Environmental Protection Agency

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Don Manzullo: Did You Forget Who You Represent?

I live in Rockford, IL.  It carries the title of ninth most dangerous city in the USA.  We have over 150,000 citizens and is one of the poorest cities in the state.  Our taxes are high, education low and getting worse, the city is crumbling, there are no jobs, corruption runs wild, and the crime rate soars.  

Rockford has an unemployment rate that hovers around 14%, a graduation rate of 79.9% (as of 2010), and 75% of our students live in low income homes. Our crime statistics break down like this: (as of 2009)

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Conservatives: Do You Really Enjoy Being Hypocrites? Part 1

The question I ponder toward my conservative counter parts: Are you stupid or just a hypocrite? I try to inform, but most of the time I'm met with "You and your 'lame stream' media!" So- I lean towards not that bright when it comes to government & economics, but hey- maybe I'm wrong. "Less Government" is one of the right-wing slogans. Within the slogan "less government" is the whole conservative set of assumptions about the nature of the "free market" and government's role in that market. In fact, the whole "public sector/private sector" distinction is an invention of the conservatives. They say that the "private sector" exists outside and independently of the "public sector". The public sector, according to conservative ideology, can only "interfere" with the "private sector", and that such "interference" is "inefficient".

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Not Rich? You Don't Count

The government isn’t shutting down. Aren’t we all just thrilled? Deep down, I felt it wouldn’t shut down anyway, I mean, would Congress be so bold as to still accept checks for not working? Nah, many said they wouldn’t take pay. Since they are greedy by nature, of course they will “strike a deal”.

Also, how on earth did the democrats “compromise”? Like Bill Maher said, it’s kind of like your lawyer telling you “I think I can get your tailgating charge upgraded to manslaughter.” I understand we all have to give up things and we have to “tighten our belts” but WHY doesn’t that apply to fat cats and corporations? Seriously, if we would make the top 2%- heck even the top 1% pay more taxes- it would create more revenue and we could be a much better functioning country.

Why are we taking away a $6.7 million dollar fund that helps

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