I couldnt agree with you more, when i first read this post, the first thing to come to mind was...Where are the parents? That being said, i dont mind schools offering this program. My caviat would be that during parent teacher conferences, the parents should be made aware that in the next quarter, they will be covering said topic and that the parents should start to talk about it with their kids.
The only issue I see is that many of these kids have really young parents, whom themselves probably never had sex ed. So they may not know the first thing about the topic. The fact is that kids are becoming sexually active at a younger age, what seems like every year. I blame the media/social media and secondly a lack of parenting. Look at the way that MTV glorifies a young girl getting pregnant! So they think, if i get knocked up, i might be able to be on television too! As for some of the parents, I am appauled at how they let their kids dress. Go to a mall and people watch, there are twelve year olds who look 16 and 16 year olds who look 20. If I ever had a daughter, she will be in a habit until she is 18 j/k. But they see the way that Miley, Taylor and the like all dress, and think it is appropriate...
Jessica, That is just mind blowing 8th grade and her second pregnency??? Sadly, I have a feeling that is not as uncommon as it should be. It almost seems now adays that having a baby is a rite of passage into womanhood for these younger girls. Its only a matter of time before I meet a grandmother/father who is in their late 30's.View Thread
Would you consider it to be a poor choice not to have health insurance? So do the responsible folks have health insurance? So they end up paying for the irresponsible ones who dont, because they dont feel it's necessary?
I have always been fortunate to work at places that offer health care and by my own freewill, i chose to participate. I was/am a healthy young adult, but i always opted to pay for health care...even though i never had to use it. Never once did it cross my mind as a waste of money. But some people view it that way and dont get coverage.
Let me ask a hypothetical. If you were out to dinner and the restaurant was packed with people...and say that one table happened to forget their wallet or for what ever reason, couldnt pay for their food. Should the restaurant divide the bill up amoungst the rest of the tables?View Thread
I work in the health care industry and it is absolutely sad what medicare covers for the elderly. I speak to people who work for insurance companies on a daily basis. The copays they have now are ridiculous and the coverage in certain areas is completely laughable...not to mention what they pay monthly for these supplimental plans. They pay $150 bucks a year and get $100 worth of coverage after the co-pays are met. So its the insurance companies who are ripping these people off, they have always taken advantage of the elderly.
What about all the times they "borrowed" or to use your word stole money from social security to spend frivilously? Is that ok because it was a conservative? This balence of power you speak of has been out of balence for a very long time...leaders have been abusing their power since the beginning of time.
Usually to change the constituation that requires some sort of amendment, which part of the constitution did he change? The fact that you are listening to fox news or what ever type of television media is absurd...the media both sides spin what ever they want to get what ever results they want. The beloved Bill O'Rielly in a debate with John Stewart even agreed that the stations have an agenda and that certain anchors are puppets for the station because of the amount of money they make if they play ball. The media from all angles is corrupt, just like washington.
If you have the chance their is a very interesting series that just wrapped up on the history channel, called the men who built america. It was a great program but the last episode showed how the 3 richest men in the country banded together, put aside their differences and funded a campaign to get McKinley elected over William Jennings Bryan. Why? Because Bryan wanted to regulate the work place, increase safety and protect the employees. Rockefeller, Carnegie and JP Morgan, didnt want these regulations, they wanted to make more money. As a side note, the net worth of those 3 men in todays dollars was more than the top 40 wealthiest people in the world today combined. They make Warren Buffet look like a pauper. So for over 100 years big business has been in the pockets of politicians. Eventually it will just be The United States of America, LLC.
And government cover-ups have been going on for quite some times as well...the status is quo and no one is going to change it.
Please dont play the Hispanic card...Romney knew going into the election that they were going to have a major say in this election. So if he had the brains everyone thinks he has, he would have went out and courted Rubio or another hispanic conservative to help offset that vote. Instead he went out and got Ryan, who might be a financial wizard, also wanted to cut civil services jobs and teaching jobs. And everytime he spoke, i would cringe just wondering what lie he might shout out.
Bottom line is almost all politicians are full of it and they will lie, cheat, steal their way to the top. All we are as citizens of this country to them is a vote, nothing more. They could care less about our welfare or our families.
