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Maximus, actually it was more complicated than just losing an election. But he used an explosive, that was highly unregulated.

After that, they started regulating them.

And no, the biggest problem with state hospitals is the lack of beds. Somebody cut their funding.

Though if you think the parent's response was anything liberal, or new, for that matter, you're really unfamiliar with parenting and how they treat children. Liberals actually want to act on that problem, it's the conservative mantra that dogmatically demands Parent's Rights and chastises state workers for trying to help children.

December 17, 2012 at 3:27 p.m.

The debt crisis that has plagued Americans?

Nope, not government spending. Except maybe lack thereof, when it comes to failure to regulate the financial industry that caused a major crisis that not only disproportionately hit the poor, was largely a result of fraud and deception by those financial industry players who the government was rescuing.

You obviously weren't paying attention to what was really being sown.

But no, America isn't in systemic failure, not by any means. America itself is strong. Take a chance and learn about America, not just the Wall Street America, but the real one.

The same thing happened during the Great Depression, BTW.

December 17, 2012 at 3:19 p.m.

CAREY CROUCH, you may not know it, but that Christmas tree? Has no origination with Jesus Christ, but originates from Pagan practices. There are some earnest Christians who find that to be problematic, and refuse to have anything to do with a "Christmas" tree since they know to be a lie.

There are others who feel the same about the placement of "Christmas" in December, since they know it to be false as well.

And "In God we Trust" is a violation of God by associating the Lord with money. I'm sorry, but many believers find that to be repellent.

Why don't you consider that, rather than just attacking your favorite targets to make yourself out to be a victim?

Besides, we know you'd never tolerate any celebration of Chanukah, Festivus, Ramadan, Tet, or other religion's holidays.

You are entitled to your Christian principles. As a person. Not within the halls of government.

LAURA BARE RODRIGUEZ, and who makes the money off those beer and cigarettes?

But you'd be quick to see the costs of treating the poor so callously.

December 17, 2012 at 10:43 a.m.

You forgot how it's a media-manufactured hysteria.

But seriously, collecting a small percentage more when you have a gap in spending? You should know better.

December 17, 2012 at 10:38 a.m.

fairmon, and that's where you are wrong, because you are putting the priority NOT on the importance of the job, but on the perceived value of the person who you think is doing the job. (which is itself often a lie promulgated by those who prefer to create a myth where the teacher is the enemy).

You can complain about bad teachers. But if you don't realize that you can't fix that problem by racing to the bottom, then you're never going to solve it anyway.

And sure you want to say you only get rid of the bad teachers, but the reality is that it's often good teachers that get the axe, because they don't conform, but stand out, and sometimes even dare to defy the parents and administrators who just want things to cruise along. The bad teachers? They're the ones who fill out all the forms properly, and never raise any kind of protest. They are the ones that the poor administrators and inept school boards want, because that way they can keep running the system as they choose. Which, BTW, is not uniform across the country, but highly diversified. Believe it or not, there are great schools in this country, and poor ones, and sometimes the differences and causes are quite unique. But it's certainly not a monolithic problem.

But charter schools? Now there's a money pit that exists not to educate students, but to siphon money away from the actual education in the name of selling the rest of us a miracle cure of snake oil.


Sorry, but they won't have improved techniques, or good teachers, they'll just be carving out their own dysfunctional slice of the pie.

Feel free to keep buying whatever think-tank's sales pitch you're buying though. I'm sure you'll realize that you're just giving them money to solve a problem they probably manufactured.

December 17, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.

Fairmon, you value childrens's education that little? It's about paying for the value of the job in order to get the quality you want.

Gameon, actually, it is unions fighting ineffective metrics which administrators and lobbyists are dogmatically implementing, no matter how ineffectual they are at assessing students or teachers. And who think that playing games with who they reward and punish will somehow get results besides a bunch of brown-nosing and infighting.

Especially when you consider what students (and their parents) really contribute to learning. Namely, the largest share of responsibility.

But no, let's put them through another test, which may have the results skewed in order to get somebody a bonus.

December 16, 2012 at 6:56 p.m.

fairmon, they could, but it's the same people who are objecting to the tax increases that are getting upset about the spending. But starvation is not the way to prosperity.

And you can think that the ability to move from state to state has nothing to do with it, but no, it's a national problem because it doesn't just stop at state lines. People are too mobile, and that causes a need to deal with it on a national scale.

As for government purchases, you're a bit behind the times on that. The Buy American Act was passed in 1933.

December 16, 2012 at 11:35 a.m.

Ah, it's the gift that keeps on giving.

I would have taken fruit cake. Oh wait, that's been delivered too.

December 16, 2012 at 11:31 a.m.

He's not for me, in fact, I consider it treacherous for a non-resident of this state to be influencing Corker's decisions through threats of money being spent on a campaign.

See that's the big problem, he's not one citizen acting for himself. He's using money to influence the outcome of an election in order to get the results he wants.

It's too few steps from bribery. There's a reason why John McCain once opposed such campaign spending.

But the TPP has had only one result. The debt and deficit its putative advocates are now hysterical about. Don't they realize they have reaped what they have sown?

December 16, 2012 at 11:29 a.m.

NATHAN SCHWENK, if you pay attention to the character of his responses, he hasn't repented. He's just pretended to do so. Check your scripture for words on that.

BILL LAUDEMAN, in reality, you're wrong, and you'd see the same practice implemented in such stalwarts of efficiency as Amazon or Wal-Mart. See it costs more to ha people at each post office site handle that effort than it does to have a centralized location to process it, and send it out along with mail that's going out anyway.

Sorry, but you really are just showing your blindness to the reality of economics. Besides, the Post Office isn't losing money to operations, but Congressional Fiat.

ROBERT L. FAST, it's actually that they're asking for 6 ones, a five, and a 2 dollar bill.

They're not going to find enough deductions, they just want to play games with what they're doing rather than own up to the hard choices.

December 16, 2012 at 11:26 a.m.

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