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  • in reply to: $15 minimum wage: too much or about time? #796241

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    Low wages cost taxpayers money. In effect, companies are getting government subsidies to keep mistreating some of our society’s most vulnerable citizens.

    This is what is known as a hidden cost. One of many ways the wealthiest corporations and individuals in the world are able to drain the wealth of our Nation, and the Republican Party is supportive and in fact fully complicit as they plunder our public coffers.

    in reply to: $15 minimum wage: too much or about time? #796240

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    For those who are still under the mistaken impression that raising the minimum wage will make prices skyrocket, or that min. wage workers are under-educated, or only the young, or the unmotivated or whatever negative myth it is you believe about America’s growing WORKING underclass, read this:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-16/u-s-minimum-wage-lower-than-in-lbj-era-needs-a-raise.html

    You all on the FAR right are just a bunch of Calvinist scolds, pointing your fingers at others and demanding of them what you yourself are often unwilling to give. Get over yourselves.

    Wether you know it or not, you and the Republican Party are under the sway of the John Birch Society and their hatefull, objectivist dogma, and corporatists who actually prefer you no longer have any real civil rights. You are NOT truly conservatives, and you are NOT the mainstream.

    Got a problem with some 16 year old making a decent wage? Well, if they aren’t producing a profit for their boss, they wouldn’t have the job in the first place (Econ friggin’ 080 FFS! LABOR preceeds CAPITAL).

    The top .01% and their trust-fund babies have taken raises almost continuously over the last 30+ years, at the expense of the VAST majority of the rest of us., Time for a little redistribution, for the betterment of our Nation.

    in reply to: 4-way stops and pedestrians #797561

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    I can be rude that way.

    in reply to: UN-Affordable Care Act, or ObamaDoesn'tCare #797425

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    Join the military. If you can survive the Republican presidents rush to war and the Democratic presidents reluctance to pull us out of those wars you get some pretty damned good SOCIALIZED healthcare through the VA.

    Of course, as with just about any other government funded agency (other than the Department of Offense. I mean Defense), they have been squeezed for funds at the time of their greatest needs because the “job creators” promised to FINALLY get around to creating some jobs if we could just see fit to squeeze a bit more out of our paychecks and give them even MORE tax breaks.

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    OP, do what others have suggested and shop around. You have choices now, we are no longer tied into the monopolistic system that the insurers themselves rigged up. Sure, it turns into a great big payday for those very same charlatans (though finally with some rules to the game that benefit the consumer, for a change), but it is finally a step in the right direction.

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    It is good to see you are already used to contacting YOUR elected representative, though I am surprised no one in McDermotts constituent services department was able to help you with your questions (maybe you spoke with the wrong person). Your experience should help you find your STATE representative and let them know that you fully support a SINGLE-PAYER health care system be instituted in our state. I believe the states can start doing that as early as next year.

    Here is a site on the subject of single-payer maintained by one group of concerned citizens.

    http://www.pnhpwesternwashington.org/

    in reply to: I'm looking for tarot/psychic medium in area #797539

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    Wouldn’t a psychic maximum be more effective?

    in reply to: Where'd ya go, Joe? (McDermott, that is!) #784724

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    Fear DBP? I don’t think so. Fundamentalists of any stripe are incapable of thinking outside their ideological bubble. Nothing to fear from that bunch of blunt, ineffective tools.

    Sure are annoying as hell as they die off, though.

    in reply to: What's up w West Seattle? #785010

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    For the purpose of clarification, a ghetto is any homogeneous neighborhood or community representing primarily a single race, religion, ethnic, or socio-economic group. While most primary definitions I see refer to densly populated homogeneous communities primarily consisting of a depressed socio-economic underclass, it is not the exclusive definition of the term.

    I realize this nuance is more than what some care to consider. Sorry.

    Delridge AND White Center by definition are far too diverse to be considered ghettoes.

    in reply to: Where'd ya go, Joe? (McDermott, that is!) #784704

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    Terrified of Republicans!? There hasn’t been an effective Republican politician from this state since Dan Evans. Republican politicans in this state, as long as they continue to drink the tea-bagger, Christianist fundamentalist, or oligarchical kool-ade, will never strike fear in the hearts of reasonable politicians and citizens in this state.

