“Obamacare has raped my future”

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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From a college student: “Obamacare has raped my future.”

This budget fight exists because Republicans are trying to delay or repeal Obamacare while Democrats are doing everything to keep the law in place. If the Republicans had any brains they would focus on this point, as I do, all the time. Obamacare is a disaster, everyone sees it, and by showing how the Democrats are willing to even shut down the government to endorse it can only work to the Republicans’ political advantage.


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  • “It will keep me and kids my age from having a future at all.”

    Honey, at 26, you’re an adult. I would bet large sums that she voted Democrat in every election. To borrow from the fans of Portland’s soccer team, from my perspective, there’s “No pity in the Rose City”.

  • Edward

    With any luck, Ashley Dionne will help lead the team that will fix ObamaCare. By “fix” I mean repeal in its entirety.

    I keep hearing people say that there are good parts to the law, but they are hard pressed to say which parts are the good ones. The only part they seem consistent with is the “everyone has insurance” part, but that one leads directly to several of the bad parts, including the high cost and deductibles that Miss Dionne complained about.

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