“I just learned that it takes sales of 300 books a day from combined outlets to make it on to Amazon's best sellerhere s list. With posts like Mindy's 'four words' making it to page one of the Huff I see that the bar is even lower for news.”
“I'm all for any business setting rules for people coming into their establishment. But I'm surprised at how many Huffers agree with me. Very recently, regarding another issue, business owners who set guidelines for patrons were vilified. Just like most people Huffers apparently adhere to the principle of shifting principles.”
Mike from Brooklyn on May 30, 2014 at 20:50:11
“No shirt, no shoes no service is legal. Carry a gun no service is legal. You're black, gay or some other group no service is illegal. There is a difference that I hope you can understand.”
arx754 on May 30, 2014 at 20:33:13
“I know what you're getting at, but you're missing the point.
One is a "protected class", and other is not.
It's that simple.”
kaykaythere on May 30, 2014 at 20:27:41
“If I get your drift, do you think requesting a person to NOT openly carry a lethal weapon openly into a restaurant, is the same as discriminating against two people of the same sex (who may be involved or are just friends) who come in looking for a burger? for RELIGIOUS REASONS?
You think the two same sex folks are gonna harm you by giving you Gooties?”
“So the unions know that cola dust is under reported and a health hazard. Corporations know. News outlets like the Huff know. Every single person who reads the Huff apparently knows. But the workers in the mine - the guys in the middle of the thing - they don't know? Good gawd. That is one incredibly low view of the American workforce.”
“No kidding! But you are still tripping over easy vocab. There is no hyperbole in my use of statism - it's really just that easy. But I'm not at all sure to whom you are speaking - certainly you're not responding to any of my posts as none of it applies. Maybe - since I don't know you I can't say for sure - like most baggers and progressives (the same mentality on the two ends of a pendulum's swing) you shadow box with caricatures? You invent straw men and give them a good punch or two?
In any case - you have a great day and maybe I'll see you down at the Hillary rally!”
IndyDemoCan on May 30, 2014 at 10:27:18
“What a huge ego you have! I've reviewed your posts and find many others confused with your vague, pseudo intellectualism and even more confusing and condescending judgements. You are truly a political 'man of mystery', obsessed with vocabulary and your own over inflated opinion of your own opinion. It must be awesome to be you.”
“It's a good day for you - you can expand your view of things - believe me - I am no republican. And very likely more progressive than you in many issues! How 'bout that!!”
IndyDemoCan on May 29, 2014 at 21:38:52
“There is a trend I've been noticing lately, republicans so disgusted with what the voters associate with their own party, that they want to call themselves anything but a republican. The most popular label is 'independent'. Of course they will continue to vote for republicans, tea party republicans, or the Rand/Ron Paul republicans (they would never actually consider voting for any democrat), yet they think of themselves as some rare and unique individual! And they always claim to be much more progressive than me, as if they actually even know me! Now I understand your disgust and revulsion with republicans, but I get confused with the hyperbolic use of words like 'statist' and 'redistributionist' because I've perused the right wing literature and listened to the right wing radio hosts, and none of those items are what I would call 'progressive'. I guess maybe they are thinking that they want to attach a new definition to words that they think the voting public like, even if they have to change the actual meaning of those words! This I say to 'republicans/conservatives'. No matter how much you tell yourselves that people are just misunderstanding you, the real problem is that they understand you perfectly, more every day, and they just don't want it anymore!”
“Yet your your response to Loyal Dem was 'Programs You Have To Pay For' which does not illicit an image of the U.S. Military, Foreign Aid or Corporate Subsidies. Instead, the word "Program" has been demonized as a "Poverty and Assistance Issue," When you feel you are Taxed too much, remember: It's in the interests of those who tax and spend on a local level every time you hit the lever for the Lower Tax Candidate. Those Cuts you voted for won't go to you, the lower end of the Campaign Contributors. No, those Lion's share of cuts will go to individuals and businesses much more $influential than yourself and your peers.
But as any good Lab Technician knows, random reward keeps the rat pressing the bar the hardest. There are 'layers' in government that will make sure your hunger for Tax Cuts will Never be satiated - keeping you hungry and hitting the lever.
By not clarifying your position and staying so vague, you are handing over tremendous power.”
“Lots of people are concerned about those things. I wish more people in power were. I wish more of the GOP and the DNC were. I wish the President would make a stand to push to fund unemployment extensions at any cost. Why won't he/they?”
“What do you mean by 'we as a nation'? The voting majority? I consider Obama and Warren to be statists. They see ills in the world and believe that the best means to 'fix' things is through state regulation, inspection, taxation, and redistribution. See how easy vocabulary is?”
IndyDemoCan on May 29, 2014 at 08:57:54
“Well, the voting majority certainly comes into play, that's why there is not a republican president. I consider anybody who uses words like 'statist' and 'redistributionist' a propagandist and fear monger of the republican variety. Good regulations, or 'laws' as I call them, are all that stand between us and a blighted corporate hells-cape where there is no water to drink, our towns are filled with oil sludge, everything around us is on fire and people are being routinely murdered by out of control corporations who are never held responsible. Reasonable taxation is the only way to pay for stuff we need built and maintained and 'redistribution' is just another conservative dog whistle. Yeah, I see exactly how easy vocabulary is.”
