Craig, what is the source of this receipt? It's over a year old and as far as I know, soda is notRead More covered by food stamps. I also note that a "D" appears to have been added to the EBT in the circled area. One can ring up anything with a bar code as you know. What happened afterward is where the truth lies. Someone forwards me this type of apocrypha all of the time, despite my pleas to desist. That's why I'm a tad cynical about the veracity of the receipt. And, even if it were true, the vast majority of food stamp recipients are not "living large."
Greg November 2, 2012 at 06:47 pm
Bren, What was the up-side of blaming the attack on a video made in the states? If every word, everyRead More step taken, has a consequence, why did the Obama administration pick such a stupid excuse?
Michael McClusky November 3, 2012 at 01:47 pm
Vote for Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party! Let us return to small government!
Rob Morell October 25, 2012 at 02:47 pm
If Romney doesn't get the students vote he won't wiin especially in Ohio. I can't believe thatRead More students still vote for this guy even when only 50 percent of them can't get a job once they graduate now!!! I guess that's the new normal.
H.E. Pennypacker October 25, 2012 at 02:52 pm
If they are unemployed, they need to blame Obongo, it's his economy.
Rob Morell October 25, 2012 at 07:02 pm
Agreed.
Johnny Blade October 17, 2012 at 04:51 pm
Free LED TV's, to go with my free food, free phone, free healthcare .... Woooo more free stuff
Bernard Forand October 18, 2012 at 12:07 am
Just in early polls of people who have already voted from Illinoisand Ohio Obama and RepublicanRead More Mitt Romney are neck and neck in opinion polls, but there is one area in which the incumbent appears to have a big advantage: those who have already cast their ballots. Obama leads Romney by 59 percent to 31 percent among early voters, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling data compiled in recent weeks. Ohio Early Voting Cleared by High Court The U.S. Supreme Court sealed a legal victory for President Barack Obama’s campaign in the pivotal state of Ohio, leaving intact a ruling that restored early voting rights for the weekend before the Nov. 6 election. Ohio Republicans had sought to cancel early voting that weekend for everyone except members of the military. A U.S. appeals court blocked the plan last week, saying it probably violated the constitutional rights of non-military voters. In a one-sentence order, the Supreme Court today rejected a challenge to that ruling, filed by Ohio’s Republican secretary of state and attorney general. Obama pulling ahead. After a lackluster performance in the first debate of his re-election campaign, President Barack Obama scored a victory over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in their second encounter, according to post-debate network polling. An instant poll of undecided voters by CBS after the contentious town hall session ended found Obama beat Romney 37 percent to 30 percent, with 33 percent calling it a tie.
Bernard Forand October 18, 2012 at 12:16 am
Notice the right wing nuts are reduced to their usual spittle. They are deflating. Observe theRead More Hoffas; Take all of their comments and place them on a slide. Put it under an electron microscope and poof nothing there. The Hoffas are but the shadows of a non substance. Merely a void within a void, where light can not reach.
Bernard Forand October 9, 2012 at 04:38 pm
Penny your numbers are just as dysfunctional as your brother Bryant’s comment. Both areRead More transparent in obvious errors. Enuf said.. Pfffttt.
oak creek resident October 9, 2012 at 04:49 pm
>?!?! Obama insulted ALL of our overseas friends, now even israeli doesn't like us. ThanksRead More Obama! He bowed and pandered to every muslim king he could find. To the contrary, they hate us even more and what's worse, see us as weak. Obama is weak, and a liberal coward. America is not.
