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llamapop said...

How about another new law: If a male any age impregnates a female against her wishes to have a baby, he becomes liable for a court-ordered vasectomy. If she has the baby and the DNA shows who the father is, off he goes. Watch those legislators freak out on this one. It is OK to harm a woman much the same as a rapist does, but don't touch his manhood!

June 20, 2011 at 1:57 p.m.
llamapop said...

To paraphrase a famous philosopher: They came for the unions. I said nothing because I am not in a union. They came for women's reproductive parts. I said nothing because I am not a woman. They came for my Medicare. I said nothing as I am not old. They came for me. There was no one left to speak for me. Wake up folks!

June 19, 2011 at 3:17 p.m.
llamapop said...

Here are some facts. 1) Teachers have not been "given" anything. What they have was won in a bargaining agreement. If our school boards and commissioners weren't so lily-livered, they would have stuck to their guns during negotiations. 2) There is NO recognized proven method for evaluating a teacher's competence. Standardized testing is only one thing, but not everything. 3) Our state representatives are people who are in the best job they ever had. Most never had the pay and benefits they enjoy now. Right now they are drunk with power and forgot that they campaigned on jobs-jobs.

June 6, 2011 at 2:41 p.m.
llamapop said...

We have all these what I named Tea-Tyrant governors in the mid-section of our country. These teachers in WI, OH, TN etc haven't been "given" anything. Notice the word "bargaining" in the phrase. These folks bargained something to get something. The only problem with bargaining in the public arena are the wishy-washy politicians and school boards who can't take the heat. Now bring into place these new Republican state legislators in these states who campaigned on jobs jobs and now all they can do are the two U's -- unions and uterus's. This is just rampant egos and power-drunk behavior.

June 1, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.
llamapop said...

If Mr. Corker would read the Affordability Act and stop calling it Obamacare as there is no "care" in this law, only MONEY. There are sweeping provisions in the law that will curb Medicare fraud and require physicians to use cost-conscious standards of care in prescribing tests etc. The current "claims" system in the US is an honor system that invites fraud from the price of an office visit on up. Most doctors have no idea what the tests cost that they prescribe. There are doctors with financial ties to their hospitals and laboratories that are unbelievably unhealthy for our wallets. I kind of don't see any Republicans going after doctors or hospitals or insurors. Insurors do not provide insurance as they don't take financial risks. They pay the bills now and then raise the rates next year to recover--that's not insurance. Corker needs to go, it is time to find his replacement now.

June 1, 2011 at 3:48 p.m.
llamapop said...

I am an independent voter. Senator Corker is a 52 year old man with lots of money made in business who spends our time carrying water for Lamar and the Party. Any competent businessman knows that (1) no business has laid off its way into prosperty and (2) he would not do this strategy of "pick a number and stick to it" in his own business. The problem with Medicare for example is with the providers--all the different types--from plain billing fraud to simply not making cost efficient decisions in their patient's care. Believe it or not much of these problems are addressed in -- hang on-- what is referred to as "Obamacare." On the economy, states are cutting way back and if the feds do also where is the money going to come from to fuel the recovery? You talk about tanking the economy! The reductions in spending have to be worked out methodically and with almost surgical precision to avoid an economic catastrophe. Bringing our troops home would not be a bad idea, for example. The tornado damage and FEMA and SBA's participation should aid all parts of the housing industry over the next year. I have said this before. It is time to find Bob Corker's replacement be he/she a Republican, Democrat or independent so long as they are thoughtful and vote their own conscience derived from their constituent's wishes.

May 31, 2011 at 9:14 p.m.
llamapop said...

Employees in all industries were given the right to "collective bargaining" by the National Labor Relations Act of 1935. So you see, it is the law of the land that workers have the right to bargain as a group. Evidently, Mr. Corker doesn't believe in the law.

I ran hospitals and nursing homes before I retired. Many had unions. As a manager, I found that being sure management stops doing the things that make workers unionize, primarily a lack of fairness in the treatment of workers made existing with the union easier.

Most unions were charging employees about two hours pay a month dues. You see, unions are businesses. They take in money and give services. If the members feel the services aren't sufficient, they may vote out that union in favor of another. The workers must vote on the choice of union.

GM and the UAW have lived together longer than Mr. Corker has been living. The process at GM to reach an agreement with the union is governed by law. If the union is demanding too much, the company can decline and the workers strike. In a strike, no one wins and no one makes any money. In GM's hay-day the workers demanded a larger share of the profits and GM approved. When things got tougher in the car business, unions gave back. GM's troubles today were created by a stodgy management, products people wouldn't buy etc.

Note that Mr. Corker was involved in the first attempt to bail out GM. With his view toward UAW, the talks failed. After that GM closed Saturn, idling 3000 TN workers. After Mr. Corker left the negotiations, an agreement was reached and GM is coming back still without Saturn. GM says they may use about 400 workers at the Saturn plant.

Mr. Corker also intervened in the debate to put consumer safeguards on the financial institutions, after they lost about 30% of my 401K funds. He basically was arguing to do nothing new. You see, he is Lamar Alexander and the RNC's water boy. He hasn't got an idea of his own.

What gives him the idea that we care what he thinks VW should do about their labor relations. This is still America. VW and their workers will decide what to do.

We, as voters Republican, Democratic, Independent, need to seek a qualified candidate to replace Mr. Corker starting now.

November 28, 2010 at 12:42 p.m.
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