One way to end violence against women? Married dads.

first_imgThe Washington Post 10 June 2014W. Bradford Wilcox, a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, directs the Home Economics Project at the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies. His most recent book is Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives and you can follow him on Twitter: @WilcoxNMP Robin Fretwell Wilson is the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law
 and Director of the Program in Family Law and Policy at the University of IllinoisThe dramatic social media response to the UC-Santa Barbara shooting, captured by the hashtag #YesAllWomen, underlined an important and unpleasant truth: across the United States, millions of girls and women have been abused, assaulted, or raped by men, and even more females fear that they will be subject to such an attack. As Sarah Kliff wrote in Vox: a “national survey of American women found that a slight majority (51.9 percent) reported experiencing physical violence at some point in their life.”This social media outpouring makes it clear that some men pose a real threat to the physical and psychic welfare of women and girls. But obscured in the public conversation about the violence against women is the fact that some other men are more likely to protect women, directly and indirectly, from the threat of male violence: married biological fathers. The bottom line is this: Married women are notably safer than their unmarried peers, and girls raised in a home with their married father are markedly less likely to be abused or assaulted than children living without their own father.Start with the threat that girls face from men. One of the most comprehensive portraits of sexual and physical abuse of girls (and boys) comes from the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect. As the figure above indicates, children are more likely to be abused when they do not live in a home with their married father. What’s more: girls and boys are significantly more likely to be abused when they are living in a cohabiting household with an unrelated adult—usually their mother’s boyfriend. Indeed, the report notes that “only 0.7 per 1,000 children living with two married biological parents were sexually abused, compared to 12.1 per 1,000 children living with a single parent who had an unmarried partner.” The results from this federal study are consistent with academic research (see here and here, as well) that indicates that “girls who are victimized are … more likely to have lived without their natural fathers,” and that the risk is especially high when a boyfriend or stepfather is in the picture.The risk of physical abuse also increases when a child lives without her father, once again, particularly when an unrelated boyfriend is in the home. A 2005 study published in Pediatrics found that  “[c]hildren residing in households with unrelated adults were nearly 50 times as likely to die of inflicted injuries than children residing with 2 biological parents.”Women are also safer in married homes. As the figure above (derived from a recent Department of Justice study) indicates, married women are the least likely to be victimized by an intimate partner. They are also less likely to be the victims of violent crime in general. Overall, another U.S. Department of Justice study found that never-married women are nearly four times more likely to be victims of violent crime, compared to married women. The bottom line is that married women are less likely to be raped, assaulted, or robbed than their unmarried peers.What’s going on here? Why are women safer when married and children safer when living with their married biological parents? For girls, the research tells us that marriage provides a measure of stability and commitment to the adults’ relationship, that married biological fathers are more likely to be attentive and engaged with their children because they expect the relationship to be enduring. As a consequence, unrelated males are less likely to have sustained interaction with children of the family when dad has a day-in-day-out presence in the home. More generally, the “emotional support and the supervision” that engaged fathers provide to their children can limit their vulnerability to potential predators, as David Finkelhor, director of the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center, has observed.For women, part of the story is about what social scientists call a “selection effect,” namely, women in healthy, safe relationships are more likely to select into marriage, and women in unhealthy, unsafe relationships often lack the power to demand marriage or the desire to marry. Of course, women in high conflict marriages are more likely to select into divorce.But marriage also seems to cause men to behave better. That’s because men tend to settle down after they marry, to be more attentive to the expectations of friends and kin, to be more faithful, and to be more committed to their partners—factors that minimize the risk of violence. What’s more: women who are married are more likely to live in safer neighborhoods, to have a partner who is watching out for their physical safety, and—for obvious reasons—to spend less time in settings that increase their risk of rape, robbery, and assaults.To be sure, it doesn’t take a viewing of “The Burning Bed” or “Safe Haven”to realize that married men can and do abuse or assault their wives or daughters. Marriage is no panacea when it comes to male violence. But married fathers are much less likely to resort to violence than men who are not tied by marriage or biology to a female. And, most fundamentally, for the girls and women in their lives, married fathers provide direct protection by watching out for the physical welfare of their wives and daughters, and indirect protection by increasing the odds they live in safe homes and are not exposed to men likely to pose a threat.So, women: if you’re the product of a good marriage, and feel safer as a consequence, lift a glass to dear old dad this Sunday. read more

