Education cuts may energize angry Texas parents

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Legislature's approval of $5.4 billion in cuts to public education may energize angry parents in a way similar to how the tea party movement mobilized conservatives in 2010.

In the Texas House alone, at least 29 candidates who are current or former school board members - or have other education experience - are challenging incumbents or vying for open seats in the May 29 primary.

Seventeen are Republicans and 12 are Democrats. Most are pledging to fix Texas' broken school finance system and dial back the importance of high-stakes standardized tests.

A possible education backlash has one Republican incumbent nervous she could lose her seat and another facing a primary challenge that may be stronger than expected.

Pro-education candidates may also grab some open House seats.

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  • by Anonymous on May 11, 2012 at 08:54 AM
    Wow! If we can just keep breathing, one day it will become evident that, with all the knowledge available, money won't fix the problem. Without state-of-the-art parents; the state-of-the-art equipment and buildings, state-of-the-art teachers, and state-of-the-art politicians, will not fix the education problem. There is very little real effort to promote families and parenting! The family unit has given way to scientific methods and tons of money to fix everything. It just don't work!
  • by Joey Location: Denison on May 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
    In response to the May 10th at 10:22am comment by "Illogical" (below). I never even came close to suggesting that the 47% (your number) that pay taxes are "the elite". Clearly, my comments were directed at the ignorant remark made by "Earn Your Keep". First of all, I don't know if EYK pays taxes or not. Secondly, if you happen to be one of that 47%, and believe food stamps should be replaced by offerings of bread, milk, and cheese, then I would also place you in the same category of snobbery and lunacy as EYK. You see, I am part of the large portion of that 47% who would readily condemn EYK's suggestion. Next, regarding your may 19th 2:59am comment about GM. First of all the government has always been involved in picking winners and losers, whether it's with respect to awarding mineral leases on federal land, or through the courts determining guilt or innocence in criminal cases, or liability, damages, awards etc in civil suits, or awarding the multitude of government contracts to various private sector companies, etc etc. Your little Fox News inspired phrase that the government shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers may sound cute, but it IS what the government has done (and must do) since this country was founded. Additionally, with respect to the GM bond holders, I must remind you of the conservative mantra, Let the Buyer Beware. Even bonds pose risks. Throughout time bond holders and investors in many companies have lost their shirts, and the government had nothing to do with it. Furthermore, it's this right wing every man for himself hands off attitude that enabled the speculation and fraud that wrecked our economy. You and EYK and others are nothing more than part of the loudmouth minority that has hijacked the Republican party, and changed it from an deliberative advocate of conservatisim, into a sophomoric band of ranting malcontents.
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      by Logic on May 11, 2012 at 07:34 AM in reply to Joey
      Certainly no room for moderates like myself, who want more fiscal discipline at a more balanced approach rather than the scorched earth policies the Republicans desire. I am truly torn. I got one person here calling me a dictator...another post I'm a hippie bleeding heart liberal! So hard being gray in a black and white world!
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      by Jimmy on May 17, 2012 at 07:28 PM in reply to Joey
      "Additionally, with respect to the GM bond holders, I must remind you of the conservative mantra, Let the Buyer Beware". Why do I get the feeling it wasn't YOUR heard earned money that was given to the UAW?
  • by Educator Location: texas on May 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM
    For one family life for many is horrible now(not the school's fault). Disipline is much weaker at home now also. Neither of these is good for high standards. The tests keep getting more and more difficult though. There needs to be accountability but because of the factors above high stakes tests are unreasonable. And I'm sure this will make some of you mad but republicans cancel money to schools every chance they get. But fiercly protect the rich. And most educators have recently figured this out. School's are government but government is sometimes good if not great. What we deal with often you would not believe. And for you religous conservitives what would jesus do? Protect the rich or share more with children? Hint: Remember the verse about a rich man getting into the gates of heaven?
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      by Student of Life on May 8, 2012 at 08:16 PM in reply to Educator
      To those that blame the problems with education on one party (Republican or Democrat) you miss an oportunity to pin the blame on the true problem which is the entire political system. This is why a lot of people now choose to be Independent voters. We can't continue to keep spending like drunken sailors while increasing tax to pay the bills. Every administration has made big mistakes. We all want a lot of things to change but most of us are not willing to sacrifice our own comfort to achieve this. It's always easier to blame the other guy.
