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    Today, 08:31 AM
    You saw that coming, didn't you? This is what happens when you ask government to give you permission for something. They still retain the option to tax and regulate. If the proposition had been to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and remove criminal penalties, then it would be a free, legal, unregulated, untaxed substance that could be grown for personal use. Free.
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    Today, 06:51 AM
    A lot of people don't know about it, especially if they have been busy about their own lives and running businesses.
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    Today, 06:47 AM
    Our church gives a lot to the poor.
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    Yesterday, 08:48 PM
    Very good news. Prayers for your wife's restored health and for you as you help take care of her.
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    Yesterday, 08:36 PM
    Wow. You will meet Him some day and your knee will bow.
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    Yesterday, 07:23 PM
    Franken is tiresome.
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    Yesterday, 06:27 PM
    It appears Trump can't win with some of you. I have some doubts, but I choose not to let them ruin my outlook on the next 4-8 years.
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    Yesterday, 05:40 PM
    I guess we'll see. He has chosen a lot of money people who will be able to look at a budget and find the problems. For once, there will be people who actually know what a billion dollars is, because they have it, and have a vested interest in where it goes. I don't think anyone in Congress has that much money, so the billions they toss around is only an abstract.
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    Yesterday, 05:17 PM
    On the face, this sounds good, but then when there isn't vigorous scrutiny, you get people like Tim Geithner who didn't file his own taxes. It's not like Mattis stands to gain anything by confirmation. None of the Trump nominees do. They are all successful on their own, and don't really need to come work for government.
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    Yesterday, 05:14 PM
    Regarding the measurement of learning, DeVos is against evaluating according to the same tests used by regular district schools because the material is different. They don't necessarily use the same texbooks. Our grandboys go to a charter school in a very large metropolitan area, and I can tell you they are tested rigorously. I think a little too much, actually. However, regular district schools there has been a backlash against testing because the tests are used to justify poor teaching. In the particular charter system I know about, the testing evaluates learning, and measures the students' mastery of the material. Teachers' unions are horrified at the possibility that DeVos would be confirmed, because she supports public evaluation of schools and things nonperforming and underperforming schools should go into what I call receivership so the district is removed from the equation. The charter model gives economically disadvantaged students at least a 50% better opportunity at a good education. New Orleans went to an almost full charter model after Katrina, and their graduation rates skyrocketed right off the bat. It's a model that deserves a little bit of respect. Current administration is trying to tear that apart, but there you go. I think charter schools are a good transition to home schooling.
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    Yesterday, 04:39 PM
    I'm not holding anything against Amash. I just don't think this particular vote is any kind of indicator who is principled and who isn't. According to people who understand the military, Mattis is a military genius. Some of the things he said in the hearing is that he will probably bring an end to the social experimentation and some of the other things weakening the military these days. Some of those things rubbed Dems the wrong way who want to keep their social agenda moving forward. I think he really is a good man for this job.
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    Yesterday, 04:27 PM
    DeVos is probably the weakest of the Trump cabinet nominees. I don't think she had as bad a day as everyone says. It came out in the hearing that she was available to come to Washington in December and talk to anyone who wanted to talk, but nobody seemed to have the time. So yesterday Dems suddenly wanted more rounds of questioning, to which Senator Alexander said no. Then all the questions turned into agenda driven gotcha questions. It's happening to all the nominees in some approximation. Education seems to suddenly be top plate for all the Dems, because they have to keep the indoctrination going.
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    Yesterday, 04:17 PM
    I watched this part of the hearing. Rand Paul blew Bernie Sanders out of the water. This is the opening paragraph of the article. You need the context. Read the whole article and cheer Rand. During the Dr Tom Price hearing today in Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, members from the Democratic Party drilled Rep. Price on a number of issues concerning his beliefs, his finances and his thoughts on a myriad of issues that would be under his umbrella as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, if confirmed. Link
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    Yesterday, 04:00 PM
    Only time will tell. The only thing I think is that the incoming administration is more amenable to a different way of doing things. The current way of educating is not working. This is the time to listen and offer input. One of my Senators (who has done little to brag about) is chairing the committee conducting this hearing. This might be one of the few opportunities we have to bring about positive changes.
