“As expected, this Republican does not bring constructive criticism to the table and dignity to his office. In his play for political capital, he has shown himself to be an undisciplined political oaf who has made his way to one of the highest office in our country by disseminating his political poison into a public debate in which he knows nothing about.”
“Bull pucky! Once you start using premiums to pay for Medicare, then the next option is to raise the premiums or add more conditions to it so that it will fail! In your next life, I hope that you're poor!”
“This debate should have been about constructive criticism and rational thought. It turned into a rehash of old talking points that could not examined and where facts could not be challenged. Perhaps the the shorter rebuttal period for responding to a candidate's statements was the reason for this debate's shortcomings. It harmed the democratic process in that there many citizens who were only now tuniing in to our national political debate that there were not given the ability to make correct choices for moving our country forward.”
“Jim Lehrer failed miserably as a moderator. This "debate" was just a shouting match for a candidate's position and the continuously went off-topic. The question one might ask is how do you call out a candidate who misrepresents all his positions to an audience who is finally tuning in to the elections and its issues.”
P3 Driver on Oct 4, 2012 at 12:24:35
“What debate were you watching? Sure wasn't the one from Denver. Then again, you might be a liberal and we all know libs are not real good at picking up on facts and logic. That's what 4 years with this so-called leader gets you.”
“How can any Republican win the presidential elections when the candidates that they select cater to a select minority? They have no high criteria by which to choose a candidate that would be best for the majority of the Americans. As such, they will eventually fail to obtain a mandate from the American people to lead the country wisely. All that I've seen so far are candidates that are self-centered, egotistical, and selfish. If any one of them were to be elected, we would all need to get on our knees and ferventl pray that they don't destroy this country!”
chatnuptime1 on Aug 16, 2011 at 04:02:09
“decca.. Stop and think about it.. These candidates have been around since forever in their own states except Cain who is new to the political feild.. What does it say of voters that get these I.Q impoverished poeple elected in the first place? As governers and senators. Thats a chilling thought. Our education system has been a mess to long the voting block is voting for nitwits and loving it.”
“I am starting to believe that the only way out of this financial mess is to help small businesses play a much larger role in employing American workers. We must give small businesses financial incentives for hiring people Obviously, large corporations are not part of the solution as we have given them tax incentives to do so. And how has this paid off? They've laid off more workers and shipped those jobs overseas. Continuing to do so is like throwing money into a deep, black hole. By helping small businesses (who have employed 70 percent of the American labor force), you know that those jobs aren't going overseas and it would be highly unlikely that those jobs could be undercut by cheap labor from overseas. The American worker would immediately spend his new-found wealth by paying off his debts and buy the necessities that were in want over the past several years. He would be able to pay his taxes which would help local, state, and national finances. A huge hierarchy of government managers would not be necessary to oversee projects. Small business loans at the low interest rates should be made readily to them. As the competition for skilled workers increases, workers would receive pay that restores the American dream for them. I believe that it can be done!”
“Very well stated argument for sanity, respect, and honesty in government. While people are becoming homeless, jobless, hungry, and pleading for these things, we look past them in hopes that we get the things that only benefit us. How can one play these games when the health of the nation is threatened, when its citizens are in danger of losing all that they have and being sucked into the dark abyss of despair, disillusionment, and poverty. Yes! Whatever happened to America the Beautiful!”
behumane on Aug 11, 2011 at 01:32:53
“The Corporatist Republicans are committing slow torture on the American masses so that they cannot fight back. The despair, disillusionment, and poverty are the result. If we don't muster up the strength to fight as a people, we will have lost America the Beautiful forever.”
“Mr. D'Ambroise would like you to believe that the recent debt ceiling that was passed by Congress meant that Congress would be able to buy anything that they please. I personally think that he is just another opportunist who wants to get into Congress so that he can take advantage of getting a senator's paycheck and benefits for the rest of his life and is willing to do anything to get that job. Approving a debt ceiling is nothing more than making sure that whatever financial obligations that were approved by Congress will be paid. Anything less than meeting our financial obligations means economic ruin, as understood by many previous Congresses, both Republican and Democrat. Now that we've seen what has happened to the financial markets, even though we had not defaulted on our debt obligations, Mr. D'Ambroise would still like to drag America through the swamp of financial ruin. What's up, Mr. D'Ambroise?”
“Here are some questions that we should ask ourselves:
1. Who started the Star Wars Defense Program, how much did it cost and how was it funded?
2. Who started the Earned Income Tax Credit, how much did it cost and how was it funded?
3. Who started the First Gulf War when we had around 550,000 men and equipment in the Middle East, did it accomplish what it was suppose to accomplish, how much did it cost and how was it funded?
4. Who started the Second Gulf War, how much did it cost and how was it funded?
5. Who started the War in Afghanistan, how much did it cost and how was it funded?
6. Who decreased taxes to the lowest level in the last thirty years, how much did it cost and how did we manage the impact to our deficit?
