Rickarroo...Self absorbed? I pay for my employees insurance and I do not have to do that. It is not some anonymous government entity it is me. What if I came in tomorrow and just told everyone to fend for themselves. That wouldn't be right and I feel a responsibility to make sure they don't end up in your situation.
This is the problem..you want respect and understanding for your problem but you have neither for small businessmen who provide 80% of the jobs in this country and can't absorb any more cost.
There has to be a safety net but we all should not have to be in it if we don't want to do it. Also, I have a responsibility to my family and my employees to take care of them. I don't have that same responsibility to anyone else. If I help anyone else, it is my choice.
I am not sure how we should take care of problems like yours. You are right, you need access to medical care but forcing me in the same boat is not the way. There has to be a way that your need is addressed without forcing me to get in an insurance situation that I don't want. I will never agree to universal health care. It just means universal mediocrity.
Again, everyone on this site get's carried away a little...
Rickarroo...I am sorry to hear that. It is tough out there.
I can only say that your situation, as bad as it is, doesn't justify putting the system upside down. I suggested in my previous post that we should have just made Medicaid available to the people without insurance instead of putting everyone at risk.
These posts are anonymous (not in my case..Tim Price) and people get carried away. Your job situation is a hard one because I had to lay off 2 people this year because of extra costs, including an insurance increase that I was told, was due to Obamacare's pre-existing condition cost.
In my case I decided to go into business after I was laid off for being in middle management. I took a job with a 50% cut in pay to learn how to sell and 2 years later I went into business in 1994 with only $20,000 and with a mortgage and two small children. I just decided that I wasn't going to have my fate in the hands of someone else. I suffered for years making less than I could have made but at least I never got laid off again. As you know, that feeling is about as bad as it gets.
Although it is tough, going to the political left will not fix anything. Going to far to the corporate right is just as bad. Increasing taxes and regulation push people like Burger King out of the country. They also de-incentivise people like me because I don't like anyone, especially the government, telling me what to do.
There is no good solution here, we just have to keep plugging along.
Rickaroo...I don't need those weapons for hunting, they are the wrong tool. I do need them in my gun safe in case the government gets out of hand. Really..that tired old "do you need a grenade launcher" thing. Be more creative next time.
Before you say that we couldn't do anything against the army with tanks, etc. just look at popular uprisings and how they are armed in the beginning. Believe me 30 million guns is a huge deterrent.
You said, "While individual stupidity might indeed be a factor in some ladder accidents, most of them happen from a misstep or a faulty ladder or haphazard placement of a ladder." Everything you just said as a problem was because of stupidity.
As far as my comparison, 99% of accidents are because of stupidity. Falling off a ladder is no exception. Usually it is placed wrong or not sufficiently anchored (stupidity). It just doesn't fit your preconceived concept of what is dangerous. According to Prezi.com, 30,000 people are injured and 6000 people die each year falling off ladders. Seems a little steep to me but this is all I could find quickly..
For example, "In 2009, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 67% of all homicides in the U.S. were conducted using a firearm. According to the FBI, in 2012, there were 8,855 total firearm-related homicides in the US, with 6,371 of those attributed to handguns. 61% of all gun-related deaths in the U.S. are suicides."
That means that out of the 8,855 total firearm deaths 39% or 3,453 were not suicides. That is about 3,000 less deaths than...you guessed it...falling off a ladder.
Now, that means we should outlaw ladders because stupid people get up on them and kill themselves by making an error in judgement. According to statistics, we should outlaw ladders and make everyone rent a crane.
An even better comparison is alcohol related deaths. There is an average of 88,000 deaths per year associated with drinking alcohol. That is mind boggling. If you used your "weapons of war" analogy and applied it to alcohol, we would have a rehash of the 20's. Making things illegal and punishing people who use something responsibly for the transgressions of others is wrong, no matter the subject.
It is you that is illogical and completely unable to use any powers of abstract thought. You don't outlaw something because a small number of people misuse it and die. Cockamamie....well that makes me a lot more right about things than say a ...liberal. You guys are all spin, emotion, and BS.
Ki....yea,right....whatever trouble that private school have is nothing compared to public schools. Your jealousy is showing..
Maximus..I have two grandsons who will never darken the door of a sexist, feminized, public school. Single sex education would be my choice. McCallie here we come...
That does solve all of these problems....for us...
rickarroo....since you think it is a step in the right direction, you and the teachers should volunteer to go on Obamacare. That would show your support for your messiah and make an example for the rest of us.
Of course, like unions, teachers, large corporations, and others that got a pass, you want your cake and to hell with everyone else.
Why Obamacare was "misdesigned" was to make employers and individuals so mad that they would turn to single payer. If that is what you libs wanted, why didn't you ask for it all along? I know, you knew it would never pass until everyone was pissed off.
When the dems argued that "30 million were uninsured," the Republicans should have said, ok, let's just put them on medicaid. That would have cost just a few billion and problem solved.
Obamacare was designed poorly to usher in single payer. That would be a much bigger disaster.
What the instructor did was stupid, what the girls parents did in letting her shoot that weapon in the first place was stupid, and letting a 9 year old shoot at all was stupid.
When training my son to carry a gun, he went hunting with me for 5 years carrying an unloaded gun before I let him shoot at 13 years old.
Stupidity is not rare in any endeavor. Pam Sohn and the liberals who write on this site prove that every day. The problem is that this stupid act was no more stupid than DUI's, falling off a ladder, texting while driving, or any other damn thing that can kill you. The only good thing about this stupid thing was that the people involved, the instructor, the girl, and the families were the only ones affected. At least they didn't kill an innocent.
Using this rare occurrence of this type of gun stupidity to push an anti-gun agenda is par for the course for you dishonest liberals.
Bennett,...an empty box? We are talking about insurance. That box contains no copay, $5 prescriptions, low deductible, dental (which almost no private plan covers) and only $100 per month from the teachers (up from $25 per month). This is better than 90% of private plans.
Obamacare for the same coverage would be $328 per month for the individual with a $5000 deductible.
The problem is that these liberal organizations like the NEA, TEA, and HCEA all supported Obamacare. That is no surprise because they never dreamed it would affect their great plans. They didn't mind the rest of us having crap insurance as long as they had their great plan. This is the same thing the other unions are screaming about. Be careful what you support.
This idea that the teacher's box is empty is so far from reality you wonder if Bennett is drawing his pictures from Colorado.
As far as losing "good" teachers, if they think they can have a better deal somewhere else, more power to them. Like everyone else, they don't have to work for Hamilton County. Good riddance....
When someone move to Canada because of low regulation and lower taxes...you really need to do some soul searching.
What do you expect with a corporate tax rate of 35%!!!!
The truth hurts...