Margaret Wong: Abortion involves more than a mother’s body

first_imgNZ Herald 2 June 2016Margaret Wong is a practising midwife who has also been a neonatal intensive care nurse and Plunket nurse during the past 40 years.Family First Comment: A superb response to an awful earlier column by a ‘Lizzie Marvelly’“Instead, why don’t we put more resources into educating young women and men about how to respect their bodies and make better choices about their sexual behaviour? Let’s make sure women have the support they need when facing a difficult or unplanned pregnancy. And perhaps let’s also think about all those childless couples who would give anything for a child of their own if there were children available for adoption. But most importantly, let’s give women who are facing a difficult or unplanned pregnancy enough information about the risks to their future mental, physical and reproductive health, the development of their baby and the support available to them, so they can at least make an informed choice. And please do not ask health professionals who have spent their lives nurturing and protecting life to end the lives of viable babies.”#chooselifeLizzie Marvelly: It’s her body, it should be her choice Marvelly is right; every woman should be able to make her own choices. Certainly in New Zealand, we have more choices than in any other time in history. New Zealand is probably one of the easiest countries in the world to get an abortion, where two doctors only have to agree that continuing a pregnancy is a danger to a woman’s mental or physical health. When presented with a distraught woman, this is an easy decision for doctors who believe that abortion is the right solution for her.However, in a system where there is no independent counselling, very limited information given about the risks of this medical procedure or future health risks to the woman, and no cooling off period for a woman to go away and weigh up her choices (which may be to keep her baby or indeed to return for an abortion), what kind of “choice” are women really making? Surely any real choice is one that is fully informed? Indeed in health care delivery, informed consent is mandatory.Moreover, the “choice” to have an abortion always involves more than just the woman’s body, it also involves the life of the baby she is carrying.As Marvelly says, midwives are dedicated entirely to supporting women. We are also dedicated to making sure their babies are cared for during the pregnancy, birth and after birth for several weeks. Being responsible for assisting in bringing a new life into the world is the most incredible thing that anyone can be a part of. On the reverse side, caring for women who are having a miscarriage or stillbirth is the most tragic.Is Marvelly proposing that our laws should be changed to allow women to have abortions at any stage, for any reason? If I were faced with a woman who wanted an abortion beyond say 24 weeks gestation, possibly up to term, outside the exceptions in our current laws, simply because it was her “right to choose”, I know I could not take part in this procedure and I am not sure any of my midwifery, obstetric or neonatal colleagues could either. These are babies who would almost certainly survive with the assistance of our very skilled neonatologists and neonatal nurses.To think that in one hospital room there could be a woman having a premature birth, where the neonatal and maternity staff are doing everything to make sure that her baby has the optimum care, and in the next room there could be a woman having an abortion at the same gestation is nonsensical. Without the protection of the current law the baby in the second room would either have to be killed in utero or somehow killed just after or during an induced labour. Like the hundreds of midwives currently opposing such a law change in the UK, I really can’t imagine how anyone in this 21st century could be party to that scenario.Marvelly also noted that an abortion is a basic medical procedure, but this is not necessarily true. Not every woman can have an anaesthetic, go to sleep, then wake up and it is all over. Many have to be induced to go through labour and give birth. Induction has many risks for the woman at any gestation and is not done lightly.So before we all get on our soapboxes and demand abortion at any stage of pregnancy for any reason, “let’s be careful what we wish for”.Instead, why don’t we put more resources into educating young women and men about how to respect their bodies and make better choices about their sexual behaviour? Let’s make sure women have the support they need when facing a difficult or unplanned pregnancy. And perhaps let’s also think about all those childless couples who would give anything for a child of their own if there were children available for adoption.But most importantly, let’s give women who are facing a difficult or unplanned pregnancy enough information about the risks to their future mental, physical and reproductive health, the development of their baby and the support available to them, so they can at least make an informed choice. And please do not ask health professionals who have spent their lives nurturing and protecting life to end the lives of viable babies. read more

Is ISIL spreading to Europe?

