“The comment of the "kind older gentleman" aside, I've noted that it is mostly (entirely?) women in my circles who are interested in this topic. I have many never married male and female friends (and I’m well into my 40’s), but I don't know a single male friend who has ever commented on the matrimonial state of anyone. The women, on the other hand, especially the married ones, comment frequently on who is or isn’t married (male or female), with the underlying assumption being non-married is somehow wrong.”
“Canada has already said it will sell the oil to someone, and sell it to China if necessary. The Chinese have made overtures. So it's going to get pumped, shipped and refined. But instead of getting shipped across the US, it's going to get shipped over the oceans, and refined by the Chinese. And then it will be burned - so any rationale that "climate disruption" is being avoided is nonsense.”
muffler on Dec 22, 2011 at 14:07:38
“So you think that it would be better to ruin our aquifers and crop land since it will happen somewhere else anyway? Cool!”
“In the US, you are probably right, as we are the only Western nation with both a birth rate of 2.1 (considered the replacement level) and positive immigration. Western Europe, however, has neither and at current levels they are in big, big trouble.”
“And yet the Western World is growing too slowly to support the future obligations of the current population in retirement benefits and healthcare.
This isn't going to end well.”
jazzman on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:01:00
“Has anyone stopped to think that this inability to support obligations is just temporary. In about 20 years it will all reverse itself and and all of the social insurance programs will be flush with cash because the pyramid reinverts itself once again?
If we weren't so short sighted we would realize that we can fix the system to survive through the baby boomer years and then carry on with a flush system of social insurance for the following generations.”
“I rarely agree with Kuttner, but he is right on here. I'm in the financial industry, and those of us on the inside are well aware of the danger of these default swaps. The general public remains virtually unaware, however, that bankers are selling what essentially amounts to ticking time bombs.
The situation for abuse is rife - you have sales people selling swaps for current huge commissions on swaps that may have an impact relatively far in the future. They are totally unregulated, and when the bills for these things come due the banks (having already made their profits) know that government will have to bail them out - or the entire system will collapse.
Like so much else, if the general public understood this, they would be outraged. But they don't.”
“These are strange times indeed. I see liberal voices celebrating the killing of Gaddafi, and conservatives critical of "unlawful" war. I see conservatives unhappy with Obama adopting a timetable set in place by George Bush, and liberals claiming Obama has “ended” a war that was effectively over.
Look at it this way - if we were told in early 2008 that on the eve of 2012, the war in Afghanistan would have continued and been escalated, that Bin Laden and Gaddafi had been killed with the help of US forces (and the Gaddafi action without congressional authorization), that Gitmo was still up and running, and that more “terrorists” had been killed by predator drone than the 8 years of the Bush Presidency - including an American citizen - who would you think was President right now?
And all the Neo-Cons have to complain about is that Obama is supposedly running around “apologizing” for America?
It really shows the team mentality of US politics - Obama’s foreign policy track record is something conservatives ought to applaud.”
“I've thought very much the same thing. And don't forget keeping Gitmo open, the unprecedented use of killing by predator drones, and the assassination of an American citizen - it’s a Neo-Con dream!”
nabsentia23 on Oct 25, 2011 at 14:19:02
“As for Gitmo, Obama tried to close it down. One of the first things he did when taking office was sign three executive orders and a directive shutting it down. However, when it came to getting the money needed - guess who turned him down? Congress! The voted overwhelmingly (from both parties) to not provide Obama with the appropriations he needed. Their justification was that their constituents didn't want suspected terrorists in their communities.
This wasn't even a case of GOP obstruction. Both parties rejected this outright. But, when anybody mentions this - all you will hear is, "That's all an excuse."
It should be remembered that we have 3 branches of government and while one branch actively pursued closing Gitmo, the other branch stopped it cold. So, while Obama has to take the heat - Congress' role in this failure is conveniently ignored.”
thegreatdaveo on Oct 25, 2011 at 13:55:33
“Using predator drones for killing is not unprecedented--we've been doing that since we developed the technology, years before this president took office. President Obama has just used them more than we did before.”
hburns1351 on Oct 25, 2011 at 13:50:29
“For every situation...spin...spin..spin
It reeks of desperation...spin...spin...spin”
Forester on Oct 25, 2011 at 13:48:19
“It is blurry for sure - but we are all adults and it is a complex world.”
