We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
Profile of the Sociopath
This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.
Glibness and Superficial Charm
Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
Where is a Equal Rights Amendment when you need one?
How does a random bunch of medically ignorant white men think they know better than random women and their health care providers, what is and is not required for any particular women’s health care?
Where is their respect for women and their autonomy, in the abortion debate? Not much respect for women is involved on the anti-abortion side. That side focuses on a clump of cells, cells acting with all the characteristics of a parasite in the woman, as being more important than the usually grown, autonomous woman, that these cells are growing inside of. Any pregnancy problems be damned.
"Two words; Body Autonomy. It’s generally considered a human right. Body autonomy means each person has control over whom or what uses their body, for what, and for how long. It’s why you can’t be forced to donate blood, tissue, or organs; even if you’re dead. Even if donating that blood, or those tissues, or organs would save or improve the lives of 20 people. It is also why someone can’t touch you, have sex with you, or use your body in any way without your continuous consent. It is a basic principle in law.
Simply put, a fetus is using someone’s body parts. Therefore, under body autonomy, it is there by permission, not right. It needs a person’s continuous consent to be and remain there. If the person carrying the fetus denies or withdraws consent, that person has a right to have the fetus removed at that moment. Bodily autonomy says if someone needs another person’s body part to live, they can legally be denied their use.
By saying a fetus has a right to someone else’s body parts, without that person’s permission until it is born, you’re doing two things.
1. Granting a fetus more rights to other people’s bodies than any born person.
2. Awarding a pregnant person less rights to their body than a corpse.
Forcing a pregnancy to term against the will of a woman is the moral and legal equivalent of forcing someone to give up a kidney or heart because someone else, "more important", needs it to live."
"...less Rights... than a corpse." In many states, that is true. Corpses do have more respect and Rights than living women, eapeceally if they are pregnant. The woman, not the corpse.
Your Money, or Your Life.
They don't care about your life, the Health Insurance Companies want your money.
If you get sick, die and die quickly. Just pay your premium first.
As with much corruption, money is the most important thing you have that they want. They don't care whose money it is.
Too much is still not enough. Excessive greed sometimes does not cover it. Our health care and drug industries are cases in point.
Our government has been so corrupt, from top to bottom, for so long, most people can't even envision a honest, functioning government anymore.
They just shrug at each new mercenary revelation and continue on as if things are normal and not much can be done anyway... At least as long as they think they or their side, benefits from the corruption.
Too many people treat elections as some kind game to place bets on, that politicts doesn't really effect them.
Examples of corruption:
Campaign contributions directly from multi-billion $$$ corporations.
Well paid corporate lobbyists that actually write legislation, that result in large campaign contributions, if enacted.
All kinds of Election fraud, some made legal through state and federal legislation.
Propitiatory, secretly programed, electronic voting machines and vote tabulators.
Legislators working to make null and void the will of the people's over whelming passage of ballot initiatives, before the ink is even dried on the certifications. (Missouri, 2019 Primary elections)
Voter registration purges.
Voter ID suppression.
Corporations as persons.
And the list goes on for pages...
Teachers need to be given the respect they deserve. After all, they are educating the next generation of doctors, nurses, engineers, Teachers
, inventors, Architects, mathematicians… You get the idea.
Teachers are the only White Collar profession where those so employed are treated as unskilled or semi-skilled labor.
Teachers do not need to be micromanaged to the extent that all the round and square peg kids can pass a star shaped test so that the administrators can puff out their chests in pride and demand more money for their schools. That is not the purpose of education.
The purpose of education is so the next generation is better educated than we were, so that when it's our kid’s turn to take over from us, they can do better than we did. That cannot be done by teaching to some standardized test, so all the kids only know the same things.
The real purpose of education has been lost somewhere along the way and it shows in this country, badly. The United States has dropped from #1, down to #50 and even lower in too many areas. We are no longer the world’s leader in much, except war and war toys. And poverty and domestic killings. The last two are increasing.
Translating Corporate Dem Speak into English
Reaching across the aisle = voting with republicans.
Bipartisanship = Voting with republicans.
Getting things done = Voting with republicans.
Access to healthcare = Does not support any form of universal healthcare.
Standing with our allies = Sending billions of dollars to Israel.
Small businesses are the backbone of our country = Tax cuts for large multinational corporations.
Pro business = Tax cuts for large multinational corporations.
