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  • #134
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    Dehumanizing the poor ? It's called the soft bigotry of low expectations......The Left's mantra.

    This gentleman needs to replace his photo with a sickle and hammer.....

    yawn
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    Dehumanizing the poor....the progressives claim against the right...when trying to grab more power.

    Dehumanizing the wealthy...the progressives actions against the right...when trying to grab more taxes.

    Dehumanizing the children en utero...the progressive actions when promoting abortion for anyone, any time.

    Dehumanizing gun owners...the progressive actions when promoting changes to constitutional rights.

    Simple tactic...tacky but simple.
  • #135
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    Any truthful article will lose conservatives in the first sentence.

    Conservatism is nothing more than hatred. Generational hatred lets poor conservative trash feel like they are better than someone. They forget they are being abused and stepped on, because theyre not one of "those people"
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    That was a reply. Here's a question: Why does Warren Buffet's secretary pay more taxes than he does? Here's another question: Why is the Nordic Model succeeding and we are failing? The answers?
    1. Tax loopholes and tax havens. Forget raising taxes on the rich, just get them to pay what they're suppose to already.
    2. Because they're not brainwashed like the average American into thinking every aspect of socialism is evil. Indeed, it's likely left over from the Red Scare of the 50's but it's time to move on and combine the ingenuity of capitalism and the security of socialism
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    Are you kidding me? Who believes this swill? You talk about a far left extremist. Do you think someone from the union would support any conservative? Because treo people urgently made racist remarks, all conservatives are racist. Smh liberals, you can't live with them and I'd they control anything you won't be able to shoot them either when they try taking your guns. God help that man wake up.
  • #38
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    EVERYONE is racist. It just depends on what level. It is unavoidable, part of our heritage and upbringing, and the messaging inherent in society.
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    @Unfit2serve untrue. I don't have a racist bone in my body. I love all of God's children. I may not like some as well as others, but I do love them.
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    @ahsum99ss
    Not calling anyone a racist, friend. But every human being has racist programming, it is unaviodable and predetermined in an unbalanced, discriminatory society. We are born pure, but it is impossible tobe comletely immunized from the culture. And a lot of it is unconscious.......everyone makes choices that include racial preferences.
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    @Unfit2serve right and wrong my friend, we were born and we were in sin, and we were born with rasist programming, but we can get it all wiped out, not by our dong, but by turning to God. If you want a answer to everyone of our problems, then take about a minute and check out a verse in the Bible, it is 2nd Chronicles 7:14.
    It is in one verse the answer to all our problems.. think about it, only 1 verse the answer.
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    Ok I'm getting a bit fed up with this site's propaganda. These "authors" or " journalists"....more like "administration hacks" need to go apply to the Daily KO or Huffington Post, maybe The New York Times.
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    If the minimum wage worker is so smart why not let them pick their own health plan. Isn't that exactly why liberals need to step in protect the poor because they are incapable of thinking for themselves?
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    Believe what you will about the opinions in this piece, but the idea of not including actual poor people in a discussion about the poor is just stupid.
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    @Yobyag

    Wow, kind of sounds like not including doctors and hospital administrators in the Obama Care discussions before passing things they didn't read anyway.
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    @BravoJuliet - The fact that you cannot even agree that it is wrong and instead attack "the other side" is just more proof of how screwed up people are in this country. Its only about "Libs vs Conservatives" when it should be "the people vs the politicians"
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    @Yobyag