“Who exactly was supposed to be responsible for his capture? The rag-tag band of rebels we've seen on TV? If the sanctimonious NATO countries wanted him alive, they should have had boots on the ground.
Likewise, if Gaddafi wanted his day in court, surrender was an option early on. When you spend decades murderously suppressing a populace, don’t be too surprised what happens to you when you crawl out of a drainpipe in the middle of a gun battle.
Good enough for Mussolini, better than good enough for Gaddafi.”
“One day, perhaps soon, but no later than after November 2012, progressives are going to realize what a total disaster Obama has been to progressive interests. And when they do there is going to be great anger. But by then, with a Republican President, and a Republican congress, it will be too late for anything to be done, at least in the short term.
The anger that ensues, if used in a focused manner, can be of great purpose once the inevitable Republican overreach occurs. 2016 can be the transformative year 2008 was mistakenly thought to be.”
Joseph LeCompte on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:14:24
“losing the 2010 elections killed the Progressive Movement. If the black vote turnout was the same as 2008 when Obama won. The House would not have gone Republican. We voted the right guy in 2010 but he lost the help he needed in 2010. Every election at every level counts. Right now election laws in important states are being radically changed to siphon off the electoral votes the Progressives need. The GOP is a shark that never rests.”
RTIII on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:07:58
“One small correction: We already have a Republican president - that's what the people will finally wake up to.”
“The real "religious" moment is going to occur when the anti-government types ("tea party") and anti-Wall Street types realize their enemy is one and the same.”
leeskyblue on Oct 6, 2011 at 11:17:48
“True, and you are not the only one who has been saying that for a long time.
But look how easily they got harnessed and used.
We need to watch our own backs.
Obama's organizers are as well financed as any Republican, and I for one will join nothing that gets co opted to reelect him.”
“These are exciting times in the technology of killing. “We" as Americans finally get what we want - the ability to kill without the messiness of having to risk our own troops. And there’s no good PR for the enemy to hold up the debris of a shot-down drone, as opposed to parading a captured pilot on TV.
Remote killing with total political cover - what a time to be alive!”
“"For now, though, these polls are mostly a media sideshow."
Wait, isn't that what it's all about?”
Pogo Bock on Sep 14, 2011 at 14:45:20
“Yes, and just like the obligatory media sideshow that comes with every election, there also comes the obligatory Don't Pay Attention To The Media Sideshow article. Nothing to see here, folks, move along.”
“Definition of "Ponzi scheme" - "a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors, not from any actual profit earned by the organization, but from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors."
So while Social Security may not fit the exact definition (an "investment operation") it isn't far from it.
Right now there are 1.8 workers supporting each receipent, down from 7 at the time it was created. As it is now it is eventually unsupportable without changes. However those changes could be minor, such as modest increases to retirement age.”
broui on Sep 13, 2011 at 14:18:43
“Raise the cap.
Raising the retirement age will not work. Too many older folks will be collecting unemployment due to age discrimination.”
“"...should be held accountable when it comes to matters such as the authorization of warrantless wiretapping..."
Well if Bush/Cheney are prosecuted for that, Obama's going to be following them for the same.”
cuoi on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:29:19
“Let the chips fall where they may. Our country has been out of control for far too long. We have no right criticizing other countries about human rights violations when we are on e of the biggest violators. But we also need to Hague/Pinochet/Huessein offending corporations...after all, they are individuals too, add the driving force behind the corruption that has cost so many lives and livelihoods.”
Ron Booth on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:28:50
“You missed the key part about 'unwarranted', Obama has scaled back the wiretapping programs considerably, the program may or may not at this time still fall within the category of 'unwarranted' so your assertion that Obama should be prosecuted my or may not hold water.”
harmlesstree on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:27:17
“Yes...as would Tony Blair!”
mmsuki on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:18:41
“So be it.”
exrepublitard on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:18:15
“As the saying goes......you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.
I guess you dont have any "real" issues to complain about huh?”
tenaxproposit on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:12:42
“So be it. We are the land of the and the home of the brave. We have to have the courage to hold our leaders accountable, or we sacrifice both our freedom and our courage for god only knows what...”