Americans won’t do those jobs = Donors don’t want to pay competitive wages, so we will exploit desperate immigrants instead.
Moderate = Right wing.
Realistic = Will not support anything that benefits regular people.
Pragmatic = Will not support anything that benefits regular people.
Socially liberal/fiscally moderate = Not racist, just hates poor people.
Far-left = Anyone promoting policies that benefits regular people.
Russians meddled in our election = We accept no responsibility for our failures.
“Lead with our values” = We have no actual platform besides identity politics.
We have a progressive platform! = We will never implement our platform because that would drive away big donors.
“I’m sorry that you feel that way” = “I’m just reciting what my elitist upbringing and 0.1% class warfare retort requires”
Win-win situation = My megarich donors win, my campaign consultants win, I win, and the regular people get screwed.
In collaboration with all stakeholders = I went in a back room with a bunch of lobbyists and asked them what they needed.
How many health insurance companies are there in this country?
Each has a well paid CEO. Don’t forget the bonuses and Golden Parachutes.
How many corporate jets are there?
Each has a well compensated Board of Directors.
Each has a bureaucracy, from managers, to supervisors, to workers. The bean counters, that hold your life on a piece of paper, or on a
Don’t forget all the attorneys to back up the faceless bean counters denial of services.
Each health insurance company has their own work spaces, buildings to heat, cool and maintain.
Don’t forget the agreements, i.e., legal kickbacks, the health insurance companies have with the hospitals, especially the larger ones.
All this costs money. Money that you pay with your health insurance premiums and co-pays. Money that does not go for anyone’s health care. We are talking Billions of dollars a year to support these parasitic middlemen.
Lobbyists. Thousands, many thousands of well paid lobbyists, to not only keep the status quo, but to ensure the money train keeps moving the money around to the right people! In other words BRIBES. How much do your congress critters receive?
If we can do away with buggy whips in horseless carriages and the guy that by law had to walk in front of said horseless carriage at night,
holding a lit kerosene lantern up high, then we can get rid of the profitable protection racket, called Health Insurance Companies.
“Your Money, or Your Life”? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have both?
The Center, the real political Center is mostly static. It doesn't move much.
The Center that we reference to, is only the average between the so-called Left and Right of our political parties. That Center can be and has been, all over the place. Currently both political parties are corrupt and bought by the top few Percent, to do their bidding, not ours.
You and I are being fed lies to placate us for as long as possible. Right now, in this country, both Left and Right are over center, from the real center, the static Center, to the Right and moving more to the Right.
The Democrats are farther to the Right, currently than the Republican party were during the Eisenhower's administration. Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, would be appalled at how far to the Right this country has moved in the last 40+ years.
There is not much Left anymore. Make of puns as you will.
Assuming we don't bomb each other into radioactive rubble first, history will repeat itself once again and the people will rise up in bloody rebellion and correct the inadequacies.
Medicare For All will take away Red States power to torture Medicaid recipients, and erase their power to decline Medicaid expansion.
Medicare for All, administered on the federal level, will take away the power of Red States to have any control over the health care of their citizens. They will no longer be able to make it as difficult as possible for applicants for Medicaid to be accepted into a Medicaid program.
With Medicaid out of the picture in Red States, Red states will no longer be able to senselessly, brutally force desperate, often sick, poverty stricken Americans, to work for Medicaid.
Imagine how angry and frustrated those vicious, heartless Red State conservative legislators are going to be when they lose their control and authority over healthcare for poor and/or disabled folks. I can already hear them whining and sniveling about no longer being able to punish poor folks, or disabled folks, for being poor and/or disabled.
They will also lose the cash cow federal money they get from the federal government to administer their state Medicaid programs. They won’t be able to siphon off any more federal money, or take bribes of private Medicaid insurer cash, to line their own pockets with, cash that was supposed to be used for paying for their respective state’s Medicaid program.
What? You mean nobody informed y’all that private Medicaid insurers make enormous profits through state’s Medicaid expansion due to Obamacare? Shocked, aintcha? Not.
The ability to control healthcare as a weapon to cause poor people to suffer, and even die, will be taken out of the hands of all those malicious, cruel Red State conservative legislators, and the private Medicaid insurers who pay them to screw medicaid recipients by keeping costs and service at a bare minimum.
This would be a hoot if it wasn’t so pathetic….Arizona’s Medicaid program is so mercenary, the program is known as AHCCCS. AHCCCS is an acronym for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. Not Healthcare Assistance For Low Income or Disabled Arizona Residents, but Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. The perfect illustration of how Red State conservative legislators consider money to be more important than the health care needs of the citizens of their states.