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        by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 07:32 PM in reply to Student of Life
        In case you haven't noticed, income and payroll taxes have been lowered for the last 10 years by both parties.
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      by Logic on May 8, 2012 at 08:23 PM in reply to Educator
      I beat my children relentlessly...with books! As punishment, I make my oldest daughter read OUT LOUD page after page from the encyclopedia. If I am particularly feeling cruel I'll make her read the X volume! I will have her follow me around the house reciting from the book. If she stops or hesitates I add another page. After 2 hrs of this she is exhausted. She is only seven so some of the words are still too tough for her, but that is the point. I have found that this is the most effective punishment me and the wife have come up with...if you want to call it "punishment". I have to hide my smile as she plods through the difficult words until she gets the pronunciation right or I might lost my authority!
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        by Illogical on May 9, 2012 at 06:40 AM in reply to Logic
        "effective punishment me and the wife have come up with" Ahem, The wife and I have come up with. You should also add some CBO reports to the reading list ;-) p.s. We've used the same type of "punishment" with our children for years!
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          by Logic on May 10, 2012 at 08:49 AM in reply to Illogical
          I have found that repetition and high volume throw the most mud at the wall...its what sticks that counts. She may read the word "animosity" for the first time during her recital. Fumble through the pronunciation (I will help) and ask what he means. I give her a brief definition (Broken down in kid terms) and move on. If the word reappears later, she hesitates less. And by the third or forth time she is buzzing along, knowing how to say it and what it means. She already has a remarkable vocabulary and can carry on an adult conversation about a shockingly serious topic. It actually makes me sad believe it or not! The magic is gonna diminish for her more rapidly. Santa was out VERY quick! She recently killed Bigfoot. We were watching that Finding Bigfoot show and she turns and asks, "Why haven't they found a Bigfoot Den or Nest? A place where he sleeps? Or his poop?" Wow..we were stunned. We nicknamed her Scully at that moment! That's what were pushing. Seriously. She is GOING to be an FBI Agent....
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          by Illogical on May 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM in reply to Illogical
          "The magic is gonna diminish for her more rapidly." Wait until she comes home and wants to debate Nuclear Proliferation in the 1960's and the lingering effects it has on the USA! Just throwing "Fog of War" on the DVD player won't work anymore ;-)>
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        by Logic on May 9, 2012 at 09:53 AM in reply to Logic
        Of course, when she becomes too comfortable doing this I'll have to raise the bar again...ALGEBRA!!! ;)
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        by Keep up the grind on May 9, 2012 at 07:36 PM in reply to Logic
        Your daughter will run away from home, pierce here privates and cover her body in tatoos to spite your dictator mentality. Then the punished will be you...
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          by Grinding Away on May 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM in reply to Keep up the grind
          Either way he's done his job which is more than I can say for your parents...dictator seems a bit melodramatic, dontchathink?
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        by Anonymous on May 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM in reply to Logic
        Well, judging form some of what you claim in your prolific commentary, you should either listen to what she is reading or get a better quality encyclopedia!
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          by Logic on May 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM in reply to
          What? The National Review? You give me an article posted in a Conservative Magazine to prove CO2 is great for plants! We know that CO2 is great for plants! At least the man did acknowledge global warming as real...he's just is stuck on that its great for plants! Awesome...for plants!
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      by Un-Educator on May 9, 2012 at 06:45 AM in reply to Educator
      "but republicans cancel money to schools every chance they get. But fiercly protect the rich." You lost me right there. I don't recall the rich in Chicago, Detroit or Atlanta causing the educational issues. Education is not about politics until the adults make it about politics. As an aside, do you know the ONE thing the "best" public school system in the world DOESNT have? Finland does not have a public-school sports program.
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      by Edukayted on May 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM in reply to Educator
      I hope you don't teach English.
  • by John Q Location: Texoma on May 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM
    Oh stop your whining... The school districts will just raise your property taxes to make up for the lost revenue.
  • by Tom Location: Whitesboro on May 8, 2012 at 09:25 AM
    cut back on testing #1!! It cost us so much money the state won't give a number. Next, give schools more local control. Its obvious the state does not know how to run schools. Bureacratic red tape need cut it! Cut the Committees who do research on "Is a lighted classroom better than a nonlighted one", "do after school programs keep kids out of trouble after school". Let the teachers teach and quit passing all this legislation that is a big pile of bull. Also, if the kids dont want to learn send their little butts home. Get them out for the ones that do! We always say we arent caught up like the rest of the world educationally. That is because they dont test every kid in their school. They only test the top 1%. Also, if a kid is a punk in school they dont let them come back.
