“It reminds me of those TPers who used to hold signs saying "Keep Government out of Medicare". The Republicans seem to have no idea what they're doing, apart from blindly resisting a law that was passed by a POTUS they don't like. If it kills their constituents, burns their economies, and ruins their credibility as a political party, that's fine, as long as they stood on PRINCIPLE.
What gets me is that not a single Republican governor has managed to make what seems to me to be the most obvious argument against the Medicaid expansion: it would cost federal tax dollars. Instead, they are opting for the rather insane arguments that it would cost the state more money.
Oh, and by the way, I'm proud to say that I'm a Vermont citizen! Leading the nation on healthcare signups, right here!”
grandmablue on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:55:19
“I just talked to an elderly friend today who assured me another friend, who's thinking of retiring, will never be able to retire because of Obamacare. I told her he'd go on Medicare and that has nothing to do with Obamacare. "Oh." was her only response.
However, she has made that same claim before, and I tried to set her straight, but here she is, still repeating, and believing, the same lies.”
“I disagree. I think the problem is that the funding we have for education is too top-heavy. We pay administrators much more than teachers. We reduce classroom budgets for supplies to the point where students have to bring their own paper, crayons, markers, scissors, and calculators. All that funding for education is going to the wrong places.
However, I agree with you that parenting plays a big part in education. Unfortunately, you can't dictate how people raise their kids. The best you can do is try to make our education system the best it can be, and hope that it will carry them through.”
“Republicans have been lulled into thinking that they are 100% correct all of the time, that they are the majority in the country, and that anyone who disagrees with them is either brainwashed or subversive. That is the ideology they have adopted since the 1980s. It's going to take more than a few lost elections to get them to change.
I believe that the Republican party, at least in its classical sense, offers a healthy balance in government for Democrats. However, until the Republicans come back to the center and begin doing their job of representing the people and making sure the government runs smoothly, they have no place in our political discourse. When they are ready to act like adults, I will welcome their thoughts with open arms. Until then, they can sit in the corner and sulk.”
“It's because he's supported by the Russian government. Tensions between the West and Russia are pretty bad right now, and no one wants them to get worse and start concerns about a possible "Second Cold War." So, even though Assad has butchered and tortured his own people, the rest of the world is going to try to deal with the situation with as little friction as possible.
As to oil, I'm not sure, but I think they're in the production market. If not, I believe they are in an area that is used to transport large amounts of crude for global trade.”
“New England is crying its collective eyes out this morning. It's a bit much for those of us who live here, but don't support the team. I'm thinking this is going to be a close one, but should go to the Broncos. Manning's just too good. Should be a great game, though.”
“Re: Myth #9. There used to be a family-run convenience store in my hometown that would give you a free tootsie pop if you brought in a wrapper with a star. One of my favorite memories from childhood!”
“Not surprising. I'm more concerned about who the Repubs will offer up from the extreme Right. Ted Cruz is the only viable TP candidate for the hardliners, since Marco Rubio muttered something nice about Obama once by accident. They can't trust him anymore. So now, the people who kicked and screamed that Obama couldn't be POTUS because he may not have been born in the US are embracing a man to become POTUS who definitely was NOT born in the US. No word yet on whether the Tea Partiers have spotted the irony...”
“America is a nation of Majority Rule, Minority Right. The bill with the most votes becomes law, the people who get the most votes win elections. That's how the system works. Now, allowing the Majority to have free reign and embrace extremism without oversight is how you get to what Mr. Paul says, but our current POTUS is NOT "ruling" and is not without oversight. Not that it would matter anyway. Obama is not an extremist, no matter how much the TPers pretend he is.”
Jan 17, 2014 at 15:00:32
“1. Draft in the basement. More like a very brisk wind that ripped posters off the wall. No doors were open to the outside, and no one entered the hallway. 2. Doors opening. Heavy wooden doors, no draft, opening all the way until they hit the wall behind them twice and then closing. Again, no one there to do it.
As to the man in the top hat, he has been seen regularly on and around campus. Never speaks, simply walks by in silence. I saw him with a couple friends. When we turned around to look at him, he was gone. Nowhere for him to go, he should have been right behind us on the sidewalk. We were perhaps a foot apart. He was not transparent or do anything that appeared out of the ordinary.”
jtruitt on Jan 18, 2014 at 09:22:24
“Well, my point is that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and that is something you do not have. I've seen cases where people reports much stranger events and they have turned out to be caused by pretty mundane things. When things like this come up, I go with the simplest explanation and then if more evidence comes in, then I change my position accordingly.”
The Real Randall Flagg on Jan 17, 2014 at 17:43:29
“Maybe the "man in the top hat" is just that campus's version of Lazlo Hollyfeld from the movie "Real Genius"?”
