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An idea worth exploring...

Posted Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at 8:33 AM

Usually, we don't give much credit to the Tea Party movement, but the state organization of that conservative philosophy has put forward a good idea -- at least in principal.

Tea Party candidates elected to the legislature have indicated they will push for a reduction in the state sales tax, noting -- correctly -- that it disproportionately lays a heavier tax burden on the poor and senior citizens trying to survive on a fixed income. The legislators of that movement want the sales tax reduced to 4 percent from the current 6 percent.

To make up for the loss in revenue, they propose eliminating a large number of tax exemptions that are on the books. They don't specify which exemptions, and therein may lay the rub, as the devil is always in the details, but over the years special interest groups have convinced the legislature to create a huge body of specialized state income and luxury tax exemptions. It seems reasonable that many of them could be eliminated, generating significant revenue to the state.

So, in principal, their idea has merit. The question is, can they identify -- and get removed -- exemptions that won't hurt the middle class and small businesses, while still raising the almost half a billion dollars in revenue their sales tax cut would cost.

This won't be an easy year for the legislature. The economy is slowly starting to turn around, so revenues will be up slightly, but the state must restore education funding to at least 2009 levels, while maintaining other vital services. There isn't much fat left to cut from the state budget, so looking at eliminating some specialized tax exemptions is a good place to start finding the revenue needed.

There is no question the tax code needs to be simplified, at both the state and federal level, and that means special-interest exemptions have to go.

This is an idea worth exploring.


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Lets hope that the legislature understands that cutting, and spending more thoughtfully should not be a fluke. The landscape has changed and moving forward all levels of government need to keep in mind that the money they spend is not theirs. Government has ingrained misconceptions and assertions on what is money well spent. Those assurtions have set the vocabulary for, and frame, the debate concerning spending. It is virtually impossible to broach the concept that schools or government in general still need to be optimized and/or cut more without being told that you are going to kill baby jesus.

-- Posted by CountryDweller on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 1:26 PM

there is a better option, but im not going to say it cause everyone would probably flip out.

-- Posted by shockwave on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 2:05 PM

Let them flip.

-- Posted by CountryDweller on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 2:55 PM

Kelly,

I always find your blogs and editorals very well thought out and insightful. You are spot on with this particular insight of the tea party movement.

There is a little known movement out there called the "coffee party" who is supportive of our government, but at the same time, not blinded by it. Centralist in nature as most Americans are.

Unlike the Republican tea party who's slash and burn everything that spends money, the coffee party looks at each and every social program and sees the value of those programs and the long term effects of cutting funding for them.

Not every gov't program is worth the money and should be looked at or elminuated, but the same applies to those much needed gov't programs that provide for those who cannot...

I will pray for our new congress and hope they see the value of those much needed programs so we don't have a gov't who cares little for it's citizens like we did during the great depression.

Keep up the great work Kelly, there are friends amoung you....

-- Posted by DUMBFOUNDED IN IDAHO on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 5:05 AM

Whatever our state legislature does, I hope and pray they leave public education alone, and stop publicly funding charter schools, which is a waste of tax payers money...that money needs to go to our public schools which keep declining to the lower half of all states...but with Mr Butch Otter in power, I can't see it happening.

-- Posted by DUMBFOUNDED IN IDAHO on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 5:08 AM

We can continue to pour more and more money into education with no effect. Until our schools produce results with what they currently have they don't deserve anymore to waste. Until there is no tenure for bad teachers. Until more kids can read at grade level than can catch a pass.

What you don't understand is the shift toward fiscal conservatism has only just begun. Better join that coffee party so you'll have something to calm your nerves as accountability for how taxes are spent moves to the forefront. Elected officials that aren't good stewards of our tax dollars will not be our elected officials. Wasteful social spending liberals have awakened a huge segment of previously quiet conservatives. No more publicly funded pisschrists.

-- Posted by CountryDweller on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 7:00 AM

One thing about Obamacare is, it brought attention to the health care problem in America. The last time any thing was attempted was when Hilary worked on it. Obama might not have got it right, but now with it being out there maybe we will get a health plan that will work for everyone.

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 10:02 AM

The repeal of Obamacare is what a lot of the freshman ran on. Its not a waste of time to do what your constituents sent you there to do.

