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4 hours ago, Mr Marine Layer said:

Where would our Founding Fathers be on that one?

Do you agree with Ibram X Kendi or Martin Luther King Jr?

Kendi is such a joke, you know he doesn’t even believe the he’s selling. 

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11 hours ago, SilverFallsAndrew said:

I've never understood the fascination with Bernie Sanders. 

I am by no means a "Bernie bro" - this is where a divide exists even on the non-Democrat left in the US. Some insist upon placing faith in him and voting for him, while others (like myself) find him inherently untrustworthy and a politician who will always capitulate to the establishment every time a slightest bit of pressure is applied, much like "The Squad" does. A term has begun circulating among the left to describe the "vote blue no matter who" crowd, and that term is "Blue MAGA". These people are more interested in political theatre cheerleading everything the establishment does as long as the letter D is leading the way, rather than supporting or advocating for fundamental change. Worse to many of us on the left than the Republicans because the liberals pretend to be our allies while holding a knife in our backs.

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1 hour ago, Reg said:

I am by no means a "Bernie bro" - this is where a divide exists even on the non-Democrat left in the US. Some insist upon placing faith in him and voting for him, while others (like myself) find him inherently untrustworthy and a politician who will always capitulate to the establishment every time a slightest bit of pressure is applied, much like "The Squad" does. A term has begun circulating among the left to describe the "vote blue no matter who" crowd, and that term is "Blue MAGA". These people are more interested in political theatre cheerleading everything the establishment does as long as the letter D is leading the way, rather than supporting or advocating for fundamental change. Worse to many of us on the left than the Republicans because the liberals pretend to be our allies while holding a knife in our backs.

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Fox News has been talking about something like this before, the Democrats will do ANYTHING to suppress opposition and try to create a one-party rule. (I do want to mention that the Founding Fathers did not like more than 1 political party in our government, but they tolerated it compared to other things.)

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3 hours ago, Reg said:

I am by no means a "Bernie bro" - this is where a divide exists even on the non-Democrat left in the US. Some insist upon placing faith in him and voting for him, while others (like myself) find him inherently untrustworthy and a politician who will always capitulate to the establishment every time a slightest bit of pressure is applied, much like "The Squad" does. A term has begun circulating among the left to describe the "vote blue no matter who" crowd, and that term is "Blue MAGA". These people are more interested in political theatre cheerleading everything the establishment does as long as the letter D is leading the way, rather than supporting or advocating for fundamental change. Worse to many of us on the left than the Republicans because the liberals pretend to be our allies while holding a knife in our backs.

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Interesting article here

https://survivingtomorrow.org/capitalism-is-dead-it-just-doesnt-know-it-yet-217e18501835

Basically it says that all 3 systems (socialism, communism, and capitalism) eventually lead to too much power and wealth in the hands of too few people. I agree. Unrestrained capitalism allows us to have people as rich as Bill Gates or George Soros.

Also it claims Marxism is based on biblical principles (e.g. Acts 4:32-35). However, Karl Marx was an atheist who was strictly against all religion, so that's not actually the case. Also those verses refer to voluntary giving, and not compelled giving via wealth redistribution. If people are generally selfish and greedy, changing from capitalism to socialism does not solve the problem that people are generally selfish and greedy. If large corporations can abuse people and take advantage of them, why wouldn't the same be true of big government. As it was said: "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely".

It seems to me that some people being on the left means being generous, compassionate and willing to share with others. It's a great idea, but human nature makes it impossible. It's the love of money that is evil, not money or wealth itself.

Finally in regards to free universal health care, nothing in life is free. We will at a minimum need to pay more taxes to support the "free" healthcare of others. It's a nice idea, but we also cannot choose what kind of health care we support (e.g. taxpayer funded abortion). In Europe single payer healthcare leads to so much demand that surgical procedures have to be rushed and are not done carefully. Waiting times can be ridiculous (months or years for something you can get in a few weeks here). My cousin in Germany had a horrible procedure done under socialized medicine. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20 minutes ago, Mr Marine Layer said:

Interesting article here

https://survivingtomorrow.org/capitalism-is-dead-it-just-doesnt-know-it-yet-217e18501835

Basically it says that all 3 systems (socialism, communism, and capitalism) eventually lead to too much power and wealth in the hands of too few people. I agree. Unrestrained capitalism allows us to have people as rich as Bill Gates or George Soros.