Bernard Forand October 9, 2012 at 04:54 pm
Cow Dung and his merry entourage of flies are so focused on the those little nuggets. They want usRead More to focus on old regurgitated rhetoric and or their decaying red herrings. Lets just see one example of where the republicans are indicating they want to go. {No Surprise Here} Mittens wants to increase “spending” to the Pentagon by $ 2 Trillion. HMMM They are overly budgeted as it is! Why more. OUTSOURCING! Yes sir reee bub. Thunder on the Horizon. Soon we will be able to outsource our children to foreign soils. Once again and again and again. it’s the republican way http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/oct/05/barack-obama/obama-says-romney-would-spend-2-trilllion-military/ Obama states Romney will raise Pentagon budget by $2 Trillion! True “You don’t need no ticket you just get on board”
Craig October 3, 2012 at 08:08 pm
FreeThoughtTroy: I too have been part of the working poor. Even as a kid, my family struggled toRead More feed us kids and pay the bills. My dad never took a handout saying if he made it, he can feed it. I can remember a neighbor who had a well paying job, but lied to get free lunch for their kids at school. When I asked my dad why it upset him so much he told me, "People will never try to do better for themselves if the gvt. gives them everything." At one time poor people did not have heat in winter, no indoor plumbing or running water. They did not have a TV, and if they wanted to cook they had to work to build a fire to cook it on. Fast forward 40 years. We now have people getting assistance who have cell phones with the ability to surf the web. Microwaves to cook the convienience food they buy with food stamps. Cable TV with pay channels, and several TVs, a refrigerator, computers, cars, the list goes on.. The point I am trying to make is if we give hard working people everything, what is the point of them working? I know we can't make a janitor into a rocket scientist, but we need to have some way to retrain these people who want to work and better their life. Please don't get me wrong- I do not want to see anyone go hungry, but I think those who work hard to have the little that they do have should not feel like: "Why bother working when the Government will give more to those who don't try?"
Steve ® October 3, 2012 at 09:48 pm
This is Obama's universe. Just switch around inner city with suburb and it's words from your boy.
FreeThought Troy October 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm
Y'know, CowDung. I think those are really great ideas. I could get on board with pretty muchRead More everything in this discussion. And this is after less than a day of discussion. Wouldn't it be really nice if Congress could actually sit down and complete the exercise we just accomplished? Ahhh - to dream. If any message is sent this November, I would like this to be one of them - if not THE message. We, as a nation, are ready for a calm and rational discussion from all sides to really address and solve our problems.
Dirk Gutzmiller September 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm
Fox goes beyond merely being a news outlet with a rightwing ideology, it actively organizesRead More anti-government events, with organizing rallies, speaking tours, protests, etc. Only a Hoffa type would take the case to call Fox News fair and believable.
Brian Carlson September 26, 2012 at 01:22 am
Sorry mam....I thought you were a male. I had a friend named Doug when I was young way back in theRead More twenties. But nowadays you young folk switch around a lot.
Michael McClusky September 27, 2012 at 11:11 am
Those news outlets are absolutely ridiculous! How can a thinking person agree with his candidateRead More 100% of the time? How many people do you meet in life where you agree with him/her 100% of the time? Those talking heads are told what to say for crying out loud. Use the brain that God gave you- don't even consider watching those idiots!
James R Hoffa September 21, 2012 at 06:59 pm
@Taoist - "And Craig, I bet you'd vote for David Duke before Obama, just likeRead More "Hoffa" would." Damned right Hoffa would vote David Duke before Barack Obama, and the basis of that vote would have nothing to do with race! Duke actually had a great platform when he campaigned for President, but guys like you would have never have known it because instead of actually looking at it, all you were able to see were racial issues. So, who's the one who can't seem to look beyond racial issues here? Hint: try looking in the mirror for the answer to that question! As to Iraq: In September 2010, the Associated Press issued an internal memo reminding its reporters that "combat in Iraq is not over", and "U.S. troops remain involved in combat operations alongside Iraqi forces, although U.S. officials say the American combat mission has formally ended" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/03/ap-memo-iraq-war_n_705446.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/03/ap-memo-iraq-war_n_705446.html Combat operations with our troops are still ongoing - hmmm... sure sounds like an engagement is still ongoing to Hoffa! The lefty/liberal Salon seems to concur in this assessment: http://www.salon.com/2011/12/17/no_the_u_s_is_not_leaving_iraq/ So, what kind of liberal logic is Taoist going to use to spin the reality of Iraq being over?
H.E. Pennypacker September 21, 2012 at 07:05 pm
Taoist listens attentively to his Dear Leader, King Hussein Obama. Tao and his over fed over sizedRead More wife are cuckolded by Barack Hussein Obama hmmm hmmmm hmmm.
Jennie Stoltz September 22, 2012 at 09:37 pm
Where have you gotten this information because everything I have been reading shows that Obama'sRead More lead in the polls has gotten progressively bigger ever since the RNC.
James R Hoffa September 20, 2012 at 05:01 pm
@Chris - Nice debunking of Bren!
