““One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
getsit on Jun 2, 2014 at 15:48:23
“And then you vote republican against you own self interests.”
janmB on Jun 2, 2014 at 14:33:24
“Businesses need workers who are grateful for steady employment and have no ambition to be more than they are. The reality of the world is that the 1% feel that most are born in to the working lives that they deserve which is servitude to their betters with infrequent exceptions.”
Jay French on Jun 2, 2014 at 12:19:17
“it is almost too late to rectify the bamboozle.....and it`s to take anngry torch carrying mob storming the voting booth this year... hopefully the drug haze wears off supplied by the krotch brother misleading ads”
“Reduction in size and scope, but as long as they get to set the parameters and spending priorities. So, essentially, they are not reducing the size and scope of anything, merely customizing the scope to fit their agenda. You have been misled.”
Bladernr1001 on May 30, 2014 at 20:17:32
“I realize that not all repubs (despite their retoric) truly want to see a reduction in the size and scope of government......but true conserviatives do and certainly Libertairans. The reason why this is so hard to achive is owed to the concept of "concentrated benefit, diffuse cost".
For every program the govenrment administers there is mostly a relatively small group that is benefitting in a significant way from the program. Thus, if the funding for said program is threatened there is a strong motivation to pressure those in government to not reduce or eliminate the funding fot it......this is regardless of whether the program is truly providing a net beenfit to the greater population or not or is truly cost effective. The pols rarley see an organized oppostion to the group benefitting from the program because the incremental cost savings to that group is not worth the time and effort to fight. Thus the benfitting group always has a built in advantage in influencing the pols.
Because of this there may well be no feasible systemic way to reduce the size and scope of govenrment until the whole thing just kinda collapses of it own weight and waste. But what may be more achievable is to at least stop the current exapansion.....in terms of actual functions. This however will take edcuating peolpe as to what is truly going on and the mechanisms at work.”
“This has resulted in the toxic divisive political atmosphere to which you are contributing by pointing a finger at one side. You have shown your allegiance by absolving conservatives of responsibility for the continued growth in government while they attack individual freedoms that do not agree with their misguided agenda.”
Bladernr1001 on May 30, 2014 at 18:19:33
“Yes it has......government now intrudes in our lives at levels NEVER imagined by the framers certainly.....and not even by the early Progressives.
One side wants a REAL reduction in the size and scope of govenrment and the other side wants wants even more services to be provided by government. How do you compromise on that? The only possible compromise is to grow the goverment slower.......that is NOT a viable compromise for many of us.....so both sides want ot vanquish the other......let the battle begin as far as I am concerned.
For my part, I will fight to neutralize the Progressive movement ANYWHERE I can. I think it precepts are absolutely toxic to our freedom and liberty and well being.”
May 30, 2014 at 12:49:33
HuffPost Live 321
“Shallow narcissism is what many "reality stars" are famous for. Not actually having accomplished anything or contributed to the world around them. Their images are being marketed to the masses. Many have become America's cultural icons. It is a terribly sad indicator of the anti intellectual culture when people know more about the Kardashians and people like this girl, than the people and legislation that govern the nation.”
kevinw on May 30, 2014 at 18:39:47
“This would be somewhat meaningful if only reality stars got plastic and cosmetic changes. I went bald. Many people I know went the men's hair club route (or wigs,etc.). I feel fine being bald. Many men feel something is wrong when they lose their hair. If a wig or hair transplant makes lifee easier for you , do it.”
“You have got to be kidding. 6 years of President Obama attempting to clean up the catastrophic failures and mess of the last administration while attempting to make any kind of progress with the least productive congress in history, is beyond any 1 man's/woman's political capabilities. This is the divisive political atmosphere of the United States. By the way, the history of the United States goes back farther than January 2009.”
“This seems to be your response to a lot of people. Different perspectives are the keys to quality discourse. Getting twisted because somebody has an opposing view is very unhealthy. What makes you the authority?”
