Don't forget that your State Senator tried to get more money for MoDOT for all these projects because MoDOT claims they are "needed ".
This is a common sense editorial. There have got to be ways to deal with welfare problems (other than increasing the amount and scope, which certain segments will always push) without it being seen as "a slap at welfare recipients" or, for that matter, other govermental/legislative/regulatory/etc. issues without it being a "war on women", returning "Afro-Americans to slavery", "raping the environment" and all the other terms thrown about by Democrats and Kansas City Star editorial writers.
Another stupid edict from the President who claims "I am not a dictator." (Remind you of another president who claimed, "I am not a crook"?) This edict will not do anything except raise energy prices, cost jobs, and burden the poor, lower-middle income, and seniors. ($9 is about half the amount of the last average Social Security increase.) In addition, we who love scenic vistas will have to look at acres and acres of ugly windfarms, public lands will be disturbed, and more birds will be killed. Environmentalists seem to have become extremists who have only one goal in mind at the expense of everything else, and Obama and the Democratic party are courting them.
Nixon is simply paying off those who vote for him and who give Democrats tons of money. His explanation makes no sense. Deducting an amount for retirement with one's agreement is entirely different than deducting an amount that will be used for political activity to support overwhelmingly one party and political views than the payee may not agree with.
The AP writes: "But a number of lawmakers, including some Republicans who normally jump at the chance to criticize the Obama administration..." Why does the AP never write, "President Obama, who never misses a chance to lambast Republicans...."? Or, why couldn't the reporter write, " Republicans, who are often at odds with the Obama administration on policy issues....", instead of editorializing?
I continue to be amazed that a conference center is still being considered. A few people will make a lot of money when it is constructed, but that it is. Meanwhile the city and its residents suffer. Whoever is pushing this thing lives in the past.
I agree with other commentors - cut JCTV. Let Lincoln carry it if it believes it to be worthwhile. We all know that JC has a budget problem - and it is exactly this kind of "mission creep" program that should be cut. It is not a basic city service. In addition, I don't believe that government should be involved in funding media anyway. Too much opportunity for biased programming funded by taxpayer dollars.
This is what I dislike about government. They can't find $20,000 or so within that department and do things a little cheaper until the rest of us no longer have to cut our budgets and purchase less? Why not just slow down the construction of the greenway a month or two? Instead, they slap it back to the taxpayer with a "you're going to pay me no matter what" attitude. Government just gobbles money in increasing amounts, while we make do with less.
I've worked in many government agencies and never worked in one that exactly "mirrored" the general population - some had more blacks, some more whites. I would be curious to know if the LU admin and faculty exactly mirror its student body. I am also curious as to what you mean by "knock your bigoted socks off." Are you saying that every team in the NFL is bigoted? Are you saying that all those agencies that I've had experience with are bigoted? Is Obama bigoted because he didn't appoint a Cabinet with an exact make-up of those he governs?
I do argue against the use of ratios. In short, when the government tries to impose arbitrary standards, I believe it makes the situation worse. When first enacted, I supported affirmative action. I believed that it was necessary for blacks to gain reasonable entry into the workforce. However, I also believe that it is a policy that should end at some point.
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