    If ANY of them embrace TRUE conservative principles then the Republican Party will once again regain a level of relevance in this state, not until then.

    in reply to: Another false alarm by the media….. #745353

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    Weather ≠ climate.

    in reply to: wed. 01/18/2012 – a heads up #745270

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    Cantwell is already on record opposing SOPA and PIPA, Murray hasn’t indicated which way she would vote. I haven’t been able to track down any info on our various and sundry Reps.

    How about THIS for a good law to follow: if you don’t want to give it away for free and for it to eventually be available to every internet user in the whole World, don’t post it on the internet. Problem solved, civil liberties protected.

    in reply to: Huskies Vs Baylor #744030

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    Whatever Jiggy. I’m actually listening to the pre-game on KJR.

    And I STILL understand American history and politics better than you.

    I bet I’m a better cook, too.

    Your only talent seems to be sour grapes and biases.

    in reply to: The 1% in the 99% #744003

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    Flat tax? Screw that. I don’t use our courts or our common infrastructure anywhere NEAR as intensively as the hyper-wealthy and huge trans-national corporations do. If you use our commons more, you should pay more. Simple as THAT.

    BTW, if all the super-wealthy and the corporations they control disappear overnight, do you REALLY believe that no one steps in to fill the void? If Bill O’Rally’s taxes go up and he quits his job (boo-frickin’-hoo), will Murdoch just leave his on-air hours as dead air? Yeah…, no.

    You guys come across as fairly intelligent, when are you going to start thinking for yourselves instead of regurgitating the corporatist line you so eagerly lap up?

    in reply to: 24-hour bug sweeping through West Seattle? #743391

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    The 24 hour “flu” is really just foodborne illness. Probably not an e-coli type of bacterial infection, but even lesser types can make you pretty miserable for a short while. Instead of catching it from one-another, you probably ate at the same place, or touched an infected surface and then transmitted it to yourself. They aren’t viruses, which take much longer to eliminate from our systems.

    Toxins or chemical agents will cause distress rather quickly, bacteria takes as many as a few days to incubate and make you sick.

    Don’t take it lightly, people die every year in this country from even the most mundane source, and though most will probably recover just fine, a bacterial infection can be passed along to another (or many others).

    IF you can trace your illness to a specific place (other than that thing you forgot in your refrigerator for a few days and thought you could still eat safely), it would be a good idea to notify the business so they can take steps to fix the problem. An ethical food-service operation will be grateful to know of any potential issues, and will probably bend over backward to retain your business, as well.

    I’m a cook, you should be happy I know these facts.

    Actually, most in my profession do, but I have seen too many people in the industry who don’t take it seriously at all, or are simply ignorant of proper food-handling procedures.

    in reply to: Company not hiring until President Obama is out of office #741632

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    Any business owner who doesn’t hire someone when there is money to be made is an idiot and won’t be in business for long.

    And then someone smarter will come along and fill the gap. I don’t see a problem here.

    in reply to: No need to protest #741487

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    I don’t think the primary role of OUR government is ensuring the financial success of some trans-national corporation, especially if the cost to our society is to the detriment of the vast majority of human citizens of our Nation (not to mention the harm it causes to the rest of our World).

    Want to talk about failed experiments (a constant underlying meme)? Try oligarchies and monarchies throughout human history. We don’t need a power elite, they stifle social evolution.

    I don’t rue anyone the wealth they have earned, even the LARGE majority of extremely wealthy in our Nation who were BORN INTO THEIR WEALTH.

    It is possible to be wealthy, even to BECOME wealthy, without being a greedy sociopath, to show gratitude for the Nation you live in that helps you maintain your great wealth, the Nation whose Commons you DEMONSTRABLY use to a greater extent than the average citizen.

    I don’t want people to not be wealthy, I just want them to not be so greedy that they destroy our Nation.

    in reply to: Company not hiring until President Obama is out of office #741624

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    Wow Kootch, that was like a history salad!

    in reply to: LOOKING FOR BEST PIZZA AND SUB SANDWICHES #732108

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    I dunno what Pag’s is worried about, the one in W. Seattle ALWAYS under-cooks the pizza. I’ve started ordering them uncut, toss the bricks in the oven, crank it to 500 F., and finish cooking the pizza to my taste (which is NOT burned, but certainly a few degrees darker than the light beige the folks over here cook it to).

    Comes out hot, every time.

