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Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

I tried to reach McSally by phone all morning. The DC phone number was just busy, busy, busy starting at around 7am Arizona time (10am Eastern). But even when her local office opened at 9am, no one was answering the phone. I managed to leave voicemail telling her to vote No, but clearly she doesn't care at all about the thousands of her constituents who will, once again, not be able to have health insurance.

This is a disgusting bill, heartless toward poor people and those who are the most sick, and generous to the richest 1 percent, who get a tax break! Medicare For All is the only answer to the terrible mess that is the US "health" system. Why are we the only industrialized country that allows people to go bankrupt because of illness? Our health care costs are higher than most other countries and our results are worse. Shame on this Congress and shame on McSally!

115 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by blaze_mason on 05/04/2017 at 11:42 AM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

I guess we'll finally get that fucking "flexibility" that they wanted us to have: a junk healthcare plan with no consumer protections, a plan no one can afford or nothing. Fucking thanks for nothing McSally! Well, I guess she finally took her stand! I'll be there at 5PM to record my displeasure.

108 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Indivisible on 05/04/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

Upon hearing that the vote just passed, I only have one thing to say -- LET'S VOTE THESE FUCKING PEOPLE OUT!

150 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 05/04/2017 at 11:27 AM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

She is reported to have said this morning "Let's get this fu#king thing done".

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by roy on 05/04/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “AP: McSally Urges Colleagues To Vote for This 'Fucking Thing,' aka Zombie Trumpcare

That's some tough talk for someone without a spine.

108 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Peabo on 05/04/2017 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Lindy’s New Location is Open and Awaiting its Food Network Debut

Hopefully their quality will improve. I remember at the other location asking for a burger done medium rare, and was told I could only get it medium WELL, or WELL. This leads me to believe they have a problem handling food. But, if you throw enough toppings on it, it's all good I guess.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Joseph Spenner on 05/04/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “You Need to Hear Lando Chill's Killer New Joint

"You Need to Hear Lando Chill's Killer New Joint"

No, I don't.

21 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Fan of Lando Calrissian, not Lando Chill on 05/04/2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Lindy’s New Location is Open and Awaiting its Food Network Debut

Please use apostrophes appropriately. We notice, and you lose credibility.

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Posted by sabasabas on 05/04/2017 at 5:23 AM

Re: “Lindy’s New Location is Open and Awaiting its Food Network Debut

"Lindys New Location is Open and Awaiting it's (!!!) Food Network Debut"

Is there a proof reader in the house?

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Posted by Andrew on 05/04/2017 at 5:03 AM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

McSally is a wimpy, spineless, lemming. She has lost touch with her constituency and we will vote her out of office!

20 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by David on 05/03/2017 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

Republican have cut public education funding over a billion dollars since 2009 so I would say they are trying to degarde public education. Spending education monies on charter schools which many are independently owned and are for profit. Also more than several elected public officals own or on the borad of directors for charter schools. Since Symington was governor Republicans have warred against public education.

27 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Espinosa on 05/03/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

Ducey Math:

(Public Education - Funding) x (Teachers - Certification) = Gullible Voters

(Private Education + Funding) x (Charter Schools - Oversight) = Gullible Voters

23 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by sgsmith on 05/03/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Lindy’s New Location is Open and Awaiting its Food Network Debut

Bum's Rush, Bumsteads and Bumsteer all in the same week?

Bummer.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by All Bummed Out on 05/03/2017 at 3:22 PM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

The pollsters have told McCain for 30 years, just keep doing what you're doing and they will vote you back in. I hear a few noise makers but lately the liberals just can't win an election. They are morally bankrupt. Sit back and see what happens. It may be better than you think.

