“Funny how they (the GOP) seem so bewildered as to why they do so poorly attracting the black voters support. This little stroll down memory lane certainly won't help them. Nor will recent comments by Santorum, and Bill "O" as well as past statements by Cheney. They certainly need to pay mind to their post 2012 election examination or as the old saying goes.."If you fail to learn from history.............You're doomed to repeat it!"”
“Thanks and Happy holidays to you and all your own. I hope we don't get targeted for saying "Happy Holidays!" Its makes no difference to me how one gives good wishes.
As for me I find it not a good thing to deprive people of food. While I was in the service I had opportunity to see places where people were hungry and angry. Not a good situation at all.”
LuluOnTheLeft on Dec 7, 2013 at 17:02:54
“I thought I sent another response, but apparently it didn't go through. It's not an affront on Christmas to say Happy Holidays. It's respectful as we don't know other's religious backgrounds. My husband is Jewish and when I taught, I had children from all over the globe in my classes. So many also celebrate Christmas, by removing the religious aspect and adding a tree, decorations and lights. My daughter had a Hindu Indian friend, as a young girl, who once invited her over for Easter to have an Easter Egg Hunt. We still chuckle about that.
As for starving people, It's hard to really think about as it makes me cry. I can't imagine how bad it must be. There was a documentary on tv on hungry children. One child said they couldn't focus in school because they were so hungry and that his teacher looked like a banana and he wanted to eat her. Imagine. What are we doing to each other? It's hard to comprehend.”
“You have a point. If we read history we will find that it never any good to have too many hungry and wanting/hurting people in a society. Usually riots and chaos will happen. Then other budget issues such as policing, urban destruction, court costs and imprisonments will arise.”
LuluOnTheLeft on Dec 7, 2013 at 10:36:43
“The fallout from increased poverty is a no brainer. It makes me wonder if this is what those who stock pile weapons, pan for doomsday, rail against the government are really hoping for. That's really a pretty snarky way for me to view it, but when society as a whole is working, happy, and experiencing some sort of success, we all benefit. I really, more than anything, find it so offensive that cutting food stamps to those who need it makes others feel good. Happy Holidays my friend.”
“I still say he gets primaried. You are right though. Kentucky sems to be going through a change.”
okaywhatever on Dec 6, 2013 at 19:31:28
“Oh he already has a primary candidate. I saw a video of the guy giving a speech last summer. He's a tea partier through and through. He also talked a lot of trash about McConnell during the speech. This guy seems extreme so it will be interesting to see how it turns out.”
“I hear that. There is good spending and bad spending. Too much is put on defense and subsidies. Other areas are lacking, such as Infra-structure, but keep in mind it only works if it is "well spent" and gets something done. There will always be spending. Thats how the elected justify tax revenues and their own jobs. The question should be how do we spend and is it worth it and when is enough spent. While they are at it they should do something about all that pork they seem to create. The whole congress seems to have a problem with that.”
“Are you telling me Bush never had money printed up? Or interest rates lowered? Did you forget the two wars that made Haliburton, Blackwater and every other defense contractor rich? As well as big oil? Or his Rx plan (759 billion) that big Pharma just loved! How about his 2001 proposal that lowered corporate taxes by 20% and extended write-offs for corporate losses? Continued subsidies? TARP (bailouts), deregulations?
All of that has led to the present sickening situation we have today. Granted Obama gets no free pass either. He is just adding to the mess. But the seed was planted long ago. In fact today we have a situation where nearly 300 corporations pay no, little and even more to the foreign governments they operate in than to the U.S., where they are based.
So who to blame? How about both parties in congress who gett lobbied at will while doing nothing to stop this. Which is why I vote 3rd party. At least I am not aiding and abetting crime.”
tomk1212 on Dec 6, 2013 at 07:22:26
“You are not hearing me cheer Bush and a lot of his activity.....what I don't like is the pretending by the left that they are not contributing to our countries problems...I have to say this for at least some of the GOP especially the newer ones, they are accepting blame for overspending by their party...not so some of the older establishment that spent that money. the Left on the other man down to every man and woman will not accept any responsibility for overspending while at the same time wanting to spend more.”