The tea party isnt the reason for the dems getting kicked out. A line has been crossed. The egg cannot be unscrambled. The people will no longer tolerate waste, fruad, abuse, and over taxation. Both reflublicans and demorats mistake what is happening. Its about taxes and spending. That's it. Its not about your guns or your god. This voting block will not come together behing conservative so called values and won't give their hard earned dollars to freeloading people or organizations like schools.

-- Posted by CountryDweller on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 10:31 AM

First, "Obamacare" did not bring to light the problems with the healtcare system---COMMON SENSE did that.

Let us talk about our Medicaid system for a moment. Have you read about all of the fraud? People on Medicaid get paid transportation to and from "approved" medical appointments. Do those of you with private insurance get that? Next. People on Medicaid pay NEXT TO NOTHING for their medication. Do those of us with private insurance get that? Food stamps. Do we really need to go there tonight? SSI disability/SS for people WHO HAVE NEVER WORKED A DAY IN THEIR LIVES, have worked VERY LITTLE or are not even citizens! REALLY????

So Obama brought to light the problems with the healthcare system? Interesting. The problem with healthcare in the US are the drug companies, the insurance industry, hospitals (and what they charge for their "services"), lawyers and bad doctors that continue (or are allowed) to continue to practice medicine when they should not. That, in a nut shell, is what is wrong with the system. Until these things are "FIXED" nothing will change.

I, for one, am tired of paying for lazy people to sit on their butts and live off of me and those of us that work and pay taxes. Do not have multiple kids if you cannot afford to feed and take care of them. Pretty simple!

Obamacare is illegal, was passed illegally and if we are lucky---will get shot down in a blaze of glory. This "Obamanation" of what this country is about is sad. Many want to say this is a solution. This was no more a solution than giving our local school district more money to blow. Read the paper this week? WHAT A FREAKIN JOKE! Obama needs to go back to Chicago and call it a day. He was worthless there...and is more worthless in the WH, in DC.

How was that for some light on a situation? Palin's new book is out. Read it and learn something. PALIN IN 2012!!!!!!

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Thu, Jan 6, 2011, at 8:11 PM

Mel Gibson for President in 2012! Hey look I can do it too. You know, just blurt out some idiots name and ask people to vote for them for President in 2012.

-- Posted by AtomicDog on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 7:11 AM

I just don't want to get yelled at when I tell him why yellow makes me sad. Mostly my comment was directed at the quitter Palin.

-- Posted by AtomicDog on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 8:45 AM

I would vote for Ermly, cause he would focus on us.

-- Posted by shockwave on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 10:20 AM

So lets talk about Medicaid Opinion Missy >>

your post >>

Let us talk about our Medicaid system for a moment. Have you read about all of the fraud? People on Medicaid get paid transportation to and from "approved" medical appointments. Do those of you with private insurance get that? Next. People on Medicaid pay NEXT TO NOTHING for their medication. Do those of us with private insurance get that? Food stamps. Do we really need to go there tonight? SSI disability/SS for people WHO HAVE NEVER WORKED A DAY IN THEIR LIVES, have worked VERY LITTLE or are not even citizens! REALLY????

Maybe there's a good reason why people are on Medicaid and pay next to nothing for their medication. How about you Missy, since your husband is in the Military don't you get a break on your meds, even thought your not in the Military?

Did you think those people on SSI have some health issues, maybe mental problems and who will hire them?

If a person walking down the street all of a sudden has a seizure goes unconscious and falls to the side walk. A good citizen just happens to come upon him and calls 911 not knowing if he is an illegal, or a non working person on SSI or a homeless person or a person who makes $100,000 a year. Paramedics come and cart him off to the hospital. He's still unconscious so they can't get any info from him. They run tests and determine he needs to stay in the hospital for a couple days. After a few days he regains consciousness and they find out he has no insurance, because he has no job, who pays the hospital bill? Does the county step in and pay from their indigent fund, or does the hospital write it off? He can't work because he has a serious health problem

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 10:36 AM

MsM:

I guess you have a bleeding heart for all of the people in this community alone who abuse the system. Did you see the news story on all of the Medicaid fraud recently? Many of the people on Medicaid have made the CHOICE not to be productive members of society. They spend all hours of the day working the system AND ARE PROUD OF IT. I was around a lady today who is proud of the fact that she has been on welfare for 20 plus years. She knows all the "tricks and gets whatever she wants." She could work if she wanted to but has not worked a day in her life. She has 2 kids...we pay for em! She is 3rd generation welfare. She was taught to be the way she is today.

