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It is actually $889 million they have budgeted for the 2016 elections. They announced it on Jan. 26, 2015 in a news release.
Boy is that a joke. Koch Industries receives millions if not billions in Corporate Welfare. They also got many no bid contracts from the friendship they had with the Bush Administration. Why do you think they where willing to spend $1 Billion on the Mid-Terms and another Billion on the 2016 Presidential Election. They want the best Government money can buy and they sure do a good job at it. Citizens United gave them the avenue to control Congress and the White House. What do you think they want in return for this investment? Ask Cory Gardner.
Mark is right that both parties are corrupt. They will do or say whatever gets them elected and what brings them the most money for their campaigns especially the Defense and Oil Industry. Maybe we can have another "Crusade" into Iraq like we had in 2003 so a few can make billions and our men and women in uniform can pay for it with their lives. As we all know we were greeted as "Liberators" with flowers and candy as Dick Cheney said.
The reason this pipeline will be built is because the oil industry spent $1 Billion on the mid term elections and they want a return on their investment which is why this was one of the first bills passed by the new Congress. The Industry as a whole gets close to $80 Billion a year from tax payer subsidies(Corporate Welfare) for a reason. The politicians sell their support to the highest bidder and this industry has deep pockets and has for decades. They will confiscate private property to build it with little to no benefit to our country. The oil will be refined in Texas and shipped overseas to countries like China and India. If this pipeline was going through the Yampa Valley I believe most people here would be against it like the property owners in the Mid-West. One thing is for sure the Oil Industry has the best Congress money can buy.
The real problem is a lack of personal responsibility which is lacking not just in Steamboat.
It is not the dogs fault it is the irresponsible dog owner and there are many in this town.
Mike is correct in Canada you have to wait for specialized procedures due to the lack of Specialist MD's caused by their migration to the US to make more money. That also explains why health coverage is much more expensive in the US. 30% of health care costs here go to Administrative expenses(Executive pay and bonuses) not actual health care as compared to Medicare which has a 3% Administrative cost. Each Country handles its health care in different ways. Switzerland is about the beat and Canada not as good. What you have to decide what is better, no health coverage or basic health coverage. Using Texas as an example almost 30% of Texans have no health coverage which enables employers to make greater profits. This is why immigrant workers have no problem finding work in Texas. As the old saying goes you get what you pay for. If you work for a big Corporation you'll have great coverage. If you work for a small company you'll be lucky to have any health coverage.
The main problem with Health Care in the US is that it is determined by your employment unless you are over the age of 65. The rest of the Western World has Universal Health Care for all their citizens. If you work for a large Corporation you tend to have great Health coverage. If you work for a small local company you more than likely have minimal coverage or none at all. McDonald's had $8 Billion in profits last year thanks to the US taxpayer because they pay minimum wage in most cases and counsel their employees how to get gov't benefits like Medicaid and Food Stamps. Others like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas ops out of Federal Health Insurance because Goldman Sachs pays $20,000+ a year for his families health insurance.
When you have a procedure at any Hospital there are 2 rates. One for insured and one for uninsured. The uninsured rate will be at least 3 times more than the insured rate. Years ago I had a procedure while insured that cost $900. Unfortunately for me my company went out of business before the claim was paid. When I went to the hospital to pay the $900 I was informed I was now considered uninsured and I had to pay that rate which was $2500. I went to the Attorney General of the State and they basically told me that was too bad and I had to pay the $2500.
Health Care is a mess in this country just like Immigration and the ACA did not solve it because our Politicians work for the Corporations and the super rich who finance their Campaigns(Citizens United) not the people.
Four years ago Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas cut business taxes and taxes on upper income tax payers to near zero saying it would be a great job creator and Kansas would prosper. The opposite happened because the wealthy just pocketed the money and the state's deficit went out of control. Just today the state's controller said the situation is a lot worse than previously reported just before the election. The state is in a mess and he still was re-elected.
First I know of no one that likes paying taxes. The problem is what the taxes are used for. You are correct that the last war we won was in 1945. The Vietnam War which I served in and the Iraq War which you served in were total blunders caused by arrogance and the influence of the Defense Industry especially in Texas where both Presidents were from. . There is a bunch of money to be made in war by a small few. The long term cost of Iraq will be close to $6 Trillion and it is not really over. In an interview yesterday Pres. Bush said he had no regrets in his Invasion and the outcome except for ISIS. The problem he is not the man or women with no arms or legs. The Corporations and Super Rich control this country which is evident with the $6.5 Billion they spent on the mid-term elections. They expect a big return on their investment. We will be at war in Iran, Syria,, Iraq etc. as soon as the new regime takes control and who will pay the price? Our men and women in uniform will take the brunt of it with multiple tours just like they did in Afghanistan and Iraq while others laugh all the way to the bank. War is great as long as someone else does the fighting and dying and the Super Rich get a tax cut.. I'd bet on it.
Eric when you drive from your primary home to your secondary home here in Steamboat who maintains the roads you drive on? The DOT who gets its financing from your tax dollars. If your house catches fire do you run out with a hose to put it out or do you call the Fire Dept.? The Fire Dept. is funded by your tax dollars. That and many other things that the gov't and only the gov't can provide like disaster relief, National Defense, air traffic control etc. is receiving money that is stolen from you. If this bothers you so much why do you live in this country?
It must be tough taking care of 2 homes in 2 different states. On this Day I think more about our men and women who spent numerous tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many who came home with no legs or no arms or both and did not complain one bit like you do.
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