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Jeff Rigden

Jeff Rigden

President at Fabrication Group of Georgia
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  • It's predictable and somewhat comical to hear all the Trump supporters doing their best to finesse the Rodger Stone arrest as well as other criminal activities from members of the Trump campaign. John Commons of Red Commons is one who submits that all politicians, given deep enough scrutiny by intelligence

    It's predictable and somewhat comical to hear all the Trump supporters doing their best to finesse the Rodger Stone arrest as well as other criminal activities from members of the Trump campaign. John Commons of Red Commons is one who submits that all politicians, given deep enough scrutiny by intelligence agencies, would be found guilty of something. While it's convenient to make such a point, it does not, nor should it dismiss the crimes that members of the Trump campaign and most likely, the President himself have committed to prostitute themselves for electotal victory. To cavalierly dismiss these crimes on the basis that other politicians may have committed crimes is akin to saying, other people have gotten away with murder, so someone indicted for murder should get off as well.

    There were red flags waving frantically and billows of black (or should I say red) smoke churning from and around the Trump campaign in 2016 that was so thick that anyone of concern had to investigate. Why so many leaders in the Republican Party have chosen to discard their morals, character, and patriotism to defend this President is beyond me, but the long-term damage that these GOP leaders have done to their party is incalculable and will be felt for decades.

  • Personally, I think it would be better if Presidents henceforth delivered the State of the Union in writing to Congress as well as the World like they used to. The SOTU is nothing but a circus anymore with one side standing with endless applause and the other sitting on their hands. Total political BS

    Personally, I think it would be better if Presidents henceforth delivered the State of the Union in writing to Congress as well as the World like they used to. The SOTU is nothing but a circus anymore with one side standing with endless applause and the other sitting on their hands. Total political BS. Maybe a written SOTU report as well as the other party's response in writing would reduce the showboating for political entertainment sake.

  • To me, it's very interesting to see institutions that at one point we're very altruistic have now become completely driven with the pursuit of wealth and the dollar. Take for example colleges and universities. At one point in our history they were staffed by people who felt the need to educate young

    To me, it's very interesting to see institutions that at one point we're very altruistic have now become completely driven with the pursuit of wealth and the dollar. Take for example colleges and universities. At one point in our history they were staffed by people who felt the need to educate young people and to provide for them a pathway to an honorable career. Professors and university officials made modest but respected salaries. Is that the case now with very costly text books written by professors for their classes who require the latest version every semester. Where does that money go? In the professors' pocket.

    Let's look at hospitals. Need I point out the outrageous fees they charge and the earnings of their doctors?

    Colleges and hospitals are flush with cash. Tons of it! Have you ever seen a university or hospital that is not undergoing some major construction?

    Even Boy Scouts, or Scouts as it is now called. The various troops that meet in rooms provided at no cost by schools and churches across our land, who are led by volunteers, are managed by an organization that resides in beautiful buildings on very expensive and coveted property. Why?

    And need I say anything about churches themselves and the Taj Mahal like buildings in which many of them house themselves - tax free I might add.

    These are just a few of the organizations that at one point not so long ago, people joined or chose as a career so that they could help people. Their motives were far more humanitarian and magnanimous. They were not in pursuit of the almighty dollar and the lavish lifestyles many of those careers now enjoy, but they had a calling they heard and followed.

    Do we honestly believe politicians stay in office to "help the country"?

    The motives of institutions in this country have never been lily white, but now I'm afraid they practice, for the most part, self-serving garbage, awash with greed, and everyone else be damned.

  • Business owners should prefer a single payer healthcare system. It would enable them to remove the high and unpredictable cost of healthcare benefits, as well as their associated administration costs from them from their annual budget. Businesses must be able to predict costs. This would be a huge help

    Business owners should prefer a single payer healthcare system. It would enable them to remove the high and unpredictable cost of healthcare benefits, as well as their associated administration costs from them from their annual budget. Businesses must be able to predict costs. This would be a huge help to them.

    I would also like to see a credible analysis of the delta between the cost of a single-payer system vs. the total amount of dollars that employers' pay towards healthcare insurance costs plus the total dollars employees also contribute via deductions from their paychecks. These two pools of income could be converted to a tax, a tax no person or company would miss. Instead of paying an insurance company whose sole purpose is to find reasons not to pay for medical procedures, that same money would go to pay for a more sensible healthcare system.