MsM, I pay THOUSANDS in out-of-pocket medical expenses each year. I know what it is like to have medical bills ruin your life. I have worked since I was able to count money and I have always worked hard. I have had many jobs that I did not want to do but did it because I had to pay bills. Sometimes you have to do things that are "beneath" you to make it. That is life.

I am not against helping people---NEVER have been. However, insurance for people who are not citizens is STEALING from the people who are in this country legally and pay taxes. SSI was never meant to live on. Further, if you have more people on SSI than pay in...those who have paid in will be up the creek because there is more going out than what comes in (COMMON SENSE).

Get back to me when you are still alive and SSI is broke. Get back to me when you get sick and the Government demands that you sign everything over to them so they can "take care of you." And get back to me when you get better, you get sent home....wait...you now have no home...and you have no place to go, no money and get turned down for assistance but have worked for most of your adult life---and "qualify" for NADA!

The system is broken. That was the point. Adding more "programs" is not going to fix the problem. Clearly you just do not get it. I am glad your son will soon have insurance but at what cost is the question. Take your rose colored glasses off.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 12:43 PM

CJW, yet more valid points. Few can seem to grasp that all of these great "programs" cost us money. Nothing is free. As a matter of fact, if a Depend costs $4.00 for someone on Medicaid I am pretty sure we are taxed $8.00. Our Government is stealing from us and few can see it.

What a joke.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 1:42 PM

Not everyone gets those chairs for free.... You have to qualify to get them free. Same as SSI or SSD getting those is not easy sometimes you have to apply more then once or even hire a lawyer...

In my life I have been touched by almost every thing, including Murder. I have learned to open up my heart with understanding for those who are not like me or never will be like me....

We only live here once, and I will until I take my last breath help without prejudice anyone who needs help and I am able to give them the help they need.

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 2:20 PM

Seriously bazook do you really think I would write out a check for cat's in Guatemala when we have needy cats right here in Mountain Home?

Why don't you get on the bandwagon and go around the country speaking?

Make a difference let your voice be heard as much as you do on these blogs. Step out of your zone and "ask not what your Country can do for you but what you can do for your Country".

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Fri, Jan 7, 2011, at 8:45 PM

Bazook I am aware what you did for our Country and I thank you for that.

What I was saying is you seem to not be very happy with anything and never really have much positive things to say, and because of the time you spend on these blogs writing your long messages, I felt you were not finished you had to do more, and wanted to be heard........ but not everyone reads these blogs.

Those who voted are not at fault, they should be thanked to have taken the time to VOTE. There are many people that don't vote and perhaps that is why we get what we get.

No one is a mind reader and when a politician is out there campaigning how do we know which one will keep is promise and which one won't. You can pay attention to the news all day long 24/7 and you still won't know the truth about anyone campaigning. They all have their hidden agenda's

It will not end when Obama is out of office, it could be worse instead of better !

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 10:51 AM

What terrorist are being coddled??????????Why cant the first lady make suggestion about nutrien without it being a political football....she's a mother ,she cares .........how come people cant get over the fact that if the government had not done what it did specifically GM,the callapse would have been 10 times worst.Im not saying they needed to do all they did.but some certainly.Afghanistan,we chased them cross the border and all of a sudden we are building another nation that was crazy and we should GET OUT NOW. Illegals, it suits everyone's purpose for cheap labor for it to persist,they give lip service at best for it to stop.THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS PUT MORE PEOPLE ON THE BORDER THAN NANYONE,DEPORTED MORE,PROSECUTED MORE AND THEY STILL GET DEnergrated FOR IT ,AMAZING""""""""

WHAT i am getting is IF A DEM DOES IT ITS WRONG

A DEM SUGGEST IT, ITS WRONG

A DEM ADVOCATES IT, ITS WRONG

ANYTHING A LIBERAL SAYS OR DOES IS TREASON

PLEASE LOOK AT YOURSELFES AND WHAT YOU ARE ADVOCATING........SOME very bad societies have come out of a strictly rightest philosphy,that philosopy works fine if you are part of the ruling group.If you are not you TOO are at risk if you do not advocate the party line. BE CAREFULL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

WHAT YOUR SAYING TO ME IS.......as LONG AS IM OK THE HECK WITH YOU.

SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN DONT RUN STATES AND IF YOUR BLAMING THEM THEN YOU GO FOR EARMARKS AND THE PORK THAT GOES WITH IT. THIS IS A REPUBLICAN STATE ,RIGHT TO WORK ETC,ONE OF THE STATES WITH THE LOWEST WAGES IN THE COUNTRY,LOW UNEMPLOYMENT YES BUT IT TAKES TWO JOBS TO SURVIVE, AND YOU SAY THATS A GOOD THING,i DONT UNDERSTAND THAT THINKING......but who am I ???????I could go on but this is not and attack,when you name names ,name some repubs also then we know your looking at the whole picture,like our tax commision.......going to use a shotgun use both barrels

-- Posted by lamont on Sat, Jan 8, 2011, at 7:26 PM

bazookaman...how in the name of all that's holy did you ever get away with serving 22 years in the military? Did they do any psychology test before they let the likes of you to carry a weapon...."wow" extremely scary!

Where you beat as a child? It's the only thing I can think of that is the reason for you being without a doubt the most negative, ugly, disassociated human that I have ever heard...

I think I will be calling you by the name I gave you several months ago...'Ted'

-- Posted by DUMBFOUNDED IN IDAHO on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 12:23 AM

'Ted' bazookaman, can you please formulate your thoughts in a compressed manner??? Why is that all of your blogs read like a book? A vast majority of the things you say is either disturbing or completely out there....

Do you have a gun license in the state of Idaho? Please tell me that they revoke that particular priviledge...you're not right in the head...

Is everyone a "traitor", just because they don't subscribe to your twisted agenda??? If it's that bad in our whoops "my" country, then by all means take a special trip to Mexico or how about Somalia, their you can shoot your gun at will, and maybe be a drug lord...it's a thought!

-- Posted by DUMBFOUNDED IN IDAHO on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 12:30 AM

So now bazook you are saying those that don't go along with your books of rantings are now Yo Yo's and backers of communists

Who are the Yo Yo's? Please enlighten me ! Define yo yo's for me

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 10:32 AM

No you dont call it both ways,you make sure that you make some snide remark every post,it gets old.

I FOR ONE SOMETIME take it personal.....I SERVED LONGER THAN YOU AND JUST AS PROUD AND FOR YOU OR ANYONE TO CONTINOUSLY ATTACK ,ME BECAUSE YOUR POLITICAL AGENDA IS NOT THE SAME AS MINE AND DO IT IN A DEMEANING WAY AS IF I AM NOT A LOYAL AMERICAN IS INSULTING TO SAY THE LEAST.

NOW there are times i dont read your blog or answer it because,it would be counter productive and i have said what needed to be said before.YOU MAY NOT LIKE WHAT DUMBFOUNDED SAID BUT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER HOW YOU COME OFF TO PEOPLE.

I realize why you come off the way you do.I will give you and example .....what does ted kennedy have to do with the conversation?????so why was he brought up??????? YOUR BLOG DOESNT COME OFF AS AMERICA FIRST.......IT COMES OFF ANTI ANYTHING THAT IS NOT YOUR WAY. I HOPE YOU HEAR THIS CONSTRUCTIVELY........WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO CRITIZE.....BUT TO ATTACK EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING IS OUT IN LEFT FIELD SOMWHERE.....????????

ONE MORE TIME MC VIEGH asked to be executed and stoped all appeals including the ACLU try to get that.........get rough....is that the AMERICAN WAY??????? after 10 yrs any info they have would be garbage at this point.please make snide remarks about the repubs in every blog for awhile it might help your image.........not that you care.........im sure ......see ya

-- Posted by lamont on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 11:02 AM

Then for God's sake---DO NOT READ IT. Pretty freakin simple.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 1:31 PM

Amen Bazooka!

Yo yos...If you have to ask you do not understand and explaining would be a complete waste of time because you would not get it anyway. Yo yos of a feather flock together. Never an original thought or string of words. Ever.

Unless you know someone, judgment should really be left to God and last time I checked nobody was in that slot (God/Godly) in this blog arena.

