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Politics

Mail-In Voted

Dropped off my mail-in ballot, pretty simple and easy process. Got to thinking how much easier it makes voting for people that have to work and who won’t be given time off to vote. It’s almost like forcing people to work on election day is a form of voter suppression. I suppose that is what all the kerfluffle is about, can’t have the great unwashed voting, they might not vote the ‘right way,’ or at least that’s what I hear when people gripe about voting by mail. I mean how dare we open the franchise of the vote to working people.

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Politics

Are Quarantine & Isolation Constitutional?

Point: The US Constitution doesn’t mention quarantine or isolation.
Point: US Constitution, 10th Amendment: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Point: Idaho Law, TITLE 56, PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND WELFARE, CHAPTER 10, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE (7) The director, under rules adopted by the board of health and welfare, shall have the power to impose and enforce orders of isolation and quarantine to protect the public from the spread of infectious or communicable diseases or from contamination from chemical or biological agents, whether naturally occurring or propagated by criminal or terrorist act.
(a) An order of isolation or quarantine issued pursuant to this section shall be a final agency action for purposes of judicial review. However, this shall not prevent the director from reconsidering, amending or withdrawing the order. Judicial review of orders of isolation or quarantine shall be de novo. The court may affirm, reverse or modify the order and shall affirm the order if it appears by a preponderance of the evidence that the order is reasonably necessary to protect the public from a substantial and immediate danger of the spread of an infectious or communicable disease or from contamination by a chemical or biological agent.
(b) If the director has reasonable cause to believe a chemical or biological agent has been released in an identifiable place, including a building or structure, an order of quarantine may be imposed to prevent the movement of persons into or out of that place, for a limited period of time, for the purpose of determining whether a person or persons at that place have been contaminated with a chemical or biological agent which may create a substantial and immediate danger to the public.
(c) Any person who violates an order of isolation or quarantine shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

So, how isn’t it constitutional or legal?

Update: The courts are still upholding it, most recently in Michigan.

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Observations Politics

Socialized Medicine?

People that say they don’t want socialized medicine annoy me. If the medicare for all would ever pass, your premiums are deducted from your paycheck, it is insurance that you’ve paid for. That is capitalism, you pay money for a good or service.

On the same vein, social security is not a freaking entitlement. You paid into it, the problem is that years ago LBJ signed off on a bill that allowed congress to use it as a piggy bank, if social security collapses, it was sabotaged by your elected officials who collected your premiums and defrauded you of the value of your policy.

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Politics

No Such Thing as FREE Healthcare

It isn’t about getting free stuff, there isn’t a country in the world that has free healthcare, they pay for it with their taxes. So, for those that say other countries have free healthcare, no they don’t. For those that say people want something for nothing, no they don’t, they just want their taxes used more intelligently.

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Politics Snippets

Snippet: Parties are Not Government

Her: “How can you distrust political parties, they are part of the government!”
Me: “I’m not all that trusting of the government, but political parties are NOT part of the government. They are 527 groups, tax exempt organizations just like PACs, Super PACs and other groups: “…created primarily to influence the selection, nomination, election, appointment or defeat of candidates to federal, state or local public office…”

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Politics Snippets

Snippet: Pigeons & Politics

Arguing on the internet is like sitting down to play chess (make a post or statement somewhere) and a pigeon lands to play you (jumps randomly into your post.) It knocks over the pieces, shits on the board, and flies off to tell their friends that they won. (not an original statement, just modified to fit the situation)

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