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  1. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago

    “In the United States, a furlough is a temporary unpaid leave of some employees due to special needs of a company”

    Hmm. Didn’t know that. Interesting, learn something new every day. Now, how does one pronounce it?
    (pron.: /ˈfɜrloʊ/; from Dutch: “verlof”)
    I knew “verlof”, same as in Afrikaans, so is fɜrloʊ similar?…crap, I don’t know how to read fɜrloʊ.
    “fur – low”? How does verlof “(fur-law-f”) end up as “fur-low”?
    Tch. Anyway, don’t mind me, I have no opinion on this sequester business you’re all on about. Actually, from what I’ve been reading on this forum, most of you seem a tad confused by it all, too. Tch, tch.

  2. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 4 years ago

    Scott, you can’t cut government without cutting jobs, unless you look for waste. Despite all the conservative moaning, there is very little waste outside the defense department (if there were, Paul Ryan would be able to cite actual examples instead of making up fake stories about research into goldfish). So if you want more jobs, we need more spending. It’s a pretty simple equation.

  3. ronald rini

    ronald rini said, almost 4 years ago


    sorry your equation is wrong. If you want more job we have to tax imports. what good does it do if you give money to build a road when the people on the payroll go to walmart and spend the money on imports we need manufacturning jobs not more government jobs.

  4. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, almost 4 years ago

    There are studies that prove you wrong sir. These studies suggest that the program increases test scores and the chances that participants (mostly children from low income families) will finish high school and go to college. Not to mention the widely accepted theory is that early childhood education teaches children not only cognitive skills, but also a wider range of soft skills — such as persistence and the ability to get along with others.

    In short your rhetoric is just another Republican talking point of keeping America stupid. Quite sad.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 4 years ago

    @d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    OK good, you gave references. And I tend to agree that children introduced to education early on are more likely to be successful in their endeavors.

    Now, traditionally, it was the parents task to do that. As an example, I read to my children before their eyes were open. That’s right, sit them on the lap take a book with lots of illustrations and read the words point them out reference them to objects in the illustrations. As their eyes begin to open they will point to items and mimic your speech and soon are able to read. Probably THE most important item in the learning process. Same with basic math skills. Hey, we let TV take over. Now parents are too “busy” to mess with it so they expect the government to provide 3-4 year old kids with the tender instruction that is THEIR responsibility.

    But then you do advocate massive government and massive intrusion into our daily lives by it.

  6. Reppr

    Reppr said, almost 4 years ago

    And yet the Head Start Impact Study shows that the positive effects of the program vanished by the end of the first grade. All this at the cost of $7 billion per year. Wasted money.

  7. Justice22

    Justice22 said, almost 4 years ago

    Head Start allows a parent to work while the student is in class increasing family income to the point of possibly getting off “welfare”, food assistance, etc. It is a good program but not the answer to everything.

  8. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 4 years ago


    If it was actually called “stress relief” it could not be funded.
    Low income people need a break at least as much as those able to afford day care.
    Silly answer maybe, but at something is being done based on real world needs.

  9. STLDan

    STLDan said, almost 4 years ago

    More proof the Republicans LOVE women, they never disrespect them, there is no war on women (place sarcasm here).

  10. M Ster

    M Ster said, almost 4 years ago


    Bruce, I agree with you on most of this. My parents lived on one paycheck while my mom “stayed at home with the kids”. So there was plenty of time to read, play games that stimulated young minds and interact in other healthy ways.
    But that isn’t possible for many families today. Some parents have 3 or 4 jobs between them.
    I’m not excusing parents who have the means and the time, and still don’t set good examples for their kids, read to them, turn off the TV and video games, etc. But that’s not what goes on in all families.

  11. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 4 years ago

    @omQ R

    I thought furlough was a military term and this is the first time I heard it used otherwise.

  12. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago


    I think I had only come across it in Sad Sack comics before so also thought a military term for leave. I mused over its pronunciation because of its origin being Dutch, “verlof” and pronounced “fur-law-f”. I’ve never had occasion to say it aloud myself or remember hearing it so I was curious.
    Nothing at all to do with the ’toon’s message, of course, but then I didn’t have anything too constructive about that and I was a little bored this morning. ;-)

  13. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago

    @M Ster

    This has been brought to Bruce’s attention several times in the past. Because he had the time, or made the time, his kids benefited from his excellent parenting skills, yet he condemns all other children whose parents didn’t have the education/foresight/knowledge or care because …one always blames the victims of misfortune.

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