“I have to agree. Mitt will be debating against his true self. He will not be able to convince himself that he is as conservative as he wants to portray himself as. He will be going through the motions, unauthentically. Obama on the other hand actually has the convictions that he portrays and will not have the added burden of managing a facade.”
“This should end with, "brought to you by people who think who tv programming is free, because they never had to make payroll". Don't be a snob.”
Theosaurus on Jan 11, 2012 at 10:43:36
“huh? so you're saying that ACTUAL history is not interesting? maybe their creative directors just aren't any good and are diluting their brand. there are many channels that have payrolls that don't rely on aliens to punch up interest.”
“I agree! It is a simple truth. Even if you give tax cuts businesses are going to sit on the money until DEMAND increases...Anyone who believes any differently needs to suppress the need to be disagreeable and think.”
“Is it my imagination, or does many conservatives still believe that they have NOTHING to do with the job losses. That is totally perplexing to me...maybe we need another tax cut brain child to seal our fate :). The last ones worked really well.”
AlonzoQuijana on Jun 3, 2011 at 13:00:45
“Obama gains more ownership of the economy by the day. We're at 2/3s through his term. Yet, almost no progress. He promised a summer of recovery -- last summer -- and nothing. Biden promised 500K jobs a months, yet only 54K.
“He is not stupid. I don't know the how the sausage is made in DC but I realize a couple of things. One, it appears that your political leverage is dependent upon the tenacity of your supporters. If your supporters are fickle, the opposition is emboldened. So much of our frustration is self-inflicted and a symptom of our collective political commitment. Recent history has proven this; no matter how marginal and outside the mainstream your agenda is, if you have enough support, you can achieve successful influence.
Second, we are so religious about our politics that we refuse to engage in an integrative process for dealing with the economy. I think it will require both Keynesian and Supply-Side incentives. Yes, we need to invest in the middle and working classes, but we also need to be big enough to realize that in a nation with a capitalist economic model, you cannot ignore incentives for the 'producers'. The middle is where the creative friction is and I think where our solutions lie.
I say, if they want the tax cuts because they want to use the money for business investment. Keep the cuts, but make them activity-based. If you use the money to invest and create jobs you get the cut. If you sit on your money then no cuts. That way you are mitigating both risks, the negative impact of increased spending, while creating economic momentum. Thinking win-win is the only way.”
purplet on Dec 5, 2010 at 11:13:28
“I can't agree more a problem is about his supporters- I have been active this whole time- The biggest problem is not many have been willing to show up- Some are great at blogging negatively about this admin and the Dems- But there has been calls to the base every time to show up and help get things like a Public Option- unemployment- tax cuts- ect done- Its the same faces that show up to do the work- If everyone is so angry at Wall Street where are the rallies to save Elizabeth Warren- Where are the rallies to stop the Tax cuts for the top %- We should all be emailing, calling, rallying for the things we want- What happened regarding these last tax cuts- They didn't have the votes in the Senate- the House passed it- He doesn't have the votes for unemployment- the Start Treaty -DADT- yet this admin takes all the heat- what about getting active- If 500,000 of us showed up during HCR and countered the TP protests- we could of made a huge difference- The people in power are going to see to see to it that any Democratic agenda fails- at any costs- and the Repubs TP base are active- If another 10-25% of the Dems voted in the midterms we would have won-
I am not concerned about this admin as much as I am about the people who voted for this admin-
get involved They begging you to-”
“Unfortunately, folks like this become avatars for others or considering an enhancing to someone's bottom line, this is why she gets to keep a public facing platform, in the main stream. She said something that obviously resonates with a segment of the populous. Though, I have a hard time imagining a scenario where she would be provided this alternate opportunity, had she been tip-toeing around statement considered anti-semitic.”
thejackass on Nov 26, 2010 at 17:04:03
“I will be honest I did understand your comment at all”
“I agree with Van. The strength of the leader resides in the integrity of the team. We have seen recent examples of teams with a deficit of ideas to needed to approach the issues that we, as a country, are dealing with today. But what they lacked in creativity, they made up for it in passion and visibility...and it paid off. We progressives need to wake up and stop "Waiting for Superman"!”
sLegal on Nov 11, 2010 at 19:44:40
“let's step up by shaming false politicians who pander for our votes then sell out the ideals of the party”
Shaun Hensley on Nov 11, 2010 at 19:43:34
“If he want's Progressives to get in line, then progressives occasionally get to call the shots, it's really that simple.”
“Where is the outrage?!!!! It does not exist because we've heard so much lately that this type of overt prejudice seems paradoxically honest. It is not buried in coded euphemisms and religious dogmas engineered to anesthetize good intentioned citizens into supporting biased political philosophies and demagogic manipulators.”
keepemhonest on Oct 27, 2010 at 08:23:11
“You are 100% correct!”
poguemahoney80 on Oct 27, 2010 at 08:22:26
“You're right, this is close to the mainstream Republican/tea bagger message....just without the lame code.”
“I think the strategy to make Boehner an avatar of the conservatives ideals is not that far-fetched. We as a culture are accustomed to a "bad guy" to focus upon and personalize the fight. I do see that there is a risk in making Boehner the focus of the offensive as opposed to the spokesperson of a larger population. If this were to happen, all that population has to do is cut off the offending appendage and the Dems are going to appear myopic and desperate.
But in defense of the Dems, we do need someone to do something other than dig in and wait for the ambush opportunities and missteps to capitalize upon. Which I can confidently say has epitomized the Reps agenda.
And it is also fair to refer to the Bush and Clinton policies that have contributed to the current state of our union. This is referred to as 'Institutional Knowledge". It is one of the first things you address when taking on a project and fixing the union is a 'project'. So the historical references and accountabilities are 'in the game'. But understand that the prior admin has thrown the 'issues' over the wall and the currrent admin are the owners and the 'deciders' now.
As with Ex. Pres. Bush, his legacy is being casted and set in stone.”
“Really?!!! I never heard this story...But I would have tried to build a raft or something. But I think they made a TV show about it...I think it was named 'LOST'.”
ecotorium on Sep 15, 2010 at 16:12:22
“I'd say "ahh, young people", but i'm 27 and know all too well that before lost there was... gilligan's island (gasp!)”
amaboss52 on Sep 15, 2010 at 13:16:14
“Well it turns out they had a professor on the cruise who knew how to build phones out of string and coconuts and a radio out of spare boat parts. The crew and the guest had some ingenous ideas and actually lived pretty good on that island. Gilligan.”