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The commissioners should go one step further and require background checks as well. Anyone convicted of a felony while on the dole should have their benefits revoked.
This should be a "non-issue". Take the drug test if you want me to pay for your "bling".
If I need an ID to drive a vehicle, apply for a loan, gain access to an airplane or other form of travel, I don't see any problem with obtaining and showing an ID to vote. I'll bet that if the 47% needed a photo ID to pick up their check, they wouldn't have any problem getting one right away. Libs oppose this because their voter base will be diminished considerably.
I had to take a drug test for my employment. A portion of my taxes goes to support the entitlement program. I don't see anything wrong with testing those recipients. If others do see a problem with this process, perhaps they should contribute at a higher rate than those of us who actually support the testing process. Also, I think that if someone on an entitlement program gets arrested and CONVICTED of a drug related crime, their benefits should be terminated.
The federal government should have adopted this approach years ago. We wouldn't be in the mess we are in now. Ryan proposed a sensible approach to balancing the budget over the next 10 years, while increasing spending at about 4.2% per year, but it seems that the mentality in Washington is that there isn't a spending problem, and therefore, there is no need to pay attention to the deficit.
ARM the decent law abiding citizens of Chicago and watch the crime rate drop. An unarmed man is a victim in waiting but an armed man is a citizen.
That's the most sensible thing I've read so far. Additionally, if Old Pilot wants to know where we can get the money, we can make the Campaigner in Chief leave Air Force One parked for a few weeks and use the money that would normally be wasted on his "jaunts" to help provide additional resources to clean up these cities.
OldPilot19 hours, 1 minute ago
Since the USA has a "well regulated militia", comprised of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard (under certain circumstances) what possible reason is there for civilians ownership of firearms on par with the military?
There are already restrictions on the types of firearms the civilian population has. This has not diminished the amount of firearms deaths. Until people are held accountable for their actions, and not allowed to plea bargain down to a lesser crime, or cop a plea so that they don't get executed for killing someone with a firearm, I don't see any change. The government can keep infringing on the rights of the law abiding citizens and protect the rights of criminals, but don't expect any decrease in violent crime.
Thanks Middleman and Geoff for being the voice of sanity and common sense. You guys have hit on the real problems, and it's not placing restrictions on law abiding citizens. Until gang violence, mental illness, and where the guns are coming from, (in the case of "Fast and Furious", we already have that answer), things won't change.
The jobless rate posted doesn't take into consideration the "invisible" people who have quit looking for work, or have exhausted their benefits.
Great observations Jeffrey. I think the most realistic and accurate comment you made was your first one.
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