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Posted: Sep 27, 2022 - 6:34pm

another coward...
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Posted: Aug 28, 2022 - 5:18pm

 Isabeau wrote:

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There are countless ways taxpayer money is 'wasted.' Forgiving Student Loans will be a boon to many families in this country.


The forgiven loans are not targeted at the right people.   The context and timing are horrible. 

American poor and low-income workers are just getting hammered right now, in part due the chronic popular error of always favouring stimulus and more stimulus in fiscal and monetary policies.  In part due to highly presumptuous, provocative foreign policy where numerous economic consequences of strategic importance were clearly not anticipated.

The first priority should be universal basic public health care.

Texas should follow the advice of great American economists and tax experts as well as all the Nordic social democracies with their outsize socio-economic outcomes, and impose some serious consumption taxes.   High excise taxes on gasoline and diesel.  Decent VAT on every thing.  Rebate back to lowest income groups, similar in spirit to a negative income tax. 

I am hearing on NPR folks pointing out the significance of debt loads for Black American students.  That might be the case but is the implicit argument here?  Due to past injustices, black students should not worrying about failing or falling into poverty like everybody else?   Poverty as a (hopefully) temporary lifestyle really helps focus the mind.   Is this largess really healthy for the future success of disadvantaged students?

In terms of boosting market or professional success, targeting resources at families, and pre-school and primary school students in low resource neighbourhoods would likely go much farther.  Double the budgets for Phys. Ed.   Try to put these children on near equal footing with the sons and daughter of the educated and successful in affluent neighbourhoods.

Hot tip for US students on a budget:  go to another country for university.   Australia, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, they all have excellent universities and are far less expensive. Think about picking up another language.  Repeatedly remind yourself how incredibly fortunate you are to have these options.   





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Posted: Aug 26, 2022 - 7:45am

Regarding Federal Tax Money going to 'someone other than me' topic:

In 2021, Texas received badly needed $16 Billion in Covid Mitigation Funds for Schools. Abbott gave $11 Billion to the Schools and kept $5 Billion in State Coffers.
That year, property taxes lurched upward by 22% and homeowners are barely able to scrape up the funds. There is no income tax in Texas, Schools are supported strictly with property taxes, of which businesses are given a break, while residents are crushed under exploding appraisals. Its notable too that the average cost States spend per student, K-12 is $7-9K. Texas spends a paltry $3K.

Instead of using those Taxpayer Covid Funds for schools or to  ease property taxes, Abbott sent that $5 Billion to pay the National Guard at the Texas Border.
Americans paid taxes that Texas Governor Greg Abbott used to fund his politically motivated border circus.

There are countless ways taxpayer money is 'wasted.' Forgiving Student Loans will be a boon to many families in this country.

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Posted: Aug 26, 2022 - 7:24am

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That's great.  The hypocrisy is unimaginable.  

He should have done some in Spanish as well, which would have pulled that population into his defensive bunker.



Having an indicted Attorney General is unimaginable hypocrisy...
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Posted: Aug 26, 2022 - 5:33am

 Red_Dragon wrote:
That's great.  The hypocrisy is unimaginable.  

He should have done some in Spanish as well, which would have pulled that population into his defensive bunker.

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Posted: Aug 26, 2022 - 4:57am

An activist plans to test Texas' 'In God We Trust' law with signs in Arabic
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Posted: Apr 17, 2022 - 12:47pm

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Seems that every time an actual incident of voter fraud is discovered, it's been committed by a Republican.


Sounds like TX Republicans have created their own Mexican firing squad...
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Posted: Apr 17, 2022 - 9:52am

legend has it that manbird was once ticketed in marfa, texas
violation: belt buckle too small for roy rogers!




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Posted: Apr 16, 2022 - 4:21pm

Thanks, Greg!
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Posted: Jan 20, 2022 - 7:09am

 Proclivities wrote:
Texas' GOP attorney general tells Steve Bannon podcast 'we're done if anybody can vote' after court ruling