Jan 17, 2014 at 11:01:43
“No. I saw the man in the top-hat, felt phantom wind in a basement, and saw doors open on their own. I also heard a cat in a basement a few times, but there may have one down there at the time. I just never saw it.”
jtruitt on Jan 17, 2014 at 13:46:15
“Your bar for paranormal proof is pretty low. You felt a draft in a basement. You saw doors that could have blown open, did not latch properly or was not hung properly. So far pretty "of this world."
Moving on to the man in the top hat. Could you see through him? Did he disappear before your eyes? Were you close or far away? Did he fly or anything? Need details.”
Jan 17, 2014 at 08:17:32
“113 year-old Victorian. That pretty much guarantees it's going to be haunted.”
namerankserialnumber on Jan 17, 2014 at 08:59:47
“No, it doesn't. My Victorian is 110 years old and it is not haunted. I've lived here for almost 3 years and very creak or opened door has been easily explainable. Nothing at all is level in this house so a door creaking open is common.”
headly67 on Jan 17, 2014 at 08:58:20
“It can't be.”
jtruitt on Jan 17, 2014 at 08:38:14
“No, it just guarantees it's going to have old house noises, like creaks, bangs etc. It's the overactive imaginations of people that guarantee a haunting.”
“That's what the Supreme Court struck down. The part of the law that required state laws governing voting procedure to be approved by the federal government before going into effect. That part of the act was only for the southern states that had implemented discriminatory laws in the past.”
“If they were to nationalize these laws rather than focusing them in the South, they might have more support. Not to mention the fact that there are Republican State representatives all over the country trying to push discriminatory voting laws through. Hypocrisy on the Right is alive and well if the party that champions personal freedom and liberty fails to support a bill meant to preserve personal freedom and liberty.”
peg2584 on Jan 16, 2014 at 14:45:47
“Maybe that is what they meant by, "The measure would also update the formula that determines which parts of the country require pre-clearance for voting changes to include places with recent voting rights violations, and create "uniform transparency requirements" to keep communities informed about voting changes."”
blingbling65943 on Jan 16, 2014 at 14:27:28
“There is nothing about the Voters Rights act of 1965 that singled out the South”
“NPR had a great story on this during the morning newscast. What they were told by EMTs and ER doctors is that they get the most reimbursement from insurance when patients are taken by ambulance to the emergency room as opposed to any other department in the hospital. That's why ambulances only ever take patients to the ER; that's how they get the most money. If we want to reduce this, they should offer equal reimbursement regardless of the destination.
In a larger sense, the best way to reduce overcrowding in ERs and healthcare costs in general is to practice preventative care. Healthy diet, exercise, regular check-ups, and so on. Obamacare would work much smoother if more healthy people were involved, and everyone practiced healthier lifestyles. Of course, we all have the freedom to live the way we want, so it probably won't happen. But I can dream...”
genefmllr on Jan 16, 2014 at 17:12:42
“I'd like to see how you are going to force the people whose medical care is provided in the ER to go to "preventative care", it isn't going to happen.”
Grace Note on Jan 16, 2014 at 15:56:31
“The show on NPR I listened to said that the ambulances only get reimbursed by Medicaid if they go to an ER. It is not the ER that gets more money with the Ambulance patients. However, bonus, now the ER's have a better chance of getting some money because of the ACA.”
mwpd789 on Jan 16, 2014 at 15:54:44
“That is the purpose of this law to begin with. It allows more people to have insurance which allows them to see a doctor on a more frequent basis which they can then have the doctor put them on a healthier diet etc. It also cuts down on diseases and conditions that become quite expensive in the ER so it catches them sooner when they are cheaper. I am a Pediatrician and the children that I see on a regular basis are much healthier and less likely to have weight or other chronic issues than the children that I rarely see.”
stepheneng on Jan 16, 2014 at 15:35:21
“We're not talking about people who are taken to ER's in ambulances. We're talking about the millions of people who, unable to get health insurance in the past, use ER's as their walk-in clinics, family practitioners, specialists, and the entire range of health services. It's going to take time for people to LEARN the stuff that those of us with insurance have taken decades to learn--and, in some cases, relearn if there is a change in providers, if a doctor retires, if we require a new range of specialization. Totally predictable, but certainly not a reason to deny them care in the first place.”
“I tend to troll some of the conservative sites, and have seen some of their proposals for how to handle the minimum wage. There are two major thoughts floating out there on the Right. One is to do away with the minimum wage completely. The other is to tie a worker's wage to their productivity. The argument is that those who work harder will make more money. Of course, no one ever says who determines how much a worker is paid per unit of work, what defines a unit of work, how this would translate to a job that does not create a tangible good or service, and how this would allow quality to be maintained when workers are going as fast as possible to make the most money. Oh, and what happens to all the excess goods that no one wants because they're made too quickly to be any good?”
