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03:56 AM on 02/16/2010
I remember years ago when i used to watch William F. Buckley's long running TV show Firing Line. Unlike the Conservatives of today Buckley was witty, charming, funny & had such a good grace about him without ever being mean or petty. Although i disagreed with him on just about every subject, i enjoyed watching him & respected his intelligence. Today's on-air Conservatives are basically nothing more then vastly overpaid Shock Jocks. They are paid huge sums of money to Lie, distort facts, accuse, yell, talk over & verbally insult whoever has the audacity to disagree with them. Bring back the Fairness Doctrine that Reagan took away !
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opprobrious
More speech. Less Flagging.
04:03 AM on 02/16/2010
Today he wouldn't pass their purity test.
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AtheistMaximus
08:25 AM on 02/16/2010
Unfortunately America is a cultural wasteland, that praises ignorance and childish confrontations.
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FlamingLibrul
09:02 AM on 02/16/2010
You are so right Maximus. We get the government we deserve, and since a stubborn coaliton of selfish, chronically bigoted, perpetually angry mental midgets are allowed to hijack our system of government and We The (sane) People aren't out in the streets protesting, this is what we're stuck with.
03:01 AM on 02/16/2010
Good night to you too Mary ! You are a very nice person yourself ! One more thought. You are correct about another thing. People our age can remember when politics was also about civility. When both Republicans & Democrats could agree to disagree, without all of the verbal insults & name-calling ! This whole era of Meaness & uncivil conduct was started under Reagan when he described Liberalism as being the " Dirty L Word. " It continues today under the encouragement of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, & Sean Hannity among others. Actually i take back the part about it starting with Reagan. It goes back to the days of Nixon. With all of his insecurities, paranoia & his famous Enemies List ! The idea that you should not only disagree with your political opponent, but you should destroy him or her. How sad is that ?
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03:22 AM on 02/16/2010
It is sad. And yes, I think that you are right: it started with Nixon ~~~ and if I remember correctly, Karl Rove got an early start in the dirty tricks game during Nixon's time as President (as the head of the Collegiate Young Republicans ~~ and he was a college drop-out.)

I'm usually a bit more civil than I was tonight. I need to learn to get less annoyed by inarticulate writing and poor punctuation!
03:29 AM on 02/16/2010
You mean the words Progressives, Liberals, Socialist, Marxist? We never had this many in government before. There were some Liberals but not many Most were either Conservative Democrats from the South. Moderate republicans from the East.
02:38 AM on 02/16/2010
tom daschle currently a lobbist for big pharma came to the nomination as a lobbist and was found a tax cheat i am sure you can google the rest but be warned they will not all fit on one search page
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asiclilpup
Tax the rich Feed the Poor.
03:00 AM on 02/16/2010
Congrats jim ,I now nominate you for the next irs audit
02:35 AM on 02/16/2010
it is not corporate greed it is global competition , union wages are not competitive . the biggest union now is govt union . and they pay themselves a average of 70000 a year while the average private citizen makes 40000 . the average person on the hill makes 179000 a year plus cadalac bennies that is union greed
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10:44 AM on 02/16/2010
The overwhelming majority of government employees are college-educated professionals who are paid a fraction of the salary of similar jobs in the private sector.
03:46 PM on 02/16/2010
You've got to be kidding right! The average government employee makes $75,000 to the private sectors $40,000!!!!!!
03:49 PM on 02/16/2010
You mean 1/2 of them graduated and some or most are left wing radicals!!!
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Chem is she
Something pithy and biting
10:54 AM on 02/16/2010
Those folks would get way more if they worked elsewhere. Most of them have JD's and in the metro Washington area, the average law partner makes $800K. That is the average.
03:49 PM on 02/16/2010
You make what you bring in chasing Ambulances!!!!
02:25 AM on 02/16/2010
Thank You, Divergent Mary ! I guess you can't change everybody. Besides, I'll be 60 soon. Have to watch my Blood Pressure ! Thank you again.
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02:30 AM on 02/16/2010
I know what you mean about Blood Pressure. (And I turned 65 in November.) Not everyone here is some young "progressive liberal!" Some of us are older . . . and have lived long enough to see both the good and bad in politics!
02:19 AM on 02/16/2010
wow that was so easy . not one liberal could answer one question . not one .no wonder so many leading progressive liberal democrats are doing the cut and run from obamaland . of course that is what liberals do when the goin get tough . kinda like the french .fought a lot of wars and never won a single one
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02:25 AM on 02/16/2010
Talk about name-calling! Now it's the French! LOL
02:42 AM on 02/16/2010
i am not calling you french but making a comparison . your blood presssure rises because you cant actually defend your position
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05:49 AM on 02/16/2010
"no wonder so many leading progressive liberal democrats are doing the cut and run from obamaland . of course that is what liberals do when the goin get tough"

