“Wow, judgmental aren't we. I got hired by Walmart once. They promised me at least 33 hours/week at a pay rate which was 2/3 the pay of my last job, and bc I wanted to work, I sucked up my pride and accepted it. Then I saw my schedule and they gave me 16 hours. (no limits on work availability) Excuse me but how can anyone survive on $150/week?! At which point I quit, because I was better off on unemployment.”
Milly Combs on Oct 18, 2013 at 22:23:52
“Then sorry for you, however, I too work in the service industry, hotel specific, and it's the same thing. Over 3/4 of the employees give us what hours they're available to work, then expect full time hours. I'm sorry, but I guess I'm just old school, and you want full time then you are available 24/7 if that's what is required.”
“OK I'm a true-blue San Francisco liberal but even I can see that gay rights are only important to the solid left base. i'm not saying gay rights aren't important, but fact is mainstream America is not that concerned about it, along with many minorities who vote Dem but also don't really care about gay rights. I don't think Christie's antigay statements is going to hurt him nationally.”
“No we're not. I prefer a D president but I would be OK if Christie were President. He's the best the R's have right now. I was highly impressed by his actions following Hurricane Sandy. He's practical not ideological. I like realists.”
“I like Christie and I'm as liberal as they come. I admire any politician who gets things done regardless of ideology. However, it's going to be a rough slog for him to get out of the primaries....and also if Hilary runs as the Dem nominee he's got no chance. Frankly, I wouldn't run against Hillary no matter what party I belonged to.”
“his speaking style is like Chris Matthews, I find both highly entertaining. He's only a bully if you aren't up to speed on the issues and you can't answer a quesiton properly in a debate”
Floridaval on Oct 12, 2013 at 10:41:30
“You know, the style of debate where people are put down, interrupted, and screamed at is not acceptable to me. Many times I don't even like what Matthews is doing, and he doesn't hold a public office. It's counterproductive. Debates are not game shows where your answers have to be belted out to win first place.”
“i will concede your first point, because we're off the gold standard the actual "value" of our currency is based somewhat on our country's productivity but also a lot on the market's "perception" of the value of our currency. Nonetheless the US defaulting on our debt for the first time ever, would severely shake the world's "perception" of the value of the US currency. Add to that, the fact that many other countries peg their currencies to ours and generally have monetary policy that mirrors ours, = disaster and global recession in half a year”
2center on Oct 10, 2013 at 16:15:05
“It's not a default unless we truly "walk away" from paying the bills, interest, or redeem the bonds.
Redeeming the bonds is not at issue here. As one bond matures, another can be sold without any increase in the authorization level.
And since we can print money (or cut checks) legally to our heart's content, we can pay bills and interest - we just can't sell bonds to pull the equivalent cash out of the market. But all selling bonds does is shift the increase in the dollars outstanding to M2 instead of M1 since we then turn around and print money / cut checks.
I'm not saying this is a good thing - it's just the realities of the situation. In truth, the really bad thing is that we have to "create" the money to either print it / cut checks OR sell the extra bonds, which is inflationary in either case.”
“it's a shame. I'm left to the core but 2 heads are always better than one. Our country works best with 2 functioning and productive political parties. The way it's going most independents will be absorbed into the Democrat party.”
“just paid attention for half the semester I see. Continuing your story, all those unpaid debts will get us downgraded from AAA+. No one is going to buy our future bonds, cuz they're not secure, they're like Junk bonds! May as well play the lottery! Printing more currency when there is no actual value behind it, will cause currency deflation. Then we'll have inflation, everything will cost 10x as much because our currency is worth 5x less. (real life example: USSR in the 80s) I am genuinely curious as to how you came up with your theory above.”
2center on Oct 9, 2013 at 10:39:17
“There is no actual value behind our currency now. And we are already experiencing high inflation (the real deal - not the doctored numbers the CBO puts out using a flawed formula.)
And all you have to do is look at the legal definition of the "debt ceiling".
Selling more bonds increases the money supply, too - although it's M2 and not M1 like checks would be.”
“Excuse me, Democrats have already compromised. We took Ryan's budget number didn't we? Now remind me again how Republicans have compromised. Oh that's right, they're too busy threatening to tank the world economy.”
Obamacare has no public option---the GOP way
this year's budget is the lower number--the GOP way
cuts to entitlement spending--the GOP way
Democrats are always compromising---how about the GOP stop acting like spoiled babies? stop saying Democrats are not compromising just because they didn't bend over and give away the whole farm, it is patently untrue”
“Totally, what we have here is 15 insane Teapartiers threatening to tank the world economy because they are sore losers and can't repeal Obamacare the regular way, which is pass a new law repealing the old law.”
EyeHeartUCLA on Oct 8, 2013 at 19:54:15
“They certainly were losers over 40 times as well.”
“Or even simpler, we pass a new Amendment that says if Congress can't pass a budget and shuts govt down, all seats are now up for re-election. That would motivate them to compromise and get things done. None of this 4-6 months nonsense.”
“Then Dems should turn right around and counterimpeach the GOP Congress for violating the Constitution. Honestly, threatening to tank the world economy just because you don't like a law that has been already been passed and you don't have to votes to pass another law to repeal the first one, is tantamount to treason and should be a federal crime.”
“Nah, if R's try to default, Obama can declare a State of Emergency and use the 14th to forcibly fund the govt. It's sad that we will have to go this route (bc funding the govt is really supposed to be Congress' job, not the Executive Branch) but we can all see that R's see "compromise" and "democracy" as weakness, they only sit still after you show them the stick.”