“I have got to jump in here: What did victory in Iraq look like under Bush? Was it when Bush appeared on the carrier in 2003 with 5 years left in his presidency declaring victory? Was it at the end of his term when he basically washed his hands of the situation in frustration?”
“Actually, a lot of people don't really understand that the money that will be applied to increasing the debt limit is money that has already been spent by congress and approved by a president. Increasing the debt limit. is most like putting debt on a credit card or home equity loan to prevent declaring bankruptcy, being evicted, or other catastrophic result.
And not increasing the debt limit is basically saying that we should just completely give up on our financial well-being and try to start again as a banana republic but without the exports.
And every other developed country in the world and many less than developed countries, provide health care to all their population, with or without pre-existing conditions with better results and at lower costs.
Your arguments are just echos of Republican talking points that many people buy, but hold absolutely no water.”
“I'm thinking that despite numerous international examples that show legalization sends key indicators in the right direction, many in the US will unreasonably maintain that that it won't work here, kind of like single payer health care.”
“To some extent, Scarborough is right--but not fully. MSNBC doesn't claim to be "fair and balanced", there has never been any claim by employees that memos went out about discussing certain partisan talking points as MSNBC, MSNBC is a lot more critical of Democrats than Fox is of Republicans and there are no shows on Fox hosted by a liberal--Scarborough is a conservative.”
“Hmmm, at least it was in exchange for him giving up part of his fortune to his victims--which should have been part of the first settlement. He basically robbed thousands of employees of their retirement. If I were judge, his punishment would be to distribute almost all of his fortune to his victims plus substantial jail time. That would be an actual deterrent to others in his situation.
This demonstrates that there is 2 justice systems in this country in this era--one for the rich and one for everybody else.”
“Just the way the Republicans in the Senate invoke the filibuster is indicative of how they have abused it. Anytime they want to block something (which seems like daily) they simply say something along the lines that "we're going to require 60 votes to move this along". That is not what the founders wanted. Nothing gets done. The filibuster was intended to be used in circumstances in which there is strong opposition to selected issues, not just to be thrown out every time the minority disagrees.
The old, lazy jerks in the Senate decided to make it easier to implement the filibuster in the hopes it would be respected as a safety valve for contentious issues. Now everything is a contentious issue and nothing gets done. Either do away with it so that majority rules or reinstate it as it initially was.”
“Such disgusting hypocrisy. I'm pretty certain he also supported limits to distribution of birth control.
I think everybody would like to live in a country where abortion is not considered, but that will only come through education and easy and inexpensive access to birth control--and as of now, most Republicans are against both of them.”
“That picture is misleading. It is not as big in comparison to his hand as it appears. He's holding it on some arrow or dowel that puts the lamprey much closer to the camera than his hand, therefore making it look much bigger. I do a similar trick when I catch a fish and hold it with arms outstretched toward the camera.
“Obama tries to throw the Republicans a bone by nominating one of their own and they almost reject him--USING A FILIBUSTER?
Is there anything he can do without them rejecting it without any consideration? If he agreed with them on even their most cockamamie policies, they would find a way to reject it and then pin blame on him. And hardly a single one of them is willing to vote against the majority on anything.
The Republicans in Congress are nothing but obstructive.”
“I think the electoral college made sense when a national election in a geographically huge nation with limited communication existed, but its time has come. So I agree, time to implement a pure popular vote.”
“If they can't get their way, they change the rules.
Anybody who votes republican, how can you support these people? Don't you believe in Democracy. Majority rules.”
brepublicrican1 on Jan 25, 2013 at 08:53:57
“I'm neither Republican or Democrat...but I see serious flaws in an electoral process where 100% of a state's electoral votes go to the person that won one or two cities by a 94% margin but lost almost every other district of the state (Ohio & PA).
How is that a representative democracy? I believe an electoral college on the state level is more representative of how those areas wish to be governed.”
Wurkenstiff on Jan 25, 2013 at 08:47:31
“Ya! Up yours if you don't like paying for faking freeloaders, illegal aliens, and overpriced government workers!”
auntmeme on Jan 25, 2013 at 08:47:29
“No. Their world consists of "it's either this, or it's that" there is no gray area anymore. They keep blaming the Pres for the division in our country.”
“Why can't more conservative commentators grasp reality?
That was meant to be rhetorical, but I do know the answer: Most liberals form their stance on issues at hand based on information supporting or refuting their stance or hypothetical stance (of which they are uncertain). It's a lot like science in that one's beliefs may change based on the information at hand but the prevailing understanding of the issue is formed as a result of the supporting or refuting evidence. Conversely, most conservatives have chosen their beliefs then pick and choose the available supporting information, grasping on to any bit of evidence no matter how tenuous (or false, which is often the case when it comes to readily accepted sources like Fox, mass emails, bloggers and others.), while completely disregarding information that refutes their belief as unsound or biased (they love to claim bias). A great demonstration is how many of them refute science since it can be fluid and yet, they believe in the bible since it is static and they know they believe in it.
In an age where information is there for all to accept or deny it, those that form their views and pick and choose the supporting evidence will slowly die off, just like it appears the Republican Party is.”
smr3226 on Jan 21, 2013 at 18:53:33
“Liberals are also guilty of confirmation bias but to a lesser degree because facts favor their views. It's what is left out or exaggerated and distorted in reporting which conforms to a preexisting bias. It's the flat out lies and making stuff up which distinguishes FOX commentators. Jon Stewart gives us clear examples of this bias.”
“I guess I misunderstood, but the way you put it was misleading.
I'm sure there are exceptions, but there certainly is a large contingent of racists among the Tea Party that will never get over the president's race. ”
“You deny being a racist, and yet you keep bringing up the president's race. He could be an American born Martian, or a dumb white guy, but he's still the president. Race is completely irrelevant here.”
ThomasAnderson60617 on Jan 18, 2013 at 14:50:58
“Lets me try and make a rebuttal that HP will let through. The President's race has everything to do with his struggles with the Tea Party. I fear saying anything else, least my blog be removed again. ”
ThomasAnderson60617 on Jan 18, 2013 at 14:45:01
“I wrote a rebuttal but HP removed it. I sometimes believe that this site is more restrictive than the age of Puritans ”