“Feingold will be fine. Johnson is a tea bagging, bank loving, gun regulating, government subsidized, Minnesota businessman.
Feingold has a hidden majority. I have not voted for a D president since 92. In fact the only D I vote for is Feingold. This six year tradition will not be any different this time.
When Feingold went on the attack with Johnson's gun regulating ways right wing radio and liberals didn't know what to do. Both have forgotten the economic populist was the author of WI's 2nd Amendment.”
“Yes you have private contractors making a killing. But the mercenaries are Afghans. It is probably to win their hearts and minds. If they work for the contractors they will have no need to mingle with the Taliban.
Problem being these soldiers for hire are moonlighting at night and contractors pay so much they are unwilling to work for legitimate policing.”
Aug 22, 2010 at 13:18:31
“Yes this gave me a chuckle. Even now 27k does not sound bad. But he's not alone there were a lot of folks who thought Whole Check and Trader Joe's were cheap. Those stores always seemed to me to be more about class affiliation than anything else.”
chelledc on Aug 22, 2010 at 17:14:04
“They are cheaper for certain items and mroe expensive for others. the problem is even if you could find a way to work their healthier items into your budget youw ould probably have to trek and spend nice chunksof time getting to them form a lower income area.”
“Correct, and immigration should be seen not so much as an effect but a continuation of those policies. It matters nada is jobs are exported under free trade nor if that process goes inward via immigration.
The only Latin american prez who gets it is my buddy Hugo. All of his reforms are based on national sustainability. That is the basic tenet of protectionism that served us well for much of our history.
Libs try to pretend or idealize the New Deal era, but then their wacky idealism destroys it every time. Unions only matter when you have a tight immigration policy as through thee New Deal. When labor is in short supply unions and in turn all workers have bargaining power. It was in the 70's with the labor market increasing from domestic issues and increased immigration that unions fell apart and all workers living standards plummeted.
Tough stances from immigration should come from the soul of the Democratic Party not political opportunism of Republicans.”
missouriwatcher on Jul 20, 2010 at 16:40:11
“In grad school, I read the Communist Manifesto (forbidden when I was in HS); and although one can disagree with Marx's assessment of capitalism to some extent, he pointed out some very valid criticisms of it. One that comes to mind is his statement that capitalism relies on large numbers of unemployed in order to keep wages low, this I have seen my entire life (which is considerably less than the span of time since Marx wrote his thesis). I recall quite well how difficult it was to get good employment in the 70s, even more so in the 80s. I have also seen how mean and selfish poiticians can be--especially those of the GOP with their continual sNOw job of the American worker.”
missouriwatcher on Jul 20, 2010 at 16:39:08
“I think we agree at least on some of the things you say, others I am unclear on what you mean. In my opinion, exporting production jobs is a negative thing. I consider the "new world order global economy" a paper tiger ponzie scheme. Real wealth is built on jobs which produce products, not the case with the service job sector (i.e. flipping burgers); if that is all we have, we are only be serviced, as in prostituted. I believe in order to create tangible wealth, a country must produce goods; to export these jobs does our country and its citizens no favors. We should focus on being capable of self-sufficiency, as a country, but we should help other countries be capable of the same as we can. If neighboring countries are capable of sustainablity, it cures the problem of mass illegal immigration--anything else is only a bandaid on a cancer.”
“Nice quote but Ike was a tyrant. Off the top of my head I can think of 3 democratically elected governments he over through. He may have rallied against the military industrial complex but he mastered the idea of the secret CIA war.”
“Some big gaps is reasoning here. What businesses have been shut down. Most of those fired were because of identity theft. What will stop them from doing so again. Unless you are trying to argue for "racial profiling".
If I had to choose between Bush's sporadic deporting, and strategic mass firing I'd go with the latter. But fines should be crippling and in many cases businesses shut down. With reported unemployment at 10% and real unemployment at least 20%, it is economic treason pure and simple to promote a system that further reduces a basic standard of living. There is very little difference if you sell America off by exporting jobs or importing cheap labor. End result is th same.”
“Yes. I have no problem with deporting or firing, but if you give employers a slap on the wrist it changes little. We have the technology so if an employer has a track record of hiring illegals they should be shut down period.”
Itsy on Jul 11, 2010 at 09:48:15
“Shutting down an employer hurts the legal workers, too. They need serious fines, enough to deport the illegals, then force them to pay their legal workers what they should and make sure the working conditions are as good as possible, without Union interference. Fine them heavily for outsourced jobs, enough for an American worker to be paid decently instead. Hit them in the pocketbook. They can make a profit when they employ American citizens at a decent wage and under good working conditions for the jobs.”
