Nov 15, 2016 MikeB commented on A Requiem for Obamacare.
Reagan signed into law the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act requiring emergency rooms to treat people regardless of their ability to pay- this was the real socialization of American health care. The Afforable Care Act could have been called the Patient Responsibility Act as people are required to pay for the coverage that hospitals are required to provide. IF the GOP does away with the insurance mandate and does not find some way to compensate hospitals for this care they are essentially taxing sick people who will have to pay more for health care in a hospital to cover the cost of this 1980s mandate.
Nov 9, 2016 MikeB commented on Good Morning, America. Welcome To Your White Supremacy.
@3 Very urbane. My wife, a teacher in a southern school, just overheard a fellow staffer say to an other, "now we can get rid of the f*****g n*****s" not in a whisper, but in a loud proud voice. She would have reported them but she knows she would have been the one to get in trouble. You're kidding yourself if you don't think that was the driving force of the majority of Trump voters.
Nov 9, 2016 MikeB commented on Hillary Clinton Is Winning the Popular Vote.
@17 what? They voted for Trump because Charles was mean to them? I read this paper and I don't read anything by Charles, that's absurd.

@9. Voter turnout was not up 5%. The absolute number of voters was over 6% less than it was in 2012.
Oct 25, 2016 MikeB commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Mom's Boundless Boundary Issues.
All true and now it's time to move out and stop taking money from them. I presume you stay because you couldn't afford the apartment, or car, or cable TV you want and don't want to settle for what you can afford. Move out.

And the next time you forget your phone when you go to work, do without it for 8 hours and try to be more productive instead of asking your mom to run it over like your servant.
Sep 26, 2016 MikeB commented on Gary Johnson Is a Moron (And If You Vote For Him, You Are Too).
@20 This idea that you can't, or shouldn't, judge people for their poor choices is amazing to me. Maybe you should restrict reading to "safe spaces" where no one thinks that what you believe says anything about you as a person.
Sep 19, 2016 MikeB commented on The Morning News: Seattle Athletes of all Ages Protest the National Anthem, Investigation into New York Explosion Continues.
A protest costs you something. Someone protesting on a picketline is giving up their time, someone on a hunger strike is going without eating, all kinds of things. Kneeling instead of standing is taking a break.
Sep 14, 2016 MikeB commented on Edward Snowden Gains a Powerful Ally in His Legal Campaign for Clemency.
@4. "If you still have it and always did, then nobody stole it from you". That's absurd, nude selfies on your hard drive, a play or a song you wrote, all those things can be stolen.

I am certainly no better off as a result of Snowden's actions and I doubt if many people are.
Aug 15, 2016 MikeB commented on Unrest in Milwaukee After Officer-Involved Shooting.
@34. "He was carrying a stolen gun. He knew he'd do time for that.". Since private gun sales are still not regulated you are speculating that he knew the gun was stolen. Any time you purchase a gun from an individual it may be stolen.
Aug 13, 2016 MikeB commented on Today in Stupid: Another Newspaper Apologizes for Another Shitty, Insensitive Headline.
It's like when they changed the song from "....and the rest." to "....the professor and MaryAnn."