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Re: “Look Up, Not Down: A Message to Young Trump Supporters

Anyone notice that the Clintons, Obamas, Kennedys, Bidens, and Pelosis are well within the Top One Percent?
How many Democrats in Congress dropped their taxpayer funded insurance for Obamacare? My entrepreneur acquaintance in his late twenties that employs 10-12 people would like to know since he hasn't been to a doctor in years but is forced to pay a fortune for Obamacare or a penalty for not "participating".
Based on numbers published in the recent hostile take-over of SCS by MCS, it costs roughly $20,000 a year to educate a child. For 13 years, that means young taxpayers have to come up with $260,000 per immigrant child, no matter how many laws their parents broke (and break) to illegally enter the country and illegally work, while many evade taxes and send money out of the country.
Who is duping whom?

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Posted by ALJ2 on 09/10/2018 at 5:34 AM

Re: “Buses, Bikes, & Birds: Fixing Memphis’ Transportation Issues

Ms. Smith again demonstrates that to many, "leveling the playing field" is a euphemism for rigging the game to get a predetermined outcome.

Several prestigious, and supposedly "Liberal", universities are under criticism (and some being sued) for such policies. Specifically, if three students with the same grades, test scores and extra curricular activities applied to Harvard or U Cal Berkley, the black student would have virtually a 100% chance of acceptance, the white student a 50% chance, and the Asian student nearly 0%. Is this "leveling the playing field" or rank discrimination? It appears that the courts will decide.

The main determinate of material wealth for the majority of us in this country is education (followed by what point in life one has children). The majority of high school dropouts just do not make the same salaries as the majority of college graduates. Giving high school dropouts many of the same "amenities" as college graduates will not change this. Children having children before they finish school just do not make the same as those who have children after they finish school and have a career. Again, giving more "amenities" does not fix the root cause of this.

Continuously indoctrinating the poor that they are helpless victims does not help them in the long run, although it is very useful and sustaining to various politicians and activists. Telling the poor that education and hard work, rather than more "entitlements", will have a better chance of improving the lives of themselves and their children (and our society as a whole) would seem a better solution.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 08/04/2018 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Pelosi Has Got to Go

On second thought, Sputnik, you using the f-word in a publication handed out in family-oriented businesses to "increase your import" is clearly appropriate to your character and standards of civility.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 07/29/2018 at 11:03 AM

Re: “No Paper Ballot for You!

Now, Cracker. Although I am impressed that you can tie Baton Rouge with LSU, I openly admit didn't take data and make a statistical study while on I-10/110, Airline Highway, or Florida Blvd. But in the year or so I lived there, I remember more of the "WE DON'T CARE..." stickers than even the "GEAUX TIGERS!". (And the area was generally referred to as "Tiger Country"; I never heard "LSU land" once.)

Almost time to geaux to brunch!

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Posted by ALJ2 on 07/29/2018 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Pelosi Has Got to Go

Some interesting points, Randy.

But to you and the rest of those who write and edit the Flyer, is it really necessary to use the f-word at all, much less in every issue? To many of us older people, it is still a sign of poor vocabulary and worse manners.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 07/28/2018 at 7:40 AM

Re: “No Paper Ballot for You!

What a magical place this Ohio must be!

Apparently, any citizen can walk into a polling place and demand the rules and process be changed or ignored because they have concerns and want to do things their own special way. And any poll worker can decide which rules and procedures they will or will not follow without fear of any consequences. Elections must be very exciting.

If voting in accordance with the established process was this traumatic, Ms. Frastad, just wait until you get a driver's license!

(For some reason, I am reminded of a time some years ago when I lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The most popular bumper sticker was, "WE DON'T CARE HOW YOU DID IT UP NORTH!".)

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Posted by ALJ2 on 07/28/2018 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Don’t Destroy the Mural: Public Art Should Make Us Think

Excellent point, Cracker.

If government funds or allows some art and refuses to fund or not allow other art, it seems obvious that government has taken on a role in the control of art. Once government control moves into an area, history shows most all governments will continue to increase the level of control over time.

And would not at least some hungry or attention-starved artists "bend" their creativity to gain funding and/or approval?

Sadly, too many do not take a broad view of such issues but embrace whatever serves their desires and interests at a given moment. E.g., John wants that art gone today but this art left alone tomorrow. Or, Jane says burning this flag is a right but peacefully displaying that flag should be banned.

The ACLU once supported the right of Nazis to march in a Jewish community. They did so not because they supported the Nazi movement or approved of the Holocaust, but because they understood that if the government can routinely deny free assembly to some, it can deny free assembly to any and all. Obviously, such thinking is now mostly out of fashion.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 07/22/2018 at 10:54 AM

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