    This was not a rant. At first I was a bit ticked off, especially when it happened repeatedly, but I actually prefer to finish cooking the pizza at home.

    in reply to: Mainstream Press Bias 1 #739971

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    Washington Post (Charles Krauthammer, George Will. Watergate was a LOOOOONG time ago, and the WaPo is HARDLY the progressive voice it was when Ben Bradley steered that ship)

    Rolling Stone (P.J. O’Rourke. Need I go farther? H.S. Thompson would have probably considered himself a libertarian. They DO provide a platform for Matt Taibi, a writer all Americans should pay attention to).

    Thanks to Cadbury for pointing out the difference between a sexual peccadillo and sexual assault.

    Just wondering, do our “conservative, fiscally responsible Republicans” on this board ever consider the $70+Million that the Republicans wasted over the eight years of Clinton’s Presidency, investigating every aspect of his life trying to bring his Presidency to it’s knees, only to arrive at the point of finding out he had an affair. BFD. I consider anyone who strays from their obligations of their marriage vows as being somewhat morally week, but I don’t think that I want anyone in my government wasting that much time and money to turn up what really is only a matter to be resolved by the people involved.

    And then Republicans turn around and give the David Vitters, Newt Gingrich’s, Larry Craig’s, Mark Sanford’s of their Party applause, huzzahs, and slaps on the back.

    Republican’s, the Party of moral relativism.

    in reply to: RAVE .. Best local mexican? #740166

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    Gotta check it out, I used to go to the place that preceded it, which was also pretty darned good.

    In a related note, I stopped at the taco trailer in “downtown” Skyway yesterday, and had the $7 torta de lengua, which was as big as my head and packed with what must have been close to a half pound of meat. Awesome!

    in reply to: No wonder everyone is so upset at Wall Street #738046

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    Every time Kootch posts in defense of his oligarchical massas, and ALL the financial shenanigans they perpetrated on our World, I can’t help but get a vision of Cleavon Little in my head:

    I can virtually hear them say the same words Cleavon says at the end of the scene: oh baby, you are soooo good; and those people are sooooo dumb.

    in reply to: Poll Question- Is Repub Obstruction Intentional? #739676

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    I don’t know what having a job has to do with being healthy, I usually get sick from someone at work.

    Speaking of which, the restaurant industry is one of those that has for too long been avoiding their obligations to their workers. (SOCIALIZING their expenses). Couple that with the low pay, and you get restaurant workers who can’t AFFORD to take sick days, so they bring their sick to work with them, give it to their fellow workers (who will ALSO continue working when THEY get sick), who will then pass it to you. This is one of the consequences of a “you’re on your own, sucker!” society.

    BTW, a significant portion of the unemployment numbers can be attributed to unemployed government workers in states with Republican governors, who all roundly criticized the stimulus spending, took the money anyway, usually posing with a giant check at some point, used it to pay down their state’s debt, instead of the infrastructure projects the Federal money was SUPPOSED to have been used for, and then they laid off a bunch of state employees.

    I guess if you’ve already been in line at the DMV for two hours, what’s another two?

    30+ years of proof the “Supply-side” doesn’t work. You can’t give enough tax breaks to a wealthy person to force them to create a job where there is no demand for the labor.

    The wealthy and corporations are a greater burden on our government than anyone in the middle-class and the poor. And the return on Federal dollars, the economic effect per dollar spent, to the wealthy is demonstrably, proveably miniscule. They use our court system much more often than the average American citizen, they use our roads and rails more heavily, they pressure municipalities to improve transit and other ares of infrastructure as a means to improve their efficiency.

    Does our Nation bennefit from their presence? Yes, to a point, though the efficiency of scale often costs us jobs and small businesses and community connection.

    Big corporations don’t really like President Obama’s health INSURANCE reform, because they collude with the insurance companies to sell packages to their employees, for which they get a HUGE kickback.

    I’m amused by the unremitting drumbeat from the farright about the so-called “one-World government,” which I have never seen evidence of, yet they seem to think vast trans-national corporate conglomerates over which they have absolutely ZERO influence, are just fine and dandy, and should NEVER have ANY of their practices questioned by us mere people, because it just may cut a few .0001% from their bottom line. All hail the all powerful, unassailable, and apparently ungovernable corporate, that seems to really be the ONLY thought on the minds of those wayTF out their on their farright fringe.

    in reply to: No wonder everyone is so upset at Wall Street #738030

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    Didn’t say they were in any way, other than the fact they were Bush’s babies, connected.