I rest my case.
Medicare for All. An enormous win-win for the overwhelming majority of Americans. A devastating loss for a handful of wealthy, greedy scumbags, and the corrupt legislators they employ.
Medicare for All. Bernie 2020.
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We need to get away from deciding things on Left & Right, Democratic and Republican and start thinking about Right and Wrong. Forget the politics: Is 'whatever' good for "We the people..." in the long run, or not?
Where is the respect Republicans should have for women? The graphic is pretty much representative of the Republican party and conservatives in general. This lack of respect carries over to health care, workers wages, living conditions, child welfare...
Money is the Republican's god. They have theirs. They want yours too. That is one reason why they want to shred the safety nets many under paid people, mostly women, depend on for survival for themselves and their children. This includes Social Security, many have paid, or will pay into for 50 or so years, before retirement.
In biblical times, women were literately owned like the live stock; Cattle, goats, sheep, chickens. When born, they were first owned by the father. Then, when they got old enough, they were sold off in prearranged marriages to the husband. Often with a dowry, a bribe actually, so the new husband would take the daughter off the father's hands.
The society of the time had rules of the next in line for ownership of women, if something happened to the father or the husband. If the woman ran out of men in the family who could own her, she was in serous trouble. Her options were limited. She could not own property, she could not run a business. Usually, a woman without a man owning her, had two basic options. Prostitution and servitude, i.e. selling herself into slavery. At least being a slave, she had a roof over her head and she got fed. But she had to work from sun up to sun down. There were few, if any labor saving devices back then.
Women today are still not treated as full and equal human beings under the law. Women are not paid the same wages for equal work. Their health care choices are limited by male domanated political bodies, men with little or no medical knowledge. Two and three thousand year old biblical passages are still being used to keep women down and in their place. For many of our political leaders, women are at best, concidered to be 4/5 human. I supposed that is better than the 3/5 of a person for slaves and even ex-slaves of our recent past.
As shown in the graphic, many Republicans believe women are not fully capable of making their own proper decisions over their own health care.
Respect? Don't look to Conservatives, Religion, Republicans, DINO's or some combination there of, for respect of 50% of the population. Sadly, this includes some women also.(Stockholm syndrome?) These people are sorely lacking something in their moral makeup. Give'em sex dolls so maybe they will leave the rest of us alone.
How can we afford Single Payer, Universal Health Care in this country?
We could stop our insane foreign policy of spending millions per missile to kill a few innocent people in the name of "fighting" terrorism.
Canada manages to have Single Payer that works and their taxes are approximately the same as ours. Of course they don’t have the equivalent of the F-35 or 10 Nimitz Class aircraft carriers, such as the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), either.
Or have the official definition of a terrorist as a citizen of any country whose government doesn’t submit to our demands.
We, the US, have a much larger population than Canada does, so the cost per person for Single Payer would be lower. We might even have money left over to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and get our Internet up to date.
Golly Gee, health care for everyone, bridges that don’t fall down and working Internet for everyone. What more
could a civilized county wish for? Besides Living Wage Jobs for everyone?
Update: With Single Payer, we would save approxamatly 2 (two) trillion dollars in health care costs, over a period of 10 years. This from a Koch backed Republican think tank! Their own report can't even hide the savings.
All you are doing when you make laws against protesters and protesting, are sharping the swords of
the protesters for when they come after you.
Make enough laws, or the laws oppressive enough against the people and the guillotine will make a comeback.
Do not depend on the (D) or the (R) or if you admire or loath the person to determine if something is true or not. Facts matter.
Both political parties lie to us. "Popular" politicians lie to us. The Media has its own agenda and lies to us. Too often what is labeled "Fake News" is real and what is labeled "Real News" is not. There is not enough critical thinking anymore, by too many people. That (D) or (R) determines what they believe. Or the "junk" or lack same in the politician's paints. Gender is equally as bad as the (D) or (R), in deciding on who to vote for.
As for the crowd size, Obama promised us 'Hope and Change'. After George W Bush, no wonder the crowds were so big. But Obama lied to us. It wasn't too long after he was sworn in the first time, that the 'Hope and Change' he promised, turned into we had 'Hoped for Change', but it was slow in coming. It is still not there. The crowd size the second time for Obama, were quite a bit smaller than the first time. No one mentions that.
