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Posted on December 24 at 7:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Phils2008: Are you having difficulty comprehending my statements? I am totally against public worker unions and how they scam taxpayers. I have not bashed firefighters and policemen, even though some of them are part of the taxpayer scam through their strong unions. I am totally against their worker union, not against any of them and the jobs they perform. And the right wing government leaders? I am not aware of many right wing city leaders, since cities tend to lean liberal because of the makeup of the populace. I'm referring to all the layers of government in a county in addition to cities. Villages within towns, towns within counties, multiple fire and police departments, multiple school districts, highway departments, layers and layers of government and burearacracy within a single county; in most of upstate NY governed by right wing politicians who gladly slam the taxpayers with their bureaucratic government largess, then bash the "liberal" Federal government for doing the same. You sound like a city dweller who might want to better understand government administration in New York State outside of cities, and how that byzantine form of government negatively affects the taxpayers.


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Posted on December 23 at 10:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

BROBERTS1: I do not believe that all firefighters and cops scam the system. I do put firefighters and cops in the same group as other municipal workers relative to unions in response to wmarincic's statement about public employee unions that scam the taxpayers. And they are allowed and even encouraged by municipal leaders to get away with it. That's the hypocrisy about the right wing local government leaders and their followers here in upstate NY who create, sponsor, perpetuate and refuse to give up their big bloated multi-levels of local government, have no problem stuffing their bloated government cost to the taxpayers, yet loudly voice their opposition to the largesse of the Federal government. Hypocrites.


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Posted on December 23 at 8:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So you guys favor an exception to the pension system scam. It's OK for cops and firefighters to scam the taxpayers, but not OK for anyone else who performs a municipal job. And those unions. They're OK for cops and firefighters but no one else? That's a double standard. All municipal workers are equal in that regard. No exceptions. No wonder why we disagree. You are inconsistent.


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Posted on December 23 at 7 a.m. (Suggest removal)

wmarincic: the top 10% pay 70% of the taxes because they earn more than the bottom 70%. And there's all those corporations that are on welfare - they pay NO taxes but receive government services that you and I pay for. I totally agree with you about giveaways to foreign governments, cable TV in prisons, and ALL municipal worker unions including fire and police workers. What makes cops and firefighters so special? It's just a public service job. They scam the pension system the same as the ditch digger. I'm all for cutting wasted spending not only at the federal level, but especially at the local level, where the duplicate and crap programs are everywhere and the waste is encouraged by people of all political affiliations, especially here in upstate NY which is mostly hypocrite Republican. Since I agree a lot with you, what does that make you? A liberal by association?


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Posted on December 21 at 7:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Phils2008: The cost of health care for all should be born by EVERYONE. And that includes all the corporations and multi-billionaires who hide their assets in places outside the USA, avoiding their share of contribution that you, me and others, are responsible for, and pay willingly or unwillingly, because our tax laws favor them, and not you and me. As a result, that burdens people like you and me. We make our contribution while just trying to scratch out living, while paying our unfair share of the cost to keep EVERYONE in America somewhat like our Founders might have hoped we could all be. So the single payer is US – as in the U.S.A. – all of US.


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Posted on December 21 at 5:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Daniel: The ACA was passed by a feeble Democrat controlled Congress, and a weak White House that didn’t have the guts to legislate Medicare Part E, as in "E" for everyone in this country. That's what made it truly a poor piece of legislation. I am angered that the Wall St. oriented insurance companies have no problem making a profit from my health or lack of health, at my expense, to feed their profits that deny me and my family medical services, allowing only services that they decide I will receive, for their egregious premiums. Hopefully these “glitches” and ACA implementation missteps will be for the good, and Americans will realize that healthcare for all, what the no backbone Democrats couldn’t accomplish is in the best interests of America and will come to fruition. It would not surprise me if all these faux-pas are intentional as an after the fact realization that the dumb Democrats and dumber Obama administration finally realizes the consequences of not passing a single payer health care law.


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Posted on December 3 at 7:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Health Act: If the Supreme Court rules in favor of this challenge, this could lead to other religious based restrictions by business owners on employees. Jewish owned businesses could require their employees not eat pork products, Muslim owned businesses could require that their employees pray to Mecca every day, Mormon owned businesses could require that their employees not consume coffee or alcohol, Christian Scientists could demand total exemption from providing health insurance to their employees based on their beliefs, etc. When will it go too far? How would the Constitution affect this ruling?


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Posted on November 30 at 1:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

wmarincic: since many of your posts have a military orientation, and since folks like you want less government, why don't we get rid of the defense department and privatize the military especially since it is causing some states such financial hardship? Then those states could tax military paychecks that are issued by private corporations. After all since private business can manage better than government management, military spending would obviously go down if it was privatized (no more $500 hammers). Since less government is better, where better to reduce it than the defense department which, as you state, consumes the majority of federal and state spending. Who is Krugman?


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Posted on November 30 at 12:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

wmarincic: and these southern red states that enticed the manufacturing jobs from the unionized rust belt with their right to work laws giving their people the right to work for lower wages. Why aren't they prospering? Is that why their people are so poor that they take so much welfare from the Federal government? Exactly what industry are you referring to in NY? The ones that existed in the pre-Reagan years? NY lost its industrial base long ago and still takes care of its people by yes, taxes, much of which goes to Washington then on to the Red States of the south.


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Posted on November 30 at 12:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

tonijean613: what you describe are some of the fundamental tenets of a single county based school system. But instead, the little individual school district turfdoms that have their own singular interests prevail over one that benefits everyone in a county, not only for educational reasons but also for cost to the taxpayer reasons.


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