  • by Jimbo Location: sherman on May 8, 2012 at 07:23 AM
    This, like most of our other financial problems, doesn't require fiscal genius, just common sense. It's either cut the spending or raise the taxes.
  • by Maggie Location: Sherman on May 8, 2012 at 06:10 AM
    I agree with Joey - they asked for it, they got it. Now quit listening to the biased, inaccurate media and pay attention. Do your homework people.
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      by May on May 8, 2012 at 06:51 AM in reply to Maggie
      ...or better yet, supplement your child's education. Nothing says the learning has to stop once the 3:30 pm school bell rings.
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      by Anonymous on May 8, 2012 at 09:03 AM in reply to Maggie
      Maggie, please refer to the first reply to Joey!
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        by Joey on May 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM in reply to
        Sure, Perry is doing what he said he'd do. He has a legislature to rubber stamp everything he wants. We all understand. The Texas education budget was cut, and accounting tricks were used to make it appear the budget is balanced. We also understand how thrilled you must be with that. On the other hand, Obama has a Congress, with a Republican majority in the house that votes against anything and everything Obama proposes (even those things Republicans heretofore had supported), and a Senate with enough Republicans to filabuster everything he proposes. Nevertheless, he has had a positive effect. The economy is recovering, the stupid war in Iraq is over, and something you MUST like: the gap between the rich and the poor and the rich and the middle class is wider than ever before. Fortune 500 companies have reaped record profits, and all this has happened with that Kenyan, commie, socialist, facist, muslim in the White House. Things are going so much your way, and all you can do is whine. Typical neo-con. BTW, how about your boy Mitt? He's now taking credit for saving GM. And to think he could accomplish that while doing nothing but blowing smoke up....well, you know what. So far up, I bet your eyes are watering.
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          by Logic on May 10, 2012 at 08:28 AM in reply to Joey
          Romney trying to take credit for Obama's GM bailout is only because it WORKED!!! Had it failed you can bet it was all Obama's fault! I heard Dick Morris on a FOX News clip few weeks backs saying the GM bailout was all about Obama paying back his UAW buddies in Detroit. NOW he is following the Romney did it narrative! This people really believe their audience, the sheep that believe it, are as dumb and forgetful as well..sheep! What am I saying! FOX knows exactly who their audience is and gives them all the red meat they need..."Some people say..." They are a joke!
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          by Illogical on May 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM in reply to Joey
          "Romney trying to take credit for Obama's GM bailout is only because it WORKED!!!" Depends on how you define "worked". As a quick way to transfer money from the public BONDHOLDERS to the UAW union, it certainly did work, but then again that's not the role our governmnet should be playing. Picking winners and losers isn't their job. My grandparents HAD real money in GM corporate bonds until the Obama administration felt they were unimportant next to the UAW and it's contracts with a BANKRUPT PRIVATE company.
  • by Rodger on May 8, 2012 at 05:38 AM
    No surprise here. When you spend and spend and spend wrecklessly like the democrats have done, people come to expect it. They live in some fantasy world that the money is endless and the wealthy should pay for everything while they sit at home watching TV. Then, when the money runs out (and it always will) and cuts have to be made, they squeal and cry like little babies. If our government, state and local, Republicans and Democrats, would have shown more fiscal responsibility through the years and not reated so many government dependents (lifers), we wouldn't be here today. But they have and so here we are. Whine all you want to, but sooner or later the bill comes due!
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      by Logic on May 8, 2012 at 06:47 AM in reply to Rodger
      Ahh yes. The Welfare Queen rears her ugly head again here too. The ultimate red herring for you people. Defense Contractors siphon off trillions to the debt. 2 Wars. And it is that ignorant, welfare queen that is the source of all our debt problems! Companies charge the government billions for undelivered goods. Pallets of cash go missing in Iraq. AND on top of this spending Republicans want even BIGGER Tax Cuts to add even MORE to the debt. Guess what. If you kicked the whole lot of people off welfare, all 50 million of them, you would STILL HAVE INCREASING DEBT because of military spending. We spend 200 times the amount on our military than the #2 country does..it obscene how much money goes to shady government contractors and Black Budget Black Holes! I actually wish the government would stop ALL social programs for a few years. In fact, I wish all you paid taxes for was a military. No education. No infrastructure. No science. Just bullets and bombs. Total War Economy. This might be what we need to trigger a true revolution and realize the true dream of the hippies to bring the government finally down!
