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Let me get this straight. American's drug use is causing all the brutal consequences in the Americas to the south. Drug users are responsible for the corrupt governments, heinous drug cartels and the suffering of the innocents. The answer is to end the war on drugs here in the US. So, if we do that, then won't more people use drugs more freely? Aren't the same suppliers going to continue to supply that market? Do you really think that they are going to let others in on their business which they can now proceed to do legally, even if they are in the US themselves illegally?
The IRS, too big to fail. Let's just start with tax reform. The military can not function, as we may very well need it, with anymore budget cuts. Government pensions need to be reconsidered and renegotiated. Cuts mean a reduction is spending, not a reduction in an increase to the budget. We all need better politicians as well. Starting with honesty could be a first step. There should be some way to stop the corrupt money and power grab that many politicians engage in.
Agree. Also it was reported that they came out of the White House $12,000,000.00 in debt. How does the President and his family amass that amount of debt while in office? With all the money Hillary made in "investments", what are they spending their money on?
I think you're right, but I also picked up from Cathy that bailouts of bankrupt major corporations was another reason the Republicans come off insincere in regard to income inequality. It seems to be that simply admitting there is a problem is what is missing and that the ability to offer other methods of solving a problem is lost in the inability to frame the argument. Republicans definitely have a PR problem. Being principled and being intransigent are not necessarily the same thing.
Doctor X, I think you're right that all the whining needs to stop. That goes for both sides. We can go tit for tat with signs depicting George Bush in unflattering ways, and maybe one side can even use numbers of insults against the other to bolster their argument, but that doesn't move anyone forward. Tone, is also very important when trying to have a discussion, and looking to solutions to failed policies. If you agree to the fact that many liberal policies have failed and are bankrupting this country, that both sides are looking for solutions to the countries problems, and that we have world history to point us in better directions, please, let's have that discussion.
It was Barbara Jackson, from California, who accused Paul Ryan of racism. I've only heard him speak of it once, but he didn't back down from what he said.
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Silence of the Left

Dianne87 Wrote: Mar 15, 2014 12:01 PM
It seems to me that there are two fundamental issues here that are ignored in the debates that storm around education. First, what works, and second, what doesn't work. You would think that the main criteria would be educating children, and what is best for them. My experience when my two children were in public school in the '80's and '90's was definitely not that. There is always bureaucracy, prejudice, major egos and a sad lack of help in the classroom to deal with. The complexity of the problem leads to latching on to simplistic answers in a desperate attempt to fix problems piecemeal instead of addressing a major overhaul. This is a very serious problem which will take more than vouchers to address. It will take the will of this nation and the commitment to excellence of education for our society to actually fix the sad state of our public schools. We know what works because there are many successful educators, and we also know why there are many children that fall through the cracks. We need a complete overhaul of public education in this country, and we must use standardized criteria based on empirical evidence. That might include changing everything as we now know it. Anyone up for it?
After reading some of the post, I think that we can at least all agree that inner city crime and gangs present a huge problem for society. The question is always how to deal with this? Government bureaucracy seems to usually be the least effective. Government acknowledgement of the real problem is disguised in these soft pedal programs. Not even the police want to go into the inner city and deal with what is going on there. But, here is another problem that is creeping into society which is not being addressed, the abundance of meth use in the rural towns and cities across our nation. The problem has always been how to deal with bored, rebellious young teens. Almost any parent can tell you how difficult that is. Maybe a mandatory military conscription for two years would help here as it has done elsewhere, like Israel. Discipline and job training and education would help more to guide our youth into being productive citizens and not criminals. Also one method that always helped me when my children where teens was enough physical activity to tire them out.
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Beyond Affirmative Action

Dianne87 Wrote: Feb 19, 2014 12:35 PM
Dr. King's famous statement about a man being judged by the content of his character and not by the color of his skin is what resonated with the entire country, or at least those who understand a faith based or moral based way of living. Progressivism here, as everywhere else, has undermined or is trying to destroyed the idea that our inalienable rights come from God, not the government. It has also tried to obfuscate or annihilate this country's history being faith based. It assumes everyone wants a free ride, and it will give it to them. The cost is ultimately freedom, dynamism, and mediocrity. Compassion is a virtue, but takes action to be effective, and starts with the individual exercising it on a regular basis. Not by compassion itself being regulated.
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