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by jesseewiak
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Detroit students suspended after demanding education
Replies: 67
Views: 9334

Re: Detroit students suspended after demanding education

If all of the funding were to be centralized, how would that stop the wealthy from paying even more? Say the state government decides $x per child is enough for a good education. Then the wealthy parents donate to their school PTA which purchases new text books, or rebuilds the track, or creates gi...
by jesseewiak
Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pawlenty proposes three-tier tax system plus more!
Replies: 92
Views: 9054

Re: Pawlenty proposes three-tier tax system plus more!

Man if there are any two things that the government should privatize I am pretty sure I would argue those two things first. Der, the government already runs the Postal Service, and it's the crappiest run business ever. Did you mean the government should let someone else run that business? Can you f...
by jesseewiak
Thu May 26, 2011 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Failure of American Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 11587

Re: The Failure of American Schools

And look, a slam against teacher's unions that objected to a shitty metric for student evaluation being used as an evaluation tool of teachers. Color me surprised, especially when the metric is flawed, especially when you're dealing with students coming from poverty and immigration. You know whose ...
by jesseewiak
Thu May 26, 2011 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Failure of American Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 11587

Re: The Failure of American Schools

And considering that the universal average for a teacher is five years, the nobody gets fired mantra is a little bit, well, pointless. Well, no. The people who are leaving in 5 years or less are not necessarily the same people who we might want to fire. My understanding, in fact, is that most of th...
by jesseewiak
Thu May 26, 2011 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Failure of American Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 11587

Re: The Failure of American Schools

It's like the constant defunding... the gains we have made in improving our schools are negligible—even though we have doubled our spending (in inflation-adjusted dollars) on K–12 public education. Yes, and how much of that increased spending has gone to more administrators, spending to study for s...
by jesseewiak
Thu May 26, 2011 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Failure of American Schools
Replies: 124
Views: 11587

Re: The Failure of American Schools

Actually, the truth is, I've never really been convinced that there is a real problem with our schools. Most of them work just fine, and most kids learn well enough in them. I'd imagine that better funding mechanisms would probably help, but we aren't really far behind other countries, those other c...
by jesseewiak
Fri May 20, 2011 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14671

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

I love when people who have no real chance of ever having to raise a family or even a child on the minimum wage talk about how we don't need a minimum wage. Ever considered the possibility that people having children while earning such a salary are the ones doing something wrong? Sure. In a perfect...
by jesseewiak
Fri May 20, 2011 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14671

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

I love when people who have no real chance of ever having to raise a family or even a child on the minimum wage talk about how we don't need a minimum wage. Because the Invisible Hand will take care of all of us. Just like it has for the past thirty years. Is there some small increase in unemploymen...
by jesseewiak
Thu May 19, 2011 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charles Barkley proves he's no knucklehead
Replies: 15
Views: 2155

Re: Charles Barkley proves he's no knucklehead

I realize this is a message board full of nerds, but Barkley has been pretty awesome on things such as this for a while now.
by jesseewiak
Tue May 03, 2011 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Media Matters declares war on Fox News
Replies: 171
Views: 12999

Re: Media Matters declares war on Fox News

No, they all suck. Fox is a hard conservative bias, NBC, CBS, CNN and their counterparts are hard liberal bias. Each claims to be neutral, and I detest each time any newscaster claims to present unslanted news, as it's a boldfaced lie. Therefore, as I've said before, when an organization decides to...
by jesseewiak
Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Superman's Citizenship
Replies: 96
Views: 107675

Re: Superman's Citizenship

As someone who doesn't read comics himself, I've always wondered. Just how many volumes are there? Whenever I read up on a comic book character like superman on wikipedia I immediately get bogged down in very long pages describing different storylines, alternate universes and timelines, etc, etc. H...
by jesseewiak
Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Election in Canada this Spring
Replies: 108
Views: 9826

Re: Election in Canada this Spring

What caused the Liberal/NDP swap? That looked rather abrupt. Basically, the Conservatives attacked the Liberal leader relentlessly all while the NDP Leader continued to campaign well. Add in the fact that from what I've read, Quebecers are sort of fed up with the ineffectiveness of the BQ, they're ...
by jesseewiak
Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans favor GOP on budget
Replies: 55
Views: 5588

Re: Americans favor GOP on budget

As has been pointed out above, we're nowhere near the point that taxing people higher will lower economic growth. But, I will make a deal. Remove the numerous loopholes and cut the corporate tax rate to 15%. In return, we remove the numerous loopholes in the regular tax code and tax everything above...
by jesseewiak
Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama’s budget and debt reduction proposal
Replies: 57
Views: 6167

