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Hey Unions: Welcome to Politics

Starley Wrote: Jul 10, 2012 8:10 AM
Union dues are mandatory. Church contributions are voluntary. There is no Comparison.
I believe we need to bring back truancy laws. Maybe a boot camp style school for those who won't attend?
I disagree. The school facilities and student discipline in the poorer (not just Black) schools is obscenely inadequate. To the students trying to learn, this is a definite disadvantage. The voucher system offers better facilities and demands discipline to the advantage of the student. And this is how the private charter or voucher schools compete and tend to get better results for less money.
You can't help someone until they realize they need it and want it.
Sir. This sounds like surrender. But a lot of black majority communities are happy to be able to choose the best for their children. It doesn't matter if it is a church sponsored or private. The fact is the better the education a child can get will enhance his future and ability to make his own choices as to his or her future. I want my children to be the masters of their own fate.
Ms Parker, it is happening. I listen to the radio going through Detroit every day and more and more public schools are having to compete with private charter schools. And they can't start the charter schools fast enough. The public school systems are frequently broke financially and the managers coming in are finding it cheaper to go to charter schools. And being free enterprise, parents will go to the best they can find. The Republican governor (Schneider) is doing all he can to support expansion.
I am not Catholic but have worked with CC. My experience was excellent. The nun was terrific about meeting immediate needs. Issues of faith and judgemental attitudes were non-existant. I see the same thing with the Salvation Army, Goodwill. They will help you to help yourself. My feeling is these programs do more to help people get on their feet than welfare ever has.
I have no problem helping people in a crisis. But we have turned it in dependence... a form of slavery. Before welfare the family was there to help and they would never have been willing to accept the long term dependence we see today. Maybe it is not the governments job to take care of the poor but for family - friends - neighbors - church to be there in times of crisis and to assist those who are disabled back on their feet. James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."
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Socialist or Fascist

Starley Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 10:29 PM
Mr Sowell. Your thoughts are on the mark. Mr Obama has pushed the larger corporations in a position of overwhelming power by making it almost impossible for small business to compete. This includes both environmental and administrative requirements. Then he twists the arms of the large corporations to do his bidding. Best examples are the oil companies, auto companies, and health industry. Definitely agree with you. This compairs better to fascism rather than socialism.
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New Ad: Is Justice for Sale?

Starley Wrote: May 21, 2012 9:36 AM
There may be a reason no one has been charged. Maybe, just maybe, nothing illegal was done! Little reported fact: the bundling of mortgages was initiated by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The morgages in these bundles were guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The bundled mortgages recieved a AAA rating due to the backing of these government affiliated intities. So how do you charge someone under the law, when no law has been violated?
According to what I have heard recently, the average family income of a stay at home mom is less than 40,000 dollars. The choice is made for the family. And the woman is well aware of the economy as she normally handles the household bills. She more than anyone is aware of inflation and rising prices. And Ann Romney talks to these women on the campaign trail. And she talks to working mothers too. She and Mitt went from nothing earning their fortune over the years. But her history is having to meet bills on a meager budget in the beginning. I would say she is well qualified to discuss what women think are their major concerns.
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