first_imgGeneral Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan army, warned that Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists running rampant in the North African state are set to infiltrate Europe and expand their reign of terror into the West.Haftar, who represents the army of Libya’s government that has received international recognition but was driven out of Tripoli by a rival government backed by Islamist militias, demanded the West supply his army with weapons to stave off the expanse of ISIS.This as European Union leaders are looking to back UN-brokered efforts to form a national unity government in conflict-torn Libya that may include a possible mission to help provide security.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Friday, March 20, that her services are “planning all possible ways of supporting, even on the plan of security, a future national unity government.”last_img read more

Zimbabwe’s opposition receive death threats

first_imgZimbabwe’s main opposition party, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has claimed that its legislators received death threats on Tuesday.The threats were allegedly sent to the legislators via SMS just before President Robert Mugabe read his opening of parliament speech to officially open the third session of the eighth parliament.The president went ahead to read the wrong speech in Parliament due to an apparent mix-up by his secretarial office.The death threat messages were allegedly sent by an unknown number, though they were signed off as ‘Death’.The message warned the members of parliament not to heckle the president during his address as they had done last year. It told them that the parliamentary immunity that protects them inside parliament will not apply once they step out of parliament.Weeks earlier, the opposition had heckled and booed the president during his state of the nation address.The recipients of the threats took the matter up with the Speaker of Parliament and they expressed their hope for investigations to be carried out.last_img read more

Irvine warns Cavendish over Rio

first_img Irvine told Press Association Sport: “I don’t think Cavendish has done an omnium at that kind of level. “Even if he shows up, he probably wouldn’t breeze it. I wouldn’t say he’d get his eyes opened, because he’s got good track skills, but it’s definitely not something that can be taken lightly. “The guys who are consistently good are guys who do a lot of omniums, a lot of track racing, and they’re good across the board. “If some fast man comes in, he could win one of the sprint events, but then he’d get tortured in an endurance event and that’s him out of the running. That’s the nature of that beast.” Cavendish is a 25-time Tour de France stage winner and 2011 world champion on the road. He is twice a Madison world champion and withdrew from the 2008 Tour de France to finalise preparations for Beijing, only to finish ninth in the Madison with Bradley Wiggins. That saw him suffer the ignominy of being the only British track rider to return from China without a medal and he vowed never to ride the track again. He was a surprise inclusion in the British team for the 2009 Track World Championships six months later in Pruszkow, Poland, but has not raced in international colours at that level in the six years since. Press Association British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton may have been hoping his comments that the door was almost closed for Cavendish, whose road commitments take precedence, would spark a guarantee of participation from the 29-year-old. But claiming a medal would not be a matter of just turning up even for a rider of Cavendish’s calibre, according to Irvine, the 2013 world scratch race champion who is eyeing omnium success in Brazil. The change to the omnium format, favouring bunch racers like Cavendish, has piqued his interest, but possibly not enough for him to sacrifice a whole season on the road, where he has been employed to devastating effect since his breakthrough year in 2007. Cavendish is out of contract with Etixx-QuickStep at the end of 2015, but both parties are keen to extend, although the Belgian squad would be reluctant to allow him the time to race indoors that he would need. Should Cavendish, who is 30 in May, miss Rio – where an undulating road race course would end his prospects – there is the distinct probability that one of Britain’s greatest cyclists would finish his career without an Olympic medal. Team Sky’s Ben Swift, who preceded Irvine as scratch race world champion by winning in Melbourne in 2012, is another who is assessing his options, but he is capable of success on the Rio road course. Irvine said: “There’s two ways of looking at it. There’s the pure World Tour endurance rider and then there’s the specialists, like myself. “I believe I can compete with the best on the track, I specialise for it. They can go off and race around the world all they want, but I can just drill out pursuits, kilos and flying laps and tune myself.” Irvine’s preparations take place in Majorca, as there is no velodrome in Ireland. Had things worked out differently, the 29-year-old from Newtownards might have been Britain’s track contender for Rio, only he was not part of British Cycling’s talent conveyor belt. “It’s just my unconventional way of doing things,” he said. “They were cherry picking 15-year-olds and I was lying under a car at that age (working as a mechanic). “But I’m not really one for structure. I probably would’ve got shot out and it could’ve all gone horribly wrong in a controlled environment. The way I did it suited me.” Irvine hopes his round-a-bout route could yet lead to success at next week’s Track World Championships in Paris and in Rio. “I believe I’ve the talent in me to do that result (in Rio),” added Irvine, who has had an injury-hit season this year. “I just need to be really selfish and plan just for that one thing. “I wouldn’t be doing it just to turn up for the kit and be another also-ran.” Mark Cavendish has been warned Olympic success is no guarantee even if he commits for the Rio de Janeiro Games, by Ireland’s Martyn Irvine, who is chasing a medal himself.last_img read more