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    Yesterday, 03:53 PM
    Don't you think you are jumping to conclusions? It might be a Muslim name, but it's not always the name of a Muslim. Many people arrive in the United States because they flee the religious oppression abroad. Some people adopt new names when they come here, but not all of them do.
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    Yesterday, 03:41 PM
    And haters don't see the good in anything. Go ahead and make yourself miserable. I'm not going to live that way. I try to be hopefully objective.
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    Yesterday, 03:40 PM
    You all are too short sighted. Sure, it's not going away. Not this year. Eight years from now it might be a vastly different landscape.
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    Yesterday, 03:32 PM
    That depends on how you look at it. If you are thinking in terms of government education as we know it, then she understands enough to know it isn't working. She might not be up to speed with every nuance of education law, but that's part of the problem, isn't it? The Interior nominee said Smokey Bear used to be a friendly character. Now it's law enforcement. That statement applies across the board, and it's what we all hate. We hate that government has become so big and so intrusive, that it has become one giant law enforcement agency. Everyone is a criminal, even little kids who hug on the playground or chew their graham crackers into guns. My grandboys go to a charter school in one of the worst school systems in the nation, so I made it my business to learn about charter schools. While I don't think kids should be educated by government, there has to be some sort of transition away from full government union involvement. I think most of these nominees are going to try to work themselves out of a job. De Vos seems to be one of those.
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    Yesterday, 03:24 PM
    Or he is merely demonstrating he is not a government tick, and has proven executive experience. It's not like Trump's nominees have any kind of need to be in government.
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    Yesterday, 02:20 PM
    I agree. I think that's part of the rub.
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    Yesterday, 02:17 PM
    I agree with this assessment. Obviously I would like to see a President with a more defined liberty point of view, but that doesn't mean I have to spend the next 4-8 years in a meltdown because I didn't get what I want. And I think a Rand Paul presidency would not have seen any more immediacy than what we have seen. He would have had to make all these appointments, too, because a President does not have the authority to close whole departments without going through Congress.
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    Yesterday, 01:27 PM
    She is not in favor of Common Core. In the EPA Administrator confirmation hearing, I'm just shaking my head. Senator Merkley (D-OR) has spent a long time talking about asthma and blah, blah, blah. He doesn't have asthma. I do. When he held up the inhaler I wanted to vomit. I went from a generic inhaler at $5 copay and about $20 without insurance, to an inhaler that is $160. The EPA outlawed the old propellant, and pushed a new propellant that is way more expensive and does not deliver the medicine nearly as well as the old one. Thanks a whole lot for that. Fortunately, I found an online coupon so I can afford meds for about 10 more months, no thanks to the government.
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    Yesterday, 12:26 PM
    There were many questions about personal wealth and blah, blah, blah, just like all the other hearings. De Vos is heir to the Amway empire. Of all the committee members, Senator Paul was the only one who asked actual questions. He's been very good in every hearing. Chair Senator Alexander had to do quite a bit of moderating because Dems spent a lot of time asking for more time for questioning. He basically said these nominees would be treated according to the same rules as Obama's appointees.
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    Yesterday, 12:22 PM
    You can't be serious.
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    Yesterday, 12:11 PM
    Much of the questioning was very off-topic. I'm not sure there is a way to prepare for that.
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    Yesterday, 12:09 PM
    I don't agree with this assessment. Amash can do what he wants as he represents his people, but choosing this appointment to talk about violating the rule of law is absurd.
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    Yesterday, 12:06 PM
    This. Dems seem more interested in speechifying and gotcha questions than in the education of America's kids. That seems to be the MO of every committee.
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