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Ted Cruz: John Kerry Should Step Down Over 'Apartheid' Comment

Ted Cruz: John Kerry Should Step Down Over 'Apartheid' Comment

Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 14:16:26 in Politics

“I was disappointed that no one in the media (that I read or saw) explained what apartheid is. Kerry didn't mispeak, he struck a nerve. He was too close to the truth and we can't have truth be any part of our political world these days.

Which brings me to Ted Cruz. How do we get the media to stop covering the court jesters, who say crazy things just to get attention? BTW Cruz is the head jester.

It's so easy to sit on the sidelines. Have no policies of your own to propose, and lob grenades over the moat.

If a reporter, any reporter, were to ask him a serious policy question, and insist he answer the question with something other than the generalizations the R's use these days, he wouldn't be able to answer the question. Because he, and all of today's right wingers, have no policies that are credible, or haven't been proven ineffective by history.

Cruz's political career would die a sad quiet death if he had to keep his media time to serious policy.”

OldUncleTom on Apr 29, 2014 at 14:34:58

“Media is entertainment, not information.”

LittleOldLadyWho on Apr 29, 2014 at 14:27:23

“Excellent comment!

F and F! ;o)”
Creationists Demand Airtime On Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos'

Creationists Demand Airtime On Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos'

Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 17:08:34 in Science

“I sometimes envy those who can live in a world where a total myth is infallible and the cold hard facts are untrue. I'm tired of the religious nuts trying to lay their dogma on the entire country. Why do they want to take my freedom away? Why don't they believe in our Constitution?”
GOP Senate Candidate Changes Tune On Strict Abortion Stance

GOP Senate Candidate Changes Tune On Strict Abortion Stance

Commented Mar 23, 2014 at 02:29:25 in Politics

“Republicans will lie like a rug to get elected, to the total opposite of what they said on the campaign and not be the least bit embarrassed. It's in their nature....see Walker of WI, MI's governor, Scott of FL, hell even semi-liberal Lingle of HI did things she said she'd NEVER do when she was gov......besides we've had 30 years of proof that the right's policies DO NOT WORK for anyone but the super rich.”
A Reason To Eat At Shake Shack That Has Zero To Do With Food

A Reason To Eat At Shake Shack That Has Zero To Do With Food

Commented Mar 22, 2014 at 02:35:46 in Business

“McDonalds only pays 17% of it's income for wages. So doubling their wages, which would put workers at about $15 an hour would only add $.68 or so to a Big Mac. That's not going to be a deterrent to anyone eating at McDonalds. Especially when those Mickey-D workers have more money to spend at your place of business and you can get a raise too.”

dspratt on Mar 22, 2014 at 16:04:46

“McDonalds corporation pays $0 for wages,, of fast food workers. On the other hand McDonalds franchises probably pay around 40% for their labor ,, this is industry standard average.

Your Big Mac calculation is a little off. If you take an average of 10 people on a shift and you double their pay they would have to sell an average of over 100 big macs an hr ,, over 1.25 a minute to pay the wage . Overall the increased wage would add somewhere around $250,000 a year with 50 employees to operating costs including increased payroll taxes, unemployment taxes. Add in The new costs of Obamacare and the number rises to between $400,000 and $500,000 a year if all employees worked full time.”

motorsportsmedic on Mar 22, 2014 at 15:53:54

“Do you think flipping burgers is worth $15 an hour? WOW! Minimum wage is where you start working not a career and set a goal to make more and move on. You know school kids start at entry level jobs like flipping burgers get educated and move on.”
John Boehner Could End Shutdown Today If He Wanted To

John Boehner Could End Shutdown Today If He Wanted To

Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 00:16:40 in Politics

“How could you even believe there are "reasonable" Republicans. They've supported the terrorist wing of the party and now when they've finally committed their terrorist act they want to say..."I don't support them...I'm reasonable"....give me a phu kin break.”

coolhandfreak on Oct 3, 2013 at 00:22:43

“Once upon a time way back when the Republicans at least understood that losing an election meant you had to give in on some policy matters. Now they are nothing but Zippos. There are a few reasonable Republicans,,,,if you say there are none you are not being objective. Most are clowns but you can't plaint every Republican with a broad brush.”
GOP Rep. Markwayne Mullin: $10 Minimum Wage Would Quadruple Fast Food Prices

GOP Rep. Markwayne Mullin: $10 Minimum Wage Would Quadruple Fast Food Prices

Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 22:58:10 in Business

“Corporations exist at the behest of government. We can set rules that protect workers. Wages in other developed countries are much higher and McDonalds is doing just fine in those countries.