Also it claims Marxism is based on biblical principles (e.g. Acts 4:32-35). However, Karl Marx was an atheist who was strictly against all religion, so that's not actually the case. Also those verses refer to voluntary giving, and not compelled giving via wealth redistribution. If people are generally selfish and greedy, changing from capitalism to socialism does not solve the problem that people are generally selfish and greedy. If large corporations can abuse people and take advantage of them, why wouldn't the same be true of big government. As it was said: "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely".

It seems to me that some people being on the left means being generous, compassionate and willing to share with others. It's a great idea, but human nature makes it impossible. Also it's the love of money that is evil, not money or wealth itself.

Also in regards to free universal health care, nothing in life is free. We will at a minimum need to pay more taxes to support the "free" healthcare of others. It's a nice idea, but we also cannot choose what kind of health care we support (e.g. taxpayer funded abortion). In Europe single payer healthcare leads to so much crowding that surgical procedures have to be rushed and are not done carefully. Waiting times can be ridiculous (months or years for something you can get in a few weeks here). My cousin in Germany had a horrible procedure done under socialized medicine. I don't want to show the pictures.

This sounds more like an excuse to not change or deviate from our current course. Paying higher taxes to expand our countries' social safety net (which is the weakest such of all developed countries currently) and health care (thus also providing health care to millions of Americans who currently have none at all) is a fair price to pay. Botched medical procedures are not exclusive to socialized medicine nor have I seen any science to indicate that it's even more likely than under the US capitalist system.

And to those here and beyond who mockingly laugh and scoff at the thought that Democrats are not even on the left side of our political spectrum:

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Democrats and Republicans continue to bicker over petty "culture war" talking points, yet their actual policies (once again) are nearly identical. Foreign policy-wise, we have had the same president for my entire life and for over a decade before I was born.

 

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CA legislation recently tried to pass single payer healthcare but it ended up being too expensive so they voted against it. If there's a way to give health care to the people who don't have it without requiring people to give up their insurance if they like it, I am definitely for it.

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I read articles like this under Obama and Clinton. Ain’t a goner yet! 

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46 minutes ago, Mr Marine Layer said:

CA legislation recently tried to pass single payer healthcare but it ended up being too expensive so they voted against it. If there's a way to give health care to the people who don't have it without requiring people to give up their insurance if they like it, I am definitely for it.

My understanding is that in the UK, you get the "free" universal healthcare, but you can also pay for supplemental private insurance, which yields more expedient healthcare.  So, you can have your "free" healthcare through your payments of up to 50-60% in taxes. 

Routine medical or elective surgeries might have a wait, but it won't cost you a dime.  If you have the means to pay for the additional insurance, those routine/elective medical procedures will happen quicker.

 

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3 hours ago, Chewbacca Defense said:

My understanding is that in the UK, you get the "free" universal healthcare, but you can also pay for supplemental private insurance, which yields more expedient healthcare.  So, you can have your "free" healthcare through your payments of up to 50-60% in taxes. 

Routine medical or elective surgeries might have a wait, but it won't cost you a dime.  If you have the means to pay for the additional insurance, those routine/elective medical procedures will happen quicker.

 

This sounds similar to what the Nordic countries have. Bernie wanted to end all private insurance options completely. 

As for me, I had mitral valve prolapse that needed to be fixed and the first/cheapest choice was open heart surgery. Having a PPO insurance I was able to get robotic surgery at Cedars-Sinai, which is much less invasive even though it cost more. 

Would I have had this option in a Medicare for All system like Bernie was proposing? Probably not.

 

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Pelosi goes full “glitch” in Taiwan referring to Ben Franklin as President. 
 

She said, "She said, "I said at a meeting earlier with the parliamentarian in our earliest days of our founding of our country, Benjamin Franklin presidency said, freedom and democracy. Freedom and democracy are one thing. Security here. If we don’t have. We can't have either if we don't have both.d democracy. Freedom and democracy are one thing. Security here. If we don’t have. We can't have either if we don't have both.” 

Some of that isn’t even a cohesive sentence.  Time for the octogenarian to retire. 

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On 8/3/2022 at 2:43 AM, SilverFallsAndrew said:

I've never understood the fascination with Bernie Sanders. 

Free sh!t

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9 hours ago, Mr Marine Layer said:

This sounds similar to what the Nordic countries have. Bernie wanted to end all private insurance options completely. 

As for me, I had mitral valve prolapse that needed to be fixed and the first/cheapest choice was open heart surgery. Having a PPO insurance I was able to get robotic surgery at Cedars-Sinai, which is much less invasive even though it cost more. 

Would I have had this option in a Medicare for All system like Bernie was proposing? Probably not.

