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O'Reilly is a blow hard. Sometimes I can't tell where he will land on an issue. He can be decent, but even with liberals, I hate that he doesn't let anyone else speak. He's just rude. Plus he's from New York City. NYC has never really known 2nd Amendment freedom. It's always had some of the highest gun control in the country... well before it was a real issue nationwide. A good number of Republicans there are pro gun control as well. Just goes to show that environment has a huge effect on your thinking. This is why we absolutely must reform our education system. Kids come out of school today thinking socialism is great and capitalism is evil... before they've even experienced it for themselves. Good old fashioned brain washing.
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Failure: Unions in America Today

jayrod1980 Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 1:12 AM
We have the highest per capita spending per child in education in the entire world... and we are no better than middling... and low amongst other industrialized nations. I believe this is mostly due to teachers unions. Watch Waiting for Superman if you need any convincing. Un-fireable teachers, near instant tenure, etc. It's not the pay that bothers me. Great teachers should probably make double what they make now, but the pension system and performance of bad teachers is so bad that it drags the whole thing down. The unions shield the bad eggs. If we could just raise the performance of the worst teachers to average, we would be the best in the world. Fat chance doing that with the NEA in place and others.
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Failure: Unions in America Today

jayrod1980 Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 1:09 AM
Most organizations that last a long time fall prey to mission creep. Unions are no different. Once they succeeded in keeping monopolistic super corps from enslaving the American worker post Industrial Revolution, they just kept on rallying for more. Today they do nothing for the average worker, other than spend their dues. What good does a union make for a company on poor fitting like GM in bargaining for more benefits? Structurally they are already at a disadvantage, so saying, "pay me more and let me work less" isn't going to do anything for them other than make them GO UNDER. Just like Hostess. We can also thank public unions for the biggest failure in America... education!
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Failure: Unions in America Today

jayrod1980 Wrote: Nov 25, 2012 1:06 AM
Unions should have never been allowed to be formed in the public sector. There's more than enough protection for those workers, as well as it being completely unethical. Even FDR was against it... and he was no conservative, of course. The fact that public unions can bargain for pay raises and goodies from the government is robbery! They are not accountable to the taxpayer AT ALL! I'm not a fan of most private unions TODAY, but at least they have a history (albeit a while ago) at making the workplace better for all. Public unions have no such past. They merely bankrupt us faster. Of course the talk about the exploited worker baloney is just that... baloney. With the regulations and laws today, very few workers are "exploited."
Also, another thing. Immigration reform does need some serious work, as well as healthcare. Like anything else, we need to cut the red tape other than keeping out the violent criminal element. Legal immigrants tend to be more productive as a whole than natural citizens. Illegals less so. Having a strong border policy while simultaneously making legal immigration easier will take away much of the incentive to come illegally. Also... why is that stupid Kennedy law on immigration still on the books? We are forced to let in a high ratio of third world in while holding out on allowing those from affluent countries. I wouldn't mind taking in the business creators of Europe looking to flee Spain, Italy, Greece, and France.
We have a lot more in common than most people believe by just listening to the media. We can't let ourselves be defined by them. That seems to me a good ground game goal, along with getting the base on board well in advance.
How about this... an all of the above strategy. Ground game, candidates, education. We need to internally weed the field when we have people with mostly similar views. That would eliminate a lot of the blood. The RNC needs to be vetting strong viable candidates long long before the election. Once the few are chosen the players in the actual primary should agree to stick to issues and keep a level of civility or be left out. We should be holding events and working at garnering support NOW, not the year of the election as well. Spending political capital in minority neighborhoods well apart from elections will help more than pandering to a single issue.
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