Comparing crowd size here is misleading. Obama told us what we wanted to hear. He lied to us. Trump won because Hillary is so corrupt, that she was under two FBI criminal investigations during the campaigner. Trump was the lesser of the two evils in many minds this time around. No way did we want Hillary and her nuclear option with Russia to be on the table and quict possably in play, if she won.
How many people voted for Trump as a protest vote against Hillary because of the DNC election fraud that gave us Hillary, instead of the rightful primary winner, Bernie Sanders? If you voted for Hillary and overlooked her Pay to Play, Clinton Foundation corruption and/or the DNC primary election fraud, you helped to give us Trump and his swamp stocking. That is a fact!
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are not the same. Bernie is much closer to the 1950 - 1960's Democrats. Hillary was a Republican then. Actually, she still is. The Democratic Party has moved far enough to the Right since then, for her to become a Democrat.(AKA, the 3rd Way, the New Democrats)
Bernie is Liberal on both social and economic issues. Hillary is a Corporatist, as Obama is, only she is even a bit farther to the Right economically than he is.
While Hillary is politically in the Center on social issues, on economic issues, she is over Center, to the Right, a corporatist, a moderate Republican, holding mostly the same views as some of the more sane Republicans do. She is also a Hawk. Bernie is not.
So, do you want to vote on the issues? Vote for your
self interests? Issues that concern the majority of the people in this country? Or are you going to vote for a Republican Lite for President, because she is a woman, and you favor continuing our current economic problems, as we continue to outsource our better paying jobs through secret trade agreements?
It is really that simple. Do you want someone that more closely reflects your
views on the issues, or do you want someone beholden to the 1% and big money on Wall Street (Check their donor list
)? Do you want someone with a long record of working for the People, or do you want someone that got rich by being bought and paid for by the corporations?
Supporting a candidate who embodies Republican ideals IS
voting for a Republican...no matter what letter is after their name.
Heads I win, tails you lose.
The deck is stacked. The playing field is tilted. We are being sold a bill of goods. Even though it is obvious to most, we still squabble among ourselves about who to choose to be the next front man, to continue the illusion that we still have a say.
It seems to be that more and more cops are acting like they are members of a street gang.
People are getting fed up and starting to push back.
First step is to work to DE-militarize the police. Retrain them to be peace keepers again. You know, to "Serve and Protect". When was the last time you saw that motto on a police car?
Also this country absolutely needs to stop the "War on _____". Not one of them has ever been, or even can be won. Not poverty, not drugs, and definitely not anything in the Middle East. All these wars are nothing but profit centers for the few.
Put the needs of the people first. We are not the enemy. We are all people first. Treat others with the same respect you would like to be treated with. Watch a lot of our problem just go away, disappear.
But that is never going to happen with the authoritarians in charge, thinking of the average citizen as the problem that needs to be controlled and kept in their proper place, with professional, uniformed enforcers, using street gang tactics to enforce the authoritarian's rules.
The root problem are guns.
It doesn't matter who has them, the root problem still boils down to guns. How many people need an arsenal? In fact, how many people actually need a gun in the first place?
How many times will it take, when a good guy with a gun, or guns, suddenly becomes a bad guy with a gun, or guns, without much, if any warning or prior suspicion of anything being wrong until people start dropping dead from being shot. How many schools, movie theaters, gas stations/convenience stores, any public or private places where people are being killed before we wake up and realize the root problem are too many guns in the hands of too many people?
The common denominator is guns, weapons, firearms, no matter how you slice and dice it.
I'll say it again, the problem are the guns themselves. The easy availability of guns of all kinds, by everyone, from two year old toddlers, to depressed/bullied teenagers, to the mentally unbalanced, to criminals of all descriptions, to say nothing about those "good guys", that think they are safer with a gun tucked in their waist band. And don't forget those well trained, good guy experts that have their guns go off when they are cleaning them? We read about those guys on a fairly regular basis, now don't we?
Easily availability of guns, without limit by almost anyone, for any purpose, is the real problem.
If you can't buy one for yourself, have a friend do it for you. Or just borrow one for the occasion. (The owner might get it back after the latest massacre) Buy one on a street corner, Or steal one. Guns are all over the place, available to anyone who wants one. That is the problem.
