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Re: “I Infantilize High School Students and Have Little Faith in the Intelligence of High School Teachers? Who Knew? (Certainly Not Me)

And just how much tax did Trump pay the last ten years? The world wonders. But he is a job creator. 70 foreign workers will get jobs at Mar A Lago, with hundreds in Palm Beach needing jobs. You know, Americans. That was my mistake.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 11/05/2017 at 8:30 PM

Re: “The Koch Brothers Are Spending Money To Make Arizona's Education More To Their Liking

The world is 6,000 years old. We should have the freedom to let religious schools claim tax dollars to preach that falsehood. Praise Jesus. You want kids to learn the constitution? Start with Amendment 1.

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Posted by John Lentini on 11/05/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “I Infantilize High School Students and Have Little Faith in the Intelligence of High School Teachers? Who Knew? (Certainly Not Me)

"Taxes are only paid by suckers and little people"

Exactly. Forbes did a big article on Warren Buffett's tax payments showing that he hasn't paid a penny on his $81 billion dollar fortune. Ditto Bezos, Zuckerberg, Gates, Google guys, etc. In other words, the people creating jobs for rich people don't have to pay taxes.

However, the people creating jobs for poor people, the most important jobs in society, struggle under the following load:

Federal 39.6%, plus Social Security 12.4%, plus Medicare 2.9%, plus state 5%, plus sales 5%, plus regulatory load 20%= 83%

Trump, by reducing this load to 50%, can immediately put 13 million people back to work who are sitting at home discouraged.

The stock market, up $5.2 trillion since election day to $28.6 trillion is by implicitly agreeing with Trump and is forecasting over 5% growth.

The hypocrisy of liberals is that they celebrate the greed of Bezos and Buffett's greed while beating up on small businesses being crushed by the government.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 11/05/2017 at 4:20 PM

Re: “The Skinny

The Tucson Weekly serves a unique purpose in my life, it provides free toilet paper.

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Posted by Empire6969Pride on 11/05/2017 at 4:06 PM

Re: “I Infantilize High School Students and Have Little Faith in the Intelligence of High School Teachers? Who Knew? (Certainly Not Me)

The course just needs to be honest in its "philosophy". 1. Corporations are people too. 2. Poor people are solely responsible for being poor. 3. Greed is good. 4. Only governments that represent wide range of views and interests are evil, corporations are always good. 5. Taxes are paid only by suckers and little people. 6. Multi generational rich families only care about their country.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 11/05/2017 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Flake: "Mr. President, I Rise Today To Say, 'Enough'"

After reading the comment thread, I'm wondering if Flake may be right to believe that only supporting Trmp 98% of the time will not satisfy Chem Trail Kelli's supporters in the state. But with his vote on the tax bill, he can now tell his children and grandchildren their inheritance is safe, and his own pension and healthcare are secure and ride off into the sunset with a hastily rewritten ending.

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Posted by Cascabel on 11/05/2017 at 7:35 AM

Re: “I Infantilize High School Students and Have Little Faith in the Intelligence of High School Teachers? Who Knew? (Certainly Not Me)

"How about we have the ECON department rather than the PHILOSOPHY dept teach econ??"

How about we have the ECON department realize they are teaching philosophy??

Since 1980 Employment in the United States has increased 60% while Europe's employment has only increased 26%. This is one of the great movements in history. This is why economics exists - to be able to explain differences like this. Why this happened is obvious - explained by Nobel Prize-winning economist Edward Prescott. President Reagan reduced our top tax rate from 70% to 28% so that as our economy grew, its average tax burden did not increase, at least until 1999, and it was able to keep growing.

But, our economists are blinded by their philosophy, they can't teach that. So, are they teaching economics? Or, philosophy? And, aren't the Koch brothers trying to get our "education" system to teach economics?

Our education system is so blinded, that economics classes can't even say that differences exist between us and Europe. Like the fact that our GDP per capita is 78% higher.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 11/05/2017 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Rainer Ptacek's 'A Stone’s Throw Away'

slippy slap Bloppy!! Great gafloshnick, Blippy SedilMcamac

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Posted by Ricky Gelb on 11/04/2017 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Rainer Ptacek's 'A Stone’s Throw Away'

Very well said, Sed. I think I was at Tumbleweeds that night. You describe the energy of the place and of the man's music perfectly. Thanks

Posted by Ronaldo Walkero on 11/04/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Best of Tucson® 2017

You all evidently have no idea what a punk band is. If this is what qualifies these days, our march towards cultural sterility is complete.

Posted by Brad Hackerott on 11/04/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

https://thebaffler.com/latest/the-handmaid… This is a solid perspective on the extent of the bias in the book being used, and not biased by financial conflict of interest.

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Posted by Tom Rhodes on 11/04/2017 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Best Reggae

The best band in the best bar in Tucson .....thanks Nen Prophet for your music and Chicago bar for your drinks and security that I have been enjoying for 29 years!

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Posted by Betty Rascon on 11/04/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “I Infantilize High School Students and Have Little Faith in the Intelligence of High School Teachers? Who Knew? (Certainly Not Me)

Can you people ever get over yourselves? What egotistical giberish. It"s no wonder that parents are fleeing the failed public school system. It was not intended to become someones fifedom.

