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Re: “Bad Grades

Three Sonorans,
Hispanics have every opportunity to get a quality education at TUSD! MAS, a proven anti-American class was rightfully eliminated from the course of studies has nothing to do with it, and absolutely nothing to do with racism, that is a cop out! Stick to Math, Science, American History, reading, writing, languages and Physical Fitness.

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Posted by Douglas Niemela on 12/05/2017 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

I see that I was right in a previous comment when I predicted that TW will not be able to keep the thugs out of its comment streams. Is TWs inability to eliminate bad behavior, insults and aggressions here somehow related to the Democratic Partys inability to keep the schools it would like to retain their monopoly on the use of public funds from descending into chaos? Its an interesting question.

http://tucson.com/news/local/tusd-pours-resources-into-east-side-school-in-effort-to/article_d3d0b851-48ac-5b35-8de9-1d7d3e0c6776.html

http://tucson.com/news/local/education/discipline-problems-at-secrist-trigger-special-tusd-task-force/article_2c7cfee0-2dec-5e6c-8298-743298b3abf2.html

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Posted by Thuggish behavior in schools & comment streams: related? on 12/05/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

My comments are always way too long, way too boring and chock full of misinformation. I can't help but point out that David Safier is always wrong, even though he backs up what he says with actual facts. Gaw...I can't stand that.

(Plus, I always type a paragraph or two that reside within parentheses.)

I should focus on more important things, but I can't help myself.

Please help me! I have obvious mental issues.

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Posted by ...and A Comment Referencing My Mental Illness on 12/05/2017 at 2:45 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Are you saying that it isn't? That's crazy.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/05/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “The Skinny

Higher taxes make people less intelligent? Classic crazy from the idiot who thinks hip hop is the tool of Satan!

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Posted by The Duke on 12/05/2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

The fact that often people dislike the truth more than they like it does not make it any less true.

Questions for those who think it is appropriate to lock students whose families have low income levels into malfunctioning schools, while allowing families with higher income levels to attend school wherever they please:

Are you well informed about conditions in TUSD schools?

If you are well-informed, what are you doing to ask for better governance and administration in TUSD?

Attending every Board meeting?

Speaking regularly in the Call to the Audience?

Organizing demonstrations around, for example, issues relating to substitute teacher compensation and the proper use of 301 pay?

Donating to and volunteering for candidates who can bring about positive change on the Board?

Volunteering in the schools?

Serving as a community rep on your local schools Site Council?

If you answered No to any of the above, can you, in good conscience, deny other peoples children the right to transfer their per-pupil funding out of the troubled schools you refuse to devote advocacy energy to improving, schools that are not meeting their educational needs?

When citizens dont perform their proper roles in a democratically controlled school district, it malfunctions. When it malfunctions, people have to be allowed to exit. There should not be an economic penalty against families who recognize when an institution is failing and get their children out. That is responsible behavior, and it should be rewarded, not penalized.

Supporters of Public Schools: you continue to support something that is a good idea in theory, but decade after decade, you have not been able to get it to deliver good services in practice. We have long since passed the point where your inability to improve the institutions you support (in theory, but not in citizen-advocacy practice) has undermined the publics ability to have confidence in your policy preferences.

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Posted by ...and A Comment Referencing Citizen Apathy on 12/05/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “A Conversation with Bruce Bartlett, Part 2: "Trump Is Unquestionably the Most Incompetent, Most Inept, Most Ignorant President We've Ever Had in Our History"

Huppenthal:

Why do you spread all that misinformation?

Does it make you feel superior?

Too bad that you didn't learn your lesson the first time that you were exposed to the public as the idiot that you are.

That's the definition of a true idiot. Someone who makes obvious mistakes and can't learn one stinking thing from it.

It's time for you to retire from making commentary. Take up pickleball, or canasta, or anything else.