    I'm sorry, but the Liberal is so good at ignoring the deeper underlying problems and when using racism as a deflection my bull shit alarm goes off...but you made a comment about consulting with the poor. My wife a cardiac/trauma nurse has said the same thing about Obama Kill as well...no one consults with the folks that really matter.
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    What Bundy meant was the steps backward the black community has taken especially under this president is the worst thing to hit the black community since slavery. Black youth has 48% unemployment rate, why even bother looking for a job especially when you can rely on your neighbor to pay taxes and take care of you. With not so much as a thank you but a middle finger in your face. The producers that are providing the safety net are vilified and attacked, thank you mr president.
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    Bundy was full crap. The black community has not gone backward. And "black youth unemployment" is an irrelevant figure.
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    @Cal really the black community is moving forward? 18% unemployment (48% of men between 17-29 years of age) highest % of abortions than any other group, more single parent family's than any other ethnic group (57%). So just exactly how is this progress? What measures would you use?
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    @Cal all the unemployment stats are b/s, every bit of it is fabrication to make the O look good, but never will from my house
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    Once upon a time in America it paid off to go to college and settle in to a career. Until someone pulled the plug and American jobs leaked out all over the world. Now a great majority don't want to spend the time jonesing for a degree much less go into debt. A debt alot of them are now trying to pay off by working these low wage jobs. I am against raising the minimum wage for several reasons, but I am not so blind as to not acknowledge that the now low wage jobs ARE the jobs of now and the future. I understand they want to cling desperately to the past on many issues but the sooner they realize things will not go back to the way they were, allow these citizens to get a living wage, and stop favoring the continued demise of our workforce by favoring the corporations who with hold work in lieu of tax breaks, we will go nowhere. Maybe that's what they really want.....
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    A college degree in what...history, English, women's studies, and the plethora of other useless degrees that people whine about because there was never any post graduate employment available from beginning? There are STEM jobs to be had.

    Several of my nieces and nephews graduated college in the past few years and the ones who went STEM (IT and genetics) have jobs in their field or a closely related one; the others are struggling because they can't find work in their fields...music, theater, and graphic design.

    Minimum wage jobs have ALWAYS been entry level jobs, i.e. unskilled, which is why a 16 year old high school kid can get one. Go into any grocery store or fast food joint after 4pm and who is behind the counter...most likely a kid in high school or maybe college. Why? Because they have NO MARKETABLE SKILLS......YET.

    If you're an adult who is stuck in one of these minimum wage jobs, you have to look and see why you can't find a better one...most likely, you need marketable skills and education in a field that actually has available jobs! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out.
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    @methinks well said! I have 2 siblings with masters degrees in B/S and no decent jobs, 5 siblings with law and related degrees all doing very well as far as career and money
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    @methinks The people you refer to are most likely of a much younger generation. The citizens I refer to are the Once upon a time generation. The ones who have college degrees in subjects that were profitable....once upon a time. I know someone who will be 50 this year, college degree in graphic design, had a cushy job at a design firm who contracted out to GM. Then 9-11 hit and everything went to shit. Still fluent in CAD software, Solidworks, Unigraphics, he got a job designing machinery for a global company. Then that company decided to go overseas. By now the man is in his 40's. He collects unemployment while looking for work in his field AND elsewhere. You made $40/hr and you want to work HERE??? Typical responses. He tried to find work at Home Depot, temp agencies, even McDonalds. Too educated. Too old. Go back to school, take a big chunk out of his savings to pay, get a degree in something else, and HOPE he gets hired at his age? Once upon a time in America.
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    @methinks Yeah well most entry level jobs now have become the main stay of families its not just some teenager looking to make a few bucks...You see lots of married people with kids having to work these jobs to make ends meet...But of course the talking points for the GOP have no limits....If the GOP would quit trying to be the moral police and the strawmen for Corporate entities maybe things could change for the better, instead they run for office on the Jobs Jobs Jobs battle cry and once elected their only mission is to cut more taxes,De-fund any kind of health care,eliminate food stamps,cut out unemployment benefits,dehumanize the working poor and cry about abortions.... they worry about dead babies and yet they could care less ... the ones who are born to poor folks well they don't want them have any health insurance they don't want to feed them they dont want to school them then they get all self important and say not everyone needs to go to college...they dont want the poor to make a living wage and then they have the nerve to say go get a job. Well I tell you what ..all you self righteous self important so called Christians ...you are all frauds and false profits you really worship on the alter of money and power you have no compassion...If you really have got yours be glad but dont be smug for we can see you for who you really are...
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  • #109
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    Folks, welcome to the globalized world. Where the masters want the citizens of America to compete in wages with other third world countries.

