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Re: “The Democratic Party’s Candidate Cluster

The over $800 one mile ambulance ride provided by the City of Memphis with no credit card or time payments? Yep, everyone dreams of this kind of government-run healthcare. If I was a millionaire like Bernie (or the Clintons, or the Kennedys, or the Pelosis, or the Bidens, or the Obamas), I wouldn't have to care about excessive government charges (and incompetence).

A friend had to have an emergency operation on a trip to Great Britain and was impressed that she was charged virtually nothing. She couldn't quite answer one simple question, though: if you didn't pay for your healthcare, who did?

To paraphrase a quote often attributed to Margaret Thatcher, one of the main flaws of socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/12/2019 at 1:17 PM

Re: “The Democratic Party’s Candidate Cluster

CL - Bernie (and the rest of the socialists) would do for America what his wife did for Burlington College and Hugo Chavez, etc. have done for Venezuela.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/12/2019 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Shelby County Democrats: The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight. Again.

..."lack of diligence and communication, excessive fees, improper termination, failure to expedite litigation, failure to perform services for which he was paid, unauthorized practice of law, dishonesty, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice."

Although a fine choice to run the local Democrats, sounds more like like City Council material!

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/11/2019 at 6:52 AM

Re: “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom

Thank you for your concern, Cracker, but Mother died 25 years ago after a long battle with cancer.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/08/2019 at 5:18 AM

Re: “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom

It's not free when $millions in tax money stays in the pockets of rich developers to build housing renting for over $2000 a month.
And it would be nice if the City's Code Enforcement Office actually was able enforce laws and the Building Codes and help senior citizens and those with disabilities.
I'm all for free enterprise but with all the things our government regulates, surely having outright lies on a property's website about amenities (and pictures that are years old falsely showing the condition of the property) violates some law. If someone can sue a restaurant over a soap dispenser being a quarter inch too high for ADA rules...

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/06/2019 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom

An excellent piece.
Our Midtown midrise building was sold to investors several years ago. Housekeeping, maintenance and livability have plummeted to the point where TV News5 and Code Enforcement have huge files on what our landlords view as inconveniences, e.g., no heat in the winter, frequent water (especially hot water) outages, and frequent times with no working elevators (in a ten story building with many senior and disabled citizens).
Every resident has looked at moving. But where do you go, especially if you want to stay in Midtown? Better places are priced out of reach for most of us, especially new or completely renovated places (even those subsidized by tax abatements, etc.). One of the places Bruce referred to is asking over $2000 a month for some of their two bedroom, two bath units.
Of course, maybe I'll find the Holy Grail of Midtown housing - a guest or carriage house renting for a song! After three years of searching, it's not looking good though.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/06/2019 at 8:43 AM

Re: “University District Starts on a Refresh

More taxpayer money funneled into "alphabet agencies" exempt from public control, regulation, monitoring and accountability.

Of course, the same is true to some extent for many of our moribund government agencies.

But transferring more and more public works (and money) to the alphabets seems an admission our community has given up on government to do useful and needful things effectively and/or is a further sell-out to our ruling oligarchs (who generally control and benefit financially from alphabets).

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Posted by ALJ2 on 04/06/2019 at 8:22 AM

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