Video shows teen suspects near Delray Beach train station before it caught fire

first_imgPolice said the suspects are 15 to 17 years old and are students at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach.Police said the teens confessed to setting the fire, and running away when it got out of hand. They face arson and burglary charges.The train station, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1927 and was in operation until 1991, according to police. The video shows the teens leaving the train station to hide inside a bathroom in a nearby gas station.WATCH SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Video surveillance shows the moments right after police say a group of underage teens started a fire that destroyed an abandoned train station in Delray Beach on Tuesday.4 juveniles facing charges for fire at abandoned Delray train stationlast_img

EHS Reunion Committee establishes new scholarship

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth High School Class of ’66 Reunion Committee will proceed with a proposed 50th Anniversary Class Project — the establishment and funding of a new annual EHS scholarship in honor of former basketball coach Stuart Taylor.The scholarship will be known as “The Class Of ’66 Coach Stuart Taylor Best Class Athletes’ Award.” Two awards of $500 will be given annually to the graduating class’s best female and male athletes, as voted by their classmates. The first winners will be announced on June 8.The committee’s president, Wayne Mayo, said the scholarship will be funded by donations.“Our Reunion Committee welcomes additional donations from other EHS graduates and friends of the school,” Mayo said. “[The committee] hopes team members of Coach Taylor’s 1964 and 1966 state championship squads and the other Eagle teams he coached will consider donating to this worthy undertaking.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGifts should be made payable by check to Ellsworth High School and marked for “The Stuart Taylor Scholarship Fund.” They can be mailed to EHS at 299 State St., Ellsworth, ME 04605; Attn: Michelle Barnard, The EHS Guidance Department.last_img read more