“Give Mitch a break! How would you like to be him, well let me re-phrase that. Imagine the heat on him. He failed to make Obama a one term president. He was probably facing a primary, even if he got through it the election will be a real challenge. Now, now Obamacare in his own state is taking steam. He must sense his days are numbered. If anyone is about to be thrown under the bus it has to be him!”
“A big part of the gap in wealth is the fact that the rich are still paying the lowest taxes they have since the roaring '20's. Remember which party fought tooth and nail and blocked everything they could, even letting the middle income tax cuts expire to preserve the tax cuts for the top. Now with their investment advantage due to their wealth and the stock market soaring, who has the benefit of that? The wealthy, which is why the gap keeps widening. Also we could mention the destruction of unions and the low paying jobs in the red states that the right keeps pounding their chests over.
The unfortunate thing is that the "business party" has no appeal to minorities and women and seems to turn a blind eye to veterans, the elderly and the poor so who else would these groups vote for? As far as handouts go the biggest freeloarders are those who get corporate welfare, which is nearly twice what social welfare is, and the non-union, union hating red states who take-back on average twice the federal taxes they pay. Yet they still vote republican. So are the freeloaders really favoring the left? And since the dems don't have the Koch brothers, Trump, Adelson and the rest of the Citizens United gang who really loves the wealthy more?
Watch the Libertarians. They seem to have gone away from Ron Paul and gone a bit more radical right.”
tomk1212 on Dec 5, 2013 at 21:54:56
“You seem to miss the fact that Obama and Bernake keep printing money to prop up Wall Street for their rich friends....that's where the money us being made....it is certainly not coming from our high unemployment economy. You also forget the Dems favorites for corporate welfare....like Obama's buddy Jeffrey over at GE.....interesting that GE one of the largest corporations in the world does not pay one penny in taxes....how do you explain that when you say it is the GOP sponsoring corporate welfare. Obama gets more contributions from wall street than the GOP candidates. And the Dems are missing nothing by not having Trump, Koch Brothers, etc.....they have Soros, Buffet, and the bulk of the Hollywood millionares. I don't mind your criticism of the GOP at all...but you are not at all fair unless you include the Dems who also are very guilty of playing for the money.”
“Actually you are are correct as far as Medicare being drastically changed. It needs funding and re-funding. Especially if a one payer system is to be implemented along with it.
As far as your thoughts on the left how about the right. They seem to only concern themselves with the reverse wealth distribution, which is to the wealthiest. When have they ever gave a hoot about labor or veterans. I belonged to both groups and never saw any concern on their part, I did however see a lot of cuts and even a recent filibuster that killed a Veterans Job Act.
In any case thats why I vote 3rd party. I may not ever win but I get to vent, Good luck to you and thanks for your thoughts too.”
tomk1212 on Dec 5, 2013 at 16:37:10
“Actually the 1%ers are doing better under under Obama than at any time since 1920....the income gap is increasing four times faster than under Bush. While he tries to make himself a champion for the poor and middle class...middle class income has actually gone down $4000. a year. YOu can see his contradictions in wanting higher energy prices....the rich can afford them...middle class and poor can't. Another example...cash for clunkers was designed to help the rich and hurt the poor and lower middle class. They can't afford new cars and the destruction of thousands of used cars sent the price for the remaining used cars soaring. The left is trying to create a two class society in the US...the rich elites who run things and masses of poor dependent people who are easy to control...especially their votes with handouts.
For years I voted Libertarian....and then thought I was wasting my vote...in more recent elections I voted a split ticket...but unless the Dems start taking responsibility for the damage being caused by the ACA I don't think I would vote for a Dem dog catcher....maybe I'll take another look at the Libertarians/.”
“Its good that she has thick skin about this. If she continues to make inane comparisons she will likely need that thick skin again and again. As for Bashir, he certainly should have picked his words more wisely.”