    Here is a timeline that pretty much squashes all the hand-wringing about what in the grand scheme of things is pretty much the norm when it comes to investing, no matter who the funds come from.

    You people make it sound like it was some grand scheme to defraud the American public, ignoring all the time all the money we dump into directly and indirectly supporting the fossil-fuels industry, when, in fact, it was simply an investment that many people thought was viable, including Kaiser and the Walton’s, who dumped hundreds of millions of their personal wealth into the company, and because we don’t protect our domestic market, China undervalues it’s currency, they treat their workers like slaves and have no environmental regulations, and they flooded the World marketplace with their products any Western manufacturers would find impossible to match, price-wise, then this American manufacturer employing American workers couldn’t compete. Sounds like we have bigger problems than a DOE investment equaling 1.3% of their entire investment portfolio (if you can do better, I want to invest with you!), we need to start protecting our domestic markets and our domestic manufacturers and the workers they employ. It is a matter of National security.

    Anyway, here is a timeline of the Solyndra loan. I’m not certain what you think you are proving by bleating “Kaiser! Solyndra! Obama!” all the time. I doubt even you know why you keep repeating this non-story; you come across as a Fox Propaganda Channel parrot.

    http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/09/13/317594/timeline-bush-administration-solyndra-loan-guarantee/

    “What critics fail to mention is that the Solyndra deal is more than three years old, started under the Bush Administration, which tried to conditionally approve the loan right before Obama took office. Rather than “pushing funds out the door too quickly,” the Obama Administration restructured the original loan when it came into office to further protect the taxpayers’ investment.”

    So, what exactly is your beef?

    in reply to: No wonder everyone is so upset at Wall Street #738028

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    Kootch, you seem to be a relatively smart (guy?), so I suspect you DO know that the Solyndra loans, like TARP, were GeeWhiz Bush’s baby.

    You DO know that, right?

    You call it patronage because George Kaiser, an Obama supporter, is an investor, but you ignore the fact that the Walton family, who are decidedly NOT supporters of President Obama or Democratic policies, are ALSO major investors.

    You also seem to ignore the fact that trade policies, championed by neo-liberals on both side of the aisle, are mostly to blame for the difficulty American manufacturers are experiencing in trying to compete on the World Market.

    We need to boost tariffs on foreign manufactured goods that can be made in our country. Every other country (with a functioning government) in the World protects their markets and domestic industries, it makes NO sense for America and her citizens, that we don’t protect our own markets.

    in reply to: Occupy Movement Now More Popular Than Tea Party #738507

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    What I think is really cool, is how, since the Occupy Movement can ALL be identified by the few bad apples among the bunch (who, as in NYC, have probably been shipped in by the police, themselves, in order to discredit the movement), I guess that means we CAN tar the T-baggers with the violent racist tag, since there is NO DOUBT that WAS a major, visible, and vocal segment of THAT movement. Not just a few isolated outliers, but a MAJOR segment of the T-baggers.

    Which side of the political spectrum is always talking about “Second Amendment solutions?”

    But, of course, your blinders and short memories have successfully wiped that from your “brains.”

    in reply to: Middle Class income grew "only" 40% in 30 years! #738682

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    If MY government is wasteful with the tax dollars they collect from us, I can do something about it, I have avenues for redress. If a corporation wastes my tax-dollars, what the hell am I going to do? contact the CEO to express my displeasure? Good luck with that. I DON’T want my government to focus on making a profit, that isn’t why we have a government. I like that medicare operates with only a 3% overhead. We don’t have to spend our tax-dollars paying CEO salaries, building vast corporate temples, purchasing gold-plated Gulfstreams. Our money is spent on administration, for which we pay less than the private sector, and the public, for whom the service is provided.

    Most importantly, we really don’t need to make every aspect of our American lives be a basis for someone to make a profit. For one thing, whenever we turn a government function over to the private sector, it ALWAYS ends up costing us, the tax-paying citizenry, MUCH more, the system of delivery becomes less effective, and those who would bennefit most from a program, are often priced out of their ability to access the program.

    So once again, our Nation’s promise is reserved ONLY for those who can afford it.

    Do you REALLY think that was the goal our Founders had in mind?

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