This is only the second time this new year that I have read this comment site. Seems nothing much has changed. Here's my suggestion to those who wish to argue with or think they can change the minds or opinions of the conservative extremists--and I use the term "conservative" to be extemely kind--stop commenting!! If they have no one to fight with, they can argue among themselves with the dubious hope they will eventually get a life. And if you buy the TFP paper, your paying it enough already.
Ms. Smith, as usual, misses the point. We do not have a debt or spending crisis. We have a crisis of confidence in our Congress, particularly with Republicans. Any bill that avoids cuts in the massively bloated defense budget proves how Republicans legislators are controlled by defense contractors. Ms.Smith with her blind loyalty to the tea party is lucky she lives in a vivid red state where her opinions are held sacred. She would be hardly read at all in the rest of the country where most people see reality quite differently.
Right. Let's demand our teachers add to their list of being teachers, psuedo-parents, psychologists, sociologists, baby-sitters, doctors, disciplinarians, food providers and crisis managers the dangerous job of being an armed security guard. Of course we won't pay them any more than they currently make and we can continually harp upon how bad of teachers they are. If I were a teacher, and the poor excuses we call "state legislators" force teachers to be armed, I'd strike the school systems for years. Let all the kids be home-schooled since the public school system is so bad.
This needs a three-prong approach: Eliminating the sale of assualt guns and large clip magazines coupled with background checks prior to gun show and private sales. Secondly, a re-institution of mental health facilities since more than 400 facilities around the nation have been closed due to budget cuts. And third, the film, television, and computer game industries need to take a hard look at their programming that desensitizes violence and killing. Count the number of films, TV shows, and games that focus on someone shooting another person--real or animated--with guns and how commonplace it is.
JR: No guts, no glory. Knew you couldn't do it. All show and no go. You answer my questions!
Hey JonRoss: Go back to my "Cruel Class of Lawmakers" post for you and see if you can really man-up and actually answer it with some class.
JonRoss: Blah, blah, blah! Anyone want to vote on who's the biggest, bigoted, racist, fool on this blog? You are so far in the dark ages, JR. Here's a challenge to you. Tell us what you really want. Tell us what you really believe in. I want to know what makes you tick inside. I don't care what you call me or others. I expect that from you. But what I don't know is what you are really made of. Tell us what you believe would be the best for this country and see if you can actually tell it without denegrating people. I don't think you have the guts to really come clean. Prove to me that I'm wrong!!!
joneses: I understand enough about business to know that losing $7.5 billion with the capability to tailor-make a healthcare system to benefit a state's citzens is just plain stupid. And the only reason you and others who don't want ACA is because it comes from someone you irrationally hate--a throwback concept from the old states rights mentality. Truth is, ACA will happen whether states accept it or not. The difference is some states will move forward while other like Tennessee will rest on narrow-minded principles at the cost of their own people. I don't think Tennesseeans thought they were electing such brainless fools.
I didn't realize that Tennessee was such a wealthy state that it could kick $7.5 billion dollars in grants for healthcare in the head. Actually, I agree with all of the state Republican legislators to let the federal government handle Tennessee's Medicare and Medicaid programs. It's handled Social Security since FDR and Medicare since LBJ pretty well. I don't know anybody who would turn those programs down today. Besides, I can immagine what a disaster and debacle healthcare would be when left up to the mindset of people like Richard Floyd and Gerald McCormick. This is a prime example of how a state Republican super-majority can return to the dark ages to appease extremists. Tennessee ranks at or near the bottom in almost every category; yet some state Republican legislators work so hard to keep it that way.
DaytonsDarwin: What's the difference? They're not in public office anymore.