People have been killing each other since the beginning. It has never been so easy as now. Without a gun, you have to get up close and personal. With a gun, you can kill 10 year olds in their home, or 6 year olds coming out of a convenience store, both just by driving by in the relative safety of the street. Relative safety of the street? HA! Not hardly, when the shooter is driving around, targeting other drivers just for the fun of it.
Using a gun is easy, just point your manhood enhancer at someone or something and squeeze a small lever. Bang! You're dead. From the street, from a block away, from several blocks away.
Think you are safe in your home? Ask the parents of those dead kids who thought they were safe at home. With the easy availability of guns by any and everyone, you are not.
The good guy with a gun, is a target for the bad guys that wants a gun. Your fantasies aren't going to save you.
More and more of our police are being equipped and acting like our military in the
Middle East, when it come to dealing with upset civilian populations.
Why? For two main reasons. One
, the excess military war equipment our police departments are getting from the Pentagon. Billions of dollars a year. They can't just let all that expensive equipment set about and rust, now can they? How is that being Macho?
, pay attention here, boys and girls, this is important. The police departments are hiring ex-solders, often with various levels of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Put these men back into their old military style uniforms, with military style armament and put them in front of an unruly civilian crowd, or even a peaceful demonstration, and guess how fast the flash backs start to happen?
To me, it looks as if our own government is gearing up to go to war with us, the US Citizens.
What do civilian police departments have for excess military equipment in the first place? Properly fund our local police department and use equipment designed for civilian police, with training more in keeping with a generally peaceful civilian population. Military equipment and training are for use in the wars we start and supply, not against our own people, here in our own country.
One last question: Is that man in the middle, in the above cartoon, a US solder in a overseas conflict? Or is that man in the middle, a police officer during a demonstration, right here in this country?
The police should NOT be dressed or equipped like soldiers in a war zone. If things get that bad, call in the Nation Guard. The police need to go back "To Protect and to Serve", not the all to often, as is currently the case, "To Intimidate and to Harm".
Pulitzer-winning journalist admits he's illegal immigrant
OK, I read the link. Jose Antonio Vargas was a kid, a child of 12. He did not know at the time he was here illegally, until some years later. How is it his fault he is here? Almost all he knows is in this country.
On the plus side, he is not a criminal, he was self-supporting, law abiding and good at what he does. He sought higher education and got it. He has done more than a lot of people that were born here do.
As for the laws, few laws are sacrosanct. In fact many are quite arbitrary, being passed for some personal or political agenda or other. If I were a immigration judge with this case, I would let him stay and because of the amount of time he was here and his contributions. I would allow him to jump the line to the front for citizenship. We need more people like him here.
My opinion, If they can keep themselves out of trouble, find gainful employment, without being a burden on society, they should be granted legal residency. Being ticketed for J-walking is not reason enough to deport someone, as has happened to some otherwise successful 'illegals'.
Our whole immigration policy is messed up. (What else in new in this country?) To go by what some people are advocating now for immigration policy, the American Indians would have every right to kick everyone else out, that have arrived since Plymouth Rock. The same goes for the Mexicans living on the land the US government decided belonged to the United States, which includes most of the western US.
If we had sane immigration laws, If we did not meddle in the affairs of other countries, if we did not treat the Aboriginals of these other countries as we did the Aboriginals that were in this country, when our ancestors arrived, there would not be such a major immigration problem.
Again laws are not sacrosanct. It the law just? Is it being applied in the spirit it was written? If there is something wrong with a law, work to change them. Voter ID laws comes to mind. There is no problem with voter fraud, but such laws are being passed for the purpose of keeping a segment of voters from voting, because they have a tendency to vote the wrong way, at least from the prospective of the people passing these laws. So it is with immigration laws.
Another are the abortion laws in this country. Basically they are saying women are not smart enough to figure things out for themselves and need the help of politicians and religious busybodies to help them decide? Really? Are those laws sacrosanct too? I don't know about you, but I'm thinking not.
Common sense is downplayed played in our immigration laws, while 'What's in it for me" is behind much of our laws in general. Big agricultural business, politicians letting their votes be bought, MONEY, being prejudice against who ever or all other groups. The mindset being, "I got mine, da hell widt chue".
Sabrina, you have a quite a bit of empathy for those less fortunate. That is good. Take that empathy, along with the idea that no law is actually sacrosanct, and apply those to your own 'immigration policy'. How is the fit? Good? Poorly? Eh, what?