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        by Illogical on May 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM in reply to Logic
        Ahh yes, the "Defense Contractor King" rears his ugly head again here too. Give it a rest "Logic". More TAXPAYERS understand the need for a military presence than understand the need for a welfare receipent to have a cellphone and be protected from drug testing to get "their" paycheck. As to defense contractors, reign that spending in as well...
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          by Logic on May 8, 2012 at 01:38 PM in reply to Illogical
          Who pays for a cellphone to a welfare recepient? Didn't know you could buy that with Food Stamps and a HUD voucher. You really believe more taxpayers want to spend trillions on war? Unnecessary wars of choice that don't offer protection to a single American? No. I understand the need for a defense. But NOT a military being used for the political adventures of the previous administration. When Obama spends HALF what we did in Iraq, at around a Billion a day during its height, you might be on to something. But don't pretend social welfare, the free kind, can hold a candle to the cash that goes down those Black Budget Black Holes. Have you ever seen the US Budget? Maybe you should and compare where your money disappears to. I don't know any Taxpayer longing to keep spending money on useless military adventures, let ALONE causing the death and maiming of thousands of US soldiers...for what? What freedoms did you retain from Iraq? We lost over twice as many people in Iraq than died on 9/11!!! FOR WHAT? It is amusing to hear you people complain about welfare leeches while you willingly want to hand a blank check to make defense contractors wealthy themselves! Who spends more of YOUR money? Some government liason to Lockheed-Martin earning $150,000 a year...or a lady with 3 kids getting $500 a month in food stamps in Sherman? Again, there is simply no comparison. You spent a dime out of every tax dollar on welfare and 80 cents on the military. And you want politicians in office that only want to CUT TAXES and increase the debt even MORE!
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          by Anonymous on May 8, 2012 at 03:19 PM in reply to Illogical
          Just type into Yahoo search "does the government pay for cell phones" and you tell me if they pay for a cell phone or not?
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          by Logic on May 8, 2012 at 07:25 PM in reply to Illogical
          @ Anonymous What a waste of time! I did all that research only to discover that the cell phone giveaway was actually the government REDUCING costs by phasing out their landline program that has been providing phones to the elderly and disabled for 40 years! And to top it all off these "Lifeline" phones are cheap. Less than 10 dollars each. They have just 250 minutes a month so I doubt the welfare queen is spending much time gossiping before it goes dead. AND this program is geared towards the elderly and disabled. There is a laundry list of qualifications too numerous to name here, but lets say IF you qualify for one of these cheap phones, you are the LEAST of my tax spending worries! Most people report they suck and have no reception and NO data. You won't find the Welfare Queen playing Angry Birds on these pathetic things! My Sprint HTC Smartphone laughs at them! In fact, I donated 6 cellphones of MUCH higher quality to our troops overseas last Christmas for a collection at work...with ANGRY BIRDS for them to play! So forgive me if I laugh at this..the cellphones are actually saving taxpayer money by replacing much more expensive landlines to install...and mostly to elderly and disabled people. Try again!
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        by Logic on May 8, 2012 at 01:44 PM in reply to Logic
        @ Illogical Did you research Economic Overheating yet? Or do you really believe that we can acheive a 100% Employment rate? Do you really want a 100% employment rate? Be honest. Your at home safe behind your PC. You can tell me...
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        by Earn your keep on May 8, 2012 at 01:50 PM in reply to Logic
        You know Logic, if we could get these leaches off welfare and get them to being productive citizens then they become tax paying citizens and the government would have more money to waist. I am a firm believer if you're in need of government assistance then you receive cheese, bread, & milk. No Lonestar card, no government issued cellphone, If you need unemployment, no problem, show up at the court house 3 days a week and pick up trash, paint offices, or do yard work to earn your unemployment. I don't want somebody to just give me stuff, do you?