“Both! And the billions taken from people who earn and passed back out to those who don't. What percent of American adults pay no income tax?”
ericinkw on May 28, 2014 at 20:45:15
“I can see by your Porsche logo and "rich" reference to your microbio that you support the 1% over the majority of Americans. So you want to talk about the portion of America that doesn't pay income tax? Fine.
Let's talk about the disabled veterans who fought a war based on Republican lies who pay no income tax. Got a problem with that?
Let's talk about the unemployed couple that George W. Bush put out of construction work back in '08 who hasn't been able to find a job because they are in their 50's and Republicans have cut their unemployment benefits and food stamps. They WERE Republican before, but not now.
I could go on and on about the Americans who pay no income tax, including the ever-increasing share of Millionaires and Big Corporations who pay ZERO income tax thanks to Republican tax breaks, loopholes and deductions, but it would fall on deaf ears, wouldn't it? Go back to listening to Rush already. We've had it with you ConservaClowns and your lies.”
“Happily you are wrong. The GOP hasn't tanked the economy any more than the DNC can save it. The economy is too large, too complex, and too global for any president, party, or concept to do anything more than budge it. It moves in cycles that take decades. Same with cultural thing like same-sex marriage. While we see it happening it's been brewing since at least the seventies if not forever. Pols - like Obama - evolve when they see the thing happening. Join up or get the steamroller. Cheers!”
“That's just it - it never does. For every statist and reditributionist here on the Huff there are ten people in the voting world who sit and wonder why they have to work so bleedin' hard to pay for more for programs.”
Izzy66 on May 28, 2014 at 19:49:27
“cutting food stamps (which veterans use, particularly wounded ones) unemployment, Veteran's Care (not funded thanks to the GOP) does VERY LITTLE to reign in our spending.
Guess where and what the real SPENDING IS?
1. Hedge Fund Managers and Capital Gains are taxed LESS than you or I.
2. Cutting Taxes while raising the Military Budget up to a whopping $632 BILLION.
(remember, 900 BILLION was 'lost' by the Pentagon in failed or incomplete Nation Bldg in the Middle East 2003-2008.)
3. Subsidies for Farmers (that simultaneously $benefit many agriculture business connected politicians on Capital Hill)
4. Hefty Subsidies for: Big Oil, Big Pharma, Agri-Business, Natural Gas and Fracking Industries, self imposed Pay Raises and Platinum Healthcare (but god forbid the average american receive taxpayer expense healthcare.
5. Medicare and Social Security are PAID INTO. Bush raided Social Security in 2003 (to bump up other funds) to the tune of 2 BILLION. Then said it was 'broke,' which fit nicely into his failed "Privatization of Medicare." Typical GOP tactic, cut funding, such as in the case of the VA, THEN get outraged and blame Obama when the VA doesn't function well. They've obviously convinced you its the Minorities, Elderly and Woman that are ruining your quality of life so you won't see the real inside Spending between Cronies in Government and Business going on behind the Curtain. And You've bought into it, hook, line and sinker.”
Epiphany2b on May 28, 2014 at 17:39:24
“Interesting to me that those who sit and wonder why they have to work so bleedin' hard to pay for "more programs" never seem to be concerned about the fact that they are working harder to pay for oil company subsidies, and to pay taxes so that corporations who don't want to pay their share can give billions of dollars in bonuses to their CEOs . . . while paying those doing the work on the ground level a pittance in minimum wage salaries.
Every poor person going homeless and hungry in this country could be housed and fed for what lobbyists pay to influence Congress to give their company big tax breaks! The money it cost to fund the two recent wars could have repaired the infrastructure that's threatening to fall down around us; the tax breaks states are giving corporations already making substantial profits could fund the needs of public education. Those programs they think they are working so hard to pay for have had their funding cut so much that they don't even want to pay for feeding programs for poor inner city kids (rural kids, though, they can be fed!!), or health clinics, they reject funding for veterans health, or projects to put Americans back to work, etc, but have no plans to cut subsidies to big oil! Those are the "programs" Americans work hard to fund.”
Twelve on May 28, 2014 at 14:55:03
“Oh please. Get a clue. Intelligent people are smart enough to know that it isn't paying taxes to help the poor that is bleeding them, but the rich corporations and the employers who won't pay their employees a living wage. Now run along back to Fox and get your next talking point.”
Dancenownzen on May 28, 2014 at 12:13:39
“I am a citizen
i love my life
I love my country
I love thy neighbor.................and some of them are way less fortunate than I am ...and I am GLAD AND PROUD that my tax $$$ goes to help people who are poor, starving, without hosing or Health Care.
