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Well, let me help. Government begins, not ends, at city hall (or county council, if you live in an unincorporated area). It then proceeds upward through the State house(s), and then into the Fed. Not so much Fed as State, not so much State as County (or Parish), and not so much County/Parish as City. When the folks you elect are your neighbors, and are within your reach, your influence increases, whether you're rich or poor. Debating an issue face-to-face is always better than via e-mail or intermediaries.
Common Core is the exact opposite of Federalism. The good news is that Florida opted out of Common Core. The bad news is that Florida created a new standard that's just as oriented toward testing, rather than education.
This is why when the RNC calls these days I just hang up. I wasted some breath telling one of them a month ago that I'd think about contributing again when Boehner isn't Speaker any longer--so the subsequent calls must either mean that Boehner no longer the Speaker and I've missed something, or that the RNC has a severe learning disability. I'm going with "learning disability."
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Ransom's Predictions for 2014

rinzai Wrote: Dec 27, 2013 9:22 AM
Did you mean "deftly" or "daftly?" Nah, had to be "daftly."
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Stupid Stuff My President Says

rinzai Wrote: Nov 22, 2013 8:28 AM
We'd look a lot smarter if at least half of us knew when to use "their" and "than" correctly.
jobfly.biz strikes again!
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Priebus Hits a Home Run

rinzai Wrote: Aug 18, 2013 6:54 AM
I'm not sure that combating documentaries about Hillary Clinton should be the #1 priority of the party. In fact, I'm pretty sure that was a damned waste of time. Wouldn't the time have been better spent working on a sensible immigration policy, reworking a century-old tax code, and getting people back to work? Couldn't we be focusing on becoming an inclusive party dedicated to fiscal and personal responsibility instead of spinning our wheels fighting what might be shown on CNN? (Does anyone still watch CNN?)
Fine. There's whatever number of kinds of people you say there are. The point remains: there are people who see taking care of themselves and their families through their own efforts as a sacred obligation, and there are people who see that as optional. There are people who work their behinds off and still need assistance--but they belong to the former group, not the latter. It's a question of whether one looks first to oneself, or one looks first to government. Be in that first group, not the second, is the lesson. Can that be made any more plain for you?
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Busybody Politics

rinzai Wrote: Aug 06, 2013 7:29 AM
You correctly understand the latter, but not the former. Here LoyalProg simply follows in the footsteps of the Reverend Dr. Swift--a modest proposal, if you will.
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Who Is Racist?

rinzai Wrote: Jul 09, 2013 8:26 AM
I believe it was because back in the 1970's Norman Lear told us they couldn't be. On "Good Times" John Amos as James Evans admonished his son J.J.: "Black man can't be [a] racist, son!" It was hard to tell at the time whether that statement was intended to be ironic or not. At the time, I suspect, it wasn't. Certainly in hindsight it seems that way now.
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