When a McDonalds employee is eligible for Medicaid we are essentially subsidizing the company. Why should any McDonalds employee be eligible for any gov't benefit because the pay is so low?

Corporations aren't guaranteed profit. And although for 30 years we've allowed them to be at the top of the food chain, it's now time to put them back in their place. I guarantee you that a doubling of the minimum wage would not close one fast food joint. It may reduce return to stockholders, but since they aren't using profits to invest in the US anymore than why should we encourage shareholder profits?”

TheTruth WillSetYouFree on Aug 13, 2013 at 23:06:48

“Try again when you understand what the word "behest" means and think about (rethink) what you really meant to say when you said "Why should any McDonalds employee be eligible for any gov't benefit because the pay is so low?"  (what you actually said is that McDonald's employees should not be eligible for govt. benefits due to their low wages).  Somehow, I think you meant something else.  Not sure what, but keep trying.”
GOP Rep. Markwayne Mullin: $10 Minimum Wage Would Quadruple Fast Food Prices

GOP Rep. Markwayne Mullin: $10 Minimum Wage Would Quadruple Fast Food Prices

Commented Aug 13, 2013 at 22:51:38 in Business

“McDonalds reported that they paid 17% of gross in come in wages for all it's employees, so doubling wages and increasing food prices by 17% would keep them at the same profit level they now enjoy.

Why should you and I subsidize their employees? Corporations should be required to pay living wages so that employees don't have to rely on food stamps or other aid just to survive.”
Jim Messina, Obama Campaign Manager, Hired By David Cameron For 2015

Jim Messina, Obama Campaign Manager, Hired By David Cameron For 2015

Commented Aug 3, 2013 at 00:36:51 in Politics

“You show your ignorance of the economy saying there is a "private sector". Every company is ALLOWED to exist at the behest of the government and EVERY company uses government services and many even get government welfare. It's hard to say that WalMart is the "private sector" when the government basically spends $6000 per WalMart employee on food stamps, day care, medical and other social needs.

I guess it would be truly private if we made WalMart pay for all the services their employees need in order to survive.

We should also make corporations pay their fair share to support the military which gives them a stable country to operate from. And the police/fire/emt services. And for a relatively stable banking system, etc.... Corporations are paying historic low percentages in taxes. Sucking off the gov't tit. In a private sector they would pay their way and not take any welfare. Why should we pay for roads for their trucks to use? Shouldn't they pay for them? Many states allow companies to keep part of the sales tax they collect..welfare. Why should I pay sales tax that I think is going to build a road, or pay for regulators or inspectors and instead goes to the pockets of shareholders? Do the Waltons need more than $50 billion dollars? They shouldn't be taking one dime from the government, yet they do.

So yes, let's start weaning those who need the least help off the gov't teat first.”
John Boehner: Abortion Bill Won't Affect GOP's Popularity With Women

John Boehner: Abortion Bill Won't Affect GOP's Popularity With Women

Commented Jun 18, 2013 at 16:02:36 in Politics

“I love that they just keep doubling down on the extremist, out of touch, bigoted positions. I can see a scenario where they become a 10% party, the Dems become the rather conservative party and then we'll have a real Progressive party to represent the rest of us.”
House GOP Budget Cuts Plan Moves Forward

House GOP Budget Cuts Plan Moves Forward

Commented May 22, 2013 at 11:19:47 in Politics

“Just remember the right JUST DOESN'T CARE about the average citizen. Their austerity mantra has been proven to a) not work, b) be a fraud, and c) only help the richest.

Vote them out ASAP.”

redrabbit12 on May 22, 2013 at 11:39:17

“Their concern for the deficit and debt was always a fraud, just an excuse to screw most of the county which lives paycheck to paycheck in an effort to turn Ayn Rand's bad fiction into economic policy.”
Fraudulent Unemployment Benefits Payments Totaled $3.3 Billion In 2011: Paper

Fraudulent Unemployment Benefits Payments Totaled $3.3 Billion In 2011: Paper

Commented May 4, 2013 at 01:26:03 in Business

“No, but it should be more than it is now.  Wealthy people don't just make money without help.  They use gov't services and roads and the relative security of the banking system, etc.... If they don't pay their share then the poor/middle class are subsidizing their wealth and that's bullshit. ”

dozerbob on May 4, 2013 at 09:40:02

“Our wonderful leaders in Washington wrote th tax code and gave considerations to the wealthy for the purpose of reinvestment of wealth. Some of the changes that have ben made to the code has had the opposite affect and now some of the rich hide their wealth. I still am concerned over who determines what's fair.”
Fraudulent Unemployment Benefits Payments Totaled $3.3 Billion In 2011: Paper