Tokyo 1964, Japan’s miracle Olympics that paved way for 2020

first_imgTokyo: Yoshinori Sakai was born in the most painful conditions imaginable: in Hiroshima, the same day the atomic bomb was dropped. Nineteen years later, Sakai symbolised Japan’s recovery after World War II by lighting the 1964 Tokyo Olympics flame.The final relay of the torch by Sakai was one of the biggest moments of the games’ opening ceremony, which lifted the collective self-esteem of the country after years of hardship and which now serves as a landmark for Tokyo 2020.“If you think what Japan was like in 1945 and then you think in 1964, the first Asian nation pulling off arguably the most challenging logistical exercise in the world at that time, the Olympics. It was an amazing accomplishment,” Roy Tomizawa, author of ‘1964 – The greatest year in the History of Japan’,” told Efe news in an interview.Tomizawa said that after the war the West portrayed the Japanese as suicidal and fanatical soldiers, but in 1964 they discovered an open and modern Tokyo that had skyscrapers, a country that broadcast the Olympic Games globally for the first time in colour, and inaugurated the first high-speed railway line in the world.“It was a major feeling of accomplishment for the Japanese. They felt perhaps that they were welcomed back to the global community,” the author added, and said that Sakai lighting the Olympic flame was seen as a very powerful moment.Even Emperor Naruhito, who at that time was only 4 years old, said during a press conference on his 60th birthday that those games was his first encounter with the world and during which – due to the atmosphere and cooperation among the sportspersons of different countries – became a foundation for his sense of global peace.The title of the best Olympics of all times is disputed. Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Juan Antonio Samaranch awarded it to Barcelona 1992, but then did the same with Sydney 2000. Decades before, American magazine “Life” had already given the honours to Tokyo 1964.“What’s the definition of greatest Olympics ever? It’s unfair to compare Olympics, but there is no doubt that the 1964 Tokyo Olympics was great,” Tomizawa said.On the sports field, during the Tokyo 1964 games, Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila was crowned the men’s marathon champion for the second time, and American Bob Hayes won gold in the 100-metre race after levelling the then record of 10.0 seconds.Former Soviet artistic gymnast Larisa Latynina, who had been successful in the two previous games, claimed two gold, two silver and two bronze medals and became the first Olympian to win 18 medals, a record which was broken 48 years later by swimmer Michael Phelps.Japan managed an exceptional third place in the medals table after the United States and the Soviet Union. One of its most outstanding sporting moments was the gold medal win by the Japanese female volleyball team in defeating the Soviet team, leading to euphoria in the host country.Some of the venues built for the 1964 events, such as the iconic Yoyogi National Gymnasium, designed by architect Kenzo Tange, will be used in this coming Summer Olympics in the so called “heritage zone,” set apart form the new constructions in the Tokyo Bay area.The newly built National Stadium was constructed on the same location as the original venue that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies in 1964, the legacy of which is symbolized in a replica of the Olympic torch placed at the front of the facade, next to Japan’s Olympic Museum.For Roy Tomizawa, Tokyo 2020 cannot imitate the context or environment of the 1964 games as these Olympics are “different” and this time they do not seek to recover from difficulties but about “rebranding the nation” and “telling the rest of the world – if they were not aware – that Japan is a wonderful country,” Tomizawa said.During the 2013 selection process of the Olympics 2020 venue, Japan opted to present the games as the recovery from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.The Olympic torch will begin its journey on Japanese territory from Fukushima prefecture – slammed by the 2011 nuclear disaster – but Tomizawa feels that the concept of the Olympics as a rebound event is no longer emphasized as there is no need. Other stratum of the Japanese society believe that Tokyo 2020 could be a symbol of the opening up of a homogeneous society towards different races and sexual identities.Irrespective of what Tokyo 2020 means for Japanese society, the 1964 games left a legacy of overcoming difficult times and, according to Tomizawa “the desire to be included in the global community as friends and allies,” which regarded the event as an example of “Japan at its very best.” IANSAlso Read: Japan confident of hosting Tokyo Olympics despite CoronavirusAlso Watch: Rapido Captains become jobless from Satuday! Expressed their pain before THE SENTINEL DIGITALlast_img read more

Women of Troy sweep LMU in season opener

first_imgIn their spring season opener, No. 14 USC faced off against unranked Loyola Marymount at Manhattan Country Club and didn’t drop a set on their way to a 7-0 victory.“The girls played really well for their first match of the season,” said coach Richard Gallien. “It was a great start to our season.”Despite their record last season, Gallien stressed the fact that his team has nothing but respect for LMU and how hard they fought.“LMU is a terrific team,” he said. “And we take everybody seriously.”The Women of Troy began their dual match play by securing the lone doubles point. Gabby Smith and Madison Westby shut out their opponents 6-0. To complement their success, the teams of Gabriella DeSimone and Zoë Scandalis, along with Zoë Katz and her partner Sabrina Santamaria, won their matches with a dominating score of 6-2.On the singles side of the match, No. 44-ranked Scandalis won 6-2, 6-4, defeating LMU’s top player, Jessica Perez.  Power freshmen Smith and Westby won their matches 6-3, 6-1, and 6-1, 6-2 respectively.“Our freshmen played awesome today,” said Gallien in response to the team’s domination of the outmatched Lions.The two other ranked players including No. 98-ranked DeSimone and No. 119-ranked Zoë Katz also showed convincing starts to their season by winning 6-2, 6-2, and 6-0, 6-1.Santamaria, a senior, made her return to the court memorable, following a 10-month absence as she recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. By defeating Kylie Waschuk 6-1, 6-0, Santamaria clinched the victory for USC Wednesday afternoon.“I was very proud of Sabrina in her return from her ACL injury,” coach West Nott said Wednesday evening. “What a great job she has done rehabbing over the last nine months, and then to contribute to the team today was amazing to see…“She is a critical part of this team and she will play a key role in our success this season.”The Women of Troy will not have much time off, however, as some of the team will now travel to Palm Springs, California, to compete in the National Collegiate Tennis Classic.The rest of the team will be participating in the Freeman Memorial Tournament in Las Vegas,  Nevada.last_img read more

