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I will thank you not to think, even for a moment, that you know what is in my best interest. I believe neither I, nor all those people currently protesting, need you, or the government, to tell me what is in my best interest. I believe that given my age, my degree, and my professional certification, only I have the ability to determine what is my best interest.
Oh, and by the way. As the CFO of a large construction company and the individual who is responsible for our company's provided medical insurance, I can say first hand, I have never seen one of our employees medical claims denied. That is a load of crap perpetuated by you and the Democratic Party.
Maybe sometime you and your holier than thou ilk should do a little research. Ask an actuary who works for a large insurance company or pharmaceutical company how much of the cost of the products they provide is attributable to estimated litigation.
Watch a little TV over a 24 hour period and count the number of ads for law firms trolling for clients who have been harmed by the latest miracle drug. Ask the AMA why they number of number of new medical licensees have double in the last year in the state of Texas. Tort reform. Any discussion about controlling medical care costs that doesn’t START and END with tort reform is crap.
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"Adolph Hitler used Nazi Brownshirt member's to disrupt meetings and rallies of their opposition." If you are going to use an analogy, at least try to do it correctly. Hitler was in power, just like 0bama. The Brownshirts where his thugs, just like the SEIU. Hitler's opposition were analagous to the current protesters because Hitler said they were being "UnGerman" for protesting him just a Pelosi and 0bama have said the protestors are "UnAmerican" for exercising their right to free speech. Seriously, a kindergartener could figure out this analogy. Maybe read a history book every now and then....sheeesh...
I love how the facist refers to american people voicing their opinions at a town hall meeting "right wing thugery". How DARE they think that they have a right to free speech. Freedom of speech is limited to liberals and those who want to fill a jar full of urine, throw a crucifix inside and call it art.
I just love all these constant complaints about schools "teaching to the test". You've obviously heard someone else use that phrase and thought it sounded good.
Since none of the teachers have an advance copy of the test, how would it be possible to “teach to the test”. If you are saying they teach the students the type of information that might me on the test, I say "GREAT!" Seeing as the test originates from the State of Texas and purportedly contains the information the state believes the students should know to advance to the next level, why would the teachers NOT be teaching what they expect to be on the test. It's called curriculum. Personally, I prefer for my child’s curriculum to come from the state rather than risk the possibility that they get a whack job teacher who thinks at that "readin and riten" aren't as important as what makes the child "feel good about themselves".
Are test taking strategies part of process? Absolutely! But let me let you in on a little secret....when you get into junior high and high school and heaven forbid college, they give you tests to determine your competency on the course you are taking. Heck, they even give you grades and compile your GPA. More importantly we give standardized tests to our doctors, lawyers, accountants, and engineers to determine there professional knowledge and competency. Do you really want to go to a doctor (medical school graduate) who didn’t take his medical boards because he thought standardized tests were stupid? I know I wouldn’t. Kids and their parent’s needs to understand taking tests are a necessary evil in our lives. Stop making negative comments about something you know nothing about and just tell the kids it is their opportunity show everyone how bright and intelligent they are.
Gorn, you don't know what you are talking about. It wasn't that we couldn't get any tournaments, none of the leagues was interested in hosting the tournaments. They were offered to the host the Tournaments by District 27 but all the leagues refused. They get financially nothing out of it. At all the other District 27 leagues, the teams who host get money from concessions, etc. At the new complex, the concession goes to the individual who has contracted with the city to run the concession. The leagues asked if in return for hosting the tournaments and generating more revenue if we could come up with a revenue sharing agreement with the concession but we were turned down. In the end, it would costs the leagues money to have the tournaments here. Just a little FYI from someone who was in on the discussions...
Ewwww...who's going around sniffing their books. Dude you have some issues you may need to address. Oh, and by the way, most of the real book lovers tend to be tree huggers. You know you could save same some of those lovely trees by buying your books in electronic format...I'm just saying..
Yes, I have something against gays and lesbians being protected against hate crimes. It's an idiotic idea. They say they want to be treated eqaully but then they want special privledges. Someone runs you down in the street, I couldn't care less what their motivation was. It is irrelevant. Murder is Murder. Assault is assault. They should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If I cut you off in traffic and you go into a rage and run me off of the road because you saw my Bush bumper sticker, your political beliefs are irrelevant to the crime committed. We have laws to protect our citizens. I don't believe any group deserves more protection than any other group. I'm pretty sure the Constitution of the United States covers that concept. It's called the Equal Protection Clause more commonly referred to as the 14th Amendment.
I think the OK loss proves more to the point that it was a mistake to have OK in the Championship game anyway. It should have been UT. OK looked in the Florida loss they same way they did in the Texas loss. Texas would have made the game a game. And as far as Texas needing a late rally to beat OSU who was playing without their best player, that player wasn't a defensive player. And I don't remember Forman or any of the other sports writers discrediting USC when they have needed last minute heroics over the years to remain undefeated. They always stated it proved how good a team they were. Funny how a last minute win for Texas proves how weak they are. Oh, I'm pretty sure the OSU fans would take offense intimating they had a week team.
tstorm22001, you obviously don't know any accountants because you certainly don't know what you are talking about. As an accountant, I can say first hand our profession has never lobbied against any flat or "fair" tax. In fact, just the opposite. The accounting profession has been on the foreftont of the argument that the current tax code WAY too complex. We have a shortage of accountants and can't do all the work we have now. That is why you have seen all the Jackson Hewitt and H&R Blocks popping up everywhere. Accountants have to spend all their time doing audits, corporate tax returns, and complex individual tax returns. You don't see a whole lot of mom and pops at the local CPA firm. They can no longer afford CPA's because of the demand.
On the second, it is not the accounting profession but individuals who would oppose a flat tax. The only way a flat tax works if you get rid of ALL! deductions. Everyone just pays a certain percentage of their income. People would hit the roof when you explain to them you don't get your mortgage deduction, not property tax deductions, no child and dependent car credits, no $1,000 per child tax credit, nothing. People would hit the roof. I have seen the discussion play out over and over. If you allow ANY special treatment of any items of expense, then you have the exact same tax code we have now, just a different one. If you don't believe me, go and do a little research. Find the very first tax forms issued by the government after the passage of the 16th amendment to the constitution. It is a single page and basically just asked for you income and taxed it based on the level. Accountants would love a more simplified tax code. Now, lawyers are a different story.
Here's a thought. Maybe the uptick in temperature is caused not by Global Warming but by Urbanization. Have you ever gone outside at 7:00pm on a Victoria summer day and felt the brick of your brick home. How about the walking barefoot on your cement driveway at 3:00pm. We are creating a society built materials that collect and radiate heat. You are seeing record heat waves in Urban areas, not necessarily in rural, country areas. We used to drive on roads built of gravel, coleche, limestone, and other porous materials that did not uniformly collect and radiate heat. We also used to live in homes made of wood. Now all of our building materials contribute to the heating of our environment. Try going to the center of Austin, Dallas, and Houston during the middle of the summer. The is no apparent radiant cooling in the center of these cities until very late at night because of the heat collected in our streets, driveways and houses. Less concrete, more grass people!!!