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I assume you oppose recent NSA measures on grounds of privacy and personal liberty, and drone policy on grounds of privacy and personal security against extrajudicial killings. But you support Obamacare which is realistically a bigger threat to more Americans on those grounds than NSA and drones put together.
Why should I care about the government spying on my emails, phone calls and Internet usage when it is free to poke around in my counselor's files and doctor's notes, as it has for decades been free to poke around in my financial files? Why should I care about drones when the government is gradually accruing to itself the power to decide not just whether I should receive life-saving treatment at government expense, but even at my own expense?
"Un-American" like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I don't know how anybody could reasonably argue that Social Security and Medicare (and now Obamacare) are NOT collectivist and socialist programs in principle. Just because those are dirty words to a lot of people doesn't cause them to lose all meaning.
Thanks. Appreciate it.
How's Obama himself as a source for the reality that it was passed on a partisan basis? Or was he just being hyperbolic?
Enjoy the way that Obama also, in that quote, manages to try to blame the mess on the Republicans, as if they somehow had a role in who was hired to administer the system.
As for "confirmed by the re-election" haven't you watched Obama twist and dodge to keep from acknowledging that he and Congressional Democrats had lied through their teeth with their promises of "if you like your plan you can keep it" and how the Administration had delayed rule-making until after the election to keep people from finding out about his lies, with the result that there was too little time to actually develop the system?
I didn't see and can't find the original article Ms. Schiller talks about, so it may well have been an opinion piece instead of straight reporting, but even if not, at some point something that is acknowledged by its own creators to be a mess can fairly be called a mess by journalists.
fatherof5, can you point me to any online resources concerning the District's projections of future enrollment and overall future financial plan, particularly with respect to capital projects? I'm talking about not just the next 2-5 years but say in the 10-year + range. I'd like to become more knowledgeable about this issue and you're obviously well informed on it.
So there should be a discussion, but the content should be entirely dictated by mandatory "educational programming"?
Ms. Morales is quoted as complaining that students "lack an understanding of the role race plays in society" and argues that mandatory "education" can remedy that. What she means, I suspect, is that students lack HER particular understanding of the issue, which is of course the only one she accepts as correct and wants mandatorily imparted to students.
If there is really only one "correct" way to think and talk about racial issues at Whitman, then indeed, fear and intimidation may keep the discussion constrained within those "correct" boundaries, but it will do little to promote understanding and respect among those on campus or in our community.
And yet, you care enough to count my comments and how many you've responded to? If I were inclined toward egotism, that would surely feed it.
Nice of Mr. Kreidler to decide I must buy and pay for a new Mercedes when all I really need is a used Corolla.
downhillracer, I'm honored to share the same sobriquet that Plato applied to Socrates. Many thanks.
Aren't I lucky you have not yet been designated official censor? Both Hallie Barker and I can post our little nuggets of wisdom or silliness, and you can do nothing about it.
Lest we forget: We "got in over our heads" by the unleashing of a stunning level of human creativity and productivity (resulting in an equally stunning population growth) without which Hallie Barker would probably not have existed. So unless you're prepared to argue the world would have been better off without you, go easy on the criticism of our ancestors.
As for the plea that we all put our differences aside and "face this challenge together," I'm reminded of a plaque someone once gave me in my college years, when I thought I knew a whole lot more than I do now: "Just be reasonable: do it my way."
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