Fraudulent Unemployment Benefits Payments Totaled $3.3 Billion In 2011: Paper

Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 19:55:02 in Business

“No, we're in debt because we don't ask the wealthy to pay their fair share, and don't set tax rates high enough to encourage reinvestment in the business rather than pulling the money out of the economy all together, i.e....storing it in offshore banks. We probably lose the amount of taxes missed on this offshore money that these people got in an entire year.”

joebro1060 on Apr 28, 2013 at 20:18:48

“Because the top 2% of income earners paying over 50% of the taxes isn't fair...”

back9 on Apr 28, 2013 at 20:11:15

“You seem to know what is fair for everyone and what other people should do with their hard earned money. Are you that smart or are you just another lib trying to sound off their big mouth. By the way people who live in this country pay taxes on their money if it is in this country or not”

dozerbob on Apr 28, 2013 at 20:07:52

“Please quit blaming the wealthy and what exactly is their fair share? Is that to be determined by the lazy and unemployable or a socialist government department?”

OhConservatives on Apr 28, 2013 at 20:01:56

“Don't forget two completely unpaid for wars, one of which was entirely unnecessary.”
DOJ Drones Paper: Obama's Second-Term Cabinet, Agenda Faces New Scrutiny

DOJ Drones Paper: Obama's Second-Term Cabinet, Agenda Faces New Scrutiny

Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 00:30:36 in Politics

“I guess we'll see how well thought out all this is when Mexico uses a drone to kill a known drug dealer on United States soil.

I'm not anti-drone per se, yet I don't see how we make strikes against our personal enemies when they're on foreign soil and we're not at war with the country that "enemy" happens to be in. And how do we avoid responsibility/prosecution when we kill innocent people?

My gut tells me this is going to be a huge issue at some point after a few Americans are killed with drones.”
Kansas Drug Testing Next On The Docket Of 'Ultraconservative' Bills

Kansas Drug Testing Next On The Docket Of 'Ultraconservative' Bills

Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 13:54:50 in Politics

“I'm against all drug testing UNTIL we test all management of all corporations who get gov't assistance, which is all of them in one form or another,”

bielymedved on Jan 26, 2013 at 00:01:38

“Exactly. Follow the "Kochs" to the coke.”

ftlscott on Jan 25, 2013 at 14:56:45

“Agreed”

A Meat Beetle on Jan 25, 2013 at 14:23:39

“I would support it if it included a requirement that the governor of Kansas had to drink all the samples that came back negative. ”
Obama Inauguration Speech Decries Income Inequality

Obama Inauguration Speech Decries Income Inequality

Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 19:04:06 in Politics

“I guess what I'm really saying is you get to say "I, and I alone, built that" when you and you alone pay for everything you use.  I didn't even get into the pollution created by all their trucks and ships burning fossil fuels and how that contributes to health issues and they're not required to pay for any of that.  So yeah, major corporations are the biggest welfare queens in the country and it's wrong to begrudge a sick person medical care when you're not even willing to acknowledge that 5 people who have as much wealth as 40% of the country take billions more in government services and benefits than they EVER pay in taxes.”
Obama Inauguration Speech Decries Income Inequality

Obama Inauguration Speech Decries Income Inequality

Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 18:59:43 in Politics

“WalMart, and most of the top corporations pay very little in federal tax.  And what they do pay wouldn't cover what they use.  It's not only roads.  They get many, many , many benefits from our government.  In fact, they're welfare queens.  They pay so little that many of their employees qualify for gov't aid, which is basically just a wage subsidy.  Our government doesn't require China to accurately value their currency so all those things WalMart sells they get to buy at an artificially cheap price.  They get to do business in a country that doesn't have war w/in its boundaries because of our military strength.  They're able to deal with large amounts of money w/out worry of the banks shaking them down because we still have some regulation in this country.  They get to use the judicial system to remedy legal issues.  
So maybe in the beginning Sam Walton built a business, but TODAY, they suck at the government teat more than any individual citizen. ”

CraigSF on Jan 22, 2013 at 19:04:06

“I guess what I'm really saying is you get to say "I, and I alone, built that" when you and you alone pay for everything you use.  I didn't even get into the pollution created by all their trucks and ships burning fossil fuels and how that contributes to health issues and they're not required to pay for any of that.  So yeah, major corporations are the biggest welfare queens in the country and it's wrong to begrudge a sick person medical care when you're not even willing to acknowledge that 5 people who have as much wealth as 40% of the country take billions more in government services and benefits than they EVER pay in taxes.”
Obama Inauguration Speech Decries Income Inequality

Obama Inauguration Speech Decries Income Inequality

Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 17:11:06 in Politics

“There's a difference in begrudging someone their success and acknowledging the historical fact that the type of income inequality we have is immoral and unfair but also leads to revolution.