Re: Obama’s budget and debt reduction proposal

I don't get the "either" you throw in their almost casually. You think the poor should be paying more in taxes? I think that 47 percent of Americans don't pay federal income taxes . But paying anything would be paying too much, right? Except of course that most of those 47 percent do pay ...
by jesseewiak
Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama’s budget and debt reduction proposal
Replies: 57
Views: 6167

Re: Obama’s budget and debt reduction proposal

Also, that graphic that was posted was pretty um...pointless. The federal income tax in the United States does, in fact, have a progressive rate structure. State and local sales taxes, pretty much all excise taxes, and property taxes all have a regressive rate structure. So, yes, if you look exclusi...
by jesseewiak
Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama’s budget and debt reduction proposal
Replies: 57
Views: 6167

Re: Obama’s budget and debt reduction proposal

Just a (partial) reminder on why we have a deficit problem.

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But of course, if you want to be "serious" about the deficit, you have to cut taxes on the rich and cut Medicare.
by jesseewiak
Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What's this 'government shutdown' I keep reading about?
Replies: 132
Views: 13327

Re: What's this 'government shutdown' I keep reading about?

Also, the problem is the CBO hasn't actually gone over Ryan's numbers. He basically asked them, "what would be the effect on the budget if I cut x, y, and z, and I cut taxes and magically kept the amount of GDP through taxes at 19%." To quote former Reagan administration official Bruce Bar...
by jesseewiak
Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What's this 'government shutdown' I keep reading about?
Replies: 132
Views: 13327

Re: What's this 'government shutdown' I keep reading about?

Here's the most er, interesting riders from the GOP budget. [url="http://www.aztecmesa.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=np&thread=12641&page=1#192728"]http://www.aztecmesa.proboards.com/index.c...p;page=1#192728[/url] H Policy Riders in H.R.1 The following are brief...
by jesseewiak
Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What's this 'government shutdown' I keep reading about?
Replies: 132
Views: 13327

Re: What's this 'government shutdown' I keep reading about?

My dad is one of those government contractors. He's got three weeks of paid vacation (which is already "In the bank" as far as the funds of the company he works for) but any more than that... It's going to be tense for a while. I have 10 hours of vacation. I'm going to be up shit creek. G...
by jesseewiak
Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The most uncounted cost of Endless War
Replies: 48
Views: 4812

Re: The most uncounted cost of Endless War

I may be projecting here, but the article seems to imply that because the US engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq, we've created an environment in which a ridiculous statement like "You can't have free speech in a war" seems reasonable to many. I'm not sure that if we hadn't engaged in the &qu...
by jesseewiak
Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Price of Taxing the Rich
Replies: 64
Views: 6785

Re: The Price of Taxing the Rich

Mobility is another reason why raising taxes on the rich doesn't always work. While a middle-class family will be unlikely to move, a high income-earner can trivially change his primary residence to a beach house in another state. This is also possible, but less trivial, on a national scale. This h...
by jesseewiak
Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says
Replies: 92
Views: 9134

Re: Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says

You've heard of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, or Charles Darwin (although really, some Atheists treat Darwin as more of a Saint)? You've never seen Darwin or FSM symbols on the backs of sedans? While it lacks an accepted hierarchy, Atheism encompasses a range of denominations, just like Is...
by jesseewiak
Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says
Replies: 92
Views: 9134

Re: Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says

The older generations tend to be fairly religious, and the younger generations far less so. Doesn't this suggest to you that religiousness may be cyclical? It seems to me like the researchers took one data point and tried to make a trend. "Grass is 3 feet high now, so next year, it'll be 6 fee...
by jesseewiak
Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Helen Thomas interview
Replies: 117
Views: 7465

Re: Helen Thomas interview

To all the people who insist that Thomas has a valid viewpoint: If Jews don't have a right to be in Israel, where DO they have a right to be? Nobody has the _right_ to be anywhere. Neither the Palestinians or the Jews have some great claim to the land Israel is currently in, but it's fair to be hon...
by jesseewiak
Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 34446

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

What's wrong with workers having a say in their conditions and compensation? Corporations are doing well. Really well. And I understand that you're cheerfully pro-corporate but fact o' the matter is that small business and home business aren't doing well. Real wages have seen anemic growth at best ...
by jesseewiak
Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 34446

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

A big part of the corporate tax cuts is that before Wisconsin's corporate taxes were higher than Illinois, and after they will be lower. The Walker has been on numerous trips to Illinois attempting to convince businesses to cross the boarder for the lower rate. We will see if it works. It's also pi...
by jesseewiak
Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 34446

