I'm getting tired of hearing how all our economic woes are due to the current President without any effort to explain why that is so. I spent 22 years on Congressional staff and am pretty good at analyzing effectiveness of Federal programs, and I just don't see it. I was in the Senate Budget Committee hearing where Hollings got Greenspan to explain how Bush didn't like the surplus that had been built up during the Clinton years and wanted to give it back--despite the fact that it had been deliverately created to support retirement of the baby boomers (not what one would consider "conservative," by the way.) I then watched Bush create wars and start a new Medicare program that weren't paid for after he'd given back the surplus to rich people who didn't need it. This had nothing to do with our current economic crisis? Would you care, Clarke, to give even one example of an Obama policy that caused or worsened the economy? And don't even start with the nonsense about printing money, which no President can do. Just take one Obama policy and explain how it contributed to our economic woes, please.
McCoy doesn't want an earmark? What the heck does he think an "earmark" is? It's designating a specific project for funding as opposed to letting the Executive Branch make that designation. Personally, I know hundreds of projects in SC that are very worthwhile efforts that resulted from earmarks, so I can't imagine why McCoy would hesitate to make the case for this one.
You are wrong, pissedoffyankee! We sell the stations at fire sale prices the right to use the very limited broadcast spectrum. This is not just widgets where anybody can go into business and produce something they can try to market to the general public. There isn't any more space available--the stations have it all locked up. I think we (the public) should expect something in return .
Obviously you folks don't vote or you'd know we already have voter ID--it's called the Voter Registration Card. You have to apply for this card by supplying personal information, including your Social Security number. After the State Election Commission, who we pay to perform this service, verifies the information you have supplied is correct, they enter you as a registered voter and send you a card. Whenever you vote, you must present your card and sign by your name on the computerized voter registration list. When the polls close, workers assure that the number of people who have signed equals the number of votes cast on the voting machines. There is no way somebody can vote more than once or give their card to others to use. There is absolutely no reason for having to replace this system--at great cost to us taxpayers--with a picture ID. Have you looked at your drivers license? Would the picture there be better proof of who you are than the voter registration system where state employees have had several weeks to verify the information you provided before issuing you a card? No, so that means there must be some other reason for the new Voter ID law. Can I be sure it is to discourage minority voting? No, but since there is no obvious reason, it seems just as likely as anything else I can think of.
I know this is a very personal matter and I feel very sorry for the family, but I can't help thinking how shameful it is that a country that supports giving healthy young men millions of dollars to run around playing with balls would subject a family to having to suffer financially while fighting this dread disease. There's no way we can dig into our pockets to take care of everybody who comes down with some expensive health problem. I hope you folks who hate healthcare reform will keep this in mind.
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