What is more important? People trying to make a better life for themselves, or laws designed to benefit the already Haves, over the Down Trodden? Oh, and don't forget the involvement of our own government and the CIA in their home countries, contributing to the terrible conditions of those people living there, causing them to want to travel for many thousands of dangerous miles to come here in the first place, for a better chance to live their lives.
We spend too much on our military and not enough on domestic spending that helps "We the people..."
Our economic plight could be improved if we spent that money raising our quality of life here instead of exporting our war toys, strife and turmoil around the world.
The world would be a much safer place to be if we didn't sell as much of our weaponry around the world as we do.
We have no real Democratic Party in this country anymore. What we do have is the Left wing of the mostly kinda saner part of the Republican Party, i.e., the DLC, the 3rd Way. The Democratic leadership represent the Right of Center Democrats, i.e., Business, Banks and Wall Street. That (D) does not mean Progressive or Liberal by any means. All that (D) means is the wearer is a member of the Democratic Party, no matter how far to the Right they are. The Democratic Party has moved so far to the Right, many Republicans are joining the Democratic Party, because it has moved to the Right far enough to to be in agreement with the moderate Republicans of old.
Anyone to the Left of Center has no real representation, as shown by the graphic in the upper left hand of this page. We still have a few representatives on the national level, but they are shunted aside and made mostly ineffectual. Things are not quite as bad on the State level.
The Donkey on the background wallpaper, represents the Demolicons (or Rebuplicrats). The product of the merging of the two major political parties in this country. We now have the Republicans and the Demolicons (or Rebuplicrats). The Democratic Party died when the big money, business friendly, Democratic Leadership Council (DLC)
took it over.
Are more toll roads in America's future?
The Obama administration on Tuesday submitted to Congress a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation bill meant to avert a possible summer shutdown of federally funded projects.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says inaction on what the administration calls the GROW AMERICA Act could have wide-ranging impact.
"As soon as August, the Highway Trust Fund could run dry," Foxx wrote Tuesday on the Department of Transportation's blog. "States are already canceling or delaying projects. That means crucial road improvements won't get done. It means transportation construction companies won't get contracts. And it means workers won't have job sites."
Nearly everyone agrees that America's infrastructure, especially its aging highway system, needs work. But one particular part of the bill has raised some eyebrows.
This looks like the first step to privatize the nations interstate system. First the states set up the toll booths. Then they will outsource the operations. After that, they will turn over the management of the interstates to private companies. Then lastly, turn over outright ownership for cents on the dollar. You gotta know the maintenance will still be tax subsidized under private ownership. And another thing, this is another tax, that hits those least able to afford it, the hardest. The ticket and toll booths slow vehicles down, then they have to get up to speed again, wasting fuel. This is a bad idea all around.The real solution is to make the well off, pay their fair share in taxes. Stop financing this country on the backs of those that can least afford it.
And when a toll road crosses a state line? You pay, move ahead a short distance, then get another ticket to drive on that states toll interstate?
This idea came out of the Obama White House? Why do some people still think Obama is any kind of Liberal, even after almost 10 years of showing he is not? President Dwight Eisenhower(R) must be spinning in his grave.
Judy Morgan is my State Representative
State Representative - District 24
Kansas City MO
2014 Survey Results
1. Voters should be required to present a photo identification in order to cast their votes.
AGREE 32.30 DISAGREE 61.13
No OPINION 5.54 BLANK 1.04
Voter fraud has never been much of a problem in this country. It is Election Fraud that is the problem. Everything from gerrymandering to Electronic Touch Screen Voting Machines.
2. The legislature should again pass a law nullifying all federal gun laws in our state and making it illegal to enforce any of these federal laws.
AGREE 16.11 DISAGREE 74.74
No OPINION 5.56 BLANK 3.59
Really? Since when can states nullify Federal Law? They can't. Not even by passing laws saying they can. How juvenile.
3. Missouri should require universal background checks on every firearm sale - at licensed dealers, gun shows, and over the internet.
AGREE 90.18 DISAGREE 6.78
No OPINION 1.99 BLANK 1.05
Most people have no need for hand guns. None at all. If we were to be a civilized country, we would not be awash in hand guns of all kinds. Anyone that thinks they need a hand gun, needs to supply proof of such. Concealed and open carry need to be backed up by both need to, and after a through background check. And the results of this background check needs to filed and kept on file forever in the State Records - No matter whether the permit is issued or denied.
