I wonder how long before Thanksgiving gets its name changed to "The Day Before Black Friday"?
holdout: If you don't want to excuse it, don't excuse it.
sla2010: Your story is as much a reason the Occupy movement exists as anything. You should not have to work 50 hours a week just to get by. You should not have to struggle when the 1% (or, I should say, the 0.1%) is making record billions after trashing the economy.
fedup: You were the one who brought up "handouts." So made you jump so quickly to the conclusion that that was her beef? As far as I can tell, it's one of two reasons:
One, because she's black and you associate black people with lazy welfare leeches. It's a common stereotype; and the late GOP strategist Lee Atwater himself admitted that fussing about welfare and affirmative action was just a way to appeal to racism without appearing openly racist.
Or two, you're so sad and angry that you'll lash out at an old lady who dared to speak out about something that affected her.
But that's just the impression I got. Tell me, what did you intend by that "handouts" remark?
I would think that any identity thief would have more exciting things to do than vote.
Acknowledging the existence of race is not racism. Pretending everybody has the privileges and protections of being a white male, while ignoring the cultural and economic differences, is. Yes, this law applies to everybody in theory, but in the real world, has a disproportionate effect on minorities, the elderly, and the poor.
In the end, it's just another hoop of red tape to jump through to exercise a basic right. And to anyone who yells, "This isn't a democracy," I'll remind you: there are three constitutional amendments expanding and explicitly protecting everybody's right to vote. Not one restricts it.
And now we see what the real issue is: we can't allow people to vote for support for policies that the Right doesn't like.
In what universe is welfare "largesse"?
There's also the rather racist suggestion that she only votes so she can get handouts. Yes, of course, she's black, so that must make her a lazy moocher! Of course!
The last paragraph in this article is all you need to know about whom Chuckie represents. Yeah, don't go with objective studies, go with the ones made by the people who stand to benefit. That's good policy, right there.
I thought Rhee lost her job because it turned out Washington schools were doctoring test scores so they could get more funding.
And how do you expect people to do good work without fair pay and benefits? When teachers are forced to give up more and more and live on shoestring budgets, how can they teach effectively? I'm friends with some teachers, and they are hard-working people in a high-stress job who deserve more respect than our "leaders" give them.
26.7% of 1.7 million is still a frickin' lot of money, and many many times more than I made the last four years combined, much less paid in taxes. That seems fair.
Call me back when GE pays that much. As it is, they have a 1.1 billion tax benefit, according to Forbes.
Oh, and the amount left over from 35% and 26.7% is a frickin' lot of money, too. Expecting billionaires and corporations to pay their fair share doesn't mean abolishing billionaires and corporations.