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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Well, what would you suggest?
    Do repairs on a neighbor's house that can't afford to do it themselves. Sacrifice your Christmas to give a family whose parent is in jail a decent Christmas. Help repair a playground that the community has neglected.

    Do something physically. Give your time. Sometimes time is more precious than money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by md62 View Post
    Do repairs on a neighbor's house that can't afford to do it themselves. Sacrifice your Christmas to give a family whose parent is in jail a decent Christmas. Help repair a playground that the community has neglected.

    Do something physically. Give your time. Sometimes time is more precious than money.
    All of that will make quite a difference for the people affected, certainly. Doing things and living your values are important. But voting isn't 'too passive'. It's about the only voice people have /left/ in government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madfunkymonkey View Post
    I kind of doubt what you are saying is true.

    What is next?

    I bet you are going to say something about Fox News. And then you will call me a bigot or racist. Isn't that the normal rhetoric????
    Knock yourself out, here's every single pledger.
    http://givingpledge.org/

    Here's a list of the highest profile pledgers in order of net worth, as well as high profile people who chose not to pledge.
    http://open.salon.com/blog/danagram/...dged_who_hasnt

    No rhetoric here. Just facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by md62 View Post
    Do repairs on a neighbor's house that can't afford to do it themselves. Sacrifice your Christmas to give a family whose parent is in jail a decent Christmas. Help repair a playground that the community has neglected.

    Do something physically. Give your time. Sometimes time is more precious than money.
    Demand a living minimum wage from your representatives so your neighbor can afford basic home maintenance.
    Seeing as how drug arrests are the most common type of arrest in America, demand from your representatives that marijuana be legalized, so our nation no longer has the highest concentration of incarcerated citizens on the planet.
    Demand a property and sales tax rate sufficient that the community playground can be maintained by the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dupont2005 View Post
    Demand a living minimum wage from your representatives so your neighbor can afford basic home maintenance.
    Seeing as how drug arrests are the most common type of arrest in America, demand from your representatives that marijuana be legalized, so our nation no longer has the highest concentration of incarcerated citizens on the planet.
    Demand a property and sales tax rate sufficient that the community playground can be maintained by the city.
    Or, at the very least, demand that wealth be taxed. Work, not wealth, is what drives our economy. Hoarded wealth becomes an anchor.

    I generally dislike sales taxes because they're pretty regressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    Or, at the very least, demand that wealth be taxed. Work, not wealth, is what drives our economy. Hoarded wealth becomes an anchor.

    I generally dislike sales taxes because they're pretty regressive.
    I agree, but sales tax is often what funds local stuff like parks, isn't it? That and property tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dupont2005 View Post
    I agree, but sales tax is often what funds local stuff like parks, isn't it? That and property tax.
    State taxes are often very regressive. Part of that is due to limitations placed on the way states are allowed to tax. The rest is just bad tax policy and race to the bottom style crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by md62 View Post
    Voting is too passive. It's just like writing a check IMO.
    That's the kind of thinking that leads to silly "Send socks to Tsunami victims" campaigns instead of just writing a check to the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders who know what they are doing.

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    Florida's Health Choices is "Obamacare done rigth" the way that Countdown was "52 done right."

    Six months after the launch of a $900,000 alternative to the Affordable Care Act, Florida’s Health Choices program has only signed up 30 subscribers and administrators say they are considering offering pet insurance if it will help draw more customers.

    According to the Tampa Bay Times, the program was created in lieu of expanding Medicaid or working with the federal government to offer subsidized insurance plans.

    Unlike the federally backed programs, Florida Health Choices doesn’t offer health insurance plans designed to shield consumers from big-ticket expenses like hospitalization, instead offering limited benefits and discount plans for items like dental visits, prescription drugs, and eye-care.

    After six months Florida Health Choices only has 30 enrollees, not counting seven plans which were canceled either because the subscribers changed their minds or they failed to pay their premiums.

