“The Republicans will not compromise. They don't know what the word means. Until we give control of Congress back to the Democrats, we will see a repeat of the last debacle every few months. The Republicans love the sequester and don't care the harm it has caused and continues to cause. Their slash and burn agenda is hurting the economy and they want it that way. It is part of their plan to make President Obama's current term a failure. They will not allow him any victories no matter the harm to the American people. They lost the presidential election but that has not stopped them from polluting the political process with their obstructionist playbook. It's a wonder why their approval rating isn't lower than the current 9% rating.”
“Everyone needs to forward the following site of a letter to Republican Tom Coburn from the Congressional Review Board stating clealy how a CR cannot defund Obamacare. So even if it passed Congress and was not vetoed by the President, it would still not defund obamacare.
Cruz and the tea party are not interested in defunding Obamacare as they are in shutting down the government and defaulting on our debt. Knowing that a defunding CR would never pass, they are purposely running the clock down and purposely pushing the proverbial nuclear button that would cause a full blown default on our debt. They want to "reset" the government.
Be afraid of the tea party, be very afraid. They are playing with MWD's and their own Rino members have lost control.”
“Are you sure about that? According to the Jorgenson family, their water well was polluted through fracking and some 80 of their olive trees were poisoned and died by 2011. Even if one family was affected, I don't consider this a "pretty impressive safety record".”
“Not a reasonable argument. America has always been a leader on important issues and we should not be afraid to lead on this one. China is already choking on their own pollution and they are starting to attack the problem. We cannot afford to do nothing if we want to give our species a chance to survive.”
flossophy on Mar 27, 2013 at 03:01:46
“But we've run out of money expanding our government beyond what the economy (and the environment) can sustain... I'd argue that's not a reasonable path to take. We can't take the lead if we're not growing. If we want to save the planet, we need to liberate the economy from State distortion... so the economy can do what it does best: grow. We need economic growth so we can develop the humans and technologies needed to save the planet. The West's sta.gnation is not going to save anything except the careers of the permanently entrenched big government political class.”
“Science is something evangelicals don't believe in. So why should they believe that climate change is caused by all the garbage we're putting into the air and the deforestation of the planet? These people are not working on a full tank. Their evolution stopped somewhere in the protozoa stage.”
“I agree that a 14 year old does not require to be paid what an adult who needs to earn a living wage needs to be paid,but do not thing that the work you described is any less strenuous or hard as other labor intensive work. I doubt a 14 year old would be hired in most states that have laws to protect minors. So this argument is not really the best you could have come up with. As to economics is about making money, sadly, that is what the socio-economic view has come to. I don't know your age, but there was a time in our history where businesses and business owners took care of their employees and took pride in providing them with good wages to support their families. The middle class grew out of this way of running businesses. Of course, there were other things that helped, like establishing the minimum wage and unions. But, generally, businesses had more heart than they do today. Today, it is all about the bottom line and employees are no longer considered assets. If businesses were allowed to pay low wages across the board, I wonder how long they would be in business given that nobody could afford their products or services. There has to be a balance, it cannot just be about making money without considering the consequences of greedy actions. But, keep listening, and keep learning.”
“Being in the Intelligence Committee does not connote having intelligence. If you all recall, a petition was submitted to try to get her removed from this position because of her allegation of so-called muslin infiltration of the State Dept. and demand for an investigation. This statement was in reference to Hillary Clinton's aide, Huma Abedin, a Muslim. Bachman was using information that she had obtained from a neoconservative known for his obsession with conspiracy theories about Islam and Muslims. In other words, a very unreliable source. Bachman was denounced by high ranking members of her own party, including McCain, Boehner and even her former campaign chairman, Ed Rollins. She is crazy and dangerous only because so many believe what she says.”
J-MAL on Mar 22, 2013 at 08:40:17
“She's the reason for Benghazi,she's also the reason for the leaks.Her insane allegations caused an attack on Mrs. Clinton,.The terrorist were listening and responded. She is dangerous and a traitor to our country. J-MAL”
“Bachman barely was re-elected by about 1% of the vote, so she came very close to being defeated. Unfortunately, we all have to endure her insane remarks until the next election. I echo the same angst as many others; how could such a person be elected, let alone re-elected? There is no rhyme or reason for such stupidity. I cannot believe that the people in Minnesota who did vote her are as crazy as she is, but I have been wrong before. Whatever the reasons, this lady is definitely in a looney class all her own and I don't see how any of the other more sane legislatures can really take her seriously on anything. So how effective can she be when she is the laughing stock of the country?”