 

The medical game is all so messed up.  I would say that under the Bernie plan, it probably would not be an option because it would not exist.  Where would the incentive be to develop that kind of robotic technology if you couldn't profit off of it.  I'm not arguing in support of the outrageous medical costs, far from it.  I just don't know what the answer is.  I had to pay over $1,800 for an ambulance to take my son 1.5 miles to the hospital.  He could literally SEE the hospital from his back yard!

 

When my wife worked in Cardiology, she worked for an extremely talented doctor who could fix a lot of things via a cath that used to have to be done by cracking the chest.  It is relatively new technology, and at the time she worked for him, it was only for patients who would not survive having their chest cracked.  I think the tolerance for candidates is starting to open up more as the technology is proven.

 

Think about that.....running a wire from the groin up to the heart, and dropping a new custom made aortic valve in over the old bad one.  He can also run a wire mesh up through your groin to close a whole in your heart.  The skill of the doctor (who racked up close to 7 figures in student loan debt for him and his wife to get through medical school) is impressive.   

 

His time and very exceptional skillset needs to be fairly compensated, the time for all of the support staff (which in the beginning consisted of 2 surgical teams), the cost of the custom made valve, the cost of the machine used to deploy the valve, and the medical devices rep (who is probably making doctor's wages) plus facilities expenses for the cath lab, overnight stay.....currently about $100k

 

At the end of the day, its going to be an expensive procedure, but there is probably room for savings everywhere along the line, from the doctor's pay (eliminate his loan debt after a certain period of service and his income needs will drop), reduce the cut to the medical device company, etc.

 

I do know that our current hospital system is hemorrhaging money due to staffing shortages...lots of OT, and lots of traveling nurses (who make obscene amounts of money), so cutting costs there is like trying to get blood from a stone at this point.

It is very much a hot mess right now unfortunately, and I don't know if it is even possible to untangle it.

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I support universal health care. Probably my most left leaning position. 

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1 minute ago, SilverFallsAndrew said:

I support universal health care. Probably my most left leaning position. 

Same. I think it's ridiculous that cost has to be a consideration when going to seek essential medical care. I had to get an endoscopy a couple of years ago and I had to make sure I could actually pay for it before getting it.

Unfortunately, I don't see an easy solution.

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1 minute ago, IMoveALot_Weather said:

Same. I think it's ridiculous that cost has to be a consideration when going to seek essential medical care. I had to get an endoscopy a couple of years ago and I had to make sure I could actually pay for it before getting it.

Unfortunately, I don't see an easy solution.

Also the privatization of health care has infused it with being guided by the sole purpose of corporate profits and greed. I don't trust anything doctors and the medical field are selling right now. They are all just in it to make a buck. 

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2020-21: 12.0"                    2020-21: 71.59"

2019-20: 23.5"                   2019-20: 58.54"

2018-19: 63.5"                   2018-19: 66.33"

2017-18: 30.3"                   2017-18: 59.83"

2016-17: 49.2"                   2016-17: 97.58"

2015-16: 11.75"                 2015-16: 68.67"

2014-15: 3.5"
2013-14: 11.75"                  2013-14: 62.30
2012-13: 16.75"                 2012-13: 78.45  

2011-12: 98.5"                   2011-12: 92.67"

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32 minutes ago, SilverFallsAndrew said:

Also the privatization of health care has infused it with being guided by the sole purpose of corporate profits and greed. I don't trust anything doctors and the medical field are selling right now. They are all just in it to make a buck. 

Its tough, I am very fortunate to have doctors now who are not pushing a drug company's agenda, but I have definitely come across them, and they don't stay my doctor for long.

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Competition is necessary for innovation and it gives people more choices. A corporate monopoly is bad, but so is a government monopoly. The big question is how to regulate the free market so that no company or individual becomes too powerful. There's no easy answers.

 

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On 8/4/2022 at 8:18 AM, SilverFallsAndrew said:

Also the privatization of health care has infused it with being guided by the sole purpose of corporate profits and greed. I don't trust anything doctors and the medical field are selling right now. They are all just in it to make a buck. 

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In other news, gas is $5.09 at Costco!

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The Department of Defense on Friday denied Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for 150 National Guard troops amid what she called a "humanitarian crisis" as an influx of migrants arrived in the nation’s capital.
 

Yeah!  As long as it’s happening in Texas who gives a S**t!   Let them go east of the Mississippi and “ call out the national guards!”  
They were denied.  Serves them right.  
Texas has an economy larger than most countries on the globe. But dirty old border is just not worth their trouble.   
They think they’ll get all these votes. But I know Hispanics. I’m married in a Hispanic family and grew up with them.  They’re far more conservative than liberal.  