I am NOT PROUD that i have to pay so much in taxes because BIG BUSINESS and CORPORATE America is not coughing up what they should and therefore WE THE PEOPLE have to kick in morfe”
hpr1166 on May 28, 2014 at 11:32:27
“no, dennis. more accurately, there are a lot of people working so 'bleedin' hard' who are being further and further disenfranchised intentionally by monsters like Tillis and his backers. why should someone be busting their ass in the best job options they have, and still not have affordable access to basic needs? your 1 to 10 ratio, and the facts behind it, are reversed.”
Jordan53 on May 28, 2014 at 11:17:19
“The majority of your tax bill goes to defense.”
deanmichael on May 28, 2014 at 11:11:55
“Because as Americans we take care of our own..You know like we will do for you when the time comes..Oh and don't bother to tell how successful resourceful and full of self reliance you think you are..In reality you are only one catastrophic medical event or a car wreck and all that goes out the door..many of the people you seem to resent are those people..Oh and if you really had that many people wondering the Dems wouldn't be in charge..”
Cathar on May 28, 2014 at 11:06:29
“Any facts or just your thoughts. It is craven politician of the GOP who have no problem demonizing the working poor while putting Corporate elites on Pedestals while they take subsidies.”
Nick Kelsier on May 28, 2014 at 10:53:12
“well the reason for people having to work so hard to pay for more programs is simple...because the economy has been so tilted to favor the fortunate few.”
Joe N Powell on May 28, 2014 at 09:35:07
“you are clueless”
jsh9i on May 28, 2014 at 09:21:11
“how much do those dreaded programs cost? it ain't as much as the defense budget> how about those pesky oil and agra subsidizes? you are not working hard for those programs you are working hard to protect and pay the oligarchs”
IndyDemoCan on May 28, 2014 at 09:13:41
“We as a nation have never been 'statists' or 'redistributionists', those are just made up words from right wing republican authors used to stoke people's paranoia and irrationality. We pay taxes so that we can financially support this nation, that's how things get done and people earn money for the work they do. Republicans don't want an honest days pay for working people they want to continue to get something for nothing, and turn the richest nation on earth into the poorest, by cycling all that money into their own tight pockets. They have been doing it for decades now and 99% of the problems we are embroiled in now are the direct result of that mindset. Anytime you hear words like 'statist' and 'redistributionist' you are hearing a republican trying to peddle more BS!”
Stahler on May 28, 2014 at 08:49:40
dickdata on May 28, 2014 at 08:28:52
“So how come you guys never show up for Presidential elections???”
mick7192 on May 28, 2014 at 08:08:25
“Reagan was a redistributionist.”
ericinkw on May 28, 2014 at 07:47:44
“"Redistributionist?" You mean like the $90 Billion that goes to Corporate Welfare? You mean THAT kind of "redistribution?" Or did you mean the Trillion dollars a year we flush down the toilet on the Military Industrial Complex while fat cats like Mitch McConnell lines his pockets with "contributions" from lobbyists? I thought so.”
waukone on May 28, 2014 at 06:33:51
“LOL you better pay more attention to the GOP then. They are the ones that have put the country in the tank with their protectionist policies of the 1%. Those making 250,000 + had an increase in income of 250% those making less than 50,000 had a 3% increase in income over the last 30 years.”
mama train on May 28, 2014 at 04:21:13
“I'm sittin here wondering why I've got to work so bleedin' hard to fund corporate wars that aren't improving my bottom line and pay corporate welfare doing much the same. To add insult to injury...all the really invasive laws and programs like...say...the NSA and drug testing welfare precipitants....are all GOP pet projects. The want less government until they don't....”
Bataan on May 28, 2014 at 02:53:15
“You are right. I wonder why I'm working my tail off paying taxes to subsidize low wage employers, and why I have to subsidize the most profitable corporations in the history of the world?”
MaryfromIL on May 28, 2014 at 02:53:07
“How are you feeling about the average tax return paying $130 a year from their taxes, to support the Wall family (walmart) and the fast food CEO's and owners?
Because that is how they keep prices low, they pay starvation wages and the taxpayers have to make up the difference with public benefits.
That's even if you NEVER shop at Walmart or buy fast food... Each Walmart super center runs the taxpayers $900,000 a year to supply poverty benefits to it's employees.
You have to keep working harder, because the corporations, who by the way also get govt subsidies, sent the jobs out of the country and pay our politicians to keep it that way.
You want lower taxes? Don't let companies like Apple, America's largest employer by market value, employ only 43,000 people in the United States, while indirectly employing around 700,000 people in its various suppliers in other countries.
What, you think the consumer is still getting cheaper prices on Apple products because of that? Well, no. Apple earned gross margins of up to 58% on its United States iPhone sales between April 2010 and March 2012.”
LoyalDem4646 on May 27, 2014 at 23:36:30
“Maybe someone should inform them we spent 600 billion alone in Afghanistan. I think we can afford to spend on a few programs here at home and spread the wealth. Right now they're working so bleedin' hard to support other countries. It would be better to spend more here at home so more money can circulate and more people can make decent wages.”