James R Hoffa September 20, 2012 at 05:06 pm
@Lyle - So, the rest of the world can't use the internet to learn about our freedoms of speech, butRead More it can use the internet to view a low budget video about Islam and the prophet Muhammad? Can you explain further, as Hoffa just doesn't get the disparity that you appear to be arguing here!
Bert October 25, 2012 at 08:29 pm
It's hysterical reading Pennypacker's post (absolute loathing of "Moslems" (sic)) followedRead More by McClusky's post about how young Arabs are taught to despise westerners. When we continually elect ignorant hatemongers who believe what Penny believes, it's NO WONDER the "Arab world" would despise westerners! If I thought Penny was truly representative of Americans, rather than the small, ignorant, hate-filled slice that rears it's ugly bigoted head every now and then, I'd hate America too.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) September 10, 2012 at 11:20 pm
I take after your broadband of intellect of course.
FreeThought Troy September 10, 2012 at 11:24 pm
@Hoffa-Democrats have been trying to compromise with Republicans over and over and over again. TheyRead More offered to lift the cap to those earning $1mil/yr. Republicans flat out refused. It isn't compromising from the Democrats that's the issue. It's Republicans compromising. It seems every Republican who dares even try to work with a Democrat gets a healthy primary challenge. What kind of a party have the Republicans turned into when no one is allowed to work with the other side? Any discussion about debt that does not include a conversation about revenue is fantasy. It is pure fiction. It isn't a legitimate conversation - period.
James R Hoffa September 11, 2012 at 01:49 am
@FreeThought Troy - What are you talking about? The last bill that the Dems offered on extendingRead More the tax cuts was Reid's S.3412, which passed the Senate on July 25, 2012. The extension was for incomes below $250k, not $1M. And that vote was nothing more than a waste of time and money anyway, as tax bills must originate in the House. If the Dems really wanted to extend the middle class tax breaks, all they have to do is sign off on the extension for all taxpayers of the Bush tax cuts, which passed the House multiple times now. It's Obama and the Dems that are refusing to extend the middle class tax cuts, simply because they want to increase taxes on higher income earners. They are apparently willing to put their ideology and party ahead of the middle class and the country.
James R Hoffa September 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm
@Bren - You are correct - Hoffa meant to say that the media vetting of this fact only occurredRead More after the election had concluded. Meanwhile, the media is beating up Mitt Romney over a hair cut prank and the car ride of his family dog. Funny how the media does not see Obama getting into fist fights and shoving and belittling girls in his early adulthood as not being news worthy, but Romney's prank haircut and family dog incident somehow are relevant? Even you have to admit that the liberal media bias here is pretty messed up! And please don't give us that crap line about how the the truth has a liberal bias - we've heard that LIE too many times already!
The Anti-Alinsky September 6, 2012 at 12:44 am
And again Bernie: ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/hist.pdfRead More ) YEAR ------ TOTAL SPENT ---% INCREASE ----------------(in millions) 2008 ..........2,982,544 .............9.30% (last year of Bush) 2009 ..........3,517,677 ...........17.94% (transition budget with TARP) 2010 ..........3,456,213 ............-1.75% (first Obama budget) (still higher than 2008 by 15.88%) 2011 ..........3,603,061 .............4.25% 2012 ..........3,795,547 .............5.34% (estimate) and the politifact followups: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/may/25/lots-heat-and-some-light-obamas-spending/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/the-facts-about-the-growth-of-spending-under-obama-part-2/2012/05/30/gJQA3V4d2U_blog.html So how do you go from 2.982 TRILLION to 3.795 TRILLION (a 27% increase in four years) and still have "the slowest growth in spending of any President in the past 60 years"?!?!?!?!?!
The Anti-Alinsky September 6, 2012 at 12:45 am
Your silly example still makes no sense Bernie.
James R Hoffa September 2, 2012 at 04:52 pm
The Anti-Alinsky September 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm
Hoffa, that's Bernie's typical MO. Babble incoherent "facts", cite something fromRead More politi-fact or moveon.org , then draw some bizarre conclusion at the end.
The Anti-Alinsky September 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm
The problem is Bernie, what do you consider "hoarding"? Give anyone, including "theRead More rich" a dollar and what can they do with it? 1) spend it (stimulates economy), invest it (stimulates economy), or hid it under a pillow. How many of "the rich" are hiding money under a pillow? NONE! Conservative are smart enough to know that the best way to make money, is to invest money. Investment creates wealth and puts money in the hands of people that have gone out and earned it, from the investor, to the small business owner selling a goods or services to the investor, to the laborer providing the work. There is no "hoarding" going on. Investors are being very cautious and making sure their investments are secure in these volatile times. What we need to do is get people back to work, and not at a cost of 109,777.78 per job!