7. Who created the deregulation of our businesses in America so that the housing market caused so that millions of Americans either lost their homes or saw a huge decrease in the value of their homes?
8. Who oversaw the outsourcing of millions of jobs overseas?
9. Who helped deregulate business activity in America to the point that huge financial institutions either failed or needed public assistance to survive?
10. Why is there a mindset that CEOs and board members must be paid millions of dollars to make irresponsible decisions for their companies, their workers, and for their customers?”
frameofmind on Aug 8, 2011 at 17:41:46
“Why is there 737 American military bases around the world, and how are they funded?
Excellent post, Decca649!!”
roostertatoo on Aug 8, 2011 at 17:31:53
“Saint Ronney and his gang of merry men! But you won't find a GOP who will believe that. Fanned”
FederalFrmr1 on Aug 8, 2011 at 17:26:59
“Democrats and Republicans...so what is new about anyy of that.”
“It's time to start voting for strong labor-oriented and progressive-oriented democrats so that we can put this country back on its feet! The POTUS does not have the courage to stand up to what he believes in. Until we get by this president, we need to strengthen the democratic base with candidates that won't capitulate the moment someone in a red suit sneezes. I have become extremely disappointed that the government that says that it doesn't deal with terrorists did so several times during this democratic administration. I am ashamed!”
“As long as we outsource our jobs with no balance of trade agreements, we are doomed as a nation. The outsourcing of jobs according to Milton Friedman creates a large pool of unemployed in America. We can point fingers at each other as to why we continue with this policy...cheaper products and higher profits for multinational corporations or more jobs in America and more affluency in our society where there is more to spend and more to create. The question is which is more in our interest as citizens? I say that we should quibble more over the outsourcing of jobs out of America than over the debt ceiling.
People think that people are staying home because they're lazy. I say that people are staying home because they can't find work! If they had work, they would immediately pull the economy out of its doldrums because they would buy the things that they need and want. Businesses would grow and prosper and pay their taxes and we would be able to pay on the national debt.”
WaltD on Jul 31, 2011 at 14:47:23
You're right on! It is good to hear a sane and sensible voice that understands economics, and that people who are out of work are not lazy but simply can't find work. Corporations, who have been sitting on huge profits garnered during this recession need to start hiring rather than squeezing current workers to death in order to make more profits. If they would step up to the plate and create more jobs, our economy and all our people would prosper. And we would manage our national debt far better.”
“Here's a possible solution to the debt ceiling. If Congress does an agreement on the balance-of-payments trade with other countries ( we are never to stay in the red for an extended period of time) and require them to also require a limitation on the president's war powers that includes funding of wars, it could be a proposal that would be palatable to Americans. By having a balance-of-payments foreign trade agreement, more jobs will be kept in the country and would create prosperity. By also limiting the war powers of the president, we would not be dragged into every conflict in the world and would avoid the costs of being the world's policeman. Also military spending should be limited to a set percentage of he GDP and could only be increased when Congress has declared a national emergency. Funding for wars must be approved on a yearly basis and could only be overriden by a two-thirds, or supermajority, vote of Congress. Defense projects must have a clear point of completion so that there is no cost overrun with some Congressperson support the project because it is in his/her congressional district.
Let's go all the way and fix the problems with spending and keeping jobs in America and create sensibility in the way we do business in the world!”
“I wouldn't worry about what the Tea Party hinks at this point as I don't think that that part of the Republican Party will grow sufficiently to take over the Republican Party with an agenda that the consensus of the rest of America can agree with. I don't think that the Republican Party wants to burn their bridges with independents and conservative Democrats who are interested in jobs, economic growth, and fiscal conservatism. I believe this group to be the silent majority that everyone has to say before they make a decision. I also believe that this is the group that will defend social security and medicare with all of their energy in spite of the efforts of those that want to see the demise of those programs. They see those programs as the natural progression of birth, school, life, and, finally, into retirement. They are not the super rich who see no social value of those programs as a weight on industriousness and the best efforts on business. They see the elimination of these programs as the final step to status as a third world country.”
Joseph Scott on Jul 19, 2011 at 17:54:36
“The first half of your post lost me, but it was mostly due to syntax, which suffers for us all here doing posts....the speed of the typing and informality sometimes makes me suffer from typos and incomplete sentences.
Anyway, it was after the first half, when you began..."I believe this group to be the silent majority..."They see those programs as the natural progression of birth, school, life, and finally, retirment...the super rich..see no social value of those programs [and see them] as a weight on industriousness and the best efforts of business..."
I don't think I've ever heard it put quite this way, with the distinction you made between business viewing these programs, medicare and social security, as a drain on their efforts and wealth accumulation, while the people (50 million of them voters if you go with AArP's recent, effective ads) see it as a natural progression of a life begun and ended with a modicum of decency.