    "The best place for Americans is in schools, where they'd be taught a skill that would enable them to secure positions as slaves." Fixed it for him. This is what the rest of the masters think too.

    Who raises the children in America?! As I seem to recall American's spend about 7 hours a day in school, 180 days a year in school, and go for up to 17 years. That is 21,420 hours. That is what 35% of your life in school at the start of an American's life. Not counting the awful bus rides to and from school, which is an extraordinary high amount of hours too.

    This video sums it up OK. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_average...
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    You want to meet a racist, go no further than the author of the above article. Not unexpected given he is a union man and like most union folks the truth is something they don't deal with. If you like criminals go no further than the unions.
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    I might be a loner , but I am a retired union member, not a civil servant union member, those unions should all be dissolved, real unions give endorsements to dems but that has no bearing on how the rank and file members vote, the main reason they endorse dems is the dems make promises they can't or won't keep, and good old boy's are bought up in droves, it's all about $$$, but like I said the teachers,postal, ect... should be dissolved,
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    Now now no need for ad hominem attacks against the author. You also committed a non sequitur fallacy:
    1. the author is racist
    2. the author is union related
    3. therefore the author is a criminal
    Unions have a place in a democratic society and also a republican society. Any organization can become crooked, and it's up to the rank and file members to make sure their interests are represented and that their leaders aren't getting kickbacks in exchange for votes. that is inherently undemocratic.
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    72% support minimum wage increase 62% want to get rid of Obamacare. What is this authors point? Using polls to selectively back you points self serving and dishonest. Those polls can swing widely depending on how the question is asked.
  • #68
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    Spoken like a true Republican who refused to believe the polls that showed consistently and repeatedly that Romney would lose.
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    @bwstack What does that have to do with anything? I will tell you job creation would be far better, international relations would be much better and Putin might be a little concerned if Romney was president. To bad he didn't have the IRS to beat down his enemies :-)
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    @Illinois-Jeff Hahaha. Adorable. What the polling shows is that Americans love the individual benefits of ObamaCare -- the protection against insurance companies dropping them when they get sick, requiring insurance companies to cover young adults until age 26 on their parents' plans, forbidding insurance companies from refusing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, requiring insurance companies to pay refunds when they overcharge by specific amounts. So, maybe we should just repeal the word ObamaCare and use the words Affordable Care Act because American like what's actually in the Affordable Care Act.
    Or would you prefer to repeal the law and withdraw coverage from 8 million Americans, from the young adults, from the millions who got coverage under the extended Medicaid? I guess you would like to give insurance companies the power to refuse coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and to drop people when they get sick.
    Ohhh, yeah, you are an insurance executive! You make millions by hurting sick Americans! Of course you want to repeal the law!
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    @bwstack straw man argument to further the real agenda of single payer. Insurance company's prior to ObanaCare already agreed to cover kids until 26 and ditch pre existing conditions. Dropping 8 million off insured rolls how would that be different than the 3 million that lost coverage because of ObanaCare. Let's be clear this law has nothing to do with improving care it is designed to shift cost for health care to the wealthy and young. It is simply another liberal money grab. The polling data is silly on both sides of the issue and I admit to my disappointment that conservatism has list this debate. That however doesn't mean I am going to stop saying I told you so as premiums sky rocket, health care is rationed and fewer people will chose to be MDs.

    I assume you work for a non-profit not taking a salary as you hate anyone trying to make a profit in America. I on the other hand believe less government and more completion will always produce a better outcome for all including the sick, the poor and elderly.
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    I think it's a little over the top to accuse republicans of being racist as a party, although there are surely a lot of racists who call themselves republicans.

    But the real root of republican prejudice is wealth.

    If you have wealth you matter to them, and if you don't, then you don't.

    They equate wealth with virtue.
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    There are also a lot of Blacks that are Conservative and a lot of Democrats that are so dumb they can't feed themselves in an orchard.
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    Interesting since the wealthy are also Dems....Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Oprah are three of the richest people in the country and they are Dems.