Greg August 30, 2012 at 01:56 am
Understanding the core functions of a business may help the liberals. Business- To make a product orRead More provide a service at a profit (return on assets). Don't get confused that businesses are there to employ people. They do employ people, but that is not their purpose.
Greg August 30, 2012 at 02:09 am
What makes these people more of a "hero" than a doctor or an electrician?
Greg August 30, 2012 at 02:15 am
Orange Shag.
Bryant Divelbiss August 23, 2012 at 01:30 am
I know it is not exactly a Ponzi scheme. But is very much like one were early investors are paidRead More unsustainable returns from later investors. I saw thi in a fact checker last year and they concluded it was not a Ponzi scheme because they claimed it was not done to scam investors of their money. I disagree politicians were not scamming to keep to the money but they were perpetrating a fraud to get votes. Particularly in the last 30 years.
Bryant Divelbiss August 23, 2012 at 01:43 am
Since the Goldwater days they have massively increased the tax and raised the caps. Raising caps andRead More collecting more total money is diificult since the top rate is scheuled to be an insane43% and all of Obama's tax increases do not even pay for his increased spending. The solvency issues assume we have the money in the trust fund. So the raids on trust fund by both parties are a separate issue that make the situation worse than the expected fund shortages in 20 years. On that issue the reckless spending under Obama and Bush are a problem, but it should be noted the worst started in 2007 after the democrats took congress.
Randy1949 August 23, 2012 at 02:12 am
Are you talking about the FICA? Yes, the FICA tax was doubled in the early 1980s to pay ahead forRead More the Boomer retirement. As for raising the cap, there has been inflation since the Goldwater years. $105,000 just isn't what it used to be. We have people claiming they have a hard time getting by on $250,000 a year. What are you talking about with a top scheduled rate of 43%?
morninmist August 15, 2012 at 04:38 pm
oh yah, bring it on! The other Paul Ryan plan: $800B in Medicaid cuts –Read More http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2012/08/15/the_other_paul_ryan_plan_800b_in_medicaid_cuts/
morninmist August 15, 2012 at 04:42 pm
ha ha. Ann has her panties in a twist. ray reynolds ‏@cr8f @crewislife: Angry Ann RomneyRead More Announces They Shouldn’t Be Questioned About Finances http://bit.ly/OwquWA (@politicususa) #p2
morninmist August 15, 2012 at 07:37 pm
WI may not be "red" for long. KarlRoves Brain ‏@KarlRovesBrain #wiunion, let'sRead More recap. Hopper...GONE. Kapanke...GONE. Wanggaard...GONE. Fitzgerald...GONE. Now, get the Tea Party OFF your school board!
Bryant Divelbiss August 4, 2012 at 12:47 am
Lyle you are likely correct that it can not be stopped now that the Supreme Court refused to honorRead More the Constitution. The only hope is getting to 55+ GOP senators and finding 5 Democrats to support a far less destructive plan in place of it and that is long shot. It will ensure a fiscal collapse if we fail to stop it.
Bryant Divelbiss August 4, 2012 at 12:53 am
If we cant get rid of Obamacare we should drop coverage for Public employees and throw them in theRead More exchanges. They love Obama let them enjoy what they voted for first.
Dirk Gutzmiller August 4, 2012 at 06:56 pm
Hoffa - Don't need your sympathy. I am a self-made man, successful, and a liberal. Never had toRead More go out and dig up an independent healthcare policy, private employers were glad to make a very good one available for myself and my family. But I can see how difficult your situation must be as an independent business owner, out there fighting and searching to avoid financial distress due to medical costs.
John Wilson July 13, 2012 at 04:02 pm
Craig - You sure went directly to , "your point", in your initial post. Anyway, you areRead More wrong. "all of the maufacturing jobs are in China" is just stupid! Yes, manufacturing in America has declined, but that is because we elected to ship these positions overseas and engage in massive outsourcing. Manufacturing, in reality, is starting, once again, to grow in America. Admittedly, this has nothing to do with BJs and Sodomy, but, neither does "your point"...
