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The Vent: Feb. 3

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Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 8:21 am

"Does anyone find it just a coincidence that the cities listed lowest in literacy are mostly the ones which are the closest to the Mexican border?"

"I bet all the southeast states would never ask the federal government for disaster relief money for tornado damage from last week's storms, because they don't want big government controlling their lives and that would make them hypocrites."

"For a guy that has done nothing wrong, so the Democrats say, Holder sure is fighting the ‘Fast and Furious' investigation hard. So Obama, this is what transparency in government looks like?"

"Where were all these outraged, embarrassed ‘proper protocol' critics when Mrs. Obama shook hands with the Queen of England, sans gloves, and then gave her a hug? No wonder they were not on the guest list for the royal wedding."

"If I had the chance, I'd do the same thing as Governor Brewer did to Obama at the airport. More politicians ought tell that character where to go."

"Where was the Secret Service when Brewer, aka ‘The Bride of Chucky,' pointed her finger at the president? She should have been Tased, tackled and hog tied. If SB1070 wasn't dead on arrival when it reached the Supreme Court, it is now. Not to mention the lawsuit against Arizona, ‘slam dunk.' Put that in your next book, ‘I'm Burnt Toast.' "

"Well, get ready Arizona! Thanks to the antics of our governor, legislator and ‘America's toughest sheriff,' it's only a matter of time before all of the ‘dumb blonde' jokes will be recycled as ‘dumb Arizonan' jokes."

"Closing the ‘rich-poor gap' won't work. Most rich got that by brawn or brains, most poor got that way by lack of brawn or brains."

"Our military's presence in many parts of the world is actually a catalyst for conflict. We're not cultivating peaceful conditions. In many cases we are doing the opposite. For most Americans, war is something that happens on someone else's soil, in someone else's country. That's a serious mistake, because increasingly we are inviting war to the United States with our behavior trying to be the world's policemen."

"Tom Patterson's musings on health care costs omit two critical factors. First of all, a doctor's practice is a business, and the object of a business is to maximize profit. The doctor will always be tempted to order unnecessary tests and procedures. Secondly, the patient, unless he himself is a graduate of medical school, is in no position to question a doctor's proposals. Worse, a patient is often sick or in pain and is not fully capable of making cold, rational decisions about his care. No, no: Free market solutions won't work for health care and patients are not commodities."

"I have complete sympathy with the Venter's exasperation with our governor's and legislature's endless attempts to dismantle and decimate our education system. However, I would encourage him/her to look more deeply into who is pulling the strings here and why. Think back to the little get-together of ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) at the Westin Resort in Scottsdale last December. The governor and (mostly Republican) legislators schmoozed with corporations and the very wealthy to design public policy. They don't want you to know that, though; it might make you angry and feel as powerless as you really are. Soon, only those with money and power will be able to have a decent education. That's how ALEC wants it; stupid people make the best workers, because they ask no questions."

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