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Climate Change and the Perils of Inaction

jdick Wrote: Feb 27, 2014 5:20 PM
"Gay marriage" is predicated on the idea that same-sex marriage is the same as heterosexual marriage. I'll buy that when a same-sex couple produces offspring without outside assistance.
The Tea Party is mostly good, but it could be much better. They need to save their vitriol for Democrats. Criticisms of Republicans are OK, but should be more muted. "RINO" should not be part of their public vocabulary, even when it's true. Great care should be taken when choosing a candidate to support in the primaries that the candidate is likely to win the general election. If the candidate nominated is not the Tea Party favorite but is reasonably conservative, Tea Party members should still vote for him/her. Staying home is a vote for the Democrat.
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Washington Hijinks

jdick Wrote: Feb 14, 2014 12:29 PM
I just hope the Republicans follow Reagan's rule: Nominate the most conservative candidate who CAN WIN. Many good conservative people don't have a clue about winning elections. Mostly, they aren't mean enough and are too honest.
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Washington Hijinks

jdick Wrote: Feb 14, 2014 12:26 PM
The legal fees would bankrupt many businesses, especially since the IRS legal budget is virtually unlimited.
Of course it's possible. First, carefully select community/junior college courses that will transfer. Get as many credits this way as possible, all the while working and living with parents. Then, if possible, attend a degree-granting college near where you live. Take enough courses at this college to get your degree, again while working and living with parents. Now, that wasn't so hard, was it. Not too different from what I did 55 years ago. It worked then and I know of no reason why it wouldn't work now.
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Rubio proposes higher education overhaul

jdick Wrote: Feb 10, 2014 10:49 AM
Sounds to me like too much government. We need to convert all federal education programs into a single grant program where the funds would be allocated based on a formula. No strings would be attached. One or two federal employees with a spreadsheet is all the administration that would be needed. Even if the grant amounts equal what is being spent now, the feds and the states would save $billions in administrative costs.
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Tea Party at the Crossroads

jdick Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 11:09 AM
In general, I agree. But one immediate effect is that Cuccinelli lost the race for governor of Virginia. Other factors were present, of course, but many experts say that the government shutdown hurt Cuccinelli.
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Tea Party at the Crossroads

jdick Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 11:06 AM
Right and wrong in the normal sense do not apply to tactics, only to policy. As long as no laws are broken, right and wrong tactics are judged by what works. It's still a little early, but it seems to me the recent conservative tactics did not work on balance.
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Tea Party at the Crossroads

jdick Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 11:02 AM
I can't see how that is so. Minor changes in tactics and rhetoric would have considerably reduced the negative fallout and might have given us a conservative governor in Virginia instead of the Clinton lackey we are about to have.
There is a difference between seeking power for power's sake and seeking power to enact an agenda. Republicans must have power to repeal Obamacare, so they must seek it. It may be hard to tell why any one Republican is seeking power, but I think we have to give them the benefit of the doubt right now.
Remember the real objective: full repeal of Obamacare. How best to get that done? 1. DO as little as possible. Delays might be OK, but even that is risky because they might prevent the voters from realizing just how bad it really is. 2. TALK as much as possible about how bad it is. That is the most promising path to getting the power to repeal the whole sordid mess. However, that might not happen until 2017, so we also need patience. People will be hurt through this strategy, but there's probably no way to avoid that and still get it repealed.
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