Craig July 13, 2012 at 04:06 pm
I think I made my point just fine. If you didn't need a tire pump to fill all the extra space inRead More your head, maybe you would have thought so too.
Todd Marohl July 13, 2012 at 04:20 pm
Keith, I'm not crying for the rich. My point is that the people you define as rich pay the lionsRead More share of taxes in this country, while a large portion of the population do not pay any taxes. I think we need to lift the bottom up and make them viable taxpayers (more people working), than to continually trying to take more away from the people who are already paying the taxes. Even your rich liberals are denouncing their citizenship and taking their cash to other countries to avoid taxation.
Ann July 4, 2012 at 11:57 pm
Great response - if we don't have mortgage insurance we lose the mortgage on our house, if we don'tRead More have care insurance we pay a fine/tax. Get over it. You don't want health insurance - then don't go to the doctors, hospitals or pharmacy - stay at home and suffer. You can't have it both ways.
The Anti-Alinsky July 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm
Actually Ann, the larger the risk pool also means more people that have pre-existing conditions.Read More Again, the problem is that the cost of an expensive treatment is passed on to EVERYONE in the pool. Insurance companies have the choice of raising EVERYONE'S insurance to cover the problem, or taking the higher risks out of the pool. As I have said before, I have faith that there is a way that is fair for everyone to insure people with high risks and pre-existing conditions, I just have yet to hear it!
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scot June 27, 2012 at 09:13 am
Where are all the jobs? What happened to the "Job Creators". They seem to just be waitingRead More for November.
Steve ® June 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm
They are not losing any teachers, if you get past the headline and use your non liberal thinking capRead More you realize they are leaving on their own will. They will be replaced if needed.. More budget cuts?! Good bring them on. Obama is spending more money then we will ever be able to create.
Avenging Angel June 27, 2012 at 07:40 pm
What about the numerous districts around the State that saved so much money that they were able toRead More hire more Teachers, reduced class size and lowered taxes. I love selective understanding.
Bren June 25, 2012 at 07:01 pm
Was there documented proof of urine and tape, Greg? Or the $7 million invoice forRead More "repairs?"
Greg June 25, 2012 at 07:44 pm
Yep, how about documentation on that brass.
Geoff Tolley June 26, 2012 at 12:48 am
@Greg: aarrrgh, even simpler then: taking your statement and running with it far further than itRead More will go is *exactly* the same as "Geo doesn't agree with me, so he's a Romney-hater". "As to the second issue, you are technically correct, but I think you again missed the point, in your quest to be argumentative. The "despite this having no track record of success" would best be applied to current economic conditions. " - the claim in the article was wrong, period. At least you have stopped trying to defend the indefensible even if you are still trying to couch it as something else. Now, if you wish to make the claim that instead of Keynesian stimulus having no track record of success, it has no track record of success in a modern economy, then you need to at least address the obvious counterexamples, such as why the apparent success of e.g. the Chinese Keynesian stimulus of 2008-2009 shouldn't be counted. Ideally provide some examples of comparable modern economies with and without Keynesian stimulus in the face of a recession. As for "How's it working so far?", check out http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/CES0500000001 - the United States been growing private sector jobs at Bush-boom rates for the last two years. You can claim that to be a coincidence if you like, but then you need to at least offer some alternative explanation.
Greg June 12, 2012 at 03:00 am
And by pointing this out you contributed to the topic how?
The Anti-Alinsky June 12, 2012 at 09:32 am
Lyle, GOD bless your wife for the work and dedications she does. I have a good friend that doesRead More similiar work, and she to is one of the shining stars of pubic sector employees. I don't know why social workers are getting the shaft when it comes to pay. However, the vast majority (that I know of) make extremely good money and have great benefits. It is because of the emphasis placed on these workers that resulted in less pay for your wife.
Steve ® June 12, 2012 at 01:00 pm
I like turtles
Steve ® May 21, 2012 at 01:10 pm
Hide your kids, hide yo wife
Bob McBride May 21, 2012 at 02:28 pm
It's not that hard to explain. You've got an election going on that has absolutely nothing to doRead More with jobs. Its not about jobs, it's not about a war on women, it's not about a John Doe investigation, it's not about a prank phone call, it's not about the Koch Brothers or ALEC or the poor, sick and elderly dropping like flies, unable to survive. It's about power and control. The party out of power wants to get back into power so they can control things the way they see fit and they've found a way to attempt to do that prior to the regularly scheduled election via our state's weak recall provision. That's why the jobs number arguments don't make sense, that's why bemoaning the demise of our educational system doesn't jive with what you see anytime you drive by a public school, that's why you don't see the "weakest amongst us" piled up like so much cordwood on street corners.