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1 hour ago, SnarkyGoblin said:

What is your opinion on reparations?

Non starter 

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On 8/4/2022 at 12:14 PM, Deweydog said:

Down to $4.39/gallon at Costco. 80 cents off the June high.

Thanks, Brandon!

 

Things are similar here. 
It’s hobbling every retiree I know. Some in tough situations medically.  Family and churches are fall back resources for them.  
Summer heat isn’t helping.  
The solution? Complex.  
But taxation bills and vast spending are only making matters worse. We need to get Americans back to work and manufacturing here at home. 
US pharmaceuticals and petroleum would be a big start. Cut Asian purse strings some.  Texas petroleum and ag stands ready to do our part. 

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7 hours ago, Deweydog said:

I think Perez may beat either at this point regardless. 

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On 8/4/2022 at 12:14 PM, Deweydog said:

Down to $4.39/gallon at Costco. 80 cents off the June high.

Thanks, Brandon!

 

Unfortunately I'm predicting it will surge again this coming winter.

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On 8/6/2022 at 9:35 AM, SnarkyGoblin said:

Ah, so the white supremacists of old who have dramatically affected the lives of our current non-white people, especially those who are black, does not matter 

Got it.

I'm sorry, you have never changed.

Try justifying this: I had a black student said the N-word at me, I was seriously offended because it was hate speech. (Note that I'm White, but I don't like saying that it all!) When I got after the kid who said the N-word, he looked at me very funny. And the BLM is a black supremacy group.

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On 8/6/2022 at 7:35 AM, SnarkyGoblin said:

Ah, so the white supremacists of old who have dramatically affected the lives of our current non-white people, especially those who are black, does not matter 

Got it.

Reparations, interesting subject. The main argument I've heard against them is that we should not have to pay for the wrongs of our ancestors to compensate for people who are no longer slaves.

So, the history of slavery still affects the lives of Black people today. Part of the problem is welfare programs that encourage Black families to be fatherless. Also the public schools in Black neighborhoods are not as good as the ones in White neighborhoods, but it's the Democrats who are fighting against school choice. Instead of education, schools now teach Black children that they are victims who have little or no chance of succeeding in life. Why would they even want to try?

"I have said in the past — and I’ll repeat again —that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed.” — Barack Obama

 

 

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11 hours ago, Iceresistance said:

I'm sorry, you have never changed.

Try justifying this: I had a black student said the N-word at me, I was seriously offended because it was hate speech. (Note that I'm White, but I don't like saying that it all!) When I got after the kid who said the N-word, he looked at me very funny. And the BLM is a black supremacy group.

Never changed? Huh?

Good for you to call out the student for using that word.

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5 hours ago, Mr Marine Layer said:

Reparations, interesting subject. The main argument I've heard against them is that we should not have to pay for the wrongs of our ancestors to compensate for people who are no longer slaves.

So, the history of slavery still affects the lives of Black people today. Part of the problem is welfare programs that encourage Black families to be fatherless. Also the public schools in Black neighborhoods are not as good as the ones in White neighborhoods, but it's the Democrats who are fighting against school choice. Instead of education, schools now teach Black children that they are victims who have little or no chance of succeeding in life. Why would they even want to try?

"I have said in the past — and I’ll repeat again —that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed.” — Barack Obama

 

 

I'm not even sure if I'd support it.  I think the administration of it effectively would be near impossible. 

I was mostly curious to see how much Andrew would dig his heels in with his sudden strong/sensitive opinions about white supremacy.

Anyway, most of what you wrote is rather ignorant so I won't bother to engage with that.

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11 hours ago, SnarkyGoblin said:

I'm not even sure if I'd support it.  I think the administration of it effectively would be near impossible. 

I was mostly curious to see how much Andrew would dig his heels in with his sudden strong/sensitive opinions about white supremacy.

Anyway, most of what you wrote is rather ignorant so I won't bother to engage with that.

I am ignorant? Do you agree with Barack Obama's quote or not?

Today, many Black people are in favor of charter schools because it gives them an opportunity to get a better education. Yet the Democrats are against them and against school choice and make it difficult to enroll anywhere but their neighborhood's public schools. 

About welfare programs, single-parent families get more money from the government than married couples do. At the end of Jim Crow something like 25% of Black families were single-parent. Today it's close to 75%. What caused the increase?

I'm sure you have heard the saying "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime".