“Yes because labor is just one of the Democratic Party's slaves, and we can't have slaves going off the plantation can we. If labor did endorse both parties they would be very different indeed. This was the case through much of the New Deal. Now you got one party that could give a rats ass about labor except to get elected and another who is outright hostile to it.”
wigglwagon on Jul 3, 2010 at 09:18:54
“"Now you got one party that could give a rats ass about labor except to get elected and another who is outright hostile to it."
“I think this hurts Dems more than Republicans. This is just a convenient issue for Repubs, one that is not not consistent with their free market, free labor ideology.
The Dems are blowing it big time and will pay dearly at the ballot box. Immigration has done at least as much as free trade to destroy American wages. FDR would not put up with this crap. One of his first acts was to curtail immigration. Through most of America's golden age - labor, business and immigration were regulated. Its basic supply and demand. Flooding the labor pool has never increased American's standard of living.
Until Democrats, progressives, and liberals realize free trade and immigration are two sides of the same coin they will lose at the ballot box. It makes no difference to the capitalist if they export jobs to China or they import cheap labor from Mexico.”
bbkenn92 on Jun 26, 2010 at 01:56:24
“I'm sorry but immigration has done more for this country than not, bringing in skills, money and energy, reviving the workforce, providing innovation in technology and much needed capital to businesses. I think the Dems will do just fine by the immgrants. This country was built by immigrants from Britain in the late 1500s to mid 1600's; More immigrants came and helped the Americans kick the British out in 1776, some from France, many from England looking for free land, and a future in the new experiments, etc.
The problem with your post is that you lump legal and illegal immigrants together and that is dangerous to do because there are millions of us immigrants who came here legally and are made to feel unwelcome in this country we have become citizens of, because we are treated as if we are illegals. It's that much worse for those of hispanic heritage. Your post proves why they have good reason to be concerned.”
Schalaine on Jun 25, 2010 at 21:53:56
“Dems will pay dearly at the ballot box.... We'll see.”
vivalamigra on Jun 25, 2010 at 19:57:53
“I believe you're right. When Democrats wake up and realize what the elites are doing to them, this nonsense will end.”
Pixy Dust on Jun 25, 2010 at 19:05:32
“Agree. Majority of Dems believe in border security too.”
ibwilliamsi on Jun 25, 2010 at 18:48:28
“If this is so important Nationally to the Republicans, why do they not write a bill and do something about it in DC? Because it's not that important to them. That's why.”
“Well Russia had Czars before the Communists came to power, qhat makes you think Obama's Czars will yield a different result.”
lorenzo48 on Sep 16, 2009 at 19:05:56
“If this is not irony you need to go to Louisianna and start being a shrimp boat captain”
JanSP1971 on Sep 16, 2009 at 18:08:16
“Didn't you read the story? NO YOU DIDN'T! These so called Czars started with Nixon and continued on and Bush had lots of Czars also including Rove. Please if you are going to make a judgement on what was written at least have the brains to read it first.”
“Kuptur a Blue Dog, please. She is about as anti Blue Dog as it gets. Yes, she is pro life, but so is Dennis Kucinich. Russ Feingold is pro 2nd Amendment, and Bernie Sanders stands strong against HB1 visas.
I say, If you want a public option use medacaid, instead of playing health insurance company.”
“I just don't get the title. Why progressive, because its new. Ted Kennedy is the last liberal pure and simple. Today we have neo liberals, New Democrats, Blue Dogs, progressives, and now its seems neo neo liberals.”
“He looked more Indian that African American to me. Did not MSNBC do something similar with a health care protesters. Personally, I have less trouble with the Microsoft ad than what MSNBC did. I would suppose, hope, that if Microsoft was advertising in BET there would be at least 2 African Americans.”
dukesman2000 on Aug 26, 2009 at 15:38:23
“He looks Indian? Hahahahahaha! Do you know what Indian looks like?”
CherrySpring on Aug 26, 2009 at 15:34:13
“"He looked more Indian that African American to me."
That's because you simply don't know the difference.”
“Not sure how this helps. Would put it in the same bucket of tort reform, sure it has a minor role, but really is not helpful. Most folks I know, including myself are not overwhelmed with an over abundance of health care including tests.
Most in unions, public employees, feds etc are in HMO like programs who are extra careful about waste. Those in private plans have very high deductibles which make patients too overly cautious about using health care.
It does nothing to solve the heath lcare problem, and gives plenty of ammunition to the right.”