“That's not going to happen until new business models like Aereo force it. Part of the evaluation of stock prices of companies like Comcast is driven by how many channels they can report that they offer. Hence the bundling of hundreds of tiny worthless channels that no one wants or watches in order to get the three or four you do want.
Stock prices determine executives' compensation, which determines executives' decisions. They are only going to go a la carte when they are forced to by competition, and they will fight it every step of the way.”
“In the early days of the tea party, I might have agreed with you. In the early days, I thought: Finally! People are waking up to the insane amount of money that the war, prison, and banking industry have been bilking out of our population. Now, we might start to see some actual fiscal restraint. Then I went to a couple of rallies and realized my error. I assumed that the people rallying cared about their country. Nope. They cared about their medicare and their social security and their free scooters. The people I talked to were furious - not about spending in general, but about spending that they thought might divert money from their own benefits and their ability to chant USA USA while we interfered in foreign countries for the sole aim of further enriching publicly traded corporations.”
“I don't think it's even that. I think it all comes down to the thought that a brown person may get something for free. I don't much like the way that welfare is administered either, but these guys will happily starve themselves to death if it means that the brown people do too. I don't think lofty ambitions for themselves even enter the equation. It's all teeth-gnashing anger based.
They've convinced themselves that if poor people were just left to starve, then they would all rush out and get jobs, and the USA would be a utopia of milk and honey. That the same charitable instinct that looked the other way while children went hungry before government intervention will somehow magially have changed, and everyone will start looking out for everyone else. That if we can just reintroduce rigid conformity and doing exactly as you are told all the time, every day, with strict societal punishment for not walking in lock-step, we will all be more free.
It seems they have not considered that ending welfare will not lower taxes, that they will pay the same taxes, a bigger percentage will just be handed over to publicly traded corporations without the pretense that there is any benefit intended to the US.”
“Romney's in a tough spot on this one. The people who write the checks to finance his campaign want illegal immigration, the Republican base voters do not.
The smart strategy would be to have a patsy call for something that would make his base wig out, then 'settle' for a lighter position that keeps the wage-depressers happy, and makes the base grumble but accept: "well... at least he's not going to give them citizenship". The really interesting question here is whether Ms. Martinez is fullfilling the roll of patsy wittingly or unwittingly.”
Alitoo on May 15, 2012 at 10:36:33
“Plenty of Democrats don't want amnesty either. And the ones that do don't want his "amnesty light" and aren't likely to support it in Congress.”
May 12, 2012 at 08:33:29
“There's a pretty wide gulf between stalking and killing a total stranger in a public street who was committing no crime when you decided to provoke a confrontation, and defending yourself inside your own home by not shooting someone with a history of assaulting you. Nice try, though.”
“My mother did not get your memo. She was of the era the author described, and she most certainly considered herself diminished by her children, although beating and burning us usually cheered her up for a couple of hours.
While your statement that children make a mother a better person may be true in many, and even most, instances, it is not universal. Otherwise there would be no such thing as child abuse.”
“Your property taxes, sales taxes, state taxes, local taxes, and the host of other fees are not paid to the federal government. Not only do you contradict yourself from comment to comment, you even do it within your comments!”
“And just how is this one down to the President? Much as I'm no fan of his, he had nothing whatsoever to do with this particular part of the tax code. Perhaps he's responsible for my cholesterol level too if I use your logic.”
ezer on Apr 20, 2012 at 16:23:30
“He signed the FATCA law that makes it so painful to bank abroad. I voted for him but in this case, I think the law has very damaging unintended consequences.”
“I have not made my mind up who I'm voting for yet. Neither of the main choices inspires any confidence at this point, but financial records are certainly part of the equation in the decision-making process. While I am no supporter of the current President, I also don't want someone who would be the same fiscally, but worse socially. This may be my first election of going third party if Romney does not start stepping up and getting some actual cards on the table for us to look at instead of the same sleight of hand his opposition appears to indulge in.”
abhorson on Apr 19, 2012 at 13:16:49
“well, if it matters 'naught' to you ... I won't be voting... at all...”
“You have absolutely no idea what my motivations are, and in this case, you are incorrect. I am not a supporter of the current President, nor could I care less how rich Romney is or is not. I am fully interested in how he conducts his personal finances as past behavior is an indicator of future behavior. The numbers are irrelevent, the behavior pattern is not. If the future Commander-in-Chief has financial entanglements overseas that could pose a conflict of interest, I want to know. If the future President has danced along the edge of financial legality for personal gain, I want to know. I wanted the same information about the current President, and his predecessor, and his predecessor, and 2 years is not long enough to form a picture. If you are asking to get your hands all over an economy that I am fully connected to, I want to know how ethical or otherwise you are.
One of the great advantages of being genuinely independent, interested only in policy and not in party is that you apply the same rules, regardless of the letter after the candidate's name.”
“It's not any different. I was equally interested in Kerry's returns. The citizens of the country have a vested interest in discovering if, for example, the future Commander-in-Chief has foreign investments that would be a direct conflict of interest when determining foreign policy. The amount is irrelevent, I don't much care how rich or otherwise anyone is. I very much care how the wealth is acquired and invested as a reasonable indicator of future behavior. As the old saying goes... sunlight is the best disinfectant, and the more power the Executive branch gathers to itself, the more sunlight I want on the process of selection.”
“Actually, it's the citizens he is asking to vote for him that are demanding to see his tax returns. If you are going to ask millions of people to let you have a great deal of influence over their economy, it does not inspire confidence when you refuse to disclose how you have conducted yourself financially.”
abhorson on Apr 18, 2012 at 12:08:58
“riiiiiiiight..... "conducted" ..??
I tell you what ... if he's conducted himself 100% legally -- are you voting for him ???
Another red herring from the correct focus - the president hasn't done his job for 4 years - and now he's (as always) trying to divert attention.”
“How does that stop him from releasing prior years' returns? He is asking the country to trust him to have an important hand in the direction of the economy for up to 8 years, so it is reasonable to expect him to disclose how he conducts himself financially over a similar time period, and to disclose how ethical (even if legal) his personal financial decisions are.”
Earl King on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:17:28
“Can we be honest for a moment...the only reason you want him to release decades of tax returns is that you hope there is something in there that will hurt his chances of winning. You are really not that interested to see how much money he makes or how much he paid in taxes. When you add his taxes and his charitable giving its almost 15% at least thats what is was in 2010....He made lots of money and paid capital gains rate and carried interest rate rates..Big deal. So do give me this pious notion "that the public needs to know" we do know...his is rich.
“That does not explain his reluctance to release the prior returns.”
micoz on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:00:40
“The last time the Democrats had a person with wealth run for office, it was John Kerry (whose wife inhereted a large part of the Heinz catsup fortune from her first husband whom was killed in a plane crash). Kerry released two year of tax returns, and nobody had any more interest. Why is this any different?”
“What Lee and Barr did was disgusting. What the NBP did was disgusting. However, the only reason the justice system is getting a chance / being forced to work on this now was the persistence of the so-called liberal media. If you're going to call anyone out, call out both sides on bad actions. There was enough doubt over the circumstances here that it should not have taken a national scandal for a grand jury to be called to determine whether charges should be filed.”
“Actually, that would be a step forward. Health insurance being tied to employment is a big part of the mess we are in. If the majority of the population were facing the actual, unsubsidized cost of health insurance, maybe we could have an adult conversation about the whole thing for once.”