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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Why didn't Obama's efforts to enact universal health care yield a single-payer system? What is the role of insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies in forming health care and health insurance policy in the US? Where and how are they influencing both Democrats and Republicans? Those are the sorts of questions that should be asked and answered. But you won't get that kind of analysis in Safier's blog. Just standard-issue attempts to serve the party agenda by pouncing on every Republican mis-step and feeding Democratic voters' belief that REPUBLICANS (AND THIS PARTICULAR REPUBLICAN WHO IS THE TARGET-OF-THE-MOMENT) ARE THE VERY DEVIL AND ALWAYS NEED TO BE REPLACED BY DEMOCRATS AND THEN THERE WILL BE RAINBOWS IN THE SKY AND POTS OF GOLD AT THE END OF THEM.

This message, when considered as a description of what is actually going on in 2017, is so shoddy that it is hard to believe that fully educated adults keep buying it. What a shame that, as Nader has pointed out, this kind of voter distraction continues to allow politicians to avoid directly and successfully addressing the important citizen- and consumer-advocacy policy issues in the U.S.

15 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Ask better questions. on 07/19/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

Flake will pander to the extremists in his party to win the primary, to the moderates to win the general, and to the funders (whose policy preferences match neither those of the extremist voters nor those of the moderate voters) to get the money needed to advertise himself to the voters so he can get re-elected. No surprise there. That's how our system works, for Flake and for other candidates, including Democrats.

I too hope people are paying attention, or "taking notes" as Safier puts it. But what I hope they will note is the mis-match between the funders' and the voters' policy priorities on both sides of the aisle.

15 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by "Take notes," but take them on what matters. on 07/19/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

He has insurance at government expense? No, it's at taxpayer expense. The government makes nothing and has no money without taxes.

17 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 07/19/2017 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

I want McCain and Flake on Obamacare like the rest of us. Then they will fix it.

23 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Return to sanity on 07/19/2017 at 5:20 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare

"If you define the most conservative Obamacare repeal plan as the plan that restores Arizonans' freedom to purchase more affordable health insurance of their choosing ...... then yes, I support the most conservative Obamacare repeal plan."

A mere shibboleth!! Flake has Health Insurance second to none at Government expense. ALL US Citizens should have the Government expense. Insurance Companies and the Health Care Industry should not profit when US Citizens need medical attention. Price controls need to be in place to control their GREED!!!

Flake is a self centered hypocrite and must be booted out of the US Senate!!!! We need a person in the US Senate that represents the best interests off ALL Arizona Citizens.

32 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Francis Saitta on 07/19/2017 at 5:16 AM

Re: “The Ward 3 Tucson City Council Zona Politics Debate

I hope all three of them have the intestinal fortitude to introduce a $100 per year bicycle tax.

6 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Portlandia is heaven on 07/18/2017 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Flake Takes a Turn To the Right

We would have been better served if they had maintained gridlock when the Dems forced the ACA through, saying "pass it and then you can see what's in the bill."

Has that person (Pelosi) been replaced? No. We need Democrats that will join Republicans to replace the flawed law. But they are busy chasing Russian dreams of impeachment. And the country be damned. Very selfish of them.

2 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by What Happened To America on 07/18/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Community Unites to Support India Oven

I will do this as soon as my social security is in the bank. I need to go out for Indian Food.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by nutridawg on 07/18/2017 at 1:44 AM

Re: “Review: Danny Lyon—Present Future, the Silverman Museum Collection

The whole city scape is a delicious day after pill, a three way of two towers sucked to rubble, two parents named Past and Future; both hassles. All thats left of us, like tinsil wrapping around aethiest Christmas trees, are seeds like this comment, lilely tossed to concrete treated like rich soil. Pick one up and plant it in you, theres not mucb time left.

Posted by Niles Hunter on 07/17/2017 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Flake Takes a Turn To the Right

Looks like the Republican health care bill has just failed because two Republican Senators refused to support it:®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

We need to move away from gridlock, not descend deeper into it. Those who look at every Republican who inclines toward bipartisan compromises as a weak member of the herd and join extremists in the opposing party to try to take centrists down are only exacerbating a situation in which our representatives must refuse, in order to survive politically, to work together for the common good.

8 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Self-interested partisanship doesn't improve anything. on 07/17/2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Community Unites to Support India Oven

That is great news. Thank you Tucsonans.

13 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Susan Henshaw on 07/17/2017 at 9:47 AM

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

Great wordsmithing, Billy, and some of the greatest music every made in the Old Pueblo--you made it all feel like last night--thanks! ~Will

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Posted by Will Clipman on 07/17/2017 at 9:44 AM

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

Really nice, Billy, thx---

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Glenna Sanders Davolt on 07/17/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Chicken Flies, Comes Back Down

So KFC promised five camera coverage. We get a 5 second GIF. WTF.

Calling BS on a sucessful launch.

Posted by Steve Angell on 07/16/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Flake Takes a Turn To the Right

Meanwhile he has heightened security and private security guards at his Tucson office. He sees people one person at s time - escorted by guards and uses cars to block off parking.

20 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by evaline.auerbach on 07/16/2017 at 8:24 AM

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

I listen to Rainer almost every day and have for 25+ years. Always as fresh as the 1st listen.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ted Weller on 07/15/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Flake Takes a Turn To the Right

It's Flake's choice to be just another faceless tool of the rich on the lockstepping GOP Death Panel. But he could become something of a heroic rogue merely by jumping ship on the health bill - you know, doing the humane thing for millions of Americans. People are suckers for Republicans who even rarely do the decent thing. There are still people who think McCain is a rebel. And all he had to do was some unexpectedly decent comment, or even more rarely -a decent vote - every few years.

27 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Dan Sorenson on 07/15/2017 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Koch Bros. and ALEC Shout From the Rooftops: "Stop Rooftop Solar!"

The problem is that the solar power is all released when the utilities do not need it. The power should be stored on batteries and released during Peak Demand periods.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Pete Rau on 07/15/2017 at 6:34 AM

Re: “There's Election Integrity, and Then There's Election Integrity

Hillary Clinton has no integrity as we are about to find out.'s-meeting

3 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by The Future of Cattle on 07/14/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “There's Election Integrity, and Then There's Election Integrity

Great question Mr President. What are these states hiding?

4 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Susan Henshaw on 07/14/2017 at 4:41 PM

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