“Separation of church and state" is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson and others expressing an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The phrase has since been repeatedly used by the Supreme Court of the United States.The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...." and Article VI specifies that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." The modern concept of a wholly secular government is sometimes credited to the writings of English philosopher John Locke, but the phrase "separation of church and state" in this context is generally traced to a January 1, 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson, addressed to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper.However, the Court has not always interpreted the constitutional principle as absolute, and the proper extent of separation between government and religion in the U.S. remains an ongoing subject of impassioned debate” - wikipedia
February 20, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.
Interesting thought, Shedevil.
Shiites and Sunnis, at each other's throats to gain control of Iraq.
Right wing (US) and Left wing (US), at each other's throats to gain control of US.
Not much difference!
February 13, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.
Interesting coincidence:GWB = George Washington BridgeGWB = President George W Bush
I can see how Republicans get upset when someone refers to the GWB scandal, they are not sure which GWB.
February 10, 2014 at 10:14 a.m.
76,your post 862:Ok on the medicaid question. That's what I thought your position was, but then the last sentence seemed to erode that thought. Anyway, you clarified it, thanks. (unfortunate that a whole lot of republican governors didn't like the medicaid expansion, but they may come around in due course)
It was interested in the computations of the 30 million redistributed.
Before Obamacare I suggest that the characteristics of the uninsured were: a) those who feel that they don't want or need HC insurance, b) those who were uninsurable due to prior conditions, c) those who wanted HC insurance but felt they could not afford it,and d) ????? (put other suggestions here)
After Obamacare I suggest that the number of "a" group probably didn't change much, the number of the "b" group is diminished by the policy standards, and the number in the "c" group is diminished by the medicaid enrollees and those that that are taking advantage of subsidies.
So to come up with 30 million before and after would suggest that number of new medicaid enrollees and previously uninsurable is equal to the number of folks who now can't afford HC insurance even with a subsidy.
Do you have any source data on that score?
January 9, 2014 at 9:42 p.m.
76,Your last sentence above (860).1) Do you have a problem with "those who didn't have medicaid are now covered"? Is that good, or bad, or does it make no difference?
2) As I recall, you seemed to "like" your health insurance policyand were distressed when it was cancelled. Did you get a new policy? Are you one of those who "liked their policy and are now without" coverage?
January 9, 2014 at 6:37 a.m.
e:Your obsession is boundless
January 7, 2014 at 10:48 p.m.
@evio, Did You think I was referring to YOU????
People will recognize trolling when they see it.
Your first comment on a letter written about the school lunches was to revert to your obsession with Obama.
You may fit the description you provided: "A person who so strongly believes his/her point of view is correct on a particular subject that they are unable to accept any views to the contrary"
January 6, 2014 at 11:22 a.m.
Troll.... “ a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic… in an online community either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response…” (Wikipedia)
By their actions you shall be able to recognize them.
evio: Gee, did you think I was referring to you ???
January 6, 2014 at 10:59 a.m.
@evioTroll “ a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic… in an online community either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response…” (Wikipedia)
January 5, 2014 at 11:16 p.m.
January 5, 2014 at 11:14 p.m.