Give the girl a break, Dan. She has only heard about the glory of motherhood, and how moms should be honored, even revered. That is the culutral meme, and has been for some time. The idea that pregnancy and children demand some minimum level of financial and social security is foreign to her.
Getting pregnant requires nothing but doing what comes naturally. That is nothing to honor or respect. I would like to see PSAs telling kids not to have kids unless they already have a minimum level of financial and social security. Leave the rest up to them.
There are two important issues here – the overlay zone controversy, and the possible abrogation of constitutional rights. You’ve left me confused about both of them. Consider writing two essays – one that explains both sides of the overlay issue and the other that describes what happened with the petition drive. What’s wrong with changing the zoning status of the areas near the University? Why would this hurt Tucson? What should be done instead to advance Tucson’s interests? As for the referendum, I would like to know whether this is a referendum and not an initiative. How come you aren’t getting signatures on an initiative that would point Tucson in the direction you think it should go? If you’re gathering signatures anyway you might as well try to create something you want rather than just stopping something you don’t want. What is the cities legal position on the legality of the process you attempted? What exactly are they saying you did incorrectly?
I would like to know more about these issues, and I’m sure others would too. I hope you have the time to explain it.
Presidential candidates usually select their running mates because of their ability to bring votes to the ticket. Obama must have been so confident of winning the election that he chose Biden purely on his entertainment value.
There is something you haven’t thought about. Getting Federal money to pay state unemployment benefits is not without strings. When a state draws on Federal funds to extend unemployment benefits the Feds increase the portion of payroll taxes employers pay. The more a state borrows from the Feds to fund unemployment compensation, the more expensive it gets to hire the unemployed. Politicians are in a terrible fix because they have only two choices, and neither will be popular – extend unemployment benefits discouraging new hiring and reap the economic consequences, or do not extend unemployment benefits and hope hiring increases. No matter what they do no jobs are generated. No matter what they do a large portion of their constituency will be very upset.
I want to buy some honey from this guy. Can anyone make out the phone number on the label in the picture?
I think I agree with you politically, but take extreme exception to characterizing those who disagree with us as “brain dead excuses for human matter”. If you want to criticize the ideas of others base your argument on sound principles of political theory or philosophy and apply those principles to social conditions you want to change or preserve. Shallow and emotionally driven insults are more appropriate for a schoolyard or dive bar than for the exchange of political ideas that brings improvement to society and the economy. Put forth opinions, viewpoints and arguments that can be judged in the marketplace of ideas that venues like this should be contributing towards.
Give the clerks them a break. They deserve our gratitude during elections.
Government bureaucracy is designed to be slow, methodical and deliberate. We trade efficiency and customer service for transparency, lots of structure and preoccupation with rules and procedure. This is why government bureaucracy works well for things like counting votes and assessing taxes, but is the absolute worst organizational choice for anything involving service delivery, like public schools or mental health services
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