Is that the same thing as the recent statistics showing that only 20% of the nation now identifies themselves with the Republican party? Quite a substantial drop from recent years, wouldn't you agree? But I wonder if that's an accurate example of cut and running or is it more like flip-flopping? Maybe its simply a matter of coming to ones senses?
02:15 AM on 02/16/2010
Goodnight everyone !
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02:19 AM on 02/16/2010
Goodnight, Vet. You are a very nice person.
02:29 AM on 02/16/2010
it is spot on though
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ilse
02:12 AM on 02/16/2010
It's obvious that Jim is disabled mentally and think we should all just leave and let him spew fox garbage to himself. He's the only one who wants to listen to himself. Bye!
02:43 AM on 02/16/2010
bye
02:06 AM on 02/16/2010
disabledjim : I certainly do not wish you any ill will but i believe you are also Disabled in Spirit. Good Luck !
02:10 AM on 02/16/2010
ty for the very kind thought . still cant find a reason for nominating so many tax cheats that are the leaders of the progressive liberal democrat movement . its ok , i cant either
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DivergentMary
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02:16 AM on 02/16/2010
Name them.
02:22 AM on 02/16/2010
tom daschel lobby for big pharma former house senate LEADER and obama nominee . also forund to have cheated on his taxes there is a whole list but you can googl them yourself u and i both know they are out there , lets not kid ourselves
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DivergentMary
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02:18 AM on 02/16/2010
ProudMIlVet ~~~ I like what you are writing. You are nicer and more patient than I am.

Fanned and Faved!
02:01 AM on 02/16/2010
disabledjim : You complain about being attacked & insulted but it would seem that it is you that is doing most of the attacking & insulting. You call people Tax cheats, Communists, Clowns, & anyone who disagrees with your brand of politics you call them a progressive Liberal & tell them that they Suck. Obviously i cannot change your mind & you certainly won't change mine. So you stay in your selfish little Teabagging, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, conspiracy driven world & i'll still be Rooting for Socialism to finally take hold in this country !
02:15 AM on 02/16/2010
if they were not tax cheats then ok . but they are fact and you cannot dispute it . van jones is a avowed communist and even he does not deny it . he now works for john podesta . fact .carrol browner was the head of the communist party america and had to resign her position before going to the white house fact. john holgren science czar is a huge fan of sterilants on the water to prevent people from having too many babies . his words not mine .cmon this is so easy a caveman could do it
03:51 AM on 02/16/2010
You are a political ignorant. The social democrats are not communists. Actually the social democrats and the communists has always been enemies.
You seem to think, that everyone concerned with climate change, social justice ect. are communists.
That is paranoid nonsense, but of course it is a good exchuse for people, who don't want to think or are unasble to do so.
Grow up.
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07:41 AM on 02/16/2010
Well, you're doing well channelling Joe McCarthy, shame that you're wrong on pretty much everything.
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justalurker
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01:55 AM on 02/16/2010
Hmmm.... Scripted Republican Cat Fight?? I'm just sayin'..... :-)
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ilse
01:54 AM on 02/16/2010
"I think the president is trying to re-engage with Republicans, but, quite frankly, he's not dealing with the party of Lincoln. He's dealing with the party of Palin."

Agree with above statement. President Obama needs to get tough and stop with the obsession to work with republicans. Get tough and show americans who voted you in that you can lead and make progress. I love you, but want to pull my hair out every time I read an article that says your back to bipartisan. Republicans are not interested, they want you to fail. Stop being charlie brown for the party of no Lucies.
01:40 AM on 02/16/2010
Nonpartay : I don't get it either. Just like the Tea Party folks who vote against their own self-interests because someone is waving the Flag & screaming & crying about Socialism.
01:25 AM on 02/16/2010
Nothing else matters ? Can you defend any of the actions of the Republican Party ? They are against anything & everything that President Obama says or does. They are against health care reform. They are against increasing the minimum wage. They are against increasing Veterans benefits. They are against education reform. They are against Unions. Against ! Against ! Against ! Any wonder why they are called the Party of NO ? They have been against Obama since the day he won the election ! Since that day they only take their marching orders from their own Glorious Leader, Rush Limbaugh. Who said " I hope he Fails! "
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01:27 AM on 02/16/2010
And what's really weird is that this is supposed to be somehow appealing to a certain segment of the population. I don't get it.
01:41 AM on 02/16/2010
every place there are unions poverty surrounds because unions unfairly pressure the markey place and make products and services less afforadble.if choice and competition are such good thins then let everybody compete for jobs held by unions so that employers have some choice.as it stands now unions block competition with the long arm of the law.union employees would not be able to compete in a open market place unions have brought the country of greece to finacial ruin because everybody in a union thinks that jist because they show up they deserve more than the other guy but a union employee will never be able to compete on a level playing field.they want to work less and get paid more
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02:01 AM on 02/16/2010
You are living in the past. The unions don't have much power anymore. The jobs that used to be union jobs have gone overseas. Why? Because corporations have gone off-shore ~~~ IT'S CALLED CORPORATE GREED ~~~ and union jobs are now being held by people in India and China.
01:11 AM on 02/16/2010
if you read some prev post u see that not one poster actually even tried to defend any of baraks actions just attacked me personally ,no substance whatso ever ,sorry that is just the way it is