“That is exactly where I would start if I were looking at a budget in the red & need to find cuts & minimize pain for the average American. This is what we need to understand- big business loves big government. Businessmen want special favors from government and they will always lobby energetically for all kinds of wealth transfers to themselves. The net result of all this looting is most damaging to those at the bottom of the economic ladder & this has always been the case.”
“It simply can't be true that everyone would die without government assistance. I think we should work toward a world where no one must rely on federal entitlement programs for their day-to-day needs. The fact is we do not have the resources to sustain these programs in the long term. Is it really so radical to suggest that our government has devolved into a system of legal plunder whereby some people are enriched at the expense of everyone else? I believe there is a much better way.”
Amanda Matthews on Mar 21, 2013 at 12:06:31
“Really? Everyone is on government assistance? That's all people want is welfare and handouts?
And as for what you 'can't believe', It's easy to see the proof of how American's are hurting. All you have to do is look. You just don't want to. You'd rather we hand over our Social Security money to the rich man.
I hope they start coming after savings accounts in this country like they did in Cyprus. You boot strappers will be screaming bloody murder then.”
“I guess it's no surprise that the Democrats have continued to lie, obfuscate, and defer the economic crisis to the next generation. Here, we have an opportunity to do something a little bit different. Why are we going head-long into European-style socialism like everyone else in the world when we should get back to our roots & our proven strength in freedom from an overbearing government? There is always the temptation to create government programs and spend money. Anyone can do that, but the consequences are always the same, economic collapse. If we follow the president where he wishes to lead us, the only question is "when?".”
FolksingerDoug on Feb 13, 2013 at 19:36:54
“European style socialism like the Scandinavian countries? the ones with the best education, and medical systems in the world? You represent your parties un-intellectual stance and deliver their tired rhetoric. How about thinking for yourself, or is that too European?”
chebontenitkee on Feb 13, 2013 at 19:36:18
“Wait, what? Norway and Sweden have not collapsed, and Iceland rejected the Shock Doctrine tactics of the World Bank and are doing quite well, thank you. Then there's Germany, whose people get eight weeks paid vacation, health care, pensions, etc. Their economy is pretty much the opposite of collapsing, in fact it's holding up the other EU member states. Was our proven strength the Gilded Age, with robber barons and homeless folks dying in the streets? Or was our strongest time during the FDR recovery from the Great Depression, when the dastardly government put the country back to work and prepared it to fight the Axis powers in WWII, followed by union manufacturing in the post-war years that was the envy of the world? Try to live in a reality-based universe please.”
MNUSA on Feb 13, 2013 at 19:35:27
“We should be so fortunate as to head toward European-style socialism. Health care for all. Paid maternity and/or paternity leave. More vacation time. More holidays. Higher pay.”
Snarky McSnarkster on Feb 13, 2013 at 19:34:45
“A little more American history study and a little less AM radio, please.”
TheRealThang on Feb 13, 2013 at 19:33:22
“right, the Democrats are doing it all wrong, you're supposed to just wait for the next administration to fix economic crises, not the next generation.”
Susanmg on Feb 13, 2013 at 19:31:05
“Wrong, Dylan. Government programs create jobs, keep our food supply safe, allow us to have clean air and water, and maintain our infrastructure. The reason we have lost so many jobs is the austerity of the 'small government unless we're talking about women" GOP. They bled the states dry, and public jobs disappeared. My library has cut staff and hours. We have closed schools. Our recycling program went from a bi-weekly pickup to 12 times a year. Meanwhile, the GOp wants to spend MORE on unneeded and outdated and overprices military equipment, as well as their pet oil subsidies (tell me why we subsidize billion dollar companies who pay no taxes again?) and keep cutting education, health services, food stamps...programs for OUR people that we pay taxes for.”
johnthetrue on Feb 13, 2013 at 19:22:54
“You mean you want European Austerity which has driven them down the tubes.”
“Rubio is right that the Obama administration has no credibility on immigration. The President has deported a record number of immigrants - already more than any previous administration and he has more than doubled the border patrol while targeting employers who hire undocumented workers & now on the eve of an election, he wants to woo hispanics by re-shaping the debate & posing as some kind of reformer. Don't let these two parties fool you into believing that they offer anything but more of the same draconian statist policies.”
Jun 25, 2012 at 18:30:17
“At least they won't be blocking individuals from seeking employment. That would have been the most powerful tool to drive undocumented workers elsewhere, putting unnecessary strain on the employer-employee relationship.”
Cha Cha 123 on Jun 26, 2012 at 11:00:04
“Very good one step forward now we must push the vote box, for the rest.”
USAmerican100 on Jun 25, 2012 at 20:04:01
“Arizona already has mandatory e-verify, approved by the Supremes last year.”
RobietheCat on Jun 25, 2012 at 19:55:56
“Actually, the AZ law requiring penalties for employers illegally hiring foreign workers has already been upheld. So now it is time for AZ to enforce that law.”
“Tell me what exactly can the President check off the to-do list? Lead a real recovery: Nope. Reduce the deficit: Not happening. Reform Medicare & Social Security: Nothing happening there. Help small business to create jobs: Not yet!
