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re: I think it might be impossible for us to balance our budget
Posted by BigJim on 9/19 at 1:14 pm
[quote]Someone had a thread the other day showing how a spending freeze about ten years ago would have resulted in a surplus. Why couldn't a freeze starting today result in the same thing? I know it won't happen but your thread is a hypothetical.[/quote] Because of entitlements. They don't figur...

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re: I think it might be impossible for us to balance our budget
Posted by BigJim on 9/19 at 12:35 pm
I agree. Only way is to force it with a Balanced Budget Amendment. And that would probably need state conventions to make that happen....

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re: Bigger LA Political Black Eye: Edwards 2014 or Duke 1991
Posted by BigJim on 9/19 at 8:38 am
Duke. Slimy corrupt politicians are a dime-a-dozen. Elected former Klan leaders is a mark that stays with you for a long while. ...

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re: Teacher and HS newspaper editor suspended for NOT using the word 'Redskins'
Posted by BigJim on 9/18 at 12:40 pm
Seems dumb, but that is a horribly written "article."...

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re: Official Scotland Decides thread | Scotland votes "No" 55 - 44
Posted by BigJim on 9/18 at 12:25 pm
I hope they vote no- My prediction is they vote no....

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re: Time to abolish the death penalty...
Posted by BigJim on 9/18 at 9:02 am
This can be handled at the state level....

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re: Buying a house in proposed St. George
Posted by BigJim on 9/17 at 2:45 pm
[quote]It suggests that the most important aspect of this entire effort is the school system. That St. George will hugely benefit by incorporating is still true...just secondary.[/quote] I get the school district part. But what benefits will exist (outside of increasing the chances of getting an...

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re: Buying a house in proposed St. George
Posted by BigJim on 9/17 at 11:12 am
[quote]First it was the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board who cut them off to prevent losing political power.[/quote] As much as the school boards doesn't want to lose power, the St. George leaders want to gain it. That is a two-sided coin. There has never been a real attempt, by either si...

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re: Buying a house in proposed St. George
Posted by BigJim on 9/17 at 10:04 am
[quote]If BR is so great why do a lot of people that work in Baton Rouge live outside the city? If BR is so great why do most of the BRPD officers live outside the city? Why do people put up with an hour commute or more to drive to work in BR? It is people want good schools and trade off...

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re: Should the US switch to the metric system?
Posted by BigJim on 9/17 at 10:03 am
Yes we should switch, it's a much more logical system. But we won't. I love my conservative brethren, but any push by the national government will be seen as a one-world government, federal take-over of schools and industry. If it ever happens it will be because a few states will do it first....

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re: Do you believe that the United States was founded as a Christian Nation?
Posted by BigJim on 9/16 at 4:48 pm
[quote]Christian ideals are not encompassed in the Constitution, or the by-laws of this nation. Some are based purely on [b]Universal rights[/b]. But not Christianity[/quote] What the heck are "universal rights?" I believe that is a modern phrase. The term the founders used was "natural rights"...

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re: Buying a house in proposed St. George
Posted by BigJim on 9/16 at 4:38 pm
[quote]And you know taxes will go up if SG forms a new city because????????????[/quote] Well Russian has gone into #'s behind it, but my argument is simple: governments like to raise revenue. They are like living beings and taxes are their sustenance. This would create another government. Ther...

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re: Name a single statewide elected official you respect and why
Posted by BigJim on 9/16 at 4:25 pm
Jindal has clearly checked out and as such my opinion of him has waned, but still think he is leaving the state in a much better shape then when he found it. Dardenne-really like him. Thoughtful guy. Kennedy- Very smart, but purposefully misrepresents issues to gain political traction. That ...

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re: Buying a house in proposed St. George
Posted by BigJim on 9/16 at 2:43 pm
[quote]As will the quality of schools, government services, and property value. Welcome to St. George, neighbor[/quote] As discussed, schools may eventually change, or they may not. Government services? What government services will improve?...

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re: St. George, What services or additional costs will we have to pay?
Posted by BigJim on 9/16 at 9:38 am
[quote]It's hard to reconcile how SG leaving is going to cause the City of BR and EBR schools hardship due to a lack of funds, and that if SG incorporates they are going to need to raise taxes because they too won't have enough funds. [/quote] Agree. Pre-annexations, I think it was more likely...

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re: St. George, What services or additional costs will we have to pay?
Posted by BigJim on 9/16 at 9:01 am
Lsu81, literally laughed out loud. That meme is the right combo of funny and terrifying! OP: There has been extensive speculation on this board about the effect of St. George being created. In short it will either create paradise on earth or will bring about the zombie apocalypse. In short, p...

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re: Unconstitutional
Posted by BigJim on 9/12 at 11:18 am
[quote]Would you get upset if Alabama put a star of david on their helmets? Or how about the crescent moon got placed on the LSU helmet? Would anyone have any problems? Or is it just because it is the christian symbol? [/quote] Probably a lot of people would. But if it was a fellow Muslim st...

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re: Kansas tax cuts might cause republicans to lose the senate
Posted by BigJim on 9/12 at 11:08 am
[quote]The state had a surplus a couple years back which was a remarkable change from the previous governor who is currently killing the US though the office of HHS. A state court has also ruled that the state has to spend an additional $150M in education which negated a large cut (and added $50M) G...

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re: Unconstitutional
Posted by BigJim on 9/12 at 10:51 am
[quote]Since when are individuals allowed to put whatever they want on a uniform? What's next? Iron Maiden stickers?[/quote] This is really the crux of the issue. And it not any as clear as FunBunch is pretending it is. Clearly students can wear a cross. Clearly a public institution cannot h...

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re: EBR Metro Council fires EBR Parish Attorney by 8-3 vote
Posted by BigJim on 9/11 at 10:47 am
[quote]I haven't seen anyone trying to do that which leads me to believe it was a personal thing between Roper and a faction on the council.[/quote] Oh clearly it is and this was just a means to an end for Loupe. But maybe some good can come out of it....

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