4 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by A. Lopez on 05/03/2017 at 3:21 PM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

I look forward to 2018. McSally does not represent her constituency. She falls in line behind Ryan like a dutiful minion. We are district of moderates (from both parties) and independents, yet she leans toward the freedom caucus. Why? Certainly not because we mandate her to do so. The way she dodges constituents most definitely makes her a coward, not a respected and fearless USAF pilot.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Dawn Redfield on 05/03/2017 at 2:46 PM

Re: “McSally Declines To Take a Stand on Zombie Trumpcare

As sgsmith said above, the military saying of "no guts, no glory" is a common one. Unfortunately, COL McSally has apparently forgotten or lost a great deal of the principles of her military years. She's also forgotten that officers take care of their troops & how that applies to how she needs to apply the principle to ALL of her constituents. She doesn't want to talk to us, doesn't want to hold open forums, doesn't want anything that isn't filtered through multiple layers to make the questions "safe" for her to deal with.
Oh, she's going to be taking bows for proposing that Congressmen & women should lose their Congressional insurance......does this affect her? To some extent, but let's not forget she's also eligible for TRICARE, a pretty decent insurance for retired military, which most of her colleagues will not qualify for. So, bottom line, she'll take the bows while still having her own insurance needs met. No bows, Martha, no bows for you or for your unwillingness to be a REAL Congresswoman for ALL of your people!

27 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by tiredofpc on 05/03/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Lindy’s New Location is Open and Awaiting its Food Network Debut

Giving Bumstead's the bum's rush does seem pretty harsh.

9 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Firsttimecaller on 05/03/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

Look in the mirror David!

Invoices for TUSDs outside desegregation law firm, Steptoe & Johnson, total approximately $772,000 for 11 months and 5 days in 2016. This includes charges for driving to and from Phoenix, meals, and hotel rooms.

The fees for driving, meals & hotel rooms were for $4,390 out of the $772,000 billed by Steptoe & Johnson.

The amount TUSD paid its outside desegregation legal firm under Dr. H.T. Sanchez far exceed anything paid to the Districts outside desegregation legal firms in recent years.

TUSD has incurred far more legal bills fighting the desegregation order than the plaintiffs have billed to protect it and have it fully implemented.-ADI

9 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by TUSD should be ashamed on 05/03/2017 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

Everyone seems to be forgetting somethig. There are accreditation standards for public schools. If a high school loses its accreditation, graduates will not be accepted into college. Hiring non-teachers to teach is a quick way for a school to lose its accreditation. These standards are not controlled by the states.

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Vietnam vet on 05/03/2017 at 9:02 AM

Re: “Do Arizona Republicans Want to (a) Dismantle; (b) Damage; (c) Degrade; and/or (d) Devalue Public Education?

Your post assumes an alternative reality. Look at national results for the last 4 years. Parent grading of their child's school down from 36% A in 2011 to 24% in 2015 (Gallup). Teacher job satisfaction down from 62% very satisfied to 39% very satisfied (Met Life). Math scores down for the first time ever, reading scores - no improvement, education productivity down 15% since 2000 (NAEP).

Now look at Arizona. African American 8th grades first in the nation in math, Hispanics 11th up from 35th in 2011, white 8th graders 6th. Urban Institute ranks Arizona schools 11th in the nation considering all test scores reading and math. Vail, Chandler, Mesa all have internal, longitudinal measures showing parent "A" grades above 65%. If you can't get to those numbers, you can't survive in Arizona's school choice environment. Just look at Tucson Unified - less than 40% of their parents grade their child's school an "A" and they are being peeled like a banana, losing 14,000 students in the last decade and a half.

You can only get away with your nonsense by focusing on cost. How expensive are Arizona schools? A metric without any meaning in education science, except that we know that more expensive states produce fewer jobs for their high school and college graduates (Tax foundation and StLouis Federal Reserve data).

You also contort the meaning of the word public to support an institution with absolute bigotry and racism in its roots - the district school. Designed to keep out Catholics, minorities and the poor.

In the so called public schools across the nation, 99.5% of the public is excluded from district schools. They are doing exactly what their racist and bigoted designers intended - keep out the public. That's the heritage you are laying claim to.

Arizona is the only state in the nation with a claim to a public education system, one in which all schools, every one of them, is open to the public.

You are advocating for a system in which the worst teacher in the worst school in the worst school district in the nation is guaranteed a full class room.

We are advocating for a system in which every parent has so many choices that every full classroom is evidence that the teacher is among the best in the nation.

We will see who the voters believe.

4 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 05/03/2017 at 8:47 AM

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