A Texas court ruling has prompted the state’s Republican attorney general to admit that the party is “done in Texas” electorally if anyone can now vote.
The comments come from Ken Paxton, who is currently embroiled in a number of controversies relating to his office's investigation into possible voter fraud.
Mr Paxton’s comments come after a Court of Appeals decision which will effectively strip him of the authority to prosecute “voter fraud”, with that now exclusively the job of local DAs.
Since there is no appeal process, all he can do now is ask for a rehearing. Speaking on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast, the AG confessed that the judicial decision could have a big impact on the outcome of Texan elections in years to come.
“We’re done in Texas if anybody can vote,” Mr Paxton bemoaned. “By this November, if we (the GOP) don't get this changed, I think it's very likely we could lose five members of the Texas Supreme Court, we could lose my position, we could lose Governor.”
Donald Trump’s former’s chief strategist then asked Mr Paxton how the ruling happened, to which he replied: “It came as a surprise to me, to my staff, we just thought this was a joke...and the timing is clearly planned.”
The Court of Appeals ruling is notable for the fact that it was made by an all-Republican court, which would seem to invalidate the 62-year-old’s inference that it was a politically motivated decision.
Mr Paxton’s unrelenting search for evidence of voter fraud is well documented. The Houston Chronicle claims that he has spent $2.2m since the 2020 Presidential election looking for evidence of foul play.
While no such evidence has been unearthed, accusations of wrong-doing on the part of Mr Paxton have surfaced. As MSNBC writes: “If there were a competition for the most scandal-plagued elected official in the United States, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton would likely be leading the pack.”


Seems that every time an actual incident of voter fraud is discovered, it's been committed by a Republican.
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Posted: Jan 20, 2022 - 6:53am

Texas' GOP attorney general tells Steve Bannon podcast 'we're done if anybody can vote' after court ruling

A Texas court ruling has prompted the state’s Republican attorney general to admit that the party is “done in Texas” electorally if anyone can now vote.
The comments come from Ken Paxton, who is currently embroiled in a number of controversies relating to his office's investigation into possible voter fraud.
Mr Paxton’s comments come after a Court of Appeals decision which will effectively strip him of the authority to prosecute “voter fraud”, with that now exclusively the job of local DAs.
Since there is no appeal process, all he can do now is ask for a rehearing. Speaking on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast, the AG confessed that the judicial decision could have a big impact on the outcome of Texan elections in years to come.
“We’re done in Texas if anybody can vote,” Mr Paxton bemoaned. “By this November, if we (the GOP) don't get this changed, I think it's very likely we could lose five members of the Texas Supreme Court, we could lose my position, we could lose Governor.”
Donald Trump’s former’s chief strategist then asked Mr Paxton how the ruling happened, to which he replied: “It came as a surprise to me, to my staff, we just thought this was a joke...and the timing is clearly planned.”
The Court of Appeals ruling is notable for the fact that it was made by an all-Republican court, which would seem to invalidate the 62-year-old’s inference that it was a politically motivated decision.
Mr Paxton’s unrelenting search for evidence of voter fraud is well documented. The Houston Chronicle claims that he has spent $2.2m since the 2020 Presidential election looking for evidence of foul play.
While no such evidence has been unearthed, accusations of wrong-doing on the part of Mr Paxton have surfaced. As MSNBC writes: “If there were a competition for the most scandal-plagued elected official in the United States, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton would likely be leading the pack.”
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Posted: Nov 2, 2021 - 4:12pm

 miamizsun wrote:
 GeneP59 wrote:

Texas has become a Cult?


in my experience texas is a great place
friendly peeps, good food and outstanding music
they're suffering through a little political gang violence
 
So I won’t have to exhume my Uncle and Aunt and move them to another state?
Nice! {#Bounce} 
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Posted: Nov 2, 2021 - 2:27pm

 GeneP59 wrote:

Texas has become a Cult?


in my experience texas is a great place
friendly peeps, good food and outstanding music
they're suffering through a little political gang violence
GeneP59

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Posted: Nov 2, 2021 - 9:12am

Texas has become a Cult?
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Posted: Nov 2, 2021 - 5:38am

Just gonna start calling the place Gilead.
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Posted: Oct 31, 2021 - 4:40pm

...and now the censorship
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Posted: Oct 8, 2021 - 10:14am

 islander wrote:

From a friend - In Norway there is a newish  colloquial phrase: "completely texas" to define a problematic situation that has spiralled out of control. 


Hilarious!

.... In a cathartic way popular when thinking about self-imposed tragedies.......


Hmmm....  is there a western Canadian version hidden somewhere here that is dying to poke out?      "Completely Alberta"?    

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Posted: Oct 8, 2021 - 9:49am


not that there is anything wrong with either...
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Posted: Oct 8, 2021 - 9:18am

 Coaxial wrote:
As one who calls himself a Texan I must speak up as I load my Tech-9 with hollow points and prepare for my staycation day. I'll have more coffee as I ponder why my governor is such an sycophantically idiotic. 
{#Snooty}

As a long lost native son, I'm immediately adding that to my repertoire (hmmm, using a French word to describe adding a Norwegian phrase to the vocabulary of a nomadic PNW'r from Texas.... that will give someone a fit).  

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Posted: Oct 8, 2021 - 9:09am


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