Greg May 21, 2012 at 02:43 pm
On the subject of private sector jobs. I personally hate when ANY politician says that "theyRead More created jobs" or are "going to create jobs". It's not their job to "create" anything. They need to get out of the way and let us do the creating. If the government tried to create a horse it would end up with a camel, and probably a retarded one at that.
Greg May 7, 2012 at 08:36 pm
I think that most taxes are actually a "minimun" required. If people think that taxesRead More should be higher or that more needs to be spent on public sector employees, then they should send in more money. Bert thinks his kid's teachers deserve more, he should send it in or hand it to them under the table. Feel free, make it rain. Just don't spend my money. I expect value. Throwing money at a problem is not a solution, look at Barrett and MPS.
Lyle Ruble May 7, 2012 at 09:11 pm
@Greg...What is the connection between Barrett and MPS? He has nothing to do with the schoolRead More district.
Keith Best May 14, 2012 at 05:55 pm
Watch jobs necessarily skyrocket in this state once this nonsense recall is done with. I'm guessingRead More Tom Barrett thinks he's qualified to be governor since he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. But I do know Gov. Walkers reforms have saved this state over $1 BILLION dollars.
St. Swithin April 20, 2012 at 02:09 pm
@Bryant, Republicans HAD the leadership under W. They did NOTHING good with it. Now they are stillRead More being led by the same people - Boehner, McConnell, Ryan - and they are still chanting the same slogans - less government (except military, security and abortion) and less taxes. You have no answer as to why they should do any better this time around.
St. Swithin April 20, 2012 at 02:15 pm
@Jeff, Please tell me some details about Romney's 'tremendous experience' helping those lessRead More fortunate. I must have missed that during the primaries. Being chairman of some fund-raising committee doesn't count. The Mormons I have known have been nice people and I would not be surprised if Romney did some charity work. But everything he has said and done shows he has no clue how the vast majority of Americans live.
Bryant Divelbiss April 23, 2012 at 01:03 am
We are facing a choice between two parties with a history that is not good. Obama is worse but thatRead More is not the point. Now we have one party that claims they want to be adults and have propped plans to deal with entitlements and avoiding a debt crisis. The Democrats led by by Obama have offered no plans to save Medicare, no plans to deal with budget issues in serious way. They won't they have no support in their base to do the right thing. Now with the Tea Party going after RINOs there is building support in the GOP to deal with these issues. So what ever you think about the GOP they are they only hope to save this country from a fiscal crisis. This of course is why the Senate primaries are critical.
Bert April 5, 2012 at 06:48 pm
The Individual Mandate as a means of providing more affordable health care to all AmericansRead More originated from the conservative Heritage Foundation. Four different bills that included an individual mandate to purchase healthcare insurance, sponsored or co-sponsored by Republicans, have been introduced in Congress since 1993. To Constitution, through the Commerce Clause, DOES give the Federal government broad powers to regulate interstate commerce. Without it, the US would be no different than the EU. Clearly, Republicans up until 2009 also believed that an individual mandate on health insurance was Constitutional, and a great way to transfer the responsibility of paying for health care to each individual. Of course, health care is not the only place where Republicans want to force individuals to purchase something. The plan to privatize Social Security is also entirely dependent on a MANDATE on each individual to purchase investment services. Paul Ryan's Medicare privatization plan ALSO depends on an individual mandate for all seniors to purchase health care, otherwise his "solution" would cost more than the Medicare plan he seeks to replace. Should the right-wing extremists (who overturned a century of precedent in Citizen's United) rule against the individual mandate, it will do far more harm to Republican solutions, resulting in ideas like single-payer being the only viable options in the future.
Randy1949 April 5, 2012 at 06:54 pm
@Johnny Blade -- It's the overweight couch potatoes like you who skew the health statistics andRead More associated risks as age increases so that I'd have to pay through the nose for even high deductible catastrophic coverage despite my excellent health and BMI. So who's leeching off whom?
