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And Reagan did not support the Taliban. He supported the Mujahideen.
The 28 April marks the 19th anniversary of the Mujahideen's victory over the Red Army forces in Afghanistan. The original Mujahideen of the 1980s and today's Taliban may use the same language of holy war, but their understanding of jihad is worlds apart.
Yes, it has been a mess for many years. However, the Arab Spring came under Obama and his policies. From not fully supporting Israel, inviting regime change in Syria, Libya and Egypt to not leaving the suggested 10,000 troops in Iraq can be laid at Obama's feet. Having said that, I did say the rest is just a mess.
It is unfortunate that the Today chose not to let anyone respond to Ken Collins false assertions in his letter. So I will post mine here.
To Mr. Ken Collins, I do not profess to know the fountain of knowledge anymore than the next person. But I do know that it does not reside with you. First off, concerning climate change, are they the same 1000 scientists who were claiming that we were heading to the next ice-age when I was in High School? To the point that Time Magazine had it on its cover? I guess all those deniers then were correct, weren't they?. Any bets that they are correct again this time around? Especially since your side had to change the name from Global Warming to Climate Change and got busted with e-mails showing data manipulation during Climate-gate? One scientific conclusion can be made though, and that is consensus is not science! Does not matter whether it's 1974 or 2014, whether there are 1000 scientists or a million!
Secondly, if you do not believe that there is voter fraud going on in this country, look no further than the recent Republican primary in Mississippi. Why did a Democrat AG in Nevada prosecute ACORN for voter fraud in the 2008 election? Same in Washington, Pennsylvania and Florida! Only in Wisconsin did a Republican bring charges. And you need Voter ID to get into any government building, including the ones the EPA does its business in. Does that mean only the leftist elite are allowed? Same with a bank account, buy beer, drive a car Welfare Benefits etc., etc.
Thirdly , it was Obama's foreign policy that upset the apple cart in the middle east, not Republicans. The rest is just a mess.
Fourthly, the recent Hobby Lobby decision by those 5 black-robed old rich men did no such thing as allow employers to no longer provide woman access to basic healthcare. That is an outright lie let alone a component of the fountain of knowledge. They just said they don't have to pay for those components that offend their religious beliefs. Something that was allowed prior to the ACA (Obamacare) butting their nose where it did not belong! Nor are they stepping in between people and their doctors. That's also a lie but ironically is a component of the ACA, that lied to us about keeping our insurance plans, doctors and hospitals if we liked them! And it was black-robed old rich men that gave us Roe v. Wade was it not? Were they misogynists back then too?
Fifthly, no republican ever said that we do not need taxes for education. They just said that it was not a Federal function, but instead a state and local one. And based on the test scores we have seen since they (the Federal Government) have been involved, I say they are right! Nowhere in the constitution does it give authority to the Federal Government over our education or our healthcare for that matter.
And that is one fountain of knowledge that I do know and am certain of!
The fact that HL was or wasn't providing the said birth control is irrelevant as our healthcare is none of the governments business in the first place. There wasn't any law mandating HL or any other business to provide any kind of healthcare to their employees, let alone birth control before the ACA. The ACA was and is a clear case of Congress passing a law that violates the free exercise clause of the first amendment. What Hobby Lobby did of their own free will before the ACA has nothing to do with anything. Therefore SCOTUS did not err at all.
Having said that, it is unfortunate that the Today chose not to let anyone respond to your assertions in your letter. Therefore I will post it here and above.
Here you go Bill, maybe it is you that is clueless!
BTW, insurance company profits average about 7% industry wide. That compares with 11% for Dow Jones companies on average and 20% for companies like Apple. Now who is gouging who?
@ Ken Collins:
Excuse me? Who shoved this law down our throats against our will? Now your are blaming republicans for the disastrous rollout and implementation? And now you want their help, when you dissed them entirely when shoving this stupid law down the American peoples throat? You got to be hiding me. Get a clue! And just because you think you have improved the uninsured situation with this law, it is turning out to be just the opposite. And not only because of the increased costs (promised to be otherwise BTW) but doctors and hospitals are either left out of this program, opting out of this program or leaving the industry altogether! How doe that help? Just because you have insurance does not mean you have healthcare. And you are lying through your teeth when you say most people are finding out that their plans were practically worthless when they lost them. No industry could have survived to date with that kind of customer service! You are extremely naïve if you think that the government has your best interest at heart more than an insurance company who has to compete for your business. Government can only control costs through rationing and you will find out the hard way about how cruel that is. And guess who will now be partying on your dime when the government takes over healthcare? The government! Look no further than the IRS and GAO party scandals! Only this time you will have nowhere to go. Maybe they (the insurance companies) should take that money and lower our premiums? Maybe you and the government should mind your own business instead! Premiums were lower when you did! Reference my response to your "other" party letter I posted today too.
