It is nice to be able to express the wants and desires of our peers help with the needs of our society. We have a very dynamic fabric in Tucson. I believe it has frayed tremendously over the past 16 years. I was however never the Tucson Estates Club House member. While I was there I did the remodeling my exposure to how other lived and what they paid morally to be there. So I lived comfortably without the BMW and attorney's.
I liked the idea of being able to write my own hours able in the summer to go @ 4AM so I could be home after school. I can say that the workforce that works construction is the most volatile group in the County. It is this group and suppliers that lead the trend in new development and economic growth.
It is also this group that depended the most on affordable healthcare always has since the end of WW2. All of the civil workers are also covered by union agreements and the civil service rules and agreements. This cost are negotiated to compete with the everyday person.
If we are to attributed the cost of the civil service commission, union representation, and all related service done on tax payers time. Add those cost to employment burden as the should be the civil service worker as opposed to the private worker is paid 125% more. So now take the individual cost to replicate the insurance of a civil worker with out the group 50% deduction.
All of the protection that would have stopped this progressive economic difference was negotiated away for political gain and a few prospered. I ASK WHERE DID THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT GO ?
We need to get this done I do believe we have good representation in Congress and faith that McSally has the ability to read between the lines. While all the pencil tweekers are drafting a conspiracy theories calling. If anything say WE need to get this done. It has to be a individual payer no employer discounts. We can all share the burden of the extreme and the community needs if we can all share the burden fairly.
And the 80-20 rule they implemented sealed it's fate as the insurers were rewarded for "wasting" claims money. The law forced them to, or lower premiums. Surprise surprise, they chose the money route. How sophomoric a piece of legislation!
From a freshman President. You ignored his (Lack) of history in Illinois State Legislature. And his missing votes. Now look at the mess he left.
It would be so nice if the American people had the Affordable Care Act it passed in 2009. But no consequently, rather than implementing Obamacare as passed by Congress, the administration rewrote the law as they went along. Unions were exempted from fees, extralegal tax credits were awarded, "transition relief" was invented for preferred employers and insurance company losses were subsidized.
Just what you been smoking there Mari Herreras I believe the Republicans would love to have the 2009 ACA just where did that go?
The issues with health care are similar to the issues with other American institutions that have adopted the "business model" as the be-all-end-all of life in America.
Health care used to be about prevention, education and maintenance of personal health, and when required, the best treatment possible. Now, it is about getting the most money possible from the government, the insurance companies and the patients.
Prisons used to be about punishing criminal behavior, providing job skills, education and reducing the rate of people repeating crimes. Now, private prisons simply warehouse people, provide criminals opportunities to learn new skills from other prisoners and join gang-oriented criminal enterprises while charging governments the most money possible, to include payments for empty beds that make sure they are at full capacity for the greatest savings by agencies that fill them.
Education used to be about providing critical thinking skills and abilities that not only improved a person's ability to contribute to our culture across a wide-range of disciplines, but improved the quality of life for graduates, their families and our society. Now, education is about using students as a revenue stream for the business and political currency of education, while creating burdensome debt that forces graduates to work well-below their abilities to stay one step ahead of the collection agencies.
This pattern goes on and on and on. Is it any wonder that the wealth gap continues to widen, even as so-called investors call for bigger and bigger profits to the point of crushing companies and institutions for a healthy bottom line?
Those who profess that deregulation and oversight are keeping business down and destroying Americans' lives are lying to us. Contrary to all the touchy-feely promotions, businesses have no conscience. Businesses serve only the investors, frequently at the cost of those who have helped build the business. America needs to stop this madness and look to creating outcomes that enrich us beyond monetary wealth, because in the end the person with the most toys doesn't win when there is no one left to play.
You have no facts ma'am.
I thought Christians liked helping people.
Oh, silly me! I forgot that you are a phony Christian.
Health insurance was affordable before the government got involved. You need to prioritize. Insurance before weed.
Christ, what an asshole.