I know Mike. He could care less if you are white, black, brown, yellow or purple...if you needed help, he would help you. Wanting to protect borders and secure America does not make you a racist...it is called preservation. We cling to what little is left of this country. Pardon US for our faults and the desire to survive.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 1:39 PM

I still don't get Yo Yo's When I was a child I had a Yo Yo ! It was a toy, so are you toying with an idea that people that don't agree with you are yo Yo's lol ! And your not Judging right Missy, isn't that why your here to disagree and judge me because I don't like your Palin as a politician.

You don't know a thing about me as I don't know much about you only that you seem to have the need to be right about everything.... However I will take you up on your offer to pardon your faults

You need to go back and read some of Mikes entry's.

CJW It gets to be repetitive when time and time again those that don't agree with you Republicans are called names and oh even thought I don't call names I am not allowed in this debate because I don't come across as angry as some of you. Show me where I jumped on the bandwagon to attack bazook I think thats the wrong word it was QUESTIONING HIM

So now the tide has turned (is that a soap opera) we are now bashing Lamont !

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 2:14 PM

i just went back and checked my post had nothing to do with RACE OR BIGOTRY......MY FACTS IN THE RACIAL ARENA ARE REAL..........WHAT RACIST DUO ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT??????????TRUTHFULLY I DONT KNOW WERE YOU GET OFF RIGHT NOW YOUR POST MAKES NO SENES WHEN YOU LOOK AT MINE.........GO BACK AND READ IT AGAIN.........IM NOT PILING ON.........MY FACTS STAND IF YOU WANT REFERNCES ILL GET THEM FOR YOU......THE NEXT TIME I POST SOMETHING AS A FACT ILL REFERENCE IT...........AAGAIN AND ATTACK FROM OUT OF NOWHERE

AMAZING..........BUT IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER ITS OK WITH ME.......ill be your racist if you want.......but i do know what my country has and has not done.......to me and for me.........and what i live daily.....overtly and covertly you obviously have no idea........ oh one other thing i dont know on this blog who is white,black or otherwise unless you tell me.......so is dumbfounded black ?????????because if they are its NEWS TO ME..........all iv heard from you cantjust watch is your opinion.....you imply that the racial climate is A OK........question FOR WHO????????????i made a comment about my sons education the facts are what they are.......gov figures dept of education...........undergraduate....elctrical engineer..............masters(WHARTON)buss admin.marketing........and grades and my money got him there.........you know whats outdated ....the fact that it took a special law to get me what i was sopposed to have all the time

and then im told all is equal......i started the race 225 yrs after you and its only been 45 yrs since the civil rights act........dont tell me whats going on or whats happened....i was born in 1942......i am living this thing not you.....so what you see is not what i see....i am owed nothing......i should be denied nothing......rememner that.............and Zook I SAID WHAT i said BECAUSE I CARE........AND ZOOK CAN DEFEND HIMSELF......THAT I KNOW......I GUESS CANTJUST WATCH YOU NEED TO POST FACTS.....TO JUSTIFY EQUALITY..........YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME

-- Posted by lamont on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 2:46 PM

OH I FORGOT.........INSERT THE RACIAL SLUR............CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER JUSTCANTWATCH YOU HAVE DECLARED YOURSELF.........YOU NEED TO LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR......THE ALLIES THAT YOU THINK ARE THERE MIGHT NOT BE......BUT THEN AGAIN IM SURE YOU HANG WITH THOSE WHO AGREE

-- Posted by lamont on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 3:53 PM

bazook I wasn't reading these blogs when

Bush was in office so count me out on what you had said about him. I also never followed Corders Politics so I am out on that too.

I'm cutting this short as I am on a new laptop now and the mouse is a wild mouse hard to control it and the keyboard, taking a lot of time just to type what I got so far. :)

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 5:46 PM

Well I'm back to my fingers like I have always done..

but on my desk top I use a wireless mouse and I love it.... This new laptop has windows 7 which it will take awhile to get used to....

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 6:14 PM

Same crap...different day. Kelly introduces an opinion piece on taxes, and you guys start building a personal battle to determine who is the most disenfranchised American.