But you just keep playing the Blame Game with everyone else on the left who find criticizing the last bad president easier than defending the current one.”
mwade002 on Jun 8, 2012 at 18:49:17
“and you keep making a fool of yourself”
NevaforLeadership on Jun 8, 2012 at 17:37:45
Ended the recession in June 2009. Turned unemployment around. Initiated blueprint for return to an economy of production (missing during Bush and major cause of crash).
Has controled deficit spending, despite Bush-induced deficit maximizers: two Bush wars (Obama ended one, initiated the end to the other); Bush tax cuts that ran headlong into an imploding economy, requiring deficit spending to cover the shortfalls; Bush recession, requiring bailout, stimulus and emergency spending to cover shortfalls and additional entitlements for those who lost their jobs (Obama ended the recession).
When Obama assumed office the deficit was $1.2 trillion. Today the deficit is $1.3 trillion.
54 million Americans rely on SS. SS is more than half the income for more than half recipients over 65. Obama believes in retirement with diginity. Obama's plan: promotion of self-retirement planning without reductions for current recipients. No government in the world that wants to survive would reduce the benefits of current recipients.
Expansion of medicaid preventative care to low-income Americans.
Over $70 billion in loans to 150,000 small businesses since 2009; 17 tax cuts for small business; focus on awarding small business government contracts; focus on support for "high-growth" start-ups and innovators.
You know, you would be wise to brush up on issues before you post, because it is so easy for others to check. You didn't bother, and you have made yourself look particularly foolish.”
Alexander Grable on Jun 8, 2012 at 17:28:49
“Hmmm, okay, let's go this way. Lead a real recovery, well compared to still more austerity Europe we're recovering so check. Reduce the deficit, the deficit is down from where it was in 2009, and this year already the government turned a surplus in April again. Reform Medicare, done through PPACA. Check. Reform Social Security, Social Security doesn't need reform, Social Security's problems can be solved with fuller employment or simply lifting the FICA cap, but oh wait if it doesn't involve sticking it to people wingers are against it. Small businesses? Oh right you mean Hedge Funds? Because those are the "small business owners" who earn above $250k a year. Right because George Soros will fire people if his top tax rate goes up a bit, that's right he won't hire someone because he's focused on his tax rate not revenue for the firm, right, sure tough guy.”
“I think this shows how thoroughly consistent and respectable the Pauls are in a sea of political parasites. How refreshing that a candidate would even consider whether it is necessary that his security be paid in tax dollars or out of his campaign budget. To this I say, Bravo! And he is right, when ANYONE benefits at the expense of taxpayers, he is no different from the reining welfare queens.”
saltpeter on Mar 22, 2012 at 11:09:31
“Ron Paul has been in government for 20 years. He has introduced over 600 pieces of legislation, passed exactly ONE. And his son is no more effective than he has. In other words, Ron Paul has spent 20 years twiddling his thumbs and failing to get his own party to back his policies, how can he get anyone to.
Ron Paul's home state is one of the biggest welfare states in the union. And he's done nothing to end that gravy train. The same gravy train he and his son use to make a livelihood because they couldn't hack their other chosen profession.”
May 23, 2013 at 17:03:43
“Teachers SHOULD live in fear- not of being labeled, but of failing the next generation of young minds. We should all fear the consequences of graduating another generation not prepared to function autonomously in society. Since the establishment of the federal Dept. of Education, we have lost our grasp of right & wrong and children are no longer empowered with the ability to question authority & think for themselves.”
EricCooper on Jun 4, 2013 at 16:02:50
“As you know, there are tens of thousands of positive exchanges and interventions between teachers and their students on any given day in America. Teachers are heroes in my eyes. They are committed to working to helping not only their students but America succeed as well. I think we need to be careful at not placing blame on the federal government for behaviors. Parents, the students and society as well, have a role to play in guiding the nation's young toward high achievement. I can assure you, there are teachers throughout the nation, who work diligently on behalf of their students. Who lose sleep over how best to help a troubled child. Who seek answers on a daily basis to improve how they teach and their students learn. And as important, my experience from coast to coast in our great nation, is that students are taught to think critically, reflectively and creatively. Where the educators celebrate each student for his/her unique potential and help them to realize the same. I do appreciate your comment and the opportunity to respond.”
“United States imperialism began in the late 19th century when American moneylenders saw their investments in foreign government securities threatening default (as in Nicaragua) & they pushed the politicians to send marines in to collect on their debts. And so it continues to this day....”
“It is disturbing to me that we are expected to choose between two candidates who fully endorse interventionist war-making of the Bush variety. Why should anyone who sees his own government practice murder & torture abroad trust the state to be humane & peaceful domestically? And for those who defend Obama's excessive use of drones, why is it okay for some (read: Democratic) presidents to take innocent lives in foreign lands but not for others (Republicans)?”
hp blogger Stewart J. Lawrence on Oct 22, 2012 at 22:10:40
“No one wants to deal with drone warfare, and the rights issues involved. Even top ,military people have expressed doubts about their use, and the collateral damage involved. There have been highly revealing news reports on Obama's personal involvement in choosing targets. At this point.drones are everywhere and they are part of the emerging Obama "smart war" doctrine that includes the expansion of the US special forces. Drones are coming home to American soil. Yes,zero debate over this.”
ant pal on Oct 22, 2012 at 21:19:16
“Ya, turn our head, and forget about the rest of the world. See how that works?”