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Re: “Money and Challengers, Oh My

For all of you that hate corporate welfare, didn't the city and the county just approve a million of our pothole repair dollars to an airline for non stop flights to NY? Please make them one way flights and take the politicians with you.

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Posted by Roger Jensen on 04/20/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Money and Challengers, Oh My

Based on the ROI (return on investment), I am pretty sure that electing politicians to any office -- federal, state or local -- amounts to crowd-sourcing careers, income, benefits and retirement of said politicians with little else to show for the common constituents.

Now, if you are a special interest lobbyist, corporation or major donor, America has the best politicians you can buy, but don't ask the Russians right now, I think they are having buyer's remorse.

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Posted by sgsmith on 04/20/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “The Pima County Fair is Back and You Don't Want to Miss It

Please don't forget the Old Pueblo Hall exhibits. These are handmade crafts and arts by real people and so totally inspiring. Many schools also provide curricular based exhibits worth seeing, and then there are the wonderful 4-H things as well. The good side of the community is there. So many kids say they never knew that was out there.

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Posted by gcb1 on 04/20/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “The Skinny

If you look closely you can see the remains of last nights dinner in his beard.

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Posted by CW13 on 04/20/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Dare to Say, 'Tax the Rich'

uh... equal tax rate for everyone. The richer they are the more they spend they pay taxes. End of story

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Posted by Equalty on 04/20/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Libraries Trump Hate

Rule number one for Fascists: keep the populace ignorant, control the newspapers, impoverish public schools and libraries.

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Posted by ronko on 04/20/2017 at 8:43 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Good god what an idiot. He is stupid to think he can stop the wall that prevents the illegals for coming over and voting for him.

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Posted by azpaul on 04/20/2017 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Libraries Trump Hate

Cutting libraries is a little like cutting Meals on Wheels--both programs are life-savers, not only for the nutrients they provide but for the community they engender as well. We have the money to fund all the war toys we want, so that OUR playground bully can exchange threats with other playground bullies on a world stage, but no money for libraries and Meals on Wheels. We can fund a passel of Tomahawks and "the mother of all bombs" to destroy other countries, but can't fund the social infrastructure of our own. And then locally we are supposed to be happy to have Raytheon, who makes the war toys, donate to our pathetically underfunded public schools. Don't get me wrong, as a public school advocate, I AM happy that they participate. I'm just sorry that our (and their) economic health depends on the destruction of resources worldwide. I just wish that their business contributed to REAL world security, instead of just their donations.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 04/20/2017 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Dare to Say, 'Tax the Rich'

Hebra Dolt:

It's medication time! Quit posting and chat with your buddy JHuppent while the two of you wait in line for your methadone. The rest of us can take a breather and we are very appreciative of that.

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Posted by So Tired, Tired of People, Tired of People Who Don't Know Shit on 04/20/2017 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Money and Challengers, Oh My

I've demonstrated outside McSally's office, but I'd call myself a constituent, not a political opponent. Isn't there an interim between elections when a representative should be thinking about keeping promises (McSally did promise to only support a health care plan if it provided better and more affordable coverage than the ACA), addressing constituents' concerns, and even keeping her oath to support the Constitution?

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Posted by Ann Davis on 04/20/2017 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Libraries Trump Hate

When I was young, I practically lived in the Woods branch library during the long, hot, boring summers here. Not to be too melodramatic, but I remain convinced to this day, that going on adventures in books in an air conditioned place surrounded by caring adults and fellow bookworms, saved my life. A few of my friends chose alternate adventures outside in the real world and are still paying for it today.
Funding cuts to libraries, the arts, and health care and research are a miniscule amount in the overall budget, but have a devastatingly huge impact in the lives of ordinary citizans, the ones repubs clearly care nothing about. But the cuts help keep the rabble uneducated and sick, two barriers to knowing what's truly going on and doing something about it. These proposed cuts are not only ill advised and mean, but a means to the end of their bigger picture goal, and must be stoped. Why people continue to cut off their noses to spite their faces is truly beyond me.

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Posted by Old_Crow on 04/20/2017 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Streets of This Town: Gettin' Lucky

Wonderful photo!
Keep them coming, Brian. You're such an artist with the camera.

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Posted by WilliamD on 04/20/2017 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Libraries Trump Hate

I couldn't agree more about the benefits of libraries.

When I was about 12, It was in a public library in a small rural town back east that I discovered a special National Geographic spread on Mexico. I was infatuated and wanted to visit at once. (I also became the star student in Spanish classes in high school.)

In fact, I could trace that first stirring of that curiosity to my now living close to the border and to spending as much time as I can in beautiful and welcoming Mexico.

