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A waste of time, these things only matter to people with an agenda of politics and hate. I prefer to work on things that matter, jobs and economic growth. Things that we all had before your beloved Bush ruined the country, time to go back to work.
Just curious, do you people sit on the computer all day and night???? Some of you seem smart, why don’t you do something productive with your time, 20 minutes a day is all the time I have to waste.
Why does it matter to you what people do in the privacy of their own homes? It's not illegal, it doesn't harm anyone. People like you are very sad. I've learned, those folks who worry most about the lives of others, aren't happy with their own. Let others spend time as they wish, you do the same.... You have a looong list of things to do. Get busy.

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As to unions - With the destruction of unions and the resulting drop in tax affected wages, the loss of benefits, the loss of pensions, the drop in home ownership, and all the other indicia of the destruction of the middle class,
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the incredible increase in productivity of the American worker that has caused the explosion in profits, the astounding amounts of cash held in reserve onshore and off shore, and the explosion in executive compensation,
and it seems impossible to me to argue that unions aren't essential to maintain the balance between capital and labor.
If the facts aren't sufficient, then simple common sense tells you that the Georgia giy with three kids and a wife to support is never, in a million years, going to be able to negotiate with a multi-billion dollar company over wages and benefits.
Remember a corporation is an amoral profit making entity whose sole purpose is to pay as little as possible for labor and other expenses, and charge as much as possible for the service or product. Corporations better be trying to screw employees- or they aren't doing their job.
Okay, great. My response didn't post - let's try again.

Your first sentence implies a cause and effect relationship that doesn't exist, especially in light of the fact that private sector union membership is down to less than 7%. It also blows the water out of your other claims.[and I will repeat, unions were a godsend after the decades of admitted abuse following the Industrial Revolution - too long hours, unsafe conditions, child labor, etc - but we are WAY beyond the abuses that unions helped stop].

But my biggest heartburn is with the public sector unions that are bankrupting local and state governments and are such a burden on the federal government. The pension plans that have been negotiated - often with the too willing compliance of those government officials - are completely unsupportable. When you have public sector employees who can retire in their 40's after only 20 years employment and have a pension of 80-90% of their last salary, we have a problem. And that pension may be based on the last year's salary alone, which has resulted in what is known as "pension spiking" - the employee artificially inflates their last year's salary through the use of overtime or unused leave time that pads that salary upon which the pension is based. The tax payer ends up paying 2 people for one job. First, the person who had the job for 20 years and second, the person who now has that job.
And that first person often, instead of just staying on in their first job, then takes a second government job - thus double dipping by receiving both a salary and the pension from their first govt job.
The public employee pensions used to be a selling point for govt jobs to offset the fact that the private sector used to pay more than public - but that is no longer the case. So we have public employees being paid more than their private sector counterparts and then receiving pensions that are both obscene and unsupportable. Time for an overhaul

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Especially as to teachers unions - Why America would want to disassemble public eduction is amazing to me. The countries I visit respect and honor teachers and pay them as professionals at the highest amount that can be afforded.
That's why their kids kick our kids' butts academically.
That's why we send our kids to public schools in a district where we voted to pay higher school taxes than anywhere else nearby - to provide our kids better schools and pay higher salaries to teachers - so we get and maintain the best ones In addition, our family hires a tutor to help our kids with their A-P classes and with Spanish. Our business has opened accounts at office supply stores and the kids' teachers simply have to order anything and everything they want online and its delivered to their classroom, and charged to the business.
When you test the kids in our kids' classroom, that teacher is a genius.
Compare that with the school district less than 30 miles away where the majority of the kids attend school less than 68% of the days. 40% don;t speak English as their primary language. 95% come form families so poor they get free breakfast, lunch, and supplies. 60% come from single parent homes with the parent having less than a grade school education.
That district also has a large number of "special needs" students - do you think a charter school would like to spend the extra tens of thousands each of those kids require? Under your plan- don't they get thrown in the ditch ?
Those teachers must be deserve to be fired because their kids' test scores suck.
Vouchers only make it worse by diverting funds the schools desperately need to "special" schools for the chosen few. The majority suffer to benefit the few.
Why do we want to "disassemble public education" - because in its current state - IT DOESN"T WORK any longer. Teachers' unions have a stranglehold on the education system and their emphasis is on protecting their members and their bureaucracy regardless of the impact on the student.
Schools can't fire incompetent or even abusive teachers because the full power of the union will come down on them and drown them in legal fees, so they just live with a bad teacher (sorry, kids) or put them somewhere out of the classroom and hire a new teacher and pay two people for the same job.