And indeed we do see it as a final step -- all this union busting and wage battering and threats to "spending" programs only (that means me, that means you, in some form at some point in our lives, maybe only at the end...drats, but nevertheless, there it is.) -- a step into a world of bread lines and soup kitchens that will make today's seem quaint by comparison.”
“Finally standing out for what he believes in the face of adversity. This is the man that I admire! Realizing when his opponents just want to paint him into a corner, he called them out to tell them that he is not as naieve as some would have thought him to be with all the concessions that he's made since he came to office. Maybe the Repubs will reassess the game that they're playing with the American President and the American people and start coming out clean. It is they who contrived this mess, which Gov. Mitch Daniels said was just a household chore.”
QueenLibby on Jul 14, 2011 at 02:45:34
“HE pulled a Palin and QUIT when the going got tough !”
“Republicans are hyocritical when it comes to balancing the budget. They create deficit spending by not creating wealth in America. They exported all the jobs that they could out of the country. They starte two wars. They tinkered with prescription drugs. They started two wars. They deregulaed the economy so that the big financial crooks could sink the housing market with their credit default swap. They made sure that the deck was stacked against Obama by wrecking the economy. These guys are not patriots!”
demwits on Jul 13, 2011 at 23:33:41
“1. we the people (private sector) creates the wealth - NOT government it can only redistibute it.
2. Jobs leave when taxes are lower over there, or less EPA-id, bent, less governent regulatory theft.
3. now they take over health care
4 now we drop bombs in pakistan & Libia Too ... gitmo still open.
5 CRA & affordable housing scam tanked the economy & housing market with government guranteed loans that people could never pay back.
Today Obama is spending more than any on record that is wrecking the economy. Dollor down inflation up, unemployment up, economic feedom index usa down, debt up ect....”
“I suppose that you think that it is only the Democrats who try to game the system to get the very best deal out of their government. Well, there are just as many Republicans that do so as well. I guess it is a human frailty. Just like Bachmann and Cantor...There are farmers out there that couldn't possibly survive with a little help from the government. And there may be a few businesses out there who say that they can't get the oil out of the ground without a little help from the government. And then there is main street who say that there aren't enough good jobs in America to earn a decent living. And then there are the ultra-nationalist who say that we need to continue the costly wars around the world. And with the economic pie having been depleted by past fiscal irresponsibility, no one is still willing to sit down and reasonably discuss how this economic mess can be straightened out. Well, it should definitely be interesting to see how America can be converted into a failed state because its leaders failed to love and cherish her.”
“Take a clue of what will happen, people! There will be flights out from your favoite airport because there will be no air traffic controllers, no homeland security people to ensure that you will get to your final destination. All national parks will be in danger of being closed. No Customs points at our borders. No border patrols to guard our borders. No foreign policy. No armed forces.
Maybe we can get volunteers to do it for us...preferably from a third world country!”
NVEd on Jul 12, 2011 at 12:00:20
“Or, maybe the private sector will do all this at double the price of Federal workers.”
“I am still amazed by the comments about jobs not being created by a government agency. I could go down a long list that spurred growth in our economy and that of the world. Here's a short list:
1) ARPA - (Advanced Research Projects Agency) - Remember the internet and supercomputers
and how it made your lives so much easier. Well, it was developed by this agency!
2) NASA - (It employed a lot of people down in the space exploration field!).
3) National Highway System - People now don't even think about how much work and the number
of people that were employed when this project was started during the Eisenhower
4) Hydroelectric projects and Dams - Besides conserving water the people and electricity for
everyone's use, it provided comfort to homes by just turning on the tap or flushing the toilet. No
one wants what we had before.
5) Defense contracts - A costly way of maneuvering through a dangerous world is to speak softly
but carry a big stick so soldiers don't have to needly die on the battlefield and to protect our
national interests. Many of the inovative ideas that were funded by the national government are
now so ubiquitous in our lives that we hardly notice them.
We must develop new ideas and create new things that will make our lives better so that we can prosper and have good jobs for ourselves in our country. I just hope that it's not too late.”
Wally Parnel on Jul 11, 2011 at 14:20:10
“How long will the people put up with the no-jobs, deficit lovers. Jobs solve deficits, not attacking jobs.”
ObamaRican on Jul 11, 2011 at 14:19:50
“The GOTPBP will say NO to all your valid points citing big gubment and runaway spending. They only want gubment in your bedroom and sepdning for the benefit of their private sector string pullers. Good post!”
“When you get married, don't you promise to keep your marriage sacred. And over a bible? So who do you promise to keep your vows sacred to, now? Who are you making this vow to, may I ask? Is it to your Catholic God, Protestant God, Mormon God, Jewish God, to the bible, to the American people, or to yourself?
How about to your sense of integrity, self-worth, piousness, humility? I hope it is not for the sense of which way the winds blow in the political arena.
How about going back to your political track record and how you kept your promises to your constituents? How about running on the perceived good that you've done in your lives? Let 's not run on somthing that you say that you will be. America needs real candidates with real track records. It's the least that they deserve.”