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Speak Out 2/23/11

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

National debt

THERE is no way the national debt will ever get paid with the Republicans in charge. You can't keep paying fewer taxes and expect it to be paid. The middle class are paying the taxes. The rich are paying less all the time. In fact, there are millionaires who do not pay one dime with all the tax breaks they get. Greed is killing America.

Laws protect

IT makes no sense to me when people say that the ban on smoking is just more Big Government. Would we want to live in a country where there were no laws, where anyone could drive any speed or commit murder or rob you? Of course not. Laws are there to protect us, and secondhand smoke kills people every day.

Rate increase

I'D like to comment on Ameren and the company wanting a rate increase. Why would they want a rate increase when they make as much money as they make?

Pseudoephedrine laws

THE tracking system the Missouri Legislature passed to stop the sale of pseudoephedrine has not worked. They could have passed a bill to make all sales in Missouri to be behind the counter, but they haven't. They leave it up to each town to make the rules, and that just passes it on to another town, which sooner or later has to do the same thing. If every town has to pass the law, it will take forever and never be stopped.

Sudafed prescriptions

IF you think your doctor can phone in a prescription for you to your pharmacy for Sudafed, you are wrong. Because of the way the law was written, you need a written prescription from your doctor or your doctor can fax a prescription to your pharmacy. Your doctor cannot call in a prescription for you.

Confederate flag

A recent story in the Southeast Missourian said in one place that a juvenile was "waving" a Confederate flag while driving. In a subsequent paragraph, it said the person had a flag in the back of their truck. There's a big difference between the two. Since when is it illegal to wave or have a Confederate flag?

GOP solution

THE Social Security financial condition is getting worse faster than projections originally said it would. The Republican solution: Decrease the FICA payroll tax rate effective Jan 1, 2011.

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National debt

You are wrong. Federal income taxes are paid overwhelmingly by the high earners. I wonder when the U.S. collected the most revenue in history? Of course, I know the answer, but I bet you don't.

Confederate flag

Apparently you read the article but comprehended little of it. The confederate flag was not the issue, it was waving the confederate flag while yelling racial slurs at a bus full of black kids leaving a school function. Certainly anybody can understand why this is intolerable.

GOP solution

I thought this was a bi-partisan plan to put more money into the economy.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 12:26 AM

"Just a bunch of kids being stupid." There were victims in this incident and they are kids, too. Besides, the incident started at the school by adults; the kids just carried it further.

Not indicting the school on anything, they did what they were supposed to do.

Excusing racial slurs and harrassment as just youthful pranks is pretty disgusting...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 8:25 AM

"Laws are there to protect us, and secondhand smoke kills people every day."

Every day? Really? Where do you people get your information? I've read all the junk science on the effects of second hand smoke, but even those reports don't claim that it has been a proven cause of death for anyone, let alone on a daily basis.

-- Posted by Fujiyama Mama on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 8:26 AM

Rick, I have talked personally with several adults that witnessed the incidents. I have also followed media accounts that are consistent with what I have been told.

I know the superintendents and coaches at both schools. I know the bus driver.

Yes, I am pretty confident that I know what happened.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 9:03 AM

National debt - You know, tax breaks are given to those that help the poor and needy. It's a well known fact that Liberals actually earn more than Conservatives (Salary wise) but conservatives give more in donations and helping the needy. But I seriously doubt taxing the junk out of the "wealthy" is going to solve anything, because then the lowly job workers will be run out of work since their business owner can't afford to keep them!!!

Also, I believe the top earners in the country pay the MAJORITY of the taxes, so, go read a book.

-- Posted by vf43WRX on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 9:25 AM

It is disgusting to defend those actions.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 10:22 AM

I didn't call anybody disgusting, just the act of defending the racial intimidation of kids involved in a school function.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 10:57 AM

You go "bobby62914".

-- Posted by semo471 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 2:16 PM

The difference is good people can do disgusting things.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 4:37 PM

Well, that makes more sense than anything else you have said.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 4:48 PM


-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 6:51 PM

Rick u r correct. And from what I've seen of bobby's posts, you've hit the nail on the head.

-- Posted by all_i_hear_is_blah_blah on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 8:11 PM

I bet people wouldn't be so quick to defend the racial intimidation of kids attending a school function if they weren't anonymous. That is just not something you want to be known for...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 11:01 PM

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