Michael Foudy 
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Re: “Flake vs. Trump, or More Lunacy From The Donald's Efforts To Unify the Party

Vote Green or Libertarian and deny both the crook and the bigoted bully the 270 electoral votes required to win, throwing the election into the House of Representatives. Yes, you'll get a Republican but they hopefully won't be a crook or bigoted bully. Just sayin'.

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Posted by Michael Foudy on 07/08/2016 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Meet Tucson Republican Candidate for Ward II Kelly Lawton

Seems like a decent guy.

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Posted by Michael Foudy on 08/10/2015 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Arizona Has Lowest College Completion Rate In the Nation!!! (Or Not.) A Lesson in Reading Results

David, every time I read you what comes across is that you are "of the teacher's unions, for the teacher's union and by the teacher's unions." That is my first point.

My second point is that you see everything in black and white terms, which I find fantastic and unreal.

Contrary to your representations, I believe, based only on what I read hear and in the Star that: 1) The folks at TUSD are frankly corrupt: 2) the teacher's unions are doing their best to protect their vested self interests (compensation, work rules and,--especially--unsustainable pensions), ...the interests of the children are long forgotten; and. 3 The TUSD system is failing because people who can are voting with their feet and moving elsewhere. Thus, your world view is a fantasy based on wishful thinking rather than reality.

Yes, many if not most for profit education efforts are a scam. We agree on that. However, there would be no market for them if the public education options were competent, honest and effective. The public efforts at TUSD are a shameful exercise of nepotism, corruption and ineptitude. Sorry, that's what it is.

It's not a black and white thing (as much as you want to define it in those terms). It is all gray.

Would you please deal with reality and stop being a spin doctor for TUSD, public education and the teacher's unions? You really do have a following I think. If you were to get over your ideology and deal with facts you could really contribute to progress.

Respectfully,

Mike

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Posted by Michael Foudy on 07/29/2015 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Media Watch

The Star's website really is horrific. I live in DC most of the time and when comparing the Star to the Washington Post or the NY Times it is clearly evident that the Star doesn't have a clue. UGH.

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Posted by Michael Foudy on 07/04/2015 at 9:57 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Isn't it ironic that Justice Roberts's dissent to the redistricting case is almost a carbon copy of Justice Scalia's dissent to Roberts's ACA majority opinion? (Although it's not nearly as well written or scathing...) I find that simply delicious without regard for who is right or wrong or the merits of the case. Ahhhhh the smell of hypocrisy in the morning to paraphrase the Robert Duvall character from "Apocalypse Now." Ya gotta love it! Or to quote another great American, Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." :-) Who would have ever thought John Roberts might have anything in common with Ralph Waldo Emerson? Or who would ever predict that Roberts and Scalia would make the same point in cases announced in the same week to support different results? Not me. Isn't life simply grand?

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Posted by Michael Foudy on 07/04/2015 at 9:52 PM

Re: “What? You Mean Trickle Down Doesn't Work?

Actually the real job creators are small businesses.

The problem of the excess concentration of wealth and political power in too few hands is real. It's one thing that both the Occupy movement and the Tea Party movement can agree upon.

Redistribution won't work because it involves the government picking winners and losers. The over concentration of wealth and power is a function of government picking winners and losers beginning back in 1913 with the creation of the Federal Reserve under a Democrat. That error was compounded by the switch to a FIAT currency in 1971 under a Republican. Government tried to mitigate that by creating Social Security, Medicare and most recently the ACA, which are actually schemes to take from young healthy people and give to old and sick (usually old) people The first two are basically bankrupting the country and fit the dictionary definition of a ponzi scheme. Look it up if you don't believe me. The jury is still out on the ACA but the early signs aren't promising.

There is no partisan solution. In fact both Ron Paul and Elizabeth Warren have a lot of insight. George the First, Bubba, George the Second and Obama have one thing in common. They are all slaves to Wall Street and do whatever it takes to protect the "Too Big to Fail," thus accelerating the overwhelming concentration of wealth and political power in fewer and fewer hands.

All this talk about Socialist, Communist, Free Market etc. is sort of silly to me. The real issue is crony politics or crony capitalism, which isn't capitalism at all. Rather it is trading bribes masquerading as political campaign contributions or fat jobs after leaving government or speaking honoraria etc. for special privilege and advantage. All the partisan BS is actually sound and fury signifying nothing.

Of course everything I think and write could be wrong.

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Posted by Michael Foudy on 06/18/2015 at 5:38 PM

Re: “John Oliver, Bail Bonds, Charter School Owners, ALEC and Privatization

David, I agree that transparency is a positive end for any group that gets public funding. That is a valid point. However, using guilt by association doesn't further that end. Demonizing someone because their paper (on a totally unrelated topic) happened to be printed by an organization of which you disapprove is not furthering your objective. That's my only point.

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Posted by Michael Foudy on 06/12/2015 at 10:24 AM

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