Phoenix is also having a vote on the future of light rail expansion. I call it the rich people want bigger roads and no buses bill. I wish people would explain that the more poor people that take bus or light rail the fewer cars that are in your way and you can happily drive that jag or bmw.A referendum to pave the way (figuratively speaking) for MARTA expansion into Gwinnett County (northeastern Atlanta suburb) failed yesterday, roughly by a 54% - 46% margin. Anyone who thinks that the northern Atlanta suburbs have flipped to blue (or are even trending towards blue absent candidates running on an ORANGE MAN BAD platform and/or accepting millions of dollars of out-of-state dark money campaign contributions) is apparently sorely mistaken...
He did win his Congressional seat. The level of crazy in Texas means he can have a pass for not beating the leader of the American Taliban. There is a LONG way to go.What's with the Beto love? I really don't get it. The dude couldn't win an election in his home state but I'm supposed to think he's the one to unseat the sitting president. What gets people excited about him? What policy positions does he have? It's just weird to me. I've been saying for two years the Dems will totally screw up this next election even though it's there for the taking. But nope, gotta try to be all things to all people and instead alienate a whole lot more. Ugh. Wake me in 2024.
Well, he's tall, so he's got that going for him which is good...What's with the Beto love? I really don't get it. The dude couldn't win an election in his home state but I'm supposed to think he's the one to unseat the sitting president. What gets people excited about him? What policy positions does he have? It's just weird to me. I've been saying for two years the Dems will totally screw up this next election even though it's there for the taking. But nope, gotta try to be all things to all people and instead alienate a whole lot more. Ugh. Wake me in 2024.
This comes from 2 math teachers with a combined total of 70 years experience.
It has an indisputable mathematical logic It also made me Laugh Out Loud This is a strictly mathematical viewpoint ... and it goes like this:
What Makes 100% ?
What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?
Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.
How about achieving 103%?
What makes up 100% in life?
Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%
AND , look how far ass kissing will take you.
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%
So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, than while Hard work
and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there. Its the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top.
Now you know why Politicians are where they are!
I’ve never seen a better explanation than this formula ………….. how true it is.
I am waiting for the final report to be released to pass judgement, but honestly, I am not sure how this isn't good news for all involved. At least our President cannot easily have been proven to have colluded with Russia. Isn't that a good thing? I mean he isn't in the clear on a number of other issues he still has to deal with, including obstruction of justice, but at least he isn't out there colluding.
If someone ran on reducing the power of the President they would win. "I will run for one term. I will pressure both parties to pass laws. I will force legislation on budgets and emergency orders. I will reduce my roll to as little as possible and be the grease that makes the government work, not the wheel that runs over my opponents."My greatest hope is that someone wakes up and decides to reassert separation/balance of powers. The executive branch has been on this dangerous path for a long time, and Trump is demonstrating what happens when someone actually starts really screwing around with things that have resulted from particularly the legislative branch ceding authority. I'm convinced someone could run for President with a limited platform of rebuilding executive guardrails and redistricting reform and probably win with no other policy platforms to speak of.
I think too many huge political drops have happened. Everyone is just getting conditioned to them. It's like mass shootings. Oh, another one of those. Ok. We all know nothing is going to come out of this until someone actually releases the report and we're all ignoring what already came out of this...how many indictments, arrests, actual guilty pleas?Crickets.... Just two days after some pretty big political new dropped. What's that all about?
Stop looking backwards, I am talking about the present. Well at least until another Democrat is President, then it is different.Republicans during Obama years:
we'll do anything to stop him
our first job is to make him a one term president
block everything we can in congress
The Democrats will try to block everything
They are more concerned with stopping our great president than doing anything
We should have a bipartisan approach
Anyone who thinks that the council didn't do anything and hasn't even seen the final document yet is pontificating political non-sense. The special council found a whole lot of things. He acted on a whole lot of things. He didn't find that the President colluded. Or at least there isn't enough direct evidence to prosecute him for it. Barr had a four page letter to summarize 300 pages of report. My guess is that there is more in there. Who knows what it is, but it isn't going to just have a last paragraph that says:If the Special Counsel Investigation had decided to hold off on all indictments and plea deals until Mueller dropped the final report on the AG's desk last week, I have a feeling that we'd be talking about things very differently.
Can you imagine the news cycle last friday if Mueller had simultaneously delivered his report while dropping unsealed indictments against 30+ individuals, including folks like campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump's personal lawyer (Michael Cohen), personal advisor Roger Stone, and 3-star general and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn along with the plea deals from Flynn, Cohen, Rick Gates, etc? People on both sides would be talking about impeachment much more seriously. The narrative would be more along the lines of "While the investigation did not find evidence that Individual #1 or the campaign directly conspired with foreign powers to defraud the government in regards to the election and interfere with the political process, there was sufficient evidence to charge XX individuals with various crimes related to the campaign, crimes related to their contacts and interactions with foreign governments, crimes related to lies made under oath to the U.S. Congress, etc. and we have already secured guilty pleas from some of those individuals. Additionally, we have found enough evidence to charge XX foreign nationals and Russian GRU officers with crimes related to interfering with the American election process and hacking and leaking emails from the DNC and the '16 Clinton campaign."