-- Posted by junkyard dog on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 6:50 PM

IM HERE ZOOK.......WASNT HERE FOR THE BLOGS YOUR TALKING ABOUT......HOWEVER YOU REALLY DONT BOTHER ME MOST OF THE TIME.........ITS JUST YOU BEING YOU AND ON WITH THE SHOW.........IT DID TAKE A WHILE TO GET TO THAT POINT THOUGH(laugh) I KNOW YOU JUMP ON THE RIGHT JUST DO IT EVERY BLOG...............FOR YOUR IMAGES SAKE.....IM HAVING FUN WITH THIS..........

I DIDNT LIKE THE BORDER GUARD THING....THAT WAS A CRIME AND THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE A DAY

THE TREATY IS NOT KISSING UP TO THE RUSSIANS IT IS A GOOD TREATY EVEN THE RIGHT SAYS SO..ONLY KYLE AND MCCAIN WANTED TO MAKE POLITICAL POINTS

SNIDE......BY THAT I MEAN THOSE LITTLE DIGS YOU PUT IN......USE SOME RIGHT WINGERS NAMES FOR EXAMPLES FOR AWHILE......GOOD FOR THE SOUL......

IM SURE YOU SLEEP JUST FINE......I DO

GOT TO GO...............SEE YA

-- Posted by lamont on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 8:42 PM

HEY I DID NOT BRING COLOUR INTO THIS......TALK TO CANTJUSTWATCH...........HE LIKES TO INSERT RACIAL SLURS.....I WONDER IF HE HAS ONE FOR HIMESELF????

I THINK DEFENSE HAS BEEN CUT TO THE BONE.BUT WE DONT KNOW ABOUT THE TOTAL PACKAGE

i think that the cost of these wars have caught up to us.......i say go with the first pLAN LET IRAQIE OIL PAY FOR IT.....MATTER OF FACT WE SHOULD SEND THEM A BILL......AND YES IM SERIOUS

hows that for conservative thought (laugh) i bet you didnt think i had it in me.........BYE

-- Posted by lamont on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 9:08 PM

they already are i was listening to a radio program out of chi town and that was the subject.........his mental health.......you have got to be kidding me .........he was planning this ....so much for mental health........got to go

-- Posted by lamont on Sun, Jan 9, 2011, at 11:00 PM

Lamont...I must say you had a valid effort to try to communicate with the "moron-squad"...it was a darn good effort...but as you probably already know, there is no "grey matter" in between their ears...that's why they are the "moron-squad".

Now, enough name calling Ted..however I see that your blogs are getting shorter, which is very promising. It looks as if you are listening to my recommendations...very good, let's call it a first step in the right direction.

Cantjustwatch...why is everyone a "racist"...you know what they say about homophopics, they are really gay, which means that your really a racist..think about it...I know that must be hard for you to formulate thought...but just try...I know you can do it...I have faith in you!

We are ALL Americans, and we live in the greatest country in the world...with that said, it's not the only country in the world...you'd have to be pretty nieve to think that, but it's only smart to try and bridge a gap between other nations, so there is a better understanding of our cultures, and when you find that their is common ground, and we are the same...as in human begins, that will be the end of misunderstandings, and maybe someday WAR...wouldn't that be nice Ted? No more wars and senseless killing of hundreds and thousands of fellow human beings....

Bottome line, if we leave the polictics at the front door and work together as Americans for the common good of each other, then we will truly show our greatness.

I believe in you Ted and even you cantjustwatch..have a little faith in your fellow countrymen and woman...of course we won't have a blind eye, but have trust that we will all do what is right...now if you can't believe in that, then I don't think you believe in anything...

I for one believe in my country and stand by the foundation laid down by our founding fathers..will you join me Ted, cantjustwatch and the rest of the moron-squad, or are your egos just to big to do the right thing?

Enough of the hate and name calling...let's make a fresh new start and work together to build a better America for today and for tomorrow....

God bless you all!!!!