To cut Federal funding to public libraries must not happen!

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Posted by JohnT. on 04/20/2017 at 6:23 AM

Re: “The Skinny

Ah, the old red tape parade. No wonder most people can't stand environmentalists.

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Posted by bslap on 04/20/2017 at 5:58 AM

Re: “Dare to Say, 'Tax the Rich'

Brian, you are correct. France went down the path recommended by Ken Groves above.

Since 1980, France has lost 3 billion hours of work, while the United States has gained 87 billion hours of work. The European Union countries had a GDP 30% higher than the US in 1980, today they have a GDP 20% lower.

Our problem now is that we have added a bunch of Obamacare taxes, a lot of state and city level taxes and another 20,000 pages to the Code of Federal regulations. Small company formation is hugely below the rate of the 80's.

We are now Europe and there are very few jobs for our young adults.

Groves is saying that more of the poison is the cure. He believes Picketty when Picketty says that all modern industrial economies grow about the same. Since when is positive 87 billion equal to negative 3 billion?

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 04/19/2017 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Dare to Say, 'Tax the Rich'

I watched while the Democrats celebrated the death of the Republican Party over the last 8 years, and they forgot to look in the mirror. Democrats are no longer happy with their party. They will split into liberal Republicans and Socialist/Communist/Marxist Democrats. But any way you slice it, they will be the minority. Hard working young people have figured out that once you tax all the rich, the rest of us are next. We must ignore the false promises and get spending under control.

Nothing but more empty promises won't cut it.

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Posted by Debra Holt on 04/19/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Dare to Say, 'Tax the Rich'

Running on higher taxes and more welfare plus dollars for schools with no plan for how that improves education and no plan to curb illegal immigration.
This is probably not a winning platform in Arizona.

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Posted by bslap on 04/19/2017 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Dare to Say, 'Tax the Rich'

But it does work. You just have to know ALL the facts.

However, the numbers, crunched by Heritage's Brian Riedl, show otherwise (see chart below). In 1980, the last year before the tax cuts, tax revenues were $956 billion (in constant 1996 dollars).

Revenues exceeded that 1980 level in eight of the next 10 years. Annual revenues over the next decade averaged $102 billion above their 1980 level (in constant 1996 dollars).

Any increase in budget deficits was therefore the result of spending increases rather than tax cut-induced revenue decreases.

http://www.heritage.org/taxes/report/tax-cuts-increase-federal-revenues

To espouse the contrary is basically ignorant or deceptive.

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Posted by Bryan, CPA on 04/19/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Dare to Say, 'Tax the Rich'

I think the word you're looking for is "regressive," Michael S. Ellegood, not "repressive."

What doesn't work to improve education is handing people like those running TUSD more money without simultaneously increasing oversight and transparency. But that is just what the sold-out establishment Dems keep proposing. Guess they don't realize just how much they have egg on their faces after what has been revealed about what the district did with the 301 funds, or the 123 funds the Dems connected with TUSD helped Ducey secure from the land trust.

But keep talking about "the poor kids!" while averting your eyes from what is actually done with money the Dems have begged for on behalf of "the kids!!!" No doubt some portion of the electorate will always be ignorant enough to keep falling for this shell game.

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Posted by Ever tried ensuring the $$$ goes to "the kids"? on 04/19/2017 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Dare to Say, 'Tax the Rich'

I'm old enough to remember the 'good old days'. The difference between then and today is noticeable. We had strong public schools in most communities, people made a decent paycheck and lived reasonably safely.
What changed, two things, we stopped taxing the the very wealthy and mega-corporations. They both pay about a quarter of what they used to. Corporations paid 30% of the federal budget then, today, 10%. Your taxes, those of the lower 85% of Americans has been raised to cover the some of difference but it doesn't nearly cover everything. Tax cuts for the rich were made, about 14-15 rounds of cuts, on the promise of great rewards for all of us. It never happened. All it did was make the rich tremendously richer, like never before, and cut government services.
Second, the advent of a well funded, extreme hard right echo machine that has saturated the radio dial, and TV to some extent, for the last 45 years or so. For the last 45 years they have maintained 95-98% of all political talk on the radio. Even more, it's been an extreme set of views and largely fact free, relying on a constant attack mode to denigrate any opposition. So extreme that the Russian cyberwarfare division flooded the US presidential election with a partisan attack of full out lies and ludicrous accusations and most people didn't even notice any difference.
Yes, a good start would be to tax the rich, to return to the way it worked.....'in the good old days'.

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 04/19/2017 at 12:36 PM

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