Most unions require "last hire, first fired" in their contracts. Helena Ritchie, Hartford CT is a great example, outstanding teacher with great results in her classroom, but when a teacher's position was cut she was the last hired, so despite being a highly effective teacher - the principal had no discretion in terms of keeping her and firing a less stellar teacher - she had to go. And that is the case in far too many schools.

But forget ALL of the above: YOUR quote:
"That's why we send our kids to public schools in a district where we voted to pay higher school taxes than anywhere else nearby - to provide our kids better schools and pay higher salaries to teachers - so we get and maintain the best ones" THIS! THIS! THIS!

Do you not see the irony in your statement. THAT is what competition in our schools is all about. Give the parents control of that tax money associated with their child and let the schools compete for that money - and that includes the special needs children and the children from less than optimal homes.
Let the schools compete for the best teachers and watch the children thrive. There will be no tolerance for sub par teachers. I don't need to make any other arguments - you've made it yourself.
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May 20, 2013
 
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http://www.topix.com/forum/city/blairsville-g...
The point presented was whether Homeland security used more ammo than the military.
Are you saying the only time military fires their weapons are in a war?
Such an ignorant statement deserves clarification.
No, the comparison was originally made in this article which was then referenced in other articles and blogs. But it's an apples to oranges comparison that does not take into account the difference in mission training between the military and law enforcement, one being for a war zone while the other is in a civilian environment.

A number of other issues are not even considered in this discussion:

- has there been an increase in the number of agents within these agencies that require training

- has there been a change in the training regime or frequency of requalification

1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? It's Time For A National Conversation
Ralph Benko, Contributor
3/11/2013 @ 8:00AM
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2013/0...

...As reported elsewhere, some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month. Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years. In America.

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Only if you believe complete bullsh!t without any thought or due dilligence to check the accuracy.
Oh - I forgot. I'm talking to you.
You are such a BAD SPORT. You simply WILL NOT be bested. Good grief!
Oh- I forgot. I'm talking to YOU, a loonie liberal socialist commie lunatic.

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Chicknbutt wrote:
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We all age.
I'll bet your butt and boobs are closer to the ground today than they were 5-years ago.
Oh, brother. Actually, no, not yet.

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Chicknbutt wrote:
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You just keep dreaming.....
I'm sure of it. I guess time will tell.

You're scared, though.

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Chicknbutt wrote:
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Hillary, Biden - doesn't matter to us.
You going to trot out Rick Perry or Sarah Palin again? Maybe Herman Cain and Paul Broun?
What's the platform going to be? Cut taxes for the wealthiest, deregulate everything, spend more on military and screw the middle class? That's gotten old.
The social experiment will be over.

Hillary, probably not.
Biden?????? Oh, PLEASE let you guys run Biden. Then! I'll run my cat and I'll get to live in the WH. Whoo-hooooooo.

Chris Christie - probably
Marco Rubio - probably

Partner, you had better be afraid. Very afraid.

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Chicknbutt wrote:
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Hillary, Biden - doesn't matter to us.
You going to trot out Rick Perry or Sarah Palin again? Maybe Herman Cain and Paul Broun?
What's the platform going to be? Cut taxes for the wealthiest, deregulate everything, spend more on military and screw the middle class? That's gotten old.
So! How is the middle class doing now after five years of Mr. Promise Hope and Change? How is he boosting the taxes on the wealthest? How is/has he made them pay "their fair share"? You libs STILL have HOPE(sheesh), but there hasn't really been any CHANGE.

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Bam!
Bam! Bam! Bam!
Published: May 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm
Even as his administration has faced intense scrutiny over a trio of controversies, President Obama’s approval rating hasn’t suffered, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Sunday.
Fifty-three percent of Americans said they approve of the job the president is doing, while 45 percent said they disapprove. That’s virtually unchanged from an early April survey in which Obama’s approval/disapproval split was 51 percent to 47 percent.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-poli...
According to Real Clear Politics, Obama's ratings were 49.8% last Friday. Today, 48.8. Again, you libs used that site as you Bible during the campaign.