“I doubt anyone is suggesting that they demand a wage for low skilled work that allows them to live a middle class life. What we want is for an individual to be able to be able to afford to rent at least a one bdrm apt, pay utilities, pay for food and some mode of transportation to get to work. Basics. It usually takes two working people to make ends meet in a family, but at least a decent minimum wage would give them a fair shot of getting better education/training to improve their lot in life without starving or living on the street. So be a little more reasonable please. Have a good day.”
JeffSchultz on Mar 22, 2013 at 10:31:08
“I don't think I am being unreasonable. Raising minimum wage does nothing to solve the real problems. You can't fix the problem that there aren't enough jobs paying over minimum wage by raising minimum wage. You cant fix that often people stuck in minimum wage jobs are not qualified for a better one by raising minimum wage.
You are clearly missing the whole point of what I said. Why should you make enough to live off to pull a can out of a box and put it on a shelf when a 14 year old with a work permit would be more than willing to do that for about 5 bucks an hour so he can buy his comics?
Business is not about making everyone's life great. Business is about making money. Economics is also about supply and demand. Currently there is a abundance of supply in the unskilled worker department - last I checked, that shouldn't drive prices (wages) up.
Its clear that this forum leans heavily to one side so I'm not sure why I'm wasting my time discussing anything.”
“Although I understand that some businesses have different levels of pay, saying that raising the minimum wage of entry level positions is unfair, shows a lack of understanding of how companies set pay wages. There are many factors to consider, but raising the minimum wage does not necessarily impose higher wages on all other employees. First, the increase is not immediate but over a 3 year period which allows businesses to absorb the added cost at a more reasonable pace. Despite this fact, when increases have occurred in the past, history has shown that no significant detrimental effect to businesses and inflation has happened, so to continue to use this particular argument is getting tiresome. Even if higher paid employees wages have to increase due to increases to entry level employees, I doubt that companies large enough to have to worry about this problem, really can afford it and they will still keep getting richer. Someone will always have an excuse for not paying a decent living wage, while they themselves are enjoying their high salaried lives.”
Tom Lamoreux on Mar 22, 2013 at 08:19:55
“i didn't say raising the minimum wage was unfair, it may unwise to arbitrarily come along and dictate to all companies what their employees are worth though. Wages increased at various levels for hundreds of years before the minimum wage along - so don't fall into the dillusion that now we have such a great equalizer in effect. All i'm saying is that doing this brings up people at the bottom a tick in the financial sphere but doesn't do much of anything for people who worked their way up out of the bottom, whether they are one step out of the basement or any other mid-level position. This idea that you're going to teach a lessen to the big bad rich people whose companies provide people with a job is partly misguided - so don't lecture me or anybody on showing a lack of understanding unless you're out there hiring people and steadily increasing their wages far above the minimum without government interference.”
“I know I am probably writing to a closed-minded extreme conservative republican, but allow me the opportunity to voice my opinion. I looked at your website and could not help but laugh. How does paying someone a "living wage" discriminate against the "low skilled worker"? Based on the example given on your website, this is because the employer is forced to pay the higher wage of 1 person when he could have hired 3 at a lower cost. This was no bleeding heart argument in support of the low skilled worker, but a blatant admission why employers are against any reasonable living wages. They do not want to pay it! They would rather take 3 or 4 or more poor people willing to work for practically nothing, than be forced to pay decent wages to even 1. I think the definition is GREED. You & so many others with your distorted views cannot see past your own wallets. What you fail to understand about growing the economy is that when people are earning a living wage, they are better workers, and they spend it. This in turn creates more business for everyone else, including your business, and helps create more jobs and productivity to meet the demand and the cycle repeats. This was how the middle-class came to being. Sadly, they are disappearing fast and the so-called "trickle-down effect" of the republican plan has never worked in the past & will not work now or in the future.”
“you really need to quit listening to the right wing talking points. Do yourself a favor and look at the actual Obamacare website for Small Businesses: obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-smallbusiness. Only small business with more than 50 employees will have to participate or pay a tax, assumming they don't already have insurance. For those with less than 25 employees, they will get tax credits and tax breaks to get their employees healthcare through the program. But most importantly to note, only .2% of small business who choose not to participate will have to pay the penalty. So, please spend the time to look at the Health Care Act before you denounce it.”
waynetheman on Mar 22, 2013 at 07:19:26
“Dont force insurance on people that dont need it some can pay cash”
waynetheman on Mar 22, 2013 at 06:27:19
“You are a sheep you will do what they tell you if you dont have insurance you will be fined.You dont understand word it any way you want its being forced what dont you understand read someelse and dont liston to the WH they lie.”
