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Obamacare Battle Takes Bizarre Turn

ssc Wrote: Jul 23, 2013 3:20 AM
"The Affordable Care Act originally passed the House in 2009 with 220 votes," Umm, nope. The House never voted on it. Pelosi got the House to go along with a legislative gimmick called "reconciliation." In this, they "reconciled" the Senate Bill, which was passed ONLY after Senators Ben Nelson (Cornhusker Compromise) and Mary Landrieu (Louisiana Purchase) were bribed to change their votes. And the tax mandate (aka the individual penalty) in Obamacare make the whole thing unconstitutional. Tax bills are required to originate in the House, not the Senate.
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Smoke Gets in Your Smoke

ssc Wrote: Jul 11, 2013 12:13 AM
hubris and exploitation.
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Even Teachers Agree: The Problem is Unions

ssc Wrote: Jul 07, 2013 7:41 AM
I have heard the silly defense of teacher's unions that is based on the liability insurance protection. Well consider the economics of this: Teachers pay about $1000/year for the privilege of being forced to join the union. So, over a 25 year career, that amounts to about $25,000. The vast majority of teachers will never need union liability protection. Those who do need it, will need about $10,000 in attorney fees (I know first hand!). Do the math. Now, if a teacher put $1000/year in a savings account, rather than in union dues, she will have a tidy sum at the end of her 25 year career, even if she needs to dip into the fund for an attorney. And she saves the aggravation from the union.
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Is Paula Deen the Worst American Ever?

ssc Wrote: Jul 05, 2013 1:15 PM
@marshallbrinson: The first ammendment only says that the government cannot stifle your speech. The first ammendments says absolutely nothing about private organizations inhibiting speech. Thus, a non-government employer can indeed tell you what and what not to say.
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The 'Muslims-Killed-by-the-West' Lie

ssc Wrote: May 29, 2013 7:35 AM
So, what do they teach about the Muslims killing Muslims in Syria, Lybia, Egypt, etc??
"“But even now, people are still dying from the effects of the atomic bomb,” the worksheet states." That simply is NOT TRUE. Beyond the many people who died within a few weeks from burns and acute radiation poisoning, very few subsequent deaths (outside of thyroid cancer) are attributable to the bombs. They simply did not cause mass cases of cancer or birth defects. That is a myth, or maybe a lie--depends on who passes it along and why.
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Obama Has Your Pension Plan in His Sights

ssc Wrote: Apr 15, 2013 2:00 AM
This will drive even more smart people to put their money overseas. It will also negate the argument that it is unpatriotic to do so.
This is the real issue that ought to be the focus of conversation, not whether warming is real or not. This is where the rubber hits the road. When we mess with complex systems the unintended consequences can be dire. We need to be very careful.
In many different ways, early temps were measured. Thermometers, records of ice melting, measuring dissolved gasses in arctic and glacial ice (depends on temperature of the water when they were dissolved), and other indirect biological and physiological measurements of temperature have been quite closely aligned with the idea that the globe has warmed, especially since the onset of the industrial age.
No, that is not why we use the word theory. If so, then please explain the theory of gravity. In science, "theory" is not synonymous with "tentative model."
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