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Posted by Hupp needs to vanish on 12/04/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “A Conversation with Author Bruce Bartlett, Part 1: Tax Bill Is "Dreadful Legislation"

Nothing you can say makes Hillary Clinton a viable choice. Americans did the best they could with the choices given at the time. Retire her or lose more voters. She is not trusted.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/04/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “A Conversation with Bruce Bartlett, Part 2: "Trump Is Unquestionably the Most Incompetent, Most Inept, Most Ignorant President We've Ever Had in Our History"

What's new? Obama tax cuts were a tax increase for many. Looks like they just can't stop spending.

In 2010, President Obama signed an $858 billion tax cut deal. It extended the Bush tax cuts through 2012 and unemployment benefits through 2011. It cut payroll taxes by 2 percent, adding $120 million to workers' spendable income. It extended a college tuition tax credit. It also included $55 billion in industry-specific tax cuts.

To pay for part of these costs, Obamas deal revived the inheritance tax that had lapsed for a year. It applied a 35 percent tax rate to estates worth over $5 million for individuals or over $10 million for families. (Source: Washington Post, "Obama, GOP reach deal to extend tax breaks," December 7, 2010)

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/04/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “A Conversation with Bruce Bartlett, Part 2: "Trump Is Unquestionably the Most Incompetent, Most Inept, Most Ignorant President We've Ever Had in Our History"

I love the comment above by huppent. I didn't know that Obama was so powerful that even a chance of him being elected could cause a financial economic collapse. Wow!
And Obama cut taxes. By a lot. Look it up, or search your memory if you have a longer memory than most Americans these days.

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Posted by bslap on 12/04/2017 at 9:16 AM

Re: “A Conversation with Bruce Bartlett, Part 2: "Trump Is Unquestionably the Most Incompetent, Most Inept, Most Ignorant President We've Ever Had in Our History"

Lots of problems, yes, but at least there are some reductions in illegal immigration and overall immigration with a good chance of more reductions to come. Politics isn't pretty and Democrats have a lot of soul searching to do on who they're really representing.

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Posted by bslap on 12/04/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “A Conversation with Author Bruce Bartlett, Part 1: Tax Bill Is "Dreadful Legislation"

Hmmm, only more Obama bashing here by the pro-Drumpsters? They all seem to forget that the economic recession that Obama had to fix was caused by the policies of Republican George Bush. Obama did his job so well that Trump was gifted with an expanding economy, that Drump now takes credit for.

These writers above don't seem like 1%-ers to me. When they find their taxes being raised, and their individual standards of living declining, because of the Republican tax bill being shoved through Congress right now, they will learn that elections do indeed have consequences, especially when you weren't really paying attention to the issues.

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Posted by Dave Phillips on 12/04/2017 at 5:46 AM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

Yes, David: keep focusing on Betsy De Vos. You certainly would not want to focus on what is going on at Booth Fickett or what has gone on at Secrist or Utterback or Doolen because then the attempt to deny people the ability to transfer their public per-pupil out of some of our mismanaged, increasingly dangerous local schools might look like what it actually is: bad public policy, damaging to our community at large and unfair to the families living within the catchment zones of these schools.

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Posted by Another comment referencing actual conditions in the schools on 12/03/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “A Conversation with Bruce Bartlett, Part 2: "Trump Is Unquestionably the Most Incompetent, Most Inept, Most Ignorant President We've Ever Had in Our History"

" the recession ... was a direct result of Bush's administration "

Maybe not.

Lucas won the Nobel Prize for rational expectations theory, that a change in what people expect for the future immediately changes the present. A simple concept that when people on a train look down the tracks and see them going over a cliff, they get off immediately.

As Obama went from a 15% chance of being president in 2008 to 70%, the stock market weakened and then collapsed $8.2 trillion. As he was first stalemated by the Republicans and then walked to the door, the stock market first went up $7 trillion and then with Trump's surprise election, another 5 trillion.

Obama promised and delivered a big tax increase on small businessmen and women. The economics department at the University of Arizona is so twisted; they think that is good for the economy. Its not; it laid waste to us in something called the Great Recession. Just like Roosevelts increase from 25% to 93% made the Great Depression the Great Depression.

Obama caused the Great Recession intensified the Great Recession, and lengthened the Great Recession.

