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  • #1 is a flat out lie. A strong defense prevents war. It stopped North Korea from deploying missiles! #2 is the reason a lot of people lost their food stamps and a lot of their other social programs. Besides the fact it only increases inflation making the money you get worth less! People need to stop being so greedy and entitled. #3 do you also want to outlaw lotteries? How about just taking the money from all the people who make poor financial choices and make their choices for them like slaves because they are not capable of making good choices? Yeah and those on drugs and alcohol and cigarettes, because they're not able to decide if they want to pay more than 14% or waste their money on self destructive actions. What about those who couldn't possibly qualify for a loan because they don't pay their debts? Those are the people who pay ridiculous amounts for loans. And wouldn't they really be better off if they didn't borrow anyway? Just because someone is too stupid to make a good choice doesn't mean they shouldn't have the choice. #4 For-profit prisons are an excellent idea! But you did inspire me to think about what mine would be.
    • Roaring
      From 1 to 10 after 17 years how would you rate our effectiveness in Afghanistan? How effective was taking down Saddam in Iraq and our presence there to date? How effective have we been in Syria? How improved was Libya after Qaddafi was killed? What business do we have in Venezuela promoting a coup in the name of ????? democracy and freedom? Has the coup in Honduras improved freedom of the people there? #2 Windfall profits for some and abject poverty for others, even if they work full time at $7:25 an hour. With the cost of living haven risen and base wage unchanged since 2009 the American dream is far out of reach for many millions. # 3 Not sure I understand your argument regarding #3. Not all people in spiraling debt can be assumed to be like the one characterization of "greedy and entitled" My argument is that unlimited percentage of profit, the worst being pay-day lenders (up to 300%) is not healthy "free market" behavior. It is preying on the weak. Is that who we are as a people? Who ends up getting the spoils of foreclosure from families due to economic hardship by no fault of their own? #4 For profit prisons as do many corporate missions are primarily focused on maximizing profit, keeping their facility full. Like the Pharma industry, maximize sale of patented drugs and less interested in the question "What is truly best for the patient?" Look forward to hearing what your priority issues are Linda Joy.
  • The homeless in this particular community is almost as bad as San Francisco. It appears nothing is done about it, but in our former community, where my husband used to work for the city, they (not my husband personally) used to round them up and ship them over to San Francisco because there are more resources for them there. My Aunt was a homeless in San Fran. She was moved to several different halfway houses and stayed at the "Y" for awhile. I don't know the answer, but I do know that once Reagan cut state funding to mental facilities (including the one in Napa, where my aunt used to be), many patients were released out in the wild - like my Aunt. Obviously, I don't have the answer, but it would be nice if someone did.
    • Roaring
      Yes I remember how Reagan sold the idea to integrate the mentally ill with the general public, yet ignoring that there will always be some percentage who are not capable and still have great needs. Sadly some end up in the prison system with no mental health support except meds.
    • Archie Bunker
      So, Reagan abolishing a law that ended involuntary hospitalization in California, 50 YEARS ago, is why San Francisco is such a shit-hole with the homeless? You gotta be able to do better than that. Just take a look not even a mile from Nancy Pelosi's house.... from beyond her walled in community and the walled in house. California has languished under poor policy for years under democratic rule and that's exactly what you get. You have to wonder why a new poll shows that 53% of California residents want to leave the state. The reason? High cost of living. 20% of the state's population are in poverty. California ranks 50th in quality of life. Unless you're an actor I guess.
  • Taxes, unemployment and drugs
  • Foreign Wars - We're never gonna agree on this. Usury - Don't borrow from the places with high interest rates. That's a conscious choice. Minimum wage - Artificially raising the minimum wage will cost people jobs, Roaring. If I had to pay my employees (I have 3) $15 an hour, I'd have to lay at least 2 of them off. Probably all three. And your Big Mack would go from $4 to $8. Or, the counter workers would be replaced with kiosks (already happening). Prisons - There is absolutely nothing that the government can do cheaper or more efficiently than the private sector. Voting - I agree 100%, but you also need to prove you are legally allowed to vote and you are who you say you are.
    • Roaring
      Our whole system of valuation is artificial. We all have to agree to the value of a dollar for that dollar to effectively exchanged for goods and services. Are some who work hard and many hours toward the bottom of the pay scale, deserve a fair chance to lift themselves up by that hard work? I say yes. Productivity has increased then so too should be the baseline for a living wage. Thanks for your views Archie
    • Archie Bunker
      Roaring, it's the free market that adjusts the wages, as it should be. The more productive the employee, the more raises he gets.
    • Roaring
      If only the market were actually free. Money in politics skews the benefit to the great advantage of the few that don't give a shit about the every day people, unless one of those every day people pushes back on corrupted legislation. Nafta for example gave the US "free" market the opportunity to exploit lower wage workers south of the border. There needs to be collective bargaining at the base levels of employment. That then is a free market: One that checks mans tendency to exploit the workforce. In our present day "free" market, the ones smiling to the bank are those at the top getting bonuses for squeezing the most profit from its operations. And we all know who suffers from this. Its not Wall Street. Its not those executives.
    • Archie Bunker
      Well, first of all, it's the executive's job to make money. That is exactly what they're hired for. Money for the business means money for the investors (who put in their money to get the business going) and in many cases, money for the workers. Being that it is a free economy, if you're an employee at a business and you feel you're not making enough money, you're free to advance in the business or even quit and go somewhere else. A business will pay better for better employees. If you're a shitty employee, you'll get shitty pay. And unfortunately for many, collective bargaining is a waste. The unions are out for the benefit of the unions, not the employees. (I was a union rep myself for quite a while). And now as a small business owner, I absolutely am in the business to make money. It was my money that I invested. My time. My years of collecting no paycheck to ensure that the business stayed profitable. Who are you to say that I cannot reap the benefits now?

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