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Workers Shocked at Rep's 'Pick Up Smoking ... Die Younger' Quip

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Rep. Neal Kurk, pension, union busting, New Hampshire, smoking )

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House Finance Committee voted to turn union workers whose contracts expire into employees-at-will. Public employees appalled at statement by Rep Neal Kurk, who said that the pension pool would benefit if public employees started smoking and died younger.

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Deb E (63)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 12:47 pm
This, sadly, doesn't surprise me one bit to read. Human lives mean nothing to the people in power.

Toni C (508)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 12:57 pm
Another comment from the peanut gallery...thanks to Rep. Neal Kirk! First we had dumb and dumber... now we have stupid and stupider... and they're in our CONGRESS!!

Barbara K (60)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 1:11 pm
This guy is an idiot and should resign. This is the kind of people that the village idiots voted into office. Shame on them. They are heartless thugs who do not deserve to be making any decisions for the rest of us. Get the recall petitions dusted off.

Ramona Thompson (210)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 1:18 pm
The SOB couldn't back-peddle enough could he?

Vikram C (394)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 1:20 pm

Amy Collins (42)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 1:45 pm
HeyNeal Kurk....I gotta us all a favor and YOU start smoking so YOU will die sooner.... Dang....sounds repulsive and offensive when someone says it about you. Taken out of context? REALLY? I cant imagine a situation on the planet where saying "if these people would take up smoking so they could die sooner..." would ever be accepted....EVER!!

Amy Collins (42)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 1:50 pm
Also....with comments like reprehensible and selfishly vile as they are...I gotta wonder where the real intentions lie in the country? Do we have powerful people making sicknesses and diseases in some lab to kill us for monetary gain? ...Because it would benefit their bottom line? #no trust

Norm C (74)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 1:58 pm
It's all about money, and it's all about how all the money should be theirs. We the People are just a damned nuisance to them.

Isn't it time we placed them in the institution designed for lunatics like this?

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 2:07 pm
That is why I am very leary of the vaccines they want to push upon us Amy during these so called...the sky is falling, run, line up, get your vaccination.

Kathy Javens (104)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 2:51 pm
Noted. All I can say is.....WHAT AN ASS!!!

Susan L (150)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 4:41 pm
Norm has it exactly right. I too, believe it is all about the money. We don't pay them enough at $174,000 a year, plus benefits (health care, expenses, travel) that they sell their votes and influence to Big Business (every variety) while complaining that the average citizen gets "too much"? The median American income is $32,000 - and MANY more can't even earn that no matter how hard they work, but don't deserve health care or Social Security or other public services because WHY? This country CAN afford to do for the taxpayers as much as we can afford to pay them what they are paid. What is it that so many in this country can't understand about that?

People need to get off their "Political Party Bandwagon" and see our elected officials for what they are. We could count the GOOD Congress persons much easier than the greedy, self serving ones when it should never have gotten this way. It is not a matter of which party you vote for but the person, and do your 'research'!!

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 5:11 pm
Aho! To that statement Sue. You said, "It is not a matter of which party you vote for but the person, and do your 'research'!!" Unfortunately, both parties have done us in with various policies and voting on issues. The Democrats need to get back to what the Democrats use to stand for. Right now the Republicans have way too many way out there destructive elected Officials, but neither party is blameless. Why Obama and some others want to compromise with Stupid is beyond me.

Susan L (150)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 6:32 pm
Thanks Sheryl. Comments are all pretty good.
Kitty G. - Isn't it sad that we see that comment so often? When we see so many people saying "This doesn't surprise me" it means there is a HUGE problem. Not just a problem or a little problem. Our representatives really need to listen to the majority.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 6:56 pm
You are right Sue, these things should surprise us, should distress us, but it has become the norm and it isn't a good norm, it shows a decline in our society. How far do we allow it to go. I'm glad he was called out on his rash statement. Let him at least squirm a bit, but I agree with Barbara he should resign. Our elected officials should be held to a higher standard and they haven't been, it's our doing too, for we all allowed it to sink to the lows we have now.

Deborah B (72)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 7:26 pm
Noted, and thanks, Sheryl. I am listening to too many hours of this a day. The State of Illinois is broke and I get my pension from it at least this month. And just a few hours north we have Governor Walker of Wisconsin. Then there is Michigan and now Ohio. And today the governor of Florida wants all state workers tested for drugs (but he turned his shares in stock over to his wife?). And on it goes . . . .When are the citizens going to realize that these politicians do not care about us? They are not there to work for us and take care of our welfare in any and all venues. And I am very disappointed in the Democrats for not being more assertive. Compromise and hands across the aisle my eye.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 8:57 pm
I couldn't agree more Deborah, thanks for stopping by. Well I hope as the State worker of Florida he is first in line to take the new drug test. Yes, he is a crook, what can we say, the people elected him anyway, even knowing his background. Geezzz. Dumb voters.

Rick Scott barely escaped imprisonment, whose failure in business has been portrayed on national news and around the world. Scott was forced to resign as the head of a company that pled guilty to massive amounts of systematic fraud, including 14 felonies, leading to a historic $1.7 billion fine.

Scott admits HCA had paid $1.7 billion in fines as part of a federal settlement concerning fraudulent health care billing on his Campaign Website. Hey, he didn't hide it. As I said, dumb voters.