You'll enjoy this. Nixon/Obama. Sweeeeet.
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/201...

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- Find the exception and claim its the norm.
Use kids savvy enough to understand the career boon a service academy education provides, and is either smart enough or politically connected enough to get appointed - yea that's a great "norm" to use as an example.
The four kids I know were not "politically connected" in any way. They are firmly Middle Class families that instilled in their kids a work ethic when it came to their schooling. So don't go disparaging those about whom you know NOTHING.

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I was not surprised that Obama's poll numbers haven't changed because of the recent scandals. His strategy is working and working very well. All he has to do is:
Answer questions that aren't asked.
Just keep saying, "I don't know anything about that" or,
"I heard it on the news" or,
"I was really angry when I heard that" or,
"I have asked for their resignation....end of problem" or,
"It's not my fault" or,
"It's Bush's fault" or
"I uh uh, well, I uh uh uh want to make sure that uh uh uh.... we get to the bottom of this uh uh uh situation"
True, but his numbers HAVE changed. The libs on Topix are involved in a vicious spincycle.
I heard a portion of Obama's speech to Morehouse, the only friendly audience he was guaranteed of. "The world wants to keep the black man down." Just purpetuating the divisiveness. PATHETIC.

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Eisenhower must have been a card carrying member of the communist party, and Nixon must have pranced naked through the Kremlin quoting Marx and Lenin.
Check out the tax rates and the control of corporations back when those commies ran the show. That Eisenhower - he even looked like a hippie.
Right Wing Wackos live on a planet so far to the Fascist right, we normal Americans gotta ask - Can you even see Earth from your Planet ?
If you live on the South Pole, everything else lives North of you.
Is that how it is in Right Wing Wacko World - your all so far to the right everything else must be a leftist Leeeeeeeeeeberal ?
You children entertain us normal Americans, but Jeez, we are worries you get to thinking again you don't need the grown ups.
You remember what happened last time you took control - wait - you don't - they don't believe in history in Right Wing World.
You are NORMAL? You are a big 'ole union thug HYPOCRITE. Talk about entertaining. Look at what is happening in your left wing controlled world. NOTHING except scandels.

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Here's the latest development-
Fox Noise recently got hold of and published the transcript of a secret meeting between Mitch McConnell, and Mitt Romney:
START OF TRANSCRIPT.
Romney : "Look out" !...
It's a fact .... an indisputable truth... that damn IO is using facts and rational analysis ...
We Right Wing Wackos can't face facts ... facts have a well - known liberal bias".
McConnell : "Please, please,.... must distract any readers from those facts... but what about our crdibility ?"
Romney: "You idiot - we have no credibility - the 47% losers who vote for us do it because they're too ignorant to know we are using them like the ignorant parasitic dogs they are.
McConnell: "Sorry chief , I forgot when I filibustered against my own legislation - the RWW Gang supported me even then - both when I was for, and when I was against my own legislation - what a bunch of hicks."
Romney : "We can't allow any discussion as to why we couldn't care less about 5,000 American troops dead for no reason - or $6 Trillion Dollars wasted- sure we didn't demand investigations or impeachment - but hey, a Right Wing Wacko got them killed."
McConnell : "We RWWs may have caused the senseless slaughter of our troops - but we got tax breaks for our rich contributors."
Romney: " And those 13 attacks on embassies and consulates that killed 60 people when Right Wing Wackos were in charge - sure - we didn't demand investigations or impeachment.
McConnel : We may have allowed the slaughter of dozens of people - but we got tax breaks for our rich contributors - and no regulatin 'em either !"
Romney : "Remember - its always always always about the money."
McConnell: " Now Libya - 2 CIA mercenaries and 2 State Department ( or CIA) officers got killed - we can use this - we can shout DAMN - Somebody better pay for this !"
Romney: "I know, it sounds stupidly hypocritical - but as soon as we get Right Wing Wackos back in charge we can explode the deficit again and give the rich more tax breaks."
McConnell : " You're right Willard, It's always, always, always, about the money".
END OF TRANSCRIPT.
You actually took the TIME to type out that goofiness? I stopped reading after about three sentences. You TRULY are deranged. So! You are a Deranged Loonie Liberal Socialist Commie Lunatic HYPOCRITE. Man! You are certifiably crazy. We've got to get you crazies some HELP.