Against helping public education? Based on the results of the most recent election in Colorado concerning funding of education, the Republican's "other" party is against it too! Same with guns! The Senate could not pass any legislation on that front either. Even when they had full control of both Houses of Congress, including a filibuster proof Senate. And the ones who did it in Colorado got recalled! So maybe the Republicans listen to their constituents better than Democrats do. We know this as fact concerning Obamacare, don't we? It has never enjoyed a popular opinion in any poll, spawning many heated town hall meetings, but shoved down our throats anyway. Never before in our history has such a large and important piece of legislation been done in such a partisan way.
Voter ID laws do not in any way restrict the rights of citizens to vote. It protects them! You have to show ID in Colorado to vote. How does this hurt elections n other states? How do these same people drive? Board a plane? Open a bank account? Buy beer? Get their SS, Food Stamps or any other benefits? BTW, it was President Obama's idea, not Republicans who created the "sequestered cuts" that the Food Stamp program got caught in. Your claim here of Republicans cutting 5 billion out of the program is nothing more than a Red Herring. In fact, all of your claims are Red Herrings. They could not have done this because the Senate is controlled by the Democrats! Again, reference the President for your Huckleberry.
Republicans on balance are not against Women controlling their own bodies, but they are against having to pay for other peoples choices. Like Federal funded abortions. Or birth control against their religious beliefs. Huge difference! And pretty ironic, coming from your so-called party of choice. And trying to rein in the out of control EPA (carbon dioxide is not a pollutant by definition) does not mean they are against it. If they were, the EPA would have been eliminated already.
Cutting the oil businesses subsidy? What subsidies do the oil companies enjoy that other companies do not also enjoy? Exxon alone paid over 25 billion dollars to the government in taxes last year. That dwarfs the paltry 4 billion dollars that the entire industry supposedly are getting away with in subsidies. And that does not count the gasoline taxes the government also gets. Pretty good return if you ask me!
And the party that calls for ever higher taxes has the temerity to say the Republicans are the ones who are gouging other people? You are confused as to whom that money belongs to!
Ken, just who do you think you're fooling? The Democrats lost the 2010 election in a large way because of Obamacare ( ACA ). The Republicans were not sent there to fix a law that the "other" party shoved down the American peoples throat. They were sent there to repeal it! Short of that, they were sent there to try and keep the effects of the law from harming as many people as they could, including implementing the law fairly. In other words, requiring the law to square with the 14th amendment's Equal Protection Clause, by giving the people the same delay of the law's mandates that President Obama gave his Big Business Cronies. And based on the law's rollout and subsequent loss of millions of insurance policies (with millions more to come) because of this law, their aim is well founded. And how can it be the Republicans who are keeping young people from having insurance when this same group of people were not buying health insurance when it was far cheaper under the old system than it is now under the ACA? And they are still not buying it!
Minimum wage laws are not intended to be livable wages. They are intended to be entry level positions for our youth to cling onto a rung of the economic ladder. And while the overall unemployment numbers are not moved much by a modest increase, every time they raise the minimum wage, inner city (African Americans) unemployment increases dramatically. Are you and the Republican’s "other" party against African American Youths being employed and ascertaining necessary skill sets for their future? Are you and that "Other" Party that cruel? Raising it to a so-called livable wage would have even more disastrous consequences for them as well as all of our youth. And just what do you think the response of business to a legislative increase in the cost of doing business would be? Raise prices? Lay off some workers? Both? Then ultimately, what did you do for the minimum wage worker? Nothing! But who is laughing all the way to the bank with increased payroll taxes? The government and the politicians who just snowed you!
And it has been proven over and over again that millionaires pay more in taxes when the rates are low not when they are high. When they are high, they hire high priced lawyers and accountants to get around it, placing a drag on the economy and resulting in the government getting less, not more revenue. JFK, the Republicans "other" party's icon of a President said this better than anyone! And isn't higher revenue the objective? Or is it just the party line that is important?
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