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Arkansas following Kansas over cliff
This has been an especially informative political season, but the most significant revelation comes from the state of Kansas, where Sen. Pat Roberts and his buddy Sam Brownback have built a Republican empire that has brought the state of Kansas to its knees.
To make the long horror story short, Sam Brownback took over as governor in 2011, instituted the perfect Republican reforms to "stimulate" the Kansas economy, and, naturally, these Republican reforms have crippled the state of Kansas.
Arkansas is about to do the same. If Arkansas continues to elect Republicans, our state will wind up just like Kansas, and we know it.
But, red state Arkansans are truly the same as the proverbial lemmings that follow their leaders right off the cliff. Wiser folks can stand and say, "Look, Arkansas! There goes Kansas right off the cliff," but the average Arkansas voter has already chosen the way of Kansas, and no one can convince a lemming to change direction.
The halcyon days of Democratic leadership in Arkansas will soon be over. It is time to accept the Kansas-style demise of the Natural State in the hands of Republicans. Over you go, Arkansas.
From the web
In response to an Arkansas Blog post about National Education Association ad criticizing Senate candidate Rep. Tom Cotton for his vote against the student loan program:
Is Tom Cotton running against Michael Bloomberg, President Obama or David Pryor? I've heard commercials indicating Bloomberg's radical idea of background checks for people purchasing guns is infringing on my 2nd amendment rights. Since I'm not a felon, stalker or spousal abuser I don't feel like it does. Maybe it's a good idea to try and keep weapons out of criminals', spousal abusers' and the mentally incompetents' hands. Just saying. Or is Tom Cotton running against President Obama? I hear TC say about every 10 seconds that ACA is bad even though it seems to provide healthcare and make nearly everyone pay something towards the cost. Why is healthcare a bad thing again? Mark Pryor seems like the best guess as he seems to be linked to both Obama and Bloomberg frequently. If only Mark were as charismatic as those two he could smash the softball that is Tom Cotton out of the park. Come on Mark (and all other D candidates), ACA makes most pay something towards their own healthcare. Surely in the age of Ebola we can all agree on the need for health care. Our founding fathers thought of it in Article 1, Section 8 of the constitution that put healthcare (general welfare) on the same footing as national defense. Come on Mark, uphold the Constitution.
Quid pro quo
In response to an Arkansas Blog post on the AETN debates between Senate candidates Rep. Tom Cotton and Sen. Mark Pryor and between 2nd District Congress candidates French Hill and Pat Hays:
Running against Prez Oblackula is a tired easy route for the ditto heads. Far more difficult if you run against Hays. Pat said he would not have voted for the Affordable Care Act if he were in Congress. Kinda hard to keep trying to tag him to Prez muslimkenyan. I suspect, folks like me in the middle liked the calm, upbeat, hopeful and collaborative approach from NLR versus the turdblossum backwash from the LRCC.
Just watched the Hays-Hill debate. I don't want to say that Hill is desperate necessarily, but when he tries to link Mayor Hays to the president, it just comes off as too great of a stretch. Hill tries to say he understands real people and talks about how he supports public schools, etc. Don't his kids go to private school? Isn't he a Country Clubber? I mean, what does he have in common with regular folks? French Hill has more in common with Milton Drysdale than he does with the Man on the Street.
A few folks kept a count, during the AETN debate today: Cotton referenced "Obama" 74 times. A friend did the math and it comes out to once every 14 seconds in the time that he spoke. Textbook case of "Obama Derangement Syndrome."
In response to Benjamin Hardy's cover story "Family vs. institutional care in Arkansas" (Oct. 9):
This article is disgusting! People in the human development centers are not "forced" into institutions. They are not there as a last resort. The resident is in their "home" (should not be called an institution), because that is the best residential "choice" for the individual. Each resident has a legal guardian who makes the proper choice for that individual for the most appropriate place to live. DO NOT EVER JUDGE THE GUARDIAN FOR THEIR CHOICE. You do not know what the circumstances are for each individual and you should not judge them for their choice.
HappyHomeForKim, no one is arguing against the placement that you chose for your daughter. The point made by the families like the Dodsons (almost 3,000 of them) is that they want their son to remain at home with his family and friends. That's what I want for my son, too. As far as the cost is concerned, I believe Mr. Hardy interviewed representatives of DHS who stated that Medicaid expenditures are higher for care in an institution than care in the community. Individuals with disabilities and their families should have a right to choose between supports in the community or care in an HDC, but at this time they aren't afforded that choice. Not having another option does, in fact, force some families like the Dodsons to place their child in an HDC.
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