The policy Conservative supports is a great deal for McDonals and Wal-Mart - they pay an employee $8.00 and the government provides them with food stamps and free health insurance to make up the difference. For those of us that pay taxes that means every time we buy a Big Mac or a George Forman Grill from Wal-Mart we are paying twice - once at the register and again at tax time.
Conservative and his ilk are all about carrying the water for the mega-corps even when it isn't in their own interest.
^Soakya - The 14th Amendment to the Constitution AKA The Equal Protection Clause provides that no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
A primary motivation for this clause was to validate and perpetuate the equality provisions contained in the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which guaranteed that all people would have rights equal to those of white citizens.
The 14th Amendment was the basis of several Supreme Court Decisions in the 20th century that made Jim Crow Laws (similar to the Arizona Bill) illegal.
The author seems to be confused. The bill is unconstitutional becasue it would allow businesses to pick and choose their customers based on "religion" which can be literally whatever you want it to be.
Will ministers opposed to same-sex marriages be forced to conduct them?
No because a church is not a business open to the public the law doesn't apply
Will doctors opposed to abortions be required to perform them?
No becasue doctors choose what services to provide. This law doesn't not require them or any other professional to perform a service they are not qualified or choose not to perform.
Will kosher delis have to offer non-kosher food?
Another silly question. A business can choose what products and services it wishes to sell. That has nothing to do with refusing to serve certain customers.
Will booksellers be required to sell what to them is pornography?
Same answer as above - do you not understand the difference between products and customers?
Will drug store owners be required to carry abortifacients?
sounds like a broken record. Strawman arguments are pretty easy to see through if you just take a little time to think through them.
R. DE MARS - the federal government does not tell communities what to teach in the schools that's left up to local school boards.
We have a larger military than all the other industrial countries in the world combined. We have 650 military bases in foreign countries (Chine the #2 power has zero). The public is sick and tired of being straddled with having to fund a world police force to jump into the middle of every skirmish around the globe.
The modern day military does not need large numbers of ground troops. The mission to combat world terrorism requires more special ops, and intelligence types. I'm all for redirecting a portion of our defense budget towards those types of units where they are actually needed. Also with our advanced high tech weapon systems the manpower needs are not even remotely like we have needed in the past.
In these times of austerity, when our country has high priority domestic needs such as infrastructure rebuilding, it makes no sense to continue over-funding a department way beyond the needs of it's mission.
A centrist dem is an oxymoron, there is no such thing. Centrist is neither left or right.
Stated differently on a political scale measured from 0 - 100 with 0 being far left lib and 100 being far right con, I'm about a 45.
Welcome aboard Clint - the two comments above underline the deep divide that exists on the Republican/Conservative side of the fence right now and I would be interested in knowing where you stand on the political scale. Are you a tradition mainstream Republican, or are you part of the so-called Tea Party Wing? Stated differently are you Bob Corker or Ted Cruz?
As a centrist Democrat that sides with the mainstream Pubs on occasion I hope it's the former.
schizka - the history of unions has been like a pendulum. At first the companies had all the power and abuses like you are talking about took place, then over time it reached something close to equilibrium but into the late 60s - early 80s the pendulum swung too far in favor of the unions in particular the auto and steel industries. Union greed lead to the demise of these industries. It's now swung back towards equilibrium again. But my point is not how weak or powerful unions are but rather the approach they take towards representing their members.
They can be a positive force or a negative one.
The question is not rather or not the UAW represents the workers but rather, what kind of relationship the workers will have with management if UAW does become part of VW Chattanooga.
Germany is the world model for employee/employer relationships. The worker's council takes part in decision making at the highest levels. It's like one big cooperative working for a common good.
That relationship has helped make VW a world class company and industry leader.
So will the UAW take an adversarial attitude towards the company as was the case during the 60s, 70s and 80s when the American auto industry went into the tank, or will they take a more modern approach leaning from the German counterparts?
Only time will tell, but if I were a VW employee before I voted I would be asking a lot of questions.
Great letter Col. JEANTETE - The F-35 AKA "The Flying White Elephant" has become the most expensive boondoggle in the history of the US government. It's a budget busting cold war weapon that serves no one except the members of congress who's campaign coffers are being filled by Lockheed-Martin and it's subs. But not surprisingly, when politicians get up on their soap boxes and yap about "waste fraud and abuse" you never hear it mentioned.