Ed Trimmer: Why I voted no on this year’s Kansas budget

first_imgBy Ed Trimmer, Special to Sumner Newscow — On Thursday of last week, the Kansas House passed its update to the 2016 and 2017 budgets.  I voted NO for several reasons.  The budget only leaves a $6 million ending balance for 2016 and if revenues drop again, as they have for the past eight months, we will be in a deficit once again.  This budget does not fix the underlying causes of the revenue shortfall.  Here are some of the highlights or lowlights depending on how you see them.Ed TrimmerThe budget allows the bonding authority for the Kansas Department of Transportation to go from 18 to 19 percent.  While it does cap the Governor’s KDOT bonding authority, the 19 percent would allow for at least another $500 million in highway bonds.The Governor just bonded KDOT for $400 million with an interest only payment for the first ten years, because the state cannot afford to pay on the principle.  The public has been told that the bond money is for new projects, but in reality, there are only previously approved projects in the works and road maintenance has been significantly reduced. Our road contractors have had to go to other states to get resurfacing projects.  The new money is being transferred to the general fund, used to cover past transfers, or fund existing projects.  Covering a debt with an interest-bearing loan, when revenues are falling, is no way to run a business or a state.The bill allows the Governor to defer the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System payments for the third and fourth quarters of 2016.   The Legislature just sold $1 billion worth of bonds for the KPERS system last year.  I voted NO then, in regard to the bonding, and made the argument that the Governor would use the borrowed funds as an excuse not to make the statutory state payment.  I have been proven right because this year’s budget bill does just that.Again, we are using borrowed money to cover a budget deficit without doing anything to solve the root causes of the deficit.The budget gives the Governor unlimited power to make cuts, transfers and sweeps.  Normally most budget changes have to be approved by the Legislature.  The Governor can now change any part of the budget at any time.  Under this policy one might question the need for a legislature.I find it ironic that the Brownback, conservative majority in the legislature is willing to give away much of their power to the Governor and yet complain loudly when the Supreme Court renders a decision about school funding they don’t like, even though it was the state that appealed the case to the Supreme Court.The appropriations committee tried to throw out a few crumbs to specific groups to try to get legislators to vote for the budget or give them bad press if they did not.  The first of these gave certified corrections officers a 2.5% raise.   That may sound good but it is not likely to survive the entire budget process.  The Governor has also talked about using a high deductible insurance system for state workers to save money, so the raise would likely be offset by higher health care costs.Based on all of the bonding debt that has been incurred and budget issues looming in the future, the Governor could just as likely cut that raise from the bill either upon signing or after the election in November.  I supported an amendment to give corrections officers a 5 percent raise and lock box it from a governor’s sweep.  The amendment was defeated.The budget offered a $7.2 million dollar increase to the Parents as First Teachers program, a program that helps parents develop good parenting skills with very young children.  The bill would require parents who participate to be means tested which would limit eligibility and reduce enrollment in the program.In other words, the budget gives money to the program on one hand and takes it away with the other by limiting participation on which funding is based.  It would also pave the way for future cuts to the program instead of an increase.I have only mentioned a few of the problems with the budget bill.  I believe they alone are enough to justify my NO vote.  I believe as a state we can do better.  Since a compromise with the Senate’s budget bill will still have to be reached, the House bill is not the final draft of this year’s budget.Nevertheless, I am concerned about our state going so far into debt without fixing our revenue problem.  I believe our children and our grandchildren will be paying for this kind of budget mismanagement for years to come.Follow us on Twitter. 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This is really no surprise, we really should be talking about how Kansas is going to pay back all this debt once Pastor Sam is gone. The roads will need to be fixed at a higher cost. KPERS will have to be made solvent with higher costs, thats if the republiecons even are going to try or let die. Our credit rating will sink. Just to many bad outcomes caused by these republiecan stooges. You voted for them, now reap the benefits. Report Reply 0 replies · active 234 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down I.B. Well · 234 weeks ago Well, if Bernie wins the presidency everything will be alright. All states will be able to hop on a unicorn and get all the money they want from Bernie’s Magical Money Trees. “You voted for them, now reap the benefits.” Remember your words. They may come back to bite you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 234 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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