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30 June 2012
at 9:16 a.m.
I think the first thing that needs to be addressed about socialized medicine is the definition of the term. Many seem to think that the sectarian moniker “Obamacare” is in fact socialism, and furthermore believe the liberals are overrunning the American way. Well, let us clarify a few things.
Socialized medicine, is a government run and government subsidized health care system. If you didn’t already know the US has had a government run and government subsidized health care system for quite some time, starting circa 1920. Our veterans, by definition, are stuck in a socialized medical system, an idea sparked by Abraham Lincoln in 1865. VA hospitals are government controlled, and funded.
The affordable care Act, is not the first act of its kind. It has been noted the FDR, at points in his presidency, was either going to be the last president or the greatest president. FDR started the New Deal as a way to pull America out of the Great Depression. FDR’s New Deal was supported by socialism, using social welfare to help the needy. Prior to this, needy assistance was left up to the States and for the most part religion. The Great Depression showed that the states and clergy could help some of the needy, but like anything in capitalism you need capital. When the States are broke and the churches are broke, who is left to help and protect the needy? (a fundamental outlined in the Preamble of the Constitution- “promote the general welfare”)
Prior to Obamacare, there are several individual mandates which were already in place. If you drive a car you have to have insurance. If you employee a certain number of people, you pay workers compensation insurance. If you work you pay for Medicaid, and Medicare. In Moffat County you even subsidize TMH (1.7 million). This is not an Obama idea, nor is it a new American era. Jefferson v. Hamilton happened at a point of American History when America was far more revoltist and unstable. The New Deal was instated in era of depression unemployment and hardship.
20 June 2012
at 8:48 a.m.
I know right, Basically the fire kinda like did its own thing
31 January 2012
at 7:17 p.m.
Those would be next to your proper use of punctuation and Latin abbreviations hand book.
1 April 2010
at 5:08 a.m.
The Hatch act does not say state and local public employees cannot run for office, they just cannot receive federal funds, or have any supervisory, or allocation function to federal funds. The Hatch act does not say state and local public employees cannot run for office, they just cannot receive federal funds, or have any supervisory, or allocation function to federal funds. Meaning if the person has anything to do with a federally funded program they have to remove themselves prior to candidacy. Since a patrol deputy is paid out of the county's general fund and not predominantly by federal monies they are not under The Hatch Act. The act was a countermeasure to the big government machines of the 30's where public office was used to influence funding for political interest. The majority of it provisions are for federal employees.
The president and vice president are exempt from the act. There is still the Constitution which says congress shall not make laws prohibiting the people “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” some scholars of constitutional laws say this does give the people the right to run for office as long as de jure qualifications are met. i.e. minim age, and residency requirements
1 April 2010
at 4:22 a.m.
Didn't we learn, oh,,, in the 1920's and 30s' that polarization of wealth was not productive, or a constituent of economic health
29 March 2010
at 1:42 a.m.
Why can’t those from the east leave us alone. Western Slop Colorado has been the step child of Colorado for too long. There needs to be a change to green energy I understand that, but do it in away or at a time when you will not destroy small communities. We cannot take hard times, add more hard times and then expect good. If you’re going to convert to green energy go to the communities where fossil fuels are used and fund the transfer, or create incentives to help the community transition. To show up one day and say hey no more, is like in showing up in the middle of a baseball game, stealing the ball and replacing it with a football. We are in the energy game don’t come to our field and steal the ball unless you are going to replace the whole game, and keep the player. Enough people are out of work, this is not the time to displace more. Do it but do it in an economically sound way. Why does there have to be a punishment to fossil fuel sources, with no incentives to change to green? Look at the last time of horrible economics, the government poured money into infrastructure, e.g. roads dams power plant, ect.. Why are we not doing this now, wall street does not run this country hard working Americans do. Put more people to work and the economy will fix its self. Regulate wall street, and protect the consumer; the consumer will spend, the company will profit and the government will too. We look an consumer economics as laissez-faire, but corporations as “to big to fail”
14 March 2010
at 11:07 p.m.
I disagree with you observation. During the closure there were no semi-related crashes, and the business in the area saw an increase in business. Your observations are skewed, due to the increase of truck traffic, which cause us to notice them more, in reality there is a high level of truck traffic down town all of which has to maneuver the S curves in 4th St by edging near the curb. The part of you opinion I do not understand is you seem to be concerned with safety yet the leading cause of death of people under the age of 25 is car crashes. 61% of fatal crash involving people between 16 and 20 were unrestrained. In 1994 it was projected that over 65,000 peoples lives were saved by safety belts (NHTSA). How can you be critical of efforts to enforce a law that saves that amount of lives? Maybe it is not just the police writing your teens tickets, maybe it is the one reminded to wear their seatbelt, that will save their life. I ask of you what did you do today to make the world better when you can answer that then you can be critical of others.
1 March 2010
at 5:30 p.m.
So was the blood test negative or postive?
1 March 2010
at 5:03 p.m.
I feel sorry for this community, even more so for the kids. We seem to just shuffle them to the side and then complain when we think the worlds coming to end because of juvenile misfits. Any person, who sees a teacher has over paid, should then consider a career change. If the teaching business was so lucrative then why don’t you venture into it? In order to become a teacher you have to have a degree they don’t give these away nor are they cheap. Even a cheap bachelor’s degree is around 30,000. $42 dollars an hours is kind of a subjective calculation. I’m sure we could subjectively hack at the person figuring that amount yearly salary as well. If you take a typical day in any job where the coffee pot is the first hour, with two 15 min breaks, 30 min lunch, and the last hour of non-productive clean up and wrap-up we can easily cut 3 hours of productivity from your job. If your boss showed up today and said I’m cutting 15 hour a week from you paycheck, because really your not doing much during them, you’d be on the phone with the EEOC in a minute. And think about it your kids from age 6-to-18 spend more waking hours with a teacher then they do with you, do you real want the person, with that much influence on your child making $6.15 an hour. People become teachers not to become millionaires, but to teach kids and better their future. To stand on a soap box and protest the good hearted is to be dishearten
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