“I didn't see anyone blaming Bush for the low minimum wage. But the republicans did just vote the increase down unanimously along with six democrats. So, I blame them. As to the blame game, no one is better than the blame game than the republican party and all the extreme right wing pundits who make a pretty fine living at blaming Obama for everything whether true or not. But don't let me keep you from listening to Fox News, or wait, Limbaugh, no wait, I mean Beck! Have a nice day.”
waynetheman on Mar 22, 2013 at 07:23:04
“Obama had over 4 years to fix Bush mistakes ,yet its worse now thasn when Bush was in office.Lets see Obamacare, EWar still going . What else ,oh yes bailout for everyone, no wait maybe we can get people to believe its Bushes fault also.You Blind DEM sheep whats next thay tell you what kind of car to drive, and i am sure you will be ok with that.”
“for those who are against the increase in minimum wage because it will increase prices on everything else, you need to see the actual video on this particular argument at the banking committee. According to the expert, he said that it would NOT have any noticeable effect because the increase over the next 3 years, as it is being proposed, would not be significant enough to have any substantial effect on the over all cost of things. He said that it would not cause inflation to increase.”
“I would like to respond to your facts, as you know them. Spending under Obama has been cut more than under any other president since Eisenhower. look it up. Boehner and Ryan have both admitted that the debt crisis is not really and crisis. look it up. Have a good day.”
“According to the data, Bush spent 5 times more than Obama has on his Christmas vacations. Bush flew to Texas so many times at a cost of over 250,000, and that was just for using Air Force One. This does not include the costs of staff, family, security, etc., or the many other trips he took back and forth from Texas to all parts of the country while in Texas. So you need to do better fact checking on your part.”
“Senator Warren speaks for all of us. This is a shame and a huge black mark on the Dept of Justice who is entrusted with prosecuting these individuals who have confessed to multiple crimes under the law. When I heard that the DOJ thought they were too big to prosecute, and to this day, no one has been criminally charged, I couldn't believe it. What happened to the well established principle that no one is above the law? Presiden Obama also has a responsibility to make sure that the DOJ is doing its job. Especially after everything the banking industry put this country through because of their unmitigated greed. We all need to write to the President and our representatives that what is happening is a travesty of justice. Here is hoping that we can at least shame the DOJ into doing the right thing and charge the top CEO's who are guilty.”
survivefree on Mar 9, 2013 at 01:20:19
“i always knew i was lied to my entire life, that's why i walk to the beat of my own drum and follow the laws i deem ethically and morally sound and to hell with the rest of 'em. one of the biggest lies or supposed truisms we are told is, "those with more responsibility or more power are held to a higher standard"....if that were true then every time a police officer punches an innocent person in the face or is caught doing drugs or whatever hypothetical you can think of...then they would be thrown in prison for the maximum allowable penalty under law. instead, we actually hold those with more responsibility/power to a MUCH MUCH LOWER STANDARD then the rest of "regular" society. in fact, through the lack of prosecution and nominal financial penalties, you tell these criminals to go out and do it all over again!!! it's the equivalent of you or i robbing a bank of 5 million dollars, going to court and being told, "we are going to let you go, but you have to pay a 100,000 dollar fine before you leave"...it's actually an incentive to steal more the next time around”
“GOP won back control of Congress in 2010 by joining with the Tea Party to convince people that Obama was evil, a tyrant, not a citizen, a communist/socialist. They lied about "death squads" under Obamacare. Since the 2012 election, GOP are now trying to get rid of TP members who are now destroying the party from within. The TP's are dead set on bringing the federal government to its knees. The will of the majority has been hijacked by the will of this minority. The TP believe in starving the government so that the government is forced to gut or shut down SS, Medicare/Medicaid, FDA, EPA, and all the other agencies that were established over the years to protect consumers, environment, workers, etc.. They want to deregulate everything. Deregulating the financial/banking industry allowed the greed of this industry to go unchecked resulting in Americans losing a large portion of their net worth, including their homes, jobs, pensions, savings, etc.. History has shown that given the chance, companies will abuse their power in the name of profits. In no way can we allow deregulation of entire industries. We will all suffer for it. The GOP promised to create jobs in the 2010 election, but their number one goal was to make Obama a one-term president at any cost. They set out to keep the economy weak because they truly believed that he could not be re-elected with a bad economy but they blame Obama.”