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Re: “Burlington Town Hall Featuring Bernie Sanders Draws New American Crowd

My gratitude for living in a Republic where everyone has the right to freedom of speech is severely dampened when someone abuses that right by choosing to express hate and racism

Immigrants that grow up in the US and are educated here have the potential to measure best in their class. Their nationality of origin doesnt limit their IQ or potential. The opportunity and resources they encounter are likely better indicators of future success.

To contrast western societies that benefit from and promote education, (concluding that they are white) , with developing societies (people of color) is the definition of racism and White Supremacy.

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Posted by Z! on 09/17/2018 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Pot Shot: Shap Smith's Marijuana 'Compromise' Misses the Mark

The overwhelmingly Democratic House and Senate members feel very secure in their seats.

Perhaps voters will decide in the next election not to support candidates that either voted against marijuana legalization, or those who won't pledge to do so.

I don't care for marijuana personally, but I feel it is hypocritical to criminalize it, when tobacco and alcohol are legal and regulated.

The lure of taxing the weed, while attractive, is ludicrous. Only by criminalizing or regulating marijuana can government attempt to stifle the growing of a plant, with which a little water and sunlight is good to go!

The Senate's version would create big business monopolies, just like the state liquor monopoly. Bad idea.

Let people grow dope.

Then it has no value, other than that of personal choice, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Oh yeah, we don't do that anymore in the Nanny State.

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Posted by Z! on 05/07/2016 at 9:50 AM

Re: “State Promotes the 'All-Payer Model' for Health Insurance

I think innovation and experimenting with new models is very smart!

We can try to fix what's broken, or bury our heads in the sand and say run-away annual increases in private premiums of 20-30% for those with insurance is fine; the private sector being 'more efficient' than the state, never mind the uninsured, who die without treatment.

Government steps in when it needs to, because the market fails, not because they are busy-bodies.

The course of the private sector solution for healthcare was less people insured, at unsustainable costs. Similar to college education, these benefits aren't defined as luxuries, but as rights, in civilized industrial countries, besides the US.

Have we become the nation that kicks the poor and needy aside, so that the top 2-3% of Americans that owns 80+ of all our resources and economic wealth can have even more?

I'm a taxpayer, and I say 'yes' to our leaders exploring solutions to problems, versus merely criticizing initiatives, and pretending the private sector efficiently manages anything, besides profits. They are being entrepreneurial, while being accountable to their shareholders, the electorate. Good for them!

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Posted by Z! on 08/18/2015 at 12:12 PM

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