Seems similar to what the Obama quote was trying to get at.

 

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Meanwhile-

The Inflation Reduction Act would add $80 billion to the IRS budget and hire 80,000 more auditors and agents.

😄 Brace for impact after this recent Tax and Spend Bill was passed.  Hang onto those receipts. 

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18 hours ago, SnarkyGoblin said:

Never changed? Huh?

Good for you to call out the student for using that word.

I was also called “Chinese” by a different black student in my high school. Even thought that they have strongly considered implementing a policy against racial and hate slurs, if a school teacher/admin hears a hate word (The R-word, for example) and/or a racial slur (The N-word), that student (after a certain number of warnings) will be indefinitely suspended until they bring proof that they completed a sensitivity course.

This is proof that hate speech and racial slurs do not discriminate.

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9 hours ago, Andie said:

Meanwhile-

The Inflation Reduction Act would add $80 billion to the IRS budget and hire 80,000 more auditors and agents.

😄 Brace for impact after this recent Tax and Spend Bill was passed.  Hang onto those receipts. 

Manchin is probably against it, and it will SURGE the inflation even more. 

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I understand Manchin voted For the Inflation “Reduction” Act.  
Reduction is a joke.  

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20 hours ago, Mr Marine Layer said:

I am ignorant? Do you agree with Barack Obama's quote or not?

Today, many Black people are in favor of charter schools because it gives them an opportunity to get a better education. Yet the Democrats are against them and against school choice and make it difficult to enroll anywhere but their neighborhood's public schools. 

About welfare programs, single-parent families get more money from the government than married couples do. At the end of Jim Crow something like 25% of Black families were single-parent. Today it's close to 75%. What caused the increase?

I'm sure you have heard the saying "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime".

Seems similar to what the Obama quote was trying to get at.

 

The quote was definitely not the thing I disagreed with. 

That somehow school choice (which is fine) can fix the decade(s) of redlining that defined neighborhoods' wealth, and therefore quality of public schools?

That some specific dem policy literally encourages black families to be single parents?  Even if your comment about welfare amounts of married vs single is true, that does not prove what you originally said at all. 

It's pointless to discuss someone who will believe the sky is hot pink if the right website says so. I have seen the sources you post on here.

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On 8/3/2022 at 7:07 PM, Chewbacca Defense said:

My understanding is that in the UK, you get the "free" universal healthcare, but you can also pay for supplemental private insurance, which yields more expedient healthcare.  So, you can have your "free" healthcare through your payments of up to 50-60% in taxes. 

Routine medical or elective surgeries might have a wait, but it won't cost you a dime.  If you have the means to pay for the additional insurance, those routine/elective medical procedures will happen quicker.

 

It is much the same here in Canada. Everyone* gets MSP (universal health insurance, administered by the provinces, basic coverage), but there are private insurance companies that sell extra coverage (and many employers have group policies that cover their employees). Biggest difference is that in the UK, the doctors work directly for the National Health Service, whereas in Canada they are private businesses (it is health insurance that is partly socialized here, not health care).

 * Well, not literally everyone. You do have to be legally residing in Canada. Tourists and illegal immigrants do not qualify. Plus there is a waiting period of about three months (during which you have to buy private insurance).

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1 hour ago, SnarkyGoblin said:

The quote was definitely not the thing I disagreed with. 

That somehow school choice (which is fine) can fix the decade(s) of redlining that defined neighborhoods' wealth, and therefore quality of public schools?

That some specific dem policy literally encourages black families to be single parents?  Even if your comment about welfare amounts of married vs single is true, that does not prove what you originally said at all. 

It's pointless to discuss someone who will believe the sky is hot pink if the right website says so. I have seen the sources you post on here.

Well, yes I often use PragerU and Townhall, which are highly controversial, but I also have referred a lot to New Discourses, which is rated as center biased.

Do you agree with Ibram X. Kendi that "The life of racism cannot be separated from the life of capitalism. In order to truly be antiracist, you also have to truly be anti-capitalist.”? Or that “the only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination.”?

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6 hours ago, Rubus Leucodermis said:

My, life does come at you fast sometimes. Look who’s the Defund Law Enforcement party now!

 

She does have justification for that call, the FBI has been severely corrupt for years. 
 

But I don’t want it defunded, even though I do want to have it fixed. 

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I don’t recognize the country I grew up in.  Rule of law is being ignored on all sides. If we don’t calm down and get our collective together we’ll be just a failed experiment. 
I still have hope that calmer heads will rule and steady the course but we’re running out of road.  

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