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  1. Wraithkin commented on Lisa Benson about 1 month ago

    Wait wait wait… You’re saying you want the same type of people who screwed over the National Guard vets from their re-enlistment bonuses running our national health care? Yeah, because that doesn’t have “Bad idea” written all over it. Any run-in I’ve had with the government has involved, “You owe us this.” My response, “On what grounds, using what evidence. Y’know, a bill?” Their response: “We don’t owe you that. Pay us.”Sorry, but that system is not okay.

  2. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 3 months ago

    Pretty much exactly what happened. To encourage a behavior, you subsidize it. So what they did was subsidize single motherhood in the spirit of protecting the children; a noble endeavor to be sure. But when practical application came in, what it did was encourage mothers to be single, promiscuous, and fathers to ignore their duties to parents their offspring. Even if there are anecdotal cases of single mothers receiving thousands a month in benefits, that’s symptomatic of a larger problem.

  3. Wraithkin commented on Dana Summers 3 months ago

    Even if his plan is as nebulous as “they get jobs,” that’s more than our current POTUS has ever tried to do for that community. The current administration, and HRC’s continuation of that administration, believes in more people being placed on government support. That’s the primary crux of the problem. They are voting themselves into a bondage of another sort. And the problem with these shackles is they are invisible and cannot easily be broken.

  4. Wraithkin commented on Dana Summers 3 months ago

    Here’s what I have to ask: The black community has languished under Obama’s leadership, and things have gotten worse as of late under his presidency. Hillary promises more of the same, or worse. What’s the worst that will happen under Trump? They have a greater chance of getting jobs and improving their lives under his plan than the current model. I’m not saying Trump’s perfect, or has the best answers, but they can certainly do better than what’s been given to them now.

    I hate to say it this way, and I do apologize if this comes off as extremely harsh, but the black community has sold themselves back into the bonds of servitude: The community’s heavy reliance upon government hand-outs and support has made them susceptible to coercion by that very same government to do what their new masters want.

    I’m not trying to imply they should be subservient, rather, quite the contrary. I’m saying they (and everyone else on the government dole) are making themselves slaves to the system, and the puppetmasters pulling the strings at the federal and state level have leverage over them. The only way to cut those strings is to get a job and be free of the financial support of those puppetmasters. And of the two, Trump really has a better chance (and actual experience) of creating jobs for EVERYONE who is on assistance. Our current assistance program is antiquated and only serves to enslave all who participate in them.

  5. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 3 months ago

    You guys need to learn how actuaries operate. Your whole, “insurance bad graaahh!” is indicative of your ignorance. Insurance is one of the most highly regulated industries in the nation, and insurance premiums don’t get charged without the government say-so. And insurance actuaries have to justify the premium increases to the government body (see Insurance Commissioner) when they ask for more money. So instead of knee-jerking in response to higher costs and blaming insurance, they are only raising rates to compensate for claims that are being paid. UHC has lost around $475 million in the PPACA’s 2015 market alone.

  6. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 5 months ago

    You mean like Hillary not being indicted because she didn’t violate law. Oh, wait, she did. Mmhmmm..

    I understand your concern, and both you and Snarky are right in the regard that those who are bad apples aren’t expunged. However, let’s take a bit more of a 10,000-foot altitude look.

    Factor 1: The unions protect all officers, and terminating an officer for cause is exceptionally difficult. This means if they are a bad egg, getting rid of them is unusually daunting.

    Factor 2: The police, much like the fire fighters and military, is a trust-based occupation. If you can’t trust your brothers, then the entire matrix falls apart. Being a Marine myself, I know how crucial that is. If you have officers turning on each other because one is considered a bad apple (by who’s definition, dunno), then it sews the seeds of distrust and it causes systemic problems within the department.

    Factor 3: When organizations like BLM call for the murder of police officers because of the actions of a few, especially the few who are vindicated through empirical evidence (Ferguson, Baltimore, etc), it changes from making sure they are doing their jobs properly to a witch hunt. When someone is the subject of a witch hunt, they get defensive. And closing ranks is how a force gets defensive.

    Factor 4: The media has switched from reporting news to making news. Look at Ferguson… when the original thing started, before the evidence was considered, riots were already starting. People were calling for violence despite the call for patience. When scientific evidence supported that the officer was assaulted and was defending himself, and that the thug was actually the attacker, the riots only got worse. Individuals are smart, people are dumb. And the mob took over. The media, in turn, fed into this and put talking bobbleheads on the air that only fanned the flames. So in this 24/7 news cycle, people make decisions (thanks to the media) without knowing all the facts.

    So when Factor 3 is in play, when coupled with Factor 4, you’re right… they are going to be defensive and protect each other. And for that, I can’t really fault them for protecting themselves when people will look for any way to prosecute/persecute officers who are just doing their jobs.

  7. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 5 months ago

    Quite the broad brush you are using. I know a lot of officers, who are fantastic people, and who are great at their job. Perhaps it’s not the cops who are the problem, but those who are breaking the law? After all, why would an officer detain you if you haven’t broken a law? In every interaction I’ve had with officers, I have always been the party breaking the law (speeding, mostly).

    Here’s a concept: maybe it’s the thugs who are breaking the law are spreading like a virus, and the police are constantly under attack and need to be proactive instead of reactive. As the old saying goes, better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6. Maybe if the lowlife scum that are filling our streets and terrorist movements like BLM realized this, we would have fewer incidents altogether. After all, the easiest way to not get the attention of the police is to not break a law.

  8. Wraithkin commented on Dana Summers 5 months ago

    Easy solution: Stop patrolling the inner city communities and watch them tear themselves apart. And when they cry out asking for help, tell them to go pound sand. They wanted the police to leave them alone? Good, see how you like it without police protection.

  9. Wraithkin commented on Michael Ramirez 5 months ago

    The broom was a nice touch.

  10. Wraithkin commented on Mike Lester 6 months ago

    The US economy has grown what meager amount it has despite the government, not because of it. Krugman is blind to that fact, and that’s why he’s a political hack.