A free press needs to do its job. The problem is very few media outlets have the capability to do the reporting that is necessary to keep clowns honest. There are ten million stories a day and almost no one doing them, especially positive stories. There are hundreds of successes, and teachers busting their butts everyday in TUSD and all you hear is TUSD has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. There are hundreds of truly monstrous bills in the cesspool called the Arizona legislature, and you hear about almost none of them. We need a strong free press, that is what I heard constantly at the book festival and it's true.
You didn't say anything about using the same name. You accused someone of being anonymous, which makes you a hypocrite.
Also, you're not messaging back and forth with me in Danehy land. I've only posted here under the username you'll see below. I didn't post under the name "C orn W hole 13" here or anywhere else.
It's not just one person who keeps changing their username to respond to your trolling. You need to realize that you actually have a fan club full of people out there who are willing to challenge you in the arena of ideas.
I could stop responding to you for good and you're still going to get responses from the others. You should be proud that you've attracted an audience.
No,but I stick with the same name. Have for years. Like I said over in Danehy land, I'm done with you. I love how you know all about President Trump's taxes. The Weekly's answer to Rachel Maddow. Another loser. Bye.
You accuse people of being Ms. Anonymous?
So, that would make you a hypocritical jackass, unless the name on your birth certificate reads "CW13".
OR if you legally changed your name to CW13.
I'd bet all the tax money that Trump has paid beyond 2005 that neither of the above sentences are true.
So, if you're willing to lose about $3, bet me on that challenge.
We have hard-copy subscriptions to 2 newspapers, digital subscriptions to another 3 and donate to the aforementioned independent local news outlet. And we patronize many of the Weekly's subscribers. And thank them for doing so.
It's the patriotic thing to do. And an homage to my old man who owned an 8-page weekly in my rural rustbelt red-state hometown.
Ms. Anonymous strikes again. Notice she has not one instance or fact to back her claim. She's really great at name calling though.
Yes that same racist asshole Donald Trump. What more facts do you need than everything he has ever said about "the blacks" or "the Mexicans"? Oh that's right, this is not a serious objection. Just comment trolling! D'oh! I fell into your trap yet again!
Are you talking about the same Trump who you said was a racist but couldn't back with any facts?
I admired Judy Burns for years. I collected signatures for her, because she was the best TUSD Board member I had ever seen. I believe Judy Burns would have been happy to serve on a Board with Rachel Sedgwick. Rachel is picking up where Judy Burns, unfortunately for us and her family, left off. Rachel is doing her homework and asking questions. She is challenging the status quo, big time!
I just read the recent articles related to TUSD and the board meetings. I also read the comments.
What stands out in the comment section:
--A lot of adult names (Rachel/Adelita/Judy/Kristle, etc.), with vitriol about perceived who-did-what-to-who
Missing from the commentary: Constructive, thoughtful conversation about the 48,000+ kids in Tucson who attend TUSD schools. The families. The teachers. The volunteers. The principals. There's a lot of really good people in these groups working hard right now to do right by kids and improve the schools. All these groups, of course, really pay the price each time the school board is used as a partisan [and obviously personal] grudge-match.
Once again, the Tucson Weekly is spreading Grijalvista talking points instead of doing actual journalism. If you actually took the time to look into the facts, instead of believing the lies and excuses of the Grijalva Political Machine; you might actually learn something!
Can you believe? I have more to add. The bottom line is that Hicks and Stegeman were indeed awful around MAS. And Foster and Grijalva were indeed horrible around desegregation and any sort of supervision of a Superintendent that was gaining raises every time he turned around. So what, exactly, is the problem with having a swing vote on there to neutralize the worst of the leadership abuses we have seen? If Foster and Grijalva were not running such a HUGE amount of interference, we would all be more easily able to see the number of unanimous votes that have been taken, and we would all more easily be able to see possibilities for both "sides" to win a little, lose a little. After a period in which only one side won ALL OF THE TIME that should make many people breathe a little more easily.
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