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 on: Today at 10:18:46 am 
Started by Tender Branson - Last post by HockeyDude
USPS is funded entirely by stamp sales, and not a dime of taxpayer money has gone to operating the post office since 1971... you corporatist boob.

Please don't be so naive and gullible. It makes people lose faith in humanity, and it undermines the notion of NJ pubic education supremacy.

Hence... OPERATING costs.  Borrowing from the Treasury for healthcare/pension means we have to fix how we fund people's healthcare and pension, not guy the USPS which is still the cheapest and most reliable option for shipping.  Of course, in GOP-land, first step is to **** the workers by selling them off to whoever wants to make the whole thing for-profit based on some misguided principle about the profit motive itself.   

 62 
 on: Today at 10:17:13 am 
Started by Mr. Illini - Last post by Mr. Illini
It's tough to tell exactly what the 2016 maps will look like now (who could have gotten Obama's 2008 map relatively accurate in 2006?), but one thing we can say with good certainty are the ceilings and floors. Gimme your maps.

Democratic floor - 206 votes



Democratic ceiling - 399 votes



Republican floor (inverse Democratic ceiling) - 139 votes



Republican ceiling (inverse of Democratic floor) - 332 votes


 63 
 on: Today at 10:16:53 am 
Started by Illuminati Blood Drinker - Last post by Senator TNF
Massive creep and definite HP.

 64 
 on: Today at 10:15:54 am 
Started by Phony Moderate - Last post by Senator TNF
Definite FF.

 65 
 on: Today at 10:15:26 am 
Started by RR1997 - Last post by Hashemite
Ontario's quite fine. There's a lot of beautiful places in this province, which I unfortunately haven't even really begun to explore in depth, and the quality of life is good. It has a tendency for mediocre politics, although the rejection of Hudak's sociopathic agenda by the good people of this great province was heart-warming.

 66 
 on: Today at 10:13:17 am 
Started by Lief - Last post by Tender Branson
Gone from "neutral" to "mildly approve".

After all, it's much better to have Obama in office than virtually any Republican.

 67 
 on: Today at 10:13:06 am 
Started by Senator bore - Last post by Senator bore
Abstain


Also the motion to table has enough votes to fail, senators have 24 hours to change their vote.

 68 
 on: Today at 10:13:02 am 
Started by Tender Branson - Last post by AggregateDemand
Sigh. Where do you think the post office gets its funding?

USPS is losing $2B every quarter, and borrowing money from the US Treasury to pay their pension and healthcare obligations. This has already led to numerous bills to dump USPS employees into the Medicare system. Perhaps Medicare is suitable for years of service after 1984, when the USPS started paying full FICA tax, but the older employees from the 50s, 60s, and 70s are not funded.

The public is funding USPS with loans that will never be repaid.

 69 
 on: Today at 10:12:11 am 
Started by Snowguy716 - Last post by Deliverance
Possibly a dog whistle for "conservatives", but I think most conservatives are too colorblind, in the sense they are blind to differences in opportunity based upon color, for them to be adding "white" in there.

Almost all Democrats says its there, almost all Republicans deny its there and an Independent comes along and says its there, but not on purpose. It's there.

 70 
 on: Today at 10:11:16 am 
Started by TDAS04 - Last post by politicallefty

That only shows how the framing of various healthcare questions affects polling. It's the same way the ACA has majority disapproval, despite the vast majority of its provisions being very popular. If you frame single-payer as "government-run" or a "government takeover", the polling will probably be problematic. If it's placed under the "Medicare for All" banner, the polling is much more favourable. Medicare is wildly popular, especially among beneficiaries. I think the biggest disappointment of the ACA was the failure to include the 55+ Medicare buy-in option (and we have Joe Lieberman to thank for that).

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