"Health care fraud impacts every American citizen. When a company defrauds our nation's health care programs, it takes money out of the pockets of the American taxpayers. It is wrong," then-Attorney General Janet Reno said in the release. "This investigation has been the largest multi-agency investigation of a health care provider ever undertaken by the U.S. and reflects our commitment to vigorously pursuing all types of health care fraud schemes."

But the voters of Florida voted him in anyways.....what can I say again, dumb voters.

Now they are waking up in Florida.....oh crap, we voted a criminal low life in to the highest seat in the State of Florida, and he's being a jerk What a surprise.

Today's news in Florida:

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who won a close election last fall, would lose badly if the contest were held again, a new poll shows.

Mr. Scott, whose popularity has plummeted since Nov. 2 when he beat Democrat Alex Sink by one percentage point, would lose to her by 19 points in a re-do election, according to results of a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday.


Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday March 29, 2011, 9:01 pm
Oh by the way, the uncompassionate statement about pensioners should start smoking so they can die earlier was made by another idiot Rep. Neal Kurk......he is out of New Hampshire. Seems like the idiots are running around everywhere. Anyways, for those who didn't know, that is the Old Man of the Mountains that was a famous landmark. I say was, as it's face fell off a few years back. Maybe the Old Man knew something then that the citizens of New Hampshire are just learning today. Such ridiculous statements want to make your jaw drop, or in the case of the Old Man, his whole face.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 12:27 am
We should all mail HIM a cigarette and a match, tell him to smoke it - die sooner - and improve the quality of representatives we have.

Cindy B (61)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 12:34 am
No, John, we should mail him one of those exploding cigars -- with a LOT of that plastic explosive in it. That should take care of one more idiot. Drop in the bucket, but a start.

Catherine Ignatowski (80)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 1:02 am
Maybe senators, congress and the rest of them should take up smoking and decrease the surplus population. Anyone who would make such a comment about the working people should be made to step down from their position.

Carol H (229)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 3:41 am
noted with much disgust for him1

Bon L (0)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 6:03 am
Thanks for the info.

. (0)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 6:23 am
noted with total disgust!

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 7:29 am
He is a poor excuse for a human being.

Rolland Nadjiwon (6)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 9:25 am
You are surprised at the audacity of 'your' politicians...get put them in can change it too...

Ian Donelson (149)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 10:21 am
And yet we keep on taking it. We need to walk out. Walk out on our corporate jobs, walk out from corporate markets, walk out on the energy companies and then walk to our public government buildings which belong to us and put this country on the right track.

Kimberly Bennett (8)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 11:32 am

JustaHuman Here (53)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 11:50 am
Good luck, America!

Kathy B (106)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 12:51 pm
Taken out of context? If he didn't want his comment taken out of context, he should have stopped at people are living longer and left it at that. No doubt even people who voted for him are collecting the pensions that he has a problem with. Should be some kind of test for these people before they run for office.

Glenda J (158)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 1:16 pm
When it comes down to the ultimate reverse action of taking down your own government leads to gainful reaction of hate and dismantling of Guns to order to re-cock there decision going in firing..but this only leads to troops of swat teams and more than likely hundreds will be killed.
Our Government is taking us all for a huge ride destroying our democracy of the Constitution rights we have nothing more to do here than to wait it out.. for this has been their intent to destroy the little people and have the Rich in total control due to the Powerful Egotistic acts of Human, we are in the lowest of power here as they see it BUT in the long run and total Patients we will overcome all of these hurdles indeed.

Glenda J (158)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 1:20 pm
I believe nothing in the News today and for that matter it sickens me to read anything here due to me not reading a Newspaper in my home other than the comics if that..everything that is in the News today is only placing Fear upon us all..I do not fear easily We the people of the country wherever you may be must keep in control of who you are and not allow this Media hype be anything else than it is. HYPE for credits.
One huge commercial

Caitlin M (104)
Wednesday March 30, 2011, 4:00 pm
I'll bet Big Pharma is so happy with itself. With representatives like this in Congress, who needs enemies? Thanks, Dandelion.

Wednesday March 30, 2011, 6:53 pm
It is a shame that we have such callous, uncaring, insensitive human beings in leadership who are suppossed to be there to set an example to our youths today. It is no wonder that this world is going all to hell in a hand-basket. With all of the greedy, corrupt, theiving, deceitful people that we have if Office today and overseeing this is no wonder that our children are liers, theives, scammers, immoral, corrupt, beligerant, etc. as children live what they learn and today's children are learning that having integrity, morals and values don't get you anywhere today. That those that lead the way are full of deception and that seems to be what gets you ahead today in life. It will all backfire of course, and as mature and responsible adults....we know this, but our childre do not. Shame on you and shame on you for being suce an ill manered, ill guided human being. You will sow what you reap!

Jeannette A (137)
Friday April 8, 2011, 10:27 pm
The arrogance of these politicians is beyond belief and beyond anything one would expect of a civilized person who had the welfare of the American people at heart. It is as if they are trying to outdo each other in their crass and hateful expressions of distain for the citizens of our country. There is no respect by our political leaders toward those who elected them. We need to take them down... as quickly as possible, before they completely destroy this country. They are like vicious little criminals playing with matches in a dynamite shed. Unfortunately, we are held hostage in the same shed.....

Truthseeker L (12)
Thursday April 21, 2011, 4:21 pm
Jesse Ventura spoke out and said "all voters should vote for the third party runner, to send a message to both the republicans and democrats. who knows it might work, keep sending Love,Light and Peace that these things will be corrected.
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