People make their fortunes in the US on the back of the government (roads, military protection, stable banking, stable judiciary, etc...) and there should be a price for that. Otherwise we should tell WalMart to build their own damn roads for their trucks..oh wait that would erase the "low price guarantee" .

All we want is for business and the wealthy to pay their share. We've taxed the rich to pay for every war EXCEPT the Afghanistan/Iraq debacle. We financed that and then want to cut services to the poor because we've borrowed too much. It's a circular strategy that ALWAYS lands the benefit at the feet of the rich. That's wrong. And it doesn't lead to a better nation. We create broad wealth by high tax rates.”

PatriotAZ on Jan 21, 2013 at 20:09:39

“I think WalMart does pay the roads through their corporate taxes. So you bought into that whole lie that 'if you have your own company, you didn't build that' because someone else built the roads?????? My Gawd--we all pay taxes to use the roads, for pete's sake. Do you even listen to yourself?”

Robert SF on Jan 21, 2013 at 17:53:27

“Fanned and faved. You should post more often! :)”
Obama Gun Control Proposals Unveiled, Marking Biggest Legislative Effort In A Generation

Obama Gun Control Proposals Unveiled, Marking Biggest Legislative Effort In A Generation

Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 12:36:23 in Politics

“Now if he'd just be this bold on poverty, or on job creation, or on our antiquated pot laws or on discrimination or on regulating wall street. If he just picked two of those and ran with them it would advance out country greatly.”
Obama: Unemployment Insurance Must Be Part Of Fiscal Cliff Deal

Obama: Unemployment Insurance Must Be Part Of Fiscal Cliff Deal

Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 19:02:26 in Politics

“Always remember there are still millions of unemployed workers who have exhausted ALL benefits. This negotiation leaves them out all together. Many are older, experienced workers now with a big gap in employment that can't even get an interview.

It's a shame that our country would let this happen to anyone.”

richardk952 on Dec 19, 2012 at 19:32:48

“AMEN BROTHER”

MiddleMolly on Dec 19, 2012 at 19:12:21

“This is true, but we really don't know how many people are included. There are only about 5 million people getting any benefits under any program right now, and there are 12 million officially unemployed. 7 million people do not qualify for unemployment benefits, either because they have exhausted their benefits, they are entering or re-entering the work force, they were fired for cause, etc.”
Dana Milbank, Washington Post Writer, Slams LGBT Activists, SPLC For FRC's 'Hate Group' Label

Dana Milbank, Washington Post Writer, Slams LGBT Activists, SPLC For FRC's 'Hate Group' Label

Commented Aug 23, 2012 at 12:11:25 in Gay Voices

“Many (perhaps most) straight people, and even some gay people, can't wrap their heads around the need people like Tony Perkins has for a villain. Without someone to hate he's just a small guy with a fringe opinion. Obviously Dana Milbank doesn't see parallel between FRC and KKK.

The MOST disturbing part of the interview is how much respect Mr. Milbank has for Perkins & Bauer. This false notion of moral equivalency is what's moved the political discussion to the far right. A truthful reporting on the FRC would be to call them a fringe group with an outrageous point of view totally out of the mainstream. Instead, they're respectful think-tankers. NOW THAT'S SCARY.”
Post Office Lost $1.9 Billion Over The Last 3 Months

Post Office Lost $1.9 Billion Over The Last 3 Months

Commented May 10, 2013 at 13:31:07 in Business

“Reporters make me sick. They spread misinformation by leaving out key points. Although this reporter mentions the extraordinary requirement that burdens the post office it doesn't give the fact that without that the post office would be break even.

For all the right wing nuts soon you're going to be paying dollars, not cents, to mail a letter if your people get their way. That's the goal, starve the Post Office to a point where their duties get privatized to UPS or FEDEX. Just look at the contributions to Republicans by those companies.”

gateking on May 10, 2013 at 13:44:47

“That is simply not true. They would still lose over $ 5 billion a year with "normal" health care burden. Why not let the USPS management make the modern era modifications they want to make--- and rescind the excessive health care burden?”

