Saying that there are idiots on both sides doesn't validate the idiocy. Anti-vaxers cannot see beyond their own paranoia and endanger everyone around them. Even freedom loving farmers aren't so stupid as to let their cows go unvaccinated.
When the 5,000 kids entered the country, from Central America, it was pointed out that where they originated the vaccination rate was even more impressive than any in the western hemisphere. Also I don't seem to remember any such epidemics breaking out in any of the places where they ended up. Given the virulent nature of the discussion it seems a mute point now.
Is it possible that we, the US, could benefit from the examples of some second rate illegal aliens?
norm9do asks an excellent question. One I would love to hear an answer to.
We have an uneasy alliance among the anti-vaccination camps. Yes, there are the usual Bachmanites as Danehy points out and other Republicans including Paul and Christie. But in California, the state with the most cases reported, we have the Bay area defenders of freedom and personal choice leading the charge against vaccination and demanding exemption for their wunderkinds. These folks are not, if voting patterns are any indication, Republicans.
"The Bay Area, as it happens, is a hotbed of anti-vaccination sentiment. Curiously, as Phil Plait points out on Slate, there's some correlation between affluent and well-educated communities and low vaccination rates. Marin County has one of the highest rates of "personal belief exemptions" for childhood immunizations, which of course endanger school mates and the community. At one Sausalito school, only 26% of entering kindergartners were vaccinated against measles. In Santa Cruz County, the rate of personal belief exemptions is a shocking 9.6%. (The state average is 2.8%, according to a report on KQED.)" LA Times
So there are "idiots" on both side of the political divide, an obvious point the author fails to discuss. If one of my grandkids became infected, I would be as irate with the Bachmanite as with the wealthy freedom loving Yipster.
Hey come on that's racist!
What about the 5000 "kids" from Latin America that came into this country over the past 15 months?
Were they vaccinated before they were spread around the country?
So you don't have an agenda Tom?
Where is your zeal for calling out the local school board which won't allow an independent audit?
Talk about selective outrage.
Wow, we might stop some of the theft and poorly thought out programs and bureaucratic bloat that burden our public schools. A 450 million dollar budget and TUSD is still a joke. I remember when you thought it was cool a few years back when the little munchkins handcuffed themselves to the furniture over their right to have "hate America" studies. Then they wonder why hard asses like me
who bust our tails so our kids could avoid public schools have no mercy for the students or the lefty teachers who influence their thinking.
By the way, schools have no money of their own, taxpayers have money. I'm still looking for that "Right" to an education. Is it next to that "Right" to healthcare? I appreciate your passion but my public school experience was the polar opposite of yours and if you speak out eleven times, I'm going for twelve.
Also, be careful calling people hypocrites when you really don't know their hearts.
Or maybe they have an agenda much like Brian Williams does.
Mark, DuVal also visited Pima College and talked very specifically about public education and the role of the community colleges. No where did he mention cutting the legislative appropriation for PCC by 50%. Guess you missed that day at work.
You (and others) don't seem to get it. The Legislature steals money from the schools; I write about it. Then, they do away with job protection and cut salaries for teachers. That's a totally different attack, but I'm not supposed to write about it because I already wrote something about schools before? And, if I do, then when they break the law in their crusade to hand the state over to charter schools, well, I can't write about that because I wrote about education before. That's how the bastards win; they just grind you down and wait for you to throw your hands up in exasperation. For me, if they do 10 bad things, I need to complain 11 times. As for the Goldwater Institute, they have no credibility whatsoever. They used to have a mission; now they have an agenda. Somebody like you should be outraged that they publicly campaign for transparency in all governmental expenditures and actions, but when it comes to their beloved charter schools, they want those expenditures (of public money) to be kept secret. That should send you and other fiscal conservatives screaming into the street, but, for some reason, it doesn't. And then they serve on the boards of the charter schools that they are helping to scam us taxpayers out of our money. You would think that in an entire gaggle of lawyers, at least one would know the definition of conflict of interest. If the Goldwater Institute went after everybody with the same zeal, I would show them respect. Instead, they exhibit selective outrage and use their insider status to fatten their own wallets. They're a bunch of hypocrites.
Birkenstock brigade !!! Outstanding !!
Owe ya a beer, Vince.
Back on the public school topic again. Let the whining and name calling begin. Great entertainment. Elections have consequences as your side loves to mention Tom. Love the Goldwater institute, and I hope Ducey has a pair like Gov. Scott Walker. God bless the Koch brothers too. Have to balance Soros and Tom Stier. Dems seem to have lots of rich friends considering how many times Barry has snarled Manhattan traffic with his fund raising entourages.
Hey, why not ask Adelita why only 46 per cent of the money gets to the TUSD classroom? Could we have a local problem? Oh, that must be a Goldwater number.
You sound like a punk b---- instead of the stand up guy I remember from the radio.
Or maybe you're just playing " who can be farther to the left" and then count how many "likes"
you receive in the comments from your Birkenstock brigade.
Isn't it funny that when someone comments about State issues, it seems to always be President Obama's fault. Lets face reality hear in the state of AZ!! When the legislature is doing something wrong an will hurt our children's future, it is our responsibility as citizens to stand up. So lets stop acting like a 6 year old when you did something wrong by pointing fingers and blaming others. To all Republicans and Liberals!
"When the Law Doesn't Match the Ideology, Just Ignore The Law."
Just taking a page from Obama. When the law (number of authorized work permits) doesn't match the ideology (open borders) just ignore the law and grant 5 million more permits than Congress authorized. You can't have lawlessness just when it matches your ideology. Both are wrong.
Wow, Mark, thanks for starting of your comment with your birther delusion so that we know from whence comes the rest of your venom.
Well, where to begin, first of all, " When the Law Doesn't Match the Ideology, Just Ignore The Law." Sounds like a tribute to the Obama administration, from the "you must be an American born citizen to become president" to the complete disregard for the constitution at every turn. Secondly, Ducey visited Pima College where I work and I met with him ( as I am sure Tom has not) . He stressed how important education is to him and how our tax dollars should go to programs that produce skilled technical jobs and not underwater basket weaving or liberal arts degrees that cost taxpayers billions each year nationwide. How many of you reading this know a U of A grad who is serving at Denny's. The rest of his diatribe is not worth comment.
It really does my heart good to hear the pigs at the trough squealing when they think their slop will be cutoff.
Arizona gets what it deserves. What kind of dimwit, votes, against their own best interests to elect a politician who repeatedly dodges out of debate invitations and claims to have plans to revamp a rapidly deteriorating state but refuses to disclose those plans before the election.? Now that the election is over we find that his plans are more of the same, rape and pillage of any government service that benefits the citizens. The Republican legislature will go through the motions of balancing the budget by devious means so that they can get to work on their real programs of passing unconstitutional laws to pander to the religious and monied crackpots, whose votes they rely on, instead of developing a FAIR system of taxation. Next election how about a voter referendum to reduce the salaries of the legislature to minimum wage to reward them for the value of their job performance? Just asking.
Governor Ducey is obviously becoming the Scott Walker (governor Wisconsin) and Sam Brownback (governor of Kansas) for Arizona. Cutting taxes for the wealthy and gutting unions are the mantras of these governors and they are mightily supported by Charles and David Koch, their benefactors.
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