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Charles Koch Fights Back

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Apr 05, 2014 11:15 AM
The Koch brothers are BIG donors for Republicans; among all donors they rank 57th, with all or nearly all those ranked 1-56 being Democrat donors. Several are big unions who get their money the government way: pay dues or don't work here--a slightly more subtle method of extortion than "your money or your life!"
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The Lesson of Dunkirk

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Feb 21, 2014 8:50 AM
Do you defeat an enemy by becoming the enemy? If the Republican leadership is aligned with "money in my pockets" big government, must I support them so that we can elect more just like them--as we have been doing for many years? Should we continue current practices of winning at the cost of principles? Personally, I'm thankful that Dr. Sowell usually writes as a competent economist rather than as an amateur political adviser.
And voter fraud of various sorts (e.g., more votes for Obama in some precincts in swing states than there were registered voters) did not play a role? But I don't like any of the 100 or so "amoral dupes of the statist Republican party."
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Schoolteacher Cheating

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Feb 05, 2014 11:27 AM
Sad. They'd rather cheat than learn how to help students succeed. There are validated methods that work in inner city schools (and your neighborhood school). That was true 30 years ago and it is true today. "educational experts" ignored published research, research that they had supported until the results were in. My personal experience as Chief of the Reading Improvement Service, University of Michigan, was that the success generating methods were easy for teachers to learn and use. The problem persists because of the willful ignorance of many, supported by the major teachers unions, including the Federation of Teachers and NEA.
Good to know how it is that everyone knows exactly what the Congressman said--after listening several times, I still do not know. Maybe folks could get a job w/ the NSA so they don't have to do all that eavesdropping. My hunch is that the quotes actually came from Scotto.
John McC always listens to the voters, but--alas--not Republican voters. I voted for him for president as a lesser of evils. Wondered how he and his campaign weenies got fooled somehow and chose a Republican to run with him as Vice-President.
Please name one. Nazi Germany does not count--it worked for Hitler and killed millions.
The Tea Party is not an "it" There are 3 or 4 Tea Parties near my home; they sometimes coordinate, sometimes do not. Each is about Taxed Enough Already, favoring lower taxes and less government interference with rights granted by the US Constitution.
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Tea Party at the Crossroads

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 9:32 AM
What is the Tea Party? Whatever "it" is, "it" is not an entity that can be accurately tagged with a noun. What is the Tea Party not? A wing of the Republican Party--there are far too many Democrat and Independent voters who identify with and/or vote with the Tea Party for it to be a part of the Republican Party. Pundits--alas, even including Sowell--are simply wrong to consider Tea Party members to be Republicans. Many Democrats and Independents are republicans.
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Tea Party at the Crossroads

Recovering Liberal Wrote: Nov 12, 2013 9:27 AM
"Real Conservatives" are individuals who vote according to the US Constitution. Some "Real Conservatives" can also articulate the Constitutional reasoning behind their voting record. This definition applies to politicians as well as to other citizens voting in elections.
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