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brontoraptor: Are you claiming that you aren't the beneficiary of any government programs?
I'm going to retire in a few years and I expect to get Social Security, Medicare and Medicade, programs I've paid into my entire life.
What a silly debate. Animals also crap on the ground. Should humans do that too?
Sorry excon, but dozens didn't die on a Duck Boat in Seattle. Three years ago a Duck Boat had a mechanical malfunction (it fell apart) on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle and it collided with a tour bus killing 5 people.
My opinion based on my 40 plus years on the water and frequently driving the streets on the Seattle waterfront where these boats operate is that Duck Boats are a menace and should be scraped. First of all many of these boats are 75 years old and they were never intended to haul elderly civilians, they were intended to ferry soldiers from ships to the beach in beach assaults. They aren't really a boat and they aren't really a bus. They worked great for their intended purpose but their intended purpose wasn't to haul elderly civilians.
I frequently drive over the Aurora bridge and have followed these vehicles over that bridge many times. I give them as much room as I possibly can because they're so obviously dangerous. They're too wide for the bridge and too wide for the streets in Seattle on which they travel. They're so old that they're falling apart (and the owners obviously don't do the necessary maintenance) and that's exactly what caused the 5 deaths on the Aurora Bridge 3 years ago.
As a boat they're a sick joke because the hull integrity is terrible. The hulls are 75 year old aluminum. Think metal fatigue. If there's a breach in that 75 year old hull that stupid boat could sink very quickly because the bilge pumps can only do so much providing they've been properly maintained and function as intended, but if a seam rips open those pumps might not keep up. To make maters worse, these "boats" have a lot of weight that normal boats don't have. They have all the heavy running gear of a WW2 era truck, frame, axels, wheels, leaf springs, brake drums or disks and everything else you find under a truck. The weight of all that gear can only cause it to sink more quickly.
And then there's the greed component. That these operators would allow a piece of crap like that to operate on rough water while full of civilians should be cause to run that operator out of business forever.
Put the old ladies on a nice comfortable bus and haul them to the waterfront and then put them on a good seaworthy and safe boat.
Apparently you forgot the Republican propaghanda machine called FOX News that was up Obama’s ass 24/7 for 8 years.
Sorry little Trump cult worshiper, your Messiah is going down even harder than he went down on Putin the other day.
But go ahead and keep pretending it’s all ok, it’ll just add to the entertainment value when reality finally bites you in your dumb ass.
I don’t disagree with any of that and I’d even go even further. Trump has gone bankrupt several times. His son is quoted as saying that cash wasn’t a problem for the Trumps because “the Russians” were always ready to contribute. Russia is a kleptocracy and Putin is the head of the Russian Mafia.
I’m convinced that Trump borrowed a lot of money from Putin’s Russian mob which means that Putin owns Trump.
I find it fascinating that the Mueller investigation indicted 12 of Putin’s guys just a couple of days before the big meet in Finland. Not only were indictments made, but specific actions were described in some detail. I believe that this was the United States intellegence gathering agencies sending Putin a message and the message is: “We’re all the way up your ass and deep into your shit. We’re the REAL hackers asshole, and we’ve got you by the balls!”