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ballgame 3 years, 3 months ago on Our Opinion: Drug screenings at Linn Tech reflect reality

so in order to learn at this public school, you have to subject yourself to an invasion of your privacy? What is next, drug tests to ride the public bus? Sexually transmitted disease test to use the Greenway? Sounds silly right? Its the same thing.

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ballgame 3 years, 3 months ago on Luetkemeyer: Debt-ceiling debate a ‘wake-up call’

a real stimulus would be significant spending on infrastructure; something to get money into the hands of people that will spend it and get things moving again. The shame of the 'stimulus' that Obama is getting beaten up for is that the Dems watered it down with tax credits and made it smaller to appease Repubs, and then they didn't vote for it anyway. So not only did we (libs and dems) not get the stimulus we wanted, we have to get beaten up with it because it didn't comepletely turn around this Bush recession. Dems allowed Repubs to dictate the stimulus cake recipe, and then Repubs just sit around and tell us the cake tastes like dookie. Well no duh it tastes like dookie, you made it that way. Because they don't want the economy to recover, they want it to continue to fail (see debt ceiling rating decrease) so they can blame Dems. Saying Dems had two years to 'do anything they wanted' is false also. With Repubs filabustering everything in sight you had to have 60 votes to sneeze. And with all the Blue Dogs (ie DINOs) getting 60 votes was damn near impossible. Its the same thing with the budget "why didn't dems just pass a budget when they had the majority?" because it would have turned into the debt limit fight with government shutdown threats, etc. which is NOT what the economy needs, which is exactly why the Repubs would want such a thing... wow, sorry for the rant. But as you can see, as frustrated as you are on the right, there are just as many people on the left that are equally as so.

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ballgame 3 years, 3 months ago on Luetkemeyer: Debt-ceiling debate a ‘wake-up call’

Really Blaine? Its the Dems fault? This guy is a joke. You can stick to you politics and your beliefs, but for goodness sakes at least be honest. Its the Dems fault that they didn't let you completely shake them down and give you everything you wanted?? The shame of it is we are going to go through a Dem President's term with nothing but republican economic policy (bush tax cuts, no real stimulus) and at the end when the economy hasn't improved they are going to blame Obama, when it was Repub economic policy the whole time. Grace, how can you seriously say Dems have been in control for a decade? Bush got two terms and passed the most massive tax cut in decades, maybe ever??!! THAT is why we have the deficit we do, and you know that.

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ballgame 3 years, 8 months ago on Deal reached to avoid government shutdown

the deficit got much worse after Dems took over only because the recession took off, not because spending went sky high. There are two sides to what makes up a 'decicit', revenues and expenditures. The Bush tax cuts (which Pres Obama just continued due to Repub pressure) have caused significant revenue decreases. The recession caused even more. Increased deficits do not mean there is out of control spending. It is just politically easier to cut taxes than spending. The Repubs are painting themselves into a corner, all this cutting is going to start ticking off the people that elect them. But will it be too late?

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ballgame 3 years, 8 months ago on Deal reached to avoid government shutdown

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