Tuesday Twitter roundup

You just can't fix stupid:

He produced a result, alright. And that result is an empty seat in Congress while we try to unravel this mess.

This is not surprising, at all. Even with the voucher, private schools are still too expensive for poor families. You can expect Republicans to (very soon) try to relax the income standards, so that money can be safely funneled into for-profit pockets.

Again, not surprising. The healthcare sector is the largest employer, pulling in something like 18% of the U.S. work force.

Lol! Apparently this Trumpbot didn't get the memo about that evil Jeff Bezos...

Before you even think about buying this piece of revisionist trash, here's part of the summary:

In The Real Lincoln, author Thomas J. DiLorenzo uncovers a side of Lincoln not told in many history books--and overshadowed by the immense Lincoln legend. Through extensive research and meticulous documentation, DiLorenzo portrays the sixteenth president as a man who devoted his political career to revolutionizing the American form of government from one that was very limited in scope and highly decentralized—as the Founding Fathers intended—to a highly centralized, activist state. Standing in his way, however, was the South, with its independent states, its resistance to the national government, and its reliance on unfettered free trade. To accomplish his goals, Lincoln subverted the Constitution, trampled states' rights, and launched a devastating Civil War, whose wounds haunt us still. According to this provacative book, 600,000 American soldiers did not die for the honorable cause of ending slavery but for the dubious agenda of sacrificing the independence of the states to the supremacy of the federal government, which has been tightening its vise grip on our republic to this very day.

As usual, Libertarian jibber-jabber glosses over horrific injustice. "Unfettered free trade" is possibly the worst rationalization for buying and abusing human beings I've ever seen, but these idiots gobble that crap right up. No thanks, you can keep that nonsense to yourselves.

Which is of course an alien concept to Mark Walker...

Dude just climbed the ladder of the most despicable Republicans in the General Assembly.

Don't try to make any sense out of Berger's ramblings. Because he's too stupid to understand he's actually validating the need for expansion. If those people aren't currently receiving medical services because they can't afford it, we need to expand. If they are and are going into debt/bankruptcy, we need to expand. All arguments end up right back at that point.

Don't worry, loyal conservatives will write this off the same way they did when it happened in North Carolina, by claiming people got more money back throughout the year. Of course, nobody remembers getting more money, because they didn't, but logic plays no role in the tax scam formula.

It's a refreshing relief when others go after John Hood:

A frequent echo chamberist for the Carolina Journal, Hood makes no secret about his view that paying teachers based on years of experience and degrees is a ‘bad idea’ and that we need to figure out a way to make performance pay happen. So it should come as no surprise that Hood would cherry-pick data that supports his views on master’s pay, ignoring studies that show positive impact of graduate degrees on both testing data and teacher evaluation results.

What is a bit more surprising is that Hood is cheeky enough to dismiss the value of teachers earning master’s degrees just three months after announcing to the world how ‘enriching’ he found his own graduate experience:

I have just completed a Master's Degree in Liberal studies, a program that was both challenging & enriching. What role will the Liberal Arts play in a higher education sector increasingly populated by technical & professional programs?

Hood found his master’s degree so life changing that he published an opinion piece of truly astounding rhetorical complexity entitled ‘Take time to broaden the mind’ in which he beseeches the reader to seek out a path of enlightenment similar to his own. Clearly Hood believes in the power of graduate degrees to bring about fundamental, positive change in people. As long as those people aren’t educators.

It’s a mystery whether the ‘enriching’ from Hood’s master’s degree included any additional Benjamins on top of the more than $230,000 salary reported on the Pope Foundation’s most recent 990 filing. Unlike Hood, those teachers he claims don’t improve by going to graduate school actually need the money. Our average teaching salary of $50,861 ranks 37th in the nation, nearly $10,000 behind the national average. Since the GOP supermajority came to power in 2010, we’ve lost master’s pay, longevity pay, and retiree health benefits, and veteran teacher pay is now frozen from years 15 to 24 with only one final raise after that. No teacher in North Carolina would ever dream of raking in a salary like Hood’s. But a 10% increase for a master’s degree doesn’t seem outrageous.

Kudos to John Hood for getting his Master's. But it apparently did not cure his problem of periodically contradicting himself as he twists for a living.

On that purely predictable note, here's your Onion:




Bonus Onion:

You may think this one isn't funny, but exposing the core fallacies of stupid, self-centered people is the height of comedy.