The huge tax increase that Obama put in place and the huge diversion of resources to engage in the stylish pursuit of climate change devastated our economy. Growth in capital intensiveness, the core of improving living conditions ground to a complete halt.

As a result, our labor productivity improvement only averaged one-half percent under Obama after averaging 2.5% under Bush. No improvement in labor productivity equals no pay increase for the workers.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 12/03/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Tucsonans Travel to D.C. To Argue Against the Republican Tax Bill

Real tax reform would be a good thing. The last time was 1986, and rigorous review, bipartisan input, and months of open hearings were painstakingly applied before any vote took place. This "reform" was shoddy and blindly accepted without any of that. The final printed version before the vote was a disgraceful mess of last minute cross outs, hand written edits and porky additions. I hope that all those citizens and politicians who supported this messy legislation will honestly appraise its future effectiveness. Give it 5 years to sink in. At least these 8 folks felt some conscience and tried to give warning. But in the end, "Neither Flake nor McCain were available to meet with the group," and we now know something strange got done. Never again can we trust the "deficit hawks" in Washington, DC.

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Posted by Constant Voter on 12/03/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

Tin foil hats anyone?

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Posted by Mona S on 12/03/2017 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Ed Sec Betsy DeVos on School Choice, College Costs

Kleptocracy -- a government with corrupt leaders who use their power to exploit the people and natural resources to extend their personal wealth and power.

Plutocracy -- a government where a small minority of wealthiest citizens rule.

Welcome to America's nightmare -- a Kleptoplutocracy, where a small minority of the wealthiest citizens personally or through the use of the corrupted political puppets they control exploit the rule of law, the Constitution, the people and virtually every American institution to extend their wealth, power and influence, even at the risk of starting regional international conflicts and world war.

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Posted by sgsmith on 12/03/2017 at 2:21 AM

Re: “The Skinny

The unpopularity of the tax bill is irrelevant. What will be relevant is its impact on our economy. Will growth take off or not? What will be the impact on our deficit?

After Reagan reduced personal income tax rates from 70% to 28% and corporate from 45% to 35%, the combined personal and corporate federal revenues hit records in both 1987 and 1988. Plus, the economy grew 4.7% in 1987 and 3.6% in 1988, more than double Obama's 2.9% in 2015 and 1.5% in 2016.

Lower tax rates can result in higher revenues and much higher growth. Tax revenues went up after Kennedy and Coolidge did dramatic tax cuts too.


In 1980, taxpayers with an AGI of $80,000 or more (the top 1% of taxpayers in 1980) paid $47 billion in income taxes. Adjusted for inflation, $80,000 in 1980 is $238,000 today. This year taxpayers with an AGI of $238,000 or more will pay over $850 billion. Thats not a trickle, thats not a river, thats not a tsunami, thats a whole ocean. They went from paying 19% of all U.S. personal income taxes to paying over 50%.


Edward Prescott, Nobel Prize winner, found that the higher taxes of Europe caused people to start work later in life, retire earlier, take more sick leave, take more vacation, work less intensely, work less ambitiously, grow less intelligent as adults and produce corporations with lower market values.


That's why Europe's stock market is at $8 trillion and ours is at $29.9 trillion. Because Reagan reduced our tax rates.


That's why U.S. jobs have grown 60% since 1980 while Europe jobs have grown less than 26%.

Thats why U.S. real median per capita personal income has increased 44% since 1981.

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Posted by jhuppent@hotmail.com on 12/02/2017 at 8:06 PM

Re: “A Conversation with Bruce Bartlett, Part 2: "Trump Is Unquestionably the Most Incompetent, Most Inept, Most Ignorant President We've Ever Had in Our History"

Truce it is. I must admit you did throw me a bit of a curve. We will never agree on this so let's just drop it. I know that there are a lot of people who read what I post very carefully to try and trip me up. So I read first, type second. As I said to Robin I'm no Bush fan. I also don't recall saying Obama ruined the economy. I just feel he didn't do all that much to help it.

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Posted by CW13 on 12/02/2017 at 4:07 PM

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