    During that same period, nearly 984,000 Floridians have enrolled in private coverage under Obamacare, leaving nearly 764,000 Floridians who are too poor to afford subsidized plans and unable to qualify for Medicaid due to Florida’s strict standards which the GOP-controlled legislature and Republican governor refuse to alter despite offers of federal assistance.
    More to read here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/3...pet-insurance/

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    Quote Originally Posted by the4thpip View Post
    Florida's Health Choices is "Obamacare done rigth" the way that Countdown was "52 done right."



    More to read here: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/3...pet-insurance/
    Rick Scott continues to be full of bright ideas (and that's especially embarrassing for a guy whose background is in healthcare).
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    It's our latest reminder of what a crock the statement "Nuh uh. Both parties are just as bad," actually is...

    It’s Your Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day!

    (And please, for those who those who really felt the "Both Parties are Just as Bad" statement is defensible, remember, I'm still challenging you to write your own essays each day, to keep pace with me, if it's actually "just as bad". Keep in mind, you have to pick someone from politics who has either ran for, held office within the past 5 years, and have multiple verifiable news sources to any quotes/beliefs they might have to build a solid, established track record of stupid that clearly isn't a fluke. Hell, we'll even accept people who help write party platforms within that time frame. Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 45-0, since this was established on 7-18-14)



    Louis Gohmert
    I maintain that I believe, in my honest medical opinion, that Louis Gohmert has tertiary syphilis. The hair’s already gone, and he’s clearly gibbering along, with spirochetes eating away at whatever’s left of his brain tissue. I’m sorry, there’s no nice way for me to put that. Here’s what I had, with very little research, on Rep. Gohmert:



    And that’s my thing with Louis Gohmert. Most of the people on this list have, at most, three crazy or stupid ideas, and applied them accordingly. But Louis Gohmert can comment on any political issue, and say the mind-numbingly most unintelligent, painfully stupid thing you’d think would be impossible for an elected official to utter. The only person I deem fit worthy of moderating a debate in which he’s featured, I’m afraid, is the principal of the high school from the movie, Billy Madison. The moments I just shared are just the tip of the iceberg. Seriously, there's a ton more homophobic, bigoted, "if it ain't white Christian, it's evil" sort of rhetoric from the guy.

    Let me put it this way… one of the articles I found while researching Gohmert reported that he notified the TSA about a possible terror threat of Muslim women disguising explosives with lit fuses as tampons. It wasn’t the Onion, but it still was, as near as I can tell, a parody. But the fact that compared to all the other s*** that he said above meant I actually had to double-check that it was a joke for like ten minutes, and not just realize it was a joke up front.

    He’s clearly a Top 5 candidate for craziest Republican out there, a quintet of elite deranged morons that form a mentally-challenged, conservative Voltron. He might flat out be the most insane politician in America. And watch… he’s going to get re-elected in November.
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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    Rick Scott continues to be full of bright ideas (and that's especially embarrassing for a guy whose background is in healthcare).
    Well, in Scott's defense:

    Florida Health Choices is the brainchild of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) who proposed a low income insurance program while serving the Florida legislature.

    In December of last year, Rubio enrolled his family in a federal health care exchange created by the Affordable Care Act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the4thpip View Post
    Well, in Scott's defense:
    So one stooge thought of it, and the other signed it into law. And meanwhile, Rubio seems to even acknowledge the ACA is better than his own idea, because he enrolled in it?

    Heh. I'd love to see him try and win the GOP Primary for 2016. Good lord, he'd get clubbed like a baby seal with that in "the battle to prove who's the avatar of all that is conservative".
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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    Rick Scott continues to be full of bright ideas (and that's especially embarrassing for a guy whose background is in healthcare).
    His background is ripping of the govement for fraudent Healthcare bills, that is something completely different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikekerr3 View Post
    His background is ripping of the govement for fraudent Healthcare bills, that is something completely different.
    You beat me to it.

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