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          by Logic on May 8, 2012 at 03:52 PM in reply to Earn your keep
          I agree wholeheartedly. But anyone naive enough to believe that our debt is so large because of social spending needs constantly reminded where our national priorities really are...and have been. Republicans don't like Ron Paul, for instance, because he wants to scale back defense spending. But why do they want to keep playing world police? If it came down to war with China or Russia all we could do is go nuclear. China would crush us in a land war right? They have night vision and laser guided muddled just like us. Hell they got an F-22 that's a copy of ours! In fact, the US is their research and development division! So since we already have enough nukes to destroy ourselves 20 times over, we can scale back on the nation building and wars of choice don't you think? We all know that when the last troop leaves Afganistan the Taliban goes back into power so what are we waiting for?! Bring em home! We can always blow up the rubble piles again if they get restless.
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          by Illogical on May 9, 2012 at 06:33 AM in reply to Earn your keep
          "But anyone naive enough to believe that our debt is so large because of social spending needs constantly reminded where our national priorities really are" Unfortunantly YOU ar ethe only one continually deflecting the conversation from WELFARE spending to military industry spending. STOP enabling BOTH with tax dollars we simply do not have. But since you keep bringing it up, if "we" chopped the entire Federal military budget by 50%, would "you" agree to do the same to federal entitlements and welfare budgets (i.e. ALL the social programs inc. EIC, mortage deduct, all federal tax exemptions, etc. )? A simple yes or no answer will suffice.
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          by Joey on May 9, 2012 at 08:05 PM in reply to Earn your keep
          Ah yes, LET THEM EAT CHEESE! How graciously royal of you. Perhaps you could also show up at the courthouse three days/week, and lend all the lazy unemployed folks your wisdom and direction. Perhaps have one of them peel you a grape.
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          by Logic on May 10, 2012 at 08:22 AM in reply to Earn your keep
          @ Illogical NO!!! Cutting the military budget by 50% could be disastrous, especially when troop benefits, educational grants and VA cuts would reduce recruitment incentives and likely cause drastic troop reductions worldwide. No, that isn't the solution either. But we can't simply focus on continuing to cut social spending. Both areas can be trimmed always. Like the cellphone program. That is actually SAVING money by phasing out the old landline program for the elderly and disabled. Cellphones now are like AM radios...cheap and abundant. And they cost less than a landline installation. And the government has a deal with the FCC for providing the phones minutes. So millions saved there, yet the program still remains for those that need it. We can find ingenious ways like this to save money. And believe it or not we have people combing the budget every day looking for ways like this to trim costs without scraping entire programs. Time limits. Lifetime benefit caps. Keeping contraception and education in the hands of the poor. These are methods to cut costs as well.
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          by Illogical on May 10, 2012 at 01:07 PM in reply to Earn your keep
          "Ah yes, LET THEM EAT CHEESE! How graciously royal of you." A lot of us Federal taxpayers are doing just that, eating cheese with the added bonus that we get to pay for both ours AND theirs. It never ceases to amaze me how someone dependent on the welfare of others can constantly complain about what they are given. Sad that you now equate the 47% of the population that actually PAY Federal income tax (and therefor pay for WELFARE benefits) are the "elite". What a terrible world you must live in, Joey.
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      by Dodger on May 8, 2012 at 06:50 AM in reply to Rodger
      "they squeal and cry like little babies." or worse, complain when they have to shoulder some of the burden...
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      by Phil on May 8, 2012 at 09:44 AM in reply to Rodger
      Another very uneducated, foolish reply. First the same ol' idiotic talking point about Liberals or Democrats, all wanting to sit around while rich people pay for everything. (Only really stupid people fall for that ignorance) And then the uneducated notion that people on government assistance are creating the huge debt that we have accumulated. What ever happened to the good old days when the Republican party wasn't a freak show full of brainless morons?
  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2012 at 06:46 PM
    What, conservatives aren't parents? That was a very oddly biased article, even for AP. Did it occur that maybe parents with school kids realize that more money has brought zero in the way of better education?
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      by Anonymouse on May 8, 2012 at 06:48 AM in reply to
      EXACTLY and the failure of the NCLB program ensures that no child goes unpunished for the sins of the few. Teach those who want to learn, apprentice those who don't. This "teaching to the lowest common demoninator" is killing our future.
  • by Willie on May 7, 2012 at 05:29 PM
    Is this what it takes to make them realize the Republicans only care about keeping their rich friends happy enough to donate to their re-election fund? Too bad younger adults don't care enough about their older parents and grandparents to see that their needs are also at the bottom of the Republican's list, just like education for our children.
