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  1. Patters

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    http://connpost.com/news/ci_3673971

    A Republican member of the Board of Apportionment and Taxation facing calls for his resignation publicly apologized Tuesday for his recent remarks about students with disabilities.

    Promising to atone for his mistake by volunteering for the Special Olympics, Robert Scarduzio, a 32-year-old holding his first elected office, said his comments lacked compassion and understanding. "I'm really ashamed of what I said. I love this city and I never wanted to hurt your feelings," Scarduzio said after putting aside his speech. While one parent of a disabled student accepted the apology, a core of parents and teachers remained angered by Scarduzio's previous comments and continued their demands that he resign.

    Scarduzio made the remarks in question during a budget presentation last week by Supt. of Schools Janet Robinson. During a discussion of the $465,000 increase to the special education budget, Scarduzio said, "Why are we putting all this money into special education when these students will be the least productive members of society?" During the public comment session Tuesday, Ray Lasky stood next to his 4-year-old son, Nicholas, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. He said Scarduzio's comment "hurt me like nothing hurt me in my whole life."
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    Albert Einstein would have been a special ed student if he was alive 50 years later, and he turned out being a very productive member of society.
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    #24 Jersey

    Thanks for the generalization, it's much appreciated.
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    If you like generalizations, stick around this forum, there are tons of em..usually do not make much sense and take the wind out of some very good discussions.
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    The same forces that cause someone to align themselves with Republicans may, in fact, contribute to the mentality we saw here ("everyone for themselves, survival of the strongest, cost vs. benefit"), but because life isn't black and white (why wouldn't we just have anarchy if it was?) I think most Republicans would recognize that to some extent society DOES exist to protect those unable to protect themselves. The line isn't "leave them to die" or "completely take care of them for their whole lives", but somewhere in between.

    In other words, NEM, your comment is immature, simpleton, and out of line, and you should rescind it if you don't want to seem like an agitator and a demigouge.
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    LMAO - he'd have to delete every post he's ever made. He's probably the reason Charlie Weis left the Patriots :D
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    #24 Jersey

    Generalizations rule - and, evidently, can only be made by Democrats. Patters had a great post of nothing but generalizations a few weeks ago.
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    I hope you posted that for irony...
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    "Why are we putting all this money into special education when these students will be the least productive members of society?"

    Come on, BF, you have to admit, that's not the kind of thing a liberal would say.

    Also, I don't generalize too often, so I don't know what your referring to. I try to qualify my comments with phrases like "many conservatives" because I do recognize you're not a monolithic bunch.
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    Yeah that heartless President Bush (first one) signed that Americans with disabilities Act.

    get a clue
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    #24 Jersey

    No. I wasn't generalizing about what a group thinks, just on what group is seemingly allowed to do it here.

    Patters, I'll see if I can dig yours up.
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    Brian: "You are all individuals!"
    Crowd (in unison): "We are all individuals."
    -Monty Python's Life of Brian
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    #24 Jersey

    OK, Patters, I couldn't find it. But you had a great generalization of Republicans - remember I asked if it was the first in a series and whether you would do blacks, jews or women next ?

    Anyway, you are certainly the master of the thinly veiled generalization but putting all Republicans together then slipping (most, many, etc) something in front to make it look better.
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    BF, there's an important difference when one says "Conservatives are selfish bastards" and one says "Some conservatives are selfish bastards." I suspect you could agree to some extent with the latter, but might take umbrage at the former. Another example, if you said "Some liberals are socialist," I could agree, but if you said "Liberals are socialist," I would respond that you don't know the meaning of liberalism.
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    What if he said "some liberals are selfish bastards"?
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    How dare you!
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    #24 Jersey

    And some Liberals are selfish bastards. What's your point ?
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    #24 Jersey

    Oh, crap, I just did :D
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    Of course a lib wouldn't say that ....


    They don't have the strength to make a definitive statement if it could be remotely unpopular.

    I don't think this guy is too far off. Special Interest groups force changes to accomodate the minority at the expense of the majority.

    But, like a lot of folks, I'm willing to bet his intent was not so cold-hearted.
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    You can take that argument to its logical extreme. Why should everyone pay taxes for police protection when only some people (a minority) will be the target of crimes? A major purpose of government is to protect the minority from a tyranny of the majority.

    Incidentally, that's why issues of fundamental rights, like marriage, shouldn't be put to a vote.
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    Only an idiot would say a thing like this. Does the name Stephen Hawking mean anything to you? Not surprised.
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    Just to get the facts straight (I totally share the sentiment of your post, but I like to make sure information is accurate), Stephen Hawking wasn't born disabled, or disabled as a child. He was actually an athlete until he developed motor neurone disease in his early 20's.
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    Only an idiot would immediately assume the worst.

    Sigh ... You libs go off half-c0cked ... Did I say I agreed? Did I say it was right?

    Am I not right when I say that Special Interest groups force change to accomodate a minority?

    Is it wrong to assume his intent wasn't so cold-hearted?

    And, yes, I have heard of Stephen Hawking - he stole Homer's Donut-Shaped Universe Theory ... :D
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    How come all you smart guys can say "ba stard" and I can't?:bricks:
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    Who says you can't? Unless you have trouble typing it, I can't see how our superior intelligence would come into play here.
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    What gives you the idea that I'm a liberal? :eek: :confused: "I don't think this guy's too far off" means you agree with him for the most part in normal speech. The only time it doesn't is when your double-speaking to intentionally draw in a comment like mine. Don't act so clueless.

    You're only part right when you say that special iInterest groups force change to accomodate a minority. Special interest groups also represent nazis, drug companies, lawyers, Buddhists, Armenian orphans...you name it.

    I love Homer's Dounut-Shaped Universe Theory, too. It's a great weapon to use against the Creationists. They have no argument for it.:D

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