KrustySanchez on May 10, 2013 at 13:43:22

“Sad misinformation.

They would break even but who would foot the massive cost of future pensions? Especially considering that no matter what mail volume will continue to decline.

If anything this requirement now looks like a stroke of genius as it's absolutely necessary.”

Black Rhino on May 10, 2013 at 13:33:07

“Get rid of the USPS...and lets all pay the fair market value for our mail.”
Richard Trumka Threatens To Abandon Democrats In 2012 Unless They Fight Harder For Labor

Richard Trumka Threatens To Abandon Democrats In 2012 Unless They Fight Harder For Labor

Commented May 20, 2011 at 11:12:38 in Politics

“Fact is, the Democrats have already abandoned the worker....30 years of no real wage growth? And they were in charge a good part of that time. Abhorrent.”
Governor Jerry Brown 'Checks In' With California

Governor Jerry Brown 'Checks In' With California

Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 00:33:33 in Los Angeles

“We created the broad middle class by having high tax rates which then forced re-investment in business. We need to return to the 60% top tax rate and re-build the middle class.”

shooter 586 on Mar 24, 2011 at 12:28:02

“"we" didn't create a middle class by spending money. The middle class was created by those that chose to learn a basic skill and make money. Taxing the rich if a failed social experiment by those that cannot earn money, or ever learn to control money. This is why we get liberals that want to spend 50% more than we take in.”

skraeling on Mar 22, 2011 at 00:46:28

“That might be correct, but will not happen any more than reversing the many voter approved Propositions that siphon so much money from taxes, or give such breaks as to bankrupt the state. If only California voters would just understand the consequences of voting for propositions brought to us by special interests every election, yet we pass them....now...there is little for the huge salary and benefits for the unionized public workers.....a dilemma...”
Governor Jerry Brown 'Checks In' With California

Governor Jerry Brown 'Checks In' With California

Commented Mar 22, 2011 at 00:32:28 in Los Angeles

“Really smart...screw education the world's 8th largest economy doesn't need educated workers. Pensions? Why should anyone retire? You should work until the day you die.
Oh yeah, let's cut services to "illegals". God forbid someone should get their child treated for a disease before sending them to school with all the other kids. I guess maybe you're type believes that immigration status is a factor as to whether the disease you have is communicable.

The first thing he should do is pass a tax law that allows all the loopholes the legislature can pass, but no corporation pays anything less than 15% of gross receipts in taxes. Currently only 20% of CA corporations pay taxes.

Then do the same thing for the wealthy. Put a consumption tax on incomes over $200,000. Feel free to spend your ill-gotten gains, but it's going to cost you. No one is going to forgo their Ferrari because of an extra $25,000 tax.”
Governor Jerry Brown 'Checks In' With California

Governor Jerry Brown 'Checks In' With California

Commented Mar 21, 2011 at 20:09:50 in Los Angeles

“Again, another person with no real understanding of what really happened in California.

Gov. Pat Brown built the best higher education system in the WORLD. Expanded roads and parks. He did it with a fair tax plan where everyone paid their fair share.

Then came Reagan, Dukmejian, Wilson, Terminator....all allowed the wealthy to reduce what they pay thus transferring wealth to the rich. So few corporations actually pay any corporate income tax it's ridiculous.

We don't have a spending problem in California, we have a revenue problem where people are allowed to make and accumulate vast wealth using the infrastructure of the state and not pay their fair share on what they make.

Further, in the US, we have created more wealth, and the middle class, during times of high tax rates. Low tax rates have lead to the two great depressions.”

shooter 586 on Mar 24, 2011 at 14:11:51

“"He did it with a fair tax plan where everyone paid their fair share."

So when are we going to see the poor start to pay their fair share? When are we going to see the union member pay for their own healthcare? Or Retirement? You want real reform, force union member to live like all private sector employees. Watch what will happen then.”

bigmadd on Mar 22, 2011 at 00:14:08

“You tell a republican the facts and give them numbers to back said fact will a republican's head exsplode? All joking aside I fanned oh by the way you are correct about a rerevenue and it nation wide”

joebiteme on Mar 21, 2011 at 23:32:22

“what was the % of illegals in the state when Pat was Gov?? That's your answer”

mothergrace on Mar 21, 2011 at 22:42:25

“Exactly right!”
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