“Sorry, but the rest of the Republican party sided with the Tea Party so they were the majority. They were free to vote as they pleased.
Last time I checked it is the Republicans that throw a hissy fit when they don't get everything their way. And when they do and it fails (sequester deal) they deflect and say it wasn't their idea. We have a health care plan hatched by the Heritage foundation, major cuts and limited tax increases, way less public employees, unfettered banking. This is a republican wet dream and it is happening under a Democratically controlled senate and White House. If you think Obama is a socialist... you ain't seen nothin' yet.”
“If you are kryptonite for liberals doesn't that mean we are Supermen (and women)? And aren't you are just a parasitic rock that saps strength from us and stops us from doing good for the world? Wait, are you Republican in Congress????”
“Hostage taking by the minority only works in the Senate.”
DenverRight on Dec 5, 2013 at 17:29:55
“No - during the October 1 budget miasma, many tea party members in the House Republican caucus were called 'hostage-takers' as well, by the bomb-throwers on the left.
I don't argue that 'hostage-taking' even occurs, let alone that 'it works only in the Senate.' We're merely harping on which cards the Congressional Democrats play whenever they don't get total agreement with their own positions.”
“That would boost the economy, but it would also increase the deficit. The economy is people buying and selling stuff, so more money in people's hands will boost it. I am not supporting that idea, but you seem to lack basic knowledge of the economy.”
“Atheism leaves room for exploration, and that is why most prominent atheists leave the answer of "Is there a god?" to "Probably not". We are skeptics by nature. This is why I consider faith to be a dangerous trait. It is the conscious decision to stop using reason for answers. Personally I am perfectly happy knowing there is much still unknown. Universalism is better IMO than accepting the dogma of a single religion, but it still includes faith in a god for which there is no evidence, or need. People do not need religion. People need law, and they yearn for answers. This is why religion is so pervasive. Faith gives us answers to the unknowable until science gives us the truth. The sun was a god until we proved otherwise with science. The need for law in the ancient world gave God a second purpose as a sort of court to judge you for your deeds when you die, but today we have a way to administer law in life. As knowledge grows, religion will become an artifact.”
“I learn what I can and base my beliefs on what is credible. Unfortunately most people I meet that claim to be spiritual have little to no understanding of or regard for science and therefore lack credibility. The Bhagavad Gita may have some insight through story, but it seems to me that is poor base text. Wouldn't something more modern, like the teachings of the Dalai Lama make more sense?
The truth is that I need proof to believe in something, I can't just want to believe and make it happen. I find our knowledge of physics far more spiritual than any ancient text could ever compare to.”
TaiJi2 on Dec 2, 2013 at 17:56:08
“For the issue of "proof", consider, perhaps, dark energy as an allegory. There is more to reality than that which we are able to perceive - on this, both physics and religion agree. One would think that our admitted ignorance of 96.3% of reality would leave some room for exploration.”
“Do we not have more EXPERIENCE today than we did thousands of years ago? Not only that, we could produce material today that would not be corrupted by time using the full breadth of our known history to draw from. There is much to learn from the past, but only if we merge it with the present.”
TaiJi2 on Dec 2, 2013 at 16:56:45
“If you PRACTICED spirituality, you would understand that it is exactly as you propose!!!”
“This is not something to prefer one over the other. You are either an atheist, or you are not. You either believe in god, or you do not. And really, why do we need to reach into the past for enlightenment?”
TaiJi2 on Dec 2, 2013 at 15:24:33
“"And really, why do we need to reach into the past for enlightenment? "
Because WISDOM is born of experience, rather than imagination.”