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Posted by Jonathon K on 11/04/2017 at 6:17 AM

Re: “Guest Opinion

If ethics is truly embedded in this class, I think it should be aimed at AZ legislators instead of HS students.

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Posted by Pima Mujer on 11/04/2017 at 5:39 AM

Re: “I Infantilize High School Students and Have Little Faith in the Intelligence of High School Teachers? Who Knew? (Certainly Not Me)

You were certainly attacked, but it was opportunistic rather than personal. McKenna's paragraph (that you excerpted) was polemical, notas he claimedobservational. It was a deliberate and deliberately contrived attempt to plant the notion that opposing his agenda was disrespectful to his targets.

It is a common dirty-politics technique, attempted regularly by other right wing pundits and tent preachers to push and promote entirely made-up things, simply for profit. And while it sometimes works, the technique itself is rooted in a disrespect of the listener's ability to see through it.

It doesn't really seem to be working this time.

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Posted by Jimmy Zuma on 11/03/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “I Infantilize High School Students and Have Little Faith in the Intelligence of High School Teachers? Who Knew? (Certainly Not Me)

How about we have the ECON department rather than the PHILOSOPHY dept teach econ??

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Posted by Dianne Horgan on 11/03/2017 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Guest Opinion

Dr. McKenna is correct in noting that not all folks associated with the Freedom Center are libertarians. The problem, however, is that 100% of those involved with the high school economics course are. And they are eager to push their political agenda onto young students. Thats right out of the Koch/Kendrick playbook. Dave Schmidtz and his wife Cathleen Johnson control this course as well as the 3 graduate courses to train teachers. Dr. Johnson is not a regular faculty member hired through an open search requiring support across the whole department. Rather she is staff hired by her husband. My issue is that Schmidtz alone controls this course and hes teaching it from a slanted perspective. While hes a good philosopher (his PhD is in philosophy not Economics), the UA has a large number of actual PhDs in Economics. Our history department teaches history, our math department teacher math. Why is the Philosophy Department and now the Department of Moral Science teaching intro economics to high school students? The answer is simple: if the Econ department did, they would ensure a balanced approach and people from multiple perspectives would be involved. By allowing one personSchmidtzto control the course, only his perspective is presented. As McKenna says the course and the textbook lean in a direction favorable to libertarians and others who are right-leaning. See https://thebaffler.com/latest/the-handmaiden-of-entrepreneurship for a review of the text used in the class. Im happy to have the libertarian perspective included in a survey course, but intro economics needs to focus on mainstream economic ideas from multiple perspectives. It should be neither right nor left wing. Lets leave the teaching of economics to the Economics Department.

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Posted by Dianne Horgan on 11/03/2017 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Magical Matrimony

Fyi - The River Bride is the fourth time ATC has fully produced a winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award. Also, Oregon Shakespeare Festival...not Ashland Shakespeare Festival. thanks.

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Posted by David Ira Goldstein on 11/03/2017 at 11:44 AM

Re: “'Arizonans United for Health Care' Wants You to Know, Healthcare Signups Begin Nov. 1, and You Can Get Help With Your Application

Thanks to the commenter who said I got the date wrong in the headline. A few people pointed it out to me. My error, my apologies. The date has been corrected to November 1.

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Posted by David Safier on 11/03/2017 at 9:50 AM

Re: “The Koch Brothers Are Spending Money To Make Arizona's Education More To Their Liking

Part of the solution, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, is to make sure that public funds are granted only when public standards of transparency and proper process are met. Job #1 for supporters of the public sector is to educate the public about what public means and what kinds of protections are absent when privatization as practiced in Arizona and other Koch-influenced States happens.

Who is doing that? And who is effectively holding our public institutions accountable for living up to the ideals of transparency and proper process they are supposed to embody? If they dont provide a genuine contrast to the private sector in how they operate, they are effectively undermining their own case for support.

In venues like this, there is a lot of attention paid to criticizing the operations of the private sector, an easy target and stock villain, and too little paid to ensuring the public sector functions properly and doesnt deteriorate into something constituents have good reason to want to escape, much harder to do. Take Safiers critique of the Koch support for making ESAs more broadly available. Bottom line is if the public schools in some neighborhoods are in fact having serious problems functioning, you are not improving the overall quality of education in this region if you block exit from those institutions by ensuring public per-pupil funding cannot be transferred out with students who want to exit. It would have been better if these public schools had not been allowed to deteriorate. It would be better if the schools into which students are transferring were held to public standards of transparency and proper process, but thats not the lay of the land. And we are here in part because there wasnt enough effective citizen education to help people understand what public means and why its important and there wasnt enough and still isnt enough citizen advocacy to keep the governance and administration of large public school districts on track.

There is no easy solution to the current problems in this region and whatever solutions there may be cant be put together on a purely ideological level. They have to be built from the ground up, working directly with troubled institutions that dont conform to our ideas of what they theoretically should be.

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Posted by No easy or ideologically pure solution to current problems on 11/03/2017 at 9:36 AM

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