4. Our state should prohibit the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
AGREE 79.26 DISAGREE 16.92
No OPINION 1.97 BLANK 1.85
Who are we at war with, in this country, that civilians need assault style weapon? Even the military does not need or use high-capacity magazines. Why would a civilian?
5. I support marriage equality and the legalization of same-sex marriage.
AGREE 81.42 DISAGREE 13.82
No OPINION 3.60 BLANK 1.16
I have never understood the opposition to this. I think some people should work a little harder to make their own heterosexual marriage work better instead, huh?
CAMPAIGN ETHICS REFORM
6. The Missouri legislature should reinstate campaign contribution limits.
AGREE 89.88 DISAGREE 5.12
No OPINION 2.79 BLANK 2.21
Politcal campaigns should not be get rich quick schemes for politicians. We elect, hire them, to represent us in our government. They are supposed to do our bidding. The current situation is nothing more than legalized bribery by rich people, of corrupt politicians.
7. The General Assembly should continue to allow lobbyists to give unlimited gifts to legislators.
AGREE 4.86 DISAGREE 89.70
No OPINION 2.66 BLANK 2.78
Open bribery. Why do we allow our legislators to be so open and even to advertise their availability to be bribed?
Oh, that's right, Missouri is a Red Republican State.
LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
8. Marijuana use should be legalized for medicinal purposes only.
AGREE 42.77 DISAGREE 44.29
No OPINION 8.86 BLANK 4.08
Marijuana is one of our more benign recreational drugs. There has been well documented medical uses for Marijuana for hundreds of years. Yet is is classified as a hard drug, the same as Heron or cocaine, which also have medical uses.
9. Recreational marijuana should be legalized for all adults.
AGREE 61.71 DISAGREE 27.87
No OPINION 8.90 BLANK 1.52
Marijuana is much more benign than alcohol and does far less damage in the long run.
10. Possession of marijuana should continue to be a violation of the law, but the penalty for its use should be a fine (decriminalize it).
AGREE 40.14 DISAGREE 45.94
No OPINION 8.12 BLANK 5.80
Marijuana should be treated the same way as alcohol.
11. Abortion should remain a safe and legal medical procedure for a woman to consider, if and when she needs it.
AGREE 82.96 DISAGREE 11.20
No OPINION 3.50 BLANK 2.33
Abortions is a medical, not a political prosedure. Only the people other than the woman and the doctor that need to be concerned is a husband or boyfriend. And even then, it is the woman's decision, as it is her body and her life.
12. Abortion should be outlawed.
AGREE 9.38 DISAGREE 84.38
No OPINION 4.17 BLANK 2.08
With over seven billion of us on this planet, stripping it of its resources at an alarming rate, abortion should be cheap and easy to have. Again, it is the woman's body and her life, not yours to interfere with.
13. Abortion should be illegal except in cases of rape or threats to the life of the woman.
AGREE 12.21 DISAGREE 79.53
No OPINION 4.88 BLANK 3.37
See # 12. Stop meddling in other people's lives where you have no business being!
14. The death penalty should be abolished in Missouri.
AGREE 54.49 DISAGREE 37.46
No OPINION 6.30 BLANK 1.75
I agree. If for no other reason than there are too many people on Death Row that have been proven to be innocent of the crime they have been state sanctioned murdered for.
15. Missouri should institute the firing squad to execute those on death row.
AGREE 13.94 DISAGREE 74.33
No OPINION 10.10 BLANK 1.63
Sure why not? Just ask for volunteers from the hand gun carrying, general public. Many of those dream of shooting people. Give'em a full clip and a taste. /sarcasm
HEALTH CARE EXPANSION
16. Missouri should participate in the health care (Medicaid) expansion.
AGREE 77.62 DISAGREE 14.53
No OPINION 5.65 BLANK 2.19
Twice in the United States Constitution, it mentions "general welfare". Once in the Preamble and again in Section 8, where it states; "...and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States;..." How is the general health of a country's citizens not part of the general wealfare of a country?
17. The Medicaid system is broken and should be fixed before our state pursues expansion.
AGREE 22.88 DISAGREE 59.00
No OPINION 14.40 BLANK 3.72
There is no reason, good or otherwise why this country does not have Single Payer, Universal Health Care. The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, actually did little to correct the major problem of health care in this country. We still have the parasitic, for profit, middlemen, the health insurance companies, standing between you and your doctor and your access to proper health care. And driving up costs. Health insurance is not health care.
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