    And then there's George Soros.
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    @methinks

    And there are very few legislators who wouldn't step over your dead body to shake the hand of any of the people you mentioned.

    If you see the world as existing only on a conservative/liberal continuum, you'll be missing the fact that wealth has more influence that any party ideology.
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    Conservatives want to think that all poor people are “welfare queens”: people who drive big expensive fancy cars and get money form the government. Well, there are some people like that around today; we call them politicians and investment bankers and defense contractors. So far, no conservatives have suggested we stop giving money to those kinds of people.
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    Welfare queens are terrible for society. Kill productivity, creates a generational problem, rewards bad policy by cultivating a voter base that really only cares about themselves and makes it more difficult to compete in and ever increasing international economy. Corporate welfare which by the way has been a cornerstone of the Obama policy (Solyndra) is destructive because it artificially picks winners and losers regardless of market conditions. However corporate welfare is not as destructive because it provides jobs and does allow for values of hardwork, independence and self reliance for the individual worker. I not for welfare other than a safety net for individuals and certainly think corporations don't need it.
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    @Illinois-Jeff

    God bless Ronnie Reagan's little pointed head! He tells a "story" in 1976 and it's still shaping American politics. "There's a woman in Chicago," Reagan said, according to an article in the now-defunct Washington Star. "She has 80 names, 30 addresses, 12 Social Security cards.... She's got Medicaid, getting food stamps and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income alone is over $150,000." At virtually every campaign stop, he attacked welfare chiselers by bringing out the same character, according to press accounts. Here's the problem. Reagan wildly exaggerated the story (although we know there are abuses of the system). I get it. Reagan was running for president. So why not fabricate/exaggerate to win an election. Reagan never said the Welfare Queen was black, but he didn't need to. People assumed she was because of rhetorical clues. They drew their own conclusions and are STILL, almost 40 years later, drawing the same conclusions. The truth is this. America's poor consist largely of children, seniors and disabled. When companies like GE, Boeing and Verizon pay NO federal income tax AND NOT one single conservative politician objects---we've got a problem.
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    @Clara007 your characterization of the poor us equally an exaggeration and just admitting abuses doesn't change that, more people than ever before are on welfare and getting disability. Why is that? Failed liberal policy that is destroying the peoples ability to compete. By the way GE is a huge supporter of Obama and has done far better under Obama than any Republican before him. Go figure. Safety nets are just that and not meant to sustain generations. In addition don't forget that the poor elderly and children you speak of pay no taxes either. In fact, they are the recipients of other peoples tax dollars. There is no appreciation or thanks for the rest of society whom are supporting them. No in fact many think it is owed to them. Your visceral hatred of Reagan is interesting because he created a roaring economy, restored US standing internationally all while working with a Democratic House and Senate. Wow what a contrast to today.
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    @Illinois-Jeff
    My characterization of the poor is based on statistics. My characterization of Reagan is NOT (as you say) a visceral hatred. Far from it. I admire much about Reagan's presidency--a great orator--gregarious personality and you are right about the "roaring economy". Although GE's employees MAY have backed Obama politically during his first presidential run, I'm not sure WHAT bearing that has on huge corporate tax evasion. And may I ask WHY you are obviously
    incensed with the American poor and NOT disgusted with corporate tax evasion? Because children don't pay taxes? Really? How do you justify corporate greed?
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    This guy cannot read. He puts words in peoples' mouths and twists informational facts and timelines. He takes the massive jump from slavery and a more than 225 year-old 3/5 compromise and ties that to "poor" people of today, who get free food, housing, money, healthcare and cell phones to name just a few things.

    I got sick of reading his twisted logic after a couple of paragraphs.
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    No skills mean low paying jobs. This is reality and not unkind or bigoted. Congress can produce programs that create long generational dependency on welfare or it can produce programs that create skilled workers through apprenticeships, trade schools, colleges, and universities. Pick one and go forth.
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