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Sorry, Bill, but Michelle has her facts exactly right. I am one of those Delphi salary retirees who has had his pension and other retiree benefits gutted, not because we weren't represented but because the Government under Obama chose winners and losers. The fact is that unions in this day and age are poison. There was a time and place when possibly they were necessary, but that time is well past. Everything that unions have touched in the past half century have turned to s___ in a big way, and that especially goes for public sector unions which gave degraded the quality of everything from education to garbage pickup, and are in the process of bankrupting the country in the process, as unsustainable pensions are coming due which were negotiated as payoffs for votes. If we want to secure the solvency of our country, public sector unions need to be outlawed (since there is certainly no adversarial relationship between the two parties doing the negotiating as there is in the private sector - even FDR knew that public sector unions were unworkable), and going forward, all government pensions need to be self-funded. If a private sector company is foolish enough to allow itself to be steamrolled by a union, that is their problem, as well as the problem of all its employees, but that is their decision to make. But, I do hope that private sector employers are smart enough to terminate pension plans going forward, but if not, pension plans should be forced by law to be 100% funded at all times so that companies cannot dump the burden onto taxpayers if things go south.
Sorry, Bill, but Michelle has her facts exactly right. I am one of those Delphi salary retirees who has had his pension and other retiree benefits gutted, not because we weren't represented but because the Government under Obama chose winners and losers. The fact is that unions in this day and age are poison. There was a time and place when possibly they were necessary, but that time is well past. Everything that unions have touched in the past half century have turned to s___ in a big way, and that especially goes for public sector unions which gave degraded the quality of everything from education to garbage pickup, and are in the process of bankrupting the country in the process, as unsustainable pensions are coming due which were negotiated as payoffs for votes. If we want to secure the solvency of our country, public sector unions need to be outlawed (since there is certainly no adversarial relationship between the two parties doing the negotiating as there is in the private sector - even FDR knew that public sector unions were unworkable), and going forward, all government pensions need to be self-funded. If a private sector company is foolish enough to allow itself to be steamrolled by a union, that is their problem, as well as the problem of all its employees, but that is their decision to make. But, I do hope that private sector employers are smart enough to terminate pension plans going forward, but if not, pension plans should be forced by law to be 100% funded at all times so that companies cannot dump the burden onto taxpayers if things go south.
When you say Democrat and then hypocrite, you definitely do repeat yourself. "Honest Democrat" is the biggest oxymoron anyone can concoct.
Absolutely defund the Establishment GOP. Instead, send your money to the Senate Conservative Fund, Club for Growth, and directly to staunch CONSERVATIVE candidates.
Amen! I am a firm believer in defunding the GOP, which is becoming almost as progressive as the despicable Democrats. All of my extra money goes to the Senate Conservative Fund, Club for Growth, and specific CONSERVATIVE candidates. The Establishment GOP will never see another penny of my money!!!!!
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The Misinformed Case for Voter ID

Bick4 Wrote: May 15, 2014 12:56 PM
If even one person illegally votes, it cancels out MY vote, and that is an infringement on MY rights, and we know that thousands of illegal votes are cast. Or was someone just making up the stat that Obama garnered more votes in several precincts than there were eligible voters. And that he garnered 100% of the votes in many inner city precincts, as ill informed as many of these voters are, is beyond the scope of credulity.
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The Misinformed Case for Voter ID

Bick4 Wrote: May 15, 2014 12:47 PM
This guy is an idiot. There have always been "reasonable" requirements to vote, from the days of having to be a property owner, to having to be a man, to having to pay a pole tax, to currently not being a felon and being a citizen. Voting is not a God given inalienable right, and the state can certainly place reasonable restrictions on this PRIVILEGE. If someone does not have an ID, states which require voter ID are happy to provide them, so long a someone can prove who they say they are. Sounds reasonable to me. Personally, I think a person should have to pass a basic test about US History, Party Platforms, and civics to demonstrate that they have the knowledge to cast an informed ballot before being allowed to vote. As another option, if you don't like that suggestion, how about not allowing anyone currently on any government entitlement (this does not include SS and Medicare which have been paid for by the recipients many times over) to vote, because doing so is certainly a conflict of interests.
Eric, would be willing to stake your life on the fact that ANY of these 144 are innocent, much less all of them. I certainly wouldn't. And, if every person on death row were executed tomorrow, how many truly innocent lives would be saved over the next decade. It would make 144 (maybe one or two of whom didn't actually commit the crime for which they were convicted, but who probably committed a lot of others) look like a VERY small number.
Amy, why a year and a day, and why automatic appeals? Why not allow appeals only when there is justification, and how about setting the execution day a maximum of 2 months after sentencing? You would see murder rates plummet, just like they have in Singapore and other places where sure and swift enactment of capital punishment has been implemented.
Nice post, Smitty. In my college days one summer (late 60s), I was hired as a jailer in the Dallas County Jail. Frequently, I was able to work on the 8th floor which is where all death row inmates were housed (about 20 or them). I had the opportunity to review all of their rap sheets, and the shortest was almost the length of my arm. These were not innocent men, even in the remotest of possibilities that they did not commit the crime which got them on death row. I too would like the name of a single person who was executed in error in this country in the last 100 years. There are hundreds of people who have lost their lives at the hands of criminals who should have been executed but weren't; many who were killed in prison or many truly innocent people murdered after their murderers escaped or were pardoned or paroled. And who knows how many innocent people have lost their lives because the UNQUESIONABLE DETERRENT OF A SURE AND SWIFT ENACTMENT OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT has not been in place. Executing someone 2 decades after the fact looses some of the impact on society and would be killers.
Mike, what is plainly taught by Christ? He was hung on the cross between two THIEVES who were given the death sentence. Please tell me one word Christ said which leads you to believe that He condemned the death sentence.
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