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Maybe we shouldn't let you in on the secret - but Obama isn't too worried about his poll numbers because - keep this real quiet and on the down low - he can't run for re-election.
That's how you excuse it? rotfl

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Maybe we shouldn't let you in on the secret - but Obama isn't too worried about his poll numbers because - keep this real quiet and on the down low - he can't run for re-election.
Pssst.....now keep THIS quiet.....his numbers can affect the chances of the next loonie lefter in the next election. Perhaps Obama ISN'T worried about his numbers, but YOU should be. SH

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Please - don't let them know - when Obama was elected I bought stock in gun and ammo manufacturers.
I figured the "Gun Stealin" campaign launched by the manufacturers prostitute group, the NRA, would cause gun and ammo prices to explode, and along with it profits.
Thanks NRA - as a lifetime member your total absence of ethics is a consistency I can count on.
Now what about the UN stockpiling weapons and ammo to invade America.
- THAT'S SCARY -
THE UN IS STOCKPILIN ASSAULT RIFLES AND ANMO - IT'LL ALL BE GONE SOON AND THEN HOW ARE WE GONNA PROTECT OUR FAMILIES FROM THEM SOCIALIST TOLUVIAN SHOCK TROOPS !
Sorry, one of my kids wants to travel through Europe after grad school and I gotta keep those profits up.
YOU are such a HYPOCRITE. You've just proved it once AGAIN.(Folks, you just can't make this stuff up.)
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"Camelot Is Burning."

"It began in earnest last Friday. A flash mob of latte drinking, tofu eating media that has done its best to quell, rather than fan the flames of truth, turned on one of their own. Jay Carney lay bludgeoned at the base of the podium, a victim of friendly fire.

Ironically, the attack was reminiscent of the one in Benghazi he has repeatedly denied the Administration he represents bears any responsibility for.“Changed twelve times?!” came the cries. And with good reason. We were misled; no, lied to.

Meanwhile, a few blocks away at an American Bar Association conference, IRS big wig Lois Lerner dropped perhaps the biggest bombshell in recent political history, that the IRS had been targeting conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, while responding to a question secretly planted in the audience in advance. My guess is the crowd initially gave a standing ovation, given their blatant left wing agenda, but we’ll never know, as it was a “closed door” session.

Then came the apology from Ms. Lerner:“Sorry ‘bout that folks. Thanks for the questions. There’s coffee and Good Humor Ice Cream in the lobby.” But it didn’t take long for the elated crowd to understand that this might not be good for their guy.

Then the Office of the Inspector General report hit the wires.

Uh oh.

By Saturday morning, there was smoke emanating from the West Wing of the White House, the source reportedly an overheated transformer. But where there’s smoke there’s fire. By Monday afternoon, after news broke of the AP phone records seized by the Department of Justice, it was confirmed: Camelot is burning."

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A little info on Obamacare fees:::
"Income: One of the top factors determining how much you'll pay next year is your income. That's because subsidies are available to those with incomes of up to 400% of the poverty line -- roughly $45,000 for an individual or $92,000 for a family of four. Some 57% of enrollees will receive subsidies, and those subsidies will cover nearly two-thirds of the premium, on average, according to the Congressional Budget Office's estimates.."
Question, So who pays the subsidies?????
Where does the subsidy money come from??
Is this money part of the fed reserve printing up over $85 billion a month?????? Again adding to the debt ten-fold??????
Come on Libbers, everyone wants to know the answers to these types of questions.
The libs have the Nancy Pelosi disease. Even though it passed, they STILL don't know what's in it.
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"President Barack Obama had to console an elementary school student in Baltimore on Friday after the student failed to come up with the correct answer to "2 minus 1" when Obama asked students basic arithmetic questions.

Obama replied to the student, "subtraction is tougher than addition."

The poor kid is ruined, will always be in debt per advice from Obama.


We conservatives are well aware of Obama's difficulty with subtracting, especially with the federal budget and loose spending.

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