“This article was published yesterday in the WSJ: "For Big Companies, Life Is Good" http://on.wsj.com/HtHMN7. The idea behind every Republican fiscal policy, from deregulation to lowering taxes, is designed to make our businesses more profitable with the assumption that they will hire more workers and increase prosperity for everyone. Since corporate profits are already high and the stock market is soaring, what good will more favorable treatment do?”
“It's unfortunate that our Presidential elections are determined by fewer than a dozen states, but the electoral vote is easier to project than the popular vote this far from election day. While it's far from certain that President Obama will win these three states in November, it is clear that he has built up a strong coalition. Using RealClearPolitics' averages, Mitt Romney would have to take every state where the President is winning by less than 4% and two more where he is winning by 4-5% (OH, PA, VA). That would be tough.”
“I'm happy to hear Sen McConnell and other Republicans bash the President. The more they complain and the fewer new ideas they offer, the harder it will be for them to win in November. The same thing happened to the Democrats in 2004.”
“That's all true and I own an Android for that reason. But Apple also made a boatload of money by keeping everything "in house", so I doubt their stockholders are complaining about the reduced market share.”
“Since you asked, I de-registered from the Democratic Party after the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts was passed. The voters gave them the most lopsided Congress since the 1970s and they pissed away that political power on a mediocre health care bill rather than Wall Street reform, a new New Deal, or Medicare for all. If Bush could get his war bills, Medicare Part D, and tax cuts through with slim majorities, why couldn't the Democrats do the reverse?”
“Just to explain for those of you who don't follow soccer: despite being on a prominent team, Eccleston is a reserve player and not well-known. I watch a lot of Premier League games and I didn't know who he was until I read this article. This is the equivalent of the Cowboys' 3rd string TE tweeting something controversial - is that really news?”
marthabee on Sep 14, 2011 at 12:55:07
“Maybe that's why he "done it" ... either to get attention or to plead for help with his grammar and spelling.”
“You are four times more likely to be killed by a lightning bolt than by a terror attack. Since the National Weather Service budget has been cut to around $300M, should we cut our total anti-terrorism budget to $75M?”
“Although I'm a frequent critic of Sarah, I'm going to step up and say that this was a good thing. She competed the race and didn't make a big scene out of it. If only she would apply those principles to everything she does.
Also, her reported time was impressive; I've run in eight half marathons before and haven't come close to 1:46:00.”
“I understand your point, but those amounts count anyone who is working for those companies. If a dozen janitors and security guards at Citigroup HQ each donated $10 to Obama's 2008 campaign, that doesn't mean he is now doing the bidding of that company.”
“Republicans have been trying to cut Social Security since Eisenhower left office and now they will be able to do it with a Democrat holding the veto pen. President Obama needs to gain some perspective here: major tax revisions are passed at least once a decade and could easily happen again in two years when a new political alignment is in place; Social Security has been successfully protected by Democrats for two generations, but any cuts made now will not come back in the foreseeable future.
Not only is this an economic mistake, it is also a political mistake. Democrats will never again be able to paint themselves as protectors of Social Security and Medicare and Republicans as opponents of those services if these major cuts occur while Democrats control the White House and Senate. I appreciate the other things President Obama has accomplished in the last two and a half years; but if he continues to capitulate and endorse the same economic philosophy as George W. Bush, the jobs we have lost will not come back before next November and his re-election will be in jeopardy no matter who the Republicans nominate.
“The people don't want a phony Democrat. If it's a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time” –Harry Truman”
scud420 on Jul 20, 2011 at 19:59:57
Kassandra on Jul 20, 2011 at 19:45:28
“The current Republican party and the Democrats need to merge and another party with some sense needs to emerge”
“The Democrats' course of action should be simple: put a clean bill up for a vote in the Senate, pass it to the House, and shout from the mountaintops that the Republicans have the opportunity to end this now. They may wait a while, but a day or two before the deadline that bill will definitely be sitting on the President's desk ready to sign. How could the possibly spin that they ruined the economy by refusing to pass legislation that has been renewed dozens of times before?”
ursasr on Jul 14, 2011 at 00:23:05
“that would be a spending bill, are you sure the senate can initiate such a bill.”
“I have a feeling that those polls will change once Democrats start running ads this time next year. They basically write themselves: "Mitt Romney and Rick Scott share many ideas on the economy"; "Obama's stimulus would have saved Floridians' jobs if Rick Scott had not rejected the money"; and "If you want to know what a Republican executive would do during a time of recession, look at your own state".”