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Stop This Voter Card Madness!

lee362 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 8:48 AM
You are actually arguing for cleaning up voter registries and that would be a good idea. Focusing on implementing a national identification system however undermines the most useful tools for preventing illegal votes (since most illegal immigrants can easily obtain such documentation in most states) while not addressing the real problems. Voter ID also gives the government a handy way to track citizens -- reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Stop This Voter Card Madness!

lee362 Wrote: Oct 16, 2014 8:43 AM
Just a few years back, conservatives were (correctly, in my view) arguing against citizen card identification. What ever happened to your principles? While voter fraud is a real problem, in person voting fraud is quite rare. The real sources of voter fraud are usually rigged machines or massive absentee voting fraud, often relating to fraudulent registrations. Please stop arguing for a divisive and ineffective voter id law that will serve as a de facto national id system and focus on cleaning up voter registries and ensuring that voting machines operate properly. Le Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Governor Brownback’s Tax Cuts

lee362 Wrote: Oct 12, 2014 10:30 AM
The critics actually make more extensive charges than presented here: they say that tax cuts cause a slowing in the growth of GDP and a slowing in the recovery of jobs in comparison with neighboring states. While GDP growth and job growth have been laggard in Kansas, progressive critics do not consider the growth in fracking for neighboring states and the very real increases in other Kansas taxes which more than offset the income tax cuts. A fairer analysis would consider the average tax burden and, in Kansas's case, that burden has increased over Brownback's tenure in spite of the income tax cuts. According to the Census Bureau (census.gov) total Kansas tax revenues in 2010, the year before Brownback took office, were $6,492,996,000 and last year they were $7,620,282,000 which represents an average tax increase of 18.6% over three years. Progressives are demonstrably making false claims with regard to Kansas. It is Kansas's increasing tax burden that has largely been responsible for slow growth and slow employment recovery. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Massachusetts has often elected Republicans to high office -- in my several decades here the list includes John Volpe, Francis Sargent, Bill Weld, Paul Celucci/Jane Swift, and Mitt Romney -- during the same timeframe, only 3 Democrats were elected governor and one of them was quite conservative. Yes, that means that for most of the last several decades, Republicans have held the position of governor. But Ms. Coakley is not a shoo-in for reasons other than the Republican/Democratic divide feud. Most of us who follow politics here know that as Attorney General she has not pursued justice but has pursued personal political gain. She only chases the cases where she can earn headlines or populist favor and she has explicitly denied justice to victims who were wrongly convicted -- she certainly didn't want to take a chance on a "Willie Horton" moment. She has earned the disdain not only of most Republicans and Independents, but of many knowledgeable Democrats as well. Keep paying attention to Jon Keller who is one of the brightest and most honest longtime observers of Massachusetts politics. He pretty much always knows whereof he speaks. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
You seem to be forgetting Mitt Romney's record and his stated intentions which included, among other things, 1. Initiating Romneycare which is destroying healthcare in Massachusetts -- a friend in a bad accident had to wait 3 months after rehab to get a doctor to see him because doctors here won't take new Medicare patients! 2. Indexing minimum wages to inflation -- guaranteeing the least skilled among us will continue to be unable to find starter jobs commensurate with their skills. And more. While Obama is probably the worst President in my (long) lifetime and Romney might have done better, Romney did not have it in him to make the sorts of changes that we need in order to head this country away from European style socialism. At most he would only give conservative ideas a bad name as his compromise policies failed. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
I attended the district Republican caucus for Ron Paul and not only did we not throw temper tantrums -- even though the mainstream Republicans changed the rules on us in the middle of the process and improperly invalidated some of our votes -- we were the only folks who presciently understood that Mitt Romney, as admirable a human being as he is, could not win the presidency. We are all free-market capitalists and as diametrically opposed to Marxism as possible. The mainstream Republicans were simply delusional. Ann Coulter, as funny as she is, shares the delusions. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Things I Don't Understand

lee362 Wrote: Sep 03, 2014 8:24 AM
As usual, you are right on. But I do think that the Ebola victim transport can be explained simply. The CDC was merely trying to head off the predictable criticism that would be dished out by malicious conservatives or ignorant voters. Conspiracies are rare. Always go with the theory that posits stupidity or political motivations first. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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The Left's Ridiculous Burger King Freakout

lee362 Wrote: Aug 29, 2014 7:12 AM
Patriotic fervor might reasonably be expected to incentivize BK to relocate its headquarters to Rio. The truth is that this particular move is not all that radical in terms of taxes -- Canadian provincial corporate taxes (which fund their national health system) are quite high and largely offset the low Canadian federal tax rate. The real benefit to BK of the relocation will be the fact that they will no longer be penalized for bringing home (to either Canada or the US) their after-tax profits from China and France and they will avoid the absurd and costly US tax regulations. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Libertarians, Ferguson, and "Racism"

lee362 Wrote: Aug 25, 2014 7:09 AM
While I believe it is appropriate to wait for evidence in the Ferguson case before making any accusations, your rant regarding libertarians seems uninformed. Declaring that racism (and sexism, for that matter) don't exist does not make nasty behavior motivated by racism and sexism disappear. These base motivations are common enough for all people of color and all women to have experienced them in their everyday lives. What differentiates libertarians from progressives and conservatives is our unwillingness to address every social problem with government force. So here's the political breakdown as best I can see it: Progressives see the problem and advocate government action to correct it. Libertarians see the problem and advocate persuasion and non-coercive voluntary action to correct it (e.g., boycotts and social ostracism). Conservatives deny there is a problem. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
The local newspaper reports that my community has absorbed over 400 immigrant kids in the past two years. They also quoted a local immigration attorney as saying that not one of his clients had failed to get a visa. A few days later, the newspaper reported that standardized tests showed a decline in academic performance of up to 30% over the school year. Does anyone think that these two stores are not related? Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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