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      by Republican on May 8, 2012 at 05:31 AM in reply to Willie
      Willie has figured us out! You are a genuis! We don't care about anyone except our rich friends! We want everyone else to waller in squalor! Willie, you are Obama's dream-come-true! People who think everyone else should pay for their life. Sorry I'm not a liberal, low-life democrat who feels everyone in the world owes me (like your pres). Don't worry Willie, those mean ol' Republicans won't take away your welfare!
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        by Willie on May 8, 2012 at 09:36 AM in reply to Republican
        Just the kind of stupid reply I would expect. Sorry you couldn't take up for your party's agenda of taking away from education and senior citizens and womens health issues, while calling for tax breaks for the wealthy. Your idiotic assumption that I am on welfare or unemployed is nothing but your unintelligent way of mimicking the nut-jobs who tell you what to think. Since you obviously can't come up with a credible thought on your own. People like you are what make the Republican party look so foolish and dumb.
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          by Logic on May 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM in reply to Willie
          I am willing to bet I pay more taxes a year than Anonymous does..or any of these clowns do. I WANT my money spent on public education. Why is MY money being cut from education?! These people's only target seems to be the weakest, poorest among us. Those that effect the economy the LEAST! Some poor person on food stamps and HUD asistance isn't coming CLOSE to contributing to our economy like I am. Hell my wife spends more on stuff for the kids and the house a month than a person receives in Food Stamps! And thats not counting the cable bill, phone, water, electricity, insurance, investments, taxes, ect that I pay a month that a person on Food Stamps and HUD cannot. I ask also how ANYONE can exist on government assistance WITHOUT children. A single man MIGHT get 20 dollars a month in Food Stamps and THAT IS IT...no Housing Assistance and certaintly no cash money. So we are truly only counting women with kids who receive ANY subtantial assistance. The rest beg for change on the side of the road or simply do without if they choose not to work. I don't envy them the least! But really, beyond HUD and Food Stamps, what CASH MONEY are these people getting? The 4,000 women on Taniff in Oklahoma? And even that is limited...
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          by Illogical on May 9, 2012 at 06:25 AM in reply to Willie
          "what CASH MONEY are these people getting" I'm going out on a limb here and just guessing mind you, but I'd say it has something to do with illegal activities. It's great that you want your money used to enable the Generation Welfare and I have no problem with giving a man a helping hand, but we've got to draw the line at hand outs. That includes corporate, middle-class and "the rich"'s handouts as well. EVERYONE pays something. EVERYONE contributes to society. You constantly divert the attention away from Gen W's cost, but as a wise man once said, "If you watch the pennies, the pounds take care of themselves"
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          by Logic on May 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM in reply to Willie
          @ Illogical Then the illegal activities should be considered a crime and not a general condemnation of an entire program which, by in large, goes beyond Welfare Queens on Cellphones!
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      by Wylie on May 8, 2012 at 06:50 AM in reply to Willie
      "Too bad younger adults don't care enough about their older parents and grandparents" Reap what you sow. You Boomers have just about killed the country...what did you expect us to do, NOT learn by your example?
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        by Anonymous on May 8, 2012 at 01:22 PM in reply to Wylie
        Are you not smart enough to explain what what my parents and grandparents did to cause this debt? Did they lower taxes on the rich? Did they start wars that weren't paid for? Did they collect welfare while they were working every day of their lives? Did they tell the government to raid the Social Security trust they paid into to pay for earmark projects? You idiots just repeat the nonsense you hear form your masters like a bunch of mindless morons. Try thinking and looking at facts before posting comments that make you look stupid.
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          by Logic on May 8, 2012 at 03:56 PM in reply to
          During the most prosperous time this country has seen saw tax rates on the wealthy around 70%! Now people like Rmoney pay around 15%. I pay around 30%. I keep less of my money than Romney does!
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          by Wylie on May 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM in reply to
          OF the people, BY the people and FOR the people. THAT'S how previous generations ruined it for those to follow, by continually voting in those who "lowered taxes on the rich", "start wars they didn't pay for", allow folks to "collect welfare" every day of thier lives, by allowing the government to "raid Social Security for their earmakred projects". You think some OTHER society's representational government did all these things? The previous generation's mindless morons is EXACTLY who taught the current generation's mindless morons. Thanks for the help, but please stay out of the voting boothes. The country is broken, your work is done...
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