The Great Hippo wrote:I sincerely hope you're wrong. Otherwise, it sounds like the problem here is that people in Maine don't understand 1) How moving works, 2) How poverty works, or 3) How Medicaid works.
Or what "Greyhound Therapy" even refers to, for that matter.
That's how Paul LePage thinks, not necessarily the people of Maine. I should probably mention that the people of Maine actually voted for the Medicaid expansion via referendum (only state to do so), but LePage vetoed it for the reasons I mentioned. Keep in mind that this is the LePage who is mostly known for thinking that black people only exist to sell drugs and impregnate white girls. Seriously, I just googled his name just now to find a link for this post, and now he has a new thing regarding almost exactly that.
As for Greyhound Therapy, LePage doesn't refer to it as such, I just used it as it's the same principle. If you want to give me a euphemism for "sending your poor/unwanted Somewhere Else", I'm all ears.
ObsessoMom wrote:Um, perhaps because leaving Syria's Kurds to be slaughtered -- and leaving all of our other allies to wonder when we'll screw them over, too -- is not very conducive to peace, in either the short or long terms?
As far as I understand, most of the slaughtering of Kurds will be at the hands of Turkey and Turkey's proxies, as ISIS can't face them directly and the Kurds have an informal agreement with both the rebels and Assad that they'll back whichever of the two comes out on top (obviously, I could be wrong, and of course, agreements in the Mid-East don't last). We haven't been willing to stand up to the Turks regardless of all the horrible shit they've pulled, such as bombing the Kurds whenever they came close to a victory against ISIS. I'm not really sure what we were actually planning on accomplishing by letting Turkey call our shots in the first place.
While I personally believe there should've been a Kurdistan and view the Kurds as the least awful major group in the region, I hold no illusions about the Kurds being some super-nice force of brotherly love and justice; there are not-illegitimate claims that the Kurds themselves have been ethnically cleansing others...