(oh, by the way Ted, I'm a gun owner too)

-- Posted by DUMBFOUNDED IN IDAHO on Mon, Jan 10, 2011, at 5:05 AM

I DONT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ZOOK ........HES JUST ANGRY AND EXPRESSES HIMSELF THAT WAY I UNDERSTAND THAT I AM TOO.........now CJW is another story.................WITH ZOOK YOU HAVE TO THINK A MINUTE AND SAY WHAT IS HE REALLY SAYING,PUT YOURSELF IN HIS SHOES AND LOOK AT IT AGAIN....IT TOOK AWHILE BUT I GOT IT...........BUT IT DOES COME OFF KINDA IN YOUR FACE ALL THE TIME.......POINTS CAN BE VALID, BUT IN YOUR FACE NEGATES THEM,TAKE A DEEP BREATH............SEE YA

-- Posted by lamont on Mon, Jan 10, 2011, at 10:17 AM

the stats are up to date and guess what i thought we took a test. if someone no matter who gets racist i state that i dont care who they are or what colour.sounds like you didnt get what you thought you deserved, happens to everybody join the club.....no body gave me the answers to any test,nobody pushed me but me. So i guess the soldiers today are being discriminated against....funny cant have it both ways its either stoped or still going on which is it????????and take this to the bank iI loaded more bombs and saw more death than you ever could imagine,,,,,dont even try to describe my service.iv told you several times were to find the stats you dont want to because you dont want to know.....did some one say something racist other than you in the last week or so???? did you not attack out of a blog that simply stated a non racist fact,or again did i miss something...ZOOK DIDNT HAVE A PROBLEM HE WOULD HAVE LET ME KNOW,AND IF YOU HAD READ WHAT WAS WRITTEN YOU WOULD HAVE SEEN A DEFENSE (not that it was needed)AND AN UNDERSTANDING.for people like you it would not make any difference if i worked 24/7 it would not be enough.when i made tech i made a 95/96 was that enough??????? the af didnt believe it had to test again 95/95

told them the test was unfair because if you hadnt worked on a 106 you couldnt answer the questions THEY TOLD ME TO GO AWAY AND SHUTUP...i deal with fairness as I SEE IT ,YOU OBVIOUSLY ARE THE ONE WHO FEELS HE IS OWED SOMETHING.TO BAD. (race norming) is that your term????? havnt seen it in any sociology books lately...but then again im outdated and dont know what im talking about....WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU..................AM I SOPPOSED TO SEARCH FOR THESE COMMENTS YOU REFER TO?//WHOS MAKING

THEM?????GET SPECIFIC........MAYBE YOU HEAR WHAT YOU WANT TO........I KNOW I DO SOME TIME. BUT THEN AGAIN.......ACCORDING TO YOU............... I DONT COUNT....IM A HYPHENATED AMERICAN........AND YOUR ARE SELF MADE MAN....HAVE A GREAT DAY

-- Posted by lamont on Mon, Jan 10, 2011, at 1:26 PM

I remember the caddy's

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Mon, Jan 10, 2011, at 6:31 PM

Bazookaman...I seriously believe you are in need of a complete psychological exam at Intermountain...you sound like the coward who shot that poor congresswoman in Arizona...and what is so amazing is that you took an oath while in the armed services of our country to defend and protect the constitution against all enemies foreign or domestic...god you need help!!!

I'll be praying for you!

-- Posted by DUMBFOUNDED IN IDAHO on Tue, Jan 11, 2011, at 1:30 AM

I WOULD NOT HAVE HAD A PROBLEM BRINGING THIS PERSON DOWN........NEEDED TO HAPPEN........MY PROBLEM WOULD HAVE BEEN SOMEONE WHO STARTED SHOOTING AND DID MORE HARM THAN GOOD...everyone is not proficient with weapons and there use. Just because a person has a license to carry doesnt make them profecient.The thing that bothered me in the weapon debate is the 30RD clip.I CANT JUSTIFY THAT IN MY MIND. THIS GUY NEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING,I DONT THINK LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS 30RD CLIPS,SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT PIcture.

THEY are now talking about his mental health,funny nobody did a thing before this and there were some pretty educated people involved including parents,and no parent wants to think there child is mentally ill.Some things cant be over looked.i put a guy out years back .....he said he thought his uniform gave him a license to kill people,and that he hadnt hunted the ultimate animal.......enough for me....to the hospital for confirmation.....out in less than a week......did it bother me???? NOPE.....I TOLD HIM IF i was in a hole with him I would shot him first........DIDNT KNOW WHAT HE MIGHT DO.........

This whole episode is a comedy of errors,but they happen. this could have been made more diffecult than it was and maybe it could have been avoided

-- Posted by lamont on Wed, Jan 12, 2011, at 9:33 AM


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