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Given comments uttered by the likes of Pelosi and Conyers, there's little doubt that the Democrats in Congress were quite aware of this, as well as the other ramifications of the administrative structure that ACA put into place. Regardless of those comments, when you look at the role of the IRS, HHS, or any of the other bureaucracies that are either strengthened or created, it's hard to pretend that they were innocent of what they were sneaking into place.
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Voters Are Giving You One More Chance, GOP

GGatty Wrote: Nov 13, 2014 3:02 AM
Riiight, because Martha Coakley was so much better. As has been stated ad nauseum by virtually everyone with a passing connection to the Republicans, the tea party or libertarians, Brown was better than you'd expect from Massachusetts.
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5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'

GGatty Wrote: Nov 11, 2014 1:53 PM
"The industry says that's only fair, considering the companies are investing hundreds of billions of dollars into a network infrastructure that, so far, has prospered without much government intervention." That's a bit of a stretch. Most ISP's are given monopoly utility designations in the municipalities that they serve. Most are regulated by PUC's. It may not be intervention at the Federal level, but it's definitely intervention and serves to effectively stifle competition. A worthwhile read on 'net neutrality': http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Net-Neutrality-Wont-Fix-Our-Problems-Heres-Why/
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Kaci Hickox, Self-Absorbed Hero

GGatty Wrote: Oct 30, 2014 8:37 PM
Yes, there's proof. She works for the WHO, but she was assigned to work with Doctors Without Borders. There is plenty of confirmation that she was there. Further, I doubt either group would hesitate to call her out if she was lying.
It's not the gender, it's the ideology. The mindset that attempts to minimize the need for the military has the same approach to protection in general. The persistent assertion that peace can be reached without having the strength to back yourself militarily and the moral equivalence and multiculturalism that is woven throughout the mindset of the modern Left results in a determined ignorance towards the realities of life. Remember the 2009 party crashers, the Salahi's? The response of the White House at large, including the Secret Service spoke volumes about that mindset.
Exactly! What do the words "I take full responsibility" even mean these days? Will her taking 'full responsibility' have any impact on her career? Doubtful. Will she step down as Secret Service director? Unlikely. Will she face charges of criminal neglect or some such? Again, unlikely. That phrase has become no more meaningful than the so-called apologies one hears these days.
While this is clearly an example of Davis being out of her depth in the political arena, I wish the writers at TH could find it in themselves to avoid hyperbolic language. This is no more a temper tantrum than it is a "meltdown", as described by Greg Abbott's Youtube title. Apparently, neither Greg or Cortney have ever observed 2-year-olds for any length of time. To label it a temper tantrum simply be able to ask "If Davis can't control her temper, how will she control one of the largest states in the nation?" is not the caliber of writing I expect from TH. There is enough evidence of Davis' lack of ability to head the state of Texas without having to stoop to fabrication and straw man arguments. In doing so, the writer lowers herself to the level of the numerous left-leaning hacks we deplore.
Why? It sounds like an eminently plausible story. Although certain bases may have armed fighter jets sitting ready to go, I doubt that's the case in most domestic locations. What other choice would they have in response to flight 93, given that by then they knew it had been hijacked by the same group? At the time, I can't see any reason for them to have downplayed the sacrifice made by the passengers just to say that they had a plan being executed.
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Cheap Politicians

GGatty Wrote: Sep 10, 2014 12:14 AM
I'm all for a pay raise... If they earn it. Government jobs are one of the bastions of those who seem to get paid no matter how badly they do their job. In the private sector, there's at least a chance of someone getting fired if they can't fulfill their duties. I've yet to see that at any level of government.
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Saving Private Bryan

GGatty Wrote: Aug 07, 2014 2:02 PM
Sadly, if the Board of Trustees continues to back Livesay, then Livesay's continued employment is a symptom of a bigger problem, rather than the problem itself.
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