Kenneth Groves 
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Re: “Cinema Clips: War Machine

The movie seems crazy and as you say 'schitzoid'. But some officers who had been around McChrystal say that the movie captures the genuine craziness of the situation in Afghanistan and the high commands attempt to win, win, win in a no-win situation. A retired Lt colonel stated recently that the hardest thing to explain to people, is that the movie isn't quite 'schitzoid' enough.

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 06/02/2017 at 8:27 AM

Re: “A 'Fat Cat Tax'?

Just a note here. Since 1980, on the federal level, the very rich and large corporations now pay 1/4th of what they did from the 50's - 70's. Starting with Reagan the very rich have received about 15 rounds of tax breaks. Republicans have shifted some of that lose to the bottom 90% and covered the rest with deficits and spending cuts to education, infrastructure etc. Somehow, even paying higher taxes, the wealthy were still wealthy back then.

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 05/18/2017 at 11:41 AM

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

Re: “Diane Douglas Got Trumped. And DeVosed. And Maybe Duceyed. And It's a Damn Shame.

CW13, still projecting I see.

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 04/14/2017 at 3:39 PM

Re: “In 13 Years, Every Private School and Home-Schooled Student Could Have a Voucher

Lets be straight here. Public schools are falling behind in red states because they don't fund them fully. Period. You can point to national statistics that show privet elementary schools charge on average about the same as what we spend on public schools in red states but those figures are very misleading. Many, if not most are religious schools that subsidize half the bill. Public schools are what in the private world would be called 'Day Schools'. They tend to spend 15,000$-30,000$ per student while we spend here in AZ 7,2500-7,500$ per student. I'd say it's pretty clear you can't get a 15,000$ education result for 7,500$. So when you say our schools are failing, yeah, it's obvious why. . .https://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/201…

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 04/13/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Sinister Substitutes

If republicans would simply let us legalize marijuana in the first place, then we wouldn't need flawed initiatives like prop 205.
Yes, it's really that simple.
BTW, the main reason that marijuana is still illegal is that if you do legalize it, then you can also grow hemp. Hemp could replace tree pulp for making paper, largest paper company owner...Koch indust. It could also make cheaper, less toxic plastic, largest oil refiner for plastic....Koch Indust. Same for synthetic fabrics, biofuels, lotions...all interfere with Koch profits. Then, there's the law enforcement- imprisonment industry that donated so heavily to Ducey's campaign.
No, pot being illegal has nothing to do with getting high.

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 04/06/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “U.S. Rep. McSally Says She Supports Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions in Obamacare Replacement

Remember, first of all. The ACA is the republican plan to begin with. I don't see them replcing it, just taking out the parts the democrats added to protect the consumer. Like preexisting conditions, you can't sell worthless insurance policies. Those are the things republicans want to remove.

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 03/02/2017 at 1:24 PM

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