Your right about one thing...God help our countryView Thread
I know that we pay into Social Security and I am well aware that when I retire that their wont be anything left. But the reason it wont be there doesnt really have anything to do with the moochers. The goverment has been using SSI as their own bank account. Please understand that I do not agree with how the welfare system in this country is set up. Like all good things, someone will find a way to work the system. But the current administration has done nothing to fundamentally change what determines if someone should receive welfare. That structure has been in place for years. Taking away freedoms? Again something that has been going on for a long time, ever heard of the Patriot Act? wire taps, eavesdropping? sounds pretty free to me. They use the vail of protecting the country as a reason for passing these laws. Perhaps if our leaders actually paid attention the briefings they receive and take a potential threat seriously we could be ready for a potential attack.
And lets be honest, was Mitt really the best guy for the job? His own party slammed him for flip flopping and being a vulture capitalist. They didnt trust him, hell he could be just as responsible for this high unemployment rate, he closed factories and sold them for profits and shipped the job overseas. He also wanted to cut civil service jobs; police, firefighters and even teachers. But like anything else im sure he backed off of that and took a more moderate stance, even though his party, wanted him to be more conservative.
You could say that Mitt was the lesser of two evils, but at the end of the day your still voting for evil.
As i said before and ill say it again, the media is dividing this country in 2 and until people start to do their own research and stop listening to fox/msnbc/cnn etc. to get their opinions made for them. our situation wont improve.View Thread
You were terribly upset that your congresswoman, lost her election, do you honestly think she would care if you lost your job? All we are to them is a vote, they have their agenda's created for them by the major corporations/lobbies that run this country. Another question, id love to hear someone explain to me this massive plan Romney had for creating these millions of jobs in this country. He never mentioned it, the only thing i can think of is that he would re-open all the factories that he closed and start hiring. Also, if you read the health care page on webmd, you'd notice that Romney's health care plan had absolutely NO provisions for women...NONE. No preventative care, NOTHING.
Worn1, I know the bush tax cut will be coming to an end, so we will see where that leads us. As far as the severe cuts in social programs, isnt that what people got on Obama's case for allowing these social programs to get "out of hand"? As for reaching across the aisle, he did try to put an act in to assist our Military Vets with finding work when they returned home, that was shot down by the Republicans, now what ever pork was rolled into that i am unaware of.
Now i have not read the entire health care act...i have seen bullet points and is it perfect no. But it is a step in the right direction as to getting people coverage. If you look at what Romney did in the state of Massachusetts, you will find a very similar plan to "Obama care" if you do not have health insurance in MA. You pay a fine that is deducted from or added to your income taxes. No one in MA complained one bit...but now Mitt has a different plan of action, so is he saying that his original plan didnt work? Or is he just saying what he thinks the republicans want to hear?
But what upsets me the most as i mentioned above is the way that this country is starting to divide itself...anyone who says we came a long way from the segregation days is completely blind to society. It may not be black vs. white or latino, but its left versus right, haves vs. have nots. Same story different characters. Will we ever truely be The UNITED States of America again? Will "We the People..." mean anything anymore? That is what scares me the most about the future and it doesnt matter who is in office.View Thread
I am relieved it is over, I am glad that I dont have to listen to those mudslinging ads during a football game atleast for the next 3 years.
No, I dont think it will go back to normal. As you said you looked at social media and saw many different reactions. Honestly what I feel is that this election more than any other in the past could potentially drive people apart, due to social media and other online outlets. People need to remember, that this is The United States of America, the key word is UNITED. Every election almost half the country is upset that their candidate didnt win. Given the garbage that people can listen/read, we have forgotten how to do the work and research every candidate. Many of us use someone else's opinion to formulate our own. No matter who wins an election Democrat/Republican/Independent, we still need to stand UNITED as a country and support our leaders.View Thread
First off thank you for your years of service. I would have to agree with you, especially about the part of them being fined or paying part of the cost.
