What conditions brought about the loss of your limb (correct me if I'm wrong)? Serious question.
Health care was reasonably accessible to indigents pre-AFA -- just ask Erlanger's CFO.
Reform doesn't mean, "Throw more of someone else's money at the problem" without regard to WHO's money is being thrown at, and WHY it is or isn't ethical to do so in the first place. That's typically the Progressive solution.
Unfortunately, Republicans, who are constantly outmaneuvered by Democrats and always on the defensive, continue to bumble and fail to produce any sort of alternative, creative, liberty-minded solution to the health care problem.
Here's the inherent problem with the Climate Change believers.
Let's say they are completely right -- Man-made global warming is true and preventable.
Further, let's say America initiates laws and regulatory action to cut emissions 50% within the next 10 years.
The inherent problem is STILL not solved. Why? Because GLOBAL climate change is a GLOBAL problem.
And with countries such as China, Russia, and other rising powers concerned with growing their power internationally, the last thing they care about is diminishing its strength by dismantling its infrastructure, to maybe make a marginal decrease in global warming/cooling/climate change.
And the bottom line is this will NEVER happen under current geo-political conditions, thus, the argument to dismantle our current fossil-fuel-driven power infrastructure is moot.
Clay is right!
After 50 years and billions of dollars, we STILL need MORE of your money to fight this "war!" (which has no definable end-point or limits).
Pay no attention that the multitude of those in poverty have the highest of living standards relative to the WORLD, where our "poor" live better than ROYALTY of the past, and better than the mass impoverished of the present.
Walk into 95% of those considered "living in poverty" and you will find:
1) TVs (mostly big screens)
2) Cable/Direct TV
3) Running water
4) Electricity to heat and cool
5) Access to food -- be it through food subsidies or our effective charitable groups
6) Insurance -- Medicare for those on disability, over 65, and Medicaid to pay for most of the difference, and for those younger with children.
WHAT ELSE does someone who is "poor" need to have that JUSTIFIES the involuntary seizure of other people's property (money)?
How is this even debatable?
At what point is ENOUGH? Is there no limit to what these programs need?
Bottom line is for 95% of people, poverty is a mindset, developed over a LIFETIME, a set behavior patterns, much like the pattern of violence in the hood. Like violence, poverty is an outcome that mostly is dependent on non-prudent decisions -- what you see in propaganda pieces is the outcome of a lifetime of bad decisions. My question is why should I or anyone who sacrifices to succeed be FORCED to pay for someone who didn't?
Adversity MUST be overcome individually for there to be any resounding, permanent changes. Ain't no Road to Cibola that's going to solve inherent, internal, individual problems.
I get what you're saying. You feel you are being called out unfairly and unethically.
Let's say none of what Easy and Al saying about your past is true. Guess what? It's still... THE INTERWEBS!
It's not the real world!
Do you realize that, for the first 1 or 2 years I contributed to this forum, I would waste my valuable time objecting to Al and his hardcore Maobama Socialism?
After those years and the last 3 I've more or less spent away from here doing something actually productive with my life, he's still the same person; nothing I say or anyone else has said is going to change his opinion, or anyone else's opinion.
My point is -- why would you (or anyone for that matter) waste valuable breath and mental occupation over an Internet feud?
This forum bares no impact on REALITY -- it is a distraction away from more important matters. Who cares what Al (or anyone) thinks of you? You could walk away, never come back, and this forum would have ZERO practical effect on your reality (not including what effect YOU let it have on yourself).
AL and Jack -- after several years of verbal jousting, 'tis time to pick a spot to meet, beat the sh!t out of each other, laugh it off, and call it even.
Jack -- I've been a forum geek for 15 years and I've never witnessed trolling at such an elite level.
Of the 3 or 4 years I've read the Bennett cartoons and contributed on occasion, Al has been here and has irked me plenty of times with his Socialist bent.
That said, I never would allow his divergent views to bother me to the point of putting his picture on my avatar, or trolling him beyond attacking his political view points.
Give it up, Jack. And Al, stop feeding the troll.
Lastly, welcome back, Easy123 -- by the way, I've been reading Arguably by Christopher Hitchens -- great reading; highly recommended.
An interpretation from an atheist (me).
Read the title of the cartoon.
Bennett substitutes the deity for a Scientist.
That should be enough to quantify a Christian's frustration.
And, besides, does the TFP keep Bennett for his depth of introspective, thoughtful works, or for his ability to stoke madness in the hearts of Conservative Christians (and increase web hits and newspaper circulation)?
The last thing any restaurant owner is going to do in this highly sensitive and litigious culture is purposely and obviously discriminate.
Think about it.
Whites cower at blacks all the time -- they are afraid of being labeled racists for observing and stating obvious and disturbing trends in black culture (from a lack of tipping to the disproportionate level of crime black male youth commit).
Such behavior is reprehensible, and the fact that I observe blacks are more often than not the ones committing the behavior, does not mean I'm a racist.
IQ -- Stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason!
The group of people who happen to tip pathetically, if at all, at least 80% of the time, happens to be blacks. Regardless whether or not exceptional service was delivered.
It is NOT racism that is the driving factor behind this reality -- it is real life interaction with this particular group.
And when did we follow Japanese cultural norms?
Gauss -- it's not so much economic status as it is different cultural mores. There are always people of all backgrounds that don't tip. But they are the minority of cases.
Blacks, on the other hand, just as young black males commit the majority of all violent crime, largely do not tip. Those are the facts and anecdotes from hundreds of thousands of wait staff nationally.
Sangaree -- take it from a former pizza delivery man (me) and my wife who served locally here in Chattanooga for a half decade at a popular local restaurant.
I delivered exceptional service to all races; so did my wife while waiting tables.
However, YOU are the exception if you are telling the truth (and I highly doubt it, unless you were working in another part of the country).
Blacks in large part don't tip according to customary practices that most everyone else in LARGE part follow (there are always exceptions to rules).
Instead of tipping in percentages, blacks normally tip a buck, maybe two bucks, if you're lucky. Mostly they leave you the spare change.
I guarantee you -- every day a black walks into a restaurant in Anytown, USA -- servers of all socioeonomic and racial backgrounds (that includes blacks, too) that bust their A$$ and give exceptional service and care, are rolling their eyes, arguing over who's got to take them as a customer.
Not because they are racist! But because 1/20 times, they are not going to get a tip reflective of the customary norm everyone else tends to follow.
1) You are paid what you are worth, male or female, black or white. Want to make more? Become indispensable. Work harder, work longer, develop skills that give you an edge.
You do not OWN your job -- you are an employee of the firm, of which truly owns the employment opportunity (never forget that). You merely have the PRIVILEGE to work where ever you work currently.
Have a problem with that? Make a job for yourself (like I did).
2) Regarding tipping -- blacks are outright the worst tippers on the face of the planet. Anybody who has delivered pizza, waited tables, or valeted for a living knows what I'm talking about.