“Do some research. I have, which has brought me to my own conclusions about the gross misuse of corporate welfare in this nation. The link was, somewhat, general in it's information, but there are multiple sources out there that have analyzed the impacts of continued extensions of welfare and tax breaks offered to some of the wealthiest corporations in the land, essentially, allowing them to remove profits from the US economy while being subsidized for operating expenses.”
“It is quite entertaining when a Christian spouts off about the way things are according to God and country and if you don't like it then you should move, then finishes off talking about how somebody needs to learn tolerance.”
“You keep telling me that I have no idea what I am talking about. That is a great way to have a healthy debate. Then don't debate with me. Clearly, you are convinced that I don't know what I am talking about because I don't see things the exact same way you do. I am well aware that the diamond formation doesn't belong to Bruce Arena. You stated that it was Arena's tactic, so I went with it.”
“Walmart's problem is it's customers? There are so many things along with that statement. It's problems are byproducts of it's business plan and organizational model. Of course they will not take responsibility for what they have created, nor will they take responsibility for destroying small businesses and communities. Cause and effect relationships are very real.”
kaykaythere on May 27, 2014 at 13:24:22
“The Walton family has been gaming the system better than any welfare queen ever has. They make money off the people who shop there in profit. They also make money off their employees through huge tax breaks.
Add in the profits they reap from the Food stamp and Medicaid programs that the Waltons family gets from the Taxpayer funded programs.”
“Do you feel better about yourself after your little rant? The US team has been an also ran, essentially, a second tier WC team for some time now. Klinsmann is trying to develop something new and different to progress, including the idea of possibily using Arena's diamond formation midfield tactic, which Donovan is, according to the man who is managing the team, not the best option for that attack. Also including the idea that keeping the best players at the time, right now, for the team. At selection time, Donovan was having a goal drought. Those who are showing Klinsmann what he is looking for. Not always those who have been entrenched on the US Team. That is how many national teams are picked. I am not young, so I am very sorry that I mistakenly didn't give Sir Donovan credit for helping the US team reach 2 knockout rounds in WC play. Right place at the right time vs. Algeria? Algeria's keeper handed the ball to him as he tracked to the middle of the box. Right place. Right time. Lots of people are leading with their hearts on this issue. Bottom line, Donovan admitted to not being fit for the rigor of WC play and training in Brazil, he took time off of a team during a crucial developmental period of time. Klinsmann is the manager. Perhaps he knows just a little more about the game than you or I.”
YeahDonkey on May 27, 2014 at 10:49:51
“Yeah it's not Bruce Arena's diamond midfield, it's just a diamond formation, Bruce Arena didn't invent it.
Yes why would Donovan be the best option for an attack that he is totally familiar with and has played at the national team level for years? (even though Klinsmann won't use a diamond formation and hasn't used one for the last three years).
Was he just lucky when he scored the first goal against Slovenia? Was it luck when he took his defender straight to goal then roofed his shot so no one could touch it?
You seriously have no idea what you are talking about, I hate debating the game with people who know nothing about it.”
“These companies will probably be just fine when they negotiate their cut of the profits. Next they will work on lowering the legal age to purchase tobacco as a way to capitalize on the appeal their well recognized brand names has with kids. Nothing to worry about. Let's all get back to buying their all ages sugar filled highly addictive products.”
“Unless you are a fetus or a billionaire, the decision makers in the GOP do not care about your well being and health. They should be ashamed of themselves for the way they have feigned outrage now that a decades long status quo has been brought into light. There are several veterans in my family who have received treatment from the VA. More than one has spoken to me about how thankful they are to the staffs in the hospitals but the system is overwhelmed by the inefficiency and the perpetual cycle of war that is now entrenched in the US culture. The GOP is talking louder and slower to anybody with a microphone blaming President Obama to distract the masses from their own culpability. Never any real answers. Never any real plan for action to affect real change.”