Sunday, 4/15/12, Public Square


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18 responses to “Sunday, 4/15/12, Public Square

  1. prairie pond

    Ah, Ah… Kansas!

    I hope everyone is safe and sound. I’m ok out here. I wonder if everyone has power and internet service and if you can check in here sometime. I’d like to know all the Prairie Pops and their property are ok.

    • r.d. liebst

      We faired good and this morning I learned so did my family in OKLA. It was quite interesting last night huh?

  2. Freedomwriter

    I am west of the Wichita airport and we had very little rain here. One fatality though, a very pretty green and white bird. I too hope all you PPP’s are safe.

  3. Good here. And local family have checked in and are good. The cousins I sometimes mention (living off SS disability and vehemently against government) had property damage.

  4. indypendent

    I checked into PPP’s late last night to report we are fine. Bel Aire was in the line of the tornado but then it turned to the right towards Andover. We never lost power – alot of rain and wind here. Our basement wall is seeping water – but there was ALOT of rain and our house was built in the 60’s.

    I’m lucky that is all that we are dealing with…

    My kids and grandkids are fine – so I’m counting my blessings.

    Daughter lives in Derby – she lost power.

  5. Dear Mrs. Romney,

    Perhaps you can advise me since you have raised 5 boys, I’m sure you’ll understand. One of the kids is sick again and I have no sick days left at work. In fact, my boss gave me a bad performance review and no raise this year because he said I obviously don’t care that much about my job since I’ve missed so many days and if I miss anymore he may have to replace me. Whenever my child gets sick, my boss reminds me how easily I can be replaced.

    We don’t have health insurance at my job, so, if my boy gets worse, I’ll probably be at the ER most of the night tonight. Not for the first time, but that’s ok, he’ll get care. It’s tomorrow I’m worried about.

    As you know, regular day care will not take a sick child, so if I want to work when my child is sick, I have to pay for sick child day care, which costs as much as I make, and, as I’m sure you know from personal experience, I still have to pay my regular day care, whether my child is there or out sick, so I actually lose money in order to work while he’s sick. It’s that or take a chance on losing my job entirely.

    Should I take my child to the day care for sick kids and lose money and not have enough for my bills this month, so I can keep my job, or should I stay home with my sick child and hope that I don’t get fired?

    What did you do when this happened to you?

    • wicked

      I know this is just a reminder of what real life is like, but if more people would send letters like this to the people who need to read them, there might be a small dent in the wall of money out there.

  6. Romney and allies cried that Democrats had declared “war on moms” after a Democratic strategist said Romney’s wife hadn’t worked a day in her life. Romney’s camp said this meant Democrats don’t value stay at home moms and motherhood, while they believe that women who stay home are doing real work.

    For every Romney action, there is an equal and opposite Romney reaction, and this morning, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes dug up a video of Romney from just January in which the Republican presidential candidate said he wanted to require women who receive welfare to work outside the home, even if their children are very young. He told a New Hampshire audience:

    “I wanted to increase the work requirement,” said Romney. “I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless.’ And I said, ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.”

    • wicked

      So being a mom isn’t work, and it sure isn’t dignified. Is that it?

      • It’s work and it’s dignified if you’re Mrs. Romney. At least that’s near as I can figure out from the Mitten$ two-faced comments. We could wait a day and find out if he holds yet a different deeply-held conviction on the issue.

      • wicked

        Right. It’s only right for the “right” people. And at the “right” time.

        Since when should the government force a person to go to work? Oh, he’s going to help with providing more daycare, so that makes it all right. Children should be birthed, then raised to the age of 2 by their mothers, then raised by someone else. Preferably church-based childcare, I’d almost bet. And Romney will make sure there are extra funds for that. *wink*

        Men are clueless. Especially Republican men.

    • r.d. liebst

      I believe this statement is covered under the adage of “cranial blockage of the sphincter muscle” it is not at all thought out and farther more is a sure sign of a lack of understanding and knowledge of the real world. There well said and politely stated! More so then Romney has his head up his ass and need to return to earth some time!!!

    • bobwhite

      Women can make the difference, if they stay both together and active. I support that result and I will vote with them. Just make it a clear message so I can follow-up on my commitment of support. No “if” or “maybe.”

  7. wicked

    So glad to hear you all are okay! That was some wild night last night, wasn’t it?

    We usually spend Saturday evening at my daughter’s house, so we were there long before the bad stuff arrived. She has a basement, so it’s our safe place for storms. There were 7 of us there. My youngest, oldest and her daughter, oldest’s husband and his daughter, and my next to oldest who would’ve been home alone, and me. The electricity went out in the midst of the worst, so we were relegated to not having radar to watch. 😦 The power goes out there quite often, so daughter had purchased a new radio that would run on batteries for the occasion, so we kept up with the news that way. I was texting on the phone with my friend in TX during most of the bad stuff. The information she was getting on cable was as good as what we were hearing on the radio. We were far enough north of Oaklawn that all we had was a ton of rain and some wind that took care of some small, pesky limbs. I was supposed to attend a meeting at the Rec Center in Derby today, but because the Red Cross was using it as a shelter last night, the meeting was cancelled.

    Amazing how this storm duplicated the 1991 storm.

  8. ‎The reason often given that capital gains are taxed at a lower rate than wages is because people have already paid taxes on the money they use to invest and earn capital gains. So, the government is already double-taxing capital gains.

    Okay, let’s look at this in other ways money is double taxed. When a person pays sales tax, excise taxes, taxes on the utilities, phone, cable, internet, etc. isn’t that taking from income that has already been taxed? When a person puts their savings into an interest-bearing account and then later pulls it out, and it is substantial enough, isn’t it taxed again? Why is it that the gains of the rich are so “precious” that any thought of taxing them are opposed by republicans at every pass, yet when common folk (the 99%) are taxed heavily as consumers — it is for the sustenance of the economy?

    Republicans protect the rich at the expense of everyone else!

    • indypendent

      Do you think the tax code for capital gains was written by those folks who KNEW they were getting away with something?