Bert April 5, 2012 at 07:00 pm
In case you want to read about the Republican love affair with the individual mandate, and begin toRead More understand just how far off the rails to the right this party has gone: http://healthcarereform.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004182
Michele Divelbiss March 21, 2012 at 01:22 am
Chris...we can keep up the discourse on here or I would even meet for lunch or after you were offRead More work. My family has already been getting used to Mom having a busy schedule, and I believe setting an example of service is important for my children to see. I have only attended a couple board committee meetings, but I do know a committee can only consist of three board members, because you cannot have a quorum voting at the committee level. I know Dave Noshay likes to attend he finance committee meetings, but he cannot vote on any committee action, because he isn't a member of that committee. He just likes to hear the discussions. The committee meetings are open to the public in most cases. So items will get discussed at the committee level and then once approved there it goes to the full board. The board receives an executive summary packet for the given agenda items. Dr. Greco was the one to institute the discussion/action sequence, so items on the agenda are discussed at the first meeting and then advanced or action at the following meeting. I have seen action delayed for further discussion when warranted.
Michele Divelbiss March 21, 2012 at 01:41 am
So should I be elected, I would absolutely take every opportunity to determine for myself which wayRead More I will vote on a given issue. I am told that past practice has been to put new board members on the finance committee to make sure they have an understanding of what is happening finance wise in the district. I feel like the Finance Study Group they offered to the public gave me a good beginner's course. If you really want to talk about how politics play into it, I would really prefer to meet you sometime in person. I have very definite feelings, but those discussions are better face to face. I'm not a coffee drinker and I don't go to bars, but I'd be happy to meet next week.
Tulsa March 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm
Thanks Michele : I am gathering information on the cadidates and feel free to continue ourRead More discourse here. One of the current board member Lori Blodorn said " aligning with political party does the community disservice" and aligning oneself with polical affiliation etc. Michele with what you and your husband have said about being a conservative Rebublican party members I think Blodorn was refering to you as a candidate ,,, Refer to Partisan politics articale 3/22/12 on MF patch Your Thoughts Michele. ---- You can respond over there on that article if you like. I sure you will like to respond to Blodorn Statements.
Craig March 19, 2012 at 02:52 pm
Excellent article...the once proud Wisconsin Democratic Party has been trivialized by the antics ofRead More poorly chosen "leaders" Barca, Tate etc.....
Steve March 19, 2012 at 07:02 pm
Bren the Moderate: George Soros, Ted Turner and Warren Buffett are republicans?
CowDung March 19, 2012 at 07:22 pm
Yes, Bren the source is Walker's schedule and compares the hours of 'legislative business' on theRead More calendar with 'personal time'. Somehow it seems that the governor should be spending more time on 'legislative business' rather than governing and/or executive business (even when the legislature isn't even in session), or 'personal time' (which somehow gets spun to mean 'out of state fundraising'). How many states did Walker actually visit for fundraising trips? Besides, even if we was truly spending so much time fundraising, it could be argued that raising money to fend off this recall and stay in office IS advancing our state...
Bob McBride March 14, 2012 at 11:43 am
Same thing happened to with the real estate boom, with the same result. When house prices wereRead More going up, while at the same time people who had never been able to buy houses were able to get financing, everything was great. It wasn't until the bottom fell out of that that the finger pointing started happening. We can end up with a third round of this...a sort of "green boom"...if we're not careful. If the government decides to favor and promote "green" certain industries via tax and/or regulatory policy and they falsely become investment darlings as a result, that's very much what could happen. Whether or not we can absorb yet another hit like the last two is debatable. We just barely survived this last one and we're still not out of the water.
William Eib March 14, 2012 at 04:43 pm
BOB: It sounds like Big Business will get its way. Wages will be driven down, benefits will be aRead More thing of the past (increasing the need for more government in our lives), the higher education pursuit, already getting out of reach financially, will dwindle and become attainable by those who can afford it. The old middle class will be come the new working class, working class the new fringe poor and the poor just plum out of luck. The cries from the extreme right as to how the Socialist Negro in the White House was going to turn America in to a Marxist/Socialist/Fascist/Communist State are words in the wind. The picture looks more 3rd World. Where the powerful and wealthy nations would enter a 3ed world country, buy the president, dictate the deals, exploit the natives, help to suppress the rebels, leave the country suck of all things of value , pack up and leave. In the case of the USA, our colonialist are Americans. Using states as the new 3rd world countries ripe of the picking, but in this scenario the 3rd world states will be falling all over themselves to surrender to any and all terms to get the jobs. The notion that giving the financially powerful a broader range via, deregulation, and tax breaks is leading to an Oligarchy with Theocrats on board to take care of moral guidance.