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

People can get angry all they want. Those Republicans got elected by huge margins and most likely represent the majority of the constituency. It just so happens that the opposition is the one getting media time because they're kicking up protests. Prop 8 passed in California and a shitload of highl...
by jesseewiak
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Krugman on Texas; Sailer on Krugman
Replies: 42
Views: 4576

Re: Krugman on Texas; Sailer on Krugman

Overall it's an appallingly bad piece of journalism, I'm surprised people are taking it seriously considering Sailer's incredible record of overt racism. Honestly, his "overt racism" is why I take him seriously. I mean, isn't it worrisome that one of the major economic pundits in America ...
by jesseewiak
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 15318

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

If you're actually trying to imply that your anecdotal evidence of students saying stupid things indicates that students are stupider than the rest of the population, I'd have to say you're dead wrong. Why would I be trying to imply that? The claim was "students are liberal due to a lack of li...
by jesseewiak
Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 34446

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

Teachers need protection from over-zealous bosses and ideological politicians. Why? I don't have this. Why are teachers special? Are their bosses really really bad people? Because I have a solution for that problem. Because they've organized. Perhaps you and your fellow workers should join together...
by jesseewiak
Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 34446

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

Um, what 'demonstrable' education outcomes are teachers against? Charter Schools? Sorry, evidence is inconclusive. Removing tenure? A red herring. Standardized tests? Not really. The truth is, teacher's themselves shockingly have plenty of ways to improve the education system. Now, these reforms do...
by jesseewiak
Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 34446

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

And if for some reason they go through a period that disables them from meeting the standard? They get screwed permanently and recovery into a position where you can go back to study is made very unlikely? The merit-based line should be kept at the employment level, not educational level. Who are w...
by jesseewiak
Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 34446

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

I'm very tempted just to ask why Scott Walker hates kids. Remember, none of that money goes to kids. If it did, they might feel better about going to prison, or work harder . Yup, teachers don't want public education to improve at all. They just want to get their fat paychecks and benefits and go h...
by jesseewiak
Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Nutjob Bills in the Montana Legislature"
Replies: 124
Views: 12089

Re: "Nutjob Bills in the Montana Legislature"

Oh, the myth that gun control fails because 'city x' has a high crime rate. The truth is, it's not hard for anybody in Detroit, DC, or any city to get guns. They either go to a close by neighboring state (in the case of DC) or outside of the city (in the case of Detroit) where gun control is much la...
by jesseewiak
Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Nutjob Bills in the Montana Legislature"
Replies: 124
Views: 12089

Re: "Nutjob Bills in the Montana Legislature"

That's why she says it's racist. Yes, it's very easy to say "this has nothing to do with race" but it obviously does. That's why she says it's racist. I was pointing that out, in response. Sorry, didn't mean to look like I was arguing with you. Despite the fact that he is a us citizen, wh...
by jesseewiak
Wed Feb 23, 2011 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Nutjob Bills in the Montana Legislature"
Replies: 124
Views: 12089

Re: "Nutjob Bills in the Montana Legislature"

Yes, there's absolutely no connection between all the right-wing bills about birth certificates and proving you're eligible to be President and the two years of false claims about Obama's birth. None. Zero. It's insane to think there could be any connection.
by jesseewiak
Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 34446

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

Fun fact: Teacher unions are illegal in 5 states, those states rank in 50th, 49th, 48th, 47th, and 44th in test scores. Where did you get that info? According to this: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/ Bottom 10 for 8th grade reading (worst to best): District of Columbia Mississippi Cali...
by jesseewiak
Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 34446

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

Fun fact: Teacher unions are illegal in 5 states, those states rank in 50th, 49th, 48th, 47th, and 44th in test scores. Yeah. No. Virginia was 34th on the SAT, 13th on the ACT. Texas was 45th on the SAT, 33rd on the ACT . Georgia was 48th on the SAT, 34th on the ACT. North Carolina was 38th on the ...
by jesseewiak
Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 34446

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

The implicit protection against missing payments due to market conditions, isolating employees from underfunding, could easily be seen by many people to be an excessive benefit. Particularly when most others have no such guarantee. Then perhaps those people should strike, get out on the streets, an...
by jesseewiak
Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 34446

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

I didn't realize public sector workers didn't pay taxes. Or don't they count now? I don't even get the connection between unions and the unemployed, other than the fact that the unemployed are far less likely to be ya' know, unemployed if they're unionized. Public sector unions are good for (some o...

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