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The disclaimer

I think there is a need for poor people, people who are unemployed\disabled to have assistance.. BUT there are a lot of people who take advantage of the system and I am against that.

Why do "supportive statements" so often end with that disclaimer?
What drives people to feel obligated to add that some of "those people" are screwing the government and taxpayers over?

suppose pharma behaved more like this...

My dealing with a corporation that developed a medical advice has been very positive.
I have a Vagal Nerve Stimulator. I have to have the battery replaced surgically. Originally, it was scheduled for late Nov.
So, I got a call from cyberonics (a woman who identified herself as a "case manager" to ask me some general questions. She asked when my surgery was, and when she discovered I wasn't happy with the date, she called the surgeon to see if they could get me in sooner.
They did. It's Oct 9.

Suppose drug companies had such a system? Jobs for unemployed social scientists. And, improved healthcare as people could report efficacy and side effects. In some cases, adjustments could be made without a dr. visit.

Scolarly Presidential rankings

Obama beats Reagan and both Bushes in this academic ranking 15th out of 44 isn't too bad. Just wait til he's finished!


It's a good ranking system that uses six attributes. I noticed that W ranks lower than traitor, John Tyler.

CLinton Arithmetic!!!

Always the adult in the room

That is the image he has crafted. I think it will serve him well during the debates.

In a nutshell

Don't Boo- VOTE!


Missouri Republican Assembly Continues its support for Congressman Todd Akin

"I hope that media and democratic candidates will ask republicans to try to defend this... "And the Congressman should be commended for standing by his convictions and being better informed than the general public or liberal media."


Suppose you saw a row of flags...

A US flag, a confederate flag, and a Christian flag with a single cross mounted on a house. What would be your guess about the person who lived there? I saw this and it is especially disturbing to me. I am curious to see how many people jump to the same conclusions I did.

Missouri Rep. is auctioning a .223 caliber AR-15 semi-automatic weapon

Show me just how stupid and insensitive you can be representative.


things of which the founds could not possibly conceived

A population this size.
The kind of violence we see in the entertainment industry.
Hate crimes.
Glorification of violence among children
Outright hate directed towards fellow citizens. Obviously people were alienated because of poverty, illness\disability, ethnicity, gender, certainly if known homosexual preferences.
I was born in 1969 in my lifetime, I don't remember a time when people would publicly, and shamelessly express the kind hate we see now.

But, I have read about scarlet letters, stocks, "Sinners In The Hands of an Angry God," witch hunts, etc. but the kind of vitriol and hate we see seems to have escalated within a very short time. I remember when Reagan and John Lennon were shot, and it seemed that no one questioned the idea that there was a problem with the fact that Mark David Chapman and John Hinckley were able to acquire guns.

Congress was angry during the Clinton years, but eventually did work together at times.

The Bush administration managed to start 2 wars with little domestic objection. It wasn't hard to get people on their side given the circumstances. But, those were obviously unfortunate hands to be responsible during that time. They capitalized on an idea that we are hated all over the world. Terrorism is hate, terrorism is everywhere, we should fear terrorism. With time, did a kind of terrifying fear become synonymous with hate?

They implemented policies that made us afraid of our neighbors and anyone who looks like they could be from the middle east. The hate seems to have escalated as the threat has subsided. Is hate a sense of empowerment for people who have been most fearful?

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