The people that ignore the evacs, assume that they will be helped, in a dire situation. But if they knew there would be some sort of consequence for their ignorance, they might be more inclined to listen.View Thread
First off how many presidents promised to cut the defecit and increased it? Not to mention he inherited a war that racks up billions of dollars a week. He came up with an exit strategy to get our guys out of there...who knows if that will hold true. We all know that the economy is in a tough spot right now, yes there are a bunch of people on welfare programs, but the current president didnt do anything to expand the parameters for social aid or for unemployment. An no offfense but we have been saying for years, we need to be concerned about our youth and paying back these debts. As far as socialism, when you are over 65, will you draw on social security(if it still exists)? Will you be on medicare? Most likely you will, so you'd be a socialist as well, those were federal programs developed long before the incumbent took office. He didnt create social security, medicare or medicaid for that matter. Has he allowed the government to get more involved in our lives, yes he has. But clearly something is broken in this country and if it takes some intervention from the government to get things back on track im ok with that. Are they bothering with useless topics, in some areas yes. The problem is, will they ever get out of our lives(i.e. the patriot act), so its a catch 22. Oh and the free ride thing...that has been going on for a long time, definately longer than 4 years. So again, he might not be doing anything to stop it currently, but look at the past, who has?
As for Mitt, he probably wont even win his own state in the election, what does that say for his character? Oh and he implemented a very similar health care plan in Ma. if you dont have insurance you have to pay a fine. He ran businesses, he ran some into the ground so he could buy them and sell them off for a huge profit. Clearly he is looking out for hard working Americans. He did save the winter olympics, but when interviewed during the most recent olympics he basically slapped are biggest ally in the face. Not to mention the guy has flipped and flopped this entire campaign, there is a reason he is so successful in business, he knows how to read people and tell them what they want to hear. Just like any good politician. He hasnt laid out a single plan in terms of what he wants to do if he gets elected. As for moral character, because he has a strong religious belief that means he has morals? This man shut down American jobs and shipped them overseas. But yet he has this mysterious plan to create millions of jobs. Oh and another issue I have with his character, is how many palms did he have to grease to get a lot of these business ventures to fly? How many promises did he make to business partners/clilents? What will he do to come thru on those promises? Granted that part was pure speculation, but I am pretty sure that he took or gave a hand out at some point.
As I said before I dont trust either of these guys and I wont vote for the lessers of two evils, cause in the end we are still gonna be screwed.View Thread
I cant stand any of it, it makes me feel like im in 6th grade again. That the only way to win over the girl is to dog your competition. Both candidates can come up with 1,000's of reasons why "we" shouldnt vote for the other guy...but hardly any of their ad's tells me why i should vote for them! They will find some way to slam the other candidate and I am not just referring to the national elections, but local and state candidates do it as well. Sadly, many of these ad campaigns are paid for by Super PAC's and thrid parties and all we hear is my name is ??? and i approve this message. We have the supreme court to thank for that ruling.
Has it influenced my decision? ABSOLUTELY, so much to the point that i know i wont have to worry about voting. Yes, i have no intention of casting a vote, why you ask? Because i dont trust either candidate and im not going to base my choice on who i trust less. So my choice is to abstain, until there is a candidate who stands up for the consitution and what this country was founded on. I guess i could write in Ron Paul.View Thread
You make some very strong points, I completely agree with following the Constitution, cutting the federal government, auditing the fed and reducing the deficit. I also agree with not going to war unless an ally or we are attacked, given that we were attacked, that makes the afghanistan invasion appropriate. I never did agree with the war in Iraq.
If we are going to shut our borders, would that idea be retroactive? This country was founded by illegal immigration, looking to escape religious persecution and make a better life for themselves. I would agree that illegal immigration is an issue in this country and something does need to be done, but there must be a better way and building a giant fence/wall. Considering that many of them are getting in thru underground tunnels. Now I would agree with closing our borders to corporations from taking their business overseas/internationally to use cheap labor and zero safety standards. Bring those jobs back home and that would help on a number of levels. Boost the economy, increase employment and increase tax revenue. Which once we get out of this war overseas, we could pump back into the economy creating more jobs and opportunities.
The sad part is that none of these ideas will ever fly, because there are to many corporate hand outs and lobbiests who have a lot of these politicians in their pocket. It's the age that we live in and i am afraid that their is no turning back. On top of that, executive orders have been abused for many years now, to the point where congress is meaningless. And checks and balences are a thing of the past.
What we need is a strong 3rd party and a candidate with some intestinal fortitude, to stand up to the lobbys and defend the constitution. The type of candidate like our founding fathers who had some clue what morals and ethics where, but most importantly they cared about their country and fellow country men/women.
Im going to assume from your name that you have served in the Military and I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice. Its because of people like you that we still have whatever freedom we have left...for now.View Thread