Anybody who thinks the Investigation resulted in a whole lot of nothing isn't looking at the big picture.
Ok, having no soul myself, I'll bite.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has no heart. No soul.
There is just a good of a reason as anything else. Should hospitals be non-profit? Should NPR be funded? Should farmers get subsidies? Sure. They all provide something to our country.Ok, having no soul myself, I'll bite.
1. Why should the Special Olympics be federally funded?
I don't know. My guess though is yes. They are not marketing money makers. They exist only as a way to show fair game or that we appreciate everyone, no matter their ability (or disability).2. Will the Special Olympics disintegrate if federal funding stops?
Again, hospitals, schools, churches? None of these should probably be non-profit, but they are. This is really no different.3. Are the Special Olympics an excellent example of a nonprofit group receiving federal funding because some politicians were pandering for votes with taxpayer dollars and other politicians were afraid of being labeled has having no soul by the DemoMedia consortium?
A lot. But this isn't something that is going to change the trajectory of our deficit. I very much wish our government understood how to use its money more wisely, but this isn't going to make any difference, so why are we even arguing over it.5. How many other worthwhile causes remain unfunded by the federal government?
I think our taxation system sucks. I also don't think it is unreasonable for someone who is making billions to pay more. How much more is a fair debate that our country should be having. The idea that we can't even talk about it is stupid. We can. We can have a civil discussion on the merits of a progressive taxation system. I might not agree with pushing up the tax rate until someone makes $10 million or more in a year, but maybe that number should be $50 million, or $5 million. Beats me, but it is worth having the conversation.6. If all citizens making a dollar more than the median income were taxed at 90% of their income, how awesome would this nation be? Am I right, or what?
Our government has laws that require funding. That funding comes from the country that we all freely chose to live in. We argue over who leads it, what priorities that we have, and how to spend the money that the government brings in. That is part of the ugly crying face we call democracy. We have moved the world forward more times that we have watched it regress. We continue to evolve even when our country sometimes wants to stay the same. That evolution has made us the strongest, most emulated democracy in the world.In America, we use the ballot box to force other people to pay for things we like but don't support ourselves. We do this because we have been taught by the propagandists that people with more money than we have obviously got that money unethically. And people with less money than we have are only in that state because of systemic ____________ism.
Once you accept that you have no soul you're free to think.
The local fish wrapper jumped head-first into this last week, printing an article that defines "the rich" as any household making twice or more the median household income in the metro area. Um, no. That ain't rich - it's arguably the upper half of middle-class, it's maybe definable as "well off" or "comfortable", but it is by no means rich.6. If all citizens making a dollar more than the median income were taxed at 90% of their income, how awesome would this nation be? Am I right, or what?
A couple of our younger staffers had absolute meltdowns after the past Presidential election - us old(er) folks had to explain to them that it's not the end of the world. Sure, there'll be some policy changes - we'll help our clients navigate them, and then whenever someone else is elected POTUS, we'll help them change again. Relax, kid, the Union will persevere.But the fact is the system that we have in place in DC promotes a lack of instantaneous destruction. Trump taking office did not change any real trajectory. Things did not get substantially better or substantially worse.
I don't like Trump either, but I think that the hatred towards him is tearing this country apart. For example, there was a woman in CA who was proud to publicly ridicule at 74 year old jewish man who had a MAGA hat on. NBC Link The act later cost her a job. Now I might be wrong, but I don't recall people publicly ridiculing people who wore Bush or Obama gear. And this recent act is not the first time. The kid in DC, who was a little punk, received death threats thanks to the media's inaccurate portrayal of an event. I think society as a whole would benefit from being a bit more civilized.The soulless side of me agrees with Mskies. Not much has changed for me other than the huge bump in taxes. I don''t like this pres mostly because he's an idiot, womanizer, racist, and the list goes on. I'm not expecting perfect, but somewhat closer to an upright citizen who is reasonably in touch with the world. I'm more upset with Congress. They are the ones passing the laws or not. It's their inability to get behind decent policy like fix our roads and bridges. Remember that gem that never happened? We would rather argue the value of border walls and special project funding than actually do what our government was meant to do. At the same time, just because nothing personally affected me it doesn't mean there isn't a slow erosion of rights going on. I wish government would stick to important government things and not frivolous regulations. Maybe not to the point el Guapo is talking about, but maybe actually limit spending?
The Democrats are in a tough spot. If they stand up for what they believe, they are likely going to look as bad as the Republicans who are yelling. But if they go for the respectful angle, they aren't going to get the media attention. Trump has made attention the only thing that matters. Policy isn't important. Reasoning isn't important. Attention is. He gets eyes. He gets your attention.The other part is all the attention we, society, and the media are giving these things. It spurs some people to yell at old men to get their 5 minutes of fame. It makes some people think this is acceptable behavior. The truth is, if we all just turned and walked away from red hats or what ever stupid event is going on then it would just die from lack of interest. We also need to stop hyprebolizing - is that a word? - everything. the pres is now claiming the highest level of presidential harassment ever. Like no one ever harassed past presidents for lets say a birth certificate, sleeping with interns, weapons of mass destruction, and the list goes on. It seems there's a pattern of harassment from actual issues to more and more pointless things.