“We haven't had Keynesian economic policies since the 1950's and 60's. When the economic collapse happened in 2008, all the relief went to businesses. The wealth got tax breaks throughout the Bush years. Regulations were slashed. All of that screams Supply-Side economics. It failed. We are feeling the effects of conservative economic policies now.
Raising the minimum wage means those at the bottom, who generally spend nearly 100% of their annual income, will spend that much more. That increases demand, which forces businesses to create new jobs in order to meet that demand. New jobs equals more people making money, who then turn around and spend it, thereby starting the process all over again. That is the cycle of Keynesian economics. It works. Oh, and the other thing about raising the minimum wage is that it will mean more tax revenue from the working class. Isn't that what Republicans have been arguing for during the last two campaign cycles? Broadening the tax base?”
ScooterMagooter on Jan 17, 2014 at 04:20:36
“One other thing, that increase in demand also puts upward pressure on prices, in other words inflation. So while initially there is a boost, the market adjusts pretty quick and those same people who got a boost out of poverty are now back where they started at.”
Uncas72 on Jan 16, 2014 at 22:11:52
“Now just hold on! You are making an argument that is way beyond the ability of the average right winger to understand. You have to understand that if your argument goes against their rigidity, they automatically reject it. They don't care that what you say has always worked or that what they espouse, has never worked. Finally, when you are talking to the intellectually challenged, you have to type slowly or they'll never get it.”
“This is why Republicans want to strip funding for education. If no one is able to do math or think critically, the Right can lie through their teeth about things like this!
Anyone who pays attention knows that minimum wage increases mean better economic growth, more jobs, and increases in the overall economic output. Supply-side Economics have failed. Demand-side Economics will succeed.”
Solon Polis on Jan 21, 2014 at 13:42:42
“Strip funding? The US spends more on education than almost any other OECD nation. The issue isn't spending...the real issue with Education is poor parenting.”
Walter Lampton on Jan 17, 2014 at 18:34:48
“Scuttling the lower graders of education causes the poor to borrow money for a good education to get a decent job . They must pay high tuition fees and buy expensive books Who gets the interest money ? Cant you think add or figure ? College students are paying for their own job. Twelve grades of education should be enough to get a job and experience should provide increases . The primary function of schools is teaching not SPORTS .”
Andy Williams1 on Jan 17, 2014 at 01:11:12
“Actually, teachers have been a good enough job at failing to educate our kids, they don't need anymore help.”
okrawimfry on Jan 16, 2014 at 16:38:29
“Because our public education system is a sham and needs an entire revamping. We should go with the Finland model - but we won't, because the Teacher's Union is one of the most powerful unions in the country. Don't kid yourself - it's not about the kids, it's about the adults.”
HabeusPorpoise on Jan 16, 2014 at 14:19:05
“Thats not 100% accurate, I know some tremendously well read and educated individuals completely enamored by supply-side economics. The smarter ones are just more capable of justifying the consequences of their disproven ideology.”
Ima Pragmatist on Jan 16, 2014 at 14:12:39
“And sadly, few pay nearly as much attention as they need to, and even less since the advent of the iphone! Been able to have a cogent conversation even with your children lately?”
seejay james on Jan 16, 2014 at 14:06:58
“I sure hope so. And I wish we'd just pegged it to inflation from the start, because this would be a non-issue.”
“McConnell doesn't care about either of these programs. He's screwing the American People for political brownie points, saving his career at the expense of constituents who won't be able to pay their bills or put food on the table.”
“I am really fed up with this sinister point of view. These conservative pro-gun believers would rather everyone carry automatic weapons than protect the lives of innocent children. They like to point out that VT has the loosest laws regarding concealed weapon permits, but some of the lowest gun-related crime in the country. They fail to understand that these are not related statistics.
Common sense has not existed for the Right in a long time, I know, but it seems that they have also grown to have a complete lack of concern for public safety and the rights of every person to feel safe and secure in public. I for one wouldn't feel any safer knowing that the people around me on the street may be carrying a firearm, even if I had one.
I'm tired of conservatives claiming it's the gun-control advocates that are abusing tragedies for their benefit. The NRA used the Newtown tragedy to promote their agenda of arming every teacher in America. Let's mourn those taken too early in life, and resolve to never let another child die needlessly, not even in the name of liberty.”
“I've tried posting a link to a story that references ACORN, but the site won't let me. Essentially, Glenn Beck's news site The Blaze had a story last month where they claimed that ACORN had been rebranded as New York Communities for Change, continuing the story of corrupt community organizers.”