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Re: “Do You Miss the Public Option Yet?

Obama's handling of the health care "negotiation" certainly left me scratching my head. From the outside, he appeared to move quickly and repeatedly away from the public option to what we ended up with. The claimed lack of support never made much sense. As you mentioned, it eventually passed without any of the support he claimed to be working for with the multiple dilutions.

It was common to hear from his supporters that the ACA was a step in the right direction. I cannot see this as anything other than a sidestep. Any move to a public option would still require a total revamp of the current system.

I struggle to conclude that he ever wanted anything more than mandatory insurance. If they had put a public option to a vote, that vote count would have proven that the support wasn't there. Instead, many of us were left feeling that we had been sold out.

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Posted by Jeff S on 02/17/2016 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Who killed the Durham-Orange County light-rail project?

Whoever it was has the personal integrity of every other conservative I'm seeing lately.

Self-centric liars... the vast majority.

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Posted by Jeff S on 01/13/2016 at 7:59 PM

Re: “No, WTVD, restaurants aren't closing because of changing Raleigh ordinances

High quality reporting there for sure. Talk to one person, not in the restaurant business, and blame the city.

I've spent 20 years watching mediocre restaurants and bars come and go downtown. We can't even remember them all, because nobody cares. So, perhaps the 5th eatery to move into a spot where four others have failed really will be the one to change your life and make you view downtown in a whole new light.

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Posted by Jeff S on 01/13/2016 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Paddy O’Beers owners charged with destruction of city property for moving benches

This demonstrates the problems that arise with the private use of public space.

These business owners come to think of the sidewalks as their own. They were free to lease enough space to run their business properly. Instead, they decided to do it on the cheap.

Let's compare the rent they are paying for OUR sidewalk vs the rent they're paying for the rest of their establishment. I suspect they won't seem so victimized then.

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Posted by Jeff S on 09/02/2015 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Why is Gary Kahn, Chapel Hill’s last Republican politician, running for mayor as a Democrat?

Yes, everyone's lined up now to proclaim the greatness of the bus.

The mandatory follow-up question should be "how often do you use public transit".

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Posted by Jeff S on 09/02/2015 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Two men accuse Raleigh cops of racial bias, excessive force following incident in Glenwood South

Odd that the date of the incident isn't given.

Yes, police are often a-holes. The job attracts them, and converts most of the ones that didn't start that way.

Knowing I can't say this without being criticized as the white guy who doesn't get it... I'm going to say it anyway. When you start the conversation with "I know my rights", you're asking for a beating. Stand on the sidewalk screaming faggot, you're asking for a beating. And while Horton was possibly doing the least, if he'd walked away he would have slept in his bed that night.

Not a defense of the police. I'm just saying what many of us learned well before your age. You made it worse. If what you're fighting for is the right to act like that when approached by the police, here's a hint. It is absolutely never going to happen.

What do I know? I've spent my time being watched, followed and harassed by the police, and I've almost certainly spent more time in custody than both of these men. Being white probably saved me a beating or two over the years. But, I've seen white boys in eastern NC get hit by police for less.

My point is: You need to protect yourself. The camera is good, but the most important thing to remember is to STFU. It's the first rule that everyone's parents, like it or not, should have taught them from an early age.

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Posted by Jeff S on 08/10/2015 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Why Raleigh should go slow on density

"Folks seem to think this CityLab article on high housing prices in San Francisco should be brought to my attention "

Who? John Kane's personal assistant? That piece was written by a corporate mouthpiece doing little but bemoaning their ability to build with impunity. That same sad myth plays out all over the country. The idea that if only developer were allowed to build whatever they wanted, wherever they wanted your cost of living would be so much lower.

Quality of life you say? Oh, they couldn't be bothered with such things.

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Posted by Jeff S on 07/28/2015 at 10:58 AM

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