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Originally Posted by jcman311 View Post

My first reaction to that is to be pissed and say "They dont have the right to post that". But then who really cares how many times I vote. I dont care how many times my neighbor votes, why shouldnt they think the same about me. All the little primaries and what not probably bring my score down too. Its just the main elections that I have to go and cancel out the wifes vote wink.gif

 

I don't care either.  It was more of a commentary on the stupidity of how SCOTUS changes the meaning of interstate commerce to fit their needs.

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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

Man, some Bernie Sanders fans are delusional. There's a poll going around saying that 42% of Democrats are in favor of socialism. They're spinning this as some grand win for Sanders. That's less than half of Democrats!

There's also a general favorability rating poll, with socialists at 59%. Also being touted as "look at how Bernie can win!" But it's by far the lowest rating of any group, below Muslims and atheists. These are bad signs people, not good signs.


They're about as delusional as Ron Paul fans.

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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

They're about as delusional as Ron Paul fans.

Although Bernie is at least polling in the right universe for people to get excited about his candidacy. Paul's partisans were completely out of their gourds thinking he had even the slightest shot at winning the nomination.
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It's worth repeating that Socialist Sanders has more support from Democrats than Trump has from Republicans.

I was listening to NPR the other day-- they framed it as a contest between "idealism" and "pragmatism" (Hillary).
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post


Although Bernie is at least polling in the right universe for people to get excited about his candidacy. Paul's partisans were completely out of their gourds thinking he had even the slightest shot at winning the nomination.


Ron Paul did win a uprising number of delegates though - 154 which was 3rd most.

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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

https://berniesanders.com/issues/how-bernie-pays-for-his-proposals/

Bernie is cute.

 

I'm now convinced tax and spend works.  His math checks out.

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I like the justification for eliminating the cap on SS contributions: so the wealthy pay the same percent as the 99%. What he doesn't mention is the benefits be calculated on income only up to the cap...so it's basically taxation on a select group of people that will receive disparate treatment when it comes time to collect. I thought disparate treatment of defined groups was the wrong side of history? confused.gif
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I like the justification for eliminating the cap on SS contributions: so the wealthy pay the same percent as the 99%. What he doesn't mention is the benefits be calculated on income only up to the cap...so it's basically taxation on a select group of people that will receive disparate treatment when it comes time to collect. I thought disparate treatment of defined groups was the wrong side of history? confused.gif

 

Those with high incomes are on the wrong side of history, so anything you can do to harm them automatically puts you on the right side of history.

post #3879 of 5129
Gas is as cheap as it's ever been and the USPS raises its package rates by like 20% this year. I guess because we're paying all those retired and early retired mail carriers not to work.
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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

Gas is as cheap as it's ever been and the USPS raises its package rates by like 20% this year. I guess because we're paying all those retired and early retired mail carriers not to work.
FTFY
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One of my in-laws works as a rural mail carrier, and it sucks: especially in the winter.  You have to drive your own vehicle too.  Driving along gravel roads and such beat on your car a lot more than what they pay you in mileage.

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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

One of my in-laws works as a rural mail carrier, and it sucks: especially in the winter.  You have to drive your own vehicle too.  Driving along gravel roads and such beat on your car a lot more than what they pay you in mileage.

I don't doubt there are many fine folks working for the USPS. But the incidence of lazy, incompetent, and dishonest employees is absurdly high in my neck of the woods, at least based on the sampling methodology comprised of my first and second hand experiences over the past 10 years or so.
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I don't doubt there are many fine folks working for the USPS. But the incidence of lazy, incompetent, and dishonest employees is absurdly high in my neck of the woods, at least based on the sampling methodology comprised of my first and second hand experiences over the past 10 years or so.

 

I'm not defending them.  I was just shocked to learn what a difference the rural vs city carriers makes.

At least the USPS isn't as bad as TSA.

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I suspect that they have to concentrate all of the bad employees at the actual post offices.

If they put them anywhere else besides in customer service (where the customer is at least there to make sure the work gets done eventually), then nothing would ever work right.

If you want your rural letters to get delivered, you'd better actually put a competent employee on it. No idea who does the mail for me here in Chicago, but my parents house has always had lovely carriers assigned to their route.
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Here, prosecuting mail carriers for malfeasance is a cottage industry. The amount of corruption, incompetence and waste is shocking. They steal packages and checks, they throw entire bags of mail in the garbage, etc. At least it was. Maybe those prosecutions got "de prioritized" like illegal aliens.

My own personal experience with USPS is pretty good. But now they're charging literally twice as much as UPS for many packages. To hell with them.
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