  • It's folly to think that an establishment Democratic candidate cannot be a winning candidate. It's like saying a Jeep can't beat a Ferrari in a race. Well it all depends on the race course and the terrain. Along with a lot of Clinton fatigue, Gore, lost because he was unfairly linked to Bill Clinton's

    It's folly to think that an establishment Democratic candidate cannot be a winning candidate. It's like saying a Jeep can't beat a Ferrari in a race. Well it all depends on the race course and the terrain. Along with a lot of Clinton fatigue, Gore, lost because he was unfairly linked to Bill Clinton's sexual indescretions. Kerry and HRC lost, not because they were establishment candidates, but that they ran bad campaigns. Kerry was all over the map with his messaging (I was for it before I was against it), and HRC didn't work the map like she should have (Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin). Neither were well liked by people other than their base. An establishment candidate who can run a good campaign, develop a concise message that rings loud and clear to his or her base, and intelligently plays the Electoral College game to inspire independents to vote for them will win.

  • No doubt, it will take trillions of dollars to repair our aging, delapidated infrastructure. Where do we get the money? Since the eighties, raising taxes is no longer an option for governments and politicians to suggest. Politicians that are currently in office are justifiably afraid to suggest raising

    No doubt, it will take trillions of dollars to repair our aging, delapidated infrastructure. Where do we get the money? Since the eighties, raising taxes is no longer an option for governments and politicians to suggest. Politicians that are currently in office are justifiably afraid to suggest raising taxes because they'll be "primaried". Remember when George HW Bush raised taxes after his no new taxes pledge, and what happened to his re-election?

    When was the last time you heard a candidate say we need to raise taxes? Instead they say we will fund their programs of choice by raising license and regulatory fees, increasing sin taxes, and worse... (all together now) cut waste, fraud, and abuse.

    More so, there are media personalities, particularly conservative radio talk show hosts, who know they have an audience that is gullible enough to believe that we can pay for these necessities by cutting funds elsewhere. In other words, from a government program that is not of interest to them or their political ideals.

    It's sad that our citizens no longer feel they need to pay for anything, or invest in something long term. They want it now! So what happens? Nothing gets done except for pathetic window dressing. We need Congresspersons with the courage to tell us the truth whether it's what we want to hear it or not.

  • We now have an acting secretary of defense, an acting attorney-general, and acting Chief of Staff, an acting EPA administrator, no UN ambassador, no interior secretary, no deputy at HUD or at DHS, and a poor President that is acting in a disgusting manner.

    On top of that,

    -China bought zero soybeans

    We now have an acting secretary of defense, an acting attorney-general, and acting Chief of Staff, an acting EPA administrator, no UN ambassador, no interior secretary, no deputy at HUD or at DHS, and a poor President that is acting in a disgusting manner.

    On top of that,

    -China bought zero soybeans from US farmers in November 2018, the first time that's ever happened.

    -4 Million working age Americans lost health care

    -$1.5 Trillion corporate handout

    -$779 Billion deficit

    -Worst Dec stock market since 1931

    -17% increase in hate crimes

    -2,654 migrant kids taken from families

    -~40,000 gun deaths in 2017

    -US added to list of deadliest countries for journalists for 1st time ever

    -US greenhouse gas emissions rise by 2.5%

    -5 Trump aide guilty pleas

    -17 (known) Trump/Russia investigations

    -3 gov't shutdowns

    -Numerous allies abandoned

    And Trumpsters think he's doing well? SHEESH!

  • I have never owned an iPhone. I have a Samsung S8. My wife is on her second iPhone. My S8 has an audio port, but I rarely use it. I will not ever buy an iPhone for myself because of their stubborn refusal to put cursor keys on the keyboard or to allow a developer like SwiftKey to put a keyboard with

    I have never owned an iPhone. I have a Samsung S8. My wife is on her second iPhone. My S8 has an audio port, but I rarely use it. I will not ever buy an iPhone for myself because of their stubborn refusal to put cursor keys on the keyboard or to allow a developer like SwiftKey to put a keyboard with cursor keys on the App Store for those that want them. Apple's arrogance is too much for me. Their insistence that it is their way or your highway is an attitude I will not do business with.

  • Relationships, both business and personal, are made stronger when one shows sincere interest and concern. That often demands one's evaluation of the words and the tone with which they are using when talking with (not at) a person.

  • Let us remember, Mnuchin left Goldman Sachs as CIO, was a Sears and K-Mart board member. Need I remind you of their current poor financial health? Before his current gig as Secretary of the Treasury, he rescued IndyMac, now OneWest Bank, and sold it to CIR Group. Before becoming SOT, Mnuchin has never

    Let us remember, Mnuchin left Goldman Sachs as CIO, was a Sears and K-Mart board member. Need I remind you of their current poor financial health? Before his current gig as Secretary of the Treasury, he rescued IndyMac, now OneWest Bank, and sold it to CIR Group. Before becoming SOT, Mnuchin has never been in government in any capacity. In my opinion, he's simply a Trump lapdog.