morninmist March 18, 2012 at 11:58 pm
The TeaGOP does not know how to compromise!!--nor does it want to and is now afraid to take up theRead More bill again. Here is a lesson for the TeaGOP---learn to be nice and compromise! http://www.politiscoop.com/us-politics/wisconsin-politics/820-train-wreck-averted-senator-carpenter-speaks-on-mining.html .........Proof Republicans and Walker are against Jobs On March 14, 2011 Republicans scheduled a hearing on mining for March 19, 2012 pointing to a possible special session to work on the mining bill. On March 16, 2012, Senator Pam Galloway abruptly resigns leaving the Senate at 16-16 forcing Gov. Walker and Republicans to have to negotiate, the same day, Republicans cancel the hearing. Now who is against jobs in Wisconsin?
Craig March 8, 2012 at 06:26 pm
Lyle I understand the world oil market. Prices will continue to go up based on global demand. If weRead More were able to increase the supply, the price has to fall globally. Oil sands are profitable at the current prices, and there are jobs attached to the extraction of said oil. I do not disagree that we need to explore alternative energy. So why hoard the oil we have if it will become obsolete eventually anyway? Iran is nuts, without a weapon they would cut off their own arm to beat you with it. I don't hold out much hope of sanctions doing anything. Canada is producing oil, I assume profitably. We share some of the same deposits. If we do not tap the reserves now- when?
Randy1949 March 8, 2012 at 06:37 pm
@Lyle -- My health is actually very good. The employment arena is where we faced our challenges.Read More Too educated/ too specialized versus 'not educated enough'. I had an epiphany during a job interview back around 1997 that made me 'go John Galt' in the economic sense. Self employment is a challenge, and there will be no financial recovery. This is it. The only reason we're surviving right now is because we were financially prudent during the good earning years. No debt, and we saved every penny.
Craig March 8, 2012 at 06:41 pm
Lyle thank you for the compliment. Health insurance is definately a lifesaver physically andRead More financially. The company I worked for cancelled my contract two weeks after I had neurosurgery, they knew I would not be profitable to them for some time even with a recovery. They offered me a different contract without any benefits in the interim. I was fortunate enough to have my wife put me on her plan. It has high deductibles and high co pays, which for the average family means no coverage other than catastrophic conditions. The good side to this type of coverage is that it prevents running to the Dr. for a common cold, the bad side is it can be a budget breaker for serious issues. Because I was "self employed", I do not qualify for unemployment either. So we make changes to our lifestyle and cut the expences. Not unlike what the Government should be doing now. ;-)
Julie February 25, 2012 at 02:35 pm
Yes, Steve, I believe water should be hyper-regulated...mine as well as yours and your family's. AsRead More Bren said, all we ask is they play by the rules. When your water is threatened, I will do everything in my power to protect you as well, because I am going to err on the side of optimism and say that your ignorance does not define you. Again, read the bill before you spout nonsense.
Steve February 25, 2012 at 08:22 pm
They don't even have a hole drilled and you already convict them of polluting water. You're cryingRead More wolf yet again. It's 2012 the water is fine we have processes for protecting it but also allowing a mine to exist.
Katheryn September 30, 2012 at 07:27 pm
The following is an article on mining in the Temecula Patch September 2012, and you would be wise toRead More read the article and watch the videos. http://temecula.patch.com/articles/citizen-reader-shares-mining-sounds A good friend sent this email and said the following, "Do you think this is what happens when a mining operator/Developer seems to be in control of your elected politicians and the appointed officials these same politicians put in positions of authority. Do you think government employees have to follow the instructions of these same politicians in order to keep their government jobs? Do you wonder if someone would be fired if they didn't do what the politicians wanted them to do?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m_HypxyudI&feature=relmfu Have you seen the MaryAnn Edwards video featuring the Aberhill Ranch Boys and Girls Club with Castle & Cookes aggregate mining operation in the background it's across the street. Paul Jacobs may be onto something? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhckrqXX-L4 Another video of the Alberhill Ranch Boys and Girls Club which puts things in prospective: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e12kTmWvn7U&feature=related